Galaxy M32 vs Galaxy A32: One of these offers better value

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Last updated: June 28th, 2021 at 04:56 UTC+02:00

Samsung has launched dozens of mid-range smartphones over the past few months, and among those phones are the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32. The Galaxy A32 made it to the market in February 2021. The Galaxy M32, which is a slightly modified version of the Galaxy A32, was launched in India last week. If you are having a hard time choosing one phone over the other, our comparison article should help you decide.

The Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32 have different designs, but they use the same chipset, screen, front-facing camera, and the primary rear-facing camera. They even have the same connectivity features, and the main difference comes down to their pricing and battery life. You can read our Galaxy A32 review here and the Galaxy M32 review here.

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Display

Both smartphones feature 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays with Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. They both are equally good screens. They are colorful, bright (up to 800 nits in outdoor conditions), and offer wide viewing angles. Thanks to a high refresh rate display, both phones offer a smooth experience while scrolling. Both phones are equally good, and there’s no winner here.

Winner: Tie

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Design

The Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32 look quite different. Both phones use a plastic body, but they still look good. The Galaxy A32 looks and feels better, thanks to a slimmer design and a better finish. Its rear-facing cameras are pretty flush with the rest of the body, so if you are someone who doesn’t like camera bumps, the Galaxy A32 should satisfy you. The Galaxy A32 also comes in a lot more (and better) color options than the Galaxy M32.

Winner: Galaxy A32

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Camera

Samsung Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32 Camera

Samsung has equipped both smartphones with 20MP front-facing cameras and 64MP quad-camera setups at the rear. However, there is a slight difference between the rear-facing camera setup on the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32. The Galaxy A32 uses 5MP sensors for depth camera and macro camera, while the Galaxy M32 uses 2MP sensors for depth and macro. Both use 64MP wide-angle sensors and 8MP ultrawide sensors, and we think that depth and macro cameras shouldn’t make any practical difference.

Both phones have equally good cameras, so no matter which phone you choose, you will most probably be happy with the camera quality.

Winner: Tie

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Performance & Software

As both phones are powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB internal storage, they have similar performance. The Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32 can stutter and drop frames from time to time despite the Helio G80 processor. You can play AAA gaming titles, but not at high frame rates to take advantage of the 90Hz refresh rate. Both devices also feature a microSD card slot, so expanding the storage space shouldn’t be a problem.

Both smartphones also run Android 11 out of the box with One UI 3.1, and they are bound to receive at least two major Android OS updates and an additional year of security updates.

Winner: Tie

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Connectivity

Connectivity features on the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32 include GPS, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. None of these phones is better than the other in the connectivity segment, so this round is also tied.

Winner: Tie

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Battery Life

Here comes one of the biggest differentiators between the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32. The former has a 5,000mAh battery that supports up to 15W fast charging, while the latter is powered by a 6,000mAh battery that supports up to 25W fast charging. Although the Galaxy A32 can easily last a day with heavy usage, the Galaxy M32 goes the extra mile. Thanks to the 6,000mAh battery, the Galaxy M32 can last 1.5 days on a single charge. And 25W fast charging offers an added convenience. The Galaxy M32 is a clear winner here.

Winner: Galaxy M32

Galaxy A32 vs Galaxy M32: Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy M32

The Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M32 are quite similar, thanks to the same screen, same processor, same hardware internals, and a similar camera configuration. However, the Galaxy M32 is cheaper (INR 16,999 or $230) than the Galaxy A32 (INR 20,499 or $275) and still offers longer battery life and faster charging, although at the expense of a beefier design. To us, the Galaxy M32 is a winner in this battle of mid-range Galaxy smartphones as it offers slightly better performance and more value.

However, if you want a flashier and slimmer design, the Galaxy A32 can be a better match for your needs. But you need to know that it costs considerably higher than the Galaxy M32, and you need to spend $45 more for just a better design.

Winner: Galaxy M32

Samsung
Galaxy A32

Full specs

Samsung
Galaxy M32

Full specs

General Information

  • Model Name

    Galaxy A32

    Galaxy M32

  • Model type

    Bar

    Bar

  • Colors

    Black (Black)
    White (White)
    Blue (Blue)
    Violet (Violet)

    Black (Black)
    White (White)
    Blue (Blue)

  • Announced

    2021, January

    2021, June

  • Released

    2021, June

Physical specifications

  • Dimensions

    Bar: 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm

    Bar: 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm

  • Weights

    184g

    184g

Operating system

  • Operating system

    Android 11

    Android 11

  • One UI version

    3.1

    3.1

Networks

  • SIM

    Dual SIM model

    Dual SIM model

  • SIM card sizes

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

  • Networks

    2G
    3G
    4G

    2G
    3G
    4G

  • eSIM support

    No

    No

Display

  • Kind

    Main Display

  • Name

    Infinity-U Display

  • Technology

    Super AMOLED Display

  • Size

    6.4 inch / 162.56 mm

  • Resolution

    FHD+ / x pixels

  • Refresh rate

    90Hz

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