Motorola Moto G53 review
The Motorola Moto G53 5G is part of the company’s renewed mid-range portfolio. The main new addition it brings to the table is 5G connectivity. While the G53 offers solid specs, the addition of 5G appears to have been expensive.
Compared to its predecessor – the Moto G52, the G53 comes with a Snapdragon 4xx class chipset – specifically the Snapdragon 480+, whereas the G52 has a Snapdragon 680. There have also been some display downgrades. The G53 replaces the FullHD+ OLED panel on the G52 with an HD+ IPS LCD panel. At least on the plus side, the refresh rate is up from 90Hz to 120Hz on the G53.
Motorola Moto G53 specifications at a glance:
- Body: 162.7×74.7×8.2mm, 183g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame; Water resistant design.
- Screen: 6.50″ IPS LCD, 120Hz, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM4350-AC Snapdragon 480+ 5G (8nm): Octa-core (2×2.2GHz Kryo460 & 6×1.8GHz Kryo460); Adreno 619.
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS/Software: Android 13.
- Rear camera: wide (main): 50MP, f/1.8, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: wide (main): 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12 µm; or wide (main): 16 MP, f/2.2, 1.0 µm.
- Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; 18W cable (China, LATAM), 10W cable (International), Reverse cable.
- Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio (depending on market/region); 3.5 mm jack; stereo speakers.
The rear cameras are also different. The main 50 MP camera uses a smaller sensor with 0.64 µm pixels (1.28 µm with binning). As you might expect, the camera is limited to 1080p video recording (only 30fps, not 60fps like the G73). In addition, there is a regular 2MP macro camera instead of an ultra-wide camera.
Probably the most inexplicable downgrade of all, however, is for charging. Like its predecessor, the G53 comes with a hefty 5,000 mAh battery. However, unlike it, the G53 only supports 10W charging in the international model and 18W in China and Latin America.
Despite these shortcomings compared to its predecessor, the Moto G53 still deserves a chance to impress us in practice. Join us on the following pages as we dig deeper.
The Moto G53 ships in a two-part box made of cardboard and colored in a natural-looking cardboard brown. Motorola has had this reusable packaging initiative going for some time now. The very minimal print on the box is also done with soy ink.
On the inside, despite the lack of plastic, there’s still a cradle to protect the phone and a couple of lower-level compartments.
The G53 comes with a charger in the box. Also a USB Type-A to Type-C cable. That sums up approx. the accessory package. There is no case or anything like that.