Galaxy M31 vs Galaxy M32: Which Samsung smartphone should you buy?

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Samsung is known for its flagship phones that are among the very best mobiles made by anybody. The South Korean tech giant, not too long ago, launched the Galaxy M32, a successor to the Galaxy M31. Both smartphones target mobile users who prefer long battery life and a massive display. But, does the recently unveiled Galaxy M32 offer enough features to upgrade the Galaxy M31 which was launched last year? Here, we will compare both the phones to provide you with a clear answer to that question.


The Galaxy M32 carries a plastic body but feels solidly built. Compared to the Galaxy M31, it does look quite attractive. Both phones have roughly the same size – a big 6.4-inch display screen. Galaxy M31 has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, whereas Galaxy M32 has a side-mounted fingerprint reader. Galaxy M32’s fingerprint reader is easier to access.


In terms of display, the Samsung Galaxy M32 comes with a remarkable improvement. Both phones sport a big 6.4-inch AMOLED display with full HD resolution. Galaxy M31 has 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, while Galaxy M32 has resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The later offers smoother scrolling, animations and transitions. The Samsung Galaxy M32 comes with an extra feature where it provide 90Hz refresh rate and up to 800 nits (HBM) brightness in outdoor mode.


The Samsung Galaxy M31 has a quad-camera setup at the back with the primary being a 64-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M32 also features quad-camera setup, which consists of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The newer version drops the resolution of its macro cameras and depth. Also, Galaxy M32’s video recording resolution is just Full HD 1080p, which makes it a downgrade in terms of cameras.


The Samsung Galaxy M31 is equipped with an Exynos 9611 SoC and gets 6GB of RAM. It has two storage variants, 64GB and 128GB, to choose from. It runs Samsung OneUI 2.0 on top of Android 10. On the other hand, Galaxy M32 is using the MediaTek Helio G80 processor and comes in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. It runs OneUI 3.1 on top of Android 11. The UI is smooth though the processor is not the most powerful. In terms of performance, Galaxy M32 offers a slight improvement.


Both the smartphones are powered by 6,000mAh capacity batteries. However, Samsung Galaxy M32 offers fast charging at 25W. Sadly Samsung Galaxy M31 only ships a 15W charger. On a single charge, while both phones can last over a day and a half quite easily, the Galaxy M32 wins in this segment due to faster charging.


Both smartphones are priced similarly. The Samsung Galaxy M31 and Galaxy M32 price in India starts from Rs 14,999.


The Samsung Galaxy M32 provides an upgrade in design, display, processor and battery, but when it comes to camera performance, it is a letdown. One should not go for Galaxy M32 if the preference is the camera quality of the phone as Galaxy M31 offers 4K video recording. However, both the phones are worth-considering at such a low cost.

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