Samsung Galaxy A53 5G review

OIS, a great screen and striking looks save Samsung's A53 5G from mediocrity

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With its improved screen, fancy new water-resistant design, 64MP camera with OIS, and solid spec sheet, the A53 5G should be a knockout 5-star phone. That said, it's sluggish sometimes, even when doing simple tasks. So while Samsung's made a cracking camera phone at a reasonable price, performance stumbles hold it back from greatness.


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    Striking design looks great

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    Impressive imaging for the price

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    Great-looking screen


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    Sluggish performance for the price

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    Plastic build won't be for all

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Launching alongside the Galaxy A33 5G, the Galaxy A53 5G packs the same power and many of the same specs, but features a superior camera system and display. Starting at just $450 / £399, while you can get faster charging, higher-resolution cameras, and glass and metal design for less, it’s exciting to see Samsung dial back its normally premium pricing.

Also exciting is the fact the Galaxy A53 5G isn't light on specs, with an Exynos 5nm chipset, under-display fingerprint scanner tech, a large 5000mAh battery, and a quad-camera system. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.