Samsung Galaxy M53 5G review: Has the update happened in the true sense?

Galaxy M53 5G occupies the first position in Samsung’s M series. A wide range of prices is available in this series of the company. This latest smartphone comes with exciting features like 120Hz refresh rate, Super AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, and vapor cooling system. It has a 108 megapixel camera. My first impressions of the device were positive. Now the time has come to see how you compete with the competition in the market. Is this a good upgrade to the Galaxy M52 5G and should it be your first choice for smartphones under Rs 30,000? Let’s find out…

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G price in India

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G price in India starts from Rs.26,499. It comes in its 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant. The latest variant comes with 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage, which costs Rs 28,499. It had the Mystic Green color unit. It also comes in Deep Ocean Blue color.

Design of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is made mostly of plastic and feels sturdy, but not too premium. On first impression, I praised its Mystic Green finish. I still keep it as it helps it stand out from the competition. After using it for a week, I found that it removes stains easily, even though they are not very visible. Being the most expensive device in the M series, the company should have given it a back case in the box as well.


The missing accessories in the box include a charger. Only USB Type C to Type C cable is available in the box. If you have a USB Type-C charger, you can charge the device with that. For fast charging you will need a 25W charger. The official Samsung charger is available for Rs.1200.

The phone’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner is easy to reach, but the volume buttons are not. Because it is large, it is a bit difficult to use the device with one hand. It has a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, as was also featured on the Galaxy M52 5G. The weight of the phone is 176 grams which according to me can be handled easily.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G Specifications and Software

The MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC has been included in the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G. It also has a vapor cooling chamber that keeps the temperature of the phone in check. With dual sim support, it has been given 12 5G bands and there is also support for 4G VoLTE. The company has given you the automatic data exchange function. With this, when the data on one SIM stops, the phone automatically switches to the data on the other SIM so that the data connection is maintained on the phone at all times.

Hybrid SIM tray has been included in this latest phone from Samsung. I think the company should have brought out another variant with more storage. Through the RAM Plus feature, you can use a small part of the storage as RAM. In my 6 GB variant, I also had the flexibility to use 6 GB of space as RAM from storage. This is useful when you are multitasking.


The phone’s Super AMOLED Plus panel comes with Full-HD Plus resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Only a few smartphones like Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge 5G, Mi 11i and Realme GT Master Edition come with high refresh rate AMOLED displays at this price. In this, the screen refresh rate was set to 120Hz by default. In the display settings, there is an option to choose between Vivid and Natural color mode. With this, you can change the color temperature of the panel.

On the software front, the phone runs Android 12 out of the box with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 skin on top. The company has promised two years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates for the Galaxy M53 5G. OneUI is easy to use, but along with it comes a lot of third-party bloatware as well. You can uninstall most of these apps. Similar to Apple’s Continuity feature, you can copy and transfer text and images to other Samsung devices. But for that same samsung account you need to sign in on all devices. The phone also has some experimental features including Multi Window with the help of which you can run various apps in resizable popup windows.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G performance and battery life

The performance of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is quite good for a common user. Its sharp Super AMOLED display has good viewing angles, and there are plenty of customization options, too. Dolby Atmos is supported by a single speaker. The experience would have been better if there were dual speakers.

Daily usage needs are seamlessly met in Samsung Galaxy M53 5G. Apps and games load quickly and multitasking is smooth. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quite accurate and there’s little chance of a second attempt to unlock the phone. The 120Hz refresh rate also makes the UI feel super smooth.


The gaming performance of the phone is quite good. On this, Asphalt 9: Legends ran great at 60Hz and there was no lag. After 15 minutes of gaming, the battery was down to 3 percent, which is normal. The phone did not feel hot.

Talking about the benchmark scores, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G scored 424,426 points on AnTuTu. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, it scored 731 and 2,264 points, respectively. These scores were lower than Realme GT Master Edition and Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge 5G, which are cheaper at the starting price and come with better specifications.

The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is impressive. Its 5,000 mAh battery lasts more than a day. The phone ran for 18 hours and 24 minutes in the HD video loop test. No charger was delivered with the phone, so I used the MacBook Air (2020) USB Type-C charger. The phone also showed fast charging, but it was hard to tell if it was charging at its full 25W capacity. The phone charged to 31 percent in half an hour and 58 percent in an hour.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G cameras

Quad camera setup has been provided in Samsung Galaxy M53 5G. It has a 108-megapixel main camera, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. By comparison, Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge 5G also comes with the same camera setup.


The phone is very fast to focus and takes the correct exposure. The close-ups are also very impressive. However, portrait shots require some patience as it takes some time. The phone’s daylight shots are quite good and details come out well. The main camera’s hue is also found in the ultraviolet camera photos, which is a good thing. But there is a lack of details in this. Barrel distortion is much less visible in ultra-wide photos.


The macro camera captures decent photos and I was able to get really close to the subject while shooting. Its low-light camera performance is pretty good. However, detail was lacking in the dark areas of the landscape shots. Night mode showed a slight improvement, but it took the phone 3-4 seconds to capture a photo. Sometimes good photos came through and other times smooth results were received. So nothing can be said for sure about it.


The phone’s 32-megapixel selfie camera captures 8-megapixel photos by default. Selfies taken during the day look pretty good. The colors are natural. Edge detection is good in portrait shots. Low-light performance of the selfie camera is average.

Speaking of video recording, you can record 4K videos at 30fps. The phone relies on EIS for image stabilization. The colors in the video look great in daylight, but the video appears to be shaking. In low light images, there is a lot of disturbance in my opinion. There’s also a Super Steady mode in the camera app, but it crops the frame a lot for stabilization and limits the resolution to 1080p.


The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is a decent upgrade to the Galaxy M52 5G. The phone looks premium and the hardware is solid. One thing that goes in the phone’s favor is that it promises Android operating system and security updates, so it can compete with its rivals in the long run. In my opinion, its 6 GB RAM variant proves to be better value for money. I also think Samsung should have included a 25W charger for the price.

If the Galaxy M53 5G still doesn’t suit you, you can look at the Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge 5G, which is a much better alternative. In this, you get a more powerful Dimensity 920 SoC chipset and a 120W charger is available in the box itself. Those who are looking for a good camera phone can look at the Realme 9 Pro+. If your budget does not allow it, Mi 11i and Realme GT Master Edition can also be options.

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