Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: sleek design and amazing battery life
Samsung has been actively launching smartphones in the budget segment with a focus on providing 5G handsets. As a result, we’ve seen plenty of 5G-enabled Galaxy M-series phones offering a great feature set. And the latest addition to this list is the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G. The device comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999 for the 6GB RAM and Rs 19,499 for the 8GB RAM model.
With this, Samsung aims to attract users by offering an attractive design and amazing battery life. However, is that enough to make it a worthwhile option to consider, especially when the competition is so fierce? We’ve been lucky enough to use the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G for a long time, and here’s what we think of it.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: Impressive design but plastic construction
The latest Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is bound to impress with its mesmerizing rear-facing design. However, the front panel seems to disappoint a bit. The back panel offers a modern look and feels super premium. The rear panel has a subtle finish and we liked how the camera module seamlessly merges with the panel.
The phone is available in different color options, and we have Deep Ocean Blue, which gives a premium look. The side panel is plastic, as is the back panel. Thanks to the choice of materials, the grip is correct, even excellent. The phone, on the other hand, is quite prone to smudges on the front and back panels, so I’d recommend using it with a case (which doesn’t come in the box). Rounded edges give you some comfort to hold the phone, but 215 grams of weight makes it heavy.
The right side of the device features volume controls and an on/off button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor. It is fast to register fingerprints and unlock the phone accurately. Unfortunately, the volume controls are placed a little too high for my taste, which makes it difficult to access. The left side of the device hosts the SIM slot, while the bottom comes with a single-firing speakerphone and a USB Type-C port.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: a responsive screen
As for the screen, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G packs a 6.6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with a screen resolution of 2408 x 1080 pixels. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and offers a 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung has been known to provide AMOLED screens to its budget-centric phones in the past. However, that seems to be changing. The Galaxy M33 5G is another addition from the brand that does not offer an AMOLED display.
The screen used in this smartphone is not that bad. You get good viewing angles and reasonably good color reproduction. Plus, the 120Hz refresh rate makes scrolling and animations much smoother. However, we still miss the deep black punch of an AMOLED display, which makes the streaming experience a step ahead. So it’s a bit disappointing to see that Samsung, which is one of the biggest manufacturers of AMOLED displays, shuns it in its affordable price range.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: sufficient performance for occasional use
When it comes to performance, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G smartphone is equipped with a reasonably capable Samsung Exynos 1280 processor. The octa-core processor offers up to 2.4 GHz of clock speed and integrates a Mali-G68 GPU. The Galaxy smartphone is powered by up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, expandable up to 1TB using a microSD card slot.
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G delivers good performance on a daily basis. Whether using the browser for pain, posting photos to social media, or using Google Maps during a commute, we never encountered much lag or stutter. The Galaxy M33 5G’s multitasking capabilities are also decent, and you can efficiently juggle between different apps without much lag. Moreover, the phone is 5G compatible and offers a wide range of bands, making it a future-proof device.
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G also performs well in different benchmark scores. On AnTuTu, the phone delivered a score of 394913 points. On Geekbench, we scored 742 points in the single-core test and 1840 points in the multi-core test. Finally, in the 3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme test, the phone scored 3585 points.
That said, it’s essential to note that the Galaxy M33 5G is not a gaming-centric smartphone, nor is the brand marketing it that way. Instead, the phone is designed to handle casual gaming and it shows especially when playing graphically demanding titles.
When playing Call of Duty Mobile and BGMI, we observed stutters and frame drops, which makes the whole gameplay quite jerky, to be honest. Audio performance isn’t great either. At full volume, the sound can be a bit pinched on the ears. The bass lacks depth and the treble is too powerful.
As far as software is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G runs on Android 12 operating system with One UI 4.1 on top. The user interface has been refined a lot with One UI 4.1. You get a much better aesthetic when it comes to animations and design. The user interface is loaded with cool features like screen recorder, link to windows, dual messenger, quick share, music share, safe folder, etc. Moreover, you also have the option to change the color scheme of the icons according to the wallpaper which is a nice addition. Overall, the UI is smooth to run, but it still contains a fair amount of bloatware, which can be removed easily.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: are quad cameras really necessary?
For optics, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G sports a quad-camera setup on the rear panel, which includes a combination of a 50-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 2-megapixel depth sensor and 2-megapixel macro shooter. The company loaded an 8MP shooter for selfies and video calls on the front. The phone also supports 4K video recording, although it is limited to 30 frames per second.
The camera UI offers a host of cool modes, including Portrait, Photo, Video, Night, Panorama, Food, Super Slow-Mo, Hyperlapse, and Pro modes. You also get the single take feature including photos, boomerang video, fast forward video, normal video, etc. All photos taken from this mode are social media ready, and the mode is quite fun to use. Another mode we liked was Fun mode. The mode is created in conjunction with Snapchat, and you get a plethora of Snapchat filters to use.
When it comes to performance, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G delivers decent results in daylight shots. The main camera captures good color in daylight, although we thought detail could have been a bit better. The ultra-wide camera captures more field of view, although we found it’s not capable of capturing the finer details. Additionally, we also noticed that the phone could not focus on a distant subject with the ultra-wide-angle lens. When it comes to the macro sensor, the low megapixel count hampers the photo resolution. The phone is able to focus on the subject when you get it close enough, but detail and color reproduction aren’t great.
In low-light conditions, we noticed that the 50MP main camera performed well in terms of capturing detail, but colors were a bit washed out. Ironically, the ultra-wide camera captured the right colors, but details went for a complete hit. The phone also has a night mode that lets you capture more light, but the results still have noise and details aren’t captured well. The front camera does a decent job of capturing portraits in both low light and daylight. Edge detection has definitely improved with this smartphone, and it captures true skin color with the right amount of detail in sunlight.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: Massive battery, no charger
One of the biggest selling points of this device is the massive 6000mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is a monster to beat in the battery department. It’s simply impossible to drain the battery in a day, even with heavy usage that includes lots of games and streaming videos on Netflix or Prime Video.
We got around 9 hours of screen time with a mix of medium to heavy use. The phone also provided good battery life of around two days with this usage. It can be expected to offer up to three days of battery backup with medium to light usage.
The phone also comes with 25W fast charging support, although it does not come with a charging brick. That means you have to bear extra cost to buy the 25W fast charger from the company. In our testing, we found the phone was able to charge from 10-100% in around 1.6 hours. Also, half an hour of charging provided about 40% battery backup.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: verdict
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G seems like a decent option in this price range. The smartphone comes with a stunning design, which makes it stand out from the crowd. The phone also offers excellent battery life, which also happens to be its best selling point. But other than that, the phone might look like an underdog compared to the competition. The exclusion of an AMOLED screen in the price segment below Rs 18,000 is a big miss of the brand. Additionally, the lackluster multitasking and high-end gaming capabilities are also disappointing. But, if you want a smartphone that offers great battery life and offers a good design, you can consider buying the Galaxy M33 5G.
If you want to check out alternatives, you can try the Poco X4 Pro, OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite, and Redmi Note 11 Pro. Even Samsung’s Galaxy F23 5G offers better performance thanks to the more powerful Snapdragon 750G SoC.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
- Smooth user interface
- Decent daily performance
- Excellent battery life
- good design
What is bad?
- No charger in the box
- No AMOLED display
- Not for games
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