South Korean phone maker Samsung has today (17-March) hold its second-biggest launch event of 2021 and lifted the covers off three new Galaxy A series phones — the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and the Galaxy A72. The new mid-range phones offer significant upgrades over their predecessors in almost all aspects, right from their design to their specifications.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is the company’s latest entry in the mid-range phone market, and it comes in 5G and 4G flavors. Both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G offer near-identical specs, and are available for a pretty low price.
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Price and release date
The all-new Samsung Galaxy A52 is priced starting at $415 (€349) in select markets, while the Galaxy A52 5G starts at $511 (€429). The phones will be available for purchase in most regions this month and in April in the United States. Samsung is offering both Galaxy A52 and A52 5G in four matte colorways — Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, and Awesome White.
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the LTE A52 are identical in terms of design. They have a rectangular camera array in the top left corner of the back panel, an FHD+ display over on the front with a centered hole-punch cutout, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom (between a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker grille). The power button and volume rockers are available on the right edge. As far as the construction is concerned, both phones are plastic. The phones are also IP67 rated for water and dust resistance. While these two phones look exactly the same, there is one major difference between them — the display. Both handsets come with the same 6.5-inch Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution, but they offer different peak refresh rates. The standard Galaxy A52 has a refresh rate of 90Hz, and the Galaxy A52 5G provides a peak refresh rate of 120Hz. Other than that, the displays are pretty much the same. Both handsets have a peak brightness of 800nits, and they also have an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric security.
Front and rear cameras
Both phones come with a quad rear camera setup. The phones have a 64MP f/1.7 primary camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front panel, both phones offer a 32MP fixed focus selfie sensor. The 64MP primary lens on both devices comes with optical image stabilization (OIS). Samsung also provides a couple of fun software features, including a feature called My Filter that will let you create custom filters and a Fun Mode that will let you use Snapchat Lenses within the stock camera app. The phones also offer a Pro Video mode that gives you more controls while capturing video.
Processor, software, and battery
The 4G-only Galaxy A52 draws power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Chipset that has two big cores clocked at 2.3GHz and six little cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The phone also features a microSD card slot that supports up to 1TB cards. The Galaxy A52 5G, on the other hand, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor with two big cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six little cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Chipset is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Both devices also come with NFC support for payments. The Samsung Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A52 5G run One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 OS. Samsung also promises three generations of OS updates and 4 years of security updates for the devices. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A52 pack 4,500mAh batteries that support 25W fast charging. The phones will come with a 25W charger in the box.