An Overview of the Device
The Samsung Galaxy A series is the most popular and the most sold out series. The Galaxy A32 has launched in India and brings to the table some major upgrades over the Samsung Galaxy A31. The Samsung Galaxy A31 was massively sold out last year. So, let’s see what the smartphone has to offer
Samsung has now finally brought to the mid-range segment for the first time a 90Hz display. Samsung was the first company to make a 90Hz refresh rate display. Of course the 90Hz or even the 120Hz refresh rate feels good only on an AMOLED screen and not on the IPS LCD panel.
Also, the fingerprint sensor is secured by KNOX which is the company’s stock security software. Security wise, Samsung devices can be trusted the most. In a security evaluation test conducted by the research firm Gartner, KNOX security scored greater than Apple security. The security being both software and hardware based is impossible for anyone to hack. When tried to hack, the phone destroys all the details inside when attempted to do so.
How is the Design and Build quality
The design of the Galaxy A32 is fresh and unique. While we are used to seeing squares and rectangles for the camera cut-out, the Galaxy A32 camera lenses are all placed separately as individual islands. Though the build is plastic on the back, the quality is much ahead of what we see in the M series and F series smartphones. The back does not take much smudges and after all you will be keeping the phone in a case for sure. There is neither case provided with the smartphone in the box nor any earphones. Being the biggest and the greatest profit making company on the planet, why can’t Samsung just provide it’s customers with a case and earphones in the box. I am looking forward to see Samsung remove the chargers from their mid-range devices too.
There is triple sim slot, with one for expandable storage and the other two meant for nano SIM. Also, the screen is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue and Awesome Violet colors. The dimensions are 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm (6.26 x 2.90 x 0.33 in) and it weighs 184 g.
How is the Multimedia experience on the Samsung Galaxy A32?
The Galaxy A series smartphones has a 6.4 inches 90Hz FHD+ sAMOLED display with a peak brightness of 800 nits. The screen-to-body ratio is 84% and the chin is a bit larger. With 411 ppi density, colors look really good and punchier. The Multimedia experience is next level.
Is the Samsung Galaxy A32 Powerful?
Let’s look at what the Galaxy A32 has to offer. Is it any better than the Galaxy A31 or is it worse. Powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset the Galaxy A32 runs Android 11 out of the box with OneUI 3.0 on top. The UI is smooth and easy. There is no bloatware or pre-installed applications. There is no menace of those creepy ads either.
Also, you are getting some security features and applications like the Alt Z feature and the Samsung Pay app for secure transactions. Everything is secured by KNOX. The MediaTek Helio G80 is a processor somewhat equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC. I really doubt the pricing of this smartphone. I don’t see any point in pricing the phone Rs. 22,000 when it is powered by the MediaTek G80 SoC. The Poco M3 which is priced Rs. 11,000 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC. The chipset is based on 11 nm process and is less battery efficient.
In my opinion the performance is ‘average’ for a hardcore gamer and ‘great’ for a normal user. The MediaTek Helio G80 chipset is not a gaming centric processor and you will definitely feel it while gaming. The storage is not UFS but its EMMC, that’s because the G80 chipset does not support high speed storages like UFS 2.1 or above. So, the read and write speed is a bit low and the apps do take a bit extra milliseconds to open when compared to the competitors in the price range.
If your daily smartphone use includes only web browsing and social media, then you can buy the Galaxy A32 without any second thoughts but if you are a hardcore gamer, then I would recommend you to stay away from it and head to buy the Samsung Galaxy F62 or any other brand smartphone which you trust.
Are the Samsung Galaxy A32 Cameras good?
The main highlight of the Samsung Galaxy A32 is its awesome cameras. The photos and videos are very good. There is 4k 30 and 1080p 30/120 fps available and the stabilization is okay. The front camera stabilization is also average. However, the photos are really great and the colors look natural and eye-pleasing. At times, while capturing scenery or nature shots, the pictures do look a bit saturated. It depends on the choice of the user. personally I like a bit boosted colors for the sky, flowers and the greenery in the trees. Those photos look perfect for my taste and I am happy that the Galaxy A32 exactly processes the images the way I want. Or else I would have to individually edit each and every photo to make it feel the way I want which is a time-consuming and cumbersome process for many.
