Samsung has put it in the same category as the Reno 7. Supposedly, the M series is a much more affordable variant of the A-series but these days, they are priced nearly the same with the M series getting worse specs. Pick your poison.
Samsung has officially released its third-gen M-series phones. It consists of the M13, M53, and M73. Let’s begin with the midrange segment, the M53.
Unlike the Galaxy A53 which came with a weaker Exynos 1280 chipset, the M53 has a Mediatek Dimensity 900 chipset built-in. It still does not justify the asking price though. It would be if they went with the Snapdragon 778G or the Dimensity 1300. Still, chipset is not everything in a phone and the M53 does come with a few things that fits for its price. The chipset is paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage
The phone uses the company’s proprietary SAMOLED panel, measuring 6.7″. It has 120Hz refresh rate, a FHD+ (2400x1080px) resolution, and 393ppi density.
There are four cameras at the back and a single 32mp f/2.2 front camera which seems to be the standard for every Samsung midrange phone. The main camera is 108mp (most likely Samsung HM3) and is complemented by an 8mp ultrawide and the gimmicky 2mp macro and depth cameras.
Samsung is really complacent when it comes to fast charging. Phones of similar prices up their stakes to even 120W but Samsung stayed with 25W to power the 5000mAh battery inside. This is stupidly slow for a price it asks for, but at least it’s faster than 18W. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and boots with OneUI 4.1 based on Android 12, one of the few things that compensate for its nearly unjustifiable price.
There is a USB-C port, support for Dolby Atmos, 5G services, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-FI 6 connectivity. It does not appear to have a headphone jack. Unsurprising, since its counterpart does not have it either. Also, one thing that help it differentiate from the A series aside from design is the lack of an IP rating, which the latter does have.
It comes in Blue, Brown, and Green. Price starts at Php 29,999. For that, you can get a Realme GT Master Edition, Poco F3, and even a Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, all of which have definitely better specs than a similar-priced M53. Also, the Infinix Zero 5G is arguably the most affordable phone with Dimensity 900, if that’s the only thing you’re after.
- 6.7in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) SAMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 393ppi
- Medaitek Dimensity 900
- 108mp (main)
- 8mp (ultrawide)
- 2mp (macro)
- 2mp (depth)
- FRONT: 32mp, f/2.2
- 5000mAh, 25W fast charging
- OneUI 4.1 based on Android 12
- USB-C, Dolby Atmos, 5G Services, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Blue, Green, Brown
- 8/256: Php 26,999