Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review

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Introduction

Samsung undoubtedly did a great job with the latest batch of Galaxy A phones. The Korean giant clearly decided to focus its efforts on what is officially its best-selling line. The new tagline “Awesome is for everyone” fits like a glove. Devices like the Galaxy A32, A52 and even the slightly alien A72 with its extra telephoto add lots of value to the table.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review

In its quest to be as trendy and appealing as possible, Samsung also went ahead and made 5G versions of the A52 and A32. These 5G variants tend to target about the same price point as their 4G counterparts, which inevitably means some compromises are in place to accommodate the processor with 5G support. We have already thoroughly researched the issue of the Galaxy A52 5G and its slight but still noticeable downgrades over the regular Galaxy A52 in the respective reviews. Now is the time to do the same for the A32 5G, which by all accounts has suffered a much worse downgrade.

Overview of Samsung Galaxy A32 5G:

  • Body: 164.2×76.1×9.1mm, 205g; plastic housing.
  • Screen: 6.50 “TFT, 720x1600px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC3.
  • Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, a user interface 3.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 123 degrees, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f / 2.2, (wide).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 120fps; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); FM radio; 3.5 mm jack plug.

In fact, we would go so far as to say that the Galaxy A32 5G is a completely different device than the Vanilla A32. The price point is about the same, which was clearly Samsung’s main goal, but for that to happen, the A32 5G comes with an LCD screen instead of an OLED. An HD + one with lower resolution, by the way, is stuck at 60Hz refresh rate. The panel is actually so different that it even has a larger diagonal of 6.5 inches. The entire A32 5G is larger in each dimension and measures 164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm and overturns the scale to 205 grams. As much as 20, or so, grams more than the regular A32, but still with the same 5,000 mAh battery.

The camera department has also experienced some changes, including a main camera replacement for a 48MP lower resolution device. Interestingly, however, the A32 5G gets an extra 2MP depth sensor over its vanilla sibling. It can also do 4K @ 30fps video recording. The last exciting bit is thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G chipset found in the Galaxy A32 5G. A versatile upgrade over the MediaTek Helio G80 inside the standard A32.

So it’s pretty clear how the budget was moved to make the Galaxy A32 5G a reality. Now the question remains whether the downgrades were worth making room for a slightly better chipset with 5G connectivity.

Unboxing

As a budget offer, the Galaxy A32 5G understandably comes in a fairly ordinary box. It is a basic cardboard bottom piece with a sleeve on top. You should definitely be careful about putting pressure on the top of the sleeve. Maybe Samsung can do something better for protection during transit. On a more positive note, the A32 5G comes at least well-wrapped in plastic around, including thin layers that sit right on the plastic frame, for added protection.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review

Speaking of protection or lack thereof, the Galaxy A32 5G does not have a pre-installed screen protector, nor is there a case in the box. Both are common with budget phones from other manufacturers. What you get is a basic 15W wall charger ([email protected] or 5V @ 2A) and a simple and fairly short USB Type-A to Type-C cable. Finally, there is no proprietary charging scheme in play here, so you do not necessarily have to stick to the included cable to get the full 15W.

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