Samsung Galaxy M32 Review: The Galaxy M32 is designed for binge-watchers who want to have a long battery life.
The Galaxy M32, the latest smartphone from the Galaxy M series, is available starting at Rs. 15,000. Sub-Rs. is so important. The sub-Rs. 15,000 market is crucial for smartphone manufacturers, so the Galaxy M32 has plenty of competition.
Samsung’s new smartphone focuses mainly on the display and battery. This is evident in its Super AMOLED display at 90Hz and a 6,000 mAh lithium battery. Does that make it worthy of a place on your wishlist? Here’s my review of the Galaxy M32.
India price of Samsung Galaxy M32
The Galaxy M32 is priced at Rs. The base variant, which comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, costs Rs. 14,999 in India. For Rs 16,999, the higher variant has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Two colour options are available: Light Blue or Black. For this review, I used the Galaxy M32 base model in Light Blue.
Samsung Galaxy M32 design
Samsung Galaxy M32 features a 6.4 inch AMOLED display and a dewdrop-notch at its top. The sides and top have thin bezels, but the bottom chin has thicker ones.
Both the frame and back are made of plastic. The frame has been curved by Samsung to make the phone more comfortable to hold and easy to use.
Samsung chose to mount a side-mounted fingerprint reader on the right side. This feature is common on smartphones this price.
Although the fingerprint scanner is a little higher than I’d like, it’s still easily accessible. This placement means that volume buttons are higher up, so you will need to extend your thumb to reach them.
The Galaxy M32’s SIM tray is located on the left side. It has two Nano-SIM slots as well as a dedicated slot to expand storage. The Galaxy M32 has a 3.5mm headset jack, along with the USB Type C port and bottom-firing speaker.
The back panel is glossy, and fingerprints are easily picked up. To keep fingerprints from sticking to the phone, I had to keep wiping it clean. The quad-camera module is located in the top left corner.
It sits almost flush with the backside of the smartphone. Galaxy M32 is 9.3mm thick and weighs in at 196g.
This is obvious when holding it. Its huge 6,000mAh battery is responsible for the bulk and weight. Although the Galaxy M32 can charge at 25W fast, it does not come with a 15W charger.
Samsung Galaxy M32 specs
The MediaTek Helio G80 processor powers the Galaxy M32. It has either 4GB of 6GB RAM, depending on which variant you choose. The base model has 64GB internal storage, while the more expensive variant offers 128GB.
The dedicated microSD card slot allows you to increase storage. The Super AMOLED display, measuring 6.4 inches, has full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.
This is a feature that even the Galaxy M42, does not have. The display is sharp and offers good viewing angles. Samsung claims that the display has a maximum brightness of 800nits when it is in high brightness mode.
The phone supports Bluetooth 5 and dual-band WiFi. However, it does not support NFC. The phone supports Samsung Pay Mini and four satellite navigation systems.
Samsung’s latest One UI 3.1 is now available on Android 11. My review unit came with the May Android security patches. The user interface of a Samsung smartphone is familiar. You shouldn’t have any problems navigating around.
The phone comes with many pre-installed apps. It also recommended that you install more apps during setup. This step was difficult to miss. To reduce clutter on your device, many of these apps can be removed immediately. Some of these apps did send me push notifications, which I found annoying.
Samsung’s Alt Z feature allows you to create a separate secure file. You can then secure apps and photos, and later access them by double-pressing power.
You can also use the Game Launcher on the Galaxy M32 to play without interruptions, and block incoming notifications. You can also club installed games into the same folder with the game launcher.
Samsung Galaxy M32 battery life and performance
The Samsung Galaxy M32’s screen features a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes the interface feel smooth and fluid.
The phone did have some stuttering issues and it took a little longer to load apps and multitask than I expected. The Galaxy M32 received a software update that reduced the stuttering but didn’t improve loading times.
The 4GB RAM model might not be ideal if you are a frequent multitasker. The smartphone was quickly unlocked using the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The display was bright enough for outdoor viewing and the AMOLED display was sharp enough to watch content.
The Galaxy M32 was able to play casual games without any problems. The processor felt fine and there was no stutter or stress. Call of Duty: Mobile was also tested on my Galaxy M32. It ran at the Low preset graphics and the frame rate was set up to Medium.
