Samsung Galaxy M53 review

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Scarlette Lennon29 June 2022Last Update : 2 months ago
Samsung Galaxy M53 review

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Introduction

Samsung’s mid-range M-Series was upgraded earlier this year, and we got our fingers in the Galaxy M53 after covering its A-Series counterpart a few months ago. We said “upgrade” in the previous sentence, but is it real? Let’s review the specifications to see where it says on paper.

Samsung Galaxy M53 review

To begin with, the cameras are a ‘neither here nor there’ type of situation – the main one has got a larger sensor with higher resolution, but that is at the expense of the ultrawide and the macro devices, both of which have been downgraded.

Then there is the chipset – nothing is wrong with the 5G-compatible Dimensity 900 we have here, but the predecessor’s Snapdragon 778 is a more potent performer.

The 6.7-inch OLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz is still here; no complaints. Although the battery capacity is far from the M51’s class-leading 7,000 mAh, it remains at 5,000 mAh as it was on the M52, so this too can be archived under “no change is a good thing”. The charge value of 25W also remains.

Samsung Galaxy M53 specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 164.7×77.0×7.4 mm, 176g; plastic back, plastic frame.
  • Screen: 6.70 “Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz, 1080x2408px resolution, 20.07: 9 aspect ratio, 394ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6877 Dimension 900 (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G68 MC4.
  • Memory: 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / Software: Android 12, One UI 4.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 108 MP, f / 1.8, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 1/4 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.2, 26 mm (wide).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps; Front camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted).

Samsung Galaxy M53 unboxing

Another downgrade, and a very tangible one, is in the box and its contents. The two-piece white cardboard box is now half-height, which immediately tells you that there is no charger inside. There’s still a USB-C cable – maybe for the last time, the way things are going.

Samsung Galaxy M53 review
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