Sansung galaxy M32

The Samsung Galaxy M32 is an Android smartphone released in June 2021. It is an under Rs.20000 budget smart phone offered by Samsung in India. Lets discuss about its overall usability after using it for more than three moths.





Introduction

Samsung has been releasing innovative smart phones across all of its lineups to compete against the various Chinese OEMs out there. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy M32 is the successor to  M31 with some major upgrades. Which includes an Helio G80 SoC, 90Hz display, Android 11 out-of-the-box, and 25W fast charging brick with de-touchable USB cum charging cable.

Availability in India

Samsung Galaxy M32 is now available on Amazon India, Its 4GB+64GB variant is available at Rs 14,999/- while the higher 6GB+128GB variant is available at Rs 16,999/-.Where you can Get up to Rs 1,250/- off on using ICICI Bank Credit and Debit Card on Amazon India. Select between Light Blue and Black colour variants available with the same.

Specs at a glance

Before we talk in detail about the Samsung Galaxy M32 let’s check out the on-paper specs first:

  • General: Dual Sim, 3G, 4G, 5G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Dimensity 720, Octa Core, 2 GHz Processor
  • Display: 16.21cm (6.4”) Infinity-U 90Hz refresh rate Display
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio G80
  • Storage: 4GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB
  • Software: OneUI 3.1 based on Android 11
  • Rear cameras: 64MP (main) + 8MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP macro + 2MP (depth)+ 20MP Selfie Camera
  • Battery: 6000 mAh, 15W in-box, supports 25W fast charging
  • Weight: 196g
  • Dimensions:  159.30 x 74.00 x 9.30mm‎

Design and Build

Samsung Galaxy M32 has an all-plastic body except the front, it’s a very bad cost cutting idea,totally smashes the in-hand feels & feedback. Anyways, Galaxy M32 arrives with a polycarbonate back with a square camera setup on the top-left corner with a quad-camera setup. There’s a LED flash under the camera setup and a Samsung branding at the back bottom.

The back panel is parallel lines design through its top to bottom which reminds of 90’s fashion style. These shimmering lines ensure that you have an uber grip when using the phone in one hand. Which is a nice addition. Plus, the phone weighs 196g, it isn’t that much, to be honest. There’s nothing protruding outside such as the camera setup as it is almost flushed with the back panel which is another thing to worry less about.

fingerprint scanner is on the right side bezel, clubbed with a power button as it performs both functions. Also There’s a volume rocker on top of the power button. Nothing fancy.

On the front, you get a 6.4-inch Corning Gorilla Glass v5 on top for extreme protection against falls and drops. The front display is flat as well with an Infinity-U notch at the middle. Please Check out the Display section for more details. There’s no IP rating on Samsung Galaxy M32 which is a blow, to be honest.

Display

Samsung Galaxy M32 is paired with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 1080×2400 pixels resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The display size is as same as the Galaxy M31 although it has a greater refresh rate and 800 nits of brightness on offer. Also, the aspect ratio has been increased from 19.5:9 to 20:9 in Samsung Galaxy M32.

The display is huge and offers a much larger view for watching movies, TV shows, and gaming. Now, having a 90Hz refresh rate is way better than a 60Hz display because it offers smooth transitions and animations.

The display is all good with great viewing angles, crisp and vibrant colours, and an unobstructed view thanks to a tiny U-shaped notch. Talking about what the display cannot do, it can’t play HD or HDR content on OTT platforms.

Overall, the display, in Samsung Galaxy M32 is AMOLED, is average unless Samsung uses some kind of trickery to update HDR (or at least HD) certifications as well as update the system’s response on handling 90Hz refresh rate properly.

Performance

Unlike Galaxy M31, Galaxy M32 gets a MediaTek processor along with a Helio G80 SoC fabricated on a 12nm node and has two 2.0GHz Cortex-A75 cores and six 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores. Graphics are handled by a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU while the device has 64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1 storage options along with 4/6GB RAM.

To us, Samsung did a downgrade from using a Snapdragon processor to G80 SoC which is sluggish in most cases. A very bad way of cost cutting. Though you won’t feel any lag using the phone for regular use cases such as texting, browsing, calling, and so on.

We have played a bunch of games including some graphics-intensive ones such as PUBG Mobile and it runs fine although we had to scale down the graphics to make it smooth. Moto G40 Fusion which is a rival and it uses Snapdragon 732G and it at least ensures consistent frame rates.

We don’t want to cover up the performance issues on Samsung Galaxy M32 but you can use some tips and tricks to speed up the processes. This includes uninstalling and disabling bloatware, using 60Hz refresh rate when not doing any transitions can save the chipset as well. We would still suggest going for the maxed-out RAM option for better overall performance.

