The Moto E32s was the first addition to Motorola’s budget E-series in 2022. It has a new design and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G37 SoC. The Motorola E32s also offers a 90Hz LCD and runs Android 12 out of the box. These features are quite interesting for the 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.
One look at the Moto E32s, and you’ll find it hard to believe it’s a budget smartphone. It looks much more premium than the price it asks. The device’s back panel is made of glossy acrylic that resembles glass, adding to the Moto E32s’ appeal. The Moto E32s has a plastic construction but feels sturdy in thin handever, it easily picks up smudges, so you’re better off using it with the case in the box.
The frame of the Moto E32s is boxy and is 8.49 mm thick. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that is easy to reach and sits almost flush with the frame. Motorola has bent the corners of the frame so it won’t dig into your palm while holding it. The Moto E32s weigh 185g, which I found manageable. The phone has an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Moto E32s has a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display. It has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a peak brightness of 500 nits, and Panda glass for protection against scratches. It has a punch cutout on the top for an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The screen has remarkably thick bezels, which are acceptable in the budget segment.
Motorola has chosen the MediaTek Helio G37 SoC to power the Moto E32s, the same SoC used in the Moto G22 in India. The two variants of the Moto E32s include one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Motorola is offering the base variant for Rs. 8,999 for a limited time as part of an introductory offer. The higher variant costs Rs.9,999. Motorola has not clarified what the prices will be after the intrinitialer. You can choose the Moto E32s in Slate Gray or Misty Silver.
You get a triple camera set up on the Moto E32s consisting of a 16-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The off-center camera module protrudes, causing the phone to wobble on a flat surface. You get a 5,000 mAh battery in the Moto E32s, capable of 15W fast charging. However, Motorola only bundles a 10W charger in the box.
The Moto E32s’ SIM tray has dual nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for the microSD card. The Moto E32s supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, and dual 4G VoLTE support.
Regarding software, the Moto E32s runs Android 12 out of the box with custom MyUX tweaks. Motorola promises two years of Android security updates for this smartphone. The Moto E32s has several pre-installed apps, such as Dailyhunt, Facebook, and Josh. I also saw a notification for Glance lock screen wallpapers, but I couldn’t find it in the settings. You also get a decent number of pre-installed Google apps. If it’s not useful, you’d better uninstall these apps to free up some internal storage space.
With the addition of the Moto E32s, consumers now have a new option of a budget smartphone that runs almost standard Android. Motorola has designed the E32s well, and it loks more premium than the price it asks. It faces competition from the Redmi 10A, priced lower than the base variant of the E32s. The Realme C31 and the Redmi 10 also compete in the same price segment. The Moto E32s is promising, but does it perform well on all fronts? I’ll be testing performance, battery life, and cameras in the full review, so keep an eye out for Gadgets 360.