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Samsung Galaxy M33 5G smartphone review - Is 120 Hz enough in a mid-range phone?

AMOLED was yesterday. Unlike the predecessor and most other phones in its price range, Samsung's Galaxy M33 has a fast screen, but it is not based on AMOLED technology. Read our review to find out whether the mid-range phone can still convince.
Samsung Galaxy M33
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G (Galaxy M Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 1280 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 115 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n66/​n78) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.4 x 165.4 x 76.9 ( = 0.37 x 6.51 x 3.03 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 25 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 1.042W/​kg (head), 1.378W/​kg (body) , fanless
Weight
198 g ( = 6.98 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
349 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81 %
07/2022
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
198 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
78.6 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy M32
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
180 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.40"2400x1080
83.2 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
186 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.40"2400x1080
84.1 %
03/2022
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
173 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
81.7 %
07/2022
Motorola Moto G82 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
173 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2400x1080

Case and features - Stable and pretty

Samsung's M series is a bit more discreet this year. Thus, the Galaxy M33 5G comes with a simple, matte-reflective back in rather muted colors like brown, dark blue, and green. The mirror effect is actually quite pretty, but the back almost magically attracts fingerprints.

The stability of the plastic case can hardly be criticized: it is very sturdily built and is difficult to twist. The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5. However, the weight of 198 grams is quite high.

In contrast to the predecessor Galaxy M32 there is now finally faster mass storage, and the amount of 128 GB is also good. Samsung wants considerably more money for it than last year with 349 Euros, but the price has already dropped considerably on the Internet, for example at amazon.de at the time of the test.

The microSD slot can also be used with two SIM cards inserted. It is actually on an average speed level, as our tests with the reference card Angelbird V60 show. However, the CPDT benchmark shows clearly fluctuating data rates during sequential reading.

Size comparison

165.4 mm / 6.51 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs160.9 mm / 6.33 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs159.7 mm / 6.29 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 186 g0.4101 lbs159.3 mm / 6.27 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs160 mm / 6.3 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
59.21 MB/s ∼100% +72%
Samsung Galaxy M32
  (Angelbird V60)
40.7 MB/s ∼69% +18%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
34.38 MB/s ∼58%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
31.6 MB/s ∼53% -8%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
27.5 MB/s ∼46% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=105, last 2 years)
26 MB/s ∼44% -24%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø43.3 (29.4-63.5)
Samsung Galaxy M32 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.7 (25-43.4)
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø43.7 (29-56.7)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.1 (25.1-49.3)
Motorola Moto G82 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø33.1 (23.8-41.8)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø84.6 (44.2-109.8)
Samsung Galaxy M32 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G80, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø60.7 (30.5-64.9)
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø83.8 (43.5-112.8)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78 (32.1-84.2)
Motorola Moto G82 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.2 (38-84.1)

Communication, software and operation - Samsung's snappy fingerprint sensor

Although there was a Galaxy M32 5G, it never reached us in Europe. We now also get the 5G version of the Galaxy M33. The smartphone will probably not be able to use the 4G and 5G networks everywhere in the world, but the frequency diversity should be sufficient for some destinations.

The Wi-Fi module supports WiFi 5 standard. However, it is a bit weak in the transmission direction in our test with the reference router Asus ROG AXE11000, whereas it can at least keep up with most competing smartphones in the reception direction.

OneUI 4.1 is Samsung's own operating system based on Android 12. It is also preinstalled in the Galaxy M33 and includes quite a few third-party apps that fill the memory and should be uninstalled by the user if he does not like them.

During our test, we received an update of the security patches to July 1, 2022, which is very up-to-date at the time of testing. So far, the phone has received a security update every 2 months, which is supposed to remain the same for at least 4 years from launch according to the manufacturer. There are no reliable statements about the Android updates, but the phone should still get Android 13.

The 120 Hz screen makes the operation very smooth, although permanent 120 Hz is not possible. The screen switches to 60 fps in longer stills or when typing on the keyboard. This works well and reliably, as we find out with the refresh rate display.

