Metropcs Samsung Galaxy A32 5G test: we expected better

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G smartphone is an entry/mid-range device that wants to make access to 5G affordable. At least at Samsung, because other manufacturers like Xiaomi or realme offer similar devices for less. But the South Korean manufacturer enjoys goodwill in France which can enable it to attract a large audience. Far from being unworthy, however, the Galaxy A32 5G has a moderate technical sheet with its Mediatek Dimensity 720 processor with 4 GB of RAM, its 6.5-inch LCD screen, its large capacity of 5000 mAh and its four photo sensors installed in his back. We were able to test it for a while and here are our impressions.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G review

Main technical characteristics of the Metro pcs new phones Samsung Galaxy A32 5G:

    • 6.5-inch LCD screen, 720×1600 pixels 60Hz
    • Mediatek Dimensity 720 chipset
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 128 GB expandable internal storage
    • Quadruple photo sensor 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 megapixels
    • 13 megapixel front sensor
    • In-profile fingerprint reader
    • 5000 mAh battery compatible with 18 watt charging
    • Operating system: Android 11 with One UI 3.1 software overlay

Design

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G smartphone benefits from‘a design that we find quite successful. This is the case despite a certain thickness of 9.1 mm all the same which makes it one of the thinnest on the market and approaching the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip (9.6 mm), it is quite far from competition in this area. This includes in its ranks the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (certainly not 5G) with 8.1 mm, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G (8.92 mm), the realme X50 Pro 5G (8.9 mm) and the Poco F3 with its only 7.8 mm thickness offered at the same price. It is quite high: 164.2 mm for 76.1 mm wide for 205 grams which makes it a “beautiful baby”. The realme X50 Pro 5G weighs the same, but the others are below 200 grams for slightly smaller sizes.

Available in white, black, blue or lavender, this is the first color that was lent to us by the brand to carry out this test. It is rather pretty and very well finished. No quality concerns or manufacturing defects were found.. His back is quite remarkable in the sense that the photo optics are not arranged within an island as is the case on almost all smartphones. No, here the sensors protrude one by one from the rest of the rear surface which is a very nice effect, in our opinion. There are thus three sensors aligned vertically (48 + 8 + 5 megapixels) while the last (2 megapixels) is exactly on the same plane as the back shell, like the flash. We appreciate.

Back of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

The back is shiny and on the white model, fingerprints are finally very little visible which is always a good thing. The edges are rounded just a little to provide a very good grip. The profiles of the device are chrome and plastic. This contrasts with the back and the facade, all black. There is the standby button as well as the double button to manage the volume, on the right. The first integrates the fingerprint reader. This one was flawless during our tests and only opened access to our tester despite numerous attempts to fault it. The upper profile of the mobile incorporates a microphone. On the left profile, there is the slot for SIM cards and memories. Note that it is possible to insert two SIM cards or one and a micro-SD card to expand the internal storage capacity, which is always a good thing. The mobile is only available with 128 GB of memory. Finally, on the lower profile, there is the speaker, the USB-C connector, a microphone and an audio jack port for connecting headphones. The device does not benefit from any certification against splashes and even less a notion of waterproofing. For comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is IP53 certified and therefore protected against splashing water.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Profile

The sound delivered by the Galaxy A32 5G is mono. It is completely correct and offers quite a nice sound at a reasonable volume, but unfortunately saturates when pushed to the limit. Better listening is possible with headphones.

Connections of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

In terms of connectivity, the device is therefore compatible with the5G networks. He offers Wi-Fi ac but not Wi-Fi 6 which is the case of the Poco F3 or the realme X50 5G, for example, allowing better speed and greater range. He is NFC and Bluetooth with stand, foraudio standards AAC and SBC, the basis.

A really limited LCD screen

The screen of the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G occupies a certain surface compared to the space available on the front. We can not say that the edges are thin, already on the sides, but even more at the top and especially at the bottom. At the top, there is a notch that houses the front photo sensor. The poster area stretches across 6.5 inches and uses an LCD panellike the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G, but the latter benefits from better definition, 1080×2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz for ultimately smoother scrolling than the Galaxy A32 5G limited to 60 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G screen

For comparison, the realme X50 Pro 5G has a 90Hz AMOLED panel, the Poco F3 and Redmi Note 10 Pro have an even nicer 120Hz AMOLED screen and all with 1080×2400 pixels. On the Galaxy A32 5G there is no question of HDR mode and no parameter allows you to adjust any colorimetry or adjust the colors. Brightness is adaptive (still happy) and barely enough to be used in direct sunlight. In such a situation, you have to put your hand above to limit the ambient light to see something on the screen.

