Due to its performance, the A53 isn’t a good budget proposal, but it’s still impressive thanks to its sleek 90Hz display and the excellent life of the 5000mAh battery.
Its design is also very attractive, and if you prefer Oppo’s ColorOS user experience to OnePlus, this is a great alternative to the Doppelganger OnePlus Nord N100.
First, the A53 is one of the modern waves of budget phones that doesn’t really look like that. In short, it can easily be mistaken for a device that is several times more valuable than MSRP.
Available in black or mint green, the A53 features a glossy plastic back that looks like glass. It’s almost successful, but the price you pay is that it’s a real fingerprint magnet, and the soft plastic has already suffered some minor scratches and scratches while using the phone for a few weeks.
On the phone, the price will be a little more obvious. At its core is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset, which is paired with 4GB of RAM and only 64GB of storage in the UK, but other SKUs are also available.
Performance is OK. The phone works well and does not crash or freeze during use. App switching can be slow, and if you have only 4GB of RAM, you can only hold one or two apps in memory at a time, further slowing down your processing.
With proper lighting, the camera has attractive, punchy colors and enough detail to pull out. Autofocus is sometimes a little soft and some shots remain a little blurry. There are also HDR support and portrait modes, but these have been mostly given these days.
When the light goes down, the quality also deteriorates. Noise and degradation are noticeable on shots in dark places, and there is no dedicated night mode to help here. Even a little dim lighting will affect performance-it doesn’t have to be pitch black-but if you can live with it, it will work.