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Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review: A worthy upgrade. Samsung Galaxy m 53

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review 7.5/10. Cons

In Short

  • Samsung Galaxy M53 5G goes against the likes of OnePlus Nord 2, among others.
  • Samsung Galaxy M53 5G looks impressive on paper.
  • Samsung Galaxy M53 5G takes design cues from Galaxy M33 5G.

Samsung was among the first phone manufacturers to offer 5G devices at an affordable price point. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer possibly aims to have the complete catalog of 5G phones in place 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 the Galaxy M52 from last year.

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G for the last two weeks or so and it offers some decent specifications for the price it comes at. 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-end 8GB RAM model.

Considering the price, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G goes against the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, the Motorola Edge 30, the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G, among others. The question now is is it 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 great build quality and the Galaxy M53 5G is no exception. The design, though, looks outdated and boring. The build is something that 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 in time, as was the case with the younger sibling Galaxy M33 5G (review). The phone is extremely well balanced and weight is distributed evenly all throughout. This makes it extremely easy for users to use the device easily all through the day. Whether it is for playing games or watching videos on YouTube or browsing social media feeds, the Galaxy M53 5G lets one do all of that with ease. The smartphone, though, feels slightly large in the hands.

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

The front design is also inspired by some of the latest M series phones with a hole punch display and slim bezels on the sides. The chin, though, is slightly thicker. Overall, the Galaxy M53 5G looks decent but Samsung, I believe, could have experimented a bit with the design. The company played quite safe in this aspect.

Display

The Galaxy M53 5G offers an impressive viewing experience. It packs a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display similar to the predecessor Galaxy M52 5G. There’s a tiny hole punch at the top of the selfie camera but that doesn’t appear as a distraction at any point in time.

The phone offers a 120hz screen refresh rate, which is enabled by default but can be reset to standard if required. At a higher refresh rate, the battery drains faster compared to say 90hz. There’s a battery saver mode available that helps when the phone is running on a higher refresh rate, but not much. Overall, in terms of performance, the 120hz refresh rate results in faster and smoother scrolling, but the difference is not much when in standard mode.

The screen gets quite bright even under Delhi’s harsh summer sun, but in such situations, I had to maximize the brightness level. In other situations, a brightness level around 40-50 per cent was adequate for browsing social media and the internet, watching videos on YouTube and more. The colours look punchy and viewing angles are also quite decent when compared to most devices available at the price point.

Performance and software

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

As far as the overall performance is concerned, the Galaxy M53 5G offers a pretty decent experience for casual users. The smartphone was able to keep up with day-to-day tasks without any hiccups. Switching between apps, browsing social media, sending emails or chatting on WhatsApp was smooth. Overall, the Galaxy M53 5G was able to manage to multitask pretty well. The same goes with gaming. The phone was able to handle basic as well as heavy graphics games well. But, during extended gaming sessions, there were some signs of stutters, but that sometimes happens with phones that cost a bomb. The good thing is, that the phone didn’t warm up even during extended gaming sessions. There’s a vapour cooling chamber that keeps the temperature in check.

The fingerprint sensor sits on the side and was accurate in unlocking the phone in most instances. It may miss sometimes when trying with greasy hands. There is support for Dolby Atmos for the single speaker as well, but I would have personally liked stereo speakers considering their price.

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

On the software front, 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 this one. When compared to MIUI and FunTouch OS, OneUI is kind of easy to use, but the phone comes with a lot of third-party bloatware, which can be uninstalled when required.

Camera

In terms of specifications, the Galaxy M53 5G includes a quad-camera setup on the back consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. As far as the overall performance is concerned, the camera appears to be a mixed bag.

In good light, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G clicked decent-looking shots with a good amount of details and almost accurate colours. The situation remains the same while clicking macro shots. But to click a detailed portrait photo, I had to be slightly more patient for the camera to FOCUS on the subject and blur out the background. As for the quality, portrait shots sometimes missed details and similar was the case with Ultrawide angle shots. Photos clicked in low-light looked fine but often missed details and appeared blurry. The night mode kind of helped improve the quality a bit, but not much.