Just a processor

With the Galaxy A32 5G, do not expect to have in your hands a device that responds faster than music. He uses a Soc Mediatek Dimensity 700 with only 4 GB of RAM which allows it to offer barely smooth navigation, but not at all at the level of the Poco F3 which has a very fast Snapdragon 870 or realme X50 Pro 5G with its high-end chip from last year Snapdragon 865, the two with at least 6 GB of RAM, at an equivalent price. The Galaxy A32 5G is also beaten in terms of raw performance against the Redmi Note 10 Pro (Snapdragon 732G with 6 GB of RAM). Barely exceeds the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G.

The fun part is therefore limited to the most classic games and you can’t really play with the fluidity expected of a mobile over €300. That’s a shame.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G test result

Powered by Android 11 with Samsung overlay

The Galaxy A32 5G is on board Android 11 with Samsung One UI 3.1 software overlay at the time of our test with the promise of being able to upgrade to higher versions when they are made available by the manufacturer. This is one of the strengths of this device which benefits from excellent general ergonomics. During the first configuration, the device offers several applications to install, proposed by Samsung then another page presents recommended applications, because popular… Why not, but we are also quick to go our way especially if you plan to copy there your old applications inherited from your previous smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G interface

The navigation by gestures is possible. The customizable notification bar is full of interesting shortcuts. Like all other Samsung devices, one can quickly share documents, link with a computer, and more. Otherwise, we find the classic organization of parameters as on the other mobiles of the brand. Accessible on the right of the screen, there is the customizable sidebar and allows you to drag shortcuts to the most used applications.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G interface suite

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G Apps

Four cameras on the back

With the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, there is no problem playing streaming video content different platforms with good quality even if it is not Full HD, compared to its maximum definition. In addition, the mobile has four photo sensors. There are a 48-megapixel main module with an 8-megapixel sensor and two others of, respectively, 5 and 2 megapixels. For comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 108+8+5+2 megapixel configuration and the Poco F3 has 48+8+5 megapixels. The photographic results we got with the A32 5G are quite decent with many details and a fairly well respected colorimetry. The wide-angle sensor deserves maximum light, but also does quite well. There is a 2x zoom which may suffice for the vast majority of users and does the job.

Picture with the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Overall, the photos are satisfactory with this mobile. Finally, the 13-megapixel front sensor offers good quality shots that should delight fans of this activity. Note that the device is capable of filming with an Ultra HD definition at 30 frames per second, but the Full HD definition is more than enough and proves to be more relevant and more fluid.

Photo with zoom with the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

The Camera app interface has a few options at the top of the screen and the main modes at the bottom. We have direct access to Fun (apply Snapchat filters with the possibility of cropping to accommodate two people, in selfie mode), Portrait, Photo, Video and More. In the latter, we find AR Doodle, Pro, Panorama, Food, Night, Macro, Slow Motion and Hyperlapse modes. Note the possibility of customizing the interface by choosing the most commonly used modes, which is always a very good thing.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G camera interface

Very good battery life, but very slow charging

With her 5000 mAh capacity battery, we were able to use the Galaxy A32 5G for almost two days with rather intensive use, which is a very good thing. What is less is the time required to recharge it. Limited to a 15 watt power supply, it takes 2 hours to go from 9% to 89% which is long, much more than the competition and in particular the realme X50 Pro 5G capable of supporting the 65 watts of its charger allowing it to be recharged in half an hour, for example. example. Difficult to accept such a slowness where most devices load faster.

Our opinion

Displayed at an introductory price of €329, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G falls short in too many areas. If we give it a certain quality in its design, its photos taken and we take advantage of an interface that is still just as pleasant, we can blame it for several things including general performance lagging behind, passable screen quality and especially a very slow load compared to the fierce competition that does better in these activities and at similar or even lower prices.

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