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Is 4 more than 5? This is an urgent question if you look at the Samsung Galaxy A32 in 4G specification and its 5G counterpart. We have the LTE version for review and will try to answer this question in the absence of A32 5G, but we will visit again if the handset with the support of the next generation connection arrives at our door.
Before we continue with the A32, let’s mention the key differences between the two versions, which share a little more than one name.
Samsung Galaxy A32 • Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
You get completely different screens to begin with, and the 4Gs are much better – a 90Hz 1080p AMOLED versus 5G’s 60Hz 720p LCD. The LTE version also snaps a few victories in the camera department with high-resolution main and selfie cameras. The A32 5G counts with a chipset that is not only 5G compatible but also more powerful thanks to its newer cores.
The last bit is perhaps where the Galaxy A32 faces the biggest challenge against competitors in its price below € 300 – you can have much better than the Helio G80. However, the phone’s imaging system is not too shabby with a 64MP primary device paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 20MP selfie camera. But it’s the screen that is among the most compelling bits about the Galaxy A32 – on paper and (spoiler alarm!) In practice as well.
Overview of Samsung Galaxy A32:
- Body: 158.9×73.6×8.4mm, 184g; glass front; plastic back; plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.40 “Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 411ppi.
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G52 MC2.
- Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS / software: Android 11, a user interface 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 123 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 5 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 20 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 (on display, optical); 3.5 mm jack plug.
This review covers the LTE model of Galaxy A32. The 5G version has several important differences. Here’s how they compare in specifications.
Some minor things that are easier to overlook but still distinguish the A32 4G from its more forward-looking brother include the fingerprint sensor below the display and dedicated microSD slot (the A32 5G is hybrid). Meanwhile, a shared attribute is the choice of battery – a 5,000 mAh power pack, which Samsung seems to have turned off as the optimal capacity for the majority of its phones.
Samsung Galaxy A32 unboxing
Another familiar sight is the Galaxy A32’s retail package – a plain cardboard box inside a sleeve with a parable of the phone printed on top. The adapter inside is also an old acquaintance – the 15W Adaptive Fast Charging device has been around since … 2014, was it? The only difference from back then is the cable as it now has USB-C at the end of the phone.
You will not find a headset inside this Galaxy box, but the phone has a 3.5 mm connector where you can connect existing headphones. More about what’s on the A32 – on the next page.