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In Samsung’s last Unpacked event when they refreshed the Galaxy A series of smartphones, we have the Galaxy A33 5G. I think on paper, the Galaxy A33 5G has the biggest upgrade and it even has a very similar set of specs to the Galaxy A53 5G – at least on paper.

But with a significant price gap between the Galaxy A33 and the A53, what’s the difference? Should you just get the A53 instead then? We’ll answer that question while highlighting some of the differences we found between the Galaxy A33 and the Galaxy A53.

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Design & build quality

Let’s start off with the design and also the build quality at the same time. The Galaxy A33 5G comes with the same colors as the Galaxy A53 – and the one we have is the peach color. I think this peach color is rather reminiscent of what we had for the Galaxy S20 FE – and I’m not complaining. It looks magnificent.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

The overall build quality though, is where the first difference is found. You see, the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73 both have a shiny, metallic frame that we can literally see and touch. However, for the Galaxy A33, we have a matte frame instead. Curious about this difference, I knocked on the frame and I realized that the Galaxy A33 is using a plastic frame.

I really don’t think that’s a problem since the phone is still rigid and I honestly didn’t find any difference in performance and thermals while testing the Galaxy A33 5G – because it is exactly the same as the Galaxy A53 5G.

Performance

And yeah, let’s just talk about the performance now. The Galaxy A33 that we have here comes with the Exynos 1280 chipset and 8GB of RAM, which is exactly the same as the Galaxy A53. I tried Genshin Impact on both these phones before – you can check our gaming test videos below – and they both perform identically.

Even the thermals are identical – which is why I said that rather it’s a plastic or metal frame – it doesn’t matter in this case.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review
Same temperature as the Galaxy A53 5G too.

Display

What might matter to you though, is the display. The Galaxy A33 5G is using a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels, but only up to 90Hz refresh rate instead of the 120Hz found in the A53 or A73.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G reviewThis phone is also using an Infinity-U notch instead of just a tiny circular cutout – which I have no idea why Samsung decided to do so.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

 

There are other more superficial things that Samsung removed on the Galaxy A33 too – like always-on display is not available here. It’s a feature that you might want to use, so I thought that might be something crucial to point out.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

The bottom bezel is also not symmetrical with the other sides and I think that is actually good since everything is more ergonomic to reach with my thumb, but of course – it doesn’t look that nice. By the way – there is no factory-applied screen protector.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

But, at the end of the day, the Galaxy A33 still has a magnificent display. We took out our colorimeter and found out that it covers 100% of sRGB and 98.97% of DCI-P3 color gamuts while also retaining a low Delta E number. That’s good and proves that Samsung did not skimp on the display quality of the Galaxy A33.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

However, the maximum average brightness is slightly below 400 nits of brightness. It’s still going to be fine but on a sunny day, you’ll need some shade to see what’s happening on the screen.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

Cameras

Now, for the cameras. The Galaxy A33 5G now comes with a total of 4 cameras but like many other mid-range smartphones, only 2 cameras are usable. But, one of the biggest upgrade is the main camera’s lens. It now has OIS!

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

And yeah – the main and ultrawide angle cameras can take fantastic pictures even on a super gloomy day. To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G, watch our video at the top of this review.

Software

Again, the Galaxy A33 5G comes with the full Samsung One UI experience. With the latest version of One UI 4.1, you can literally enjoy everything that the flagships enjoy in terms of software and ecosystem features.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

All of my favorite features like Samsung Pay, Edge Panel, and even Bixby Routines are available on the Galaxy A33 too.

Plus, one of the biggest upgrades is that the Galaxy A33 5G is also getting 4 generations of Android upgrades and 5 years of security patches. That immediately crowned the Galaxy A33 5G as the cheapest smartphone to have the longest software support – beating out every other smartphone brand in terms of years of software support – that is if Samsung delivers. I believe they will deliver since they have a very good track record of delivering timely software updates for 3 years now.

Battery life

For the battery life, that 5,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy A33 5G can last about 11 and a half hours – which makes sense since it’s smaller than the Galaxy A53 and has a lower maximum refresh rate.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

Charging time

And for this generation of Galaxy A series of smartphones, there is no charger included in the box. So, we used our Ugreen 100W GaN charger and it can charge from 15% to 100% battery in about 90 minutes – which is the same as the Galaxy A53 and A73 – all of them support 25W wired fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

More things to quickly mention

And a few more quick mentions – this phone still has a microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

But there is no audio jack anymore.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

However, the Galaxy A33 got another big upgrade, and that is the IP67-rating.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review

Conclusion

And so, in conclusion, I think out of all the 3 phones – as in the A33, A53, and A73, this Galaxy A33 got the biggest upgrade compared to the last generation. The three biggest upgrades are OIS for the main camera, IP67 rating, and also the software support policy to match its flagship counterparts.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

At the price of RM1,499, I still think it’s a bit steep – but it’s a price worth paying. I think that if you don’t particularly care about refresh rate or having the most megapixel count, then the Galaxy A33 5G is a really solid phone.

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