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Xiaomi 12 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, these two are worthy midrange competitors. Xiaomi 12 Lite offers a resemblance to its expensive siblings. And Samsung Galaxy A53 5G carries the same design language as its predecessors. Let’s know which is a better choice in our Xiaomi 12 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy A53 5G article.
Starting off with the design, Xiaomi 12 Lite sports a premium outlook. The phone sports a glass front, plastic frame, glass back, and a similar camera module as of Xiaomi 12 series. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has gone with a glass front, plastic frame, and plastic back. Both devices have Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front. Xiaomi 12 lite is lighter and slimmer with 173g weight and 7.1mm thickness. Whereas, Samsung A53 5G has 189g weight and 8.1mm thickness. Hence, Xiaomi 12 Lite takes the lead here with a glass back and compact premium design.
Moving to the display, Xiaomi 12 Lite sports a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision and HDR + contents. Meanwhile, Samsung A53 6G flaunts a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. There is no mention of support for any Dolby Vision or HDR 10+ support here. Though Samsung AMOLED panels are generally very vibrant and good, Xiaomi 12 Lite offers a better display with HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. Also, the peak brightness on Xiaomi is 950nits while on Samsung, it is 800nits. For sunlight readability, Xiaomi 12 Lite becomes a bit better than Samsung galaxy A53 5G.
Under the hood, Xiaomi 12 Lite packs the horsepower of the Snapdragon 778G chipset. The silicon is based on a 6nm architecture and has the config of Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55). There is Adreno 642L GPU. Whereas Samsung A53 5g has its homegrown Exynos 1280 5G chipset. This 5nm chip has the configuration of Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55). On the GPU side, there is a Mali-G68 GPU on board.
As per benchmarks, Snapdragon 778G performs better than Exynos 1280 chipset. Both have similarly clocked cores but the Antutu score of SD 778G crosses the 500k score while Exynos 1280 stays at the 350k range. For gaming, Adreno 642L GPU is better than Mali-G68 GPU. The difference is not huge here but Snapdragon 778G is a better option. While the battery life is going to be a bit better on Exynos due to its 5nm architecture.
Coming to the optics department, Xiaomi 12 Lite houses a triple camera setup. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has gone with a quad camera setup. The main camera is a 108MP lens with an f/1.9 aperture on Xiaomi while Samsung has a 64MP lens with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS. Xiaomi 12 Lite doesn’t offer OIS stabilization. There is an 8MP ultrawide camera on Xiaomi with an f/2.2 aperture and 120˚ FOV. Samsung A53 5G features a higher res 12MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 aperture & 123˚ FOV. While the rest of the cameras are a 2MP macro camera on Xiaomi 12 Lite and 5MP Macro + 5MP Depth sensors on Samsung A53 5G.
So, the primary camera has a higher resolution on Xiaomi while Samsung covers this on the ultrawide section. The OIS on its 64MP primary lens of Samsung will come in handy for steady shots. So in the optics department, Samsung seems better on paper while Xiaomi’s 108MP is also one of the USPs. For videos, the primary camera on both phones can shoot up to 4K at 30 fps resolution. There is Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS ) too. On the front side, both phones have a 32MP selfie snapper.
On the software side, Xiaomi 12 Lite boots on MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Samsung A53 5G has OneUI 4.1 built on top of Android 12. MIUI 13 is a feature-rich UI with tons of customizations while OneUI is a polished and simple UI with some sort of customizations. Those wanting deep customizations can go with Xiaomi 12 Lite. MIUI has also gone better with its newer iterations while OneUI has been one of the best UI/skin these days. So, the choice will rely on personal preference.
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Talking about the battery, there is a 4300mAh battery on Xiaomi 12 Lite. On Samsung A53 5G, there is a bigger 5000mAh cell. On charging speed, Xiaomi provides a 67W charger bundled in the box. While Samsung has sadly not provided any charger in the box. Although its phone does support 25W fast charging. So, users will have to buy the charger separately. In this manner, Xiaomi 12 Lite is all sorted. But one thing, battery life is gonna be better on Samsung due to a bigger battery.
Pricing is one of the key factors to purchase a phone. In this regard, Xiaomi 12 Lite’s price starts at Rs.50,999 for the base 6/128GB variant. And the 8/128GB variant costs Rs.53,999. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is priced at Rs.57,499 for the sole 8/128GB variant. No other variants have launched for Samsung A53 5G in the Nepalese market. So comparing the same variant, Xiaomi 12 Lite is cheaper by Rs.3,499. Plus one can also choose to buy the base 6/128GB at an even cheaper price.
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Both phones are good ones in this 50k price segment. Designwise, the sleek form factor with the premium looks of Xiaomi 12 Lite looks more appealing than the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. It is a matter of personal preference though. Meanwhile, Samsung has provided IP67 dust and water resistance while Xiaomi misses out on this. For display, Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ support on Xiaomi 12 Lite does take an edge. Well, this doesn’t mean Samsung has used an inferior panel. AMOLED panels of Samsung phones are of good quality too. And both phones are sporting a 120Hz refresh rate for fluent scrolling.
If you are looking for power and performance, the Snapdragon 778G on Xiaomi 12 Lite will cater to your needs. The Exynos 1280 is also a fine chip but SD 778G is more powerful in terms of gaming and performance. Meanwhile, Samsung offers memory card expansion via a shared SIM slot. Xiaomi has skipped the memory expansion option and the slots are just for two nano SIMs. But there is an infrared sensor on Xiaomi 12 Lite for controlling various electronic devices as a remote control.
For cameras, Samsung seems to be a better option due to OIS on the main camera and a higher 12MP resolution for ultrawide sensors. Also, the 5MP resolution on macro and depth sensors is good on paper on Samsung. But Xiaomi does make a difference with its 108MP primary sensor. There is EIS on both phones for video stabilization. One can shoot up to 4K at 30 fps on both devices.
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Samsung has provided a bigger battery; 5000mAh whereas Xiaomi 12 Lite packs a 4300mAh one. But there is no charger in the box on the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. Xiaomi has provided a full-fledged 67W fast charger bundled in the box. Hence, users will save money on buying chargers here.
In terms of pricing, Xiaomi 12 Lite costs Rs.53,999 while Samsung A53 5G is priced at Rs.57,499. Here, Xiaomi is cheaper by Rs.3,499 than Samsung for the 8/128 GB variant. And there is a cheaper 6/128GB version of Xiaomi 12 Lite which costs Rs.50,999. So, price-wise too Xiaomi 12 Lite seems a very good deal.
The rest of the specs are more or less similar on both devices. There is a dual stereo speaker, a USB-C port, under-display optical fingerprint scanners, 5G connectivity, and VoLTE support on both phones.
OneUI is a refined OS while MIUI is more feature rich. It’s subjective as per the user’s preference. For slightly better, battery life, ultrawide images, and OIS on the primary camera, Samsung becomes a better choice. But for overall performance, better display, gaming, design, price, and in-box fast charger, Xiaomi 12 Lite is the way to go. The buyer will save money on the charger with more premium looks and a 108MP camera.
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So, what do you think of Xiaomi 12 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy A53 5G? Which one do you think is a better choice for you? Please feel free to share your views, thoughts, and opinions in the comment section below.
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