The A32 5G usually costs $280, but it has dipped to $205 previously. Whatever sub-$300 price you pay for it, it’s tough to find a part of this phone that disappoints. With every feature and specification that you look into, it only impresses. For a price that’s this low, you would expect something or other kind of cutting corners on the part of the brand but surprisingly enough, there is none. At least that’s what I think. It is definitely a good addition to the A series lineup and absolutely worth the set price. Samsung has undoubtedly done a good job with the Galaxy A32 5G phone.
The phone has MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 5G processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM, which differentiates it from the ocean of phones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. In terms of specific 5G capabilities, the Dimensity 720 brings support for SA and NSA networks, as well as sub-6Ghz connectivity. Dimensity 720 is equipped with an octa-core design (2x Cortex-A76 and 6x Cortex-A55) and Mali-G57 MC3 graphics. This means you’re getting two fewer heavyweight CPU cores and fewer shader cores for the GPU compared to the Dimensity 820 seen in the Redmi 10X series.
The new processor also ticks several boxes elsewhere, supporting an APU for machine learning tasks, FHD+ screens at 90Hz, 64MP single cameras, 20MP+16MP dual cameras, and 4K video recording. Other notable features include support for HDR10+ content, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, LPDDR4X RAM, and UFS 2.2 storage.
Performance is mostly smooth, delivering few stutters and hangs. The 6.5-inch screen itself is not an OLED panel like most Samsung phones, but LCD, and it shows. Blacks aren’t as deep, and there’s no always-on display for you to casually check the time.
For what it’s worth, OLED isn’t common at this price. The 1600 x 720-pixel resolution isn’t the sharpest, but it’s colorful and bright enough to see in sunny conditions. More satisfying is battery life. Thanks to the 5,000-mAh cell in here, and it’s great. Forget needing to plug in every single night! The phone will last two full days on a single charge and that is something awesome especially at this price range.
Samsung manages to pack the A32 5G with all the other features available on other budget phones, like a MicroSD card to expand the 64 gigs of built-in storage, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that doubles as a power button, as well as a headphone jack. It also includes a near-field communication (NFC) sensor for contactless payments. I have always found this really fascinating and useful too.
Samsung does it better than competitors like the OnePlus N200 5G or N10 5G. It’s still sub-6 5G, so there are no gigabit-like speeds like Samsung’s pricier 5G phones, but it’s faster than 4G LTE and will work on all three major carriers. For the OnePlus Nord phones, you’re limited to sub-6 5G on just T-Mobile. The A32 is also one of the few cheap phones with C-band spectrum support, which promises broader 5G coverage.
There are two cameras of consequence on the A32 5G’s rear panel: a 48-megapixel standard wide and an 8-megapixel ultrawide. There’s a 5-megapixel macro camera that’s not very good and a 2-megapixel depth sensor that may or may not help with portrait mode photos. There’s also a 13-megapixel selfie camera around front. Considering the phone’s price, the A32 5G’s main camera performs well enough. Like most any other phone, it takes very nice pictures in good lighting. That’s no surprise, even for a budget phone.