PROS

+Handsome design

+Durable Gorilla Glass 5 display

+Capable cameras

+Long battery life

+Impressive performance for the price

+Excellent software upgrade policy

CONS

Low-resolution display

Mediocre speaker

Back panel scratches easily

SAMSUNG GALAXY A32 5G SPECS

Operating SystemAndroid 11
CPUMediaTek Dimensity 720 5G
Dimensions6.5 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution1,600 by 720 pixels
Camera Resolution (Rear; Front-Facing)48MP. 8MP, 5MP, 2MP; 13MP
Battery Life (As Tested)13 hours, 1 minute
Samsung A32 5G Back Side

If you’re looking for a cheap Android phone with 5G with the Galaxy A32 5G ($279.99), Samsung has you covered. This low-cost phone should satisfy you for a long time thanks to its excellent battery life, strong performance, and years of promised Android upgrades and security updates. Except for its low-resolution display, the Galaxy A32 5G is an excellent value and the recipient of our Editor’s Choice award for 5G phones under $100.

Samsung A32 5G – Resolution

Samsung A32 5G Front

The Galaxy A32 5G has an excellent design. Although the back panel and chassis are made of plastic, they do not resemble the past low-cost phones. The phone has a glossy gray finish here in the US. Unfortunately, when tested, it immediately gathered fingerprints and hairline scratches.

The phone weighs 7 ounces and has dimensions of 6.5 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches. While a phone with a 6.5-inch display typically weighs that much, the Galaxy A32 5G is more prone to drops than models with textured backs because of its slippery finish. While I was testing it, the phone slipped out of my hands a few times. Thankfully, its Gorilla Glass 5 display and plastic body weathered these mishaps.

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Refresh Rate and Resolution (Specs)

On the front of the Galaxy A32 5G, a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a teardrop notch and minimal bezels takes up most of the space. 1,600 by 720 pixels, or 270 pixels per inch, make up the resolution. You’ll be hard-pressed to see any pixelation without careful inspection because the display is so brilliant and bright. However, it can’t compete with the 6.49-inch, 2,400 by 1,080-pixel 90Hz display on the less-priced OnePlus Nord N200 5G.

The Galaxy A32 5G’s upper left corner includes three different sensor bumps vertically stacked in place of the protruding camera module found on most Samsung smartphones. Another sensor and the flash are flush with the phone to their right. On the bottom third of the back panel, there is a Samsung logo and microscopic regulatory information.

Samsung A32 5G Image

The bottom of the phone’s chassis is filled with the speaker grille, 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C charging connector. The top of the phone is left empty. The SIM/microSD slot is on the left side. The power button and volume rocker with an embedded fingerprint sensor are on the right side. The switches offer a pleasing tactile response when tapped, and the sensor is quick and precise. If you have little hands, reaching the volume rocker is tough.

Samsung A32 – Connections (5G)

Image of A32 5G Mobile

The Galaxy A32 5G is available from Samsung online and through AT&T and T-Mobile. The phone supports both sub-6GHz 5G bands and solid LTE, and it also works on Verizon.

Be aware that if you use AT&T, you shouldn’t purchase the Galaxy A32 5G that is unlocked. In line with AT&T, “After our 3G services finish on February 22 [2022], and Galaxy A32 5G built for our network will continue to function. However, some models of this device that other carriers have brought onto our network will be impacted. In this case, we provide qualified clients with complimentary replacement phones.”

In Chicago, I tested the phone using T-5G Mobile’s network, and the results were astounding. 141.9 Mbps down and 42.8 Mbps up were the average speeds. These figures fall short of the average speeds of 154.2 Mbps down and 46 Mbps up for the Nord N200 5G, but other factors could explain the discrepancy. These stats are fast for a low-cost phone but don’t match the lightning-quick speeds you’ll experience on a premium device with mmWave connectivity.

Great call quality. The maximum loudness of the earpiece, at 86dB, is loud enough to be heard on busy streets. Noise cancellation on test calls was flawless, and calls were crystal clear.

Samsung A32 5G – Battery Life

A MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G chipset and 4GB of RAM power the Galaxy A32 5G. There is 64GB of storage, with around 46GB of that being usable right out of the box. If that’s not enough, you can use a microSD card to add up to a terabyte more external storage.

Overall effectiveness is vital. Apps load swiftly, and screen transitions are almost entirely lag-free. The phone is not slowed down by multitasking, either. The initial boot-up procedure takes a beat longer than it does on the Nord N200 5G, but the difference is difficult to notice unless you’re paying close attention.

The Galaxy A32 5G will work fine if you’re a casual gamer playing Candy Crush throughout your morning commute. However, serious gamers won’t find the phone a good fit. Your best option if you’re looking for a cheap gaming phone is the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

I put the phone through its paces by playing the Google Play Store’s resource-hungry Genshin Impact and the less demanding Alto’s Odyssey. During an hour of playtime on Genshin Impact, I experienced slow load times and a few crashes. Although I detected a few frame skips, Alto’s Odyssey performed well.

Samsung A32 – Camera

Camera

Specs

The 48MP primary lens with an f/1.8 aperture, the 8MP ultrawide lens with an f/2.2 aperture, the 5MP macro lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and the 2MP depth sensor make up the rear camera stack. A 13MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture is also included.

The Galaxy A32 5G shoots excellent images in good lighting, like most smartphones in this class do. Test images taken with the primary lens were clear, vibrant, and had a realistic depth of field. While the ultra-wide lens performs admirably, I observed some slight background noise in a few images.

Macro

The Galaxy A32 5G macro lens can capture some respectable images with adequate lighting and a steady hand. After much trial and error, my best test images were flat, with a considerable loss of fine detail. The worst was a gauzy mass that was impressionistic.

The Nord N200 5G couldn’t compete with the Galaxy A32 5G for low-light images taken with the primary lens. In most test images, I saw noise and a slight loss of fine detail, but there was less blur and greater color accuracy.

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On comparison images taken with the ultra-wide lens, the Galaxy A32 5G performed substantially better than the Nord N200 5G. Although there were sporadic light flares in my test images, the background detail was better, and significantly less distortion when comparing the same images on the two phones.

Except for the meager light, the selfie camera functions nicely. My test photographs had a natural depth and were clear and vibrant. In low light, some noise creeps in, but the test photos weren’t muddy or flat, two common problems we encounter with inexpensive phones.

Portrait Mode

The Galaxy A32 5G’s portrait mode performs surprisingly well; my test images, taken with the default settings, featured a bokeh that looked natural without any object mapping. A slider in the app enables you to make rapid adjustments whether you prefer more or less blur. The Galaxy A32 5G performs exceptionally well among contemporary smartphones at this price range in portrait mode, improving significantly every year.

Conclusion

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The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G practically fulfills every requirement for a cheap phone at its pricing point. It has amazing battery life, will get many Android upgrades, executes all basic activities quickly, and has a respectable camera setup. It performs nearly as well as the far more expensive Galaxy A52 5G. Its low-resolution display is the only weakness, but unless you’re a gamer or want to use your phone for Netflix binges, you probably won’t be bothered by that. You won’t notice any pixelation unless your nose is right up against the bright, vivid screen.

The OnePlus Nord N200 5G is an excellent option if you’re looking for a cheap phone with a higher-resolution display, even though its camera isn’t as good as the Galaxy A32 5G’s, and it will only receive one Android upgrade. The Galaxy A32 5G thus receives our Editor’s Choice award because you won’t find a better sub-$300 5G phone than it.

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