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Galaxy A22 5G vs Galaxy A32 5G: The latter still doesn’t make much sense

The Galaxy A22 was announced yesterday in two variants, LTE and 5G. Like the Galaxy A32 series that was released earlier this year, the Galaxy A22 5G model isn’t necessarily superior to the LTE. It has a more powerful chipset and faster networking, but it’s lacking in other areas.

As to how it compares to the Galaxy A32, yesterday we took a look at the 4G variants of the Galaxy A22 and Galaxy A32 side-by-side, and concluded that the launch price will make all the difference. Now, it’s time to have a closer look at the 5G variants of the same devices, and how they compare and/or complement each other on the market.

Galaxy A22 5G vs Galaxy A32 5G: Display

Unlike the 4G variants of these budget phones, neither the Galaxy A22 5G nor the Galaxy A32 5G has a high refresh rate display. They both have TFT display technology and an Infinity-V notch for the selfie camera.

Update: Samsung later confirmed that in spite of the conflicting preliminary details, the Galaxy A22 5G does have a 90Hz high refresh rate display. This gives it an advantage over the Galaxy A32 5G, whose screen is limited to 60Hz.

The Galaxy A22 5G has a 6.6-inch display diagonal and an FHD+ resolution, whereas the Galaxy A32 5G has a 6.5-inch panel and a lower pixel count of 1,600 by 720.

Galaxy A22 5G vs Galaxy A32 5G: Cameras

The Galaxy A22 5G has three main cameras and an LED flash arranged in a square pattern. The Galaxy A32 5G has four cameras, three of which are vertically-aligned.

Both models have a 48MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture. However, the Galaxy A22 5G camera combo is more limiting. It comprises a 5MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth shooter, as well as an 8MP selfie camera.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy A32 5G has an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth shooter, and an additional 5MP macro sensor. The selfie camera has a resolution of 13MP.

Galaxy A22 5G vs Galaxy A32 5G: Hardware and software

Both budget phones are powered by chipsets from MediaTek. The Galaxy A22 5G has the Dimensity 700 SoC, while the Galaxy A32 5G is powered by the Dimensity 720 solution.

Despite the monikers, the Dimensity 700 SoC performs marginally better in the majority of benchmarks, thanks to higher CPU and GPU clock speeds. The Dimensity 700 has two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores operating at 2.0GHz. In contrast, the Dimensity 720 high-performance cores top out at 2.0GHz.

The two phones have identical memory configurations with 64GB or 128GB of storage and 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of RAM. Likewise, they’re powered by 5,000mAh batteries with 15W charging, and have USB-C ports as well as 3.5mm headphone ports.

Both phones have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and they ship with Android 11. At least two major OS updates are expected for both.

Galaxy A22 5G vs Galaxy A32 5G: Conclusion

Samsung hasn’t revealed the Galaxy A22 5G’s MSRP but it will probably go on sale for a price similar to the Galaxy A32 5G.

As to how they compare in terms of specifications, they’re quite similar, and the camera configuration seems to be the main differentiator.

What’s odd is that the Galaxy A22 5G is actually better in a few areas. It has an SoC that’s at least equal if not better, and it has a higher display resolution. The Galaxy A32 5G has the advantage of a better camera setup and arguably a more modern design, but that’s about it.

In conclusion, the Galaxy A32 5G fails to make sense once again. It’s less about the Galaxy A22 5G being an amazing budget phone and more about Samsung taking too many shortcuts with the Galaxy A32 5G, leaving it without much left to offer aside from 5G on a budget. And with the arrival of the Galaxy A22 5G, the A32 5G will probably become an even tougher sell than it already is.

Galaxy A22 5G
VS.
Galaxy A32 5G
General Information
Model nameGalaxy A22 5GGalaxy A32 5G
Model numberSM-A226BSM-A326B
Model typeBarBar
ColorViolet (Violet)
Mint (Mint)
Gray (Gray)
White (White)
Black (Black)
White (White)
Blue (Blue)
Violet (Violet)
Announced2021, June2021, January
Physical Specifications
DimensionsBar: 167.2 x 76.4 x 9 mmBar: 164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm
Weights203g205g
Operating System
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11
One UI version3.13.1
Network
Networks2G
3G
4G
5G
2G
3G
4G
5G
Display
KindMain DisplayMain Display
NameInfinity-V DisplayInfinity-V Display
TechnologyTFTIPS LCD
Size6.6 inch / mm6.5 inch / 165.1 mm
ResolutionFHD+ / x pixelsHD+ / 1600x720 pixels
Pixel density PPI270 PPI
Screen to body ratio%~81.6%
Memory
RAM/ROM sizes4 GB RAM with 64 GB ROM
4 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
6 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
4 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
6 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
Rear camera
Megapixels48MP48MP
ApertureF1.8F1.8
Battery
Standard battery capacity5000 mAh5000 mAh
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