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Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Unique Value Proposition

Samsung is clearly putting in some effort to make its new mid-range A-series phones – the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 – feel premium and distinct. The Galaxy A52, which we will take a deep dive into, starts at INR 26,499 and has a lot to look forward to including a high refresh rate display, the latest software, slick body with IP rating, and a versatile camera system. (Samsung Galaxy A52 Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)

But, is it a phone that you should buy? Can the performance outmatch options like OnePlus Nord or Realme X7? We have been putting the phone through its paces and will summarize our thoughts in this Galaxy A52 review. Hopefully, that should clear all doubts and help you decide if it fits the bill.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Price and Specifications

Phone Samsung Galaxy A52
Display 6.5-inch, Full HD (1080 x 2400), 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
Dimensions and weight 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm; 189 grams
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core
RAM and Storage 6GB 128GB/ 8GB 128GB
Software Android 11-based OneUI 3.1
Rear camera 64 MP, f/1.8, OIS 12MP ultra-wide 5MP macro 5MP depth
Front camera 32 MP
Battery 4500mAh, 15W adaptive fast charger (25W supported)
Others Samsung Pay (NFC), Under display fingerprint sensor, Stereo sp-eakers
Price 6 128GB – INR 26,4998 128GB – INR 27,999

Samsung Galaxy A52 Unboxing

A protective case and a pre-applied screen protector are conspicuous omissions and you’ll have to buy these separately. Here is what you do get within the Galaxy A52 box:

  • 15W Charging adaptor
  • USB Cable for charging and data transfer
  • SIM ejector tool and documentation

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Design and Build

As reviewers, we cycle through numerous devices every year and are always excited when we run into something distinct – which isn’t very often. The Galaxy A52 is one such exciting phone. Its soft-touch feel and minimalist look are things that make it stand apart.

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No gaudy gradients, no texture, no ostentatious tagline, no jagged edges – just curiously appealing solid colors and a feel-good soft finish back from which the camera array seamlessly elevates. This sensible redesign should appeal to all age groups, but we think it will be particularly hot amidst the young crowd.

On the front, you get an HDR compliant AMOLED display with a centrally-aligned circular punch-hole notch. The bezels around the screen are almost uniform. The optical fingerprint sensor lying underneath has white illuminating light and yields a more consistent unlocking experience than what we have had on previous mid-range Galaxies.

Samsung makes room for an audio jack and a (hybrid) SDcard slot. And there are also stereo speakers.

This time there is an official IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. The material used for the outer shell and side frame is polycarbonate and that helps keep the weight in check. On the front, there is the assurance of Gorilla Glass 5.

To sum it up, the Galaxy A52 looks appealing, is quite comfortable to hold, and feels pretty solid.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Display

Quality-wise, the 6.5-inch AMOLED display seems as good as the one on the Galaxy F62 or the Galaxy M51. However, there’s additional 90Hz high refresh rate support. This makes animations and OneUI transitions smoother.

The refresh rate is locked to 90Hz for most apps, which is to say this isn’t the Smart variable mode switching refresh rate that Samsung offers with its high-end phones. For better performance while playing games, we had to manually switch to ‘Standard’ motion smoothness or 60Hz.

There are two color profiles that target sRGB and DCI-P3 space, and as always we prefer the softer-on-eyes and accurate Natural (sRGB) mode.

The phone has DRM L1 certification and Full HD streaming works on Netflix, Prime Videos, and other relevant apps. HDR streaming worked only on YouTube. A good thing about Samsung phones is that the display locks brightness and pushes it to maximum whenever it gets an HDR signal and this allows for the best possible HDR experience.

Samsung claims 800 Nits of maximum brightness, and the display was easily legible under direct sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Performance and Software

In India, the Galaxy A52 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset which feels a little long in the tooth, especially at the given price point. This is still a powerful chipset capable of driving a smooth experience with OneUI 3.1.

As for gaming and demanding usage, the Galaxy A52 surely won’t knock your socks off.

With the display set to 90Hz, Call of Duty mobile defaulted to High-High, but the performance wasn’t really smooth beyond medium graphics and low frame rate. With the display dialed down to 60Hz (Standard smoothness), the performance substantially improved and the game was playable at default High-High settings.

In comparison, Samsung Galaxy M51 and Galaxy F62 should be better choices for gaming-oriented consumers. For everyone else, the Snapdragon 720G on the Galaxy A52 should suffice.

Our review unit has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and benchmark performance was marginally lower than that of the Snapdragon 720G-powered Realme 8 Pro that we recently reviewed.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Benchmark scores

  • PC Mark Work 2.0 – 8282
  • PC Mark Work Writing 2.0 – 7306
  • Geekbench single core – 524
  • Geekbench multi-core – 1602
  • 3D Mark Wild Life – 1031
  • 3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1 – 2581
  • Androbench Random Read – 126.21MB/s
  • Androbench Random Write – 110.9 MB/s

Connectivity is pretty solid. Call quality was excellent during our review period and options like Dual 4G VoLTE and VoWiFi are supported.

