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Galaxy A33 vs Galaxy A32 4G: What does 5G connectivity cost?

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Last updated: March 17th, 2022 at 21:22 UTC+02:00

Unlike last year, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A series of smartphones are, for the most part, 5G-only, eliminating the need for multiple variants that feature the technology. Based on the spec sheet alone, it is clear that Samsung had to cut many corners on the Galaxy A32 4G to make its 5G variant commercially viable.

So, the question that arises now is, just how does the Galaxy A32 series hold up against the Galaxy A33. We’ll start by comparing the Galaxy A32 4G with the latter.

Galaxy A32 4G vs Galaxy A33: Internals

Last year, Samsung had to look at MediaTek for its silicon. This time around, the Galaxy A33 5G packs Samsung’s in-house Exynos 1280 SoC (2x Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.4 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0 GHz). On paper, it has the capacity to outperform the now-ageing MediaTek Helio G80 powering the Galaxy A32.

Even though the Galaxy A33 recycles the Galaxy A32 4G’s 5,000 mAh battery, the charging wattage gets upped to 25 W.  With the exception of 5G, connectivity options remain identical across both phones. Lastly, the 6.4-inch FHD+ 90 Hz AMOLED panel remains the same, but the 3.5mm audio jack gets the axe. There’s IP67 water and dust resistance, as compensation.

Galaxy A32 4G vs Galaxy A33: Camera

The Galaxy A33 copies the Galaxy A32 5G’s camera layout in its entirety, i.e., a 48 MP primary sensor, 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 5 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. In contrast, the Galaxy A32 4G packs a 64 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. There are a few compromises on the selfie camera front, too, with the Galaxy A33 using a 13 MP sensor and the Galaxy A32 4G a 20 MP one.

Now, there is more to camera performance than just raw megapixel count. It’ll all come down to how the ISP on each device performs, and on paper, the Galaxy A33’s Exynos 1280 should have the edge here. The Galaxy A33 also brings forth an important under-the-hood improvement for the primary camera lens in the form of OIS (optical image stabilization).

Galaxy A32 4G vs Galaxy A33: Verdict

If you’re in an area with 5G connectivity on the horizon, an upgrade to the Galaxy A33 would make sense. Otherwise, it would be wise to hold on to your Galaxy A32 4G for a while longer. It is still a competent performer that should hold its own for the next year or so. Samsung has been fairly consistent at delivering timely updates to its Galaxy A series devices, so it shouldn’t be long before One UI 4.0 arrives on it.

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General Information

  • Model Name

    Galaxy A33 5G

    Galaxy A32

  • Model type

    Bar

    Bar

  • Colors

    Black (Black)White (White)Blue (Blue)Peach (Peach)

    Black (Black)White (White)Blue (Blue)Violet (Violet)

  • Announced

    2022, March

    2021, January

  • Released

    2022, April

Physical specifications

  • Dimensions

    Bar: 159.7 x 74 x 8.1 mm

    Bar: 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm

  • Weights

    186g

    184g

  • IP rating

    IP67

Operating system

  • Operating system

    Android 12

    Android 11

  • One UI version

    4.1

    3.1

Networks

  • SIM

    Dual SIM model

    Dual SIM model

  • SIM card sizes

    Nano-SIM

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

  • Networks

    2G3G4G5G

    2G3G4G

  • eSIM support

    No

Display

  • Kind

    Main Display

  • Name

    Infinity-U Display

  • Technology

    Super AMOLED Display

  • Size

    6.4 inch / 162.56 mm

  • Resolution

    FHD+ / x pixels

  • Refresh rate

    90Hz

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