Samsung Galaxy A33 evaluation: High quality mid-range cellphone with a catch

The Samsung Galaxy A33 is the little brother of the Galaxy A53 and shares some options with that mid-range smartphone. In a bizarre coincidence, it’s the Galaxy A53 that overshadows the Galaxy A33 as effectively. Whether or not you may nonetheless purchase the Galaxy A33 with confidence and what we expect in any other case of this cheap Samsung smartphone will be found in our evaluation.

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  • Highly effective AMOLED show
  • First rate efficiency in on a regular basis use
  • Nice software program help
  • Succesful fundamental digicam


  • A bit too costly
  • No wi-fi charging help
  • Relatively sluggish Fast-Charging
  • No charger included
  • No headphone jack

The Samsung Galaxy A33 in a nutshell

The Galaxy A33 is a worthy successor to final 12 months’s Galaxy A32. You get a strong mid-range smartphone with a extremely succesful show, IP67 certification, a beefy 5,000 mAh battery, and a 48 MP main digicam with optical picture stabilization for a beneficial retail worth of $399. The truth that the opposite digicam sensors within the quad-cam configuration are usually not as succesful, to not point out the middling Exynos 1280 SoC that doesn’t cater to avid gamers, and a lacking charger within the field does not likely detract the general bundle.

The machine additionally does effectively in relation to software program, as a result of a) Android 12 with OneUI 4.1 is obtainable and b) the South Koreans’ prolonged replace coverage additionally applies right here. The one actual downside with the Galaxy A33? The insane competitors on this worth vary, together with from its personal firm!

Samsung Galaxy A33 design and construct high quality

Samsung appears frightened of experimenting with the design language. Nonetheless, that’s not essentially a nasty factor with the Galaxy A33 due to its mixture of plastic on the again and Gorilla Glass in entrance it seems very interesting.
Due to strong workmanship, the smartphone has a high-quality really feel, and the Galaxy A33 additionally scores with an IP67 certification.

What I preferred:

  • Excessive-quality workmanship
  • IP67 certification
  • Suits effectively within the hand
  • Matte end

What I disliked:

  • Broad bezel below the show
  • No 3.5 mm headphone jack

Samsung is not going to win a Nobel Prize in relation to innovation with the design of the Galaxy A33. Nonetheless additionally it is not essential to tinker an excessive amount of when a specific factor has labored effectively up to now. The look, together with the digicam island with its transition into the casing is predicated on different fashions from the South Koreans. Nonetheless, its predecessor, the Galaxy A32 5G, nonetheless featured digicam sensors sans this island.

I additionally just like the matte end, however I’ve already made my presence identified to the smartphone with my greasy fingers. Out in entrance, there’s a very noticeable chin that’s wider than the brow. Thus, the bezels across the show, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, are usually not symmetrical. This makes my inside Adrian Monk howl with displeasure.

Lower back of the Samsung Galaxy A33
You will not discover a place in your 3.5 mm jack right here. / © NextPit

The again is fabricated from plastic, but it surely does not really feel low-cost in any respect. Typically, the machine feels excellent within the hand, however that is perhaps completely different for individuals who do not have my large paws. Curiously, the A33 is minimally longer at 159.7 mm than the A53, which additionally has a barely bigger display measurement throughout diagonally.

Concerning the IP67 certification, I admire that Samsung goes to the lengths of such bother each single time and are keen to pay this worth. Certifications are undoubtedly a price issue. Those that complain about Samsung fashions being too costly ought to bear that in thoughts! Xiaomi and its ilk usually reduce corners by not paying for such certification, even of their flagships!

Maybe a few of you’ll be bothered by the truth that the three.5 mm headphone jack is lacking. Personally, this doesn’t hassle me one bit as I’ve solely used wi-fi headphones for years, however I wished to level it out to you as courtesy.

Show: Samsung’s normal masterpiece

The show is as soon as once more Samsung’s showcase piece. Full HD+, AMOLED know-how, and a 90 hertz refresh fee – these are convincing specs for this worth vary.

What I preferred:

  • Nice AMOLED show with crisp colours.
  • 90 hertz refresh fee.

What I disliked:

Notch of the Galaxy A33
I do not just like the notch. Aside from that, the A33’s show is past reproach. / © NextPit

As soon as once more, applause to Samsung for rolling out a powerful show. In distinction to the Galaxy A53, photos are usually not repeated at 120 Hz, however 90 Hz can also be acceptable inside this worth vary. Sadly, it’s not adaptive, however you may change to 60 Hz if you wish to. What else do you could know concerning the show? That the display measures 6.4-inches throughout diagonally and the FHD+ panel depends on Tremendous AMOLED know-how. I don’t just like the U-notch as a lot; I might have preferred a punch gap answer higher.

The show convinces with crisp, vivid colours and excessive distinction ranges. As is often the case with Samsung, the colours are fairly saturated, which could not be to some folks’s liking. Nonetheless, I actually prefer it! The fingerprint sensor within the decrease show space responds rapidly and reliably.

