August 18, 2022
Moto E32s first impressions: A good looking budget smartphone

The Moto E32s is the first addition to Motorola’s budget E series in 2022. It has a new design and is powered by MediaTek Helio G37 SoC. The Motorola E32s also offers a 90Hz LCD display and runs Android 12 out-of-the-box. These features are quite interesting in terms of price, making the Moto E32s a worthy option for those on a budget. I spent some time with the Moto E32s and here are my first impressions.

Taking a look at the Moto E32s, you won’t believe that it is a budget smartphone. It looks a lot more premium than its order price. The Moto E32s is constructed of plastic, but feels sturdy in the hand. The back panel of the device is made of glossy acrylic that looks like glass, which adds to the appeal of the Moto E32s. However, it tends to catch stains easily, so it’s best to use it with the case provided in the box.

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The acrylic back panel gives the Moto E32s a premium look

The frame of the Moto E32s is boxy and its thickness is 8.49mm. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is easy to reach and sits almost flush with the frame. Motorola has curved the corners of the frame so it doesn’t slide into your palm while holding it. The Moto E32s weighs in at 185g which I found manageable. The phone is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance.

The Moto E32s flaunts a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display. It has Panda Glass for 90Hz refresh rate, 500 nits peak brightness and scratch protection. It has a hole-punch cutout at the top for an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The display has quite thick bezels but these are acceptable in the budget segment.

Motorola has chosen the MediaTek Helio G37 SoC to power the Moto E32s which is the same SoC used in the Moto G22 in India. There are two variants of the Moto E32s, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. As a part of an introductory offer, Motorola is offering the base variant at Rs. 8,999 for a limited time. The higher variant costs Rs 9,999. Motorola hasn’t clarified what the prices will be after the introductory offer. You can pick up the Moto E32s in either Slate Gray or Misty Silver.

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The triple camera setup on the Moto E32s includes a 16-megapixel primary camera

The Moto E32s gets you a triple camera setup that consists of a 16-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The off-center camera module pops out, causing the phone to wobble when trying to use it on a flat surface. You get a 5,000mAh battery in the Moto E32s and it is capable of 15W fast charging. However, Motorola only bundles a 10W charger in the box.

The SIM tray on the Moto E32s houses dual nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for a microSD card. The Moto E32s supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, and dual 4G VoLTE.

In terms of software, the Moto E32s runs Android 12 on top with its custom MyUX customization. Motorola has promised two years of Android security updates for this smartphone. The Moto E32s comes with a few preinstalled apps like Dailyhunt, Facebook, and Josh. I also found a notification for Glance lockscreen wallpaper, but it was not found in the settings. You also get a fair amount of Google apps preinstalled. If you don’t have much use for them, it is better that you uninstall these apps to free up some internal storage.

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The side-mounted fingerprint scanner sits almost flush with the Moto E32s’ frame

With the addition of the Moto E32s, consumers now have a whole new option for a budget smartphone running stock Android. Motorola has designed the E32s well and it looks more premium than the price it commands. It competes with the Redmi 10A, which costs less than the base variant of the E32s. The Realme C31 and Redmi 10 also compete in the same price segment. The Moto E32s shows promise, but does it deliver decent performance on all fronts? I’ll be testing performance, battery life, and cameras throughout my review, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360.

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