A fingerprint sensor is located on the right side of the standby button. It unlocks the phone almost immediately when you press the button or just put your finger on it. Unlocking via facial recognition is also possible, but this is only done in 2D via a software solution and is therefore not quite as secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy M32
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (327min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
Samsung Galaxy M32
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
335 (259min - 351max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
498 (463min - 510max) MBit/s ∼100% +89%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
364 (349min - 382max) MBit/s ∼73% +38%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
268 (133min - 280max) MBit/s ∼54% +2%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
264 (244min - 277max) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
417 (349min - 444max) MBit/s ∼100% +21%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
344 (320min - 349max) MBit/s ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
343 (337min - 348max) MBit/s ∼82% 0%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
342 (321min - 351max) MBit/s ∼82% -1%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø343 (320-349)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø264 (244-277)

Cameras - You should not like it too sharp

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

You have to cope with fewer pixels in the cameras: the fact that there are only 50 megapixels in the main camera, compared to 64 megapixels in the Galaxy M32, should be more tolerable than the drop in the wide-angle lens from 8 to 5 megapixels.

The sensor of the main camera comes from Samsung, it is the ISOCELL JN1 often used in inexpensive mid-range and entry-level phones. It is not exactly known for its sharpness of detail and dynamics, and the Galaxy M33 also has slight weaknesses in these areas. The surrounding image in particular looks very gloomy under cloudy skies and blurry when magnified.

In low light, details are no longer visible in dark areas. In the bright parts of the picture, the camera tries its best, but creates pixel artifacts when refocusing and is otherwise quite blurry.

Videos can even be recorded in 4K with 30 fps with the main camera, but only FullHD recordings with 30 fps can be made with the wide-angle camera. If you expect a hybrid zoom during recording, you will be disappointed. You can only switch between the lenses and the smartphone takes a short pause for that. The brightness adjustment usually works quite quickly, but the autofocus likes to pump when the scenery changes.

The wide-angle camera takes pictures with few details and also relatively low brightening on cloudy days.

On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera. It still takes decent pictures with passable details even in somewhat darker areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow LightUltra wide-angle
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ColorChecker
19.9 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
16 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: 11.5 ∆E min: 2.47 - max: 23.6 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
39.1 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
62 ∆E
50.9 ∆E
34.5 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
29 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
45.8 ∆E
35 ∆E
73.2 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
83.9 ∆E
68.6 ∆E
51 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M33 5G: 45.48 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 83.92 ∆E

Display - IPS with a bit less luminosity

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

As already mentioned, the Galaxy M33 only offers an IPS screen with Full HD resolution, but at least 120 Hz refresh rates. Otherwise, an AMOLED screen is often installed in this price range.

That is not a problem, since IPS screens can also deliver great picture quality, and the screen in the Galaxy M33 does not suffer from PWM flickering. However, the black level, brightness, and color reproduction lag behind the competition. The grayscale shows a clear blue cast and the response times might be too slow for gamers.

510
cd/m²
527
cd/m²
526
cd/m²
510
cd/m²
545
cd/m²
537
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
553
cd/m²
538
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 553 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 529.7 cd/m² Minimum: 3.86 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 545 cd/m²
Contrast: 1090:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.02 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.399
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy M32
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Motorola Moto G82 5G
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.60
Response Times
59%
94%
59%
42%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 ?(17, 14)
10 ?(7, 3)
68%
1.303 ?(0.627, 0.676)
96%
6 ?(3, 3)
81%
13 ?(8, 5)
58%
Response Time Black / White *
16 ?(10, 6)
8 ?(5, 3)
50%
1.25 ?(0.623, 0.627)
92%
10 ?(5, 5)
37%
12 ?(6, 6)
25%
PWM Frequency
362.3 ?(99)
366.2
354.6
119.4
Screen
39%
46%
16%
17%
Brightness middle
545
712
31%
693
27%
601
10%
635
17%
Brightness
530
720
36%
695
31%
596
12%
640
21%
Brightness Distribution
92
95
3%
98
7%
98
7%
96
4%
Black Level *
0.5
Contrast
1090
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.02
1.94
61%
1.3
74%
3.35
33%
2.96
41%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.9
5.81
26%
3.5
56%
6.72
15%
7.63
3%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.8
1.5
74%
1.3
78%
4.6
21%
4.8
17%
Gamma
2.399 92%
2.089 105%
2.14 103%
2.363 93%
2.214 99%
CCT
7942 82%
6593 99%
6530 100%
7372 88%
6970 93%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
49% / 44%
70% / 58%
38% / 27%
30% / 23%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19661 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Lots of power, short runtime

