Moto G32 First Impressions

The Moto G32 sits between the Moto G22 and the Moto G42 while competing against the Realme C35 and the Vivo T1x 4G. Can the Moto G32 beat its rivals? Read our first impressions to find out more about the device.

The budget segment is teeming with smartphones. Therefore, consumers searching for a capable device have a lot to choose from. Motorola is one such brand that has relatively been focusing more on its G-series devices. We recently reviewed the Moto G82 and enjoyed using its display. The latest entrants from Motorola in this series are the Moto G32 and the Moto G62.

The Moto G32 seems to pack a punch, at least on paper. The newly launched smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC and has a massive 5000mAh battery, which seems to be quite the norm nowadays — since people on the hunt for smartphones in this segment often look for a lasting battery. Priced at Rs. 12,999, the Moto G32 is available in a single variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The smartphone sits between the Moto G22 and the Moto G42 while competing against the Realme C35 and the Vivo T1x 4G likes. We spent a day using the Moto G32, and here are our first impressions.

Moto G32 First Impressions: The unboxing experience

The unboxing experience of the Moto G32 is pretty straightforward. The box is dull blue and is small and lightweight, in typical Motorola fashion. Upon opening it, you’ll see the Moto G32 sitting in all its glory, dressed up with a TPU case. Below it, you’ll find some paperwork which includes a safety guide and a SIM ejector tool. Then, digging deeper, you can see a 33W charging brick accompanied by a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable.

Moto G32 First Impressions: Design and display

We have seen a bunch of manufacturers in the budget segment try out different things with the design of the smartphone. For instance, the Realme C35 and the Moto G22 both look quite appealing for their cost. However, with the Moto G32 here, it seems like the company visualised a simple and minimalistic approach for the back panel. It features a curved back that slightly reminds us of the recently launched Moto G82. The backside of the Moto G32 tends to attract smudges, but it is not so evident on the Mineral Gray colour variant that we have. The phone is also available in a Satin Silver colour variant, which looks fascinating, at least in the photos.

The back panel has a frosted finish, and it does not feel very slippery. This changes at the top around the camera module, where it transitions into a slightly coarser texture. Despite packing a massive 5000mAh battery, the phone does not feel very heavy and weighs 184 grams.

The right side of the Moto G32 houses the volume rockers and the power button, which incorporates a fingerprint sensor. The top portion of the phone resides the secondary microphone, while the bottom part sees a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and a speaker grille. The SIM card slot sits on the left side of the device and can house 2 Nano SIM and a microSD card for storage expansion up to 1TB. The tactile feedback of the buttons is also good and feels clicky. Unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor is placed a bit farther from usual. So far, unlocking the device using the scanner has been quick and precise.

Now that we are done with the back side of the device, let’s take a look at the front, which sports a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2400×1080 resolution and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display refreshes at 90Hz, which is always good to see. Motorola says that the display is protected by Panda Glass, which is equivalent to Corning Gorilla Glass 3 — we’ll be testing those claims in our review. The Moto G32 has fairly thick bezels at the top and bottom parts of the display. The hole punch selfie camera sits at the upper portion with a slightly larger outer black ring that can be distracting when watching content.

Moto G32 First Impressions: Under the hood

The Moto G32 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G processor clocked at 2.4GHz. As mentioned earlier, the device only comes in a single 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. As for connectivity, the Moto G32 has support for 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, and dual-band WiFi. We expect the Snapdragon 680 in the Moto G32 to perform well under normal loads while also consuming less power. The same processor can also be found in the Vivo T1x 4G, so it’ll be fun to see how these both perform against each other.

The rear camera module of the Moto G32 features 50-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro camera. The front gets a 16-megapixel shooter. On paper, the cameras seem to be impressive. However, we’ll be testing the cameras in various conditions to see how it fares against the competition.

The device comes with Android 12 out of the box, and Motorola promises three years of security updates and a guaranteed upgrade to Android 13 — which is always good since this shows commitment. As we have seen in the past, Motorola likes to keep the software experience of its smartphones as close to stock Android as possible and does not include much pre-installed bloatware, and that can be seen here too. However, you do get some extra apps, such as Games and a Moto app, which can be disabled if not needed. The Moto G32 is also IP52 rated for dust and water resistance. It also houses a stereo speaker setup with support for Dolby Atmos.

We’ll be testing the Moto G32 vividly in the coming days, stay tuned to our website, and social media handles to find out whether this is the right device for you

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Robin is a reviewer at MySmartPrice who fiddles with everything tech and gaming. In the past, he has worked in the video field with some of the known names in the industry including NDTV Gadgets 360, Dhananjay Tech, and more. Besides gawking at newly launched smartphones, you can find Robin spend his free time playing first-person shooter games or FIFA. Spoiler alert: he's a noob at both. He's also an avid football fan and will be friends with anyone who loves Real Madrid.