Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review

8.5Expert Score
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Review

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G’s long battery life, reliable network connectivity, and attractive design make it an ideal budget phone.

Positive
  • Durable Display (Gorilla Glass 5)
  • Expandable Storage
  • Quick Charging
  • Fingerprint scanner mounted on sides
  • Great software upgrade policy
  • 15W fast charging
Negatives
  • Low-resolution display
  • Compromised performance/short life due to weak processor
  • No Wireless charging
  • Pre-installed bloatware
  • Plastic backplate scratches easily

Samsung has distinct series. From budget-friendly M series phones to premium S series. The series that falls midrange is A series; hence Samsung Galaxy A32 5G released on 13th January 2021 falls in the medium- ranged group.

5G has grown increasingly common in recent years and it is not surprising to see 5G capabilities emerging in lower-priced phones. Samsung’s midrange A models now support 5G, and the cheapest of the bunch — the Galaxy A32 5G — offers better networking speeds for around $280. Even with some severe flaws, that’s a great deal. The Galaxy A32 with its sleek and elegant aesthetics, amazing battery, and overall superior display offers some improvements over previous versions in the A-series. If you are planning to buy this phone, read our review to decide whether or not should you buy it.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Specifications
Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Specifications review

Before going into detail, here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G.

  • Display size:  6.4-inch(16.26 cm)  
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G80 processor
  • RAM: 6GB/128GB of storage
  • Software: Android 11 
  • Interface: OneUI 3.1
  • Camera: Quad Cameras on the back: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Weight: 184g
  • Size: 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm

Contents in the Box

Instructions Manual for users, USB Type C cable, sim-tray tool, and an adaptive fast charger of 15W come packed, of course with a sleek and aesthetic designed Samsung Galaxy A32 5G smartphone inside the basic plain white smartphone box with the phone’s picture on it and printed sides.

Design

The Galaxy A32 5G appears like any other Galaxy phone with an Infinity-V display from the front, but the rear panel stands out with a sleek design and a plastic glossy finish. The polycarbonate chassis will be used for the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G handset. This phone is different in the sense that, unlike other phones, you won’t find a rectangular or square-shaped camera housing on the phone. Each camera module protrudes from the rear of the phone independently, giving it a more beautiful appearance. At the rear, the camera’s thickness rises by one millimeter.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G design
Source: Samsung

The gadget has dimensions of 164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1mm. When it comes to weight, the device is bulky and weighs 205 g. A metal frame connects the gleaming rear panel to the Infinity-V display. The screen has a somewhat large bottom bezel. The phone also includes a fingerprint sensor mounted on the sides just below the volume button.

It is expected to come in four colors – Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet.

Display

In terms of the display, you won’t find the OLED panel that you’re undoubtedly used to seeing on most current phones. TFT LCDs are no longer common in phones, yet Samsung picked this option to keep the Galaxy A32 5G’s pricing low. It has a mediocre 6.5-inch Display screen that has crushed blacks, average brightness, and washed-out colors. Also, the screen’s sharpness will not sweep you away at 720p. 

The Galaxy A32 offers a display with a refresh rate of 60Hz and a pixel resolution of HD (720 x 1600). A display that is not just aesthetically pleasing but also more functional than other phones can be expected.

It’s one major flaw is its low-resolution display, but unless you’re a gamer or plan to binge-watch web series, you won’t notice. The screen is vibrant and brilliant, and you won’t notice any pixelation until you are a little picky.

galaxy a32 display
Source: Samsung

Camera

The Galaxy A32 5G comes with three rear-facing cameras, as well as a 2 MP depth sensor, 5MP macro sensor, and a LED flash. A 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with fixed focusing and an aperture of f/2.4 is included in the smartphone’s quad-camera system. It also has a 13-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture on the front.

As per pickkr.com, the A32 group is hit or miss. While the Galaxy A32 camera impressed them, it was not a great win on every photo as per them. You could believe you’re ready to shoot on this phone, but it can make you wait for two to three seconds after pressing the on-screen shutter. It does not occur that frequently but it occurs more frequently than Samsung would care to acknowledge.

All this comes down to the fact that one must not buy the device for its camera quality.

Video

The Galaxy A32 5G can capture great 4k video at 30 fps for a $280 phone. That’s plenty of pixels under 300$, but most people would like to play a smoother movie using 1080p at 60 fps. But, don’t expect too much as it will be enough only if you’re only attempting to capture a lovely moment with your toddlers or a specific occasion with your family.

Software and features

At the launch, Samsung was unusually secretive about its software during the launch. However, according to Sam Mobile, the device should come pre-installed with the Android 11 -based One UI 3.0 operating system.

The version of One UI lacks several functionalities, as expected from a typical medium-budget smartphone. The phone does not enable users to access Samsung Pay or Samsung DeX.

