The Nokia C32 is the latest offering from the legendary phone brand, boasting of a massive 5000mAh battery, USB-C port, 50MP camera lens, and up to 4GB /128GB storage space.
One great feature of this phone is the dropping of micro-USB in place of USB-C which will delight everyone as there’s no greater joy than having a unique charger for all your devices. Also, the Nokia C32 offers great value for money due to its affordability despite having a sleek attractive design like that of a flagship phone.
However, a few features made the C32 device a bit anchored in the race for superior choices. Some of them include sticking with a 10W charger which takes a long time to refill the battery, plus an octa-core 1.6GHz Unisoc SC9863A1 chipset that’s a bit outdated and cannot handle most high-end games. If you don’t mind having an average 6.5-inch 720p display, then there’s nothing else to worry about this phone.
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Fortunately, the Nokia C32 is the latest C-series Nokia smartphone to enter into Nigerian market. However, with the pricing so attractive, can Nokia finally justify its worth with the C32 and be the ultimate 2023 dream phone? Let’s find out on our Nokia C32 full review and comparisons.
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Nokia C32 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD
- Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels
- Processor: Unisoc SC9863A1
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 50-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 3GB /4GB
- Storage: 64GB /128GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 13
Undoubtedly, the Nokia C32 has one of the finest sleek aesthetics you’ll see on a budget phone. There’s nothing to criticise about the phone’s design as it features a striking two-tone design with a glass back that’s available in either Charcoal, Autumn Green or Beach Pink colors.
This makes the C32 look a bit like a flagship phone despite having some budget features. Not only that, the smartphone is IP52 rated against splash and dust which is cool, but we expect something like IP64 rating on the next model. One good thing about the Nokia C32 is that it’s an eye grabber and doesn’t attract fingerprints because of the reflective glass back.
The C32 is more premium than we thought due to the reliable side-mounted fingerprint reader that doubles up as the power button. Next to it is the volume rocker while the other left side is occupied by the SIM tray which has a space for two Nano-SIMs and microSD card (up to 256GB). On top is the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for wired earpiece fans. Wireless fans can check out some of the Best Xiaomi Earbuds.
The Nokia C32 didn’t near the top of the list when it comes to the best Android phone’s display, so you need to keep your expectations low as regards the display quality.
The 6.5-inch IPS screen is showing at 720 × 1600 pixels resolution that refreshes at 60Hz. It’s bright enough indoors, but you’ll struggle to see what’s showing on the screen while under direct sunshine even with the brightness level tuned to the highest. However, it’s a decent buy for students or those who don’t care about the phone’s display quality.
The Nokia C32 has a triple camera lens with two at the back and one up front. Fortunately, the phone’s glass back is occupied with a 50MP primary shooter alongside a 2MP macro sensor and an 8MP lens upfront.
Of course, cameras aren’t going to be your primary priority when buying a phone of this price, but the C32 does great in some scenarios. Images taken in good lighting conditions tend to be great with natural colors and well-balanced exposure. The detailing of the photo is fine with good dynamic range, but the same couldn’t be said in lowlight shots. The subject of the photos in lowlight shots is blurry even with the use of LED flash which could have been better.
Selfies with the 8MP camera turn out sharp but are sometimes oversaturated. On the video recording aspect, the C32 sensors top out at 1080p at 30fps. The camera app doesn’t have many features that’ll enhance camera and video performance, especially the much-needed video stabilisation. However, it’s something you’ve to deal with as most phones of this price don’t come with the feature.
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Processor, Storage, and Software
The Nokia C32 is powered by a Unisoc SC9863A1 chipset alongside 3GB/ 4GB of RAM. Fortunately, it has dual storage configurations of 64GB and 128GB which can be upgraded to 256GB via the SDcard slot.
As expected, the device struggles to handle most RAM-demanding tasks even with some normal day-to-day tasks due to the mediocre processor. You’ll notice some frequent pauses and slowdowns while switching between apps or with several Chrome tabs open. However, this is what you’ll expect on a phone of this price.
Fortunately, the Nokia C32 runs on stock Android 13 out of the box. Also, you’re guaranteed two-year future OS updates and four years of quarterly security patches to keep you updated with the latest Google Android customizations and protection. However, you’ll have to deal with a few bloatware apps that occupy some part of your phone’s storage, but our article on how to uninstall bloatware apps will be of great help to you.
Nokia C32: Battery Capacity and Charging
The smartphone packs a 5000mAh battery cell that’s normal for budget phones. Nokia claims the phone can last up to 3 days on a single charge, but that depends on how you use the phone, You’re guaranteed one-day use or more if you’re a light user.
Charging The phone with the 10W charger will take you more than 2 hours, but you’ve nothing to worry about if you have a steady power supply in your area.
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Nokia C32 Review: Price in Nigeria and Availability
The Nokia C32 was launched on February 23, 2023, and is currently selling at a price of ₦90,000 (roughly $100). This puts it at a much lower price than the Motorola Moto G62 (₦170,000), but a bit costlier than the latest iTel A60s (₦57,000).
At this price, the Nokia C32 falls slightly in the race for budget smartphones. Chief among them is the Xiaomi Redmi 10A (₦85,000) which offers similar specs and performance. The next in line is the Tecno Spark 8C (₦88,000), but slightly below the C32.
Currently, you can easily buy the Nokia C32 from the company’s official store or any reputable phone stores or slots in Nigeria and beyond.
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Nokia C32 Full Specifications
- Brand: Nokia
- Model: C32
- Release Date: February 25 2023
- Weight: 199.4g
- Colours: Charcoal, Autumn Green, Beach Pink
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: IPS LCD, 60Hz
- Display Size: 6.5-inch
- Screen Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- Dimensions: 164.6 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm (6.48 x 2.99 x 0.34 in)
- Operating System: Android 13
- Chipset: Unisoc SC9863A1
- CPU: Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A55 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A55)
- RAM: 3GB/4GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 64GB /128GB
- SD Card slot: Yes (dedicated slot)
- Rear Flash: LED Flash
- Rear Camera: 50-MP f/1.8 (wide), 2-MP (macro)
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Front Camera: 8-MP f/2.0 (wide)
- Front Flash: –
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.2
- USB: MicroUSB Type-C 2.0
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: Yes
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM /HSPA /LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: No
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
- Capacity: Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 10W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦90,000
- Price in the US: $100