Samsung Galaxy A53 in review: the classic smartphone keeps getting better

With the Galaxy A53, Samsung wants to capitalize on the old successes of previous mid-range smartphones. The Galaxy A50, A51 and A52 were great sellers and extremely popular. Samsung has improved a few things in the new generation, but there’s still a lot of catching up to do in one area. I was able to use the smartphone intensively in the last two weeks and will tell you in the test what you can really expect from the Galaxy A53.

Samsung Galaxy A53 in the test: conclusion

GIGA ranking: 8.1/10

The Samsung Galaxy A53 convinced in the test with a responsive and bright display, long battery life, good software and a long update policy. Anyone who buys this smartphone is doing nothing wrong. You are protected with updates for the next five years and can use the smartphone without any inconvenience.

There are currently two sticking points which hopefully will be resolved over time. Performance isn’t where it needs to be yet. However, the predecessor shows that Samsung will fix the issue with future updates. In addition, the price of 449 euros is too high. The Samsung Galaxy A53 should and will become cheaper in the coming weeks and months. If we approach the 300 euro mark, then you can grab it without hesitation and will be absolutely satisfied with it for the next few years.

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Advantages :

  • filter
  • camera
  • pattern
  • battery life
  • 5 year update guarantee

Disadvantages:

  • No power adapter included
  • No memory expansion option
  • Price

The optics have changed only in the details

Samsung didn’t really let off steam when it came to customizing the Galaxy A53’s appearance. Compared to its predecessor, only small “improvements” have been made. It is still a plastic smartphone. At the relatively high price one would have expected a little more. After all, the 4G version is discontinued and you need to Buy the 5G model directly for 449 euros. It could also be a metal frame.

Basically, I have to say that the revised frame, which now ends directly with the back, is a welcome improvement. This makes the Galaxy A53 even easier to hold. Unlike the predecessors, the back can no longer be dented so much, which gives a premium feel. Of course, the “Awesome Peach” color available to us is a real eye-catcher. The color comes out particularly well in direct sunlight.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 in “Awesome Peach” unfolds its full color potential in the sun. (Image source: GIGA)

Although I used the smartphone without a protective cover during the two-week test period, the glossy frame showed hardly any signs of wear or scratches. I didn’t see any signs of wear on the screen either. I would still advise you to bring a case and a tempered glass to protect your smartphone well. through the With IP67 certification, the Galaxy A53 is well protected against dust and water.

The display is visibly brighter

The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, which can reach up to 800 nits of brightness, caught my attention very positively. You can also read the predecessor’s display outdoors, but with higher brightness it’s even easier with the Galaxy A53. Even if the sun shines directly on the screen, you can still see everything:

The Samsung Galaxy A53’s brighter display is easy to read in sunlight. (Image source: GIGA)

This is a huge advantage over many other mid-range smartphones, as the savings are often made on this exact point.

By default, the Samsung Galaxy A53 now has one 120Hz refresh rate. This should ensure a smooth display. It is, but the software is not yet where it should be. More on that below.

The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the screen. As usual with optics Fingerprint sensors in displays are way too deep. This makes handling unnecessarily difficult. Finger recognition is correct. A little tip: always register the fingers twice, then it works even better. After applying a protective film, fingerprints must be registered again.

Samsung leaves a lot out

You have to do without a 3.5mm jack on the Samsung Galaxy A53. (Image source: GIGA)

As in the predecessor, Samsung installs two speakers. The sound is quite correct. There is a lack of bass, but that’s normal for a smartphone. The 3.5mm jack plug has been removed. Headphones can only be connected via USB-C or Bluetooth. Speaking of which: there’s no power supply included, there’s no protective film on the screen, and you have to decide if you want Insert two SIM cards or a SIM card and a microSD card would like to.

If you buy the Samsung Galaxy A53, you still need a little money to stock up on a few accessories. However, it is gratifying that the internal memory can still be upgraded. This is no longer possible in the upper class at Samsung.

