The Galaxy M32 is the latest addition to Samsung’s budget M-series and offers some interesting features. It boasts a full-HD + AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a large 6000 mAh battery. It also runs the latest version of Samsung’s One UI on Android 11. I got my hands on the new Galaxy M32 and here are my first impressions.
The Galaxy M32 starts from Rs. 14,999 in India for its base version, which has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The higher option costs 16,999 rupees for 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This smartphone is available in two color options, light blue and black. I have the base version with me in light blue.
Galaxy M32 is a great smartphone and is noticeably boisterous. It is 9.3 mm thick and weighs 196 grams. Samsung there are curved sides of the frame to help mask the bulk and make it easier to hold. The frame is also curved at the top and bottom, which gives it a neat look. At the top, the Galaxy M32 has only the secondary microphone, while the 3.5mm headphone jack, the main microphone, the USB Type-C port and the speaker are at the bottom.
Samsung has chosen a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy M32. It is slightly concave, which makes it easy to find. It’s achievable, but the volume buttons are a little too loud and need to be stretched to reach. You only have the SIM tray on the left side. It has two Nano-SIM slots and a special microSD slot for expanding storage.
At the back, I like how Samsung mounted the camera module in the upper left corner. As a result, the phone lies on the table. The Galaxy M32 features a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The back panel is made of plastic and has stripes.
Galaxy M32 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full-HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Samsung also claims a peak brightness of 800 nits on this display in high brightness mode, something I will test during the full review. The display has a drop of dew, which Samsung calls “Infinity-U”. The cutout houses a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Samsung has packed in a 6000 mAh battery. This phone supports 25W fast charging, but Samsung only supplies a 15W charger in the box.
Samsung has chosen the MediaTek Helio G80 processor to power the Galaxy M32. I have the basic version with 4 GB of RAM and it felt comfortable to handle the regular daily tasks for the short time I’ve used it so far. I will conduct our full set of benchmark tests on the Galaxy M32 to see how it works, and I will report on this in the full review.
The software experience felt very familiar as Samsung uses the Galaxy M32’s One UI 3.1 running on top Android 11. The phone had a number of pre-installed applications, which was a bit disappointing. During the setup process, it also offered more applications to install and skipping this was not easy.
With the Galaxy M32, Samsung offers a large battery and an AMOLED display with a high refresh rate at a tempting price. Is this the best set of features you can get for the price? I’ll get the Galaxy M32 in full view, so stay tuned for Gadgets 360.