Samsung Galaxy A32 5G in the test: saved at the wrong end

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The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is here! GIGA expert Biagio has tested it for you for two weeks and reports on his experiences with the cheapest 5G smartphone on the market. In his review, he also compares it with competing models that are in the 250 euro league. Have fun with the cell phone test.

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Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: conclusion

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

The biggest selling point of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is already in the name. The new 5G cellular standard gives this just under 250 Euro expensive smartphone fast download and upload rates – provided you have the appropriate tariff and live in an area that is adequately supplied. The one with is also positive 5.000 mAh generously sized battery pack. Unfortunately, the A32 5G disappoints in the manufacturer’s top disciplines. Instead of OLED, there is only a relatively low-resolution one LC-Display (1,600 x 720; 274 PPI) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The quad camera setup can only produce acceptable images in ideal lighting conditions. The performance is completely sufficient for everyday tasks and light gaming. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is interesting for everyone who wants to use the latest cellular standard. If you can do without it, you will find alternatives in the 250 euro range that are more extensively equipped and offer a better camera.

Benefits:

  • Very good battery life
  • 5G-Standard
  • Adequate performance
  • Big display, but …

Disadvantage:

  • … only LCD and with low resolution
  • Camera with weaknesses
  • cheap feel

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G in the test: rating

  • Processing, feel and design: 6/10
  • Display: 5/10
  • Cameras: 5/10
  • Software: 7/10
  • Performance: 6/10
  • Telephony and audio: 8/10
  • Memory: 8/10
  • Battery and everyday life: 9/10

Overall: 6.8 / 10

Design and workmanship

Completely made of plastic – the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G (Image source: GIGA)

As long as that Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is on the table, do it with his minimalist look and the unobtrusive camera ensemble made a very valuable impression. This evaporates as soon as you pick up the smartphone. Then you notice that the back and frame are made of plastic. The cheap feel of the creaky on / off button in which the Fingerabdrucksensor is installed, is another indication that we are dealing with a cell phone from the lower price range. This memory reconciles you with the manufacturing defects.

Display and speakers

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G relies on a low-resolution LC display (Image source: GIGA)

The one for me biggest weak point on the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is the display. The screens are usually one of the strengths of Samsung smartphones, regardless of the price range. It is a shame that the Korean manufacturer has opted for a LC-Display has decided – and for a modest one on top of that. For a 6.5 inch display diagonal there is one Resolution of 1600 x 720 simply no longer up-to-date, not even for 250 euros. The recently released Poco x3 Pro from Xiaomi offers a Full HD IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and much better contrast values ​​for the same price. In my opinion, Samsung has gone too far here. The mono speaker has a decent volume, but sounds slightly tinny. In contrast, there were no problems with the call quality. Interlocutors are understood well and so is you. Through the 3.5mm jack connector you can also connect classic headphones by cable.

Performance and software

Even if I am a smartphone lover and am enthusiastic about powerful service packages, I am not a benchmark fanatic. A cell phone must first and foremost be fluid and be able to handle the individual apps of the user. What is actually under the hood is of secondary importance to me. And so I want that MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5G, who works in the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, do not criticize much. On paper it is not particularly efficient, but in everyday use it does enough power to meet the needs of most users. In the price range of the A32, there aren’t really any chip alternatives with 5G that Samsung could have chosen from. Apps ran smoothly throughout the test period and the installed ones 4 GB RAM also got along well with switching between different applications.

One UI 3.0 on the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G (Image source: GIGA)

With the One UI 3.0 (based on Android 11) Samsung now has a tidy user interface that I really like. The menu is clear and the shortcut bar when pulling down the quick settings can be easily adapted to your own needs. Netflix, Spotify and TikTok are also available ex works. Just like various Office apps from Microsoft. Although I use the programs mentioned, I would still prefer to have the choice myself whether I want them on my smartphone – at least they can be uninstalled without any problems. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the Samsung apps (Samsung Store, Game Launcher, um). These can only be deactivated. Google’s range of apps including the Play Store, YouTube and Google Feed are also on board. From Bixby (luckily) there is no trace of it.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G has a quad camera setup (Image source: GIGA)

In perfect lighting conditions, the quad camera in the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G can take acceptable recordings. As soon as it gets darker, the image quality decreases exponentially. The Main camera (48 MP, f / 1.8, 26mm focal length, 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8µm) is supported by a second ultra wide angle lens (8 MP, f / 2.2, 123). There is also a macro lens (5 MP, f / 2.4) and one Additional lens for depth measurement (2 MP, f / 2.4). Videos are recorded with a maximum of 4K and 30 FPS. Here are some sample photos – see for yourself:

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G scores in terms of battery life. With a capacity of 5000 mAh I got through the day easily even with heavy use (8 hours of screen time). I’m not a cell phone gamer, but I stream a lot of music and videos, use GPS on my bike and have often used my smartphone for social media and various messenger services. You can charge the Galaxy A32 5G via USB-C cable and Quick-Charging (maximum 15 watts).

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Biagio Spatola22.03.2021

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