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It seems that Samsung just doesn’t know how to make a cheap phone. The Galaxy A33 5G costs well under half the price of an iPhone 13, yet it has a huge screen, four cameras, and performance to put the competition to shame. Surely some mistake? Read More...

    • Internal memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
    • Size: 159.7 x 74 x 8.1 mm
    • Weight: 186 g
    • Display: 6.4 inches
    • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
    • RAM: 6GB, 8GB
    • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
    • Operating System: Android 12, One UI 4.1
    • CPU: Octa-core (2.4 GHz & 2.0 GHz)
    • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass
    • Primary camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 8 MP, f/2.2, 123?, 5 MP, f/2.4,2 MP, f/2.4
    • Secondary camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide),
    • Video: 1080 x 2400 pixels
    • Connectivity: WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth: 5.1, A2DP, LE,GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC: Yes (market/region dependent), Radio: Unspecified, USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
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New & Refurbished Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

Why buy a Samsung Galaxy A33 5G?

A budget mid-range phone
Massive battery
Android updates until 2026

Not convinced? Try one of these alternatives to a Samsung Galaxy A33 5G:

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G - subtle upgrades, a little more expensive
Google Pixel 6 - more expensive, but more impressive
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S21 5G - last year’s flagship for only a little more

 

Introduction

You don’t need to pay top dollar to get an exciting and impressive Android smartphone. If you want proof, Samsung’s Galaxy A33 5G is it. It doesn’t look cheap, it doesn’t act cheap, and it comes with four years of Android and security updates, yet it’s right at the entry point for mid-range phones.

Sure, the Galaxy A33 5G makes some compromises - it has a plastic back, and it won’t win a framerate drag race with higher-end phones - but it’s definitely a step up from cheaper, budget handsets. With 5G, waterproofing and a balanced specification, it should prove a perfect everyday phone for people who’d rather not pay more.

 
 

Design

Samsung’s track record for tasteful design continues with the Galaxy A33 5G. Its large 6.4” screen is surrounded by slim bezels, helping the phone keep to a manageable size overall. While the back panel is plastic, it doesn’t immediately look it, partly thanks to a choice of four matte colours.

The new ‘Ambient Edge’ camera hump looks much better integrated than on most phones, too. It’s home to four black circular lenses, plus a fifth dot housing the camera flash. At the front, the selfie camera is integrated in a tiny notch at the screen top. Everything is protected by IP67 waterproofing, making the phone resistant to splashes and spills.

 
 

Camera

This phone’s cameras are one of the few areas where there’s a noticeable gap to the pricier Galaxy A53 5G. Its main rear camera rocks a 48-megapixel (MP) sensor, down from the 64MP on the A53 5G. The 8MP ultrawide unit is also a small downgrade from the A53’s 12MP equivalent, but the 5MP macro and 2MP depth cameras are unchanged. It’s a decent setup for an affordable phone, providing a good combination of angles for framing shots, along with high resolution from the main sensor.

The Galaxy A33 5G’s front camera offers 13MP, a significant drop from the 32MP of the Galaxy A53 5G. Even so, it’s plenty detailed enough for selfies. Both cameras are enhanced with Samsung’s Photo Remaster feature, promising AI-driven upgrades to your pictures.

 
 

Video

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G can shoot 4K video from its rear and front cameras. The main rear camera features a biggish, ½” sensor with a wide f1.8 aperture, helping improve sharpness and reduce noise in low-light. There’s also slow motion up to 240 frames per second. One feature you might not be expecting is optical image stabilisation (OIS), where the lens is moved to counteract camera shake and leave you with smoother video - it’s great to see it at this price.

Typically for a phone, the front camera is more basic, with a fixed focus and without OIS. It’s still more than up to the demands of video calling and other typical applications, though.

 
 

Display

This phone’s 6.4” screen offers plenty of space for gaming and entertainment. It’s a typically impressive panel, offering 1,080x2,400 pixels for a pixel-density of 411 pixels per inch (ppi) - slightly higher than the Galaxy A53 5G. Unlike the standard iPhone 13, it gets a variable refresh rate that goes up to 90Hz. While not a match for the smooth 120Hz on offer elsewhere, it’s better than the 60Hz you might find on other phones at this price.

The Galaxy A33 5G’s display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which ought to shrug off minor knocks and scratches. However, while many other Samsung phones enjoy minimally invasive, hole-punch style front cameras, on the Galaxy A33 5G there’s a small notch. It’s nothing like as imposing as the black bar on an iPhone, but it’s still more noticeable than a simple hole-punch type - particularly as it’s in the top middle, rather than a corner.

 
 

Processor

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G uses Samsung’s own Exynos 1200 chip which, while decent, can’t match the slugging power of more expensive phones. It’ll comfortably keep up with typical apps and games, though - you’re only likely to notice slower frame rates in very demanding 3D apps. The processor is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can be upgraded via a microSD card up to one terabyte (1TB). There’s a version with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage, but it’s not clear if this will launch in the UK.

 
 

Battery

Among this phone’s many strengths, it offers more than the standard ‘full day’ of battery life. With room for an impressive 5,000mAh battery, Samsung says it can last two days of normal use. It’s certainly likely to cruise through a typical day with charge to spare, even if you throw in plenty of gaming and other entertainment.

When the battery needs a top up, you can take advantage of 25W fast charging to get back on the road quickly. However, like many other modern phones you won’t find a suitable charger in the box. There’s also no support for wireless charging, so it’s less easy to grab an informal top-up when you’re out and about.

 
 

Colours and options

At launch, the Galaxy A33 5G comes only with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can get it in four colours, though: black, white, peach, and a pale blue. Each has a matte finish, with the colour extending from the back plate to the phone’s alloy frame.

There are no other options, but as always you can expect to find a huge range of official and third-party accessories, including ear buds, cases and chargers.

 

Galaxy A33 5G FAQs

The phone launched in the UK on 22 April, 2022.
Yes, to the IP67 standard. Expect a phone that can shrug off dust and the occasional splash - not one that will survive a proper bath.
No, but it does have a variable refresh rate with a 90Hz maximum - better than the default 60Hz previously found at this price level.

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