About Moto G53
The Motorola Moto G53 5G is part of the company’s latest mid-range portfolio. The main new addition it brings to the table is 5G connectivity. While the G53 offers solid specs, adding 5G appears to be expensive.
Compared to its predecessor – the Moto G52, the G53 comes with a Snapdragon 4xx class chipset – specifically the Snapdragon 480+, while the G52 sports a Snapdragon 680. Some displays have also been downgraded. The G53 has replaced the G52’s FullHD+ OLED panel with an HD+ IPS LCD. At least on the plus side, the refresh rate on the G53 is up from 90Hz to 120Hz.
Motorola Moto G53 – Specifications
|Body||162.7×74.7×8.2mm, 183g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame; Water-resistant design.|
|Display||6.50″ IPS LCD, 120Hz, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM4350-AC Snapdragon 480+ 5G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 460 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 460); Adreno 619.|
|Memory||64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).|
|Rear Camera||Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.|
|Front Camera||Wide (main): 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm; or Wide (main): 16 MP, f/2.2, 1.0µm.|
|Video capture||Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.|
|Battery||5000mAh; 18W wired (China, LATAM), 10W wired (International), Reverse wired.|
|Misc||Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio (market/region dependent); 3.5mm jack; stereo speakers.|
The rear cameras are also different. The main 50MP camera uses a smaller sensor with 0.64µm pixels (1.28µm with binning). As you might expect, the camera is capped at 1080p video capture (only at 30fps, not 60fps like the G73). Additionally, there is a plain 2MP macro camera instead of the ultra-wide camera.
The most inexplicable downgrade of all, however, is for charging. Like its predecessor, the G53 packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery. In contrast, however, the G53 only supports 10W charging in the international model and 18W in China and Latin America.
Despite these shortcomings compared to its predecessor, the Moto G53 still deserves a chance to impress us in the hands-on. Join us on the following pages as we dig deeper.
Moto G53 Unboxing
The Moto G53 comes in a two-piece box made of cardboard and painted in a natural looking cardboard brown colour. This recycled package initiative by Motorola has been going on for a while. Very little printing on the box is also done with soy ink.
On the inside, despite the lack of plastic, there’s a cradle to protect the phone and a few compartments on the lower level. The G53 comes with a charger in the box. Also, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable. It’s about the accessory package. There is no such case or anything like that.