Selfie camera performance also appears to be a mixed bag. The 32-megapixel selfie shooter captured pixel-binned 8-megapixel photos by default. In daylight, selfies looked full of details with natural colours but in low-light they looked below average and completely blurry. The front camera was able to capture decent portrait shots with manageable edge detection.

Battery

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

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G verdict

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is a fairly 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 optimised better in my opinion. The design also looks boring but the build quality is top-notch.

As 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 you buy it? Samsung loyalists should definitely go for this one, as per their budget, but consumers looking for a phone with outstanding 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 at the price point.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review: Impressive Cameras And Performance

The new Galaxy M53 5G offers a promising set of features. Learn how the device performed in our detailed review of the same.

The all-new Samsung Galaxy M53 5G smartphone is here and we are very excited to share our review of the device with all of you. It is offered with 6GB/8GB RAM, which is extendable up to 16GB, as claimed by the brand. This is coupled with a 128GB/256GB internal memory. The smartphone comes with a 120Hz FHD Super AMOLED display and a 5,000mAh battery capacity. One of the highlights of this model is its 108MP quad-camera system, which is paired with a 32MP front camera. Here is a complete review of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G so you can check out whether it is the right investment for you or not.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review: Design and Display

The Galaxy M53 5G smartphone comes riding a thin rectangular box. Along with the phone comes a USB to Type-C cable, a SIM ejector tool and a quick start guide within the package. As the brand tries to go green, it does not offer you an adapter with it.

The smartphone’s 6.7-inch shiny black display stares at you as soon as you unbox the package. Picking up the smartphone in your hands, you’ll feel it to be lightweight for its size. The 120Hz Super AMOLED Infinity-O display has a screen-to-body ratio of about 85%. It comes with a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The screen resolution is 1,080×2,408 pixels, the aspect ratio is 20:9 and the pixel density is 394ppi.

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Flip the phone over and you’ll meet its sleek and glossy plastic back cover in its body colour. The Galaxy M53 is offered in three colours, Blue, Green and Emerald Brown. We were able to get our hands on its Green coloured model. The back has been given an elegant minimalistic look. It doesn’t seem fingerprint-resistant. The rear quad camera system is placed neatly and symmetrically on a mount. Just below the mount lies the flashlight of the device. At the bottom in the centre is the Samsung brand engraving, which completes the look of the smartphone.

The model comes with a body-coloured metallic frame. On its left side lies the SIM card tray while on its right lies the volume button and the power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. At the bottom of the frame lies the Type-C USB port along with the mono speaker.

Bringing the phone to life, its bright and colourful FHD AMOLED display immediately appeals to the eyes. One gets to enjoy the features of the latest Android 12-based One UI 4.1 OS. The look and feel of its interface is that of a standard Samsung device. The screen colours appear to be well-lit and even the default theme has great contrast.

The icons within the home screen and the app drawer are square-shaped with rounded corners, as seen in a typical Samsung model. The touch of the smartphone feels quite soft and fluid. Overall, the display looks pretty and is easy to get accustomed to.

Streaming videos on YouTube is very life-like. The quality of the videos can be enhanced up to 2160p at a rate of 60fps. Watching movies and TV series on Netflix also provides a seamless experience. The picture quality delivered is super fine and the colours are vibrant. The Galaxy M53 5G comes with a mono-audio system. The mono-speaker works decently in terms of loudness and crispness of the sound. However, one still does miss stereo-audio output in the device.

The gaming experience on the device was tested by playing high-end games like Asphalt 9 Legends. The graphics offered are commendable and the response to the touch commands is also swift. Movements and actions are smooth. Together with the audio, gaming on the smartphone is quite enjoyable. A stereo sound output would have surely taken the experience to the next level though.

Overall, the design of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is graceful and has a sophisticated character to it. The display of the smartphone is also pretty amazing and works flawlessly.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review: Performance and Cameras

Elaborating further on the Galaxy M53 5G specifications, it gets offered with 6GB/8GB RAM options in combination with 128GB/256GB internal storage. The device supports nano dual-SIM and the microSD card slot shares its space with the SIM slot. It comes equipped with a MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 (6 nm) Octa-core processor.