The Exynos 1280 is used as SoC in many mid-range phones from Samsung this year, for example in the Galaxy A33 or Galaxy A53. The Galaxy M33 also uses it and thus offers decent performance rates for its price range and a significant performance leap compared with the predecessor.

The memory is also much faster than in the Galaxy M32 however, the slow memory controller of the SoC prevents even better rates. The OnePlus North CE 2 shows how it can be better.

The smartphone does not get noticeably warmer under low load, but the case temperature rises to almost 43 °C in some areas when you run complex apps for longer. That is just about OK, but already noticeable. We also get our results at room temperature, so a significantly higher waste heat could result outdoors in warm outdoor temperatures.

The mono speaker on the bottom edge can get quite loud but is somewhat treble-heavy. You can listen to music, but you should rather connect headphones or speakers via a 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth for a really pleasant sound. Samsung has a hard time with the aptX Bluetooth codecs. The basic form is supported, but not the more modern and higher-quality codecs like aptX HD. Instead, there is Samsung's own Scalable Codec and LDAC, but again, not the HD variant.

The phone charges with a maximum of 25 watts, but a charger is not included with the Galaxy M33 5G. The phone needs just under 2 hours at full charging power to fill up. With its 5,000 mAh battery, the Galaxy M33 is not badly positioned for its price range but still has to accept runtime losses: with 14:19 hours in our WLAN test, it lasts much less than the predecessor and cannot really stand out in the class comparison. It should be enough for one to two days without a power outlet, but a bit more energy efficiency would have allowed for much more.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
736 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
367 Points ∼49% -50%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
737 Points ∼99% 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
747 Points ∼100% +1%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
671 Points ∼90% -9%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (736 - 740, n=3)
738 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=266, last 2 years)
729 Points ∼98% -1%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1826 Points ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1342 Points ∼57% -27%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1905 Points ∼81% +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2182 Points ∼93% +19%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1946 Points ∼83% +7%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (1826 - 1905, n=3)
1870 Points ∼80% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=266, last 2 years)
2349 Points ∼100% +29%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11228 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
6508 Points ∼58% -42%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11077 Points ∼98% -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
8055 Points ∼72% -28%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7843 Points ∼70% -30%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (11077 - 11470, n=3)
11258 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=191, last 2 years)
10457 Points ∼93% -7%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4505 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1743 Points ∼33% -61%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4630 Points ∼87% +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
5099 Points ∼95% +13%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4286 Points ∼80% -5%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (4505 - 4645, n=3)
4593 Points ∼86% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 14869, n=218, last 2 years)
5352 Points ∼100% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5193 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1592 Points ∼20% -69%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5418 Points ∼68% +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
6041 Points ∼76% +16%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4573 Points ∼58% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (5193 - 5510, n=3)
5374 Points ∼68% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=217, last 2 years)
7951 Points ∼100% +53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3077 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2609 Points ∼74% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3069 Points ∼87% 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3293 Points ∼94% +7%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3515 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (2997 - 3077, n=3)
3048 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=215, last 2 years)
3320 Points ∼94% +8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3378 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1319 Points ∼36% -61%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3592 Points ∼98% +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3647 Points ∼100% +8%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2959 Points ∼81% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3378 - 3621, n=3)
3530 Points ∼97% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=165, last 2 years)
2371 Points ∼65% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3580 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1165 Points ∼29% -67%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3885 Points ∼97% +9%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3998 Points ∼100% +12%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2837 Points ∼71% -21%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3580 - 3939, n=3)
3801 Points ∼95% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=165, last 2 years)
2412 Points ∼60% -33%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2820 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2462 Points ∼71% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2842 Points ∼82% +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2893 Points ∼83% +3%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3481 Points ∼100% +23%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (2820 - 2842, n=3)
2828 Points ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=165, last 2 years)
