Samsung's Galaxy A53 5G and A33 5G phones releasing in NZ in April

The Samsung Galaxy A53 range
The cheaper phones will compete with Apple, Oppo and more. Photo credit: Supplied / Samsung

Samsung has announced two new mid-range 5G Galaxy phones will be launched in Aotearoa from next month.

The Korean company's A53 5G and A33 5G will be launched in April, with the A53 currently available for pre-order at $749. It will go on sale on April 1.

The A33 will be available from April 22 and start at $649.

The release comes just weeks after the company revealed its premium S22 range, including the Note-like S22 Ultra.

The phones are competing with mid-range alternatives from the likes of Oppo and Huawei in New Zealand, with the new iPhone SE also being released with a similar launch price.

The A53 has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a variable 120Hz refresh rate, while the A33 is slightly smaller at 6.4-inches, with a 90Hz refresh rate.

All models come with 128GB of storage as standard, and will allow additional storage of up to 1TB via microSD cards.

The 5000mAh battery on both should last two full days, the company claims, with 25W Super Fast charging supported when more juice is required.

Both are powered by octa-core processors with 6GB RAM and will run Samsung's One 4.1 user interface over Android 12.

The new models also get a camera boost, thanks to a new 5nm processor.

The A53 has a 12 MP ultra-wide lens supporting the main 64 MP camera along with two 5 MP depth and macro lenses to complete the rear offering. A 32 MP selfie camera is on the front.

The A33 has the same macro camera on the rear, but otherwise has slightly lower quality lenses. It offers a 13 MP selfie camera on the front, with an 8 MP ultra-wide lens and a 48 MP main camera. That's supported by a 2 MP depth lens.

Samsung claims the AI-powered cameras will improve the quality of shots taken, even in low lighting. 

Its Night mode synthesises up to 12 images at once so they look bright and with less noise.

Photo Remaster is also added to the A series of phones for the first time, allowing users to improve old and low quality photographs.

Both models are fitted with Gorilla Glass 5 and are IP67 water and dust resistant, allowing them to be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of one metre.

One of Samsung's more controversial omissions from its flagship range is the charger - and the A series phones will now ship without one too. The company says this is to build on its sustainability efforts, and allows it to reduce the size of the packaging.

Meanwhile the A53 5G will get up to four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades and up to five years of security updates, the company said.