It also offers Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity. The model comes with a Li-ion 5,000mAh battery which supports 25W fast charging as well as reverse charging. The battery life of the smartphone is also good. Upon heavy usage (including continuous binge-watching, gaming and camera use), it can last up to an entire day. After mild to moderate usage, it can last for more than a day. The hours may vary by the different applications in use.

The device comes pre-installed with Android 12-based One UI 4.1 OS. The home screen and app drawer have a traditional Samsung interface. The device comes downloaded with some additional applications as well, which may or may not be useful. There was no app crash observed while using multiple applications simultaneously. Switching between apps was also quite hassle-free. The device also doesn’t seem to get heated easily upon usage for prolonged periods.

Coming to the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G camera review, it comes with a superb 108MP8MP2MP2MP quad rear camera system, along with a 32MP front camera. It has 5 zoom modes, 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x and 10x. The picture quality degrades significantly as we go up the zoom scale after 2x. The 5 zoom modes are available for use from the rear camera in the standard Photo mode and Video mode.

The Night mode offers 2 zoom modes for the rear camera, 0.5x and 1x. Two zoom modes (a normal and a wide-angle) are offered for the front selfie camera Portrait mode, Photo mode and Night mode whereas no zoom options are offered for video captures from the front camera. Videos can be captured in UHD resolution with up to a 30fps frame rate from both front and back.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G: Photo Mode

The rear camera’s Photo mode works great in capturing the fine details within the frame. The colour scheme is full of contrast and looks close to reality. Under suitable external conditions, the camera enhances each colour within the frame, making the images instantly pleasing to the eyes. The shots taken appear quite vivid in daylight.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G: Portrait Mode

The smartphone’s rear camera Portrait mode can very well be defined as one of its most significant highlights. Not only does it provide a superior picture quality, but the colours in the frame are captured extremely well. The overall result has a nice pop element to it. The blacks in the image are increased subtly while the saturation of each colour is tuned up a notch, producing astounding captures. You will fall in love with the camera’s capabilities in no time.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G: Night Mode

The rear camera’s Night mode also works pretty appreciably. Although the 0.5x zoom mode produces slightly blurry results, shots taken from the 1x zoom do not compromise in capturing the details at all. The surrounding lights captured by the camera help brighten up the image. Speaking of the front camera, it takes selfies quite decently.

The details are captured nicely while the skin tones appear close to reality. The Fun mode embeds all the Snapchat filters directly into the smartphone’s built-in camera, thereby providing ease of access. Apart from the above, the camera also offers various other modes like Food, Macro, Pro, Single Take, and many more.

Overall, the quality of the camera package offered with the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is pretty impressive and makes you happy.

Verdict

To sum up, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G seems to be a great smartphone choice. It offers a sophisticated design along with commendable display quality. The performance of the device is also up to the mark while the clicks from its premium quality cameras appear quite striking. Geekbench 5 CPU benchmarking gives it a single-core score of 506 and a multi-core score of 1989. The price of the smartphone may seem to incline toward the higher end for some people. However, if that’s not an issue, we would gladly give you a go-ahead for buying this device. It is a delight to use.

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is priced at Rs 28,499 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Cons

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Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review – a value for money mid-ranger

Samsung recently announced a new mid-range device in its Galaxy M series, dubbed as the Galaxy M53 5G. It is the successor of the Galaxy M52 5G and offers an improved design over its predecessor.

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is placed in the highly competitive ₹30,000 segment and takes on popular devices from companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi and Realme that offer similar features.

The main highlights of the Galaxy M53 5G include the Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, the 108MP primary camera and the 5,000mAh battery. The device also comes with 5G support, making it future proof as far as connectivity is concerned.

I’ve been using the Galaxy M53 5G for a couple of weeks now and here’s my full review of the latest mid-range smartphone from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G – Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is priced at ₹26,499 for the 6GB 128GB variant and ₹28,499 for the 8GB 128GB variant. It comes in Deep Ocean Blue and Mystique colour options and is available from Amazon India, Samsung Online store and Samsung authorized retailers across the country.

