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Samsung Galaxy M53 5G: Worth an upgrade?

While the 5G-capable Dimensity 900 chipset we have here is fine, the Snapdragon 778 from the previous model is a more powerful performer

Update : 04 Jan 2023, 07:20 PM

Samsung's midrange M-series received an upgrade in April last year. While we used the word "upgrade," is it really better than its previous iteration? 

First off, the cameras are in a very weird position. The primary camera has a bigger, higher-resolution sensor but the ultrawide and macro units have both been downgraded as a result.

While the 5G-capable Dimensity 900 chipset we have here is fine, the Snapdragon 778 from the previous model is a more powerful performer.

The 6.7-inch OLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz is still available. Meanwhile, the battery capacity is still 5,000mAh, the same as M52, which is lower than the class-leading 7,000mAh of the M51.

The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version of Galaxy M53 is currently available at Tk49,499 in Excel eStore. 

Aesthetic

With a lineup that diverse, Samsung's design aesthetic in the midrange has been a little unpredictable. The A-series seems to have chosen a uniform styling that was extended all the way down to the A13 in  2022, although the less expensive models still have some distinctive features.

The Galaxy M53 is still obviously different from the A series even though it doesn't show a lot of continuity from the M52 5G from 2021.

With the same 7.4mm thickness, the Galaxy M53 weighs 176 grams, a little more than the M52. 

From a visual standpoint, we actually like the change from the glossy rear of the M52 5G to the frosted matte finish in the M53. 

Although it is far from fingerprint-proof and actually picks up its fair share of smudges, it tends to look much cleaner during and after use than the model from the previous year.

The Galaxy M53's frame — also made of plastic — is glossy and therefore more likely to get fingerprints on it.

On the right side of the phone, we have a fingerprint sensor embedded within the power button and volume rockers. The phone does not come with a headphone jack. 

The card slot is located on the opposite side. It has two slots and can accommodate two nano SIM cards or one nano SIM and one microSD, but not all three at once. The phone lacks a formal IP rating, but the tray has a seal to keep the slot clean.

Display

Galaxy M53 comes with a Super AMOLED Plus panel with 1080x2400px resolution and a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, the same as 2021's M52.

The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the peak brightness is 800 nits, according to gsmarena. 

Vivid and Natural modes are available in the display settings, with Vivid serving as the default. A five-position temperature slider and RGB sliders are available in Vivid mode behind an "Advanced settings" button.

The Galaxy M53 from Samsung makes no HDR claims, and HDR checker apps show that the device has no HDR support at all. In contrast, the M52 would at least play the HDR content on YouTube. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do support FullHD resolution thanks to the Widevine L1 certification.

You get the usual Motion smoothness menu item in display settings for enabling the 120Hz refresh rate. The Standard option delivers 60Hz across the board, as expected.

Performance

The Dimensity 900, a 6nm-processed Mediatek chipset with 5G capabilities, is installed in the Galaxy M53. Compared to the Snapdragon 778G of the Galaxy M52 5G, that is a downgrade.

The AnTuTu 9 score of Dimensity 900 is 472,825. Snapdragon 778G, on the other hand, scores 12% better than Dimensity 900, according to Nanoreview. 

Even though it scores less than the Snapdragon 778G, MediaTek Dimensity 900 is a perfectly capable chipset. It can do all the regular tasks you would need to do on your smartphone with ease and can also play any games. 

It is just that it's not as capable as the Snapdragon 778G. And the fact that the Snapdragon counterpart was already included in the previous year's smartphone makes it weirder. 

Camera

Samsung M53 has a quad camera setup. It has a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera and two 2MP depth and macro sensors. 

The Samsung Isocell HM6 sensor serves as the foundation for the main camera. The ultrawide resolution has been reduced, from 12MP on the M52 5G to 8MP now.

The Galaxy A33 and the Realme 9 Pro+ both use the well-liked Sony IMX 355 sensor. The M53's ultrawide camera lacks autofocus, just like in earlier versions.

We now come to the two 2MP auxiliary cameras. One is marked "macro" and the other is a depth sensor. 

As you can see, the macro is a much more subpar 5MP unit than the one Samsung used on the M52 5G from last year and on models higher up the lineup.

There are no changes on the front. The M53 uses the 32MP selfie camera (Sony IMX 616) found on the M52 5G and the M51.

The Galaxy M53's main camera takes excellent photos when Scene Optimizer and Auto HDR are both turned on. 

The software improvements aren't excessive, and the result is a pleasingly lively colour that isn't oversaturated. White balance wasn't a problem for us either. 

Great global contrast and well-defined tonal extremes are both visible, and dynamic range is excellent.

In terms of dynamic range, the ultrawide camera isn't quite up to par with the primary one, but it's still pretty good compared to other ultrawides, even better than midrange ones. 

The colours are pleasant as well, if somewhat a little more intense than what the main camera produces. However, it is not as good as the M52's ultrawide camera since that was 12MP. 

M53 struggles a lot while capturing images in low-light scenarios. However, the night mode helps a lot. The portrait mode is also decent in both the rear and front cameras.

The Galaxy M53 can record video at up to 4K at 30fps with its main camera. It also supports 60 fps video recording at 1080p resolution. 

Battery

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G has a 5000 mAh battery inside, which is the same as last year's M52. It supports up to 25 Watts charging, which should take a little more than an hour and a half to fully charge the phone. 

However, there is no power brick available with the phone, which sounds like a bummer. Buying a Samsung original power brick will cost a lot and we would recommend you go with the power brick you already have at your home or buy one from some other brands.

You will get more than a day worth of battery backup on a single charge, which mostly depends on the usage. 

Verdict

Galaxy M53 5G is the latest smartphone from Samsung's M lineup and that's one of the things it stands out for. Due to being the latest in the M lineup, you will be getting a year extra when it comes to software updates compared to M52. It's got a great display, battery life to spare and a decently capable camera system as well. 

However, if you want a better value for money and can get an M52, go for that instead. The one-year-old M32 will perform much better than the M53. 

M52 has a 12MP ultrawide camera compared to M53's 8MP one and a 5MP macro camera instead of a 2MP one, which doesn't come to any use anyways. 

Last but not the least, the M52 has a Snapdragon 778G inside, which is better than the MediaTek Dimensity 900 that the M53 came with. 


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