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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to test the Galaxy A52, a very interesting mid-range device, which Samsung has brought to the Peruvian market. Now it’s the turn to test the A32, the younger brother, within the same range. Be careful, keep in mind that it is the 4G version, which has some very different characteristics from its 5G version [que aún no está disponible en el Perú].
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What is the impression of the Galaxy A32 on me? Overall, it is a good device. Although it is a device located in the lower middle range – according to the organization of the portfolio of Samsung-, it has very interesting characteristics that make it an option to consider within your price range. Throughout this review I will tell you what were the positives and negatives of this smartphone.
|DIMENSIONS||158,9 mm x 73,6 mm x 8,4 mm|
|SCREEN||6.4 ″ Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 800 nits|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android 11, One UI 3.1|
|PROCESSOR||Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) CPU Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) GPU Mali-G52 MC2|
|STORAGE||128 GB expandable by microSDXC|
|CHAMBERS||Quadruple Main 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26mm (wide); 8 MP, f / 2.2, 123˚, (ultra wide angle); 5 MP, f / 2.4, (macro); 5 MP, f / 2.4, (depth). Video recording at 1080p @ 30fps.
Frontal simple 20 MP, f / 2.2, (wide). Video recording at 1080p @ 30fps.
|DRUMS||5,000 mAh, with 15 W fast charge|
|OTHERS||Speaker; 3.5 headphone jack; Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.0; GPS; NFC; FM Radio; fingerprint sensor on screen, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass.|
The design of the Galaxy A32 is quite striking. Not only because it touched me in the same color as the A52, but because it maintains the idea that we see in devices from the rest of the Galaxy A family and even in the S Series. Although its main material is plastic, this it has a finish that closely resembles glass. Along with the accompanying shiny edge, they give it a pretty eye-catching look. However, they should know that it is a fingerprint magnet.
It’s certainly a device that looks good and feels good in the hand. It has rounded corners. On the front it has the camera in the upper central part, in a notch or fringe, keeping the edges as thin as possible. On the right edge is the power button and the volume controls; on the upper edge we only find a microphone; on the left edge is the tray for the SIM and the microSD card; and on the bottom edge is the headphone jack, another microphone, the USB-C port, and a speaker.
The main change is in the camera module … because there isn’t. Well, it is not a module as such. Three of the four lenses protrude slightly from the body of the computer. In the final finish they look good, but that space that forms between the surface of the housing and the edges around each lens becomes a den of dust, fibers and other elements. As with other Samsungs, it will be necessary to have a case from the beginning.
Let’s start with the screen. The Galaxy A32 LTE [que es la versión disponible en esta parte del mundo] features an impressive 1080p FHD + AMOLED panel. This is very important as it offers very good image quality, vivid and bright colors, and very good performance even in sunlight, thanks to its 800 nits. But that’s not all, because it allows a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz (it can be reduced to 60 Hz), making navigation feel more fluid. Will it become a standard for mid-range devices?
This Samsung Galaxy A32 offers this combination: MediaTek Helio G80 processor + 4GB of RAM + 128GB of storage. What do we get? Correct performance. It is not extraordinary and it is not bad. It is correct, taking into account the segment and the price in which this device is located.
Web browsing, use of social networks, messaging service, playback of audio and video streaming services, multimedia work, etc., everything is done correctly, but with taking time to jump between applications. As much as the look and the screen of the device make you believe otherwise, You cannot demand it like a high-end team. It is those moments, the ones that prevent the reaction from being automatic, the ones that put your feet back on the ground.
How is it going with video games? In incidental games it works without problems and while you are opting for titles of greater graphic work, the response will be lower. The settings in medium to low qualities will be the only alternative to enjoy with the smartphone. Multitasking is its weak point and if you demand more than it should, the processor will suffer.
In the style of other Samsung models, this Galaxy A32 offers several layers of security. It has the fingerprint sensor under the screen that is quite accurate most of the time, although you can feel that its reaction is not automatic. In the case of facial recognition it works well as long as there is good lighting.
JUST COMPLIANT CAMERAS
Here I must confess that I have mixed feelings (which are evident in the video where I test the native camera app). Eye, I think they are good cameras, but I want to start with some things that I didn’t like. While the large screen of this device made me see that the photos and, above all, the videos were being recorded in good quality, when viewing and processing the recordings on the computer, the results were not so good.
One of its main problems in video recording is the lack of image stabilization. As it happened in some high-end smartphones several years ago, this flaw can be “hidden” by making recordings with the ultra wide angle. However, it is a feature that is missed. Another limitation – also understandable by the segment in which the Galaxy A32 is located – is that you don’t have many options when it comes to resolutions and frames per second (fps) available.
However, the Galaxy A32 takes pretty good photos, with vibrant colors. Namely, you will feel like you are using a Samsung phone. He defends himself quite well, despite his limitations [no hay acercamiento óptico real, modo pro muy básico, modo noche correcto]. So when it comes to cameras, its lowest point is in the video.
One last observation: the native camera app -which is the same as the rest of the devices in the Korean company’s portfolio- is quite fluid for its segment.
The Galaxy A32 from Samsung has a 5,000 mAh battery, compatible with 15W fast charging, so it will take about two hours to recharge it from 0% to 100%. Used as the main device -in intensive use during the work day-, I just decided to recharge it the next morning or at night if it had been a difficult day.
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IS IT WORTH BUYING IT?
Yes, especially if what you are looking for is a device in which the screen and autonomy are privileged, plus the possibility of taking good photos, at a very interesting price (around the S/ 1.000) for a device Samsung, this Galaxy A32 is for you.
Don’t expect good performance for heavy video games or the best camera for video recording. The limitations of your processor work against you. But, for the needs of a standard user, it is a good choice.
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