Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs Galaxy A52 5G: differences

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Samsung Galaxy A53 vs Galaxy A52
The Galaxy A5X series are right in the middle of the price spectrum. At somewhere between $400 and $500 dollars, these phones are not cheap, but they are not expensive either.

The Galaxy A53 released in 2022 strikes a great balance between features and price, but that was also something we said about the Galaxy A52 model from 2021. So what are the actual differences between the two and has Samsung delivered meaningful upgrades?

In terms of looks, the Galaxy A53 and A52 are nearly identical: both have the same design style and both are made out of plastic. The form factor is the same with a 6.5-inch screen and the two have a similar camera style on the back. The good news is that the A53 has a lower starting price and is slightly faster and has improved camera quality. Let's find out more about those differences.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs А52 in a nutshell:

  • Plastic construction on both, A53 is thinner
  • 6.5" AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Exynos 1280 vs Snapdragon 720G
  • Four rear cameras on both (but no zoom lens)
  • Larger battery on A53
  • MicroSD card slot available on both
  • No headphone jack on Galaxy A53

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Galaxy A53 pros and cons


  • Great 120Hz screen
  • Dual speakers do a great job
  • Cameras produce solid image and video quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Clean design
  • Has microSD expandable storage


  • Disappointing haptics
  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • No more headphone jack
  • Not the best in terms of performance

Galaxy A53 5G: get at the Samsung store and save with a trade-in

Right now, Samsung sells the Galaxy A53 with a 17% discount. But if you opt to trade in a device you no longer use, you can get up to $275 off instant credit at Samsung.
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Galaxy A53 is also available at Amazon

Samsung's best-selling budget-friendly phone is also available to order at Amazon. The phone is available at a 7% lower price right now.

Galaxy A52 pros and cons


  • Beautiful, big, 90 Hz AMOLED screen
  • Good camera, OIS helps a lot
  • Stereo speakers sound good
  • Heyyy, headphone jack


  • All around plastic
  • A bit bulky
  • Performance can have a few hiccups

(Restored) Galaxy A52 at Walmart

The Galaxy A52 is available at Walmart. However, the device isn't a brand-new one. It's compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T. Currently, it's sold without a discount.

Samsung Galaxy A52 is available at Amazon

Samsung's Galaxy A52 is available at Amazon. If you're not willing to pay the full retail price for this device, consider purchasing a used one, as they come at more affordable prices.

Display and Design
Slight differences

Both being Galaxy A series phones, they are made using good old plastic all around, but the construction is solid overall.

One thing missing on the newer A53 5G is a headphone jack, which was available on the A52 5G.

Being plastic, both weigh less than your typical 6.5-inch phone and are quite comfortable to carry in a pocket. This by the way is one thing budget phones seem to do better than glass-and-metal premium phones.

You also get IP67 water and dust protection on both, so you know you don't need to worry if you get some rain or in case of an accidental drop in water. 

There is no difference in screen size as both have 6.5-inch screens. Both are AMOLED screen and again both have 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling. No dynamic refresh rate on either one, though, as that remains a premium feature.

The pair also share a discreet punch hole front camera in the center. For biometrics, you have an optical fingerprint scanner built inside the screen on both, and you can also use image-based face recognition.

Battery and Charging
The A53 gets a battery upgrade

Last year's Galaxy A52 5G had excellent battery life, and Samsung is only doubling down on that as the newer A53 5G comes with an even bigger battery cell inside, while still keeping the same weight.

You get a 5,000mAh battery on the A53 5G vs a 4,500mAh one on the A52 5G, which is nearly 11% larger capacity. Good stuff!

PhoneArena Battery Test Results:

Video Streaming(hours)Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G7h 45 min
Samsung Galaxy A528h 30 min
Web Browsing(hours)Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G15h 45 min
Samsung Galaxy A5212h 36 min
3D Gaming(hours)Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G5h 28 min
Samsung Galaxy A529h 42 min

In our independent tests, you can see the A53 outlast the A52 in the web browsing test, but for video streaming, they were pretty close, but the A52 actually scored higher.

