Samsung Galaxy M32 Review: Only for Binge Watchers?

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The Galaxy M32 is the most recent smartphone in the Galaxy M series, and it is priced starting under Rs. 15,000. Provided how a very powerful the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment is for smartphone makers, the Galaxy M32 naturally has a large number of competition to take care of. Samsung has chiefly focused on the display and the battery with this new smartphone, as you’ll see from its 90Hz Super AMOLED display and a 6,000 mAh battery. Is that enough to help it get a spot at the top of your wishlist, or does it fall short? I’ve tested the Galaxy M32 and here is my review.

Samsung Galaxy M32 price In India

The Galaxy M32 starts at Rs. 14,999 in India for the base variant which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The higher variant offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs 16,999. There are two colour options on offer, Light Blue and Black. I had the base variant of the Galaxy M32 in Light Blue for this review.

Samsung Galaxy M32 design

The Samsung Galaxy M32 sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It has thin bezels at the sides and the top but the behind chin is thicker. The frame and the back are made out of plastic. Samsung has curved the frame on all sides which makes this phone comfortable to hold and use.

Samsung has opted for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which sits on the correct side of the frame. This is now a common feature on smartphones at this price point. The fingerprint scanner on the side is quite higher than where I would’ve liked it but it’s still reachable. The results of such placement is that the volume buttons are pushed further up and you’ll be able to want to stretch your thumb to succeed in them.

The Galaxy M32 does not have a camera bump

 

On the left side of the frame is the Galaxy M32’s SIM tray, which has two Nano-SIM slots and a committed slot for storage expansion. You do get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy M32, at the behind together with the USB Kind-C port and the bottom-firing speaker.

The back panel is glossy and picks up fingerprints relatively easily. I had to retain wiping the smartphone to retain smudges off it. In the top left corner is the quad-camera module that sits almost flush with the back of the smartphone. The Galaxy M32 measures approximately 9.3mm in thickness and weighs 196g which is noticeable while holding it. The weight and bulk are in large part attributable to the big 6,000mAh battery it packs in. The Galaxy M32 is capable of 25W fast charging but sadly only comes with a 15W charger in the box.

Samsung Galaxy M32 specifications

The Galaxy M32 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 processor and has either 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on the variant you pick. You get 64GB of internal storage with the base variant while the higher one offers 128GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage the use of the committed microSD card slot. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display sports a full-HD+ resolution and has a 90Hz refresh rate, which even the more expensive Galaxy M42 (Review) lacks. The display is crisp and has good viewing angles. Samsung claims a peak brightness of 800nits in high brightness mode.

This phone supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, and 4G VoLTE but lacks NFC. It has four satellite navigation systems on board, and also has toughen for Samsung Pay Mini.

The Galaxy M32 has a dewdrop notch with a 20-megapixel selfie camera

 

Samsung ships its latest One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11. My review unit had the May Android security patch. When you’ve got used a Samsung smartphone, the user experience is fairly familiar and you should not face issues navigating around. Then again, the phone does come with a lot of preinstalled apps. Throughout setup it also recommends installing more apps and this step wasn’t easy to skip. Many of these apps may also be uninstalled correct absent to minimize clutter on the device. I did get push notifications from some of them, which used to be annoying.

Samsung also offers its Alt Z feature which helps you to create a separate protected folder. This way you’ll protected photos and apps, and then later access them by double-pressing the power button. The Galaxy M32 also has a Game Launcher which helps you to game without any disturbances and can block incoming notifications and gestures as polite. The game launcher also provides you with the option to club installed games in the same folder.

Samsung Galaxy M32 performance and battery life

The Samsung Galaxy M32’s screen has a 90Hz refresh rate which helps the interface look smooth and fluid as a rule. I did still notice some stutter when the use of the phone and it also took quite longer than expected to load apps and multitask. The Galaxy M32 did receive a software update all the way through the review period which reduced this stuttering, but loading times didn’t change. Whether you multitask fairly continuously, the 4GB RAM variant will not be the ideal pick for you. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner used to be quick to unlock the smartphone. I found the display to be bright enough outdoors and the AMOLED display used to be crisp enough to enjoy watching satisfied on,

I could play informal games on the Galaxy M32 without any issues. The processor didn’t feel stressed and I didn’t notice any lag or stutter. I did also try Call of Duty: Mobile on the Galaxy M32, and it ran at the Low preset for graphics while the frame rate used to be set to Medium. The game used to be playable at these settings without any issues. The Galaxy M32 did not get warm after playing the game for 20 minutes, and it registered a 4 percent drop in battery life.

