Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Galaxy A52 5G: Everything That's New

Samsung's new $450 phone comes with battery and camera improvements.

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Lisa Eadicicco is a senior editor for CNET covering mobile devices. She has been writing about technology for almost a decade. Prior to joining CNET, Lisa served as a senior tech correspondent at Insider covering Apple and the broader consumer tech industry. She was also previously a tech columnist for Time Magazine and got her start as a staff writer for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide.
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Galaxy A53 5G

Samsung's Galaxy A53 5G.


Samsung's new midrange Galaxy A53 5G, announced at its Galaxy A event on Thursday, has a lower price, larger battery and improved camera compared to its predecessor. The new phone costs $450 (£399, roughly converting to AU$710), which is $50 less than last year's Galaxy A52 5G. It launches on March 31 through T-Mobile and Verizon, with broader availability through AT&T, Samsung and other retailers coming on April 1. 

The announcement comes during what has already been a busy year for Samsung. The company released the Galaxy S21 FE in January before launching the Galaxy S22 lineup in February. Samsung's new phone also seems to be directly competing with the similarly priced $430 iPhone SE, which Apple debuted just days before Samsung's event. 

The Galaxy A53 5G's camera may look similar to the Galaxy A52 5G's on paper. But Samsung said in a press release that the A53 5G has a "new and improved" main 64-megapixel camera sensor. Samsung upgraded the device's photo processing capabilities, which should result in better detail and color as well as improved low-light performance, a company representative also revealed via email. It's also bringing photo editing options from its more premium phones to the A53 5G, such as tools for erasing unwanted background objects and remastering old photos. 

The Galaxy A53 5G also runs on Samsung's Exynos 1280 processor, according to a Samsung representative. That's notable because the company usually relies on Qualcomm's chips to power its smartphones in the US. The new phone also comes with a 5,000-mAh battery, which Samsung claims will last for two days. The Galaxy A52 5G, by comparison, comes with a 4,500-mAh battery that lasts for roughly a day and a half with the high refresh rate setting turned off, according to CNET's review. The new phone will also receive four generations of Android operating system upgrades and five years of security updates, which is an additional year than the Galaxy A52 5G offers for both general updates and security. 

Samsung's line of A-series devices have become increasingly important as it's struggled to maintain pace with Apple in the premium smartphone market. Samsung's global market share of phones priced at $800 or more dropped between 2019 and 2021 as Apple's grew, according to data that the International Data Corporation shared with CNET. Galaxy A devices also accounted for nearly two thirds of all Samsung smartphones sold in 2021, Counterpoint Research's Liz Lee said in an emailed statement, underscoring the importance of its budget phones.

Here's a closer look at how the new Galaxy A53 5G compares to the A52 5G based on the information Samsung has shared about the device.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Galaxy A52 5G

Galaxy A53 5GGalaxy A52 5G
Display size, resolution, 6.5 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display (1,080x2,400), 120Hz6.5 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (1,080x2,400 pixels), 120Hz
Pixel density 407ppi407ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 2.94x6.28x0.32 inches2.95x6.29x0.33 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 74.8x159.6x8.1mm75.1x159.9x8.4mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 189g189g
Mobile software Android 12Android 11
Camera 64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (depth), 5-megapixel (macro)64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel32-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K
Processor Samsung Exynos 1280 (Octa-core 5-nanometer processor)Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
Storage 128GB128GB/256GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 1TBYes, up to 1TB
Battery 5,000 mAh4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor YesYes
Connector USB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoYes
Special features 5G-enabled, 120Hz display, IP67 rating, 25W fast charging5G-enabled, 120Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging
Price off-contract (USD) $450$500