Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review: Best phone under Rs 20,000?

Indian consumers often form an opinion about a phone with the kind of specs it offers on paper. Samsung probably understands this and introduced its Galaxy M series, in 2019, with the exact same strategy in mind. To offer the best possible specifications at the best possible price.

Since the Galaxy M series was introduced in India, we have seen a number of models in different price segments ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. One of the latest offerings in the range is the Galaxy M33 5G, which also supports 5G. This is the successor to last year’s Galaxy M32 5G, which is still one of the best phones available under the price of Rs 20,000.

The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G starts at Rs 18,999 for the base 6GB + 128GB variant and goes up to Rs 20,499 for the top-end 8GB + 128GB storage model. the phone starts at Rs 17,999. In addition, some bank offers are available to make it a much more tempting offer.

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G for almost 10 days now and the question now is is it one of the best phones available under Rs 20,000? Second, should Galaxy M32 5G users upgrade? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions in the review.

design, build

The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G looks nice and clean but isn’t very unique. It offers a square-shaped camera module on the back and a teardrop-shaped notch on the front. The overall design is inspired by the Galaxy M32. The phone is available in blue and green.

Even though the design is a bit boring, I like how the glossy back panel doesn’t register fingerprints even when my hand was sweaty, thanks to Noida’s humidity.

The form factor is quite good, in my opinion. It is convenient to play games, watch videos, type messages or write emails on it. But I think the weight could have been slightly more balanced. There’s a bigger battery inside which adds to the weight, but it’s not the first Samsung phone with a 6,000mAh battery. There are models with such a battery configuration and yet very well balanced.

One downside though is the plastic panel on the back. Most brands in this price segment offer a glass back, so not having it in the Galaxy M33 5G is disappointing. But the good thing is that the plastic panel doesn’t look cheap. The polish on the top not only helps remove fingerprints but also makes the phone look classy and more expensive at the same time. Even the frames I wish were metal and not plastic.

While the design is a mixed bag, the Galaxy M33 5G offers a superb build. It’s a solid phone and feels solid in the hands. I used the phone without a case and it was able to withstand the rough handling. Not many scratches on the screen or back panel registered even after 10 days of rigorous use of the device.

Display

Even though the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G doesn’t offer an AMOLED panel, the screen gets quite bright under the blazing sun. It has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. There is a teardrop notch at the top, the bezels are also quite thin at the sides.

Personally, I don’t like my phone/laptop screen to be too bright, so a brightness level of 60% was fine for me in the morning. However, around 1 p.m., in direct sunlight, the brightness of the screen had to be at maximum to be clearly visible.

The Galaxy M33 5G offers a decent multimedia experience. Whether watching YouTube videos or shows on Netflix or even browning Instagram or Twitter, the screen was bright enough at 60 per cent and colors looked punchy. Viewing angles were also quite decent.

It’s good to see Samsung offering a 120Hz screen refresh rate in this price segment. It looks good on paper but doesn’t show significant differences in actual use.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is powered by Exynos 1280 SoC and supports 12 5G bands. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There is expandable RAM support up to 16GB. It also includes Power Cool technology to control heat dissipation.

In my 10 days with the phone, it performed decently and was able to handle basic day-to-day tasks like browsing the internet, sending emails and messages, clicking photos and more easily. But when it comes to multitasking and constantly switching between apps, the smartphone lagged in many situations. The difficult response and scrolling also felt sluggish at times. The bright side is that despite running up to 15 apps in the background, the phone didn’t heat up much.

Software-wise, the Galaxy M33 5G comes with Android-based OneUI 4.1 out of the box. Just like expensive Samsung phones, the M33 5G also offers clean software with very minimal pre-installed apps, which can be removed if needed.

Camera

The camera department is where the Galaxy M33 5G does a pretty good job, especially for the price it’s being offered. On the rear panel, the smartphone features four cameras including a 50MP main sensor, 2MP macro sensor, 20MP depth sensor and 5MP ultra-wide lens.

The primary lens was able to snap some really good shots in daytime and low-light situations. The photos captured very good detail and the colors also looked quite real. The bright side is that the photos were never too punchy or saturated. The low-light camera performance was also quite impressive in the price segment. There’s a night mode that optimizes a clicked photo in less light. Overall, if you like posting photos to Instagram and Facebook, the Galaxy M33 5G seems like a pretty good option in the price segment.

Portraits are also quite impressive, with a properly blurred background and distinct edges. Macro performance, however, could have been better in my opinion. In most macro shots, detail is often lacking. The colors look good in this one too. The ultra-wide lens also often lacks detail, which again is slightly disappointing.

Even the front camera performance, I think, could have been better. The Galaxy M33 5G features an 8-megapixel sensor on the front that sits inside the teardrop notch. Selfies lack detail and colors are off. Ditto with portrait selfie mode, where the background appears to be blurry correctly but the edges aren’t so distinct. Low-light selfies could also have been better, in my opinion.

Battery

This is one of the best aspects of the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G. The smartphone easily lasts a full day of heavy usage. Moderate use can very easily extend battery life to 1.5 days, on a single charge. It supports 25W fast charging but there is no charging brick in the box. The box just includes the USB Type C port.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: Should you buy?

The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is a pretty decent option to consider if you are looking for a phone under Rs 20,000. It looks decent with the great build quality. The design, however, could have been slightly unique, but it’s still not that bad, just boring. Performance is another area where I think the device can be disappointing, but departments like battery, screen, and camera are quite good. However, macro and selfies could have been slightly improved.

All in all, if you are a Samsung fan and looking to buy an affordable phone that offers a clean user experience and great battery life, the Galaxy M33 5G is a good option to consider. If performance and camera are what matters, there are phones like Redmi Note 11 Pro, Realme 9, and more. Consumers who have the Galaxy M32 can look forward to the M33 5G successor.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review 7/10

Advantages

  • Good build
  • Long battery life
  • Own software

The inconvenients

  • bulky
  • Performance
  • Boring design

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