Coming to the software, The OneUI 3.1 is, as always, in good taste and very intuitive. Samsung is among the rare few brands that retain auto call recording support and there are other extras like Samsung Pay (NFC) and Knox security to look forward to. Third-party apps can be uninstalled, the (-1) home screen is Google Feed, and the Samsung assures three years of Android version upgrades!

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Battery and Audio

The 4500mAh battery can comfortably cross the 1-day threshold with the display set to 90Hz. On particular heavy usage days, it’s likely that you’ll drain the battery by late evening or will have to resort to mid-day charging.

You can get fast charging speed with a 25W USB PD adaptor, but unfortunately, Samsung doesn’t bundle one in the box. The 15W adaptive fast charger is only modestly fast.

We had a 25W USB PD charger lying around and it took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes for a full charge. The bundled 15W charger clocked a little less than 2 hours 15 minutes.

This one has stereo speakers and even though the two channels aren’t well balanced, it makes a difference when watching multimedia content- that matters. There is also Dolby Atmos with different presets that make a nominal difference. We didn’t face any issues while wirelessly streaming audio.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Camera Quality

The primary 64MP resolution sensor now has OIS support and this helps with notable improvements in lowlight photography. Other elements in the quartet remain similar to other mid-range Samsung phones like Galaxy F62. There’s a 12MP wide-angle shooter, 5MP portrait camera, and a 5MP macro shooter. There is also a 32MP selfie camera on the front.

In proper daylight, the camera performs really well. Colors are pleasently punchy, texture is faithfully reproduced, and details are quite decent. HDR and scene optimizer are better left enabled. When compared side by side, we noticed that details were better on 108MP camera phones, but that was to be expected.

Dedicated telephoto camera is reserved for Galaxy A72 but the 2X digital zoom shots are still very usable.

The 12MP wide-angle camera certainly performs better than most other wide-angle snappers we run into on mid-range phones. Of course, Samsung doesn’t go the extra mile to maintain consistency with the primary snapper.

In lowlight, the Galaxy A52 benefits from OIS and Samsung’s deft image processing algorithms. Dark scenes still have substantial noise, but that somehow makes the scene more natural. The Night mode does a fine job, but falters in challenging scenes.

The macro camera performance was better than the competition. The same can not be said for the portrait mode. That’s not to say that portrait shots are lacking, but it’s just that we have seen better edge detection on phones like Redmi Note 10 and Realme 8 Pro.

The front camera captures nice selfies without going overboard with beautification. There is also a fun mode that lets you play with some Snapchat filters, and gentlt prompts you to download the Snapchat app to try more.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Should you buy it?

The Samsung Galaxy A52 looks amazing, has an HRR AMOLED display, and wonderful software with an assurance of 3 years of updates – all of which makes it a great value proposition for the starting price of INR 26,490, in both online and offline markets.

You can score better chips than Snpdaragon 720G at this price poing. Having said that, the performance can hold up well for basic and moderate users and also for gaming provided the display set to 60Hz. The camera performance is in league with the best available options in the budget.

So, overall, we’d say that the Galaxy A52 is a phone that manages to stands apart from the crowd and justifies its price. There’s unique value that should appeal to different categories of users.

  • Elegant design with IP rating
  • Good quality 90Hz AMOLED display
  • Decent camera performance and OIS
  • Latest software with assurance of three version updates
  • Stereo speakers
  • Audio jack and card slot

Samsung Galaxy A52 FAQs

Does Samsung Galaxy A52 support 5G in India?

In India, only the 4G variant of Galaxy A52 is available for purchase.

Does Samsung Galaxy A52 support AR Core?

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What is the SAR value of the Samsung Galaxy A52?

Does Samsung Galaxy A52 support Dual 4G VoLTE and Carrier aggregation?

Does Samsung Galaxy A52 support HD and HDR streaming?

HD streaming is supported on all popular apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Prime videos. HDR streaming works for YouTube but not on Netflix.

Apple iPhone SE (2022) vs. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The iPhone SE (2022) is the third entry in Apple’s affordable range of ‘Special Edition’ smartphones. Recycling the design of 2017’s iPhone 8, it receives the powerful Apple A15 Bionic processor of the iPhone 13, while also introducing 5G connectivity, an enhanced camera, a bigger battery than previous iPhone SEs, and a very competitive 429 price.

But in a market saturated with affordable Android devices, it certainly isn’t without its rivals. Perhaps the most notable of these is the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. Another sub-500 phone, it boasts a delicious 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a dependable 4,500mAh battery, a versatile camera, and the now-mandatory 5G support. It also offers very high value for the money, but as a one-year-old phone, is it better than the iPhone SE (2022)?

