Samsung has introduced two smartphones in its Galaxy A series, just over a month after unveiling the Galaxy S22 phones and Tab S8 tablets at its Unpacked Event. The Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G are Samsung’s latest budget-friendly 5G smartphones. These new devices succeed the popular and excellent Galaxy A52 5G, and the Galaxy A32 5G, respectively.
Here’s a look at how the Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G compare in terms of specs, features, and price.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and Samsung Galaxy A33 5G were launched during Samsung’s event on March 17. The Galaxy A53 5G is available to preorder in select markets including T-Mobile, Verizon, and more. It has a starting price of $449 (€449/£399) for 128GB of storage. That’s $50 cheaper than what last year’s A52 cost at launch. Every A53 preorder will come with a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live earbuds for a limited time. Furthermore, if you have an old phone to trade in, Samsung will discount your A53 5G preorder by up to $100.
On the other hand, the Galaxy A33 5G will be expected in select markets beginning April 22. It will have a starting price of €369 or £329. Unfortunately, it will not initially be available in the US.
The Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G feature an identical design with few differences. Both phones have an IP67 water and dust resistance and a quadruple-camera array. Both are also offered in four colors: black, blue, white, and peach. The Galaxy A53 5G has a punch hole camera at the top of its display and a polished frame, while Galaxy A33 5G has a matte frame and it comes with a waterdrop notch. The bezels are also notably smaller on the A53, which creates a smooth, stylish look and ambient edge design.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has a slightly larger screen size of 6.5 inches, thanks to the slimmer bezels in comparison to the Galaxy A33 5G’s 6.4 inches. Both have an FHD+ Super AMOLED display with the former having a 120Hz refresh rate and the latter a fair 90Hz. This will make the Galaxy A53 5G slightly smoother when scrolling through web pages or social media feeds. Color reproduction is great on both displays with realistic and vibrant colors. Both also have a bright display at 800 nits, perfect for outdoor use, as well as an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The tough Corning Gorilla Glass 5 featured on both devices help protect the screens from scratches and cracks.
It’s in the camera that the two devices differ the most. The Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G both have a quad rear camera setup but with different specifications. The Galaxy A53 5G has a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP depth sensor camera, and a 5MP macro camera. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A33 5G has a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP depth sensor camera, and a 5MP macro camera. Although neither device has optical zoom, they both have optical image stabilization on their main cameras.
Moving to the front, you’ll see a high-resolution 32MP front camera on the Galaxy A53 5G and a 13MP front camera on the Galaxy A33. Even with the lower megapixel count, the A33’s front camera is still capable of taking great selfies thanks to Samsung’s image processing.
Samsung has also added a new feature called the Object Eraser, similar to the Magic Eraser on the Google 6 Pro. This feature allows you to remove any background distractions from your photos, which can be really helpful if there’s someone walking in the background of your shot.
Hardware and Specs
Both devices come equipped with their new chipset, the Exynos 1280. It’s a powerful processor which includes a lot of AI-inspired features that can handle day-to-day tasks with ease.
As for RAM and storage, both have a base of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage with up to 256GB. The two devices also support expandable storage through a MicroSD card, something the flagship Galaxy S22 series doesn’t offer.
The Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G come with up to four generations of One UI and Android OS updates, as well as up to five years of security patches. These features give customers access to the most up-to-date software and security, allowing them to get the most out of their smartphones.
Dolby atmos is another great feature included on both devices. This gives users an immersive 3D sound experience when watching content or playing games. Lastly, it features a lot of sensors including gyro sensors, accelerometer, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, light sensor, and more.
One thing to keep in mind is that neither of the smartphones has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Battery Life and Connectivity
The Galaxy A53 5G and the Galaxy A33 5G share the same 5,000 mAh battery. This will keep these smartphones powered for up to two days when used moderately. Both devices support a 25W fast wired charging, but you’ll have to buy a separate charger because neither has a charger in its box. Both devices offer a lot of connectivity options, including 5G, LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. It also features a dual sim card slot that supports two Nano-SIM cards.