Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review: A worthy upgrade?

Samsung was among the first phone makers to offer 5G devices at an affordable price. The South Korean smartphone maker may be aiming to roll out the full catalog of 5G phones even before 5G services are officially rolled out in the country. It already offers a wide range of phones with 5G support at various price points. One of the latest offerings is the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G, which succeeds last year’s Galaxy M52.

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G for about two weeks and it offers decent specs for the price it is offered. The Galaxy M53 5G starts at a price of Rs 26,499 for the base model with 6GB RAM and goes up to Rs 28,499 for the top model with 8GB RAM.

Considering the price, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G goes against the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, Motorola Edge 30, Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G, among others. The question now is whether it is worth spending on the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G or should you go for a phone from OnePlus, Xiaomi or another manufacturer? Let’s find out in the detailed review.

Design and build

Samsung phones have always offered excellent build quality and the Galaxy M53 5G is no exception. The design, however, looks outdated and boring. The construction is one of the best you will find in the price segment.

Despite packing a large battery inside, the Galaxy M53 5G doesn’t feel bulky at any point like it did with the younger sibling Galaxy M33 5G (exam). The phone is extremely well balanced and the weight is evenly distributed. This makes it extremely easy for users to use the device easily throughout the day. Whether it’s playing games or watching videos on YouTube or browsing social media feeds, the Galaxy M53 5G makes it all easy. The smartphone, however, feels a little big in the hands.

For this one, Samsung is taking inspiration from the design of the younger brother Galaxy M33 5G. The M53 looks a lot like a slimmer version of the M33. It is also less curved on the sides. On the back panel, the smartphone features four lenses inside a square-shaped camera module. The fingerprint sensor sits on the side, which doubles as the power button.

The front design is also inspired by some of the latest M-series phones with a punch-hole display and thin bezels on the sides. The chin, however, is slightly thicker. Overall the Galaxy M53 5G looks decent but Samsung I think could have experimented with the design a bit. The company has played it safe in this regard.

Display

The Galaxy M53 5G delivers an impressive viewing experience. It packs a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display similar to the Galaxy M52 5G predecessor. There’s a small hole at the top of the selfie camera, but it doesn’t appear to be a distraction at any point.

The phone offers a 120Hz screen refresh rate, which is enabled by default but can be reset to standard if needed. At a higher refresh rate, the battery drains faster compared to 90Hz, for example. There is a battery saver mode available which helps when the phone is running at a higher refresh rate, but not much. Overall, in terms of performance, the 120Hz refresh rate translates to faster and smoother scrolling, but the difference isn’t huge in standard mode.

The screen gets quite bright even in the harsh Delhi summer sun, but in such situations I had to max out the brightness level. In other situations, a brightness level of around 40-50% was enough for social media and internet browsing, watching YouTube videos and more. The colors look punchy and the viewing angles are also quite decent compared to most devices available at the listed price.

Performance and software

The Galaxy M53 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC and includes a vapor cooling chamber that helps control temperatures. The smartphone comes in two variants 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. There is no storage expansion option since the phone offers a dual SIM hybrid tray. Similar to some of the recently launched Samsung phones, this one also comes with a RAM Plus feature or an expandable RAM option.

When it comes to overall performance, the Galaxy M53 5G offers a pretty decent experience for casual users. The smartphone was able to keep up with daily tasks without any problems. Switching between apps, browsing social media, emailing or chatting on WhatsApp was smooth. Overall, the Galaxy M53 5G was able to handle multitasking quite well. The same goes with games. The phone was able to handle basic graphics games as well as heavy graphics games well. But, during extended gaming sessions, there were signs of stuttering, but that sometimes happens with phones that cost a bomb. The good thing is that the phone did not get warm even during extended gaming sessions. There is a steam cooling chamber which keeps the temperature under control.

The fingerprint sensor sits on the side and was accurate in unlocking the phone in most cases. This can sometimes fail when trying with oily hands. Dolby Atmos is also supported for the single speaker, but I personally would have liked the stereo speakers considering their price.

In the Galaxy M53 5G, Samsung has added an automatic data switching feature that automatically switches between two SIM cards from the same or different networks. The idea is to help users connect to an active data connection all the time.

Software-wise, the phone runs on Android 12 out of the box with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 skin on top. The company has committed to two years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates for it. Compared to MIUI and FunTouch OS, OneUI is pretty easy to use, but the phone comes with lots of third-party bloatware, which can be uninstalled if needed.

Camera

In terms of specs, the Galaxy M53 5G features a quad-camera setup on the back consisting of a 108-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. megapixels, and a 2- megapixel depth camera. When it comes to overall performance, the camera seems like a mixed bag.

In good light, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G snapped decent photos with a good amount of detail and near-accurate color. The situation remains the same when you click on macro photos. But to click a detailed portrait shot, I had to be a bit more patient for the camera to focus on the subject and blur the background. When it comes to quality, portraits sometimes lacked detail and the same was true with ultra-wide angle shots. Photos clicked in low light looked fine but often lacked detail and looked blurry. Night mode somehow helped improve the quality a bit, but not much.

Selfie camera performance also seems to be mixed. The 32-megapixel selfie shooter captured 8-megapixel pixel photos by default. In daylight, selfies looked full of detail with natural colors, but in low light, they looked below average and completely out of focus. The front camera was able to capture decent portraits with manageable edge detection.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is backed by a 5000mAh battery, which lasts almost a day of heavy usage, which includes social media and internet browsing, WhatsApp chatting, emailing , voice calls, running games and watching videos on YouTube. This one also doesn’t come with a bundled charger, so if you don’t have a USB Type C charger at home, you’ll have to spend more to buy one. Samsung says it comes with 25W charging capacity.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is a pretty decent phone for the price with some areas for improvement. The smartphone offers decent performance and longer battery life, but departments like the camera should have been optimized better in my opinion. The design also looks boring, but the build quality is excellent.

Per company policy, none of the new Samsung phones offer a charging brick in the box, but considering the price of the Galaxy M53 5G, I would have liked to see a Type-C charger in the box.

Should I buy it? Samsung loyalists should definitely opt for this one, depending on their budget, but consumers looking for a phone with great cameras can opt for the Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge 5G. The Galaxy M53 5G offers decent performance, but for gamers the Realme GT 5G makes more sense price-wise.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review 7.5/10

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