We answer this question in this iPhone SE (2022) vs. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comparison test. We run through the specs, displays, designs, performance, batteries, cameras, and software of each phone, helping you to decide which is the high-powered budget phone for you.

Specs

4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 120 fps

Design, display, and durability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, while it also uses 6GB of RAM as standard. This makes it a very capable smartphone, and it runs pretty much all the latest games and apps without fuss. That said, as good as it is, the unassuming iPhone SE (2022) comes with the very powerful Apple A15 Bionic, as well as 4GB of RAM. The use of the A15 Bionic — which is constructed using 5nm transistors — makes Apple’s phone astonishingly quick for such a small device, and as solid as the A52 is, the SE has a clear advantage.

Unfortunately, the SE commits the increasingly unforgivable crime of coming with 64GB of internal memory as standard (although for 479 you can have it with 128GB). This is a fairly paltry amount of storage in 2022, what with our growing need to take 20 different photos of the same scene to find the perfect image. As for the A52, it offers a more generous 128GB of memory as standard, giving you more or less twice the storage fun. It also has a slot for a microSD card, so you can really ramp up its memory.

At this stage, it’s hard to say which device has the more enduring battery, since we haven’t had the chance to fully review the iPhone SE yet. The Galaxy A52 has a 4,500mAh battery that can last for two days if you’re a moderate user, making it pretty good by contemporary standards. With the iPhone SE (2022), it does come with a bigger battery than its predecessor, but it’s still not known how much bigger. As such, we can’t say whether it could outlast the A52, and given that the iPhone SE (2020) had a fairly average battery, it’s not a given it will.

Winner: Tie

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a 64-megapixel wide lens, a 12MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP depth lens, and a 5MP macro lens at the rear. The iPhone SE (2022), on the other hand, comes with a single 12MP wide lens.

You’d therefore be forgiven for thinking that the A52 offers a much better camera, but this isn’t the case. Yes, the iPhone SE has only one lens, but Apple’s software squeezes every last ounce of quality out of it. As with the second-generation SE, it takes highly natural and well-balanced photos in most conditions. It also benefits from the addition of Apple’s Deep Fusion technology, Smart HDR 4, as well as an improved Portrait mode that uses the same Portrait Lighting effects seen on the iPhone 13.

In other words, its main camera lens is up there with the best in the business. The same cannot be said for the A52, which despite having a main lens with 64MP still suffers the same inconsistency and over-saturation issues as other Samsung phones that had come before it. So even with an additional ultrawide and macro lens, you probably won’t take as much pleasure from the A52’s camera as from the SE’s.

Winner: iPhone SE (2022)

Software and updates

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has now been updated to Android 12 with OneUI 4 running over the top. OneUI 4 is a noticeably fast Android skin, with plenty of customization options for making it suit your particular style. It’s neither better nor worse than the iPhone SE’s iOS 15, though Apple’s operating system historically favors simplicity and security over customization and complexity.

While it’s largely a matter of taste as to which OS you might prefer, there’s little doubt that the iPhone will receive more updates over its lifetime. Samsung has committed to three core Android updates for the A52, whereas you’ll likely get five or six with the SE. This means Apple’s phone takes the win.

Winner: iPhone SE (2022)

Special features

Both phones also come with fingerprint sensors. The iPhone SE has Touch ID through its Home button, and the A52 has an in-screen sensor. Unfortunately, the Galaxy A52’s scanner has some well-documented issues, and our review found it often refuses to recognize any input. This doesn’t apply to the iPhone SE’s scanner, as anachronistic as we find a Home button in 2022.

Other than these two features, neither phone really has any quirks or novelties to write home about. They’re just very affordable phones that, on the whole, happen to be very good.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G starts at 499 and can be bought directly from Samsung’s website. It’s supported by all major carriers in the U.S. and can be purchased from nearly every major online retailer.

The iPhone SE (2022) begins at 429 and rises to 579 for the version with 256GB of internal memory. It can be pre-ordered from Apple, and will be supported by all major networks.

Overall winner: iPhone SE (2022)

It isn’t a dominant victory, but the iPhone SE (2022) is a better phone overall than the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. It certainly doesn’t look as good, and it’s screen isn’t as enticing, but it beats Samsung’s device in several key areas. It provides faster performance, has a noticeably superior main camera, and will be supported with updates for longer. It also supports 5G, which for a phone priced at 429, is pretty good going. Then again, the A52 remains a great low-cost phone, so if you’re an Android or Samsung fan, it certainly won’t let you down.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Flagship features for less

The Galaxy A52 5G impresses with its 120Hz display and 64MP camera, but it’s not quite the best mid-range phone.

