Samsung Galaxy A33 5G camera and performance review

Introduction

The Samsung Galaxy A series is a mid-range lineup, which is undergoes it’s refresh yearly, and it’s looking really amazing. The new Samsung Galaxy A33 5G one of the most interesting model in this year, it has significantly upgraded since the Galaxy A32 ad makes for an excellent bang for the bucks offer at the €300 mark.

The introduction of the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
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The Galaxy A33 5G has promot to the waterproofed league, and it now features are same IP67-rated ingress protection treatment as the higher tier models. Until now, the A3x models weren’t sealed against water.

The Galaxy A33 5G has a 90Hz Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy A32. But it has a much more powerful Exynos 1280 with newer processor and gaming and friendly graphics, and there is an integrated 5G modem. So now you don’t have to choose between 4G and 5G version.

The camera has improved too. Now the 48MP primary features with optical stabilization and its supports up-to 4k video capturing. And the 13MP selfie camera can do 4k videos.

The Samsung Galaxy A33 comes with a stereo speakers and something that was reserved for the A5x and higher models of the previous generation. And the finally but not of a least importance, the Galaxy A33 supports 25W faster wired charging.

It’s not all updates though as two things have changed for the worse since Galaxy A32. And the Galaxy A33 has no 3.5mm jack or audio jack, and there is no microSD slot is now shared with the second SIM option.

Unboxing

The Samsung Galaxy A33 comes in a thinnest box we have seen and we’d find the phone alone in the box.

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Well there is no charger in the retail box, but that was expected. While we didn’t see the cable at the beginning and it turn out there is a USB-C cable inside the paper compartment. The cable was compatible with 25W fasting charging, Incase if you purchase Samsung’s 25W Samsung USB-C charger or similar products, you should be able to use that products straight away.

Design and In-hand feel

Galaxy A33 5G looks very gorgeous with this design at very first moment we got the box. It’s one of the clean yet and catchy design that quickly grow on you. That probably because of the Matte rare panel with the smooth camera wrapping, or maybe the peach color on the No-nonsense shape.

One of the notable improvements since the Galaxy A32 design-wise is the ingress protection. But the new Galaxy A33 5g is now IP67-rated for dust and water resistance. This could be the reason behind the removing the audio jack or 3.5mm jack, as it is like the Achilles’s heel of the waterproofing. The Galaxy A23 for example, has no water protection and gets to keep its audio jack for yet another cycle. And one thing you cannot see, but you will most certainly hear is the stereo speakers-setup another improvement over the Galaxy A32.

Design and on-hand feel
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The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is avalible in white, Black, blue and peach. We had the black and the peach version for this review, and while black is pretty much a standard for smartphone and we love the peach.

The Galaxy A33 5G has the same build as the previous model-A Gorilla Glass piece at the front, slightly curved thick plastic frame and a seamless plastic back. Both the frame and the back are with matching matte finish and color.

1080p AMOLED 6.4 INCH with 90Hz refresh rate
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Naturally, most of the front is occupied by the 6.4-inch super AMOLED of 1080p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The Glass above that screen is Gorilla 5, just as like on most of the recent Galaxy A models.

The panel has a U-shape cutout for the 13MP selfie camera, which is now capable of 4K video recording. above the front camera is one thin and almost unnoticeable outlet for one of the speakers, which also acts as an earpeice.

The Galaxy A33 5G has an ambient light sensor, but it has no proximity sensor and instead relies on virtual proximity sensing algorithm. It’s not great, there is no denying. But we found the one on A33 to be configured rather well.

It has an under display optical fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy A33 5G and it’s up to far. The sensor is large enough, its fast and reliable.

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Fingerprint sensor
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The screen bezels are nothing impressive. But it’s a rather budget smartphone and we can say we are perfectly fine with their thickness.

The back has the 5-holes camera island, which rises slowly above the reset of the rare panel and makes for one seamless shape. The first column contains the 48MP primary, the 8MP ultra-wide and the 2MP depth sensor. the 5MP macro camera and the LED flash are to the right.

The Galaxy A33 has a plastic frame which is slightly curved but far from the thinnest we’ve handled. And that’s good as it provides more grip than the average from frame these days.

And there is nothing on the left side of Galaxy A33.

The right side of the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
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The VOLUME and power/lock key are on the right side.

The top of the Galaxy A33 houses the Hybrid SM card slot and there is a microphones.

The primary microphone/mouthpiece is at the bottom, together with USB-C port and the second speaker on the bottom.

