The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is similar to the older Galaxy A52s 5G but borrows design elements from the new Galaxy S22 series. Thankfully, Samsung retains the older model’s IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, making it stand out from the competition.
The new Exynos 1280 SoC delivers budget performance, so those looking for a good gaming phone will have to look elsewhere. The Galaxy A53 5G borrows most of its core hardware, including camera components, from the older Galaxy A52s 5G.
Camera performance is good in daylight but is average in low light. Video performance is quite good but below the mark in low light. Its 5,000mAh battery lasts two days with casual use. Samsung does not offer a charger in the box, but the phone supports 25W fast charging.
Charging speeds are slow when compared to the competition.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Design
The A53 5G has a plastic back with a matte finish that is resistant to fingerprints. It comes in the same colors, including the two new blue and peach colors besides the white and black ones.
In terms of size, it is slightly bigger than the A33, measuring 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches (159.7 x 74 x 8.1mm). The volume rocker and power button are situated on the right side of the A53’s frame and are easy to reach.
Both feel sturdy when clicked, giving a sense of good build quality. On the bottom side, you will find the SIM card/microSD slot, a microphone, USB-C port, and a speaker grill.
The left side is left without any buttons, while the top has one more microphone added. A super-thin speaker grill can also be seen at the top bezel of the screen if you squint your eyes enough.
You might have already noticed that there is no mention of a headphone jack anywhere. Yes, sadly it is now gone from the Galaxy A5x and A3x series, which is always a bit of a bummer to see.
In terms of protection, the Galaxy A53 5G comes with an IP67 rating for dust and waterproofing, as well as Gorilla Glass 5 to protect its display.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Display
The Samsung Galaxy A53 boasts one of the best-looking screens you’ll see on a phone for this price. It’s a 6.5-inch panel, with an FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 800 nits max brightness.
With those specs, the A53 doesn’t stand out from other similarly-priced phones, but Samsung’s display tech is the real champion here, with the Super AMOLED display looking vibrant and colorful.
On paper, the A53 has the same display as the A52, but we put both phones side-by-side and found the newer one to be a little lighter – that could be because of tweaks Samsung made to its own displays, or possibly the impact of many months of use on the older phone.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Performance
We could overlook Samsung removing the headphone jack and leaving the camera as is if the A53 was fast. Samsung has equipped this year’s model with its own Exynos 1280 SoC, and it is by far the most disappointing thing about the phone.
Simply put, it’s not much of an upgrade over the A52 5G’s Snapdragon 750G. In my testing, the A53 frequently stalled when we tried to switch between apps, and there was consistent stuttering in regular use.
It was also slow to launch and operate the camera app, with a seconds-long delay between my pressing the shutter button and the camera firing. It was even worse when we tried to play games.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy A53 has a 5,000mAh battery, which is on the big side, though we see lots of mid-rangers packs this kind of power. It comes in handy here though, as that 5G connectivity and bright screen need all the juice they can get.
In practice, we found that the phone lasted roughly a day between charges. We could get slightly more battery life if we used the thing sparingly – or less, if we spent lots of time taking photos or using the device for navigation; but a full day of use is a good ballpark figure.
While a day of use isn’t bad, mid-range phones often have fantastic battery lives, so the A53 feels a little limited. There were only a few days when we almost ran out of power while out and about, but that was enough to give us a sense of battery anxiety.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Camera
The A53 also comes with the same quad-camera system as the A52 5G. The standout here is the 64-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens and optical image stabilization.
On a sunny day, the camera and Samsung’s imaging software consistently capture photos with saturated colors. It’s also surprisingly good at preserving both shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast scenes.
The main camera struggles when there isn’t a lot of light, producing images with a noticeable amount of noise, but that’s something you see on a lot of midrange phones.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Price in Canada
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G price in Canada is estimated to be starting at $459.98 CAD for a 128GB storage model option. Keep in mind that the price of this phone in Canada is not fixed and is subject to change over time.
Also, different sellers, stores, or retail outlets may have variations in the price depending on their offers and promotions. So always compare prices and make sure you’re getting a good deal.
If you’re looking to buy the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G in Canada, there are several ways to get it. You can buy it outright from the Samsung Store, or you can get it on contract through your carrier. Also, many third-party retailers sell the device, so you have a lot of options.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Specifications
|Model||Samsung Galaxy A53 5G|
|Operating System||Android 12, One UI 4.1|
|CPU Speed||Octa-core (2.4 GHz & 2.0 GHz)|
|GPU Graphics Processor||Mali-G68 – 64 bit|
|Rear Camera||64 MP + 12 MP + 5 MP + 5 MP|
|Front Camera||32 MP|
|Network||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|Sim Card||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Weight||189 g (6.67 oz)|
|Dimensions||159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED, 120Hz|
|Display Size||6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~85.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Bluetooth||5.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensor||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass|
Virtual proximity sensing
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable|
|Fast Charging||Charging 25W|
|Colors||Black, White, Blue, Peach|