Approaching the strengths and weaknesses of the ultra-cheap smartphone “moto e32s” under 20,000 yen

Motorola’s smartphone “moto e32s”, which appeared in mid-July 2022, is an ultra-low-priced machine with a manufacturer’s direct sales price of 20,000 yen or less. Although it is a little different from the high-performance cost performance machine that is highly functional for the price, the user satisfaction given to Kakaku.com is not bad at 4 points. Let’s explore its features and caveats.
Entry model with large screen, simple functions
The sharp depreciation of the yen combined with the lingering supply shortage of semiconductors has caused smartphone prices to rise even further in recent years. I’m thinking about buying a new one, but it’s hard to buy an expensive high-end model. From the point of view of self-defense, I would like to reduce waste by thoroughly assessing the product while being conscious of the performance that is sufficient for the usage that I need.

The “moto e32s” featured this time appeared on July 15, 2022 as an entry model for general distribution (so-called SIM-free) of Motorola’s main “moto” series. It is also handled by home appliance mass retailers and MVNOs such as “IIJmio”, “mineo”, and “AEON Mobile”.

The price on Motorola’s direct sales site is 19,820 yen (tax included), and the lowest price on Kakaku.com is slightly lower than that. The price at MVNO is around 20,000 yen. In any sales channel, it is quite cheap as a new product. On the other hand, the satisfaction level of user reviews sent to Kakaku.com is 4.07, and the evaluation as an entry model is solid (both figures are from mid-September 2022).

Look at the size and appearance. The body size is about 74.9 (width) x 164.0 (height) x 8.5 (thinnest part) mm and weighs about 185g. The display is a 6.5-inch liquid crystal that supports 1600 x 720 HD + display, and it seems to be a size that matches the recent smartphones that are becoming larger. The back is acrylic, but it has a matte finish that prevents fingerprints from sticking. In addition, although the resin back is worried about scratches, a transparent case is included in the product package.

The body supports IPX2 drip-proof and IP5X dust-proof specifications. The IPX2 drip-proof specification can withstand rain falling from an angle of up to 15 degrees to the left and right, and is not suitable for submersion or splashing. In addition, since the FeliCa port is not installed, Osaifu-Keitai cannot be used. Since NFC is not installed, it is necessary to pay attention to easy pairing with Bluetooth devices and information cooperation with home appliances.
Since the display has a low resolution for its screen size, some people may feel roughness when displaying fine characters. The viewing angle is also a little narrow. However, the colors are straightforward, and I don’t mind the unevenness of brightness that is noticeable on LCDs with punch holes. The display supports a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is 1.5x faster. As a sound function, it has a headphone jack, but the speaker is monaural and does not support Dolby Atoms.
The installed SoC is MediaTek’s “Helio G37” for entry, combining 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a microSDXC memory card slot that supports up to 1TB. The OS is Android 12. The OS of this unit conforms to the standard operation of Android, which is a feature of Motorola smartphones. Therefore, it is thought that it will be possible to transition relatively smoothly from the Sony “Xperia” series, Sharp “AQUOS” series, and Google “Pixel” series, which also adopt the standard Android operation.
The measurement result of the standard benchmark application “AnTuTu benchmark (version 9.X + AnTuTu 3D Lite)” is 116901 points in total score (breakdown, CPU: 33112, GPU: 16949, MEM: 29,198, UX: 37,642. Note: Inspection item ” There was an abnormality in the “image processing” process, one of the six evaluation items that make up the “UX”. Although it is not at a level that has a decisive impact on the overall score, only the “UX” value is a reference value.) . In addition, this score is close to the score of 113,765 (breakdown, CPU: 33,252, GPU: 17,512, MEM: 28,334, UX: 34,667) of Sony “Xperia Ace II” that appeared in the summer of last year. It’s a little more than that. The processing performance of this machine is probably the last minute for the Android 12 generation.
Let’s take a look at the performance of this machine from a practical point of view. There is no problem as long as you use SNS applications such as web page display, email, Twitter and LINE. Watching YouTube is enough. In addition, I feel sluggishness when scrolling Google Map quickly. In terms of the time it takes to launch large applications such as e-books, there are many situations where it looks inferior compared to the recent middle range machines. Also, even with 90Hz drive, it is difficult to achieve smooth drawing with the limited graphics performance of this machine. At both 60Hz and 90Hz, I felt a hitch in scrolling.

In game apps where drawing performance is important, the field screen of Niantic’s “Pokemon GO” that appeared in 2016 is smooth, but it was hard to say that it was smooth with “Pikmin Bloom” announced by the company in 2021. . If it’s a puzzle game that doesn’t require much performance, there won’t be much of a problem, but it’s expected that more and more new games will lack smoothness.

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