In this price segment, the device competes with the likes of the Nord CE 2 5G, Xiaomi 11i 5G and the Realme GT Master Edition.

Thin phone, glossy design

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G features a similar design as other Galaxy M series phones. It comes with a plastic back with a glossy finish. The device is thin and weighs 176 grams.

On the front, the device comes with an AMOLED display with a punch-hole notch in the middle for the selfie camera. The device features thin bezels on the sides.

At the back, the device features a square camera module that houses the quad camera setup. There is an LED flash below the camera module and the Samsung logo is placed at the bottom.

The device comes with volume rockers and the power button on the right side. The power button doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. The SIM tray has been placed on the left side of the device.

The device sports a USB Type-C port, a microphone and a speaker grille at the bottom.

Vivid display with punchy colours

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G features a 6.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The device features a punch-hole notch for the selfie camera.

The Super AMOLED display is vivid and offers excellent colour reproduction and brightness. Like with most other smartphones these days, you can finetune the colour profiles of the Galaxy M53 to your liking, choosing between natural and punchy options, among others.

Thanks to the Super AMOLED tech, the Galaxy M53’s display offers true blacks. It’s also one of the very few smartphones in this price range to offer a Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.

Breezy performance, day-long battery life

Powering the Galaxy M53 5G is the Mediatek Dimensity 900 chipset, making it one of the few Samsung smartphones without a Snapdragon or Exynos chipset. This is paired with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB storage.

In the real world, the Galaxy M53 5G was a breeze in most cases, with nary a stutter. Even in games, the M53 performed surprisingly well while playing graphics intensive titles like Call of Duty: Mobile, with support for both high and medium graphics. However, ‘very high’ frame rates are supported only with the ‘medium’ graphics option.

A 5,000mAh battery powers the Galaxy M53 5G. With moderate usage, the phone lasted me an entire day with some browsing, gaming for 30-45 minutes, streaming a few videos and some calls. Your mileage may vary, though.

The Galaxy M53 5G doesn’t come with a charger in the box, just like its pricier A-series sibling, the Galaxy A53 5G. It does support 25W fast charging, however.

Serviceable cameras

The Galaxy M53 5G sports a quad camera setup on the back, with a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide angle snapper, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth camera. On the front, it has a 32MP camera for selfies and video calling.

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy M53 manages to capture decent photos in daylight conditions with adequate detail and slight oversaturation.

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The phone does take a while to capture photos in lowlight and artificial light conditions, although the end results are decent. It does slow down a bit while capturing portrait photos, though.

Overall, the Galaxy M53 5G fares alright in decent lighting conditions, making it a serviceable option for most users.

Conclusion

The Galaxy M53 5G is a very good mid-range phone, especially if you want a Samsung smartphone in the sub-₹30,000 price segment.

It comes with a big, bright display, a big battery and smooth performance. The cameras are decent, as is the design, so there’s little to complain about, all things considered.

Its competitors include the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge that offers a similar feature sheet, but with nearly 6x faster charging thanks to 120W fast charging support. Other notable options include the Realme 9 Pro and the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Review

Samsung launched the Galaxy M53 5G smartphone a couple of months back as the successor to last year’s Galaxy M52. The new model retains the 120Hz FHD AMOLED screen, and the 5000mAh battery, but replaces the 64MP camera with a 108MP camera and the Snapdragon 778G SoC is replaced by a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC. Is this a good phone for the price? Let us dive into the review to find out.

Box Contents

  • Samsung Galaxy M53 5G smartphone 8GB RAM, 128GB storage version in Mystic Green colour
  • USB Type-C to C Cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Quick Start Guide and Warranty information

The phone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels at about 392 PPI, aspect ratio of 20:9. The display looks bright, thanks to 420 nits brightness, offers good color reproduction and the sunlight legibility is good as well. Since it has an AMOLED panel, it offers true blacks. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

It has a 120Hz refresh rate screen that offers a fluid user experience with smoother animations, scrolling and gaming. Similar to the other Samsung phones, there is an Eye comfort shield that limit blue light emitted by the screen. There is also dark mode, which looks great on the AMOLED screen. You can choose from Vivid or Natural screen modes based on your preference, or set the white balance manually. The phone doesn’t have DC dimming or low brightness anti-flicker mode. However, I didn’t notice any screen flicker issues in low brightness on the phone.

