Samsung Galaxy A53 in just $299.99 at Best Buy

Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy A53 5G is essentially the same smartphone, but with a new Exynos SoC instead of one from Qualcomm. This has led to some noticeable performance differences between the two phones and makes us curious to see if the new model is a worthy upgrade.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G builds on the design of the Galaxy A52s 5G and adopts some elements from the new Galaxy S22 series. The overall design looks modern and refreshing. The center frame is still polycarbonate, but it is wider with flatter sides, similar to the Galaxy S22 devices.

The back retains the look of the Galaxy A52s 5G with a matte polycarbonate back that feels smooth and premium, and also resists fingerprints and smudges well. The rear camera module of the Galaxy A53 5G blends into the back panel, but barely protrudes from it since this phone is thicker than its predecessor. The blackened inserts for the camera lenses are striking.

The 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G remains unchanged from the Galaxy A52s 5G. The flat display is made of Gorilla Glass 5 and is thus scratch-resistant. The left and right edges are relatively narrow, while the upper and lower edges are noticeably thicker. A fingerprint reader is integrated into the display. It works as expected and is reliable.

In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G leans heavily on the Galaxy A52s 5G. This year, Samsung used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G from the Galaxy A52s in the more expensive Galaxy A73 5G, and the Galaxy A53 5G gets a new Samsung-owned SoC called Exynos 1280, which also powers the cheaper Galaxy A33 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G supports 5G, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and the usual satellite navigation systems. The Galaxy A53 5G loses the 3.5mm headphone jack of the previous model and also does not come with a USB Type-C audio adapter. The phone supports dual-5G standby, and the hybrid dual-SIM slot can hold a microSD card of up to 1 TB.

Samsung’s decision to reserve the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC for the Galaxy A73 5G does not seem to have been a very smart idea. Samsung’s Exynos 1280 SoC as tested in the Galaxy A53 5G feels snappy enough with regular use, but the benchmark numbers do not reflect an improved experience. The Galaxy A53 5G scored 498 and 1,806 points in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests, respectively, and 3,72,582 points in AnTuTu.

These scores are more in line with what you would expect from cheaper smartphones, which shows that the Galaxy A53 5G is underperforming for its price segment. In comparison, the older Samsung Galaxy A52s scored 739 and 2,733 points in Geekbench and was thus more powerful than its successor.

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