Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review: a low-cost smartphone that competes with Redmi, Xiaomi and realme

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is a terminal that is positioned in the ultra-competitive segment of smartphones under 400 euros. Does it perform as well or better than the competition? Answer in our test.

Summary

  • Samsung Galaxy A33 5G: the technical sheet
  • Getting started: a little air of Galaxy A53 5G
  • A Super AMOLED screen that feels good
  • An air of deja vu in terms of performance
  • A well-honed interface
  • A satisfying photo experience
  • Autonomy more convincing than charging

After the Samsung Galaxy A13 4G, it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G to pass the test. These two terminals may belong to the same range, they still cultivate some differences, especially on the photo side. The Galaxy A33 5G is positioned in the lower price bracket, that is to say in that of smartphones not quite sold at 400 euros, but almost. In this market, the competition is tough : remains to be seen how Samsung is doing.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G: the technical sheet

Galaxy A33 5G
screen size 6.4 inches
Screen type Super-AMOLED
Screen definition 2400 x 1080 pixels
Refresh rate 90Hz
SoCs Samsung Exynos 1280
RAM 6 GB
Storage 128 GB
Battery 5000mAh
Quick charge 25W wired
Connectivity 5G / WiFi 5 / BT 5.1
Main photo sensors 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Secondary photo sensor 13 MP
Waterproofing Yes (IP67)
Dimensions 159.7 x 74 x 8.1mm
Weight 186 grams
Price 379€

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Getting started: a little air of Galaxy A53 5G

When unboxing the Galaxy A33 5G, we had a doubt: wouldn’t we have already tested this terminal without remembering it? The answer is no : it just looks a lot like the Galaxy A53 5G, passed through our hands a few months ago. The two devices are really similar: same matte plastic shell, same black outline, same presentation of the photo block and similar thickness.

Yes, the glasstic matte hides fingerprints horribly…

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review: a low-cost smartphone that competes with Redmi, Xiaomi and realme

The dimensions of the two terminals are also the same, to within a few tenths of a millimetre: nothing that is really perceptible to the naked eye. The Galaxy A33 5G is 3 grams lighter on the scale, which is also anecdotal.

Unlike the Galaxy A53 5G, the Galaxy A33 5G sees its SIM card door installed on top of its outline, not below. On the left side are the power button and volume control. A speaker and a USB-C port take place on the bottom edge. No auxiliary jack on this smartphone, which is, moreover, equipped with a fingerprint sensor under the display. It displays an IP67 waterproof rating.

A Super AMOLED screen that feels good

If the predecessor of the Galaxy A33 5G was equipped with an LCD panel, this new model is equipped witha 6.4-inch diagonal Super AMOLED panel. Inevitably, the difference is notable, especially since it is possible to opt for a refresh rate of 90 Hz instead of just 60 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review: a low-cost smartphone that competes with Redmi, Xiaomi and realme

The device displays a Full HD+ definition of 1080 x 2400 pixels, which allows you to enjoy a beautiful image in all contexts. The fluidity is there and the colors are beautiful. The experience is therefore satisfactory and it must be admitted that it is difficult to fault Samsung on the side of the screens of its smartphones. Some settings are available within the parameters, in particular with regard to visual comfort, fluidity or the possibility of manually adjusting the white balance.

An air of deja vu in terms of performance

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G shares a little more than its design with the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, since both devices have the same SoC, namely a Exynos 1280. This processor was also inaugurated by this range of smartphones: it is a model engraved in 5 nm and equipped with two Cortex-A78 at 2.4 GHz and six Cortex-A55 at 2 GHz on the CPU side, and an ARM-Mali G78 GPU.

The benchmarks highlight limited performance despite good stability. No surprise if you have already read our Galaxy A53 test, the results obtained are similar.

Less greedy gameswhich operate on a mostly fixed basis, turn well on this Samsung smartphone. On the other hand, the situation is less good when it comes to playing PUBG, Fortnite or Genshin Impact (for this one, it’s a bit of masochism) the performances are disappointing, and it’s not particularly surprising.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review: a low-cost smartphone that competes with Redmi, Xiaomi and realme

In a use that can be considered as being moderate, that is to say for surfing the Internet, playing small games, using daily applications (banking, social networks, GPS) or even for watching videos, the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is doing well. Just don’t ask too much of him.

A well-honed interface

The interface of this Samsung smartphone displays a combination of Android 12 and One UI 4.1, the manufacturer’s “traditional” proposal for its entry-level and mid-range devices this year. Nothing really new under the sun, since we find the now well-known customization features of Android 12, to which are added options related to security, accessibility or even digital well-being.

Samsung’s software overlay is more or less present depending on your desires. If you do not log in to your Samsung account when you first launch the device, you immediately deprive yourself of certain features offered by the manufacturer. That said, they are completely optional, so unless you have other devices present within the Samsung ecosystem, you can largely do without it.

A satisfying photo experience

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is equipped with four photo sensors on the back:

  • A wide-angle of 48 megapixels
  • An ultra-wide-angle 8 megapixel
  • A macro sensor 5 megapixels
  • A depth sensor 2 megapixels

Added to this is a front sensor 13 megapixels for selfies.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G review: a low-cost smartphone that competes with Redmi, Xiaomi and realme

Generally, this model is a little less well served than the Galaxy A53 5Gbut its proposal, however, turns out to be quite at the level of what is expected of a mid-range 5G smartphone. During the day, the terminal is doing really wellthanks in particular to the efficient work of the software part developed by Samsung.

It is noted, however, that the ultra wide-angle tends to distort the subject enormouslywhich forces the smartphone software to do a lot of work after shooting. This affects the details of the shot somewhat and the overall sharpness is average for this reason.

The digital zoom goes up to x10 and even if it’s not the worst we could come across during our tests, it is nonetheless frankly limited.

At night, the photos are drinkable, with a clear advantage for the main 48-megapixel sensor. However, the shots quickly become blurry and capturing a moving subject is difficult. It’s a bit of the black point of the smartphone on the photo side.

Finally, in terms of selfies, the objective is achieved without transcending the subject. Samsung offers some entertaining filters for lovers of quirky portraits.

Autonomy more convincing than charging

With a battery ofa typical capacity of 5000 mAh and average performance, the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is the perfect candidate for long battery life. In everyday use, which is considered standard, it easily holds a charge for 24 hours.. More intense use based on games and energy-intensive applications allows it to be used for 16 to 18 hours. Finally, if you use it little, it can reach 48 hours before dropping below 10% battery.

loading side, Samsung only provides a USB-C cable in its smartphone box. The charger is sold separately. In practice, with a maximum supported 25W load with the device, any model can do the trick. Count about 1h10 to bring the battery from 0 to 100% with a mains connection. There is no wireless charging offered.

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Conclusion

Strong points

  • nice design
  • A significant transition to AMOLED
  • Good autonomy
  • Correct photo part

Weak points

  • A sluggish ultra-wide-angle
  • Limited performance
  • No charger provided
  • A model too close to the Galaxy A53 5G

Admittedly, the Galaxy A33 5G presents itself as a really interesting update to the Galaxy A32 5G: it notably goes from an LCD screen to an AMOLED screen and it also acquires an IP67 certification. However, this puts it on a level technically very close to the Galaxy A53, so much so that it is difficult to understand why the models coexist this year. Slightly less powerful, but also less expensive than the A53, the Galaxy A33 5G presents itself as an interesting mid-range model, which is still intended for users who are not looking for power at all costs.

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