Looking for an attractive mid-range cell phone? Samsung has recently announced some additions that may interest you. The first, the Galaxy A53 5G, a very powerful phone with a 5mn Exynos processor. The second is the Galaxy A33 5G, something a little more strange. Even so, to get to know them better, we compared the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs. Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
In addition to the processor, the Galaxy A53 5G has a rear camera module with four lenses, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and, of course, support for 5G. At $450, it’s a real bargain, and we’re looking forward to putting it to the test in our review.
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For its part, the Galaxy A33 5G is a slightly reduced version of the Galaxy A53, it is a great looking cell phone, which shares many specifications, but at an even lower price of approximately $430 dollars.
|Galaxy A53||Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
|Dimensions||159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm (2.94 x 6.28 x 0.32 inches)||159.7 x 74 x 8.1mm (6.29 x 2.91 x 0.32 inches)|
|Weight||189 grams (6.67 ounces)||186 grams (6.56 ounces)|
|Screen||6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O 120Hz||Super AMOLED, 6.4-inch 90Hz Infinity-U Display|
|Resolution||2,400 x 1,080 (407 dpi)||2,400 x 1,080 pixels (411 ppi)|
|OS||Android 12 with OneUI 4.1||Android 12 (OneUI 4.1)|
|Storage||128GB and 256GB||128GB and 256GB|
|Micro SD slot||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||Exynos 1280||samsung exynos 1280|
|RAM||6GB and 8GB||6GB and 8GB|
|Camera||rear: 64 MP Wide, 12 MP Ultra Wide, 5 MP Depth, 5 MP Macro
|rear: 48 MP main, 8 MP ultra wide, 2 MP deep, 5 MP macro
Up to 4K at 30 FPS
|Up to 4K at 30 FPS, 1080p at 120 FPS|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.1||Bluetooth 5.1|
|ports||USB-C||USB-C, 3.5mm jack|
25W fast charge
25W fast charge
|app store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|network support||Main operators||Main operators|
|Colors||Black, white, blue and peach||Black, white, blue and purple|
|Prices||$450 dollars||$329 pounds ($430 dollars approx.)|
These two cell phones are very similar to each other. They’re available in the same four bright colors, have the same textured back panel, overall design, construction, and weight. The only real differences are in the screens.
The Galaxy A53’s screen is slightly larger, it has a hole for the selfie camera instead of a teardrop notch, and it has a higher refresh rate of 120Hz.
Durability should be more or less the same. Both phones appear to be made of plastic, which theoretically offers good protection against bumps, chips, and other damage. In addition, both are IP67 certified for resistance to water and dust, so they are equally protected against immersion in water and dusty environments.
These two phones are very close in this category and therefore we judge them by the smallest detail. The higher refresh rate of the Galaxy A53 takes the cake, although it is probably not that important.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
The similarities in design also carry over to performance. You’ll find the 5nm Exynos 1280, 128 or 256GB of internal storage, 6 and 8GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery inside these two phones, meaning they’re likely to perform very similarly.
Sure, we haven’t had much time with either phone yet, and even the same hardware may perform differently in other configurations, but they’re largely the same. It is a straight draw.
However, the Galaxy A33 may have a small advantage. The 90Hz display would consume a bit less power than the A53’s 120Hz display, so it’s possible the 5,000mAh battery will last a bit longer.
However, this is entirely theoretical and may not hold true in real life. Both devices have the same 25W fast charge and no wireless charging. It is a direct tie and we cannot divide the two.
At last, some solid differences. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has a quad-lens rear camera setup. The 64 MP main lens is joined by a 12 MP ultra wide, a 5 MP macro and a 5 MP depth lens.
This versatile configuration is repeated in the Galaxy A33 5G, but with slightly lower specifications. The main lens of the A33 is 48 MP, the ultra wide is 8 MP, and the depth sensor is 2 MP.
The 5 MP macro lens appears to be the same. On the front, the A53 has a 32 MP selfie camera, while the A33 has a 13 MP one. That’s a lot of numbers, but what do they mean?
While a higher megapixel count doesn’t always mean a better image, it’s often a good rule of thumb, especially when comparing cameras from the same manufacturer in similar price ranges.
While we haven’t had a chance to play with either phone yet, the A53’s higher megapixel count probably means it’s the more powerful of the two when it comes to camera.
We’ll revisit this section once we’ve had some time with the phones in question, but for now, we’re happy to assume the Galaxy A53 5G is going to be the stronger of the two.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Without further ado, we return to these two being largely the same. Both phones run Samsung’s OneUI 4.1, a skin from the manufacturer based on Android 12. It offers a strong range of customization options that you don’t get on stock Android.
Samsung has also extended the duration of its updates, and will now offer four years of Android and five years of security updates on both the Samsung Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A33.
So, with both handsets receiving this promise of long support and the same version of Android at launch, this is another tight tie.
It’s not 100 percent clear which of Samsung’s many special features these two phones will inherit, but there are a few that we hope they both get.
Compatibility with Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby is almost certain, as is Android’s built-in Google Assistant. Both feature an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, and both (obviously) also have 5G support.
What’s not so clear is whether either will be able to use Dex mode, which emulates Samsung’s desktop, but if one has it, it’s likely the other will as well. It’s a fair bet to assume they’ll be available on both handsets. This is another draw.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is currently available for preorder, with prices starting at $450. The phone will ship on April 1 and will be available through AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
The Galaxy A33 5G is a slightly more peculiar prospect. It has not yet arrived in the US and has been put up for sale in some markets, although it will not go on sale until the end of April.
Since there is no official US release there is no US price, but based on the price of $329 GBP, around $430 seems about right. You’d have to import it if you’re desperate, and at the moment we’re not sure what network support will be on an imported model.
Since these two cell phones are very similar in many aspects, this has been a strange competition. However, there is a clear winner, and that is the slightly larger Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
There is only a small price difference between the two, but the Galaxy A53 comes with a higher refresh rate and a more powerful camera. He’s the clear winner the way this battle looks right now, and we’re pretty sure that’s unlikely to change.
Looking for a solid Samsung cell phone under $500? The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G seems the best option in this initial phase.