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Water resistance could come to more budget Samsung phones in 2022

Starting with the Galaxy A33.
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December 1, 2021
Samsung Galaxy A32 cameras and buttons
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TL;DR
  • Samsung could add water resistance to more Galaxy A models in 2022.
  • This could include the budget Galaxy A33.
  • The Galaxy A53 and A73 are also believed to regain IP ratings.

Samsung tends to filter its flagship phone features down to mid-range and budget Galaxy A models. We’ve seen cheaper phones gain high refresh rate displays, larger camera sensors, and more. Now, a new report suggests that water resistance may be the latest feature addition to its budget offerings in 2022.

According to The Elec, at least four Samsung Galaxy A models will feature water-resistant bodies next year. Three of these models are perhaps obvious. The Galaxy A73 and A53 models could pick up their predecessors’ IP67 ratings. However, the Galaxy A33 is now in line for the upgrade, too. It could be Samsung’s cheapest phone with an IP rating when it lands next year.

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Notably, we loved the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G when we reviewed it earlier this year, only lamenting its slippery design, heating issues during intense tasks, and tardy charging. That said, these were minor issues when considering the phone as a whole. An IP rating would massively improve its successor, too.

Water-resistance ratings aren’t too common in the lower price ranges. The inclusion could give Samsung’s budget contenders another leg up over its competition from the likes of Xiaomi. However, water resistance could come at the cost of another beloved feature. Leaked renders of the Galaxy A33 published in November seemingly showcase the phone without a headphone jack.

Of course, pricing is crucial for many buyers in this segment. For now, it’s unclear how the addition of an IP rating would affect the Galaxy A33’s pricing. Presumably, the company will try to match the Galaxy A32’s $279 price tag. We’ll have to wait and see.