The Galaxy M32 did not set benchmarks on fire, and its scores were modest in comparison to other phones at this price level. In AnTuTu, the Galaxy M32 managed to score 160,106 points, and it scored 6,595 in PCMark Work 3.0. The Redmi Note 10S, however, managed to score 330,650 and 8,242 in these tests respectively.

The Galaxy M32 has a quad-camera setup

 

The Galaxy M32 also managed to score 39fps and 8.1fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks respectively. The moderately old Realme 7 (Review), which also competes with the Galaxy M32, scored 44fps and 17fps respectively. The Galaxy M32 clearly is not the most powerful smartphone in its segment, and those on the lookout for performance may have to look elsewhere.

The big 6,000mAh battery that Samsung has crammed into the Galaxy M32 delivers a very good battery life. It went on for over a day and a half without any issues, although the display refresh rate used to be set at 90Hz always. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to score 20 hours and 56 minutes which is superb. Charging speed leaves a lot to be desired though. While the Galaxy M32 supports 25W fast charging, Samsung has only provided it a 15W charger in the box.. The use of this bundled charger, the big battery only got to 22 percent in 30 minutes and 44 percent in an hour. Charging the phone totally took over two hours. You’ll be able to leave it for charging overnight, but if you wish to top up quickly, it is very important spend additional on a faster 25W charger.

Samsung Galaxy M32 cameras

The Galaxy M32 is equipped with a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The 64-megapixel camera uses pixel binning to deliver 16-megapixel shots by default. For selfies, it has a 20-megapixel sensor in the dew-drop notch. The camera app is what we are used to seeing on other Samsung devices. It has scene recognition that’s enabled by default, and it is quick to detect scenes.

Daylight photos taken with the Galaxy M32 turned out polite but did not have the most efficient dynamic range. The scene detection is quick to set the phone up and colours are quite boosted in the output. You do have the option to disable it before taking the shot. Details were strictly average and text at a distance wasn’t legible. The ultra-wide angle camera offered a wider field of view and managed to retain distortion under check. Then again, details don’t seem to be the most efficient which is evident on zooming in.

Samsung Galaxy M32 daytime camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Samsung Galaxy M32 ultra-wide angle camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

The Galaxy M32 does close-ups very polite and manages a soft depth between the subject and the background. Subjects were sharp and the colours were slightly accurate. Portrait shots had good edge detection and the Galaxy M32 does help you choose the level of blur before taking the shot. Macro shots were decent but I had to check out different angles to steer clear of blocking light while holding the phone too near to the subject. The output is limited to 2 megapixels in resolution.

Samsung Galaxy M32 close-up camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Samsung Galaxy M32 portrait camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

In low-light, the scene detection used to be quick to change settings and the Galaxy M32 used a quite longer exposure to take every shot. The phone managed to retain noise under keep watch over but fine grain used to be visible in the output. You do get a committed Night mode, in which it takes approximately 5 seconds to capture a shot. The phone also crops into the frame quite to minimise shakes while shooting. The resulting images have quite better details in the shadows, but there is no immense improvement.

Samsung Galaxy M32 low-light camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Samsung Galaxy M32 Night mode camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

Selfies were decent, with good details. Portrait selfies were also good and the phone managed good edge detection. Even after dark with a light source nearby, the Galaxy M32 managed good selfies. Samsung has beautification on by default, which smoothens the output, but you’ll disable it.

Samsung Galaxy M32 portrait selfie camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Samsung Galaxy M32 low-light portrait camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

Video recording tops out at 1080p for both the primary in addition to the selfie camera. Footage shot in daylight did have shakes, and the phone failed to stabilise shots totally. Low-light footage also had visible shakes whether recorded while walking around. Video recording is not one of the most strong suits of the Galaxy M32.

Judgement

Samsung claims that the Galaxy M32 is for binge watchers, and its crisp AMOLED display and the big 6,000mAh battery do make this conceivable to fairly an extent. You’ll be able to watch satisfied on it for long durations without needing to recharge it. Whether you don’t seem to be a heavy user, the Galaxy M32 might not provide you with any reason to complain other than its disappointing low-light camera performance.

Then again, if you’re a heavy user, you’ll be able to find that the Galaxy M32 doesn’t deliver the same level of performance as the competition. It is not the most powerful device under Rs 15,000, and the moderately slow charging speed for its immense battery might be a concern. A large number of people would be better off with the Redmi Note 10S (Review) or the Realme 7 (Review) instead. Many manufacturers are also now pushing 5G as a feature at this price level, so whether you wish to have a future-ready phone, this one would possibly not fit the invoice.

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