Announced in December 2022, the Moto G53 came with many expectations from Motorola fans as a new option for smartphone brand intermediaries.
However, between evolutions and downgrades compared to its predecessor, it can be difficult to decide whether the Moto G53 is good or not. Check out our review of the device and whether it met the expectations created before its launch.
Design And Connectivity
Visually it is a cell phone that combines simplicity with quality. Its plastic finish has slightly rounded edges, and its matte back reflects the light exposed to it, causing an effect similar to that of a gradient in the device’s color, depending on where the point of light is. The Moto G53 is available in graphite, silver and rosé, with this effect becoming clearer in light color options.
Motorola is a brand that usually doesn’t have big differences in the design of devices of different levels, so certain aspects present here can be found in premium models of the Moto Edge line, but more directly and concisely, just like an intermediate-level device, still maintaining quality and beauty.
It has a P2 headphone jack on the bottom, next to a USB-C input and the cell phone speaker. On its right side, we see the screen lock button, with support for fingerprint unlocking, and above it, the volume buttons. And finally, on the left side, we have the drawer with space for two chips, being able to fill one of these spaces with a microSD card. The Moto G53 has connectivity to WIFI 5, Bluetooth 5.1, as well as support for GPS, NFC and 5G.
Screen And Audio
The Moto G53’s screen is one of the main issues that present a combination of good and bad things. It has a higher refresh rate than the Moto G52, from 90 to 120 Hz. However, it reduces the resolution from Full HD + to HD +. Having an IPS LCD screen instead of OLED.
Therefore, it presents a small evolution in terms of fluidity, but in general, it presents a decrease in the quality of the displayed image. It’s not a bad screen, but its low resolution compared to previous models and simpler, in general, is the big X of the issue.
The Moto G53 has stereo audio with Dolby Atmos technology, software capable of optimizing the audio reproduced in headphones and on loudspeakers, giving the sensation of spatial sound.
Equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 480 Plus, it is a basic chipset capable of performing basic and common activities without problems. It has a higher processing efficiency than the chipset in the Moto G52 – the Snapdragon 680-. In the case of an entry-level intermediary, it is a chip that fulfills what it promises, having efficient post-processing when using the camera without that two or 3-second delay that some cell phones of the same level have after taking a photo.
As a standard for Qualcomm’s chipsets, the Adreno GPU is generally no compromise, and this case is no different. Having the Adreno 619 as a graphics unit makes the Moto G53 a minimally viable option for more casual gamers who like mobile games that don’t require much from the device.
Its hardware consists of 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory – expandable up to 1TB via memory card. Despite not having major stuttering or crashes when using more basic apps due to its optimized chipset, the 4GB of RAM tend to compromise the device’s performance in the long term. And although there are versions of the Moto G53 with 6 and 8GB of RAM, only the 4GB model is available.
On its back, we have two sensors, the main one of 50 MP and a macro lens of 2 MP. Together, the sensors form a set of cameras that fulfill what it promises for an entry-level cell phone. In photos, the main lens is competent in reproducing colors and contrast and working fluidly without major hiccups in post-processing, as mentioned earlier.
The night vision feature works well with photos in slightly dark environments and with the weak presence of light in open and bright environments, “forcing” the sensor to get more sharp images. When photographing people, the device’s software comes into play, promoting greater clarity in skin tones in a smooth way, leaving it with a truer appearance compared to the “beautification” mode in most smartphones.
The Moto G53 can shoot 1080p in videos but does not stabilize well. And its 8 MP front camera has all the main lens features, only with lower quality.
The battery is a peculiar point in the Moto G53 since the positive part is its 5,000 mAh capacity, which is the same as the G52 with slower charging. While the “big brother” had support for fast charging at 30W, the G53 reduced it to 18W. That is, despite being a battery that lasts at least a whole day, to charge it 100%, it is necessary to leave the device plugged in for at least 45 minutes.
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