Samsung Galaxy A53 in the test: the classic smartphone is constantly improving

With the Galaxy A53, Samsung wants to build on the old successes of previous mid-range smartphones. The Galaxy A50, A51 and A52 phones were great sellers and very popular. Samsung has improved a few points in the new generation, but there is still a lot of catching up to do in one area. I have been able to use the smartphone extensively in the past two weeks and in the review I will tell you what you can really expect from the Galaxy A53.

Samsung Galaxy A53 in the test: Conclusion

giga rating: 8.1 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy A53 satisfied the test with a bright and responsive 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 flaws.

There are currently two sticking points that we hope will be resolved over time. Performance is not where it should be yet. However, the predecessor shows that Samsung will fix the problem with future updates. In addition, the price of 449 euros is very high. The Samsung Galaxy A53 should get cheaper and will get even cheaper in the coming weeks and months. If we get close to the 300 euro mark, you can grab it without hesitation and He’ll be totally happy with it for the next few years.

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Advantages:

  • Screen
  • camera
  • the design
  • Battery life
  • 5 year update guarantee

Negatives:

  • No power adapter included
  • No option to expand memory
  • price

Optics only changed in detail

Samsung hasn’t really run out of ideas when it comes to customizing the look of the Galaxy A53. Compared to its predecessor, only small “improvements” were made. It’s still a plastic smartphone. At the relatively high price, one could have expected a little more. After all, the 4G version is being dropped and you should Buy the 5G model directly for 449 euros. It can also be a metal frame.

Basically, I have to say that the revised frame, which now ends directly at the rear, is a welcome improvement. This makes the Galaxy A53 better to hold. Unlike its predecessors, the back can no longer be deflected as much, what Gives a higher quality feel. Of course, the color “Awesome Peach” available to us really catches the eye. The color stands out especially well in direct sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy A53 in “Awesome Peach” reveals its full color potential in sunlight. (Image source: Giga)

Although I used the smartphone without a protective case during the two-week test period, the glossy bezel showed no signs of wear or scratches. I couldn’t see any signs of wear on the screen either. I would still advise you to get a case and tempered glass to properly protect your smartphone. across the With IP67 certification, Galaxy A53 is well protected against dust and water.

The screen is visibly brighter

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

The brighter Samsung Galaxy A53 screen is easy to read in sunlight. (Image source: Giga)

This is a huge advantage compared to many other mid-range smartphones, because often the savings come at exactly this point.

By default, the Samsung Galaxy A53 now has one Refresh rate 120 Hz. This should ensure a smooth presentation. It is, but the software isn’t where it should be yet. More on that below.

The fingerprint sensor is built into the screen. As usual with the visual The fingerprint sensors in the screens are very deep. This makes it unnecessarily difficult to deal with. Finger recognition is fine. Little tip: always save your fingers twice, they will work better. After applying a protective layer, fingerprints must be saved again.

Samsung leaves a lot

You have to dispense with the 3.5mm jack in the Samsung Galaxy A53. (Image source: Giga)

As before, Samsung installed two speakers. The sound is very good. There is a lack of bass, but this is normal for a smartphone. The 3.5 mm jack has been removed. Headphones can only be connected via USB-C or Bluetooth. Speaking of which: No power supply included, no protective film on the screen and you have to decide if you want it Insert two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card do you like to.

If you buy a Samsung Galaxy A53, you still have to have some money available to stock up on some accessories. However, happily, the internal memory can still be upgraded. This is no longer possible in the top tier at Samsung.

Performance must improve

The Samsung Galaxy A53 did not run as smoothly as one would like in the test. A software update should fix the problem in the future. (Image source: Giga)

I don’t know exactly what it is, but this Samsung Galaxy A53 does not run as smoothly as operationsRight though you already have a modern processor, plenty of RAM and a 120Hz screen, small lags are the order of the day. In a way this reminds me a lot of testing the Galaxy S22 Ultra. While the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus ran smoothly, the Galaxy S22 Ultra didn’t. Software update helped. I suppose Samsung will also control the issue with the Galaxy A53. Of course, the first impression is still not good.

Other than that, you’ll get the typical Samsung software with the Galaxy A53. It comes pre-installed with Android 12 and One UI 4.1 directly. This gives you many functions and customization options, allowing you to customize your phone to suit your needs. Unfortunately Again some bloatware is pre-installed. I don’t count Samsung apps among them, but you do get a lot of extra apps that you probably don’t need at all. These include apps from Microsoft, Otto, or Wish. I no longer describe TikTok and Netflix as bloatware, which usually gets installed on a cell phone anyway.

Unbeatable Update Guarantee

If you buy a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy A53, you No need to worry for five years. As long as Samsung will provide 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 great. Smartphones are used for longer and longer simply because they run clean for longer. Samsung helps ensure that your cell phone can be used for as long as possible without having to take any security risks from outdated software.

State-of-the-art camera

The Samsung Galaxy A53 camera has made a strong impression. (Image source: Giga)

like before Samsung Galaxy A53 takes decent photos in good lighting conditions. There is a 64MP main camera with optical image stabilization. This makes the pictures really beautiful. In difficult lighting conditions, you have to hold the smartphone for a long time in order for the photo to work. Zoom should not be overused, as it works only digitally. Four times the image quality is still acceptable. With 10x magnification, even in good lighting conditions, you’ll get more mud than a sharp picture. The true telephoto lens is missing.

In addition, there is an ultra-wide angle of 12 megapixels. In general the pictures were very good too. Every now and then the edges are very blurry. I couldn’t really figure out why this happened. You should always check the photos as soon as you take them, otherwise you will be annoyed later if there are errors in the image. Samsung installs a depth and macro camera of 5 megapixels each as the third and fourth sensor. It’s basically unnecessary. It would have been better to incorporate a telephoto lens.

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

The video quality is also good. You can record 4K videos at 30fps. However, I would prefer to recommend Full HD and 60 FPS, as the content afterwards looks more realistic – especially when shooting moving objects. Image stabilization works very well and you can clearly zoom in while recording.

Battery life is convincing, but could be better

Samsung installed a larger 5,000mAh battery in the Galaxy A53, so I was already expecting a significant increase in battery life compared to the previous one. But I didn’t notice that much. Battery life is good, but there could have been more. I used the smartphone a lot in WLAN and depending on the SIM card in the 4G network of Telekom and Vodafone. I got about 2 days of runtime with 120Hz display with normal phone use. With extensive use I easily passed the whole day. If you use your cell phone in moderation, you can get through more than two days. The show was on time from seven to eight hours. You can definitely achieve more with 60Hz.

Honestly, I was expecting a little more. who – which Galaxy A53 consumes a relatively large amount of power when idle. If you do nothing with it, you will lose an unusual amount of battery. This isn’t dramatic and you hardly notice it when using the smartphone, but I also left it on for a couple of days and then all of a sudden 40 percent of the battery was gone. It is entirely possible to solve the problem by updating the software.

The smartphone can be charged up to 25W. But you must already have a power supply or buy one. The battery is fully charged again in about 1.5 hours. That’s fine. The smartphone cannot be charged wirelessly.

Reviews in detail

Category Rating (maximum 10)
Processing, touches and design VIII
Screen 9
cameras 7
software 9
performance 7
Telephony and voice VIII
storage 9
Battery and daily life VIII
In total 8.1

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