Samsung Galaxy M53 goes official: a budget A73 that keeps the 108MP camera

Samsung has launched the Galaxy M53 5G with a 108 MP main camera and a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 120 Hz. That’s because the M53 is actually a cheaper version of the Galaxy A73 5G (despite the similar name, not the A53).

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

The only thing that separates the Galaxy M53 from the A73 is the chipset: the M53 is more likely to run on the Dimensionity 900 than the A-series phones’ Snapdragon 778G (“presumably” because Samsung rarely shares chipset specs, and we have Both are 6nm chips (TSMC), but Snapdragon has a better CPU architecture (based on Cortex-A78 4x vs A78 2x) and a more powerful GPU.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2022, April 07
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2022, April
BODY Dimensions 164.7 x 77 x 7.4 mm (6.48 x 3.03 x 0.29 in)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz
Size 6.7 inches, 108.1 cm2 (~85.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2408 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~394 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS Android 12, One UI 4.1
Chipset MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G68 MC4
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC
Internal 128GB 6GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Quad 108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide)
Video [email protected], [email protected]
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes (market/region dependent)
Radio Unspecified
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 25W
MISC Colors Green, Blue, Brown
Models SM-M536B, SM-M536B/DS

There’s also a single memory configuration of 6/128 GB, and there’s no option to expand RAM or storage. However, the microSD slot is rarely relevant in storage situations.

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G in BlueSamsung Galaxy M53 5G in GreenSamsung Galaxy M53 5G in Brown

There’s also a slight letdown in the camera department. The aforementioned 108 MP main camera, hidden behind an f/1.8 lens, loses optical image stabilization (OIS). Two other lower resolution (under 12MP) modules on the back are a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The standalone 32MP camera is unaffected.

Samsung Galaxy M53 goes official: a cheaper A73 that keeps the 108MP camera

The Samsung Galaxy M53  has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus panel with FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. There’s no mention of reinforced glass, but the A73 doesn’t have Gorilla Glass (or something similar). The fingerprint scanner is on the side. (power button), even if everyone lacks a reader in the screen.

Samsung Galaxy M53 goes official: a cheaper A73 that keeps the 108MP camera

The Samsung Galaxy M53 is powered by a 5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging for the A73 and A53. One downside of switching to the Dimensionity chip is that Wi-Fi connectivity is limited to Wi-Fi 5 (ac) instead of 6. Same, supports Bluetooth 5.2 (as opposed to 5.0).

It was a silent start. Therefore, we are still waiting for the price information of the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G as well as the list of regions where it was launched. If it follows the initial A-series pattern, it may take a few weeks for these to be discovered.

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