The Samsung A53 5G represents excellent value for its $449 MSRP. It boasts one of the best screens in its class, as expected from Samsung, with a 6.5-inch 1080p OLED that gives better contrast than the LCDs that are prevalent in this category. It also has a top refresh rate of 120Hz, which allows for smoother scrolling and a more “premium” experience.
The battery in the A53 5G lasts a full day of use, while the Exynos processor performs well enough for daily work. The main 64-megapixel camera on the phone is a step above the generally mediocre cameras in this class, including optical image stabilization to assist produce more clear images in low-light circumstances.
In many respects, the A53 5G differs from other low-cost Android phones, but its biggest feature may be its superb software support policy. Samsung has committed Android OS version updates for four years and security patches for five years. This offers the A53 5G an extraordinarily extended shelf life, especially when compared to Android phones, which typically receive two or three years of security updates. Given the phone’s IP67 rating for dust and water protection, it should last a very long time.
It’s worth noting that Google will release the Pixel 6A this summer, which is the only device on the horizon that may compete with the A53. On paper, it compares favorably, with a five-year security support policy comparable to Samsung (though only three years of OS upgrades are promised). However, the A53 sets a high bar for the Pixel 6A, and it is now the greatest Android phone in its class.