It doesn’t have notification LED, but there is Always on display with tap to show option that shows the AOD screen for 10 seconds after you tap the screen. You can also set a schedule or set it to show always. There are a lot of options to choose from such as clocks, GIF or you can download any AOD from Themes section.

On the top, there is an 32-megapixel camera in the tiny punch-hole, and the earpiece is present on the top edge. The punch-hole is small and it is not intrusive.

Coming to the button placements and ports, there is no change compared to the predecessor. The power button that includes the fingerprint sensor and the volume rockers are present on the right side. The hybrid dual SIM slot is present on the left side. The secondary microphone is on the top. The primary microphone, USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker grill are on the bottom. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack. Since the sides have a plastic frame with a glossy finish, they attract fingerprints easily.

On the back, there is a quad camera module in a matrix arrangement. Even though the phone has a 6.7-inch screen, it is compact to hold. It is 7.4mm thick, same as the M52, but it weighs 176 grams, about 3 grams heavier. The phone has a plastic back with a matte finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges, but the plastic back is prone to scratches with day-to-day use, so you need to use a case, which is not provided in the box.

In addition to the Mystique Green colour variant that we have, the phone also comes in Deep Ocean Blue colour.

  • 108MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture,
  • 8MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
  • 2MP macro cameras with f/2.4 aperture
  • 32MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture

The camera UI is similar to other Samsung phones running Android 12 with OneUI 4.1. There is Pro mode, Pro video, single take, Night mode, Food mode, Panorama, Macro mode, Slow motion, super slow-mo and hyperlapse.

Coming to the image quality, daylight shots are good, and the camera captures a good amount of detail, creates well exposed photos with good dynamic range and detailing, and dynamic range can further be improved enabling HDR mode from the settings, which automatically turns on HDR when needed. Even though the phone has a 108-megapixel sensor, the final output has 12-megapixel resolution. Autofocus speeds are fast and accurate. Ultra-wide shots from the 8MP camera are good in daylight, but not the best in low-light.

There is a dedicated macro camera mode, which is just average. Live FOCUS is decent in detecting the edges. Low-light performance is decent, but there is noise. This can be improved further with Night mode, but there is not much of a difference. 108-megapixel shots have good amount of details, but the colours are not vibrant. Images with flash is good and is not overpowering.

The 32-megapixel front camera is good. There is also a wide mode, similar to other Samsung phones. Software blur in the live FOCUS mode has average edge detection.

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Check out some camera samples.

It can record videos at maximum 4K resolution at 30 fps from both rear camera and 1080p 30 fps with front and ultra-wide cameras. You can switch between normal, ultra-wide and also between front and rear cameras when recording a video in a 1080p video. It can shoot slow motion at 720p and there is also super slow motion.

Software, UI and Apps

Coming to the software, the phone runs on Android 12, and it got May 2022 update recently. On the top of Android 12, it has the latest Samsung One UI 4.1, which brings several new features that include new theme options to configure home screens, icons, notifications, wallpapers and much more. There are also redesigned, upgraded widgets with deep customization, microphone and camera usage indicators and more. Samsung has confirmed 2 OS updates and 4 yeas of security updates for the phone.

The Device maintenance option lets you manage your device’s battery life, storage, RAM usage, and security all in one place. Out of 128GB storage in our unit, 105GB is free. Out of 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, about 5.2GB is usable and 3GB is free when default apps are running in the background. There is also a RAM Plus feature, which uses the internal memory of the phone to expand the RAM by an extra 6GB, in addition to the existing 6GB of RAM. This is enabled automatically. We got sequential read speeds of 861MB/s, so it should be UFS 2.2.