The Galaxy A33 5G measurements 159.7 x 74 x 8.1 mm and the weight 186 grams. That’s on par with the Galaxy A32. It is quite reasonably size and pocket-friendly, our team found it comfortable for both day to day operation and photo shooting.

The A33 has a solid waterproofed build, and it provides a particularly it has very good Grip experience. overall we give it an excellent mark fr the design and build Quality. We don’t have single complaint ,on the contrary , we have only the positive experience across tje board.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G has the same display as the Galaxy A32 from last year-it’s a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED of extended 1080p resolution and a refresh rate ssupport upto 90Hz. There is a Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top of it.

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The panels actual resolution is 2,400 x 1,080 px, which makes 411ppi and 20:9 aspect ratio it has a U-shaped notch to make way for the selfie camera.

We’ve completed our traditional measurements, and the AMOLED panel is quite bright on this budget-oriented Galaxy A33. The maximum brightness you can achieve when using manual adjustment is 407 nits, but the screen can be upto 728 nits bright when using the Adaptive brightness mode.

The minimum brightness at the point white we were able to capture is quite impressive-just 1.8 nits.

Color accuracy

The Samsung Galaxy A33 offer the same color option as other series of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. And you get Vivid (default) and Natural color presets, which correspond to DCI-P3 and sRGB color space respectively. You can also fine-tune the white is balance when using the Vivid option.

Our team found that both modes to be fairly accurate to the corresponding to the color gamut. When using the Vivid, we find the white and grey hues just a little bit bluish, but everything was great. The Natural mode has outstanding accuracy to sRGB targets.

Refresh rate

The Galaxy A33 has two options in the refresh rate section (motion smoothness)- High (90Hz) and standerd is (60Hz) . Neither of these is dynamic content is always shown at the choose refresh rate.

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When using the 90Hz for a static content and video playback always use 90Hz, as we mentioned and only the exceptions are few HRR-incompatible apps like Google Maps and the camera viewfinder.

Streaming and HDR

Even through the some hardware scanning apps can read the Samsu7777ng Galaxy A33 display as it HDR10-Capabile, it is not. There is not a single app out there that recognizes it as such, and the Samsung has made such claims either support. And it can stream 1080p content across all popular apps.

Battery

The Galaxy A33 5G has a 5000mAh battery -the same capacity as the inside the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A32, among other phones. The phone has been updated with a new chipset, and it new support faster charging.

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The Galaxy A33 5G scored a good endurance rating of 104 hours. It did great on the on screen test, as well about the average-not too shy but not overboard either.

Charging speed

Charger of Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
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The Galaxy A33 5G support upto 25W fast charging an upgrade over the 15W charging support on the GalaxyA32. But unfortunately the Galaxy A33 comes without charger, so you need to buy a new charger at least Samsung has a 25W power adapter in affordable prices.

The Galaxy A33 with the said 25W USB-C Samsung charger, and it replengaged 50% of the battery in half an hour. A full charger took I hour and 15 minutes, and in fact that was the cited expected time to full charge by the software as well. There is now wireless charging support on the Galaxy A33 5G.

Speaker’s

The Galaxy A33 5G has a stereo speakers setup an improvement over the single speaker present on the Galaxy A32. There is one dedicated speakers at the bottom of the phone while the earpiece act as second one.

Stero speakers Galaxy A33 5G
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The balance is great even if the loudness is theoretically uneven-the front of facing earpiece is quiter and not as bassy, but when working togethe the multimedia experience is satisfying regardless the orientation of the phone.

Galaxy A33 5G speakers setup scored a good marks for the loudness. And we can also grade it very good when it’s the mid-range smartphone could have been about more presented, the high notes are great.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy A33 5G boost the One UI 4.1 combo and Android12. And its omits the occasional feature here and there compared to the flagship Galaxy S22, but nothing to be considered essential for most users.

And one major selling point of the Samsung has many mid-range devices is the promise of extending software support. You can expect the 4 OS upgrades and 5years of security patches. This is the case with A33 as well. It’s a sweet deal if you tend to keep your phone for while.

One UI remains one of the best and most popular for a custom Android implementations. In recent years there is a lot of changes to the UX have been careful and incremental and mostly amounted to polish and flair. Even though the users coming from the older Galaxy devices should feel right at home. But some additional mix still worth mention.

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First there is always no display of the A33 5G

The lock screen looks the same as before the Monochrome shortcuts-dealer and camera. The under display fingerprint reader was well likely be the primary method of unlocking the A33, but you can still use the face unlock either instead of or alongside of it. But it can be more convenient in Certain situations. But it generally less secure since its just using the selfie camera.

