Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs Galaxy A52 5G: all the differences - PhoneArena

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

Sitting somewhere between the cheapest phones (that often make too many compromises) and luxury flagship devices, the Galaxy A53 is the mid-range option that gets the fundamentals right.

However, that is also exactly what last year's Galaxy A52 model did, and this newer one shapes up to be surprisingly similar, so what are the differences that Samsung brings to the table and is this new update to the A series phone worth it?

Little has changed in terms of looks: both the new A53 5G and older A52 5G are plastic phones with 6.5-inch screens, both have a similar-looking camera array on the back and both use an optical in-display fingerprint scanner. The good news is that the starting price is now lower at $450.

The new model is also a little bit thinner, a tad more stylish, and most importantly - with a faster processor, improved cameras and a gigantic battery inside.

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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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

The Good

  • 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

The Bad

  • Disappointing haptics
  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • No more headphone jack
  • Gaming experience is a bit of a let down
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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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 (6.46" if you want to be precise). Both use AMOLED tech and again both have 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling. The one thing Samsung keeps reserved for its flagships is dynamic refresh rate, so these budget models stay locked at 120Hz while premium models would dynamically vary the refresh rate and only fire up the 120Hz when needed.

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.

Battery and Charging

The A53 might actually get a significant 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!

We will be running our independent tests as soon as we get the A53 5G, so stay tuned for the exact results coming soon.

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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.

We will be updating this section with actual camera samples once we have the phone.  

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.

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. We are yet to hear more details about specific 5G bands, but don't expect to see mmWave support in the United States.


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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