How much is the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G in the US, UK, Nigeria, and Australia? The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G price is $449.99 in the US / £399 in the UK / AU$699 in Australia / 200,000 Naira in Nigeria. That gets you the 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage model – and it’s the only variant of the handset Samsung is offering, in the UK and Australia at least. The Samsung Galaxy A53 could be a mid-range marvel, with IP67 protection, four years of Android updates, and a cheery, colorful design.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is part of the latest generation of A-series handsets from the South Korean firm, arriving alongside its slightly cheaper sibling, the Galaxy A33 5G. The Galaxy A53 5G has the potential to be one of the best smartphones in the world in 2022 when it comes to sales, and we’ve been given early access to bring you a first look at what could be one of the best Samsung phones of the year.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Specs and features:
- 6.5in, 120Hz, FHD+ AMOLED display
- 5nm Exynos 1280 chipset
- 6/8GB RAM
- 128/256GB storage (expandable up to 1TB)
- 5000mAh battery
- 25W wired charging
- Rear camera:64Mp, f/1.8 OIS main camera
- 12Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- 5Mp, f/2.4 depth sensor
- 5Mp, f/2.4 macro camera
- 13Mp, f/2.2 front-facing camera
- Stereo speakers
- Gorilla Glass 5 (on display)
- Android 12 with OneUI 4.1
- 159.9 x 74.7 x 8.1mm
- Price in UK: £399
- Price in Nigeria: 200,000 Naira
The Samsung A53 5G has a great design – with waterproofing adding a premium touch – fronted by a high-quality display. New core hardware promises more power, while the main camera should be capable enough. A bigger battery might just seal the deal and deliver a great experience for those who want something slightly more affordable.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Design and build
- 159.9 x 74.7 x 8.1mm, 189g
- Gorilla Glass 5 and punch hole
- IP67 protection
To look that there isn’t a huge difference between the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and the Galaxy A52 5G (or A52s 5G) from 2021. That’s no bad thing because this is a good-looking phone.
While it doesn’t offer premium materials you’ll find on Samsung’s higher-placed devices, there’s a great feel to the frosted rear, although it is plastic here as many Samsung phones now are. But we like that molding around the cameras – something that’s also now reflected on the slightly lower-placed Galaxy A33 5G launched alongside.
One detail that sets these phones apart is that the Galaxy A53 has a glossy frame, while the Galaxy A33 is rather more muted, but otherwise these phones look very similar.
While much of this phone is the same is the 2021 model, you might have noticed that there’s now no 3.5mm headphone socket. Mid-range devices are often praised for including these features to support those wanting to use existing headphones, so it’s perhaps a strange omission here.
This is a pretty big device – generous in fact – but it’s not too large and feels great to hold, based on our limited time with it so far. We also haven’t had the chance to test the stereo speakers, but we will as soon as we get our hands on this phone again.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G display review
- 6.5in, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 120Hz
- Infinity-O display
There’s a 6.5-inch display on the front of the Galaxy A53 and this is an AMOLED panel as you’d expect – so it appears to have plenty of vibrancy in those colours and deep blacks. That’s going to be popular, as, based on our first impressions, there isn’t a huge difference here to what you might find on one of Samsung’s flagship devices – visually, at least.
The resolution sticks to FHD+ – 2400 x 1080 pixels, 404ppi – which is typical for a device in this position. It also offers a 120Hz refresh rate, so it will be able to smooth out fast moving content to give you a better experience. The display is topped with Gorilla Glass 5 to keep scratches at bay, while it has a central punch hole camera, giving it a more premium look than the lower-placed Galaxy A33. There are also slightly narrower bezels on this model compared to the A33, so it’s a better looking device overall.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G cameras review
- Four rear cameras plus a front facing 32MP selfie snapper
- Snapchat filters baked directly into the camera app
Gone are the days where mid-range phones would pack one, maybe two cameras without much fanfare – these days photography features need to be plentiful if you want to compete, and the Galaxy A53 doesn’t disappoint.
It has a quad camera setup in the aforementioned smooth, slightly raised camera bump on its rear with a 64MP main camera joined by a 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP bokeh (for blurred background portraits) and 5MP macro (for close-up snaps) array of snappers. Meanwhile, on the front there’s a 32MP selfie camera. There’s plenty of options to choose from for budding mobile photographers, and that’s before we’ve explored the additional features in the camera app. Samsung has improved its night mode, and the Galaxy A53 will capture 12 images in one for better low light results, although you’ll have to wait for our full review to find out how well it performs.
There’s also an advanced portrait mode which offers up a blurred background effect as well as a range of studio lighting, plus Samsung has worked with Snapchat to build in the social app’s popular filters directly into the A53’s camera app. The filters are easy to access and give users the ability to play and capture a range of fun options without the need to even have a Snapchat account. So there’s plenty going on in the camera app, and from our brief time with the Galaxy A53 we found it to be a solid offering, although we weren’t wowed.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G performance, specs and battery life review
- Large 5,000mAh battery
- Significant performance upgrades over previous generation
- Runs the Android 12 operating system and Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 overlay
The Galaxy A53 comes with a sizable 5,000mAh battery, which Samsung claims will provide up to two days of use. There’s fast charging support too, with the Galaxy A53 able to replenish 50% of charge in 30 minutes using a 25W Super Charger.
Powering the Galaxy A53 is Samsung’s own Exynos 1280, which is the first 5nm chipset to find its way into an A series device. This should provide better performance and power efficiency. Samsung claims the Exynps ups AI performance by 31%, GPU performance by 43% and CPU performance by 18% versus the previous generation chip. It means the Galaxy A53 should be able to handle top tier gaming and intensive apps, although we weren’t able to test this during our brief time with the phone.
That’s backed up by 6GB of RAM, and there’s 128GB of storage which should provide enough space for apps, games, photos and more for many. However, for those who require more space, the A53 has you covered, even though 128GB is the only internal storage that’s offered. Samsung has included a microSD slot which supports cards up to 1TB in size. The Galaxy A53 also features RAM Plus, which Samsung says will make for better multi-tasking. It allows you to select a chunk of the internal storage to use as virtual memory to improve app performance.