On Saturday, Samsung brought a new smartphone to India, the Galaxy M33 5G, which falls in the competitive sub-20K price segment. The sub-Rs 20,000 segment is crowded with smartphones like POCO X4 Pro 5G, Reame 9 5G SE and the Redmi Note 11 Pro. The Galaxy M33 5G and Redmi Note 11 Pro are priced closely. Both the smartphones offer impressive specifications on paper, but which one offers more value for money? Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G or the Redmi Note 11 Pro? Let’s compare to find out.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G vs Redmi Note 11 Pro+: price in India
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G starts at Rs 18,999 for the base 6GB+128GB storage variant. At the same time, Samsung’s asking Rs 20,499 for the 8GB RAM+12GB. And as a part of an introductory offer, interested customers can get the 6GB+128GB variant for Rs 17,999 and the 8GB+128GB one for Rs 19,499.
Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 11 Pro comes at a base price of Rs 17,999, Rs 1,000 cheaper than the Galaxy M33 5G and offers the same 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. And the 8GB+128GB model retails for Rs 19,999, again cheaper than the Galaxy M33 5G. So if you consider the price, the Redmi Note 11 Pro is a much wiser option.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G vs Redmi Note 11 Pro+: design, specifications, and features
Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G has a very generic “Samsung” design. The phone looks like every other budget Samsung smartphone, with rounded corners and a waterdrop display. Meanwhile, Redmi Note 11 has a boxy and flat design which sets it apart from the M33 5G. However, design is quite subjective, so some might find the design of the Galaxy M33 5G better than the Redmi Note 11 Pro and vice versa. Also, the Redmi Note 11 Pro has a rear glass panel, while the Galaxy M33 5G is made of plastic.
Galaxy M33 5G’s rear panel has a squarish camera module, which isn’t protruding, unlike the rectangular camera module on the Redmi Note 11 Pro, making it less prone to wobble when kept on a flat surface. Also, the Redmi Note 11 Pro is a tad bigger at 6.67-inches than the Galaxy M33 5G, which measures 6.6-inch. Both the smartphones have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB C port and a dual speaker setup.
Processor, storage and RAM
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is powered by the Exynos 1280 paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. In comparison, Mediatek Helio G96 powers the Redmi Note 11 Pro. It comes in the same 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB storage options as the Galaxy M33 5G. Both the phones even support up to 1TB of storage expansion via a microSD card.
Coming to the display, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G features a 6.6-inch FHD+ Infinity-V display, which is an LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. In comparison, the Redmi Note 11 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.
If we had to choose a winner, we’d choose the Redmi Note 11 Pro any day. Both the phones offer the same display specifications, but the Super AMOLED display on the Redmi Note 11 Pro is more vibrant and offers deeper blacks than the Galaxy M33 5G’s LCD panel. Moreover, the Redmi Note 11 Pro has a smaller punch-hole cutout and slim bezels compared to the Galaxy M33 5G.
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G and Redmi Note 11 Pro come with a quad rear camera setup, but both have different configurations. The camera setup on the Galaxy M33 5G comprises a 50MP primary camera, a 5MP ultra-wide camera with 120-degree FOV, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP macro unit. Meanwhile, the quad-camera setup on the Redmi Note 11 Pro is led by a 108MP sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a pair of 2MP depth and macro units. On the front, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G has an 8MP camera, while the Redmi Note 11 Pro comes with a 16MP camera for selfies and video calls.
Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G boasts a 6,000mAh battery with support for 26W charging, and do note that the charger is not provided inside the box. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 11 Pro is backed up by a 5,000mAh battery, supporting 67W charging. The bonus point is that the 67W charger comes with the smartphone, so there is no need to buy a separate charger.
Both the smartphones offer a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and dual-band Wi-Fi. However, the Redmi Note 11 Pro doesn’t support 5G, but if you want 5G support, you can look out for the Redmi Note 11 Pro+, which is priced similarly to the Galaxy M33 5G.
Samsung Galaxy M33 5G vs Redmi Note 11 Pro: Verdict
Both Samsung Galaxy M33 5G and Redmi Note 11 Pro offer a good value for your money. But the Galaxy M33 5G misses out on a few aspects, such as a premium build, an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon chip and a power adapter, to bring 5G under the sub-20K price range. The Redmi Note 11 Pro is not a perfect smartphone, but at Rs 1,000 more, it offers more value compared to the Galaxy M33 5G.