2838 Points ∼82% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3514 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1367 Points ∼32% -61%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3683 Points ∼85% +5%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3874 Points ∼90% +10%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3104 Points ∼72% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3514 - 3746, n=3)
3648 Points ∼85% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=233, last 2 years)
4317 Points ∼100% +23%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3678 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1204 Points ∼21% -67%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3922 Points ∼70% +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4028 Points ∼71% +10%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3001 Points ∼53% -18%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3678 - 3982, n=3)
3861 Points ∼68% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=232, last 2 years)
5639 Points ∼100% +53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3041 Points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2605 Points ∼74% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3035 Points ∼86% 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3273 Points ∼93% +8%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3529 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (3035 - 3097, n=3)
3058 Points ∼87% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=232, last 2 years)
3292 Points ∼93% +8%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2120 Points ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
685 Points ∼22% -68%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2262 Points ∼72% +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2037 Points ∼65% -4%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1209 Points ∼39% -43%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (2120 - 2293, n=3)
2225 Points ∼71% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=204, last 2 years)
3129 Points ∼100% +48%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2119 Points ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
683 Points ∼18% -68%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2238 Points ∼58% +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2022 Points ∼53% -5%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1204 Points ∼31% -43%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (2119 - 2275, n=3)
2211 Points ∼58% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=220, last 2 years)
3832 Points ∼100% +81%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
596 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
173 Points ∼16% -71%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
632 Points ∼58% +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
598 Points ∼54% 0%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
363 Points ∼33% -39%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (596 - 636, n=3)
621 Points ∼57% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=181, last 2 years)
1098 Points ∼100% +84%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
576 Points ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
172 Points ∼16% -70%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
617 Points ∼57% +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
578 Points ∼53% 0%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
354 Points ∼33% -39%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (576 - 621, n=3)
605 Points ∼56% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=175, last 2 years)
1088 Points ∼100% +89%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
21 fps ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.1 fps ∼25% -61%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
25 fps ∼78% +19%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
24 fps ∼75% +14%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps ∼59% -10%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (21 - 25, n=3)
23 fps ∼72% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=260, last 2 years)
32 fps ∼100% +52%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
24 fps ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
9.2 fps ∼23% -62%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
26 fps ∼66% +8%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
27 fps ∼68% +13%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
21 fps ∼53% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (24 - 26, n=3)
25.3 fps ∼64% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=262, last 2 years)
39.5 fps ∼100% +65%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
14 fps ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
5.1 fps ∼23% -64%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
16 fps ∼71% +14%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
15 fps ∼66% +7%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
12 fps ∼53% -14%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (14 - 16, n=3)
15 fps ∼66% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
22.6 fps ∼100% +61%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
9.4 fps ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy M32
Mediatek Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.3 fps ∼22% -65%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
10 fps ∼66% +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
10 fps ∼66% +6%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7.8 fps ∼52% -17%
Average Samsung Exynos 1280
  (9.4 - 10, n=3)
9.8 fps ∼65% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=262, last 2 years)
15.1 fps ∼100% +61%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5GSamsung Galaxy M32Samsung Galaxy A33 5GOnePlus Nord CE 2 5GMotorola Moto G82 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-32%
60%
121%
36%
46%
73%
Sequential Read 256KB
505.2
297.3
-41%
512.84
2%
999
98%
473.4
-6%
697 ?(303 - 999, n=29)
38%
992 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=256, last 2 years)
96%
Sequential Write 256KB
396.6
178.7
-55%
487.66
23%
857
116%
445.7
12%
460 ?(105.3 - 857, n=29)
16%
542 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=256, last 2 years)
37%
Random Read 4KB
89.3
98
10%
216.48
142%
253.4
184%
180.8
102%
166.4 ?(89.3 - 253, n=29)
86%
179 ?(13.5 - 390, n=256, last 2 years)
100%
Random Write 4KB
113.8
68.8
-40%
194.12
71%
212.9
87%
155.5
37%
165.4 ?(113.8 - 213, n=29)
45%
178.6 ?(30.3 - 503, n=257, last 2 years)
57%

