Samsung’s A-series smartphones have a reputation for solid performance at a pocket-friendly price. New rumours give us a few clues to how the new generation is shaping up; so here’s all we know so far about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A53.
When will the Samsung Galaxy A53 be released?
Traditionally, the bulk of the Galaxy A-series usually makes its debut in the early part of the year. As a guide, here’s when the last few generations arrived:
We’ve recently seen reports, from sites like Gadgets360, which say that the A53 is already in production at Samsung’s site in Greater Noida, India; all of which suggests the device could be released very soon.
While there’s no official word from Samsung, the Korean giant has announced a keynote event at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that will take place on 4 January 2022. We’re not sure if the Galaxy A53 will be released at the event, but there’s a decent chance it might make an appearance. Otherwise, still expect the device to arrive within the first quarter of 2022.
The range itself is currently composed of three models: the A52, A52 5G and A52s. Whether Samsung continues with this is something we’ll have to wait and see, but it seems likely that the non-5G version may not make the cut this time around. The A52s was very similar to the A52 5G, with a processor bump being the main difference.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy A53 cost?
Prices have been reasonably consistent with the A-series over the years. Again, as guide, here’s how much the last few models cost:
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G – £409/€459/$549.99
Samsung Galaxy A52 – £349/€349/$449.99
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G – £399/€429/$499.99
Samsung Galaxy A51 – £329/€370/$399.99
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G – £429/€470/$499.99
With most phones now adopting 5G capabilities as standard, it’s likely that the Galaxy A53 could come in just a 5G model this time around, meaning the price should be along the lines of the Galaxy A52 5G. As such, expect to pay around £399/€429/$499.99.
What features will the Samsung Galaxy A53 offer?
As Samsung is yet to confirm any details of the Galaxy A53, we don’t have any official specs for the new device. There have been some rumours and leaks though, which give us pointers with regards to what to expect when it arrives.
In terms of design, we’ve seen some interesting 3D renders from Digit India and @OnLeaks, claiming to be based on leaked information from sources close to Samsung.
Here comes your very first look at the #Samsung #GalaxyA53! (360° video + stunning 5K renders + dimensions)
On behalf of @digitindia -> https://t.co/pSt7eyDjsK pic.twitter.com/06bhosIjGs
— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks)
November 8, 2021
As you can see from the image, it features a very similar aesthetic to the Galaxy A52. There’s a punch-hole front facing camera and a familiar four-camera array on the rear. Additional images also show that Samsung may have made the slightly disappointing decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the A53. Thankfully, these days it’s much easier to find good wireless earbuds for a price befitting a mid-range device, as you’ll find in our best budget wireless earbuds chart.
According to @Onleaks, the specs for the Galaxy A53 also include a 6.5in display and chassis dimensions of 159.6 x 74.7 x 8.14mm, with the camera bump making that depth 9.73mm thick.
The display is presumably an AMOLED panel running with a 1080 x 2400 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, as on the A52 5G. Digit also states that the back will be flat, rather than curved as on the older model. Echoing other rumours we’ve heard, it cites a 64Mp main camera, which would again be the same as on the A52 5G.
Tipster Abhishek Yadav shared what many think to be the developmental A53 (named the ‘Samsung SM-A536U’) benchmarking results from Geekbench’s database; revealing additional details about the handset in the process.
Samsung Galaxy A53 appears on Geekbench.
– Mediatek Dimensity 900 CPU6 x 2.0GHz2 x 2.4GHz6nmTSMCSupports Upto ( UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 ram)
– Mali – G68 GPU- Android 12 ☑️- 6GB ram
Geekbench:https://t.co/GV0aL1tVik#Samsung #Android pic.twitter.com/3NjJoun8LS
— Abhishek Yadav (@yabhishekhd)
December 15, 2021
The device in question is thought to be running on a 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC – pulling away from the Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 700 series chips used by the A52 line – while 5G, Android 12, 6GB RAM and UFS 3.1 storage are also detailed.
Finally, GSMArena reports that there will be at least four colour options, including black, white, light blue and orange.
As more details become available, we’ll be updating this article. Although, with CES looming, hopefully, we’ll know the full spec sheet before too long.
While you wait, you can get to know the other devices that the Galaxy A53 will be up against, by reading best mid-range phones.