Performance needs to improve

The Samsung Galaxy A53 did not perform as well as one would like in the test. A software update should fix the issue in the future. (Image source: GIGA)

I don’t know exactly what it is, but it Samsung Galaxy A53 not working as well as operationsright Although you actually have a modern processor, lots of RAM and a 120Hz screen, small lags are the order of the day. In a way, it reminds me a lot of the Galaxy S22 Ultra review. While the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus worked smoothly, the Galaxy S22 Ultra did not. A software update helped. I guess Samsung will get the problem under control with the Galaxy A53 as well. Of course, that’s still not a good first impression.

Otherwise, you get typical Samsung software with the Galaxy A53. It is preinstalled with Android 12 and One UI 4.1 directly. This gives you plenty of features and customization options, allowing you to personalize your phone to suit your needs. Unfortunately is again pre-installed bloatware. I don’t count Samsung apps among them, but you get a lot of extra apps that you probably don’t need at all. These include apps from Microsoft, Otto or Wish. I would no longer describe TikTok and Netflix as bloatware, which is usually installed on the cell phone anyway.

Unbeatable update guarantee

If you buy a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy A53, you don’t have to worry for five years. As long as Samsung provides updates for it. There will also be four new versions of Android. So you get Android 13, 14, 15 and 16. Getting something like this in the mid-range is quite a highlight. Smartphones are used longer and longer because they simply work longer. Samsung helps ensure that the cell phone can be used for as long as possible without having to take security risks with outdated software.

State-of-the-art camera

The Samsung Galaxy A53’s camera made a good impression. (Image source: GIGA)

Like the previous the Samsung Galaxy A53 takes decent photos in good lighting conditions. There is a 64 MP main camera which is optically stabilized. It makes for very nice photos. In difficult lighting conditions, the smartphone must be held steady for a long time in order for the photo to be successful. Zoom should not be overused, as it only works digitally. At four times the image quality is still acceptable. With 10x magnification, even in good lighting conditions, you get more of a muddy image than a sharp image. It lacks a real telephoto lens.

In addition, there is a super wide angle with 12 MP. Overall, the photos were pretty good too. Occasionally the edges are very blurry. I couldn’t quite figure out why this is happening. You should always check photos once they have been taken., otherwise you will be annoyed later if there are image errors. Samsung installs a depth and macro camera with a resolution of 5 MP each as the third and fourth sensor. They are basically superfluous. It would have been better to have integrated a telephoto lens.

Here are some pictures I took with the Samsung Galaxy A53 in different situations:

The video quality is also decent. You can record videos in 4K and at 30 frames per second. However, I would recommend Full HD and 60 FPS instead, as the content then looks much more realistic – especially when shooting moving objects. The image stabilization works very well and you can zoom cleanly while recording.

Battery life is compelling, but could be better

Samsung installed a larger 5000mAh battery in the Galaxy A53, so I actually expected the battery life to increase noticeably compared to the predecessor. But I didn’t really notice much. Battery life is good, but there could have been more. I used the smartphone a lot in the WLAN and depending on the SIM card in the 4G network of Telekom and Vodafone. I got nearly two days of battery life with the 120Hz display on with normal phone use. With heavy use, I easily got through the day. If you use your cell phone sparingly, you can reach more than two days. Display time was seven to eight hours. You could definitely do more with 60Hz.

To be honest, I expected a bit more. That The Galaxy A53 consumes a relatively large amount of power when idle. If you don’t do anything with it, you lose an unusual amount of battery. It’s not dramatic and you hardly notice it when using the smartphone, but I also left it for two days and then all of a sudden 40% of the battery was gone. It is entirely possible that the problem could be fixed with a software update.

The smartphone can be charged with up to 25 watts. But you must already have a power supply or buy one. The battery is completely full again in about 1.5 hours. Its good. The smartphone cannot be charged wirelessly.

notes in detail

Category Ranking (max. 10)
Processing, haptics and design 8th
filter 9
cameras 7
Software 9
performance 7
telephony and audio 8th
Storage 9
Battery and daily life 8th
In total 8.1

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