The challenge among the mid-range is increasingly heated and Samsung also means its own with the new members of the “Galaxy A” family that is slowly being composed. These days I had the chance to try two of the latest arrivals, namely Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A53, both 5G and more similar than ever given the new Exynos 1280 platform on which they rest.

The Korean company has worked “little” to distinguish them from each other and raised above all the level of the cheaper of the two, the Galaxy A33 which certainly stands out more than the previous generation. The key to reading is more or less this but, beyond the considerations of the scenario, let’s talk today about the two smartphones and which one actually makes sense net of the proposals already on the market.


From a first glance we could almost say that they are heterozygous twins, because the lines are almost identical but there are details that change in substance: first of all the dimensions. The Galaxy A53 is in fact slightly wider with its 6.5-inch diagonal display and 74.8 mm on the “abscissa” axis, in spite of a Galaxy A33 that boasts a slightly smaller panel (6.4″) and 74 mm wide.

In essence, the latter is a little narrower and easier to hold, what little makes the difference having them both available. I personally find it more comfortable, then help the almost flat (metal) edges that Samsung has chosen for many of its mobile devices of 2022. Of course the Galaxy A53 has narrower frames, or rather, it is right to speak in the singular since on three sides they are practically identical and only the lower one is smaller on this model.

The back is instead the same, made of polycarbonate and modeled on the raised module of the cameras that can be reached with a gentle curved rise. I find it aesthetically pleasing, more than many solutions that detach too much from the rest of the back cover and often seem “foreign” elements. We could then discuss the differences between the Infinity O display of the Galaxy A53 and the Infinity U of the Galaxy A33, with the first being clearly more modern and the second reminding us of lines from the past. What really matters is the technology: Super Amoled for both, and for the Galaxy A33 it’s great news.

Lights and shadows for two mid-range certainly expected that immediately focus on one of the latest Samsung SoCs, the Exynos 1280 made with a 5nm production process and strong first-level components: two Arm Cortex-A78 with a maximum operating frequency of 2.4 GHz, six Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 2 GHz and four-core Arm Mali-G68 GPU, with a maximum operating frequency of 1,000 MHz.

Nothing that suggests particular limits for the band in which they landed, but it is also true that you have to deal with the software and, on this front, Samsung certainly has to work. The OneUI 4.1 and Android 12 seem to weigh down a bit the two devices that, sometimes, show some slowdown too much. No one expects top-of-the-range performance, let’s be clear, but now we have reached such a level that even the so-called midrange run fast and here I have the impression there is some bottleneck.

We will see if the parent company will be able to improve things in the near future with some updates, I certainly do not like the choice to use UFS 2.1 memories for a multinational that does business with memories. Integrating UFS 3.0, much faster, would have been at least appropriate in 2022, maybe it would have cost a couple of dollars more but it is likely that the whole system would have benefited. Here are the test results:


Curious then to note that trying some benchmarks the Galaxy A33 exceeds in the scores what should be its older brother, the Galaxy A53. I think of AnTuTu, with the first reaching 401 thousand points and the second stopping at 357 thousand points. Similar scenario on Geekbench 5 with practically identical “Single-Core” score and “Multi-Core” slightly in favor of the Galaxy A53 (1855 points against 1838 points).