On Thursday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A53 5G at its Galaxy A event. The smartphone is part of Samsung’s mid-range A50 series of phones and is the newest member of the line. Samsung’s A50 phones have a similar appearance to those from the higher-end Galaxy S range, but they’re less expensive with decent cameras, specs, and battery life. The phone is currently up for pre-order.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a modest step up from the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, which was released last year. The new Exynos 1280 chip powers the phone, and some software optimization for improved display visibility and a few cameras and photo editing benefits were added. The Galaxy A53 5G will be available in only one RAM and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. According to Samsung, the A53 5G will also come in an 8GB, 256GB version, which it will not sell in the United States.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G specs
The Galaxy A53 5G comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, a 64-megapixel main rear camera plus ultra-wide and macro cameras, a 32-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging. The IdeaPhone 6 also includes a photo editing tool called Object Eraser, which works similarly to the Google Pixel 6‘s famous Magic Eraser function. The Galaxy A53 5G will be the first Samsung smartphone to run Android 12, and Samsung has promised four years of One UI and operating system upgrades. That means it should receive updates through Android 16 in 2025 and five years of security updates.
While the Samsung Galaxy A53 isn’t a high-end phone like the Samsung Galaxy S22, it does have one feature in common with its larger counterpart. The SIM tray and buttons for volume and power are manufactured from post-consumer recycled materials. Yes, that is a little fraction of the phone’s total quantity of plastic, but it is more than other firms are doing and hopefully indicates a future for Samsung to use recycled goods in more components.
Samsung also unveiled a new phone at the event, the Galaxy A33 5G, which is not available in the United States. The A33 5G has similar features to the A53 5G, but with less good cameras and a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a maximum 90Hz refresh rate. Also, it’s somewhat more affordable.
Samsung has only announced one other smartphone for the US market on Thursday: a 4G LTE-only Galaxy A13. The $250 A13 5G debuted back in December as a variant. The other A-series phones announced at the event will not be released in the United States, but given their global success, they are likely to be high-quality smartphones in their own right.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G wants to compete in the mid-range market
Samsung’s share of premium $800-and-up phones has been on a steady decline over the last several years. However, globally it contributes one in five phone sales, more than any other company. Samsung’s dominance is mostly due to sales of its A-series smartphones, which made up 58% of Samsung’s overall smartphone sales in 2021.
The Galaxy A53 5G is up against fierce competition from Apple’s new $429 iPhone SE, which includes 5G support and a chip identical to the one in Apple’s most recent premium iPhone 13 series but has the same enormous bezels and single rear camera as its predecessors. Samsung’s A-series phones might be more appealing with more modern phone designs and various rear cameras.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G price and release date
The A53 offers a number of appealing features at a reasonable price, despite the fact that little has changed from the A52. The A53’s starting cost is also $50 less than that of the A52 when it first launched last year, and it will be sold for $450.
We hope that this article gave you an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the Samsung Galaxy A53, and will help you make an informed decision if you are looking for a new phone.