Samsung Galaxy M53 review

GSMArena Team, 29 June 2022.


Samsung's midrange M-series was upgraded earlier this year, and we got our hands on the Galaxy M53 after covering its A-series counterpart a couple of months ago. We did say 'upgrade' in the previous sentence, but is it really? Let's go over the specs to see where it stands on paper.

For starters, the cameras are a 'neither here, nor there' type of situation - the main one has gotten a larger and higher-res sensor but that's at the expense of the ultrawide and the macro units which have both been downgraded.

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

The 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate is still here; no complaints. The battery capacity, while far from the M51's class-leading 7,000mAh, remains at 5,000mAh as was on the M52, so this too can be filed under 'no change is a good thing'. The 25W charging rating remains too.

Samsung Galaxy M53 specs at a glance:

  • Body: 164.7x77.0x7.4mm, 176g; plastic back, plastic frame.
  • Display: 6.70" Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz, 1080x2408px resolution, 20.07:9 aspect ratio, 394ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 (6 nm): Octa-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G68 MC4.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 12, One UI 4.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/4", 1.12┬Ám; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide).
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted).

Samsung Galaxy M53 unboxing

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

Samsung Galaxy M53 review

Reader comments

  • Upender
  • 14 Mar 2023
  • vwd

Waste phone, this phone camera issue in 2days after buying. Camera failed like message getting. Power button also not issues are there

  • Anonymous
  • 07 Mar 2023
  • Ava

M53 is really quite a good phone,I got one to replace a A52s 5G. M53 is as fast, screen is similar, battery life is great, cameras are just fine, and the real fingerprint scanner is wonderful. Just got OneUI5.1 a few days ago, too. No regre...

  • Foster04
  • 05 Feb 2023
  • rK$

Yes m52 is a good phone but m53 is terrible