Leaked renders suggest Samsung’s next big-budget 5G phone will lack a jack

The Galaxy S22 series and the oft-delayed S21 FE 5G phone have monopolized the spotlight in terms of unannounced Samsung devices over the previous few months for obvious reasons. But it’s also clear that the business wants to introduce a slew of new Android devices in early 2022, one of which has recently leaked in two colors.

Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) has teamed up with the people at 91mobiles to unveil some of the Galaxy A33 5G’s main stats and features, in addition to factory CAD-based renderings showing off the black and (purplish) white variants of the forthcoming Galaxy A33 5G from every aspect.

Steve’s and the publication’s reputation precedes them, thus everything we’ll cover regarding the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G will most likely come to pass.

A well-known style with a notch… but there’s something lacking.

Just because Samsung is anticipated to take a creative risk with the S22 Ultra’s LG-inspired back camera configuration doesn’t imply the same thing will happen with the company’s mid-range smartphones next year.

The Galaxy A33 5G arguably looks as bland as budget-friendly mid-rangers come, by 2021 (let alone 2022) standards, with a good old fashioned U-shaped notch, large chin, visible side frames, flat screen, and rectangular rear-firing module … not so bad that it houses a total of four image sensors and an LED flash.

Overall, this device is marginally more attractive than its predecessor (which has to be worth something), and its 6.4-inch display is crammed into a much more compact shell that measures 159.7mm in height (against 164.2mm for the Galaxy A32 5G), 74mm in width (vs 76.1), and 8.1mm in depth (versus 9.1).

Unfortunately, many Android bargain seekers are likely to notice only one item when gazing at the 5G-enabled Galaxy A33, so all of the minor design tweaks may be for naught. There is no headphone jack on the top… or the bottom… or anywhere else, which is an odd and unusual omission for a non-flagship Samsung phone.

In case you’re wondering, the Galaxy A32 5G, A32, A52, A52 5G, A72, and even the recently released A52s 5G all come with a 3.5mm audio port, however the Galaxy M52 5G does not.

Could this be the beginning of the end for the headphone jack on Samsung’s most popular devices? We don’t want to leap to conclusions, but the Galaxy A53 5G’s leaked renderings looked quite identical to them from that perspective.

Specifications, features, and potential pricing

While there are still many unexplained details, the A33 5G’s stated FHD+ quality of the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen is enough to justify a price rise over the HD+ Galaxy A32 5G.

Although we won’t be able to make any definite predictions until we hear about the prospective camera, battery, or processor power updates, we’re certain that the Galaxy A33 5G will be able to compete with the top budget 5G phones out there for around $400.


By the way, this is a possibly larger problem than some of you would believe, since Samsung is apparently planning to produce 23 million A33 5G modules in 2022 to meet worldwide demand. That’s more than the Galaxy S22 and S22+ combined production target, while the 4G LTE-only Galaxy A13 and the higher-end A53 5G are likely to do even better.

If history is any guide, the Galaxy A33 5G phone will debut in January 2022, but there’s no 4G LTE-only model in the works this time.

Almost everything else is out in the air for now, including the CPU that will replace MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 inside the Galaxy A32 5G phone. In the light of the current shortages, Qualcomm’s mid-range CPUs appear to be out of the running, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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