Galaxy A33 5G design and display
Galaxy A33 5G design
A clean look almost identical to the A53
The design of the Galaxy A33 is roughly what you would expect from a Samsung mid-range phone these days, although a number of interesting choices have been made.
First of all, the back panel is made of matte plastic. It does a pretty good job at avoiding fingerprints, so if you’re brave enough to hold it without a case, the new blue and peach colors come out beautifully.
Moving around the sides, you’ll find the power and volume rocker, the SIM card tray/expandable storage combo, and the microphone hole at the top. At the bottom of the Galaxy A33 are the speaker grill, USB-C port and a second microphone.
If you feel like there’s something missing here, you’re right: there’s no longer a 3.5mm headphone jack. A moment of silence, because yet another bites the dust…
However, Samsung has brought an IP67 rating to the Galaxy A33, making it dust and water resistant, and an even more attractive choice for potential buyers. One thing borrowed from the more expensive A53 is the Gorilla Glass 5 that protects the screen.
Galaxy A33 5G What’s in the box
The phone comes with a thin box and that thinness is due to the fact that you don’t get a charger. That’s the current reality, what you do get in the box is a USB-C to USB-C cable, a SIM tool, some user guides and that’s about it.
Galaxy A33 5G screen
Like its predecessor, the Galaxy A33 5G retains its teardrop-shaped display, or as Samsung calls it: Infinity-U. This time, however, it has an FHD+ resolution and measures 6.4 inches.
In terms of biometrics, under the aforementioned screen, there is an optical fingerprint reader. Yes, having an ultrasonic sensor on such a device would have been quite the treat, but it’s hardly surprising that Samsung has opted for the more affordable option. And it works very well in our experience.
If you are more of a “face-unlock” type, you can do that with the Galaxy A33 5G.
Performance and software
The Exynos 1280 chip inside is decent, but not the flagship level
Many of the improvements in the Galaxy A33 5G stem from the new chipset – the Exynos 1280, the first SoC built on the 5nm process and placed in a Galaxy A3x series. The processor inside has eight cores: 2 x 2.4 GHz and 6 x 2.0 GHz.
The new GPU, on the other hand, shows a 50% improvement in performance compared to the A32, while Samsung claims the APU is a whopping 400% better, significantly improving the AI performance over the previous generation.
We ran our series of benchmarks so you can see exactly what’s changed in the performance figures below:
As for storage, the Galaxy A33 5G comes in one simple configuration: 128 GB with 6 GB of RAM. Fortunately, there’s also the option to expand that storage via a microSD card up to 1TB.
As for the software, the Galaxy A33 launches with Samsung’s latest software – One UI 4.1, right out of the box.
Two of the four cameras really count, the main and the ultra-wide angle, but you also have a macro and depth sensor
Now, at first glance, the camera system on the Galaxy A33 5G doesn’t seem all that different, if not at all, from that of its predecessor. However, if you take a closer look, you can see some important differences. First and foremost, optical image stabilization (OIS) makes its appearance in the A3x series. The main snapper on the back of the A33 5G is the one equipped with this feature.
This allows the Galaxy A33 to use Samsung’s night mode, as the main camera can now take long-exposure photos and collect more light.
In addition, inside the Exynos 1280 and the better AI performance it brings, results in improved camera features such as portrait mode on both the rear and front cameras. The blur is adjustable and there is also portrait lighting.
The new chipset also helps with digital zooming of the shot, which Samsung calls AI zooming.
Compared to the older generation A32 5G, the quality has not changed that much. The A33 boosts Samsung’s typical vibrant colors to 11 with more saturation, so the sky is a deeper blue and the grass is even greener. It all seems too good to be true, and sometimes that can be too much. Still, you get sharper details that everyone can appreciate.
While you can see differences in the main camera and the selfies have been improved a little bit, it seems that the ultra-wide camera on the A33 looks almost identical to the previous generation version.
Video quality has traditionally been the only area where budget phones make major compromises compared to flagships, and the Galaxy A33 5G unfortunately also makes quite a few compromises.
Then you have 1080p FHD video recording, and since that option uses standard software video stabilization, the footage is actually cropped a lot more than in 4K mode. In FHD mode, you can use the main camera and the ultra-wide camera, but while you get a gradual zoom, switching to the ultra-wide camera just jumps from 1X straight to 0.5X.
In 1080p mode, you also have the Super Steady option (the wavy hand icon in the camera menu), which traditionally uses the ultra-wide camera. It’s a bit more stable than the stock stabilization, but since you’re using the ultra-wide camera, the quality is worse with more grain and noticeably less detail, so we wouldn’t recommend it for most of your shots.
Galaxy A33 5G audio quality
Fortunately, there are stereo speakers to perhaps make up for that tragic loss. They are now louder than before and the quality exceeded expectations, even if it wasn’t quite great. You get a pleasant clarity from this speaker and some depth in the sound, but if you turn the volume up to the maximum, you will hear it distort. However, at 2 or 3 levels below the maximum sound output, you will get a very pleasant audio output.
Battery life and charging
We ran our three independent battery tests (using the same brightness and conditions and running the test over a Wi-Fi connection), and we got the following results from the Galaxy A33: