Samsung’s Galaxy A53 leaked not too long ago, and we told you back then that the 2022 mid-range would dominate the Galaxy S22. This was before all the Galaxy S22 controversies. The prediction was based on the sales performance of the A53’s predecessors. These phones have outsold their Galaxy S contemporaries in previous years.
Fast forward to Wednesday, and Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy A53. The phone offers truly amazing value for anyone looking for decent performance for the right price. And the price, by the way, just got better. Add to that the same four years of Android warranties and the Galaxy S22’s 5G support, and you’ve got a Samsung phone that can easily outperform a flagship.
Like the iPhone SE 3, the Galaxy A53 is similar to the previous generation. Galaxy A52 users will find the punch-hole design similar. The same goes for the rear-facing plastic back. They’ll expect 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for the cheapest model.
This is precisely what Samsung offers with the Galaxy A53. We have a 6.5-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The camera system on the back is also as expected: 64-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and two 5-megapixel depth and macro lenses. A 32-megapixel shooter pierces the screen.
The price of the Galaxy A53
What has changed on the Galaxy A53 is the processor. Instead of a Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC), you’ll get the 5nm Exynos 1280 chip. Or the kind of SoC that Samsung can throttle and no one will care. Put differently; the Galaxy A53 will not touch the iPhone SE 3 in terms of performance.
Also new is the 5,000mAh battery, which Samsung claims will last two days on a single charge. By the way, that’s 25W charging. Add IP67 water and dust resistance, and the Galaxy A53 should be on any list of mid-range devices.
This is especially since Samsung has reduced the price of the Galaxy A53 by $50. The phone is available for pre-order starting at $449.99 before any trade-ins or other offers. Plus, you get a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live, which costs $169.99 otherwise. The Galaxy A53 will ship to buyers on April 1.
Android’s four years of updates should seal this deal, as it ensures you’ll be on the latest version of Android for as long as you might want to use the phone. You also get five years of security upgrades.
The other mid-range Samsung
While US buyers only get the Galaxy A53, Samsung launched two more A-series models on Wednesday. The Galaxy A33 is the cheaper version of the Galaxy A53. Also a 5G phone, the Galaxy A53 has a slightly smaller screen at 6.4 inches. And it only supports 90Hz refresh rates.
The screen design is also remarkable. It is not a punch-hole display. Instead, it has a camera notch at the top and a larger bottom bezel. The main rear camera is also downgraded to a 48-megapixel sensor.
Otherwise, the Galaxy A33 is identical to the Galaxy A53. But the phone will retail in Europe for €369. The price of the Galaxy A53 in Europe is €449, which implies that the Galaxy A33 would cost $369 in the US. But, again, Samsung isn’t launching the more affordable A-series phone in the US.
Finally, there’s the high-end Galaxy A72, which isn’t launching in the US either. The phone packs a larger 6.7-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 778G SoC, and a 108-megapixel main camera. The phone will go on sale in select markets on April 22, at an undisclosed price. The Galaxy A33 5G will also arrive in various markets on April 22.