Motorola e32 – cheap as chips and just as satisfying (test)
The Motorola e32 4G (RRP $229 but $183 at JB Hi-Fi) shows that you can still buy a very capable 4G phone with Motorola heritage and quality that will get the job done without the fuss.
Of course, it has a practically unknown UNISOC T606 system on a chip (Soc), 4/64 GB (and microSD at 1 TB), a 6.5″ 720p screen (but it is 90 Hz), a 5000 mAh battery , a 10W charger (18W capable) and three rear cameras, but that’s all you need. The only thing missing is NFC for Google Pay.
Because it’s a low-cost device, we won’t run the full suite of 70+ tests, not because it won’t pass them all (it will), but because at this price you are only concerned with three things
- Decent phone reception
- Decent battery life
He pulls it all off and is the class leader
I was very impressed with this latest batch of new Moto 2022 models. From the excellent, not quite, flagship Edge 30 and 30 Pro, to the rock-solid g-series and the value-packed e-series.
Motorola 2022 phones currently include
- e32 64gb (this review was $229 now $183)
- g22 128GB (was $299 now $239)
- g50 128GB 5G (was $299 now $250)*
- g51 128GB 5G (normally $349 now $279 on sale)*
- G62 (was $399 now $319)
- Edge20 Fusion 128GB 5G (was $449 now $359)*
- G82 (was $499, now $399)
- Edge20 128GB 5G 128GB ($479)*
- Edge30 128GB 5G (normally $699 now $559)
- Edge20 Pro 256GB 5G (was $899 now $719)*
- Edge30 Pro 128GB 5G (was $999 now $799)
* These are sold out models of 2021 and new models are coming soon. In any case, there are real bargains there.
Review in 5 minutes Motorola e32, 4/64 GB, Dual sim, 4/64 GB/dedicated microSD model X2227-3, Retapac firmware
|Price:||$229 but on special at JB for $183)|
|Colors||Slate Gray or Misty Silver|
|Of:||Special prices from JB Hi-Fi|
|Guarantee:||ACL 12 months|
|Company||Owned by Lenovo (Est 1984) – a multinational technology company with primary operational headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina. It’s the world’s largest PC maker and it bought Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. Most of Lenovo’s smartphone business is now branded as Motorola, with big plans to become a top five maker. of smartphones.|
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Most section titles have FAIL (does not meet expected standards), PASS (everything you can expect), or EXCEED (better than you can expect).
First impression – punches above its weight – Pass+
It’s a basic glass slab with a central O-hole top camera, mono speaker (earpiece and bottom trigger) and PMMA back, all in a nicely square plastic frame.
In terms of size, it measures 163.95 x 74.94 x 8.49mm x 184g and has a basic IP52 water resistance.
6.5″ 1600 x 720, 268ppi, 90Hz LCD – Passed
A screen’s function is to see icons and photos with reasonable clarity and brightness – it’s okay. It’s not too bright (you’ll probably be using it near 100%) and shouldn’t be used in direct sunlight.
The screen supports auto-refresh, 60 or 90Hz. Throughout our tests, Auto stayed at 60Hz.
Processor – 12nm UNISCOC T606, 4/64/1TB microSD – Passed
It’s an engine, perfect for a phone and for doing some AI on photos. It’s actually pretty close to a MediaTek Helio P70 or a Qualcomm SD660, so it’s not really a bad performer. Where it chokes is multitasking, multiple Chrome browser tabs, and yes, it can be slow. Nokia uses it in its new G11 and G21. The single/multi-core Geekbench 5 test is 307/1180. OpenCL is 505 – too slow for any game.
Interestingly, it did not exceed the 15-minute 100% load test registering 126,352 GIP.
It has 64 GB eMMC (45 GB free). The good thing about it is the 1TB microSD card, so you can move photos and other files on it.
