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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Samsung Galaxy A53 offers more updated features than the A42. If you prioritize camera quality, the A53 has better photo and video quality with higher resolution, and also supports 4k video at a higher frame rate. It has a higher display resolution and refresh rate, which means smoother visuals, especially for scrolling and animations. The A53 also has a slightly brighter screen which can be easier to view in sunny conditions. On the other hand, the Galaxy A42 has longer battery life, so if battery endurance is more important than screen and camera quality, you might prefer it over the A53. Keep in mind that both phones have the same amount of RAM, support for 5G, and plastic bodies, but the A42 offers a slightly larger screen size and an additional option for expandable storage via an SD card. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A42
  • Best in class battery life
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A53
  • Good display quality
  • Fair performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

5.3
Galaxy A42
Galaxy A53
5.9
The Samsung Galaxy A53 and Samsung Galaxy A42 both have poor overall camera quality, though the Samsung Galaxy A53 has somewhat better overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.3
Galaxy A42
Galaxy A53
6.2
The Samsung Galaxy A53 takes only fair photos, while the Samsung Galaxy A42 takes poor photos.

Battery

10.7 Hours
Galaxy A42
Galaxy A53
8.0 Hours
The Samsung Galaxy A42 has 10.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A53 has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$360
Galaxy A42
Galaxy A53
$400
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The Samsung Galaxy A42 has a price of $360 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 costs $400.
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Key similarities

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Video Quality

5.2
Galaxy A42
Galaxy A53
5.2
The Samsung Galaxy A53 and Samsung Galaxy A42 both have poor videos.

Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy A42 has a screen size of 6.6 inches and the Samsung Galaxy A53 is 6.5 inches.

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How the Samsung Galaxy A42 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung Galaxy A42Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Galaxy A42Samsung Galaxy A53

GENERAL

Price
$360
$400
Brand
SamsungSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
November 11, 2020March 24, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.6"6.5"
Resolution
1600 x 7202400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
266405
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD750E1280
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.4/106/10
Photos Score
5.4/106.3/10
Videos Score
5.2/105.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, MacroMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
48 megapixels64 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
10.7 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoNo
Wireless charging Speed
0 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.47" x 2.99"6.28" x 2.94"
Weight
6.81 oz6.67 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoNo
Bluetooth Version
5.05.1
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
55
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 41, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 48, 66, 77, 78, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Black, Gray, WhiteBlue, White, Black
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
YesYes

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Samsung Galaxy A42

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Android Central

Ara Wagoner | July 2021
"I need a battery that won't care if I forget to charge it every night, and I need a nice big screen for watching my shows on the go. The 5,000mAh battery will let you get two full days out of the A42. The A42 is right up your alley as an affordable 5G phone that won't die just because you had to crash at a friend's and forgot your phone charger at home."

Samsung Galaxy A53

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | May 2023
"Samsung’s quartet of rear cameras delivers the goods, both day and night, with the only blemish being the lack of 4K/60fps video recording. The large, 6.5-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display is crisp and smooth, making video streaming enjoyable. You should have no issues pushing the 5,000mAh battery to its limits and it’s not too slow to charge relative to its competitors in the US."

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About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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