Pros

  • 120Hz display
  • Versatile main camera
  • Unique and fun design
  • Long-lasting battery

Cons

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Starting price: 499/£400 Display: 6.5-inch FHD AMOLED (1080 x 2400) Refresh rate: 60Hz/120Hz Chipset: Snapdragon 750G RAM: 6GB Storage: 128GB Expandable storage: microSD up to 1Tb Rear cameras: 64MP main (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 5MP macro (f/2.2), 5MP depth sensor (f/2.2) Front camera: 32MP (f/2.2) Operating system: Android 11 with One UI 3.0 Battery: 4,500 mAh Battery life (Hrs: Mins): 12:19 (60Hz), 10:19 (120Hz) Charging: up to 25W wired Size: 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches (159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm) Weight: 6.7 ounces (189 grams) Water/dust resistance: IP67

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G offers just enough premium features for little enough money to make users think twice about buying a flagship phone. Priced at 499/£400, it’s designed for the average user who cares mainly about photography, streaming, gaming and battery life. With this phone, you get a 120Hz display, four rear cameras and 5G connectivity in a colorful design — all for less than 500.

The Galaxy A52 5G delivers enough flagship-level features that may tempt you to buy this phone rather than the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S20 FE. But as we found during testing for our Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review, this handset isn’t as strong as other midrange phones in its price range.

Editor’s note (Jan. 2022): The A52’s successor, the Samsung Galaxy A53, could be on its way in the next few months.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Price and release date

The Galaxy A52 5G began shipping in the U.S. back in April after previously going on sale in the UK. The Galaxy A52 5G costs 499/€429, and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is the same price as the Google Pixel 4a 5G, 100 more than the basic iPhone SE (which lacks 5G connectivity), and 200 more than the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.

The latest rival for the A52 5G is the Google Pixel 5a. At 449 it costs a little less than the Samsung, and while it misses out on some features like the 120Hz refresh rate or multiple rear cameras, the Pixel 5a offers stellar photography and a bright colorful display that may turn your head.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Design

Samsung has given its new batch of mid-range Galaxy A phones — which include the A32, A52, A52 5G and A72 — another colorful, playful design. I don’t think it looks quite as stylish as the Galaxy S21 series, but there is still a lot I like about it.

I particularly love the color options, especially my demo model’s Awesome Blue (yep, that’s its actual name), though the Awesome Purple, White and Black all have their charms. The single-piece back, which near-seamlessly flows up into the camera module looks great, and gives the Galaxy A52 5G its own fully formed identity, rather than it being a knock-off Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device.

The Galaxy A52 5G features a plastic back, but at least it doesn’t feel cheap, thanks to a nice semi-matte texture that keeps the fingerprints at bay. From the front, the A52 5G looks like all modern Samsung phones, with its central punch-hole camera. The top and bottom bezels are a little thicker than the average phone, but otherwise the Galaxy A52 5G looks just as Smart as a Galaxy S21.

The metal edges share the same color as the back. Samsung has again placed the volume and power buttons on the right side of the phone, leaving the left totally blank.

In terms of durability, the Galaxy A52 5G has a IP67 water/dust resistance rating, which means it can survive 30 minutes under about three feet (1 meter) of water, and won’t let in any dust.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Display

The Galaxy A52 5G’s display is one of its strongest features. You get a bright and colorful 6.5-inch screen with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate — a rare feature in a phone that doesn’t carry a flagship’s lofty price.

The downside with the Galaxy A52’s display is that the refresh rate is static, with options for 120Hz or 60Hz only. A dynamic system, like what you get with the S21 family, means a phone can save battery life while offering its max refresh rate when it’s needed. In contrast, the A52 52’s approach requires you to pick between a high refresh rate and a lower battery life or vice versa. At least the refresh rate is faster than the Pixel 4a 5G, which maxes out at 90Hz.

While watching the trailer for Rick and Morty’s fifth season, it was immediately obvious that the A52 is an excellent phone for streaming fans. The large panel rendered the anarchic animation clearly, with the show’s bright and varied colors showing up vividly on the bright AMOLED panel.

How bright? We measured the Galaxy A52 5G at 708 nits with adaptive brightness turned on. That’s brighter than both the Pixel 4a 5G (638 nites) and iPhone SE (625 nits).

Set the Galaxy A52 5G to vivid mode, and you’ll get a lot of saturated colors — 201.35% of the sRGB color spectrum to be exact. Colors are much more accurate when set to Natural mode, which recreates 128.1% of the sRGB spectrum. To put that number in context, the iPhone SE hits 111.2% while the Pixel 4a 5G gives you 140.6%. In natural mode, the Galaxy A52 5G’s screen is more accurate than the Pixel 4a 5G’s — Samsung’s phone has a Delta-E rating of 0.22 compared to 0.30 for the Pixel — but the iPhone SE (a 0.20 rating) is more accurate than both. (Numbers closer to zero are more accurate.)

