Google Pixel 6a vs Samsung Galaxy A53: The New Budget King?

Google Pixel 6a vs Samsung Galaxy A53 comparison: the new budget king?

With the Pixel 6a only a few weeks away from making its presence felt in people’s hands, comparisons to current mid-range competitors in the market are inevitable, especially as buyers try to gauge the pros and cons of dealing with different phones and price ranges. One such example is Samsung’s “A” series devices, which have been one of the company’s most popular smartphones mostly due to their affordable prices.

However, the pixel The 6a will arrive in a mid-range market like the Samsung Galaxy A53, which comes with some great features like a 120Hz AMOLED display, 5000mAh battery, and more. So for this one, let’s take a look at the two, comparing some of the key differences.

Design and screen

Let’s start with what’s on the outside – the Pixel 6a and Galaxy A53 are two completely different phones. While it has a similar look at the front thanks to the central punch-hole camera and rectangular design, the rest of the exterior design is somewhat different.

The Samsung 2022 mid-ranger takes a similar design approach to the rest of the company’s Android phones, and features a matte texture on the back panel, a bezel with a glossy polycarbonate surface, and a camera module very similar to what we’ve seen. on the latest flagship Samsung devices. The phone also comes in blue, black, white, and peach colors.

On the other hand, Google’s Pixel 6a takes the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro series, and comes with a very similar design, except for the rather thin camera bar on the back. Although it has a glossy plastic back, it also comes with a metallic side fender that wraps around the edges of the phone and the camera window. The phone is available in sage, chalk and charcoal.

As for display quality, the Galaxy A53 comes with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which in terms of smoothness and fluidity is superior to the smaller 6.1-inch OLED panel found in the Pixel 6a, which unfortunately only comes with 60Hz. In a market flooded with smartphones with 120Hz displays, using a standard refresh rate on the small screen is an interesting decision on Google’s behalf.

Additionally, the Galaxy A53 comes with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which is an increase over the old Gorilla Glass 3 technology found in the Pixel 6a.

Processing power and software

Perhaps the area where the Pixel 6a excels over the Galaxy A53 is its chipset. Both phones feature first-party chips developed by the respective companies – the Pixel 6a comes with Google’s Tensor chip, while the Galaxy A53 is equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 1280 chip. Both 5nm chips are relatively “new” so to speak, with Tensor debuting in late 2021 on the Pixel 6 series, while the Exynos 1280 was first seen on the Galaxy A53 and A33 phones. In addition, both chipsets run with 6 GB of RAM, which is not exactly a small amount of memory, so to speak.

From a performance point of view, the Tensor chip beats the 1280, since it was responsible for powering the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Although the Exynos 1280 is not a bad performer, it is clearly designed for mid-range performance. If the Geekbench scores are anything to go by, it should be noted that Google Tensor has a single-core score of 1,045 and a multi-core score of 2869, which beats the 1,280 single-point score of 721 and the multi-core score of 1,879 respectively.

Another factor to consider is the built-in software – the slower Exynos 1280 will have to run Samsung’s One UI interface, which isn’t exactly the cleanest version of Android and bloat-free. Meanwhile, the Google Tensor chip is more likely to navigate the Pixel’s cleaner user interface, although that doesn’t mean the Google Pixel still needs a little cleanup of occasional bugs and issues.

Software and user interface

Speaking of software, there are big differences regarding how Samsung and Google treat Android as an operating system. Simply put, Google’s Pixel phones run a “cleaner” Android interface — that means no additional third-party apps, and all the software and features you get directly from Google. Due to the lack of bloatware, the phone generally runs smoothly.

On the other hand, Samsung is putting its own spin on Android with its “One UI” user interface. While all the necessary Google services needed to run Android are in the background, the animations, colors, icons, and functions for example are a little different. Samsung basically takes Android and its software features, and adds their signature “Samsung look” — everything from fonts to wallpapers has been tweaked.

For example, while you can take screenshots on the Pixel through the multitasking menu, Samsung will let you take a screenshot by swiping your hand from the side of the screen. It is these subtle changes that give each phone its identity. Of course, this is all a personal subject, and personal preferences will undoubtedly be the biggest judge here.


In terms of battery capacity, the Galaxy A53 has an advantage over the Pixel 6a with a large capacity of 5,000 mAh, versus the 4,410 mAh battery unit. Due to the less powerful processing power, the battery should ideally be able to last a very long time before needing to be recharged. However, there is also the fact that the phone comes with a 120Hz display, which tends to affect battery performance.

Interestingly enough, the Pixel 6a takes things in the opposite direction by offering a lower refresh rate display paired with a powerful processor. Pixel’s A-series phones are known for their battery efficiency, and after experiencing this firsthand, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the 6a performs when it comes to battery life.

The Galaxy A53 also supports 25W fast charging, which is faster than the 18W fast charging capability of the Pixel 6a.


On a strict hardware basis, Samsung Galaxy A53 has the advantage of Pixel 6a. The phone features a quad-camera array on the back, with a 64 MP main sensor, f/1.8, 12 MP lens, f/2.2 ultrawide lens, 5 MP, f/2.4 macro lens, and a 5 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor. Meanwhile, the front of the device comes with a 32MP front camera for taking selfies and video calls.

If we want to base the quality of the camera on the number of megapixels only, then the Galaxy A53 is a very capable device. The four cameras certainly offer a lot of variety and versatility when it comes to mobile photography, and Samsung has proven that its camera quality has improved especially with its newer devices – in particular, video footage on Samsung phones tends to look great.

The Pixel 6a, on the other hand, settles on a more “modest” hardware setup. You get a dual-lens setup on the back, with a 12.2MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP front camera built into a punch-hole display.

Don’t let this fool you though. Google’s mastery of computational photography makes up for the lack of megapixels, as we’ve seen before in previous Pixel A-series devices like the Pixel 3a, 4a, and the like. Special photo modes like Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and more make for a very easy-to-use mobile photography experience, and you will be surprised at how well Pixel handles images despite the low pixel count.

As far as cameras go, it boils down to the question of whether you’re after raw hardware specs, or image processing capabilities.

Price and availability

Pixel 6a and Galaxy A53 have the same retail price of $449 in the US. As we mentioned earlier in this article, a lot of options regarding these two devices will depend on personal needs and preferences, such as display quality, battery size, performance, and more.

Both phones clearly beat the other in some aspects, with their own strengths and weaknesses, and people looking to move from Samsung to Google, or Google to Samsung, or from a different brand entirely, should decide if they can leave behind what made them They stick to their favorite brands in the first place.

What do you think? Is the Google Pixel 6a the mid-range device to get this year, or is the Galaxy A53 a better device overall? Let us know in the comments below.

2022-05-21 00:23:38

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