Google Pixel 6a vs Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: Clash of the mid-range titans

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With the recent unveiling of the Google Pixel 6a, which would become the search engine giant’s latest competitive mid-range smartphone, it’s time to take on the competition.

Samsung’s Galaxy A series will forever dominate the mid-range market, so does the new Pixel 6a match or even surpass the similarly priced and comparable Galaxy A53?

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: price and release date

The Pixel 6a recently made its official debut, during Google’s I/O developer event on May 11. Pre-orders for the Pixel 6a will open on July 21, and shipping will start on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The starting price is $449 for the base 128GB model.

The Galaxy A53 5G itself is also quite new. Samsung brought it back on April 1, 2022, so you can have it today or tomorrow. The price of the A53 is exactly the same at $449 and it also comes with 128GB of storage.

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: Design and Colors

The visual design of those two phones is quite different, and whether you prefer the look of one or the other is up to you – subjective. The upcoming Pixel 6a will have roughly the same design as the flagship Pixel 6, minimal bezels on the front, a punch selfie camera, and on the back – a glossy two-tone style, with a wide signature camera module.

The Pixel 6a is also available in three colors: sage, chalk and charcoal.

However, the Galaxy A53 is what we might consider a minimalist looking phone. While the front is the same, with minimal bezels and a hole punch camera, the back is all one color, with a matte finish that resists fingerprints, and a camera module that definitely doesn’t try to draw attention to itself.

The Galaxy A53 offers the more vibrant colors. You’ll find it in: White, Black, Orange and Awesome Blue.

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: Display

We’ve yet to measure the Pixel 6a’s screen, but it’s reasonable to expect it to be the same as the Pixel 6’s screen, as the specs are essentially the same.

The Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch OLED display with a 1080p resolution and a traditional 60Hz refresh rate.

As for the Galaxy A53, it has a larger 6.5-inch OLED display, again 1080p, but with a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz. So if you like bigger and smoother screens, that’s the better choice for you.

For reference, we’ve got our display benchmark of the Galaxy A53 against the Pixel 6a’s predecessor below:

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: Hardware and Performance

The Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s own Tensor GS101 processor and 6GB of RAM. We’ve yet to test it, so stay tuned for our review and benchmarks.

The Galaxy A53 runs on Samsung’s Exynos 1280 processor, combined with again 6GB RAM. When we were testing it for our Galaxy A53 5G review, we found it struggled a bit with gaming, with occasional frame drops in games like Minecraft. However, for casual tasks like watching videos and browsing the web, navigating the phone is perfectly smooth.

For reference, below we have the performance benchmark of the A53 against the predecessor of the Pixel 6a:

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: Cameras

In that signature camera module, the Pixel 6a has a 12.2MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. On the front we have the 8MP front camera of the flagship Pixel 6.

The Galaxy A53 has four sensors on the back: a 64 MP main camera, 12 MP ultra-wide angle lens, 5 MP macro and an additional 5 MP depth sensor. It’s safe to say that the A53 would offer more versatility to someone who likes to shoot creative photos and videos, but we’ll let our camera samples speak for themselves:

Pixel 6a vs Galaxy A53: Battery

Google’s Pixel 6a comes with a 4410 mAh battery and can quickly charge up to 18 W. No wireless charging.

The Galaxy A53 5G has a larger battery, 5000mAh and faster fast charging speeds of up to 25W. While testing for our review, this solid battery could last us through a comfortable day of heavy use, and let’s not forget that this phone’s screen has twice the refresh rate – 120Hz.

A light user could easily choose to lower it to 60Hz and get even longer battery life from the A53. In any case, no wireless charging on this phone either.

For reference, we’ve got our Galaxy A53 battery benchmark against the Pixel 6a’s predecessor below:

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