Samsung is without a doubt the best smartphone brand in the world. Nevertheless, the Korean giant has lost market share to people like Xiaom in India. Much of this is due to the competitive pricing of Chinese smartphones. In response, Samsung is betting on the success of its M-Series lineup, aimed at budget buyers. Its latest handset, the Galaxy M32, looks promising as it features Samsung’s internal AMOLED display, quad camera configuration and massive battery. But does it have opportunities against competition? Let’s find out.
Samsung has no shortage of industrial design talent – take a look at the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which recently won the Best Smartphone award at GLOMO 2021. However, the design skills of a Korean company are not fully reflected in the end of the market budget.
The plastic-framed Galaxy M32 has an unimpressed design. The glossy back has a vertical line that reflects the shades of the rainbow. Unlike Oppo, Vivo and Realme, which pull innovative objects out of plastic and even make them look like glass, the Samsung M32 looks and feels like plastic through and through.
The center frame is quite thick and the artificial metal surface does not look attractive. The four-camera module sits almost flat behind. However, the integration of a single, rounded LED under the module is not aesthetically appealing.
The front-facing Galaxy M32 has a dated U-shaped notch that fits into a selfie camera. The top and side frames are reasonably thin, but the chin is quite thick. The power / lock button acts as a fingerprint sensor. The volume control provides proper touch feedback, but is more difficult to reach due to its higher placement.
Overall, the Galaxy M32 is unique in terms of aesthetics and structure – but not in a good way.
The phone has a 6.4 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It is an internal panel of Samsung’s display department, the world’s leading manufacturer of AMOLED mobile displays. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20: 9 and a pixel density of 411 PPI.
Due to their permeable nature, AMOLED panels can selectively turn off individual pixels to obtain black on black. The OLED display provides clean and vibrant colors with an external backlight such as LEDs.
Samsung claims that the screen brightness is 800 staples. Given how well the screen stays in direct sunlight, there is no reason to doubt Samsung’s claim.
The phone has a quick setting to switch between 60 Hz and 90 Hz refresh rate. You can also choose between Vivid and Natural color profiles. In addition to this, Samsung offers an advanced option for manually fine-tuning the intensity of the red, green and blue LED light. Because the life of a blue diode is shorter than that of green and red, this feature can be very useful for restoring the color accuracy of a panel after a few years of use.
The Galaxy M32 comes with Android 11 and Samsung’s One UI 3.1. The operating system offers reasonable customization in adjusting themes, the ability to change the application box, dark mode, icon layout, and widgets. However, no attention is paid to detail. For example, if you select a 5×6 grid layout, all widgets go to the center.
The phone is preloaded with Samsung Global goals the application has been created in collaboration with the United Nations. It promises to end poverty and “climate change” by displaying ads on your phone.
Since the Galaxy M32 is an affordable smartphone, my expectations were reasonable. Still, I was disappointed with the phone’s Mediatek Helio G80 chip with its amazing performance. The handset has a stutter that gets worse as you load more content into it. It is delayed even if you drag the notification box down or scroll through a news feed. The app search feature takes a second or two longer than you expect for a result listing. Applications will reload when you switch between them.
These observations are supported by synthetic benchmarks. As you can see from the chart below, the Galaxy M32 has been delayed compared to the similarly priced Realme 8 in PCMark Work 3.0.
In a more demanding 3DMark Wild Life comparison, the Galaxy M32 is far from Realme 8, Narzo 30 5G and Narzo 30 Pro. Lack of power is noticeable when playing video games. In Call of Duty: Mobile, Galaxy M32 only supports low and medium graphics settings. By default, the frame rate is set to Medium, and if you set it high, the game stops.
Geébench also paints a similar picture as the Galaxy M32 struggles to catch up with Realme 8 in both core and multi-core tests.
The battle for the Galaxy M32 continues with storage performance tests that determine app download times and data transfer rates.
Only in the Sequential Write test will the Samsung budget phone go past Realme 8.
The phone has two SIM card slots that support 4G VoLTE. To expand the storage space, the Galaxy M32 is equipped with a separate microSD card slot. The handset’s network and Wi-Fi reception are spotless. Among other features, the fingerprint reader is fast. The built-in mono speaker is pretty loud, but the stereo setting would certainly have been a great addition.
The Galaxy M32 has a quad-camera configuration consisting of a 64-megapixel primary button, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The 64 MP main unit uses pixel binning to produce 16 MP images. The buttons provide quite a bit of detail during the day. The colors look natural, which some may appreciate, but they are too gentle for my taste. The 8-megapixel wide-angle camera does what it says, albeit with small barrel distortions.
The phone camera does not stand in low light. Compared to other less than 15,000 smartphones from Realme and Xiaomi, the Galaxy M32’s 64-megapixel camera produces images that are too grainy. The dynamic range is disappointing. In addition, the light sources in the photos look blurry. The separate night mode is slower and takes a few seconds more to take a picture, but it hardly improves the results. Also, the 8 megapixel camera is inadequate and produces grainy images.
The 20 megapixel front camera is quite good. In a selfie camera, it captures a lot of detail with accurate colors. Samsung has thrown in a mode that works well. There’s even a beautification space that can cut fat from your plump locking face.
When you switch to video recording, the phone maximizes 1080p and has a frame rate of 30. The videos look good in terms of resolution. Even if the EIS is on, the videos still look exciting. More annoying is the phone’s jumping focus mechanism.
The handset has a massive 6000 mAh battery that easily lasts more than a day and a half on a single charge. This is impressive compared to other phones in this class. However, we are unable to provide benchmarks because, despite several attempts, the battery life of the PC Mark did not work on the Galaxy M32.
The phone’s high-capacity battery ensures that the juice doesn’t run out often, but when it runs out, the 15W charger takes more than two and a half hours to charge from zero to 100 percent.
Samsung is focusing on the low-end smartphone market, which is a great thing. However, it needs to improve its game to catch people like Xiaom and Realme. The Galaxy M32 has some highlights, such as an excellent AMOLED display and a long-lasting battery. Unfortunately, its weak processor and disappointing camera low light let it down. Its design is also nothing to write home.
If you are looking for a smartphone under 15,000 rubles, Realme 8 is a much better option. It offers a sleek design, a sleek interface, better cameras and faster charging.
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