One thing you are not getting in the box with this year's A53 5G is a charger. The new phone does support 25W charging speeds, so we recommend getting Samsung's official 25W USB-C charger that will cost you around $20.

There is no wireless charging support, in case you were wondering. That feature is reserved for the more premium Galaxy S21 FE model and up.


Still four camera, still no zoom lens

The Galaxy A53 5G has a more organic camera bump that now extends from the back of the phone and just looks plain cool.

However, at essence, it is about the same to what we had on the Galaxy A52 5G, which was a main + ultra-wide combo, and two largely useless macro and depth cameras. The one thing missing here is a telephoto zoom lens, and Samsung only adds that one in more expensive phones like the Galaxy S21 FE or the Galaxy S22 models.

Here is a look at the camera specs and how they differ between the A53 5G and the predecessor model:

There are no major differences in hardware, no bigger sensor as far as current information goes.

Still, Samsung is constantly improving the software that makes the images, and we expect to see subtle improvements in actual photo and video quality on the A53 5G.

Compared to last year’s model, the new A53 captures much more vibrant and lively colors that pop more. The difference is very clear and photos from the newer phone are ready to share without the need to edit, they just look consistently better. The older A52 also tends to capture pale colors and overexpose the highlights, a problem that is dealt with in the A53.

You can also see the same kind of improvement on photos with the ultra-wide camera. Detail also appears sharper, cleaner on the A53.

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A similar story applies with video where the A53 delivers a much improved dynamic range.

Performance and Software

The A53 is barely faster than the A52 5G

Under the hood, the Galaxy A53 5G features the Samsung Exynos 1280 processor, an octa-core chip with two high-performance cores running at 2.4GHz and six more frugal cores. And this time around, you only have one model with 6GB and 128GB of storage, which sounds like a good combo. Good news is that the microSD card slot is still available on the A53, and remains a staple of the Galaxy A series.

We have already seen performance benchmark leaked from an early Galaxy A53 5G model, and these are the scores:

As you can see, there is a small improvement in single-core performance over the Galaxy A52 5G model, but surprisingly, performance was lower even compared to the mid-cycle Galaxy A52s model and also significantly lower than the often discounted Galaxy S21 FE.

On the network side, you have 5G connectivity on both phones.


In terms of software, being the newer phone, the Galaxy A53 5G ships with the latest Android 12 and One UI 4.1 combo, while the previous model launched with Android 11 and was only updated to Android 12 in late January 2022. Good news is that Samsung has committed to 4 years of major software updates for the Galaxy A series! That's more than most other phone makers out there.

Just keep in mind that we have seen that after the first major update, Samsung is not in much of a rush to push those updates and they usually arrive with quite the delay, compared to something like a Google Pixel, which gets those updates on day one.

Galaxy A53 vs A52: Specs Comparison

And here is a detailed specs comparison between the Galaxy A53 5G and the previous A52 5G model:

Samsung brought the Galaxy A53 5G on March 17th, 2022, exactly one year after it launched the Galaxy A52 model.

Don't forget that last year, international markets also got a Galaxy A52 model with LTE only that was cheaper and had a slower, Snapdragon 720G processor. Also, midway between the A53 and A52, Samsung released a Galaxy A52S 5G model outside the US, which had a faster Snapdragon 778G inside.

At the end of the day, this new Galaxy A53 5G model is certainly a minor upgrade to an already excellent mid-ranger. The bigger battery and the tweaks to the camera are the bigger news, as well as the slight increase in performance are all the highlights.
If you are looking for a new phone in 2022, it only makes sense to get the newer A53 model, but if you already own a mid-range of the same class from last year, there is little to warrant an upgrade this year and you'd better stick with your current phone for at least one more year.

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