The version with 64 GB of memory costs $ 270.00, for 128 GB they ask for 21,990. The 30th series of South Korean smartphones has always been inferior in popularity to the more expensive 50th. Will the novelty be able to get out of the shadow of the “big brother”? Let’s find out. Samsung Galaxy A32 Review – a Beautiful but Not Outstanding Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A32 Full Specifications
2021, February 25
GSM / HSPA / LTE
Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
About € 243.00 / $ 270.00 / £ 212.89/৳25,999
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
1080 x 2400 pixels
LED flash, HDR
64MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF + 8MP, f/2.2, 123˚, (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm + 5MP, f/2.4, (macro) + 5MP, f/2.4, (depth)
20 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
20 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 15W
15W Carga rápida (fast charging)
Network & Connectivity
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
5G supported by device (network not rolled-out in India), 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
microSD (dedicated drawer)
64GB 4/6/8GB RAM
158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm
Single SIM or Dual SIM (Nano SIM)
Plastic body and edges, front glass
Fingerprint sensor (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
Design and ergonomics
The case of the Samsung Galaxy A32 is made of glossy plastic, which looks very much like glass. The material and excellent build quality make the device look cheap. Customers are offer a choice of three colors: purple (this is what we got), blue and black.
The front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 5. The frame is minimal, slightly wider at the bottom than on the other sides. There is a selfie camera in the semicircular cutout at the top.
On the left side of the smartphone is a slot for two SIM cards and microSD. Below are the headphone and USB jacks, as well as the microphone and speaker. On the right are the power and volume buttons. An additional microphone is located on top.
On the back panel, there is a block of four cameras and a flash. There is no protrusion underneath, unlike the more expensive models A52 and A72. This design decision looks interesting, but controversial from the point of view of ergonomics. For example, it makes the smartphone harder to wipe clean.
In general, the device looks good, fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, does not slip out, and does not feel heavy. At the same time, it is impossible to use the device exclusively with one hand due to its large size. It is also worth noting that, unlike the older model, the gadget is not protected from water.
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy A31, the new product has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,400 × 1,080 pixels (aspect ratio 20: 9). The image is pleasing and sharp, with rich colors and deep blacks.
The screen refresh rate has increased from 60 to 90 Hz. It can be lowered to save power. In this case, the smoothness is reduced, for example, when switching between tabs or scrolling a page. Although the difference is not significant, we decided to please the eye and opted for the 90 Hz option
The maximum screen brightness is 800 nits versus 600 for the previous generation of the device. In most cases, this is sufficient, although readability is noticeably impaired in direct sunlight.
In our opinion, in the adaptive brightness mode, the screen is dull, and saturated colors look much better. We chose not to touch the white balance.
You can also activate the Always-on Display function there. In this mode, the smartphone screen always shows the date and time, battery level, and notification icons.
In addition, in the settings, you can enable screen unlocking using a face scanner or fingerprint. Oddly enough, the first function worked better for us than the second. The face was read quickly, including in the dark. It was not possible to deceive the gadget with a photo or unlock the display while wearing a medical mask. The headgear did not interfere with the scanner. But glasses – sunglasses and ordinary – must be removed before scanning, otherwise, recognition will not work.
From time to time problems arose with the fingerprint scanner: the gadget reads them slowly and does not always recognize the owner’s fingers
Sound and vibration
The smartphone produces decent clear sound both through the speaker and in the headphones, although there is no stereo in the device. The gadget is very loud: the music playing on it was perfectly audible even from the next room through the closed door.
The smartphone has an equalizer that allows you to correct certain parts of the sound spectrum, for example, add or decrease bass. Not to say that its settings greatly affect the overall impression of the music, but the difference is still noticeable.
The device comes with the Android 11 operating system in the One UI 3.1 shell from Samsung. The same combination of software was received, for example, Galaxy A52 and a number of other devices from the South Korean company.
