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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G


Rs. 185,000

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The Galaxy A53 5G is the first Samsung phone sold in the US to use an Exynos chipset since 2015. Samsung has continued using its own-brand chips in international versions of its phones. But in the US, it’s been all Qualcomm or MediaTek starting with the Galaxy S7. The A53 5G and A33 5G are the first devices anywhere to use this particular 1280 Exynos processor. It’s paired with 6GB of RAM, which is more than you’ll find on most other midrange phones.

Performance seems to be about on par with the A52 5G. Using them side by side, sometimes there’s a slightly longer lag after tapping on the search bar before the keyboard pops up on the A53. But just as often, the A53 will open an app faster than the A52. In practical use, I’d call it a toss-up between the two. I notice slight hesitations here and there throughout my daily use, but all within the normal range for a midrange phone and nothing I couldn’t live with. It will even run Genshin Impact, albeit with some frequent stutters when there’s a lot happening on screen. I’d expect overall performance to hold up reasonably well, even after three or four years of software updates, too.

Whether you buy the phone unlocked or through a carrier in the US, you’ll have one choice of storage options: 128GB. That’s a healthy amount for this price range, and if you run out of space after a few years, there’s a microSD slot for additional storage.

The A53 5G features a 6.5-inch OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate, and it offers a good level of detail with 1080p resolution. It can be a little tricky to see in very bright outdoor conditions, but in all other situations, it’s a rich, vibrant display, and the fast refresh rate keeps things looking smooth. At this price point, it’s about the best you can expect from a phone screen.

There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric unlocking. Samsung says it’s the same one used in the A52 5G, and I believe them. But I’m having an easier time with it than I did in the previous model, and I feel like I’m getting fewer prompts to retry. Maybe the software got better. Maybe I have more patience now. Who can say? It’s a beat slower than the very best optical fingerprint sensors in flagships, like the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it’s generally accurate and quick enough not to cause any major frustration day to day.

The A53 5G features IP67 dust and water resistance, which is still rare in this class. That means the A53 5G should stand up to splashes, spills, and some water submersion. If you’ve ever seen a phone die a watery death after an accidental drop in a body of water (let’s not talk about what happened at West Seattle Summer Fest 2019), then you know how valuable that water resistance is.

The other key spec improvement is the upgrade from a 4,500mAh battery to a 5,000mAh capacity. Samsung claims the new battery will get you through two full days of use, and if you’re a light user or on Wi-Fi most of the time, then that’s a fair claim. I can get through a full day no problem, even streaming some video and spending most of my time on 5G, but not quite two days. I did push it pretty hard on day two by downloading Genshin Impact, but I only got to about 2PM when I started getting prompts to charge the phone. Light users can expect to get through two days on a charge, but if you’re a moderate or heavy user, it might be best to recharge overnight to avoid dipping into the single-digit percentages.

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RAM

8GB

Capacity

128GB

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