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Durability

Unfortunately, the Galaxy A52 5G’s display picked up some scratches during my testing. The phone didn’t come from Samsung with the scuffs, and I only laid it down on a mousepad and duvet when not testing it, in addition to wiping it down periodically with a micro-fiber cloth. I didn’t even put the phone in my before noticing the scratches.

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy A20 last year, that phone also picked up scratches without any obvious cause, although on its plastic back rather than the screen. The A52 5G uses sturdy Gorilla Glass 5 on its display, so we’re baffled as to why this problem has struck again except on the other side of the phone.

We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment, but for now we advise you use a screen protector if you buy this phone.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Audio

Samsung has included a headphone jack on the A52 5G, which is great for anyone still clutching onto their wired headphones. That also helps emphasize the stereo speaker system on the A52 5G, which is quite good.

Listening to black midi’s “John L,” the strings, guitar and vocals of the self-described “infernal din” came across clearly, even in the song’s quieter moments. Even as the discordant melody rose in intensity (and I increased the volume), the mix remained well-balanced. Considering the price of the phone, the Galaxy A52 5G has some impressive lungs.

Stereo speakers are sometimes found on phones in this price range; the Pixel 4a 5G has them, for example. In comparison, the quality of sound broadcast from both phones’ speakers is about the same, but the mix is different. The Pixel is much more treble-forward, which is great if you’re listening to spoken word content or the average piece of music. However, listeners with a love for thumping bass or a flatter tone will like the A52’s system more.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Cameras

You get a generous four sensors on the back of the Galaxy A52 5G, but some are more useful than others. The main camera is 64MP, but by default it takes pictures at 12MP to keep the images file sizes smaller. The other main sensors are a 12MP ultrawide shooter and a 5MP macro camera, with the last sensor being a 5MP depth camera for adding depth-of-field effects to portrait mode shots.

I tested the Galaxy A52 5G’s cameras against the Pixel 4a 5G’s dual rear cameras, which feature a 12MP main sensor and a 16MP ultrawide sensor.

For the main camera test, I chose this view of Highgate No 1 Pond at Hampstead Heath in London. While I appreciate the more honest coloring of the Pixel 4a 5G’s photo, the brighter colors from the A52 5G, aided by its much larger sensor, make for a far more attractive image.

I took the same photo with the A52’s camera set to its full 64MP resolution, and other than lighting changes caused by clouds passing overhead, there’s not much difference beyond the fact you can zoom in much further. Without a dedicated telephoto camera on the A52 5G, being able to take large images like this will let you take acceptable zoomed-in shots, although they won’t hold up next to a proper optical zoom lens.

I tried out these sensors in night mode also, with a portrait-oriented shot of Tufnell Park’s Boston Arms pub. Google’s Night Sight mode is one of the best low-light photo modes in the business, so it’s no wonder I prefer it more here. The A52’s image is brighter, which could sometimes be of use, but it’s far less saturated than the Pixel’s shot.

Now we come to the ultrawide camera, which I tested by shooting down the north side of Parliament Hill, back at Hampstead Heath. This is probably the worst comparison of all for the A52. Its small sensor produced a dim shot compared to the Pixel 4a 5G.

I also tested the Galaxy A52 5G’s macro camera, a feature the Pixel 4a 5G doesn’t have. This close-up of the dialing pad in a London telephone box, is better than I thought it would be, particularly with reproducing the many different colors in the weathered metal. Where this photo falls down is its limited focal range, causing the “5” button to look blurry.

I don’t particularly like the portrait mode photos taken by either phone here, as both shots appear oversaturated. However, the depth sensor-assisted A52 5G delivers a more natural-looking blur than the software-only Pixel 4a 5G.

Here we see a portrait image taken with the two phones’ front-facing cameras. Neither phone was able to accurately capture all my hair flying about in the wind, but generally both phones provided good quality software bokehs. The Pixel 4a 5G is my favorite here, as its tendency toward more saturated images makes my skin and the sky in the background look much nicer.

Overall, the Galaxy A52 5G’s cameras make it more versatile than the Pixel 4a 5G, but Samsung’s camera phone is a step behind in terms of overall photo quality. The Pixel 4a 5G remains one of the best camera phones available for less than 500.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Performance

With a mid-range Snapdragon 750G chipset and 6GB RAM, the Galaxy A52 5G should offer the power you need to accomplish everyday tasks.