The Galaxy A32 5G is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G chipset, which is one of the most lightweight CPUs capable of supporting a 5G connection. One should not expect a snapdragon chipset in this price range. Hence, the Galaxy A32 5G won’t be as quick in speed as the S21 series, but it should receive security upgrades on a regular basis for years to come.

Samsung ceases to provide any software updates after only 24 months to its flagship phones. But when it comes to mid-range phones, Samsung stops delivering an operating system upgrade after only 12 months. As a result, you would not receive a security update for your Galaxy A32 5G much frequently after a year.

Connectivity and Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A32 is likely to have a high internal storage capacity of 128 GB. The ROM can be expanded up to 256 GB using a microSD (TF) card.

The gadget will be will provide a variety of connectivity possibilities. It supports 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, VoLTE, and other connection features such as Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot, and USB Type-C 2.0, GPS, NFC, etc. Furthermore, it enables Dual SIM connection (NanoSIM + NanoSIM with VoLTE support).

Level of performance and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy A32 delivers strong performance thanks to its supported Samsung Exynos 9 Series 980 chipset. The chipset is paired with an 8 Octa-core CPU (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6X2.0 GHz Cortex-A44). This leads to enhanced device efficiency. It features 6 GB of RAM storage, which allows for smooth and lag-free multitasking and gaming. It has performance almost identical to Galaxy A52 5G, which is considerably more costly.

The gadget has a 6,000 mAh Li-Po cell with a capacity of 6,000 mAh. This gives at least 5-6 days of battery life and 14-15 hours of use time. It also supports 15 W rapid charging, making it easier for consumers to use their Galaxy A32 5G when they quickly want to charge their device.

Some other features

  • The gadget has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Dolby Atmos sound.
  • Face recognition, Portrait Mode, Panorama, Beauty Mode, Gesture Shot, wide selfie, and HDR are among the camera’s capabilities.
  • It has an ambient light sensor, a compass, a proximity sensor, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.
  • The Smartphone gadget is aided by a Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, which controls the phone’s graphics.

Availability in the market and Expected price range

Samsung announced the Galaxy A32 5G and unveiled it on January 13 and made its European debut on February 8 at a price starting at  €279.

The Galaxy A32 5G has the advantage of being available everywhere. It has the full support of Samsung, and it is available via a number of cellular providers, as well as Samsung. It costs $279.99 outright for 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The A32 does not support mmWave 5G, but it does support C-Band.  The absence of mmWave on the Galaxy A32 5G is unsurprising given that it is a premium feature that is generally found on luxury phones these days.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is yet to be launched in India. The price of the smartphone is expected to be around Rs. 24,790 in India.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G versus 4G LTE

Do you want to spend your money to get the best deal for the price you are spending?

If your answer is yes, then the Galaxy A32 4G is the best value for money, providing a considerable improvement at an almost similar price. It’s reasonable to assume that Samsung degraded the Galaxy A32 5G in most areas only to add 5G support.

The 6.45-inch display of Galaxy A32 4G has a better refresh rate of 90Hz, better resolution at 1080p, and a PPI density of around 411 compared to 60 HZ refresh rate, 720p resolution, and a PPI density of around 270 in 5G respectively. Perhaps most notably, Samsung employed an OLED panel in 4G rather than an LCD screen.

In addition, the 4G model features two significant camera upgrades: the primary camera has 64MP compared to 48MP of the 5G model, and the selfie camera has 20MP compared to 13MP of the 5G model.

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G does all basic activities well for its budget, has a good battery life, a decent camera, and is expected to receive several Android updates. The primary advantage of the 5G variant is the MediaTek 720 5G processor, which outperforms the 4G counterpart’s MediaTek Helio G80 in benchmark testing.

So, if you are looking for a 5G phone, then only this smartphone is worth a shot. However, if you live in any such country where 5G has a long way to go, we would suggest you not go for Galaxy A32 5G in that case.

Conclusion – Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review

The Galaxy A32 5G is a good low-cost 5G choice, particularly in the United States. It immediately competes with the OnePlus Nord N200 for the title of best inexpensive 5G device. 

If you want an affordable phone with a comparatively better display in terms of resolution, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G is a good option, however, its camera isn’t as good as the Galaxy A32 5G’s. 

According to the brand’s previous announcements, the Samsung A32 5G Smartphone, which is yet to be released in India, will be among the most inexpensive 5G phones on the market. It also has a useful set of quality characteristics designed to meet the needs of consumers. If you’re looking for good battery life and a decent level of performance, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is a fantastic option to explore on a low budget. 

But don’t be fooled: the A32 still has significant flaws to address too. In case you’re looking for a brilliant display or camera, you should seek some other phone.

Nevertheless, it is your money and your decision. We understand that everyone’s tastes differ. However, before making a final purchase choice, please compare this A32 5G to other phones in the market like OnePlus and Xiaomi.

Hopefully, this post was of immense assistance to you!

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Aishwarya Verma

Aishwarya Verma is a technology writer. She loves researching the latest improvements in Cybersecurity, Headphones & Laptops.

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