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The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G launches for €279 with a woeful display

The Galaxy A32 5G would be a decent smartphone, but for its 720p display. (Image source: Samsung)
The Galaxy A32 5G would be a decent smartphone, but for its 720p display. (Image source: Samsung)
Samsung has announced the Galaxy A32 5G, and it is a step back from the Galaxy A31 in a crucial area. While the Galaxy A32 5G features up to 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 5,000 mAh battery, Samsung has equipped it with a paltry 720p IPS display. Pricing for Germany has only been confirmed so far, where it will retail for €279.

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy A32 5G, the successor last year's Galaxy A31. We were fans of the Galaxy A31 when we reviewed it, but we thought that it offered comparatively low performance, even for a lower mid-range smartphone. Samsung appears to have rectified this concern with the Galaxy A32 5G, although it is quiet on with which chipset it has equipped the device.

Currently, Samsung describes the chipset as being an octa-core one split into two clusters of two cores and six cores. Additionally, all cores can reach a clock speed of 2.0 GHz, which corresponds to the specifications of the MediaTek Dimensity 720. If that is the case, then the Galaxy A32 5G should also have an ARM Mali-G57 MP3 GPU and a Wi-Fi 5 modem.

The Galaxy A32 5G has practically the same camera hardware as its predecessor, though. On the one hand, its 48 MP primary camera has a wider aperture than the 48 MP sensor found in the Galaxy A31. On the other hand, its depth and front-facing cameras are lower resolution sensors than the equivalents in the Galaxy A31.

Moreover, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy A32 5G with a worse screen than the one in last year's model. Inexplicably, Samsung has replaced the 1080p and Super AMOLED screen from the Galaxy A31 with a 720p IPS panel for the Galaxy A32 5G. A combination of a 720p display with a 5,000 mAh battery should yield decent battery life, though.

Samsung is yet to announce the price of the Galaxy A32 5G outside of Germany, where it will start at €279 with 64 GB of storage. There will also be a 128 GB model for an additional €20. According to the German press release, the Galaxy A32 5G will be orderable from February 12.

(Image source: Samsung)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-13 (Update: 2021-01-13)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.