Apart from the usual set of utility apps and Google Apps, the smartphone comes with Amazon, Prime Video, Dailyhunt, Snapchat, Swiggy, PhonePe, BYJU’s, Truecaller, Netflix, and Microsoft Office, OneDrive, LinkedIn and Outlook apps. You get the option to install apps when you are setting up the phone, which you can choose not to. It also has Samsung Max, Samsung Pay mini, Secure Folder and Samsung Knox support. The phone doesn’t have ads, but shows notifications of new Samsung products occasionally.

Fingerprint sensor and Face unlock

The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that immediately unlocks the phone even when the phone is locked, even though it comes with an AMOLED screen. You can add up to 3 fingerprints, and adding fingerprint is easy. It has support for Face recognition, but we don’t recommend it. Both these are protected by Knox security.

Music Player and Multimedia

YouTube Music is the default music player. It has equalizer, Dolby Atmos, UHQ upscaler, and Adapt Sound that can be enabled from the settings. All these improve the audio when listening through earphones, and Dolby Atmos works only with earphones. It doesn’t have FM Radio support. That said, audio through earphones is good. Loudspeaker output from the mono speakers is decent.

The phone comes with Widevine L1 support out-of-the-box so that you can enjoy HD content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar and other streaming apps. However, it doesn’t have HDR playback support on YouTube or Netflix.

Dual SIM and Connectivity

It has support for 5G SA with support for 12 5G Network Bands (N1,N3,N5,N7,N8,N20,N28,N66, N38,N40,N41,N78) in India. Other connectivity options include, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0 and GPS with GLONASS. It has support for USB OTG, but there is NFC support. It has 4G connectivity and has Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi Calling or Vo-Wi-Fi support for Reliance Jio, Airtel and more, and also has support for LTE-A or Carrier Aggregation.

The Galaxy M53’s 5G’s head SAR is at 1.31/Kg which is well under the limit in India which is 1.6 W/kg (over 1 g), but it’s a bit high compared to most other Samsung phones.

Performance and Benchmarks

It powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 6nm SoC, which was introduced last year. This has 2 x A78 CPUs clocked at up to 2.4GHz, 6x A55 CPUs clocked at up to 2GHz. It has Mali-G68 MC4 and up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM.

The company doesn’t say if the phone has any kind of cooling. It gets a bit warm on intensive gaming and 4G data use, but it doesn’t get too hot to handle. We did not face any issues or frame drops in the graphic-intensive games like COD, BGMI and Genshin Impact. It reached maximum 42º in our testing indoors in Wi-Fi, but this might vary outdoors in 4G. That said, check out some synthetic benchmark scores below.

As you can see, Snapdragon 778G offers slightly better performance compared to Dimensity 900 powered Galaxy M53.

Battery life

The Galaxy M53 retains the 5000mAh battery which lasts for the whole day even with heavy use. I got over 6 hours of screen on time with my daily use mostly on Wi-Fi and occasionally on 4G with 2 days of use in 120Hz refresh rate. Adaptive battery saving and other options will let you increase the battery life, but the performance might be affected.

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Samsung doesn’t offer a charger in the box, but the phone supports 25W charging. With the official 25W fast charger, it takes about 1 and half hour for 0 to 100%, and 0 to 50% took about 40 minutes.

Conclusion

Overall, the Galaxy M53 5G is the decent mid-range 5G smartphone from Samsung in the M series, but this is not a value-for-money successor compared to the Galaxy M52. Even though this has the same 120Hz AMOLED display, and offers good battery life, the performance, especially the gaming performance of Dimenisty 900 is not on par with the 778G in the predecessor.

Alternatives

The POCO X4 Pro 5G is a good alternative in the price range, with a more powerful Snapdragon 870 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy M52, which is still selling at a discounted rate of Rs. 20,999 is a good alternative.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is priced at Rs. 26,499 for 6GB128GB and Rs. 28,499 for 8GB128GB variant. You can get it from Samsung.com, retail stores and Amazon.in. Samsung provides a cashback worth Rs. 2500 with ICICI Bank Credit cards and offers 25W Travel Adapter worth Rs. 1299 at Rs. 299 when you buy it with the phone on its site.

  • 120Hz AMOLED display is good
  • Good cameras
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • Average low-light camera performance
  • Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi 6 present in M52
  • Not a powerful processor for gaming compared to M52

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