Samsung announced the Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A53 budget phones today. Part of the Galaxy A budget lineup, this is Samsung’s most popular smartphone category. Both are due to come out just after Apple’s budget 5G iPhone. Based on some of the information we know, how do the A33 and A53 compare to the iPhone SE 3?
Before diving in, it’s important to note that out of these phones, the Galaxy A33 will not be sold in the United States. All phones offer 5G support. The Galaxy A33 will be available April 22, the Galaxy A53 on April 1, and the iPhone SE 3 will be available March 18.
The performance of the A15 chip in the iPhone SE 3 is going to be hard to beat. Based on past performance against Android devices, Apple’s A15 is likely to surpass Samsung’s new Exynos 1280.
However, Samsung does offer up to 8GB of RAM on its phones, while the SE 3 only has 4GB. Samsung even starts at 128GB of storage and is expandable up to 1TB. iPhone SE 3 starts at 64GB and goes up to 256GB of storage.
|Galaxy A33||Galaxy A53||iPhone SE 3|
|Storage||starting at 128 GB||starting at 128 GB||starting at 64 GB|
|Battery life||2 days||2 days||up to 15 hours|
|Display type||6.4″ OLED||6.5″ OLED||4.7″ LCD|
|Water Resistance Rating||IP67||IP67||IP67|
|Life cycle||4-5 years||4-5 years||around 7 years|
Apple takes the win in terms of life cycle. Its iPhone SE 3 will be receive at least seven years of support. However, Samsung bumped up its life cycle from previous phones. Both the A33 and A53 are guaranteed up to four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades. There are also five years of expected security upgrades. This won’t be a deal breaker to everyone as there is a slew of users who upgrade in less time.
There are major differences in the cameras of the Galaxy A53 and A33 versus the iPhone SE 3.
|Number of Cameras||Specs|
|Galaxy A33||four||48MP Wide Camera
8MP Ultra-wide Camera
2MP Bokeh Camera
5MP Macro Camera
|Galaxy A53||four||64MP Wide Camera
12MP Ultra-wide Camera
5MP Bokeh Camera
|iPhone SE 3||one||12MP Wide Camera|
Wrap up – the best budget phone?
Both the A33 and A53 offer fantastic value in a smartphone. It’s no wonder the A series is the most popular in the Samsung Galaxy lineup.
While all offer good bang-for-your-buck, the iPhone SE 3 is still a great option for those who want to stay in the Apple ecosystem. You get the simplicity of iOS while getting a lot of power for a more affordable price tag. Overall, the iPhone is a great starter device for someone who may be new to the smartphone arena. Even with its older design, the newest iPhone still units Apple lovers alike.
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