The lock screen is largely no change as mentioned, and there is a lot of customization options was available.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Galaxy A33 5G runs on latest Samsung’s Exynos 1280 chipset-the same one that premiered on the new Galaxy A53 5G model. It replace the Helio G80, if your coming from the Galaxy A32, or Dimensity 720 if you have the Galaxy A32 5G. And it is huge step forward as it offers much more powerful processor and graphics.

Performence of Galaxy A33 5G
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The Exynos 1280 was made on Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process. It’s octa-core processor packs two “big” Cortex-A78 cores, clocked at up to 2.4GHz. The A78 are newer cores than the A75 and A76 used as parts of Helio G80 and Dimensity 720.

The chipset comes with mali-G68 GPU, a nice upgrade over the previous model Mali-G52 and G57.

Finally, the Exynos 1280 has a integrated 5G modem in Galaxy A33.

The Galaxy A33 5G processor is quite faster than the inside of A32 and A32 5G. The Galaxy A52s has a powerful snapdragon 778G 5G chipset both superior CPU and GPU, and until the A52s is discount, and it well keep the pooping as the chart topper in the mid-range performance section.

The GPU performance has seen a massive and welcome upgI’m hhVT up rade over the A32, and it is among the best performance in the mid-range segment.

The AnTuTu score was 498711 put the Galaxy A33 5G on par with this segment peers with the only exception being with Galaxy A52s which is only cheaper and yet faster.

The Galaxy A33 has an Excellent choice of chipset powerful enough to handle everything well including the games.

Camera

The Galaxy A33 5G has the same camera as seen on the Galaxy A32 5G but with a couple if improvements-the main camera gets OIS, while both the primary and the front camera now support 4k video shooting.

So, the Galaxy A33 5G has a 48MP OIS primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro, and 2MP depth camera’s on its back. There is 13MP selfie camera on the front.

Camera of Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
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The primary camera uses a 48MP Sony IMX 582 1/2 sensor with o.8 mm pixels and 26mm f/1.8 opticaly stabilized lens. It is quite rare to see OIS in the mid-range segment, and we appreciate it. The camera has a Quad Bayer color filter, which means thus camera normally does 12MP photos with 4-in-1 binning, though a high-res 48MP shooting mode is available within the aspect ratio options, go figure. And it phase-detect the autofocus is supported.

The Ultra-wide camera uses an 8MP Don’t IMX 355 imagery with 1.12mm pixel pitch. The Sensor is behind a 13mm f/2.2 lens, and the focus is fixed.

The macro camera uses a 5MP GalaxyCore GC5035 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at about 4cm.

The depth sensor uses a 2MP GalacyCore Moduel with f/2.4 aperture and focus fixed at infinity.

selfie camera
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The selfie camera relies on a 13MP Sony IMX 258 1/3.06 sensor with 1.12mm pixels. It sits behind a 26mm f/2.2 lens, and the focus is fixed.

The camera app is the same as every Samsung phone now a days. Swiping left and right will be a switch between the all modes, and there is an option from viewfinder. Vertical swipes in either direction will switch the front camera to rare camera.

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G camera app
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The settings icon is located in upper left corner of the screen and gives you fine control over the camera. You don’t get separate settings screen for photos and videos since the options aren’t you that many in total. Like grid lines, location data, etc. The usual stuff can be found there. You can also turn on and off the scene optimizer. Once on you still have to toggle it on a second time from the main UI though.

The primary, the ultra-wide, and the selfie camera supports the Night mode.

There’s a pro mode, too. You get granular exposure controls and manual focus with peaking, up to 10s shutter speed control, but no live histogram or the option to Operate anything.

The full resolution mode on the primary triggered from the aspect option, which is a rather unintuitive bit.

Photo Quality

We choose to capture photos with both scene optimizer, and auto HDR turned on as intended by the Samsung. The Scene optimizer option rarely makes a difference thought the HDR does help certain Scenes, and the tonal extremes are usually well developed.

So, the default 12MP photos from the primary camera are superb for the mid-range segment. They are sharp and offer more than enough resolved details, good contrast and pleasant dynamic , there is no noise either.

You Can’t breathe notice the usual Samsung processing-all the photos show eye-popping colors, and the foliage presentation, while okay, is not ideal especially across the grass.

There Is a 2x zoom toggle on the viewfinder, and it does provide digital zoom of high quality, something we like to call lossless. Basically the camera app seems to be shooting in 48MP and cropping the center of the images. Per-pixel sharpness isn’t on par with the default images, but it is noticeably higher than what regular digital zoom would have offered.

