Moto E32s First Impressions: Refreshing Design, Huge Battery

With several brands now focusing less on the under Rs 10,000 segment, does the Moto E32s pack enough specifications to claim itself as one of the best?

Moto E32s is official with a premium-looking design on the back, which we hardly get to see in any smartphone priced under Rs 10,000. This is the first addition to the company’s e-series this year and Motorola seems to be promoting its design as one of the main USPs. That’s fine, as we have been witnessing smartphone brands bring plastic build with not-so-attractive designs lately. With several brands now focusing less on the under Rs 10,000 segment, does the Moto E32s pack enough specifications to claim itself as one of the best? We spent a few hours with the Moto E32s and here’s what we think about it so far.

Moto E32s: What’s inside the box?

The Moto E32s comes packed in a dark blue box which looks quite attractive. Inside the box, you get a 10W charger, a USB Type-A to Type C charging cable, a transparent case, a SIM ejector, and some paperwork like manual and safety. You do not get a screen protector out of the box.

Moto E32s: What are the hits?

The very first thing that caught our attention is the Moto E32s design. Unlike other devices, it comes with a glossy back which the company says is made of Acrylic Glass. It has a UV pattern that emits rays when you move the back. The panel is flat, but is chamfered around the edges. This premium material design philosophy is something the sub-Rs 10k was missing, and we feel it’s a welcome addition.

Motorola has also kept the device thin and lightweight with 8.9mm thickness and 185 grams weight. The cherry on the top is that the device has an IP52 rating which protects it from water splashes and dust.

On the bottom, you get to see a mic, Type C-port, and a speaker grille while there is a volume rocker and a power cum fingerprint reader button on the right side. There is a headphone jack on the top and a SIM slot to the left. It is a full-sized SIM tray that can hold two SIM cards along with a microSD card of up to 1TB. It’s a good thing, as the device comes limited with 32GB internal storage. Apart from the 3GB and 32GB variant, the device is also available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The Moto E32s flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ screen resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. It has a punch hole camera in the center where it houses a front camera. The display is colour-rich and good enough for reading, but the response time could have been better. The Moto E32s doesn’t leave the high refresh rate option either. It has a 90Hz refresh rate option and you can also set it to Auto mode.

The display goes bright in direct sunlight. I did not face any problem scrolling the handset in Delhi’s scorching heat. The screen is good for content consumption and web browsing. Almost all the smartphones in this segment have an HD+ display so you cannot complain much about it. 

Under the hood, the Moto E32s is powered by the Mediatek Helio G37 processor that is paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. My unit comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. While most of the devices in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment pack a Unisoc processor, Motorola has opted for a Mediatek Helio G-series processor. On-paper, this SoC is fine for general usage only. I will talk more about this in detail in my review.

The Moto E32s boots the latest Android 12 out of the box. It offers a complete stock Android experience with less bloatware and a smooth interface. Usually, Motorola smartphones come with the ever-so-slightly tweaked version of Android in the form of My UI, but there’s no mention of it in the entire interface of the phone. There are many customisation options available on the device. Further, Motorola has cleared out that the Moto E32s will receive two years of Android updates.

For the camera, Motorola has played the numbers game and instead of the 13-megapixel camera that the competition is offering, it has packed the Moto E32s with a 16-megapixel primary sensor. There are two more 2-megapixel sensors for macro and depth sensing capabilities. The phone captures good daylight pictures. On the front, you get an 8MP selfie camera which has managed to capture decent selfies so far. I will get into more details in my review.

The device packs a beefy 5,000mAh battery unit and supports 15W charging. You can expect it to last a day or day and a half on an ideal usage.

Moto E32s: What are the misses?

On the one hand, while the design of the Moto E32s is impressive to look at, it also attracts fingerprints and smudges instantly and that’s why you might have to use a case regularly. Due to the sharp edges on the corners, the phone felt uncomfortable after holding it for some time. The fingerprint sensor could have been fast.

The bezels on the chin and even in general are thick, which gives it a dated look. The punch-hole cutout also takes away significant screen real estate.

So far, the Mediatek Helio G37 seems to be slow. While using the device, I noticed that the animations were slow by default, even the notification panel took time to pull down. While unlocking the phone, I could notice the black screen first and then the home screen. The screen refresh rate was set to 90Hz but for some reason it didn’t feel that smooth. I could notice the stutters very easily while scrolling through YouTube or Instagram.

The additional camera sensors on the Moto E32s, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor do not feel to be doing anything much. The camera app also responds slowly.

The Moto E32s supports 15W charging but the company has provided a 10W charger inside the box which takes almost 2 hours and 30 mins to fully charge.

Moto E32s: Initial Thoughts

Motorola seems to be providing users with a premium design and a clean software experience which feels good so far. However, it seems that the device is limited to meet low-end performance demands as you can notice stutter while using almost all the apps. We had a good experience using the Moto E32s camera and we will put it to test to get the bigger picture. For that, you will have to wait for our final review.

That said, the starting price of the Moto E32s in India is Rs 9,299 for the base 3GB+32GB variant. You can also get it for Rs 8,999 but that’s for the first sale only. Unfortunately, we feel that the 32GB storage would fall short for you and a 64GB variant would be a better choice for which you will have to spend Rs 700 more. Apart from the performance and the additional camera sensors, there’s nothing much to complain about the device. We will be using the Moto E32s for a few more days and will tell you if you should buy them or not. Till then, what are your initial thoughts on the Moto E32s? Let us know in the comments.

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