On the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the Galaxy A52 5G got an average score of 637 in the single-core test, and 1,866 in the multi-core one. That beats the Pixel 4a 5G’s scores of 598 and 1,614. This is to be expected since the 750G and 765G chips both debuted in 2020, but Samsung has released its phone much later, giving the company more time to optimize the chipset. The A52 5G still gets crushed by the iPhone SE, though, which managed scores of 1,337 and 3,226 with the help of Apple‘s still-mighty A13 Bionic chipset.

On the 3DMark Sling Shot Unlimited test, which measures graphical power, the A52 5G managed 2,875 points, which is lower than the Pixel 4a 5G’s 2,959 points. This can possibly be explained by the Google phone using a slightly better Adreno 620 GPU than the Samsung’s Adreno 619.

Trying out Call of Duty Mobile and Brawl Stars revealed the A52 5G does a decent job of playing mobile games. Both titles had a few jagged edges, likely a result of the below-average GPU performance and the screen’s FHD resolution, but I still had a blast with both titles, thanks to smooth overall performance from the 750G chip and the 120Hz refresh rate display.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Battery life and charging

You have 4,500 mAh of battery capacity in the A52 5G, a generous amount of room for a phone of this price. In testing how much YouTube I could watch, I found that 5 hours of video streaming over Wi-Fi (my standard Sunday afternoon) drained the battery from 100% to 68%. Safe to say, the A52 should last as long as you’d expect from a battery of this size.

Our battery test backs that up. We set phones to surf the web continuously over cellular and the Galaxy A52 5G held out for 12 hours and 19 minutes, placing it high on the best phone battery life list. That result came when the phone’s refresh rate was set to 60Hz, though; turn on the 120Hz refresh rate, and the endurance drops to 10 hours and 19 minutes. Still, even that time is better than the average smartphone’s.

Samsung offers support for 25W fast wired charging on the A52, and throws in a charger in the A52’s box too, an accessory you no longer get with its flagship phones. The catch is that the included charger is only a 15W model; you’ll have to buy a separate 25W brick if you want max speeds.

With the bundled charger, the A52 5G filled from empty to 31% in 30 minutes when we tested charging in our lab. It took around 90 minutes to charge the phone to full. This puts it firmly in the middle of the pack when comparing it to rivals. The Pixel 4a 5G has a maximum charge speed of 18W, but since an 18W charger comes with the phone, it charges faster than the basic A52 5G package does, up to 46% full in 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Software

Samsung is one of the most notorious manufacturers for stuffing its phones with pre-installed apps. These are great if you’re already well integrated into the Samsung ecosystem, but otherwise they just take up storage space along with slots in your app drawer and home screens that could otherwise be left clean. At least you can delete them if they bother you too much.

The look of Samsung’s One UI 3.0 built on top of Android 11 doesn’t appeal to me much. As a fan of simplistic Android skins like OnePlus’ OxygenOS or the stock Android of the Google Pixel phones, the sheer quantity of colorful custom icons strikes me as a patchwork eyesore. The silver lining I suppose is that One UI looks distinct. You won’t ever mistake this Samsung for another brand of phone.

The one Samsung-unique feature I do like is the phone’s Edge Panels. These let you place various apps and tools within a set of menus that slide from the side of the display. It’s a cross between the normal Android quick settings menu (which you can still access as normal from the notification shade) and an iPhone-style Control Center with its mix of practical and personalized options. Edge Panels are something that a power user would love to spend time with tweaking to their exact needs.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Verdict

There are also some things I really like about the Galaxy A52 5G, including its playful design, the 120Hz refresh rate and its versatile main 64MP camera. And the performance and battery life are very solid for the price. However, a couple of things frustrated me about this phone, including the easily scratched display. And while Samsung offers more cameras than the Pixel 4a 5G, Google’s phone tends to take better pics overall. While we’ve not put it head to head with the Pixel 5a yet, we’d imagine this statement holds true there too.

The Google Pixel 4a 5G remains the better choice for the money, assuming you want 5G in your Android handset. Stepping down to the Nord N10 5G is probably only worth it if you’re on a very tight budget. If you’re very interested in the A52 5G’s high refresh rate or its main camera, though, those are good enough reasons to go for this over the more well-rounded competition.

Samsung Galaxy A52, A32: You Don’t Need To Pay 1,000 For A Decent 5G Phone

Typically, brand new smartphones cost a lot of money, particularly those at the very top of the electronics pyramid. The latest Apple and Android-based devices approach and soar beyond the 1,000 mark. And in the early days of a cellular tech transition such as the one we’re going through now with 5G, devices designed to use the newtech have an even higher premium.

But we’re far enough down the road that you can find relatively affordable phones with 5G capabilities. Earlier this year, Samsung refreshed its line of Galaxy A series phones, mid-priced to downright cheap handsets that are still pretty capable. I got my hands on a Galaxy A52 and an A32 for testing, and depending on your needs, each is a satisfying device. Make no mistake, though, there are sacrifices to be made. Whether what you give up is worth it is the question.

