The Moto G32 is yet another entry to India’s budget market, and it will undoubtedly pique the interest of those wanting to purchase a budget smartphone at a reasonable price. The smartphone has a 50-megapixel triple camera array on the back, a 90Hz display on the front, and a massive 5000mAh battery within. We were able to test the phone during its first impressions, and now it’s time to evaluate how it performs in the real world. With a starting price of Rs 12,999, can the Moto G32 be able to compete with Realme, Samsung, and Vivo? To find out, read this review.
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 680|
|No of cores||8 (octa core)|
|Colours||Satin Silver, Mineral Grey|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Colour Reproduction||16M Colours|
|TouchScreen||Yes, Capacitive, Multi-Touch|
|Rear camera setup||Triple|
|Rear Camera||50MP(Primary), 8MP(Secondary), 2MP(Tertiary)|
|Front camera||16 MP Resolution|
|Flash||LED Rear flash|
|Video Resolution||1920×1080 @ 30 fps|
|Camera Features||Auto FlashAuto FocusFace detectionTouch to focus|
|Battery Type and capacity||Li-Polymer, 5000 mAh|
|Fast Charging||Yes, Turbo Power, 33W|
|Internal memory type||64 GB|
|Operating System||Android v12|
|SIM Configuration||Dual SIM|
|GPS||Yes with A-GPS|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, Side|
|Other Sensor||Light SensorProximity SensorAccelerometerCompassGyroscope|
Design and Build
The Moto G32 looks like a generic Motorola smartphone, which isn’t a terrible thing, just a little boring. The brand is noted for its straightforward design language, which can be seen here. Personally, we are not lovers of this strategy because it has been used for quite some time, but given the price, we will let it pass. The gadget is available in two colour options: Mineral Grey and Satin Silver. The rear panel is curved and constructed of plastic.
The device is comfortable to hold in the hand. The phone’s frame has a distinct feel that provides a comfortable grip while using it with one hand. When it comes to one-handed use, the Moto G32 falls short, thanks in part to its large display. Despite weighing 184 grams, the smartphone does not feel heavy. The Moto G32 features a USB Type-C connector, a speaker grille, a main microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone socket at the bottom. It’s encouraging to see that manufacturers are still including a headphone jack in this pricing range.
Display and Speakers
Tall screens are now quite common, especially in lower price ranges. The Moto G32 is no exception, featuring a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display that refreshes at 90Hz on the front. It also has a touch sampling rate of 180Hz, and my interaction with the display was seamless and smooth.
It’s encouraging to see so many OEMs introducing high refresh rate displays to low-cost smartphones. Motorola accomplished the same thing with the Moto G22 a few months back. The display, according to Motorola, is covered by Panda Glass 3, which is similar to Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Despite falling face down multiple times, the display did not record any damage in our testing. On the Moto G32 display, we loved viewing our favourite movies and TV shows. Don’t worry, OTT fans: Netflix supports the Widevine L1 certification, and Amazon Prime Video allows you to watch 1080p movies.
The Moto G32 also has a Dolby Atmos-enabled dual speaker setup, which improves the movie viewing experience. The speakers get quiet loud at maximum level, and it sounds decent. Although, the rear panel starts vibrating at full volume due to the plastic build, making it seem a little cheap.
Performance and Software
The Moto G32 is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC. This is backed by an Adreno 610 GPU. Unfortunately, it only comes in one option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as opposed to the Vivo T1x 4G, which comes in three. It would have been nice to see a Moto G32 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The gadgets offer Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band WiFi, FM Radio, and 4G LTE connection. Despite sitting directly next to the router, the WiFi frequently disconnected during our usage period.
Motorola has been launching the majority of its ‘G’ series handsets with Android 12 pre-installed, which we appreciate. Furthermore, the business offers an upgrade to Android 13 as well as three years of security upgrades. The Moto G32 is powered by Android 12 with the My UX skin. The absence of bloatware, which is so frequent on other phones, has been particularly common with Motorola handsets.
The Moto G32’s overall performance was satisfactory, and it can handle your everyday tasks, which may include some light apps and other heavier apps or games. We used our standard, built-in testing tool, which is multitasking with Google Maps open in PiP and audio playing in the background through YouTube Premium. The phone handled it initially, but as soon as we launched another app, in this case, Twitter, the Moto G32 began to suffer. As a result, it’s clear that the gadget can’t do numerous tasks at once. However, it was capable of running programmes and switching between them in our daily usage.
The Moto G32 sports a huge 5,000mAh battery, which is becoming increasingly popular in this price range, as well as support for 33W charging. A charger and cord are provided in the box, as we indicated in our first impressions of the gadget. The battery backup is fairly great on the Moto G32. The gadget lasted over 7 hours of screen use, which includes gaming, watching TV shows, navigating through the internet, and camera testing. The Moto G32 can last more than a day on a single charge, which is to be anticipated.
On paper, the Moto G32’s camera setup appears to be rather impressive. It has a 50-megapixel main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an ultra-wide-angle camera and depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, and a macro sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. For selfies, the Moto G32 has a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
For the rear camera, video recording is limited to 1080p 30fps. The footage captured during the day was stabilised and detailed, although there was a shimmer effect on it. Noise appeared in low-light videos, and the shimmer effect appeared as well.
|Warranty||1 Year Manufacturer Warranty|
|Extended Warranty||2 years Extended Warranty from the GoWarranty for Moto G32 phones|
The Moto G32 looked impressive in our day-to-day testing. In this pricing range, the 5000mAh battery combined with a 33W charger is a sight to behold. Motorola’s guarantee of Android 13 and three years of security upgrades demonstrates the company’s commitment to the device. It would have been nice to see more device choices, but we’ll have to make due with the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. Motorola should try something new with their design language; the generic design has been used much too often.