These settings were fine and the game ran smoothly. After playing the game for 20 mins, the Galaxy M32 didn’t get hot and experienced a 4 percent decrease in battery life.
The Galaxy M32 didn’t set any benchmarks and scores were not as high as other phones of the same price. The Galaxy M32 scored 160,106 points in AnTuTu and 6,595 in PCMark Work 3.0. Redmi Note 10S scored 330,650 points and 8,242 respectively in these tests.
The Galaxy M32 scored 39fps and 8.1fps respectively in GFXBench’s T-Rex benchmarks and Car Chase benchmarks. The Galaxy M32’s older competitor, the Realme 7 (Review), scored 44fps compared to 17fps.
The Galaxy M32 is clearly not the most powerful smartphone in this segment. Those looking for performance might need to look elsewhere.
The Galaxy M32’s 6,000mAh battery, which Samsung has packed into it, provides a long battery life. The battery lasted for more than a day without any problems, even though it was running at a constant 90Hz refresh rate.
The phone scored a very high score in our HD video loop test with a time of 20 hours and 56 mins. The charging speed is slow though.
Samsung only included a 15W charger with the Galaxy M32. While it supports fast charging at 25W, the Galaxy M32 does not support fast charging. The big battery reached 22 percent in 30 mins and 44 percent in one hour using the bundled charger.
It took more than two hours to fully charge the phone. It is possible to leave the phone to charge overnight. However, if you need to recharge your phone quickly, you’ll need a 25W charger.
Samsung Galaxy M32 cameras
The Galaxy M32 has a quad-camera set up. It includes a 64-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra wide angle camera. A 2-megapixel macro camera is also included. The default 16-megapixel shot is taken by the 64-megapixel camera using pixel binning.
It also has a 20-megapixel sensor with a dew-drop notch for selfies. It is the same camera app that we have come to expect from other Samsung devices. It supports scene recognition, which is enabled by default. It detects scenes quickly.
The Galaxy M32 was able to take daylight photos, but they did not have the best dynamic range. The phone is easy to set up, and the output colours are slightly enhanced. It is possible to turn off the scene detection before you take the shot.
The details were not very detailed and the text was difficult to read at distance. Ultra-wide angle cameras offer a wider field and manage to minimize distortion. Zooming in will show that details can be blurred.
The Galaxy M32 can do close-ups well and maintains a soft distance between the subject (and the background) very well.
The colours were accurate and subjects were sharp. The Galaxy M32 allows you to adjust the blur level before taking portrait shots. It also has excellent edge detection.
Although macro shots were good, I had to experiment with different angles in order to avoid blocking the light and keep the phone too close to my subject. It only produces 2 megapixels of resolution.
Low-light scenes were easy to detect and change scene settings quickly. The Galaxy M32 took each shot with a slightly longer exposure. Although noise was kept under control, fine grain was evident in the output.
The dedicated Night mode takes approximately 5 seconds to capture a photo. To reduce shakes during shooting, the phone can crop slightly into the frame. Although the images are slightly more detailed in the shadows than before, it isn’t an enormous improvement.
The selfies were good with great details. The phone was also able to detect edges well enough to take portrait selfies.
The Galaxy M32 took great selfies even in darkness with a nearby light source. Samsung comes with beautification by default. This smoothens out the output. However, you can turn it off.
Both the primary and selfie cameras record video at 1080p. The phone was unable to stabilize footage shot in daylight.
There were shakes when shooting daylight footage. If low-light footage was recorded while moving around, there were visible shakes. The Galaxy M32 doesn’t have video recording as a strong suit.
Samsung claims the Galaxy M32 is designed for binge-watchers. Its crisp AMOLED screen and big 6,000mAh battery make it possible.
It can be used for extended periods of time without the need to recharge. The Galaxy M32 may not be a good choice for you if you’re not a heavy user.
The Galaxy M32 isn’t as powerful as other smartphones if you are a heavy user. The Galaxy M32 isn’t the fastest device below Rs 15,000 and its slow charging speed might pose a problem.
Many people will be happier with the Redmi Note 10S , or the Realme 7 instead. This phone won’t be able to support 5G, as many manufacturers are now offering it at this price point.
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