Also known as Samsung Galaxy A32 4G
Not to be confused with Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2021, February 25|
|Status||Available. Released 2021, February 25|
|BODY||Dimensions||158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm (6.26 x 2.90 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||184 g (6.49 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, plastic back|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 800 nits (HBM)|
|Size||6.4 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~84.6% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 11, upgradable to Android 12, One UI 4.1|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT6769V/CU Helio G80 (12 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Quad||64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
|Features||LED flash, panorama, HDR|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||20 MP, f/2.2, (wide)|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|NFC||Yes (market/region dependent)|
|Radio||FM radio, RDS, recording|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, compass|
|Virtual proximity sensing|
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 15W|
|MISC||Colors||Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet|
|Models||SM-A325F, SM-A325F/DS, SM-A325M, SM-A325N|
|SAR EU||0.45 W/kg (head) 1.30 W/kg (body)|
|Price||$ 220.06 / € 211.09 / £ 199.99 / ₹ 22,200 / C$ 327.46 / Rp 3,599,000|
|TESTS||Performance||AnTuTu: 286666 (v8)
GeekBench: 1277 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 8.1fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||-30.3 LUFS (Below average)|
Inside the box, we get the phone itself, a USB type C cable, the 15W charging brick and the sim ejector tool.
The Samsung Galaxy A32 comes in a variety of colours, with some weird names I must admit. There are Awesome black, Awesome white, Awesome blue and Awesome violet. Why Awesome? Well I guess its cos the look quite awesome in person. I got the A32 in this Awesome blue colour and I must say, it looks really nice. The size fits neatly in my tiny hands and with 184g for the weight, I have no complaints here.
On the right are the volume rockers and the power button. The left houses the sim tray and at the bottom are the headphone jack, the USB- type C charging port and the speaker grill. There’s also a secondary microphone up top for dual audio recording.
You get an included clear case for protection, which is cool. Protection aside, it is kind of necessary cos the back of the phone is quite glossy and fingerprinty.
At the front is a 6.4 inches screen that comes with Gorilla glass 5. The screen is also Super AMOLED at a 90hz refresh rate. I must say, 90Hz is pretty smooth. I’m beginning to imagine how 120 and 144Hz would look like. The AMOLED screen makes it great for watching content. Combined with the 1080p resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio, just see how great my videos look on this device. The screen’s 800 nits of brightness is also great for viewing content out in the open. Unfortunately, it might be a bit difficult to see the screen under the direct sun, but once you get in a slight shade, you should see everything with no issues.
Security-wise, on top of all the usual unlock options with Android devices, the A32 also comes with a face ID and an under-display fingerprint scanner which works just fine. Since it’s optical, it more secure. And it’s for this reason that it isn’t as fast as the traditional hardware on say, the back or the side, but it is enough. You would notice a slight delay when unlocking though, so just bear that in mind.
If the variety of colours were too much for you, then listen to this. There are 4 variants of this device. 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM. Each is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio 680 chip, running Samsung’s One UI v3.1 over Android 11. The unit I have here comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You should also expect an entire day of battery life with the 5000mAh battery. If not, the 15W fast charging should top up your battery life in a few hours
On the back are a quad camera setup (so four cameras) and a dual-LED flash. Now don’t get too excited with the many cameras on the back though. The main camera is a 64MP, f1.8, 26mm wide, then an 8MP f2.2 123-degree ultrawide, a 5MP f2.4 macro, and finally, a 5MP f2.4 depth.
Photos on the main camera are clear, vibrant, and warm looking. But gladly, it still retains details in each shot. In the camera app is this Scene Optimizer which is supposed to make photos a lot better than they actually are. Here’s a photo without the Scene Optimizer, and here’s one with it. Either there isn’t that much significant difference or I didn’t run a good test for it.
Photos on the ultrawide also look decent enough. The edges do take quite a beating in clarity and sharpness, but besides these, they are good enough. I don’t know if anyone would use this for macro shots, but here are some sample shots. The 5MP depth sensor also does a great job at blurring out the background in shots.
The rear cameras shoot at 1080p@30fps, and here’s how it looks and sounds.
Well actually, the main and ultrawide both come with image stabilization, but the stabilization on the main camera is digital-only, hence those tiny jitters when moving.
The front-facing camera is a 20MP, f2.2 wide which takes stunning selfies when the subject is closer. A bit further produces some slightly washed-out images. It could also be cos I was wearing a white shirt, the HDR had to do extra work to brighten up my face. Could be. The selfie camera also shoots 1080p videos at 30fps.
I was comparing this to the A50, more on that in the description and I found a lot of similarities.
Samsung, I don’t get your naming scheme. The A32, in most ways, is better than the A50. Like how?
Anyway, there are a lot of things to like about this device but it all boils down to whether or not you should buy this.