Samsung Galaxy A52 – In recent years, the best term to characterize the Galaxy A series is sprawling. Its lineup is so diverse, ranging from low-cost to virtually flagship-level offerings, that Samsung could have easily spun it off as a separate brand. That isn’t to say we don’t believe they should.
The Korean behemoth is obviously betting high on the Galaxies A family of devices. In reality, it now accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue. There’s only one way to achieve that degree of success: by providing competitive features at a fair price under high-profile branding.A daunting task that Samsung has been tackling like a true smartphone champ in nifty incremental steps throughout the last few Galaxy A generations.
The Galaxy A32, as well as the newly revealed A72 and A52 duo, all give outstanding value this year. This year, though, it’s the plain Galaxy A52 model that shines the brightest and goes beyond and beyond.
The Galaxy A52 LTE variant is the device we’ll be looking at in this study. It’s the one with a starting price of €349 (MSRP) for a 4GB/128GB model, and a starting price of €430 for the 5G model.
The 5G variant comes with a faster Snapdragon 750G chipset and a 120Hz screen, as well as a 6GB minimum RAM capacity.
Samsung Galaxy A52 specs at a glance:
- Body: 159.9×75.1×8.4mm, 189g; plastic frame, plastic back, Gorilla Glass 5 front; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins).
- Display: 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: 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.7X”, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 123-degree, 1.12µm; Macro: 5 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 5 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/120fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected]
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 25W, 50% in 30 min (advertised).
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); 3.5mm jack; ANT+.
When we equate the A52 to last year’s Galaxy A51, though, things get a lot more impressive in terms of value. Sure, the price has risen somewhat, but you now get a 90Hz refresh rate, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 25W charging, and a higher-res 64MP main camera with OIS, in no specific order.
For lack of a better word, this moves the Galaxy A52 closer to a flagship feature set in our heads. The value proposition is excellent, and there isn’t anything to dislike here. At least, that’s how it appears on paper. Join us as we go through the ins and outs of the study.