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Nokia C32 Quick Review

Here’s a quick review of the latest entry-level smartphone from Nokia - the Nokia C32.


  • Build quality & design
  • Stock Android
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Battery life
  • Primary camera sensor


  • Lacklustre performance
  • Slower charging speeds
  • Below average display compared to competitors

Nokia C32 is the latest C-series smartphone from Nokia to arrive in India at a price of Rs 8,999 for the 4GB + 64GB model and Rs 9,499 for the 4GB + 128GB version. While the pricing is attractive, can the Nokia C32 justify it and be the ultimate recommendation in its price segment? Let’s try to find out.

Nokia C32: Design & Display

Nokia C32 rear

The Nokia C32 comes with a toughened glass back panel and an inner metal chassis for a premium in-hand feel and protection against drops. Not only that, but the phone is also IP52 rated for dust and water resistance. We would say that the smartphone is actually well-built for its price and is definitely on the premium side.

Nokia C32 build quality

The beach pink colour we got is definitely an eye grabber. Even though it has a glossy finish, the back panel of the Nokia C32 doesn’t attract fingerprints and gives off a nice reflective look when light falls on it. Overall, the design is worth the price and is on par with the competition while also being better than some.

Nokia C32 review

As for the display panel, it has a 6.5-inch IPS display with a 1600 x 720 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s bright enough indoors but lacks when you take it under direct sunlight. While it’s also not the sharpest panel, it can reproduce decent colours. However, the competition, including Realme Narzo N53, offers a better panel in almost every aspect, including a higher Full-HD+ resolution, 180Hz touch sampling rate and a of 90Hz.

Nokia C32: Performance & Software

The smartphone is powered by a Unisoc SC9863A1 paired with up to 4GB of and 128GB storage, which is further expandable up to 256 GB. We got the top-end model of the Nokia C32, and as expected, the device struggled a lot, even with day-to-day tasks.

Nokia c32 software

The animations throughout the system were choppy, and the opening times were considerably high. Even though it is stock Android, some amount of bloatware is present, which can fortunately be uninstalled. On the other hand, we feel the Narzo N53 is once again a better pick, not only because it gets a slightly more capable chipset, but it also has a 90Hz panel which should further help with the smoothness of the experience.

Connectivity performance remained optimum while the fingerprint on the side also worked without any issues. However, the speaker on the bottom is barely usable while playing music, as most of the sound is muffled.

Nokia C32: Battery backup

The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging. As Nokia claims, the smartphone can last up to 3 days on a single charge. While we cannot back the claim, we can say that it can easily get you through Day 1 and halfway into Day 2, sometimes even more, with light usage.

With this device, most of your tasks would be less demanding, considering the smartphone can only handle that much. Charging the smartphone easily takes more than an hour. Further, if we compare the Nokia C32 with Narzo N53 in the battery department, the latter proves to be a better option with the same battery capacity but faster 33W charging.

Nokia C32: Cameras

The Nokia C32 has a 50MP primary camera sensor, a 2MP macro sensor at the rear, and an 8MP front camera. First, there’s a decent amount of shutter lag in the camera app, so you will have to keep your hand stable for a second or two after clicking the photo.

The snaps from the primary camera look decent at best, even in outdoor conditions with plenty of light. The detailing in the photo is fine, while the colours are also natural. The dynamic range is decent but could have been better.

Photos under low lighting have some noise, while colours are good. Shots under artificial lighting have impressive colours, but the shutter lag ruins the photo, and most of the time my photos come out blurry. However, the bokeh effect is picked up well in portraits and regular shots.

Selfies from the front sensor handle skin tones fine, but the HDR is overdone at times. Detailing and sharpness could also have been much better. Portraits have poor Dynamic range, thanks to which bright backgrounds are blown out. However, detection is well handled.

Nokia C32

Nokia C32
  • ChipsetUnisoc SC9863A1
  • RAM (GB)4
  • Storage64, 128
  • Display6.5-inch, 720 x 1600 pixels
  • Front Camera8MP
  • Primary Camera50MP + 2MP
  • Battery5000mAh
  • Operating SystemAndroid 13


Design & Build
Software & Performance
Battery backup


The Nokia C32 is decent smartphone if you are looking to do very basic tasks on your device but if you are someone who cannot handle the drops in performance or someone who wants to watch a lot of OTT content, then the C32’s competition is clearly a better offering.

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  1. Nokia C32 is the one I’m using now and it has become a great disappointment, too many inbuilt apps that can not be uninstalled that are occupying half the space. How can a 16GB storage have 7GB going to it’s inbuilt apps. It has turned out to be a total disappointment.

  2. It is very worst form of phone. I am user of it and I would produce genuine review. Within one week of its purchase the phone stopped to take charging. Visited service centre I was informed that due to moisture phone is not getting charged.Also informed that such things not covered under replacement warrenty and you have to pay Rs. 2000/- for replacing the charging point despite rest of the phone was in good condition. I argued a lot but in vain. Service of Nokia is so poor and pathetic that excitement of having new phone soon gets translated despair as in the name of low cost and replacement warrenty which are fooling sale strategies to attract customers. There is big conspiracy and scam going on by Nokia to establish its lost market by alluring you at low cost. Before commenting while I was reading ridiculous article, I found such content writers are paid by Nokia to fool you. For poor performance, looting to customer, weak battery as charging takes longer time approx 3hrs and irritating service centre, my suggestion is never buy this phone instead choose some other devices at same price, otherwise you will cry at your follies.

  3. Currently using the phone, I can say for over a week now, I have experienced multiple lagging especially when changing the themes colour.

    Very bad phone!


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