Temperature

Max. Load
 42.1 °C
108 F
37 °C
99 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 42.9 °C
109 F
37.6 °C
100 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 42.6 °C
109 F
36.6 °C
98 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
34 °C
93 F
37.5 °C
100 F
40 °C
104 F
34.7 °C
94 F
37.7 °C
100 F
42.9 °C
109 F
34 °C
93 F
40.7 °C
105 F
42.6 °C
109 F
Maximum: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.7432535.738.73127.329.74033.330.25037.436.56325.230.68018.22010020.520.712513.524.416017.33720013.54325013.548.931513.153.340012.956.550013.362.663015.465.980014.171.7100012.978.512509.676.8160010.674.2200010.374.225001173.4315012.676400015.266500016.858.6630016.465800016.569.71000016.671.31250015.959.91600016.659.7SPL26.385.1N0.758.7median 13.5median 65Delta1.911.337.643.334.837.632.633.237.132.242.836.832.726.622.922.220.224.217.931.415.941.11244.71146.913.450.51156.912.664.912.568.711.867.811.472.411.573.510.572.79.971.910.671.611.972.212.873.313.970.114.462.515.2661669.415.964.216.658.125.382.90.654.3median 12.6median 66210.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy M33 5GMotorola Moto G82 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G82 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Samsung Galaxy M32
5000 mAh
1098 min ∼42% +28%
Motorola Moto G82 5G
5000 mAh
1022 min ∼39% +19%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
4500 mAh
962 min ∼36% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=267, last 2 years)
894 min ∼34% +4%
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G
5000 mAh
859 min ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
5000 mAh
771 min ∼29% -10%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
14h 19min

Pros

+ solid workmanship
+ chic housing
+ good performance values
+ screen without PWM
+ smooth operation thanks to 120 Hz
+ good fingerprint reader
+ fast memory
+ 4K video recording

Cons

- relatively short runtime
- no charger included
- moderately bright screen
- camera sharpness could be improved

Verdict - Galaxy M33 with light and shadow

In review: Samsung Galaxy M33. Test device provided by:
In review: Samsung Galaxy M33. Test device provided by:
notebooksbilliger.com

Samsung's Galaxy M33 5G leaps to a new mobile generation and offers significantly more power than its predecessor. The storage speed is finally convincing and the smartphone's build quality is pleasing. In addition, the phone is supplied with updates for a long time.

The camera is rather average for the price range, and the display is relatively dim and has long response times. The battery runtimes are also not completely convincing when you compare the phone with similarly priced smartphones, and the phone heats up considerably under load.

The Galaxy M33 5G is a chic, inexpensive 5G phone whose already significantly dropped price makes it attractive. Samsung will have to improve the successor in some areas, such as battery life and screen.

Users who prefer an AMOLED screen have a wide choice at the price point of the Galaxy M33 and do not have to do without 5G: the in-house Galaxy A33 5G or the OnePlus North CE 2 are available.

Price and availability

Even Samsung has lowered the price to 299 Euros. If you prefer to buy it from a trusted Internet retailer, you can get offers starting at 250 Euros at the time of testing.

Also amazon.de and our loaner notebooksbilliger.de have the phone in their assortment.

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G - 07/25/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
71 / 75 → 95%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
49 / 70 → 70%
Weight
88%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
39 / 64 → 61%
Application Performance
70 / 86 → 81%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
60%
Average
75%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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