In general, the interface is pleasant and user-friendly. At the same time, compared to One UI 3.0, which came to Samsung smartphones in January, the changes are purely cosmetic. For example, you can turn on the Comfort for the eyes mode, which changes the colors to warmer, or adjust the sensitivity of the screen when using gestures.
Swiping to the right now replaces Samsung’s news feed with news from Google. In addition, One UI 3.1 expands the possibilities for smart home control. Data from SmartThings can now be copied to Google Home.
However, not all the features of the new shell apply to the A32. For example, you cannot set a background image on the call screen. Although this is definitely a minor drawback.
The maximum resolution of the main camera is 64 megapixels, which is more than the predecessor Samsung Galaxy A31. The rest of the modules are identical: ultra-wide-angle – 8 Mp, portrait and depth sensor – 5 Mp, front camera – 20 Mp.
In standard mode, the smartphone takes photos in 17-megapixel resolution, if the aspect ratio is 4: 3. To take 64-megapixel frames, you need to enable the corresponding function in the shooting settings.
We liked the quality of photos taken with the main camera in natural daylight: accurate color reproduction, high definition, and no noticeable noise.
Shooting under artificial lighting was less pleasing: frames are often grainy, which is especially noticeable when viewed on a large monitor screen.
For capturing people, the Samsung Galaxy A32 has a portrait mode. The Saturation slider adjusts the amount of background blur. In our experience, it is best to set it to the minimum value, otherwise, the camera may smear hair or the edges of the face.
Portrait mode when shooting faces is no better than the standard one. For comparison: here are portraited shots.
But the usual ones. Do you feel the difference? We’re not really.
Roughly the same can be said about night photography. For this price category of smartphones, the photos come out pretty good.
But no better than standard mode. Moreover, it is even easier to shoot in it at night, since you do not have to hold the device motionless for 2 seconds.
There is no optical zoom in the smartphone – only digital zoom up to 10 times. With a 2x zoom, you can shoot an acceptable frame, but with a higher zoom – how lucky. Compare for yourself. Here are photos of the same subject taken at 2x and 4x zoom.
The gadget takes decent panoramic shots. You do not need any special skills for this.
Also, the smartphone has a wide-angle shooting function. To activate it, you need to select the × 0.5 modes in the zoom settings. At the same time, the maximum resolution of such photos is 8 megapixels with all that it implies in the form of low detail.
A camera designed for macro photography has a similar resolution. Objects in this mode should be shot from a distance of 3-5 cm.
We liked the quality of the selfies (except for night ones). The 20-megapixel front camera has the same modes as the main camera.
With the shooting of the video, the Samsung A32 is doing much worse than with the photo. The maximum quality is 1,920 × 1,080 pixels at 30 frames per second for both the main and front cameras. Unfortunately, even when recording in this format, the result is poor. On the screen of the gadget, the video still looks decent, but when viewed on a computer, it immediately becomes noticeable that the picture jerks violently, especially if the camera or objects in the frame are actively moving.
The smartphone has a 5000 mAh battery, a power supply, and a USB Type ‑ C cable is included. With fairly active use – photographing, shooting and watching videos, listening to music, surfing the web, communicating on social networks, the Always-on Display mode on – this is enough for about a day and a half. Demanding games consume the charge at a rate of about 15% per hour. Recharging the battery from zero to 100 takes a little less than three hours.
Samsung Galaxy A32 Outcomes
The Samsung Galaxy A32 makes a double impression. On the one hand, there is a nice design, a good screen, and a capacious battery. On the other hand, the processor is not the most powerful in its class, the cameras are far from perfect and the problems with the fingerprint scanner.
A52 seems to be a more balanced solution, but it also costs more – 27-33 thousand rubles. Therefore, if you want to save money and not get out of the budget, you can take a closer look at the A51 model. Now it costs the same as the A32, but surpasses the device in a number of indicators, including the quality of photo and video shooting.
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