Efficiency and software program:

The Exynos 1280 does a reasonably good job in on a regular basis use. Nonetheless, Samsung’s very personal SoC with 5G help drops to its knees when computing duties turns into extra intensive.

What I preferred:

  • Relatively acceptable efficiency.
  • 5G help.
  • Lengthy software program updates.

What I disliked:

  • It stutters fairly a bit in demanding video games.

My colleague Rubens additionally handled the brand new Exynos 1280 in his Galaxy A53 evaluation. In contrast to him, nonetheless, I had my difficulties when taking part in Genshin Influence. A transparent (however not alarming) warmth growth was noticeable. And even on low graphics settings, there may be nonetheless a lot of jerky actions. Excessive graphics settings make the sport appear to be a flipbook.

Aside from that, the Exynos 1280 is an “okay” SoC that common customers should have no issues with in on a regular basis use. Functions launch rapidly and run easily. Nonetheless, I might not suggest the A33 as a gaming machine. A take a look at our desk reveals the plain: The efficiency of the Exynos 1280 within the A33 may be very near the efficiency of the Exynos 1280 within the A53.

  Samsung Galaxy A33
(Exynos 1280)
Samsung Galaxy A53
(Exynos 1280)
Oppo Discover X5 Lite
(Dimensity 900)
OnePlus Nord 2
(Dimensity 1200)
Motorola Edge 20
(Snapdragon 778)
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
(Snapdragon 750G)
3DMark Wild Life 2269
3DMark Wild Life stress take a look at
  • Greatest run: 2268
  • Worst run: 2252
  • Greatest run: 2298
  • Worst run: 2283
  • Greatest run: 2030
  • Worst run: 2015
  • Greatest run: 4181
  • Worst run: 2515
  • Greatest run: 2494
  • Worst run: 2461
  • Greatest passage: 1093
  • Worst efficiency: 1090
Geekbench 5

The Galaxy A33 solely is available in one variant: 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of inside storage. Nonetheless, you may broaden the storage due to the hybrid slot if you do not want a second SIM card. As is usually the case with Samsung, this smartphone can even reap the benefits of digital RAM. The A33 has 5G community compatibility, which is par for the course for Samsung in 2022. When it comes to connectivity, it ought to be talked about that WiFi 6 will not be but supported, and “solely” Bluetooth 5.1 is obtainable as an alternative of Bluetooth 5.2.

We are able to preserve the purpose about software program quick. Samsung’s Galaxy A33 additionally comes with Android 12, OneUI 4.1 and the promise of lengthy software program updates. Thus, you must undoubtedly check out our OneUI 4 evaluation if you wish to delve deeper into the matter. As for updates: 4 main Android updates are promised and 5 years of safety updates are a part of the deal. This units the course so that you can nonetheless use this smartphone till Android 16 rolls round.

Digicam: Every little thing within the daytime

The quad-cam is led by a main 48 MP digicam with optical picture stabilization. The remainder of the remaining sensors falls a bit quick in relation to efficiency, however that’s not uncommon on this worth vary. A 13 MP shooter makes up the selfie digicam.
Samsung additionally centered on social media-savvy patrons by offering filters and results to go together with the cameras.

What I preferred:

  • First rate main digicam.
  • OIS within the main digicam.
  • Many filter and impact gimmicks (for many who prefer it).
  • Good portrait mode.

What I disliked:

  • Aside from the first digicam, the opposite sensors fall quick.
  • Mediocre digital zoom efficiency.
  • No convincing evening mode.

The primary digicam provides 48 megapixels and permits actually respectable pictures, particularly in the course of the day. Due to pixel binning, footage with 12 MP are pieced collectively in commonplace mode. The digicam array provides a complete of 4 cameras:

  • Major digicam :48 MP, f/1.8, OIS, AF
  • Extremely-wide-angle: 8 MP, f/2.2
  • Depth: 2 MPf/2.4
  • Macro:5 MPf/2.4
The Galaxy A33's camera
Samsung has completely succeeded in redesigning the digicam island. / © NextPit

As normal, you’ll have to look carefully at what’s hidden behind the sensors, particularly in additional inexpensive smartphones. The {hardware} in that division is weaker than that discovered within the A53. That is fairly an thrilling truth in instances when the road costs of the 2 fashions hardly differ by a noticeable margin. The extremely wide-angle digicam nonetheless manages usable footage in the course of the day, though slight shade variations within the main digicam are noticeable. General, the extremely wide-angle pictures look a bit paler to me than I might have preferred.

There may be additionally a 5 MP digicam for macro pictures and a 2 MP sensor that’s solely liable for depth data. You shouldn’t count on miracles from the macro sensor. Lastly, there’s a selfie shooter in entrance at 13 MP decision. On the whole, the digicam configuration reads precisely like that of its predecessor on paper, aside from the inclusion of optical picture stabilization. This additionally means that there’s as soon as once more solely digital zoom out there. 2x magnification is totally high quality, however you’d higher spare your self the ache of its 10x magnification.

