Samsung Galaxy A52 review

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Introduction

The best way to describe the Galaxy A series in recent years is scattered. Its lineup is so diverse and ranges all the way from budget to almost flagship offerings that Samsung could easily have separated it into its own sub-brand. Not that we suggest they should.

The Korean giant is clearly knocking hard on the Galaxy A family. In fact, it now represents the bulk of the company’s sales. There is only one way to draw this level of success – and that is by offering competitive features under high profile branding for a reasonable amount. A daunting task that Samsung has tackled as a true smartphone champion in smart step by step through the last few Galaxy A generations.

This year, the Galaxy A32 as well as the recently announced A72 and A52 duo all deliver strongly on the value scale. But it is without a doubt the vanilla Galaxy A52 model that shines brightest and goes beyond this year.

The device we are looking at in this review is the LTE version of Galaxy A52. It is the one that starts at € 349 (MSRP) for a 4GB / 128GB device, while the 5G variant sells from € 430.

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52 • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The 5G version gets a faster Snapdragon 750G chipset and a faster 120Hz panel and beats the minimum RAM size to 6GB.

Overview of Samsung Galaxy A52:

  • Body: 159.9×75.1×8.4mm, 189g; plastic frame, plastic backing, Gorilla Glass 5 front; IP67 dust / water repellent (up to 1 mi 30 minutes).
  • Screen: 6.50 “Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 800 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver); Adreno 618.
  • Memory: 128 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, a user interface 3.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.7X “, 0.8 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2.2, 123 degrees, 1.12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 5 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.2, 26 mm (wide), 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 .m.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 120fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 25W, 50% in 30 minutes (announced).
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); 3.5 mm jack plug.

This review covers the LTE model for Galaxy A52. The 5G version has a higher quality chipset and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Here’s how they compare in specifications.

Things get a lot more impressive in the value department when we compare the A52 with last year’s Galaxy A51. Sure the price has gone up a bit, but in no particular order, you now get a 90Hz refresh rate, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 25W charging and a 64MP higher resolution main camera, with OIS.

It inches the Galaxy A52 pretty close to a flagship feature in our minds for lack of a better term. The value proposition is great and there is very little that is not liked here. At least on paper, then. Join us as we dive into the review of ins and outs.

Unboxing

The Galaxy A52 comes in a simple two-piece package. Nothing too fancy, no plastic, just paper. Thick and stiff, it gets the job done. As for accessories, you only get a charger of the standard Type A black and a matching Type A to Type-C cable. A few leaflets, and that’s what it’s about.

Samsung Galaxy A52 review

It is worth noting that the Galaxy A52 supports up to 25W charging. However, it does not come with one. Instead, you get a basic 15W device in the box. However, this can still vary from market to market, so it is worth checking with your chosen dealer. Plus, it’s not that big of a deal to get one separately if you need faster charging, but it’s still enough to raise a few eyebrows.

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