Software

Samsung Galaxy M32 uses Android 11-backed OneUI 3.1 out-of-the-box and to be honest, it is good. OneUI 3.1 excels in one-handed use as it has tweaked the UI completely to support it. There is a lot of bloatware that you can uninstall while some are simply non-uninstallable. Samsung has upped its software updates game which means you should be getting multiple major Android OS upgrades for sure. There’s an Always-On Display on-board as well. Which is a good touch.

Cameras

There isn’t much difference around the optics on the M32 when compared to the previous-gen Galaxy M31. It has a quad-camera setup which includes a 64MP primary shooter with a slightly smaller 1/1.97-inch sensor size along with PDAF, f/1.8, and 0.7micron pixel size. There’s an 8MP ultrawide snapper with 123-degree FoV (which remains the same). Finally, there are two 2MP sensors dedicated for macro and depth shots which are downgraded from 5MP (each) on Galaxy M31. There’s also a downgrade when it comes to the selfie shooter to 20MP with an f/2.2 aperture.

The phone doesn’t tend to auto-adjust the exposure and  had to do it in the viewfinder before snapping a photo. Galaxy M32 pits well against its competitors since neither of them has the best cameras given the price tag and thus, M32 won’t put you down at least when it comes to daytime photography.

There’s an 8MP ultrawide snapper that has the widest field of view when compared to Redmi Note 10 and Realme 8. Ultrawide snaps were good as well but at the end of the day, you will see some distortions on the edges which are usually corrected by the software during the processing itself. If Samsung improves distortion correction even further with software updates that will be highly appreciated.

Two 2MP cameras for macro and depth sensors are average since almost 90 per cent of the devices now have 2MP sensors. It is good, however, a 5MP sensor as seen on Galaxy M31 would have made a great impact on the quality.

Night mode on Samsung Galaxy M32 is average, Rather we would say Galaxy M32 is night blind. Of course, you get a ton of noise to play with during night time depending upon which sort of lighting conditions you have while taking the shot.

Samsung has also downgraded a couple of specs. The 5MP macro and 5MP depth cameras on the back have been replaced by 2-megapixel sensors, but considering both of those cameras are gimmicks that don’t bring much to the table anyway. Again cost cutting.

Then you have a 20MP selfie shooter which is way below the 32MP snapper seen on Galaxy M31. It takes convincing photos during the day and applies a blur effect with on-point edge detection and separation. Overall, the selfies were stellar and we didn’t find any issues during daytime although nighttime photography can take a hit as always.

Samsung Galaxy M32 has a 1080p@30fps video recording capability which is way below its competitors that can record videos at 4K@30fps.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy M32 has a high-octane 6,000 mAh battery under the hood. I don’t see any reason why you would need to juice it up at the end of the day because of the giant battery. It is able to give at least two days of backup on a single charge with moderate to high usage.

Furthermore, the device comes with a 25W charging support although you get a 15W charging brick in the retail box. This takes 2 hours and 30 minutes for the battery to juice up from 0 to 100 per cent which is although too much, it’s a massive battery so you will have to spend some time plugged into the charger.

Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics

Samsung Galaxy M32 is a budget smartphone and thus  don’t expect it to get a stereo speaker setup. Well, M32 has a single bottom-firing loudspeaker and it is reasonably loud.

The Galaxy M32 has a lot of connectivity features. There’s GPS, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, as well as a USB Type-C 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

You get the usual PIN and Pattern lock in the rooster along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Talking about the FPS itself, it is snappy and speedy and won’t let you wait once you tap on the sensor just once to unlock.

There’s a software-based face unlock on offer as well which does its job proactively. It is still less secure than the fingerprint scanner but Samsung has given  the option to try either of them. Since it uses the front camera, authenticating via face unlock in low light conditions may get you stuck.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Smooth 90Hz refresh rate display
  • Long-lasting 6000 mAh battery
  • Supports 25W fast charging
  • Promising 64MP quad-camera setup
  • 20MP selfie camera

Cons

  • EMMC 5.1 storage
  • Only 1080p video recording
  • Only 15W charger in the box

Samsung did make a few bumps in terms of specifications be it an AMOLED display to a big battery and a higher refresh rate with the Galaxy M32. But on the other hand, lack of HD/HDR content streaming, an underwhelming processor, and a 15W charging brick in the box are some of the shortcomings of the device. Overall, Samsung Galaxy M32 is a solid phone to consider in this budget. Some of the popular alternatives are Moto G40 Fusion, Realme 8, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S that you can choose from.

Also if you can stretch your budget to some extent, you can consider OnePlus 5g CE, review is here. Thank you for your patience. If you have any question please post it in comment section below. We shall answer as early as possible.

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