Weekly Poll: Buying a Samsung Galaxy A73 5G, A53 5G or A33 5G?

The new Galaxy A trio gets four OS updates and up to five years of security patches – that’s the same level of support Samsung offers for its flagships, and better than any Android vendor (yes, even Google). So if you bought one now, you can use it through 2027 while still enjoying new features and up-to-date security. But will you buy one?

At the moment we do not know the prices of the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G. And it might not matter anyway, as there’s no indication the phone will be available in Europe, the US or India – the press release only mentioned that the A73 will launch on April 22, so it may take a month to get an answer.

However, considering that the base model A53 5G costs €450, while a Galaxy S21 FE 5G currently costs €660 (and the older S20 FE 5G €540), there isn’t much room for the A73 5G to land on it.

The phone offers a larger display than the FEs, 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ 120Hz, but is powered by an all-new chipset, Exynos 1280, which doesn’t seem to be as powerful as the Snapdragon 778G, let alone the Snapdragon 865 and 888 who have the FE. However, it offers 5G connectivity, while the A72 never received a 5G variant.

Weekly Poll: Buying a Samsung Galaxy A73 5G, A53 5G or A33 5G?

The 108MP main camera is another selling point, even compared to the FE Duo (which has 12MP main cameras). Samsung makes big promises about the new chipset’s imaging capabilities, but we’ll have to test that. Also, the A73 doesn’t have a telephoto camera (which was a key advantage of the A72 over the A52), so the high-resolution sensor has to do double duty.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a nerd. How is it better than the Galaxy A52s 5G? As mentioned, the chipset seems less powerful than the 778G (two Cortex-A78 vs four, but 5nm vs 6nm) and the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. The battery has 500 mAh more capacity, but that’s not much.

Also, the A52s 5G is cheaper, you can easily find it for just over €300 (6/128GB unit), while the A53 5G starts at €450. Note that the A52s 5G is officially only eligible for 3 OS updates (and 4 years of security patches) and is already a year old (it launched with Android 11).

6.5″ 120 Hz Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

But here’s the real catch, the A52s 5G was never officially launched in the US. There are some gray imports but those have issues so really only look at the non-s A52 5G and that one has the weaker Snapdragon 750G. Also, the non-S model is $500 in the US versus $450 for the Galaxy A53 5G, so it’s not really a competitor.

Set up the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G camera
Set up the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G camera

It is also about the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G, which is very similar to the A53 5G. It has slightly thicker bezels, so its screen is 6.4 inches (rather than 6.5 inches) and refreshes at 90Hz (rather than 120Hz). Cameras are downgraded too, with a 48MP main and 8MP ultra-wide camera (vs. 64+12MP) and a 13MP selfie camera (vs. 32MP).

However, you get the same chipset, the same 5,000mAh battery with the same 25W fast-charge support, the same Gorilla Glass 5 and the same IP67. And the starting price is lower, €370/£330 (vs €450/£400).

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (left) and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (right)
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G (left) and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (right)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Galaxy A33 5G will launch in the US, so the A33 vs A53 question is one to ponder for the rest of the world.

So, do you see a Samsung Galaxy A73, A53 or A33 in your future?

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Tom Vazquez

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