Samsung’s best-selling lineup, the Galaxy A, has captivated consumers with its cool looks and features borrowed from the brand’s most refined lineup, the Galaxy S line.
The South Korean manufacturer continued that tradition with the launch of the Galaxy A53 5G in Brazil in March. The S-Series’ “borrowed” items include rounded edges, a camera module, 5G connectivity, and a great set of sensors.
Even though it has a huge battery, the charger isn’t very fast (it takes almost two hours to go from 0 to 100%). Some occasional slowdowns in phone usage were also unpleasant.
In any case, for those who own a basic or mid-tier phone and already want to get ready for nationwide 5G coverage, the Galaxy A53 5G should be considered – at least for provincial capitals, the forecast is for the second half of the year.
- Take beautiful photos with the help of Samsung’s algorithm
- Sober design inspired by the Galaxy S
- Android four times update guarantee
- Some slight stutters when navigating
- Equipped with 15W charger, it takes up to 2 hours to fully charge
Aside from looks, the performance and results of taking pictures are the strengths of the model. The negatives are due to slow loading and some stuttering during use. Compared to the competition, the A53 meets the specs of the competition launched in 2021.
Samsung has a standard “feel” when it comes to the look of phones, and the Galaxy A53 is no exception.
From the front, it resembles the Galaxy S. What it changes is a larger black “bezel” around the screen. At the rear, the camera module has a certain bump, which is also reminiscent of the high-end line, but the material is plastic instead of glass.
The upshot of all this is that the Galaxy A53 5G is a phone with a clean and beautiful design.
On the bottom, there’s a USB-C port for charging your phone — so no that classic headphone jack. The good news is that, being a more “closed” phone, it has an IP67 rating. It can fall into water and stay there for a while without major damage.
Although the screen is 6.5 inches (16.51 cm), you should take into account that this is not the entire usable area, as it has a large bezel at the top and bottom. On the one hand, it avoids involuntary touches; on the other hand, you end up losing a small screen to watch your videos.
The display resolution is full HD, which is more than enough for streaming movies and playing games. Total brightness is 800 nits, which is more than enough for most people. Since I use the phone during the cold season and cloudy weather in São Paulo, I have no problem viewing the screen outdoors.
Like many mid-range phones, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor. So just set with your finger to lock or unlock your phone. It’s not quite as fast as the one in the Galaxy S22 lineup, but it does the job even with dirty fingers.
We’re talking about a mid-range phone, so it does a good job of navigating. There is no problem switching between apps or slowing down when multiple apps are open.
The only issue I’ve noticed is that it’s a bit difficult to search for apps from the phone itself. That’s because Samsung’s Android customizations now allow searches to return contextual options. For example, if you search for “Uber” in the app drawer, shortcuts to addresses in the app are shown below, such as “home” or “work.” But the process is not fluid. We gain practicality, we lose agility.
Even with OneUI (Samsung’s interface), the Galaxy A53 has stuck with some nice Android 12 updates, one of which is the ability to choose the primary color of the background and use it in system apps, giving more of an edge to the phone’s appearance synergy.
You can game with the Galaxy A53 5G, but depending on the game, load times may be longer. I tend to test the Asphalt 9 on just about every phone I’ve used, and it takes about 20 seconds to charge — which is in line with phones in the same category. When in operation, the graphics load satisfactorily with no lags or crashes. In casual games, such as puzzles, there are no mistakes.
Like many mid-range phones, the Galaxy A53 5G already comes with several apps pre-installed, the result of a company partnership. Among them, Netflix, Spotify and Microsoft Tools. Personally, I don’t like it, but at least the brand allows you to uninstall them – which can be a good thing, especially if you’re close to filling the phone’s 128 GB.
The phone has NFC so you can use it as a wallet via Samsung Pay, and it still has an excellent update policy. Samsung guarantees up to four system updates, which is currently unprecedented among manufacturers.
The Galaxy A53 5G has multiple cameras, but what you need to know is that they do a good job of capturing landscapes and selfies.
Most of the time, you’ll be using the 64 MP primary sensor. It gets the job done, with good color clarity and high contrast. As usual, Samsung slapped the photo with its artificial intelligence algorithm to bring the image to life.
If the light is good and the device is steady to take pictures, there is nothing wrong. is success.
At night, cameras tend to over exaggerate illuminated objects, sometimes making the sky brighter than the actual scene.
For selfies, the sensor is 32 MP, but what caught my attention during testing was an area of the camera app called Fun. In short: the company has integrated some Snapchat filters into the camera.
Photos taken with the Galaxy A53 5G
The Galaxy A53 5G has a 5,000 mAh battery, which means it can last up to two days out of an outlet with light usage. In my case, since I use my phone a lot, I can only end the day at a maximum of 15% – 100% at 9am and 20% at midnight. All in all, I added 7 hours of phone usage during the day.
During this time, I watched videos on TikTok, played some Asphalt games, checked a lot of messages on WhatsApp, browsed Instagram, opened Twitter a few times, and took some photos for review.
With moderate use, I ended up finishing the day at 34%. Most of the time, I’m using wifi and working from home.
While 5,000 mAh is a decent capacity, a full charge using the 15W charger in the box can take 1 hour and 40 hours. That was a long time, especially when Motorola and Realme had super-fast charging competitors in the same category.
The Galaxy A series is known for combining the cool features of the Galaxy S (Samsung’s line of premium smartphones) with a price that isn’t too high. Personally, I like the look, performance and results of the photos I take. What I don’t like is the slow loading and some stuttering while browsing.
Since these product lines have not yet launched, it is difficult to compare with other competitors. Motorola, for example, released several phones last year, and it doesn’t have the Moto G this year.
Regardless, based on the phones on sale, the Galaxy A53 5G (starting at R$2,429) matches the specs of its rivals coming in 2021.
In Motorola’s case, there are models above and below the Galaxy A53 5G, such as the Moto G71 5G (6GB RAM and 128GB storage) and the Moto G100 (12GB RAM and 256GB storage), which have top-of-the-line processors. The first retails for 1,799 reais and the second is available online for 3,741 reais.
The closest of the latest models from Xiaomi is the Redmi Note 11 Pro, which has a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz, in addition to a 67W super fast charger and a 108 MP camera. On Xiaomi’s official store, it’s priced at R$ 3,679.99 (cash) – at retail, you can find even lower prices.