The Galaxy A53 is one of the main releases among Samsung’s mid-range phones. By bringing the successor of the Galaxy A52S, the South Korean manufacturer did not implement major new features in the technical sheet, but the RAM with greater capacity and more powerful processor and battery are welcome changes. Check out all the details below.
Galaxy A52S vs Galaxy A53
|Galaxy A52S||Galaxy A53|
|Launch||September 2021||March 2022|
|Current price (Amazon)||$337||$449|
|Body||6.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 120Hz||6.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 120Hz|
|Screen resolution||2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+)||2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 778G 5G, 8 cores up to 2.4GHz||Exynos 1280, eight cores up to 2.4GHz|
|RAM||6 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||128 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card||microSD up to 1 TB||microSD up to 1 TB|
|Main camera||64 MP (main), 12 MP (ultra wide), 5 MP (macro) and 5 MP (depth).||64 MP (main), 12 MP (ultra wide), 5 MP (macro) and 5 MP (depth).|
|Front camera||32 MP||32 MP|
|Operating system||Android 12 + Samsung One UI 4.1||Android 12 + Samsung One UI 4.1|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||5,000 mAh|
|Dimensions and weight||159,9 x 75,1 x 8,4 mm; 192 g||159,6 x 74,8 x 8,1 mm; 189 g|
|Colors||White and black||blue, white, pink, and black|
Screen and design
There are several similarities between Samsung’s phones. Both have a bar format, with similar size and weight. They are also IP67 certified, with protection against splashing water and also against dust. The biometric sensor is integrated into the screen.
The screen of the phones, 6.5 inches, is Super AMOLED and displays images at a frequency of up to 120 Hz. It also has Gorilla Glass 5 protection against impacts and scratches and has a good resolution, Full HD+.
All these features place the two Samsung devices as good options for playing games or watching movies and series, since the image displayed on the screen should be quite fluid, even in more intense moments of image display.
Samsung made a point of increasing the color options. While the Galaxy A52S was only available in black and white hues, the Galaxy A53 is also sold in blue and pink, for a total of four options.
The cameras of the two smartphones are pretty much the same. The Galaxy A52S and the Galaxy A53 have quad-camera systems and various sensors, such as macro and depth sensors, for close-up and background blur, respectively. HDR is also present and should contribute to the quality of the photos. The front camera, on the other hand, is housed in the center of the screen, in the shape of a hole.
In summary, the sensors of the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A52S look like this:
- 64 Megapixels Main (f/1.8)
- 12 MP Ultrawide (f/2.2)
- 2 MP Macro (f/2.4)
- 5 MP depth (f/2.4)
- 32 MP front-facing camera (f/2.2)
Despite being mid-range, both models have features seen on S-line phones, such as the main lens with an optical stabilizer (OIS) – to record videos more smoothly, even in low light – and a digital stabilizer (EIS), to avoid blurry photos.
It is possible to record videos with resolutions up to 4K, as well as the possibility to vary between 30 and 60 frames per second. In addition, Samsung promises to optimize images with the help of artificial intelligence, which can work automatically for photos.
Performance and storage
Both Galaxy A52S and Galaxy A53 have 128 GB of storage – expandable via MicroSD card up to 1 TB. However, the similarities do not extend to RAM. The A52S has only 6 GB while the Galaxy A53 can enjoy up to 8 GB. This difference should translate into fewer crashes and better performance.
Both also feature RAM Plus, a feature that uses the internal memory dynamically, increasing the speed of the phone if needed. In the case of the A52S, up to 4 GB extra can be used, but the A53 can use up to 8 GB more via RAM Plus.
The processors present in the devices are quite different. While the A52S features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chip, the A53 has Samsung’s own Exynos chip. The official promise is at least 6% better performance on the newer model. Tests from the Nano Review website, however, show similar performance, with a slight advantage for the A52S.
Samsung has made sure that both the Galaxy A52S and the Galaxy A53 have enough battery power to stay out of the wall socket for at least a day. There are 5,000 mAh for the A53 and 4,500 mAh for the A52S. Fast charging is present on both smartphones, which also get 50% charge in just 30 minutes with support for chargers up to 25W.
The 2022 phone has better battery management and savings due to the chip present in Samsung’s production device. Therefore, the larger amount of battery, coupled with better power management, should provide the A53 with longer usage, which can reach up to two days away from the power outlets.
Although the A52S comes to market with Android 11, it has been upgraded to the latest version of the system, Android 12, while the Galaxy A53 has Android 12 shipped as standard. The system works in conjunction with the new One UI 4.0 and has a renewed look, full of customizations provided by the precepts of Material You.
Android 12 also brings a considerable improvement in security and privacy and gives the user more control over data collection in apps. It is important to stress, however, that even though both feature the latest generation system, the 2022 smartphone should receive at least one more update, according to Samsung’s update schedule.
Both devices feature 5G internet access. Both Galaxy can connect to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, but the A52S can still connect to Wi-Fi 6 networks, which can reach speeds in the 12 Gb/s range.
Bluetooth is present in both, but the A53’s version is more current, 5.1 versus the competitor’s 5.0. This means that in devices that use location, such as Samsung’s SmartTag or headsets, the accuracy is higher on the A53.
The sound experience on both phones tends to be satisfactory as both features Dolby Atmos sound. There is an improvement in the sound quality of the newer handset, which uses both speakers in the phone to provide a stereo experience. But only the Galaxy A52S has a headphone jack, which is absent on the A53.
And if the RAM Plus isn’t enough to guarantee gaming performance, both phones still offer Game Booster, which maximizes performance and optimizes both battery usage and device temperature.
Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy A52S is available for purchase and is currently found for $337 on Amazon. The Galaxy A53 is also available for purchase and is currently found on Amazon for $449.