Samsung reveals 5nm-powered A33 and A53 smartphones

Samsung's A33 5G handset
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Samsung has unveiled two new entry-level smartphones with 5G connectivity and 5nm processors for less than £400.

The A33 5G and A53 5G handsets are upgrades to the A32 and A52, respectively, but with a considerable bump in specifications.

Both devices are now available to pre-order as the South Korean giant continues to pack the first quarter of 2022 with smartphone and product launches.

The A-Series swiftly follows the launch of a new range of S22 devices and Galaxy Book laptops at MWC. However, these new handsets are firmly aimed at the lower end of the market.

The devices share an almost identical design, with a slight difference in size and texture on the chassis, and will come in shades of black, white, blue, and a new Peach colour, all of which are tagged as "awesome".

They feature the same 'halo' effect camera designs that are similar to those found on the S22, which has no module housing. What's more, both devices are fitted with the Exynos 1280 chipset, developed using 5nm technology, which potentially makes them extremely powerful middle-ranged handsets.

Samsung A33 5G

The cheapest of the two is the A33, which users can grab for as little as £329. It comes with a similar display to last year's A32, though its 6.4in screen is slightly smaller. However, it still features a FHD+ Super AMOLED infinity-U display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Samsung's A33 5G camera system

Perhaps the most noticeable difference, however, is its build which is shorter, slimmer and lighter than the previous; The A33 is just 8.1mm thick, whereas the A32 was 9.1mm. It also weighs just 186g, 21g less than its predecessor.

Feature-wise, the A33 has a triple-lens camera system with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 5MP macro lens, as well as a 12MP selfie camera. There is also a 5,000mAh battery that has 25w of fast charging capabilities and an on-screen fingerprint reader.

Samsung A53 5G

The display on the Samsung A53 5G

The A53 is the larger of the two models with a 6.5in FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display capable of a 120Hz refresh rate. It still manages to remain 8.1mm thick and weighs just 189g, which is partly why the devices look and feel so similar.

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It also has a slightly fancier camera set up with a 64MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide lens. These are also matched with two 5MP lenses for depth and marco shooting for extreme close ups. These is also a 32MP selfie camera.

As with the A33, the A53 has a 5,000mAh battery with 25w of fast charging, as well as the on-screen fingerprint reader, but it will ship for the slightly larger price of £399.

Both devices feature the Exynos 1280 chip and are matched with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. However, Samsung has enabled new AI functions on both devices that help to save battery life and also aid the camera with image enhancements.

Bobby Hellard

Bobby Hellard is ITPro's Reviews Editor and has worked on CloudPro and ChannelPro since 2018. In his time at ITPro, Bobby has covered stories for all the major technology companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, and regularly attends industry-leading events such as AWS Re:Invent and Google Cloud Next.

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