Samsung Galaxy A53 5G vs Galaxy A33 5G: what to expect

Samsung Galaxy A53 vs А33 in a nutshell:
  • Plastic construction on both
  • A53 has thinner borders around screen
  • 120Hz vs 60Hz
  • Slightly faster processor on A53 5G
  • Both come with huge, 5,000mAh battery inside

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Display and Design

Slight differences

Both being Galaxy A series phones, meaning budget devices, they are made using good old cost-cutting plastic all around, but still expect a solid, tight construction.

One thing missing on the newer A53 5G is a headphone jack, while we are not sure about the cheaper A33 5G (a recent FCC filing suggest no headphone jack).

There is not much of a difference in size, and thanks to the plastic build both phones are lightweight for their class and quite comfy to carry in a pocket. Quite the relief, if you’ve ever carried around a Pro Max flagship these days.

In terms of colors, both phones will come in the same 4 versions: Black, White, Light Blue and Orange. Keep in mind that different markets might get different colors, though.

You also get IP67 water and dust protection on the A53 5G, so it can easily survive some rain or a drop in water, a feature that is seemingly be missing on the A33 5G model.

We have nearly identical screen sizes, though: 6.46 inches on the A53 5G vs 6.4″ on the A33 5G, and good news is both use AMOLED tech for those lush colors and excellent contrast. The big difference here is refresh rate: you get the sweet 120Hz goodness for smooth scrolling on the A53 5G, while the cheaper model sticks with a traditional 60Hz screen that looks quite choppy.

It’s nice that both have image-based face recognition using the front camera. That, however, is not quite as secure as the in-screen optical fingerprint scanner used on the A53, and early rumors say the A33 might also use an in-screen fingerprint scanner this year, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Battery and Charging

Same super impressive battery size on both

Battery life has always been excellent on the Galaxy A series and these two latest editions are expected to only continue that tradition.

Leaks point to a 5,000mAh battery on both the A53 5G and the A33 5G. This sounds incredibly promising, as such a giant battery is very likely to provide excellent real-world endurance.

We cannot wait to run our independent tests and compare the two side by side, but for the moment we have no specific battery life estimates. Stay tuned!

There is controversial information about charging. While worrisome rumors suggest Samsung might slow down charging speeds, a recent filing with the FCC shows that at least the A33 5G will come with a 25W charger included in the box, which is great news, and we can probably expect the same thing with the A53 5G. 

There is no wireless charging support on board, but that’s one feature traditionally missing on most budget phones.


Still four camera, still no zoom lens

Samsung insists on including four cameras on the back of all these phones, as if trying to impress consumers with the sheer number of lenses. Unfortunately, two of those cameras are completely unnecessary: the macro and depth cameras are expected to be of middling quality and merely 5MP resolution. You also don’t get a telephoto zoom lens.

However, you do get a main and an ultra-wide that will handle most of the camera workload, and below, you can find the exact camera specs for camera nerds to explore:

As you can see above, we don’t yet have any leaks about the camera specs on the Galaxy A33 5G, we only seem to know that it will have a 4-camera array like its more expensive sibling. 

Of course, Samsung will not sit still and we only expect camera improvements from the last generation A52 and A32 models. We will update you with camera samples and more analysis as soon as we get a hold of these phones, so stay tuned for that.

Performance and Software

The A53 is barely faster than the A52 5G

Leaks show tha the Galaxy A53 5G will get a Samsung Exynos 1200 processor under the hood, an octa-core chip with two high-performance cores running at 2.4GHz and six more frugal cores. Models with 6GB and 8GB of RAM will be available.

We have already seen performance benchmark leaked from a 6GB model of the Galaxy A53 5G, and these are the scores:

*Preliminary scores from leaks shown for the A53 and A33 models.

As you can see, there is a very tiny jump in speed on the Galaxy A53, but a quite noticeable yearly improvement is coming with the Galaxy A33, which would make these two models a lot more similar in terms of actual performance.

And we are glad about that: one of our main complaints against the A32 5G model was its slow speed, and Samsung seems to be addressing just that.

On the network side, you have 5G connectivity on both phones, as their names suggest. We are yet to hear more details about bands and mmWave support in the United States.

We know that the A53 5G is likely to get 128GB of on-board storage, while we are not certain about the A33 5G and whether it will have 64GB or 128GB in the base version. Bad news is that the microSD card slot is allegedly gone on both these phones.


In terms of software, being 2022 phones, the Galaxy A53 5G and A33 5G both ship with the latest Android 12 and One UI 4.1 combo. Last year, Samsung committed to 3 years of major software updates for the Galaxy A series, and if it keeps that promise for these new models, that would be brilliant.

Only remember that practice shows how after the first major update, Samsung is usually not in much of a rush to push further updates and they usually arrive with quite the delay. If timely updates are a priority, it might be a better idea to get a Google Pixel phone instead, which gets those updates on day one.

Galaxy A53 5G vs A33 5G: Specs Comparison

And here is a detailed specs comparison between the Galaxy A53 5G and the A33 5G model:

Samsung is gearing up to announce both the Galaxy A53 5G and A33 5G towards the end of Q1 of 2022, about a year after the Galaxy AX2 predecessors launched.

Don’t forget that there has been quite a bit of variation within the series too. Last year, international markets got a Galaxy A52 model with no 5G connectivity that was cheaper and had a slower, Snapdragon 720G processor. Also, midway between the A53 and A52, Samsung released a Galaxy A52S 5G model outside the US, which had a Snapdragon 778G inside, about as fast as this new A53 5G model.

Still, drawing the proverbial line, there is still a clear difference between the Galaxy A53 5G and the cheaper A33 5G. It’s noticeable in the looks, with the less refined design, bigger bezels and even the teardrop camera vs punch hole. However, the cheaper model seems to have improved a lot more in speed and the evolution happening in that segment looks bigger than the more modest upgrade that is the A53 5G model.

At the end of the day, you get a better camera and slightly better performance as you should on the A53 5G, but the Galaxy A33 5G shapes up as the strongest Samsung budget model in years, and that’s saying quite a bit.

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