It has a 64MP quad rear camera set-up and a 20MP front selfie camera. The rear cameras include a 64MP f/1.8 26mm, PDAF primary sensor, a 8MP f/2.2 123 degrees FOV ultra-wide angle lens and a 5MP depth and macro sensors each. It is good to see the 5MP depth and macro sensors instead of the 2MP dumb sensors. The Ultra-wide angle FOV is the largest on Samsung Galaxy A32. Only Samsung provides such a wider FOV at this price.
The 20MP single selfie camera in the front is embedded in the infinity-U cut out at the top center of the screen. Selfies also look excellent with very good edge detection in portrait modes.
The Camera app has a ton of features with the Pro Mode feature for adjusting the shutter speed, ISO and much other stuff manually. The Single Take feature, color filter option, rear and front switch, smart selfie angle are some of the main features which come handy in day-to-day life.
The problem that I felt with the cameras are that the light control is a bit improper. Usually, Samsung smartphones control light very well. It is a software based issue and can be easily fixed through an update if Samsung decides to.
How long does the Battery last?
The Galaxy A32 packs a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. I would really like to see 25W or 30W on the Samsung smartphones. The 5000mAh battery will last longer than a day for normal users and it gets completely charged in nearly an hour. The processor being 11nm based is a bit less battery efficient and reduces the battery back-up by slight numbers.
Does the Samsung Galaxy A32 support 5G in India?
All the standard connectivity features are available and the smartphone is 4G. Of course Samsung will launch 5G smartphones really soon into the Indian market. It depends on you if 5G matters or not.
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
Is Samsung Galaxy A32 a good smartphone?
Now don’t get me wrong because I know there are a lot of people out there who trust only Samsung device just because the previous smartphone that they used was a different brand and it did not last longer but their relatives Samsung smartphone which was bought at the same time lasted longer. Well, let me tell you very honestly that these are just coincidences and vary with every people. There are a whole lot of factors to be taken into consideration before producing the verdict that Samsung smartphones are better than every other Chinese smartphone out there.
As a tech reviewer, the first thing that we take into account before labeling the device as “value for money” or not is by looking at its price to performance ratio. Now what is mean by performance here is not how it performs while gaming, but how it shoots photos/videos, how it records and produces sound, how it displays content and how delightful is the multimedia experience.
With the Samsung Galaxy A32, the price to performance ratio is below the line just because of the chipset that it is carrying. I had really expected a Snapdragon 720G chipset on this one. The Exynos 9611 was better than this in my opinion. The smartphone is justified if it were priced below 20,000 Rs. considering the high quality pictures that can be taken with it. Also, the security is top notch, display is great and battery life is awesome.
The Final Verdict
If you are a Samsung fan, then I would rather suggest you to spend an extra Rs. 1000 or more and buy the Samsung Galaxy F62 which was launched recently; with the flagship Exynos 9825 SoC. This is the same chipset that powered the flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 2 years ago. The chipset which is based on 7nm process is the perfect choice. Also, the cameras are extra ordinary (Just like the Galaxy A32). However, you will have to compromise the 90Hz refresh rate and the premium fell and status of the Samsung Galaxy A series.
In spite of all the shortcomings and over-pricing that the smartphone has, I am pretty sure that there will be a lot of sales for the smartphone which is totally fine because the phone is meant for those normal users who just scroll the social media, web and watch Netflix and YouTube. For them this smartphone is perfect, thanks to the amazing display. Also, for light gamers, heavy games like PUBG, COD and ASPHALT can be played at low settings with little frame drops (not much significant).
A normal user who scrolls the internet would definitely be interested in posting good looking pictures on Instagram which can be best done by the Samsung Galaxy A32.
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