Introducing, Samsung’s new Galaxy M33 5G. This phone was meant to be exclusive to India only, but for some reason, it is available in Malaysia exclusively through Lazada only. We did another video regarding our shopping experience on Lazada – so check that out on at the top right corner. Honestly speaking, the shopping experience was quick and painless yet safe.
But this video is about the phone itself. What does the Galaxy M33 5G bring to the table? Well, let’s find out today.
Let’s go through all the 6 points of a smartphone while also mentioning the Galaxy A33 5G since there are quite a lot of differences.
Okay, so the overall shape and size of the Galaxy M33 5G is pretty similar to the Galaxy A33 that we have reviewed previously, so we can’t reuse accessories on these two phones.
We got the green color of the Galaxy M33 5G and it looks very nice. It has a matte sheen behind and that makes this phone really nice to touch. The camera bump is also in this domino shape, which is reminiscent of some phones from the last generation of Galaxy A series.
You see, the Galaxy M33 5G also has a total of 4 different cameras, but only 2 of them can be used to take pictures since I consider both the depth and macro cameras to be unusable. Furthermore, the M33’s main camera is using a 50MP sensor and a different lens entirely – and doesn’t have OIS.
I mean, for phones at this price point, it’s pretty normal to not have OIS. But, the Galaxy M33 can still take fantastic pictures. The main camera has the signature Samsung color saturation and vividness, so no complaints overall. It’s just sad that this camera doesn’t have OIS.
To have a look at all the pictures taken with the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G, watch our video at the top of this review.
The screen is also different as the Galaxy M33 comes with a bigger 6.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2408×1080, but it’s an IPS LCD screen, but it also goes up to 120Hz. I personally don’t care about the refresh rate, but I care about the color accuracy instead. I took out the colorimeter and tested it.
At 100 nits of brightness, it can reach nearly 100% sRGB and about 93.37% of DCI-P3 color gamuts while retaining a very low maximum Delta E too! I’m very impressed by the screen quality of the Galaxy M33, even though it is an IPS LCD screen.
What matters here, is that the Galaxy M33’s maximum brightness is actually quite high for an LED-backlit screen. It can nearly reach 450 nits of brightness and that means it is good enough to be used outdoors under some shade.
Also, the Galaxy M33 doesn’t use an under-display fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the power button at the side – which I personally prefer. It’s faster and more reliable than under-display fingerprint scanners.
By the way, since this phone is using an IPS LCD screen, it doesn’t have AOD.
As for the core specs of the Galaxy M33, it’s exactly the same as the Galaxy A33 5G. For our units, they both use the same Exynos 1280 chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. I would assume that these two phones will perform the same as well – however, at the time of writing the review, the Galaxy M33 just got the “alternate game performance management” option.
Like what we’ve mentioned in our review of the Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A53, the Exynos 1280 is a work in progress. Either way, the Exynos 1280 performs well enough for day-to-day tasks, so I have no complaints overall.
Combining the Exynos 1280 with a 5,000mAh battery, the battery life coming out of the Exynos 1280 is excellent on the Galaxy M33 – and we got about 12 hours and 48 minutes through our PCMark 10 battery life test when tested at 100 nits of brightness! I mean, we already know this since the Galaxy A33 already has excellent battery life.
For the charger situation though – it’s the same as the Galaxy A33. There is no charger in the box and thus, we used our Ugreen 100W GaN charger to charge it. We got from 15% to 100% in about 85 minutes – which is pretty standard for 25W chargers on a 5,000mAh battery.
In terms of software, it’s also using Samsung’s One UI 4.1 on top of Android 12. However, I realized a few more differences.
Firstly, the Galaxy M33 doesn’t have Bixby Routines, which is a bummer since I really like the automation features it has, and the Galaxy M33 also has a different software update policy.
I’ve asked Samsung and the information I got was that the M33 is getting 2 generations of Android OS upgrades and 4 years of security patches. I’d say that this is a big difference when compared to the Galaxy A33’s 4 generations of Android OS upgrades and 5 years of security patches.
Speaking of the Galaxy A33, there are a lot more differences between these two phones. I created this handy chart for you to quickly glance at all the differences we found. I only want to highlight a few differences – particularly the IP rating, audio jack, and also the software update policy.
I believe these 3 differences will ultimately depend on what you value the most when it comes to a smartphone. For me, I’ll go for the Galaxy A33 5G because I don’t use audio jacks anyway, and I prefer IP68 and a long software update policy.
Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G? Or the Galaxy A33 5G?
Then, we need to highlight the final difference listed on the table – the price. Assuming that there is no discount, then I will obviously pick the Galaxy A33.
However, since promotions are so common in Lazada, then it becomes a difficult question to answer. If you don’t care about all the fancy features that the Galaxy A33 has, then the Galaxy M33 will save you a bit of money while providing the same level of performance.
And that’s it – that is all we have to share with you regarding the Galaxy M33. I personally think the phone needs to be at a lower price even when it is at a discount. Otherwise, the Galaxy A33 is the clear winner.
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