Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: Big battery yes, but …

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The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is also a 5G phone that pushes the envelope at this price point by not offering a charger. The price of the phone starts at 17,999 rupees, and it comes with Samsung’s Exynos 1280 chipset. More importantly, like other phones in the M series, it is powered by a 6000mAh battery. But is that good enough to recommend this phone? Let’s find out in our review.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Specifications: 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate | Exynos 1280 processor with 6 or 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage | 50MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear Camera and 8MP Front Camera | 6000 mAh battery with 25W fast charging | OneUI 4 with Android 12

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Price in India: 17,999 rupees for the 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB variants priced at Rs 19,499.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: What’s good?

I’ll quickly highlight the basics

  • The design is the standard for the M series, it’s bulky due to the 6000mAh battery
  • The fingerprint scanner is part of the power button and works precisely
  • Continues with the headphone jack
  • Yes, this is 5G ready with support for 12 bands
  • Supports two SIM cards with a microSD slot of 1 TB
  • Works on One UI 4 with Android 12
  • Samsung offers 128GB of storage on both types of RAM, which is always a good thing

Let’s start with the best part which is the battery. The 6000mAh battery will easily last for two days with moderate use. Really push it and you’ll have a day and a half. If you or someone in your family needs a phone that doesn’t have to worry about charging every day, this is the easy choice given the size of the battery.

The phone has a 6.6-inch LCD screen with a resolution (2408 x 1080) and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Samsung offers an adaptive refresh rate, which means it will change the refresh rate as needed, although you can fix it to 120Hz as well from the settings. However, the adaptive update should please most users.

The phone has a 6.6-inch LCD screen with Full HD + resolution with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

The display itself is good enough for most users. It’s legible in sunlight, and if you use it to watch YouTube videos, Netflix, etc., it will do the job just fine.

The Galaxy M33 5G features a quad-camera setup with a 50MP main camera, while there is a 2MP macro, 2MP depth, and 5MP ultrawide. The main camera does a fair job, especially if you compare it to other devices on the market in a similar segment. In fact, some of the pictures from it make me wish we were living in the world of Samsung cameras. The sky will be bluer, the reds richer, and our grass greener.

The quad camera is on the back of the M33. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

There is no doubt that the camera tends to saturate some colors, but the overall results are very social media ready, if you are fond of these colors. The selfie camera does an impressive job, despite it being 8MP. In well-lit environments, images are pleasant, and the skin does not look unnatural. But the camera struggles in night mode, and details are blurry, both for the front and main camera.

Camera sample taken from Galaxy M33 5G. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Camera sample taken from Galaxy M33 5G. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Camera sample taken from Galaxy M33 5G (Image Source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: What’s not so good?

Performance is a disappointment for this price. The phone works fine for basic scrolling on Facebook and WhatsApp, but if you start pushing, it will struggle. While it can run games like Alto’s Odyssey, you can see that it struggles with games like Genshin Impact and Asphalt 9. Stuttering and lag are hard to ignore, even if you’re playing with basic graphics settings. The device also got very warm during gaming sessions. There is also a noticeable stutter when scrolling occasionally on Chrome, if you have many tabs open.

Camera performance in low light. Not up to the mark. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

25W fast charging is still an issue. The 6000 mAh battery takes some time to charge. Of course, you’ll have to buy the charger separately, since Samsung doesn’t ship one in the box.

The ultra-wide camera remains unimpressive on any other device. Pictures are still acceptable. But the camera’s performance in low light is below average.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: Verdict

When considering a new phone, there are many factors that help the user make a decision. Use case, budget and sometimes, the brand name matters. The Galaxy M33 fits the bill for someone who needs a big battery phone, over the standard 5,000mAh we see these days. The device can handle everyday basic tasks like messaging, calling, and WhatsApp and has enough storage space on board. This is also ideal for someone who is not too bothered by other camera features.

But if your usage includes gaming, clicking pictures and videos in different lighting scenarios and your budget is in the Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 segment, then this is not the right choice. Samsung’s F23 series, Redmi Note 11 or even Realme 9 series might be more suitable in those cases.


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