There are some things the A52 and A32 share in common. Both have 6.5-inch displays, though the A52 is of higher quality. Both have 5G capabilities – I tested them on T-Mobile’s network – but neither support super-fast millimeter wave connections that offer jaw-dropping downloads but can’t penetrate solid objects and are generally hard to find. Both come in black – take it or leave it – and both accept microSD memory cards to add up to 1 terabyte of storage. Both come with Android 11.

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Galaxy A52 5G, 499.99.

This phone’s 6.5-inch screen is a Super AMOLED with 1,080 x 2,400-pixels at a 120-Hz refresh rate. It’s an excellent display, and considering you’d pay close to 1,000 last year for the S20 with this screen, it’s a great deal.

The phone feels good in my hand, and although it’s mostly made of plastic, it feels solid, with some heft. The fingerprint sensor is under the display and works very well, unlocking quickly and reliably. I had less luck with the face recognition, but then I’m spoiled with Face ID on my iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The A52 5G uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage, but that’s expandable as mentioned earlier. It’s fast and responsive, with apps opening quickly and screens scrolling smoothly – it feels like a flagship phone. Mid-range games played well.

The phone has a 32-megapixel front selfie camera, and there are four cameras on the back: A 64-MP main camera with optical image stabilization; an ultra-wide 12-MP camera; a 5-MP macro camera; and a 5-MP depth camera to help with portrait mode shots. Video can be captured in up to 4K resolution.

Images don’t have the usual Hyper-saturated look you expect from Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones, with more natural tones. Low-light photos lacked the detail and depth I get with my iPhone, but did a good enough job with available light.

Portrait mode occasionally blurred foreground objects, and zooming to capture distant objects sometimes resulted in an odd blurring of things in the foreground. But the camera system does include a lot of the fancy features found in the higher-end Galaxys, such as Single Take, which lets you capture both stills and videos in one extended shot.

The 5G connectivity on the A52 matched my iPhone 12 Pro Max, which also is on T-Mobile’s network. With 2-3 bars, I was able to get download speeds over 200 Mbps, and in some areas where all five bars lit up, I got speeds close to 300 Mbps. However, it does not support Wi-Fi 6.

Battery life is good, and I typically got a day and half’s worth of charge on moderate use. It supports 25-watt fast charging but won’t do wireless charging, as it’s got a plastic back.

Galaxy A32 5G, 279.99.

When Samsung launched its A-series lineup in April, the A32 was then the least-expensive 5G smartphone you could buy. Now there’s at least one cheaper 5G phone: the Motorola one 5G ace at 264. Still, if you specifically want a Samsung device, this is your lowest-cost 5G option.

The Galaxy A32 5G has a 6.5-inch HD LCD display with a 720-by-1,600 pixels resolution and a 90-Hz refresh rate. It’s neither as bright nor as crisp-looking as the A52, but scrolling is smooth.

The fingerprint sensor for the A32 is embedded in the lock button on the right edge of the phone. It wasn’t quite as responsive as the under-screen sensor on the A52, sometimes complaining that I wasn’t covering the entire button with my thumb when I was. But I found that I liked the convenience of the button sensor more than the version on the more expensive phone – placing my thumb on the button felt more natural. I’d love to see this on other phones, with the sensitivity improved.

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The A32 5G is powered by a MediaTek 720 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but like the A52, it’s expandable to 1 TB. I was pleased with the speed of popular apps – TikTok and Microsoft’s Office app, which is included on the phone, were quite snappy. But some mid-range games I tried didn’t play as smoothly as on the A52.

The A32 has a four-camera system on the back similar to the A52, but there’s no camera bump – the lenses for the camera have raised rims. (The A32 is noticeably thicker and heavier than the A52, which is likely why the bump is MIA.) The rear cameras include a 48-MP main, an 8-MP ultra-wide; a 5-MP macro; and a 2 MP depth camera. It also shoots video up to 4K resolution. There’s has a 13-MP front selfie camera as well.

Like the A52, colors are more subdued than on Samsung’s flagship phones. The out-of-FOCUS smearing I mentioned in some zoomed photos was worse on this device. Portrait images were of decent quality, and low-light images were not nearly as well-lit. I would not recommend this model for anything beyond casual smartphone photography.

The 5G connectivity was as good as on my iPhone or the A52. Like the A52, it doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6.

The A32 has a larger battery, and battery life was very good. But it only supports 15-watt charging, and no wireless charging.

I was excited about the possibility of the A32 as a decent 5G phone, and for undemanding users who prefer Android devices it would likely suffice at an excellent price. But the A52’s higher cost gets you a much better display, a beefier camera system and more power for gaming. If you need more muscle, it’s worth it.

