Google Pixel 6a and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G are two of the best mid-range phones of 2022. What makes comparing these devices even more exciting is that they both start at the exact same price – $449.
In this in-depth comparison, we’ll look at several aspects of the hardware like the camera, battery life, performance, build quality, and more to see which one offers the most value for money. Let’s get started.
Dimensions and build quality
- Google Pixel 6a: 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm; 178g IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
- Samsung Galaxy A53: 159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm; 189g IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
The Galaxy A53 is slightly longer, wider, thinner, and heavier than the Pixel 6a. Both devices come with a plastic back which is the standard at this price point, but the former comes in a smooth matte finish while the latter opts for a glossy finish that is reflective and thus susceptible to fingerprints.
Both devices have the same IP67 water and dust resistance rating which means they can survive up to 30 minutes submerged in up to 1 meter of water. Up front, the Galaxy A53 has Gorilla Glass 5 protection while the Pixel 6a resorts to the weaker Gorilla Glass 3, so you can confidently assume that the former is more likely to survive an accidental drop.
- Google Pixel 6a: 6.1 inch OLED. Refresh rate 60 Hz Resolution 1080 x 2400; aspect ratio 20:9; 429 pixels per inch; 83% screen-to-body ratio
- Samsung Galaxy A53: 6.5 inch Super AMOLED refresh rate 120 Hz Resolution 1080 x 2400; aspect ratio 20:9; 405 pixels per inch; 85.4% screen-to-body ratio
The Galaxy A53 has a better screen than the Pixel 6a in almost every respect: it has AMOLED colour, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio. It also has a larger screen, but that could be a pro or a trick depending on what you find most comfortable carrying.
That wasn’t a big deal a couple of years ago, but seeing a 60Hz refresh rate on a 2022 phone is really heartbreaking. You can easily find phones that cost much less than the Pixel 6a and still have a display with a high refresh rate, like the Galaxy A33 5G.
Another thing to note here is that although AMOLED panels have better, more vibrant and pleasant colors to look at, OLED panels consume less power and thus help increase your device’s battery life.
- Google Pixel 6a: 12.2 MP f / 1.7 primary with OIS, PDAF and 4K video at 60 fps; 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (114° FoV); Front: 8 MP f/2.0, 1080p@30fps
- Samsung Galaxy A53: 64 MP f / 1.8 primary with OIS, PDAF, 4K video at 30 fps; 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (123° FoV); 5 MP f / 2.4 macro; 5 megapixel f / 2.4 depth; Front: 32 MP f / 2.2 with 4K video at 30 fps
The Galaxy A53 comes with a total of five cameras while the Pixel 6a comes with three cameras, which means there is no macro lens and depth in the latter. Both devices have optical image stabilization (OIS) and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) to help smooth out camera shakes and capture sharper shots. The Ultra Wide Lens on the Galaxy A53 has a slightly wider field of view, so you can fit more of the scene in your photos.
Both devices support 4K video on the rear camera, but the Pixel 6a supports 60 frames per second for more fluid videos. The Galaxy A53 supports 4K videos in the foreground as well, while the Pixel 6a is limited to 1080p video, which means Samsung will probably be a better choice if you’re a content creator or love taking high-resolution selfies.
Since the Pixel 6a has the same main camera lens as the Pixel 4, you can expect it to deliver a similar output, meaning you get that classic Pixel look with high contrast, accurate colors, and great edge detection for portrait shots. With the Galaxy A53, you’ll get the coolest Samsung ringtones, fun colors, and great dynamic range that fans love.
- Google Pixel 6a: battery capacity of 4410 mAh; 18W fast wired charging
- Samsung Galaxy A53: 5000 mAh battery 25W fast wired charging
The 5,000 mAh cell in the Galaxy A53 beats the 4410 mAh cell in the Pixel 6a. Of course, both devices have a power saving mode to extend battery life when it’s low and you don’t have immediate access to a power port.
Galaxy A53 supports 25W fast wired charging while Pixel 6a supports 18W power. None of the devices support wireless charging, and unfortunately it does not come with a charger in the box.
- Google Pixel 6a: Google Tensor 5 nm Mali-G78 GPU
- Samsung Galaxy A53: Exynos 1280; 5 nm Mali-G68 . GPU
The Pixel 6a is much more powerful than the Galaxy A53 because it has the same Google Tensor chip used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. On the contrary, the Galaxy A53 has a mid-range Exynos 1280 chip which scores around 379,313 on AnTuTu (version 9).
We don’t have benchmark scores for the Pixel 6a at the time of writing, but for reference, the Pixel 6 has an AnTuTu score of close to 700K, so it’s safe to assume the former will have the same scores as well. If you are a power user or gamer, Pixel 6a is a better choice as it allows you to easily multitask and play graphics-intensive mobile games. AnTuTu score of 300K to 500K is better suited for regular users.
RAM and Storage
- Google Pixel 6a: 6 GB RAM 128 GB
- Samsung Galaxy A53: 6/8 GB RAM 128 GB / 256 GB Storage
The Pixel 6a comes in only one model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also doesn’t have a microSD slot for additional storage, so if you’re someone who stores a lot of movies or games on their phone, the Pixel 6a might not be the best option for you.
On the other hand, the Galaxy A53 comes with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage as well as support for a microSD card up to 1 TB. This is more than enough storage space no matter what type of user you are.
Galaxy A53 is a more accurate phone
Pixel 6a and Galaxy A53 are both good-spec mid-range devices. But if we were to recommend one, it would be the A53 simply because it is a more refined device that is suitable for most people. In addition, it provides four years of major Android updates and five years of security updates (the 6a also gets five years of security updates, and an unlimited number of Android updates).
Don’t get us wrong, the Pixel 6a offers amazing value if you want to experience the iconic Pixel software, amazing image quality, better performance, no bloatware, and Pixel-exclusive features.
But the compromises it makes are too obvious not to ignore: a 60Hz refresh rate, weaker Gorilla Glass 3 protection, poorer battery life, and more. Simply put, the Pixel 6a still feels more like an enthusiast’s phone than a phone built for the masses.
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