The cheapest 5G phone from a given manufacturer is something of a hot topic recently. Unfortunately, making an affordable 5G device means having to cut multiple corners elsewhere, making most of these cheapest 5G phones flawed in enough ways to guarantee giving up the advanced network speed for a cheaper and better LTE phone .
This is especially true in the case of the Galaxy A32 5G that we have today. We recently reviewed its LTE counterpart, and at the time, it seemed easy to recommend over this 5G model. With the 5G version that we have now changed our mind about?
Let’s start with an unboxing – Galaxy A32 5G comes with a USB cable and a 15W charger.
The first impression that the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G gives is good. It runs smoothly thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 720 chipset, the 48MP main camera should work well, and the 5,000 mAh battery that got us 119 hours on the 4G Galaxy A32 should last a few days.
But the screen is a sub-1080p TFT with a standard 60Hz refresh rate, not 90Hz Super AMOLED from the 4G model. Then there is the price, Galaxy A32 5G is currently more expensive than the 4G model – € 240 compared to € 215 – not a huge difference but significant in these segments.
Then there is the just announced Galaxy A22 and A22 5G, Samsung’s latest cheapest access to 5G, both of which surpass the Galaxy A32 5G – both have 90Hz screens that match the 5,000 mAh battery and 48MP camera. And at € 230 starting price, the Galaxy A22 offers a better offer than the Galaxy A32 5G.
Still, we do not want to write off the Galaxy A32 5G until the full review is completed. A phone is more than the sum of its parts and it can still excel somewhere and prove its value. Stick around!