I did not discover the evening mode a lot in evening images. Sure, typically colours appear much less exaggerated. However typically, the variations within the main digicam with out evening mode are acceptable.

Samsung additionally desires to attain extra factors by together with software program options. There may be the “Enjoyable” possibility that gives you with Snapchat filters. In portrait mode, you need to use completely different choices for the background, to not point out the presence of AR options. Samsung thus positioned the Galaxy A33 to lean extra to social media-savvy individuals who add their footage with filters to Instagram, and fewer for picture specialists who need to print their snapshots on a big canvas.

Battery: The Galaxy A33 is a steady powerhouse

The battery capability of 5,000 mAh is once more somewhat excessive, and the battery lasts for a pleasantly very long time. Frugal smartphone customers may even handle as much as two days of use.
It’s only a pity that neither a charger is included within the field nor a extremely quick Fast-Charging efficiency.

What I preferred:

  • Giant battery with 5,000 mAh capability.
  • Very respectable battery life.

What I disliked:

  • “Fast charging” at solely 25 watts.
  • No included charger.
  • No wi-fi charging.

We additionally preserve telling two similar tales concerning the battery: First, “quick charging” will not be actually that quick at simply 25 watts. That’s okay, however if you take a look at what the competitors from China shovels onto your smartphone inside 10 minutes, that’s fairly a big distinction. And the opposite story is the “Oops, the place is the charger” story. There isn’t a charger bundled with the Galaxy A33, both.

However allow us to speak about one thing extra constructive this time round Despite the fact that the PCMark battery benchmark solely gave me a time of simply over ten hours (the A53 achieved greater than 13 hours!), the battery life completely made my day. You’ll have to do some fairly wild issues with the Galaxy A33 to empty this 5,000 mAh battery inside a day! I might even declare that the common smartphone consumer can use the machine for as much as two days earlier than requiring a recharge.

Technical knowledge:

Different factors that is perhaps fascinating for you earlier than selecting up the Galaxy A33:

  • Sound: Dolby Atmos and stereo audio system are on board. The amount is somewhat respectable, however the sound does get a bit scratchy if you crank up the quantity.
  • 4 out there colours: black, white, blue and peach. Samsung named them Superior Black, Superior White, Superior Blue, and Superior Peach.
  • A USB-C to USB-C charging cable and SIM card device are included.
  Samsung Galaxy A33
Picture Samsung Galaxy A33
Show 6.4-inch FHD+ Tremendous AMOLED
90 Hz Infinity U show
SoC Exynos 1280 5nm Octa-core (2 x 2.4 GHz, 6 x 2 GHz)
Reminiscence 6 GB RAM | 128 GB inside
microSD Sure, expandable as much as 1 TB
Software program Android 12 with OneUI 4.1
Rear digicam Most important digicam: 48 MP, f/1.8, OIS, AF
Extremely-wide: 8 MP, f/2.2
Depth: 2 MPf/2.4
Macro:5 MPf/2.4
Entrance digicam 13 MPf/2.2
Battery 5,000 mAh
25 watts quick-charging
Charging plug offered individually
Connectivity 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g (2.4 GHz), Wi-Fi 4.5 (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.1
IP certification IP67
Colours Superior Blue, Superior Black, Superior Peach, Superior White
Dimensions and weight 74.0 x 159.7 x 8.1 mm, approx. 186 g
Costs From $399
Test supply*

Test worth


Regardless of its flaws, the Galaxy A33 is a extremely respectable all-rounder for its worth. The show is firstclass, good trying pictures will be captured, a minimum of in the course of the day, and the efficiency is often respectable with 5G help on board, whereas the battery lasts for a extremely very long time. Do you discover how an enormous “however!” proclaims itself right here? And sure, there may be certainly a “however”: What actually hurts the Galaxy A33 is that the competitors on this market section is fierce. And sure, that features competitors from its very personal portfolio. The Galaxy A53 hangs over the A33 just like the sword of Damocles.

Backside of the Galaxy A33
The matte end on the again fits the A33 effectively. / © NextPit

The A33, which is priced at $399, is presently out there at a rock-bottom worth of $320 thereabouts based mostly on different on-line shops. The higher geared up A53 will be had for $350! In return, you get a greater digicam and a barely bigger show with a 120 Hz refresh fee as an alternative of 90 Hz. It’s then troublesome for me to seek out plus factors for the A33. The Galaxy A52s, which is partially higher geared up than the A53 and comes with an included charger, is presently out there for about $320.

The variations are much more apparent if you take a look at a competitor just like the Xiaomi Redmi Observe 11 Professional. Higher efficiency, a bigger 120 hertz AMOLED show, a 108 MP digicam, and 67 watt quick charging.

Nonetheless, that doesn’t make the Galaxy A33 a nasty smartphone by any means. Quite the opposite: The general bundle is an actual success, the machine is a loyal companion for on a regular basis use, and it’s a no-brainer when the road worth settles at across the $280 mark. Oh sure, did we not point out the improbable software program help as effectively?

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