Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: New mid-range smartphone announced with longer software support than the Xiaomi 12 or Xiaomi 12 Pro for under €450
Samsung has announced the Galaxy A53 5G, a larger alternative to the Galaxy A33 5G. The pair rely on the same Exynos 1280 SoC and 5,000 mAh battery, but the Galaxy A53 5G has superior cameras and a higher refresh rate display. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy A53 5G is more expensive than its smaller sibling.
As expected, the Galaxy A53 5G has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display that offers a 1080p resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, Samsung states that it has equipped the Galaxy A53 5G with a 32 MP front-facing camera (f/2.2), complemented by four rear-facing sensors. Arguably, the highlight is the 64 MP primary camera, which has an f/1.8 aperture and supports OIS. Moreover, Samsung has equipped the handset with dual 5 MP cameras for collecting depth of field and macro information.
Like the Galaxy A33 5G, the Galaxy A53 5G will be orderable in Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Peach and Awesome White. Similarly, the handset will launch with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage, albeit for €449. In comparison, the Galaxy A33 5G costs €369. However, Samsung will also sell an 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage configuration for €509, which is unavailable with the Galaxy A33 5G.
Samsung will provide 4 years of Android OS updates and 5 years of security patches, a commitment that it made last month with the Galaxy S22 series. By contrast, Xiaomi could only offer 3 Android OS updates and 4 years of security patches for the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, despite their billing as flagship smartphones.
Samsung will start selling the Galaxy A53 5G from April 1 in the Eurozone. According to Samsung's press release, it will bundle a pair of Galaxy Buds Live earbuds with pre-orders placed from today to March 31, as well as providing various trade-in bonuses. The Galaxy A53 5G ships with Android 12 and One UI 4.1, matching the Galaxy A33 5G.