The rest is pretty much same as on the regular photos-popping colors satisfying dynamic and high contrast.

There is a 48MP mode is available within aspect ratio setting. It shoot in a high-resolution photos, which offers a good levels of resolved detail for a such (un-binnd) photos and they look bit less processed. These photos don’t make sense if you are going to keep them in the original 48MP resolution and about 20MB file size. But we do recommend using this mode if you have the means to downsize those to 12MP -doing so will offer you more per-pixel detail than the standard output and allow for a more natural-looking photo with higher sharpness and previously unavailable intricacy across some images.

We are quite happy with the 8MP Ultra-wide photos we took with dedicated camera. This camera has an f/2.2 13mm lens and provides a pretty wide field of view even with the automatic distortion correction applied.

This Ultra-wide offers good detail level and incredibly low noise. The contrast is good, and so is the dynamic range, while the colors are handled the Samsung’s way – punchy and likable, though we can see why they won’t be everyone’s favorite.

The 5MP macro camera has fixed focus at 4cm away, and it takes a while to get the handle of it. Once you get used to the fixed focus and hit the focus sweet spot, you will get good closeups detailed, with high contrast and popping colors. There is a lot of visible noise, but as it turns out, it doesn’t get that much in the way.

The Galaxy A33 5G has a dedicated 2MP depth sensor that assists the main camera when taking portrait photos. And those turned out unexpectedly good considering the phones low-end mid-range position.

Like many other Samsung phones, the selfie on the A33 5G has a toggle to determine how wide the frame will be. This setting annoyingly defaults to the narrower option and hence – about an 8MP crop. When shooting in the wider aspect, selfies come out in 13MP.

So, the full – size 13MP selfies with took with the Galaxy A33 5G are among the better ones you can get from a selfie camera these days. They have enough detail, though the noise reduction and the heavy Samsung processing smears some of it and are responsible for the overall ail painting look.

The portraits we took with the selfie camera and nice-the subject separation to good, and we liked the background blur. The detail is less than on the regular selfies though, probably hurt by the even more intense processing.

Using the Night mode on the main camera saves sharper, cleaner and less noisy photos, and for these improvement we can recommend it. It will expose more detail in the shadows too. But you should also know that it will also boost the exposure and make for some even brighter photos that may not look as realistic as you might have hoped.

The 2x zoom photos have their resolved detail noticeable reduced and everything looks like an oil painting but the processing managed to keep them usable and if you need a zoomed photo at night, you should use the zoom as when shooting in broad daylight.

The 8MP Ultra-wide photos we took at night were okay. They are usable as they have just enough detail for that, the color are mostly preserved, and the exposure is not that bad. Some of the photos are overrun by noise, and they are still okay, so if you must use this camera, it will get the job done in an acceptable manner.

Video recording

The Galaxy A33 5G capture 4K @30fps videos with its primary and selfie camera. The mainstream 1080p mode at 30fps is available across all cameras, while 1080p at 60fps works only on the main camera.

Electroni stabilization is available for the primary, ultra-wide and selfie cameras, bout it can be used only at 1080p resolution. Of course, the optical stabilization on the primary camera is always active.

The video nitrate is generous at 48-49Mbps in 4K and 17Mbps in 1080p. Audio is captured stero with a 256Kbps bitrate, and the sound is good.

Our Verdict

The Galaxy A33 5G turned oh it to be a well executed sequel to the Galaxy A32, one that leveled up the A3x models by putting an IP rating and OIS. This means the Galaxy A33 is where the premium part of the a series begins now.

So, to sum up the Galaxy A33 has a really beautiful and attractive design. The 90Hz OLED display is bright and fast, and we are happy with the color accuracy and the overall experience. The same goes for the battery life and the charging speed, though you will need to buy a 25W charger if you don’t own one already.

The Galaxy A33 did not only upgrade the design and the camera but the speakers too. It now offers stereo speakers with good loudness and sound quality. Oh, and it performance has improved significantly since the A32, and there is now 5G by default. Nice!

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • IP67-rated design, attractive and seamless form.
  • 90Hz AMOLED for smooth browsing.
  • Dependable battery life.
  • Stero Speakers comes with a good quality.
  • Latest Android and One UI.
  • Excellent Performance in this price range.
  • Great Photo and video quality, lossless 2x zoom.
  • 5G, NFC, micro SD.

Cons

  • Last Year’s Galaxy A52s is cheaper and better.
  • No Charger in the box.
  • 3.5mm Jack or a audio Jack is gone this year, too.
  • The vidriving stabilization only available in 1080p.

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