Samsung’s best-selling line, the Galaxy A, attracts customers with its sleek looks and the Galaxy S line, features from the brand’s most sophisticated line.
The South Korean manufacturer has continued this legacy with the Galaxy A53 5G, which was launched in Brazil in March. The “borrowed” items from the S line include rounded edges, camera modules, 5G connections and a large set of sensors.
Although it has a large battery, the charger is not very fast (from 0 to 100% it takes about two hours). Some were also annoyed by the occasional slowdown in phone use.
Still, the Galaxy A53 5G should be considered for those who have a basic or intermediate cell phone and who already have 5G coverage ready in the country – at least for capital cities, the forecast is in the second half. Year
- Take beautiful pictures with the help of Samsung’s algorithm
- Sober design inspired by Galaxy S
- Android four-update guarantee
- Stuttering a little while navigating
- It comes with a 15W charger, which takes up to 2 hours to fully charge
In addition to the look, the performance and results of the photos taken are the positive qualities of the model. This is due to the slow loading and some stuttering during use. Compared to the competition, the A53 is consistent with the features of the competitors launched in 2021.
There is a standard “feel” in the look of the Samsung phone and the Galaxy A53 is no exception to the rule.
On the front, it looks like a Galaxy S. There is a large black “frame” around the screen. On the back, the camera module has a distinctive bulge that is also reminiscent of the premium line, but the material is plastic instead of glass.
The result of all this is that the Galaxy A53 5G is a phone with a cool and beautiful design.
At the bottom, there’s a USB-C port for charging the phone – so none of these are classic headphone jacks. The good news is that, with more “off” cell phones, it has IP67 protection. It can fall into the water and stay there for a while without major damage.
Although the screen is 6.5 inches (16.51 cm), you should note that this is not a fully usable area, as it has a bezel, which is large at the top and bottom. On the one hand, it avoids involuntary touch; On the other hand, you’ll lose some screen time to watch your videos.
The display resolution is full HD, which is enough to watch streaming movies and play games. The total brightness is 800 nits, which is enough for most people. Since I use the phone in Sao Paulo during the cold season and cloudy weather, I have no problem watching the screen outside the house.
Like many mid-range phones, it has an under-display fingerprint sensor. So just set your finger to lock or unlock your phone. It’s not as fast as the Galaxy S22 line, but it hangs on to life even when your finger is dirty.
We’re talking about a mid-range phone, so it works well for navigation. There is no problem switching between apps or slowdown when many are open.
The only problem I noticed was the slight difficulty finding the apps on the phone. Because Samsung’s Android customization now comes back with search reference options. For example, if you search for “Uber” in the app drawer, the address shortcuts in the app are shown below, such as “home” or “office”. But this process is not fluid. We gain practicality, we lose agility.
Even with OneUI (Samsung’s interface), the Galaxy A53 has followed some good Android 12 updates. One of them is to allow the main color of the background to be chosen and used in system apps, providing more coordination for the look of the phone.
You can play with the Galaxy A53 5G, but depending on the game, it may take longer to load. The Asphalt 9, which I test on almost every phone I use, took about 20 seconds to charge – which corresponds to the same range of cell phones. During operation, the graphics load satisfactorily without delay or crash. In normal games, like puzzles, there is nothing wrong.
Like many mid-range phones, the Galaxy A53 5G already comes with a number of pre-installed apps, which are the result of the company’s partnership. Among them, Netflix, Spotify and Microsoft devices. Personally, I don’t like it, but at least the brand allows you to uninstall it – it can be a good thing, if you’re close to paying 128 GB of phone.
The phone comes with NFC, so you can use it as a wallet through Samsung Pay and it still has a great update policy. Samsung guarantees four system updates that are currently unprecedented among manufacturers.
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The Galaxy A53 5G has multiple cameras, but you need to know that they work well for landscape and selfie capturing.
Most of the time, you will use a 64 MP main sensor. And it works with good color definition and high contrast. As usual, Samsung slaps photos with its Artificial Intelligence algorithm, making the images clearer.
If there is good lighting and the device is stable for taking pictures, there is no error. That is success.
At night, the camera exaggerates the illuminated objects and sometimes makes the sky brighter than the actual scene.
For selfies, the sensor is 32MP, but what caught my attention during the test was the area of the camera app called Fun. In short: the company has added some Snapchat filters to the camera.
Photos taken with Galaxy A53 5G
The Galaxy A53 5G has a 5,000 mAh battery, which means that in light usage, it can stay out of the socket for up to two days. In my case, since I use the phone a lot, what I was able to manage the most was shutting down with 15% a day – it was 100% at 9am and reached 20% around midnight. Overall, I used the phone 7 hours a 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.
In moderate use, I completed a day with 34%. Most of the time, I was on WiFi and working from home.
Although 5,000 mAh is a good capacity, it can take up to 1h40 with a 15W charger coming in the box to fully charge. It’s been a long time, when Motorola and Realme’s competitors are in the same category with super-fast charging.
The Galaxy A line is known for the nice features and price range of the Galaxy S (Samsung’s series of advanced smartphones). Personally, I liked the look, performance and results of the photos I took. I don’t like slow loading and some stuttering while browsing.
It’s hard to compare to other competitors, as the lines are yet to launch. Motorola, for example, released several phones last year and no Moto G yet this year.
Still, based on the phones on sale, the Galaxy A53 5G (which starts at R $ 2,429) is compatible with competitors’ features launched in 2021.
Motorola, for example, has models below and above the Galaxy A53 5G, such as the Moto G71 5G (6GB RAM and 128GB storage) and the Moto G100 (12GB RAM and 256GB storage), with a top-of-the-line processor. The first retailer is available for R $ 1,799, while the second can be purchased online for R $ 3,741.
From Xiaomi, the closest to the latest is the Redmi Note 11 Pro, which has a screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, plus a super-fast 67W charger and a 108 MP camera. In Xiaomi’s official store, it can be found for R $ 3,679.99 (in cash) – in retail, it is possible to find lower prices.