Comms – Wi-Fi g 2.4Ghz, BT 5.0 and no NFC – Pass
2.4Ghz Wi-Fi g means you get 2.4Ghz half-duplex speeds of around 86/86 Mbps at the router and because 2.4Ghz carries further it’s good up at 20m. It is not for video streaming.
Bluetooth has SBC codecs for ear/headset and speakerphone connections. GPS was a little slow, especially recalculation – not recommended for high-speed highway navigation.
4G phone – Pass for the city or the suburbs
It has bands 1/2/3/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28/38/40/41 and finds the nearest tower at -79dBm and 4-12pW – pretty loud. It finds the second tower at -110 dBm (nearly unusable), so it’s best for big cities or suburbs with good tower coverage. Not recommended for low signal areas.
It has two SIM slots but only one ringtone.
Battery – 5000 mAh – Pass+
We recorded 15 hours of looped video (50% volume and brightness, airplane mode). PC Mark 3.0 Modern Office was 20 hours and 30 minutes (typical usage). Discharge to 100% load was 5 hours 41 minutes. Accubattery reports an average of 24 hours off-screen, 18 hours combined, and 5 hours on full charge.
Charging time with the 5V/2A/10W charger is 2 hours and 40 minutes. We haven’t tested the 18W charger but expect it to last around 2 hours.
Because it uses a 12nm SoC and an LCD, it draws more power, around 4-500mA on screen when idling and 1000-1500mA when charging. Yes, there is a two day delay between charges, but only if you are a light user.
Sound – Mono – Pass
The sound is purely for clean vocals, and it does that well. The maximum volume is 85 dB. Hands-free mode is fine as long as there isn’t a lot of background noise. It has a 3.5mm 3-pole jack for headphones and a microphone.
Build – Skip
It has a 12 month warranty, a pretty solid build, and comes with a bumper cover and buds. It should last a few years.
Android 11 and My UX – Pass
At this price, you wouldn’t expect an OS upgrade or regular security updates (the phone got an April update in July 2022). Its good.
Missing – No deal breaking
Apart from NFC (not expected at this price), you have all the necessary features.
Motorola e32 Camera – Success
The rear camera is 16MP (Hynix HY1634), 2MP macro (Galaxy Core GC02m) and 2MP depth (Galaxy Core GC02m). The selfie is 8MP (Samsung S5K4H7). There are no bells and whistles, no real AI post-processing – what you see is what you get.
Since Motorola uses the Google Camera app, there are plenty of features, but frankly the hardware doesn’t quite live up to its promises.
- 1X Day main sensor – colors are decent, but its dynamic range is limited. Reasonable details in the background, shadows and highlights.
- 2X Day Main Sensor – as above. The background becomes noisy.
- 4X Day: Main sensor – pushing the limits
- Ultra-wide: N/A
- Macro: The 2MP means a 4cm focus is essential. We tried dozens of shots, but were never able to get a good, well-focused macro shot.
- Indoor office lighting: colors are muted a bit and dogs face/ears are gray instead of deep black
- Bokeh depth: A 2MP sensor helps with bokeh shots.
- Night mode brings out detail and saturates color, but there’s still too much noise
- Selfie: The 8MP selfie has natural skin tones and detail and a range of filters to enhance any image. Better daytime and office lighting
- Video (we are not video experts): You can shoot in [email protected] but the processor struggles. Best at 720p @ 30fps
Although the camera may seem limited, it is perfectly acceptable for social media shots.
CyberShack’s review – The Motorola e32 offers good features for a bargain price
It’s basically a cheaper version of the Motorola g22 using a UNISOC processor and a less demanding camera. If you can afford $239, the g22 also has NFC.
All credit goes to Motorola for producing a solid, reliable and inexpensive phone with few compromises.
Motorola e32, Motorola e32
Motorola e32 4G
RRP $229 but $183 at JB Hi-Fi
- 2 days battery
- Decent 720p screen
- Decent camera – better than social media standard
- The low-cost is not a low-quality man