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Review – Samsung Galaxy A32 5G


The Samsung Galaxy A32 is the most affordable device that Samsung has to offer in the A-series. While plenty of people on the Internet would suggest splurging on flagship devices or low priced devices with flagship components but with software compromises. The truth is, not everyone is trying to impress their peers with a spanking new flagship smartphone nor sacrificing the software usability for that high-end SoC. What they really need is a smartphone that can cater to their everyday needs.

5G vs LTE

Let’s keep this in mind, Samsung actually has two different variants of the A32 – 5G and LTE. There are a couple of differences between the two versions, namely the SoC, Camera and Display.

A32 5GA32 LTE
SoCMediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5GMediaTek Helio G80
RAM8GB
Internal Storage128GB
Camera48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Display6.5 inches
720 x 1600 IPS LCD 60Hz
6.4 inches
1080 x 2400 Super AMOLED 90Hz
Battery5000mAh
PriceRM1199RM1099

In order to support 5G, Samsung has to opt for a more expensive and newer SoC. That means they will have to cut down on other components to bring the cost down. In this case, they went for a lower resolution main camera and a lower-resolution display. Unless you really need 5G connectivity, else the A32 LTE is a much superior choice between the two.

Display

Before I looked into the specifications, when I first turn on the A32 5G, I thought the screen was fine. The colours are looking pretty decent albeit not super vibrant. That is an obvious sign for a standard LCD panel. What really surprises me is, despite having a 720p resolution, it is not looking all that bad. I’ve even shown this phone to my colleagues whereby they also stated the screen is pretty decent for everyday use. So if you’re not spec-junkie, this screen should serve you without any problems.

If we take a look at the bigger picture, since the LTE variant comes with a 1080p Super AMOLED 90Hz screen, I can’t help but say, “man, that’s a huge sacrifice we made for 5G.”

Camera

The camera shouldn’t be any huge difference between the 48MP and 64MP models. Frankly speaking, they are small sensors and most of the time you’re relying on the SoC’s Image Signal Processor (ISP) to translate the sensor signal into a photo. The newer MT6853 Dimensity 720 should have a better ISP but hey we can only speculate since we only got the A32 5G with us.