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

The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is also a 5G phone that pushes into this price range by not offering a charger. The phone has a starting price of 17,999 Rs, and comes with Samsung’s own Exynos 1280 chipset. Most importantly, like other M-Series phones, it continues with a 6000 mAh battery. But is it good enough to recommend this phone? Let’s find out in our review.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Specifications: 6.6 “LCD screen in full HD + with 120 Hz refresh rate | Exynos 1280 processor with 6 GB or 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage space | 50MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP rear camera and 8MP front camera | 6000 mAh battery with 25W fast charge | OneUI 4 with Android 12

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G price in India: The Rs 17,999 for the 6GB / 128GB and 8GB / 128GB variant is priced at Rs 19,499.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: What’s Good?

I will quickly highlight the basics

  • The design is standard for the M-Series, it is extensively given the 6000 mAh battery
  • The fingerprint scanner is part of the power button and works precisely
  • It continues with a headphone jack
  • Yes, this is 5G ready with support for 12 bands
  • Dual-SIM with a microSD slot supports 1TB
  • Runs One UI 4 with Android 12
  • Samsung provides 128 GB of storage on both RAM variants, which is always good to see

Let’s start with the best aspect, which is the battery. The 6,000 mAh battery easily lasts two days with moderate use. Push it really and you will get a day and a half. If you or someone in your family needs a phone where you do not have to worry about charging every day, this is the easy choice given the battery size.

The phone has a 6.6-inch LCD screen with (2408 x 1080) resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung offers an adaptive refresh rate, which means it changes the refresh rate depending on the need, though you can also adjust it to 120 Hz from the settings. Still, the adaptive update should keep most users happy.

The phone has 6.6 inch LCD full HD + screen with 120 Hz refresh rate. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

The screen itself is good enough for most users. It is readable in sunlight and if you use it to watch videos on YouTube, Netflix, etc., it will do the job well.

The Galaxy M33 5G has a quad camera where the main camera is 50MP while there is a 2MP macro, 2MP depth and 5MP ultra wide. The main camera does a fair job, especially if I compare it to the other devices on the market in a similar segment. In fact, some of the pictures taken from it make me wish we lived in a Samsung camera world. The sky would be bluer, the red colors richer and our grass greener.

The quad camera on the back of the M33. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

There is no doubt that the camera tends to saturate some colors, but the overall results are very much ready for social media if you like such colors. The selfie camera actually does an impressive job, even though it’s 8MP. In well-lit surroundings, the images are pleasant, the skin does not look unnatural. But the camera struggles in night mode and the details are blurry, both for the front and main camera.

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

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: What’s Not Good?

Performance is a failure for this price. The phone works fine for basic scrolling on Facebook, WhatsApp, but if you start pushing, it struggles. Although it can run games like Altos Odyssey, you can see it giant with games like Genshin Impact and Asphalt 9. The trunk and delay are just hard to ignore even if you play with the basic graphics settings. The unit also got very hot during gaming sessions. There is also a noticeable dent when scrolling at times on Chrome if you have too many tabs open.

Camera performance in low light. is not up to the goal. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

The fast charging of 25 W remains a problem. The 6000 mAh battery takes a while to charge. Of course, you have to buy the charger separately, as Samsung does not ship one in the box.

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

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: Review

When considering a new phone, there are many factors that help a user make a decision. Their use case, budget and sometimes the brand name all matter. The Galaxy M33 fits the bill for someone who needs a large battery phone, more than the standard 5000 mAh we see these days. The device can handle the daily basic tasks such as messaging, calling, WhatsApp and has enough storage space on board. This is also ideal for someone who is not too fussy about the other features of the camera.

But if your spending involves games, clicking on 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 own F23, or Redmi Note 11 or even the Realme 9 series may be better suited in these cases.