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Back in 2019, purchasing a phone that cost 500 or less seemed almost impossible. That was especially true if you wanted advanced features, like multi-lens cameras and 5G.

That’s no longer the case in 2021, and Samsung is one of the major tech giants leading the charge toward decent budget phones with its recently launched Galaxy A series. The 500 Galaxy A52 5G is the lineup’s top-of-the-line device, offering features that were rare even on the priciest phones until recently.

The Galaxy A52 5G is proof that the era of paying 1,000 or more for a smartphone is coming to an end. But that gap in price doesn’t come without some trade-offs, although none of them are deal breakers.

For example, you shouldn’t expect the Galaxy A52 5G to perform as fast as smartphones equipped with the latest cutting-edge processors. Otherwise, what you’re really missing out on is technology that will be important for powering newer features that are nice to have, but aren’t critical to the overall experience today.

Here’s a closer look at what it’s been like to use the Galaxy A52 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Display Type, Refresh Rate

64MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth

Snapchat lenses, Pro video, night mode, 4K video

Expandable storage up to 1TB, fast charging 25W (but need adapter), headphone jack

Design and display

There’s nothing about the Galaxy A52 5G’s design that seems cheap. Its matte build makes the A52 5G almost feel like it could fit right at home in Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S21 lineup.

As much as I appreciate the Galaxy A52 5G’s aesthetic, the back panel does collect fingerprint smudges and dust fairly easily. I’d recommend using this phone with a case.

Samsung is known for its vivid display technology, and it hasn’t compromised on this with the A52 5G. Samsung’s 500 Galaxy phone comes with a 6.5-inch 1,080 x 2,400 resolution screen that uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology.

Super AMOLED is a type of OLED display technology, meaning it should offer richer contrast and bolder colors than LCD panels like those found on some less expensive smartphones. Even the 600 iPhone 11 lacks an OLED screen. Super AMOLED also differs from a traditional OLED display in that it has the touch sensors incorporated directly into the display rather than on a separate layer, helping to keep the device thin.

Samsung’s more expensive phones like the Galaxy S21, however, come with Dynamic OLED screens, which offer extra perks like HDR10 certification for cinema-grade viewing.

Still, the viewing experience on the Galaxy A52 5G is more than enough to make reading and watching movies or TV enjoyable. When watching clips from “The Great British Baking Show,” colors on the Galaxy A52 5G look slightly bolder and punchier than they do on Apple’s 400 iPhone SE, which uses an LCD panel instead of OLED. Google’s 700 Pixel 5, which also has an OLED display, looks almost as good as Samsung’s phone, but seems a bit washed out in comparison during certain scenes.

Not to mention, the Galaxy A52 5G also has a nearly borderless screen with a selfie camera cutout that’s barely visible, much like many of today’s premium smartphones.

There’s support for facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor that’s built into the screen. However, I’ve noticed that it often takes several times for the scanner to read my finger, which can be an annoyance.

Camera

Smartphones have replaced dedicated cameras for most people, so it’s no surprise that Samsung decided to go all-in when it comes to the Galaxy A52’s camera quality.

The phone comes with four rear cameras: a 64-megapixel wide lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 5-megapixel depth lens. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera. That’s a lot of lenses for a 500 phone.

In practice, the Galaxy A52 has a great camera for the price, especially when it comes to low-light photos, zoom shots, and selfies. Based on my experience, the Galaxy A52 5G is better at taking photos in dim scenarios than the Google Pixel 5 and Apple iPhone SE, and it can also zoom in more closely when taking photos from far away.

Take a look at the photos taken in a dimly lit area below, and you’ll notice the Galaxy A52’s is the brightest.

However, the Galaxy A52 does produce photos that look a little washed out compared to the Pixel 5 and iPhone SE in bright scenes, and skin tones in portraits don’t look as natural in the A52’s photos as they did in pictures taken on Apple‘s and Google’s phones. Take a look at the photo below and you’ll notice Samsung’s shot looks overexposed.

Otherwise, it also has many of the same shooting modes as the Galaxy S21, such as Single Take, panorama, pro video, portrait, and night mode among others. The Galaxy A52 lacks Director’s View, which lets you record with multiple lenses at the same time, but comes with its own extra perks, like Snapchat filters built directly into the selfie camera.

Performance

The Galaxy A52 5G is well-equipped to handle all of the basic functions most people perform on their phone: texting, playing games, browsing social media feeds, reading the news, and taking photos.

But don’t expect it to blow your mind with its speed, especially compared to the iPhone SE.

Based on our tests, the lower-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor inside the Galaxy A52 5G simply can’t compare to the Apple’s A13 Bionic chip.

The iPhone SE exported a 25-second 4K video clip to 1080p in Adobe Rush in a fraction of the amount of time it took for the Galaxy A52 to accomplish the same task. Benchmark tests show similar results, with the iPhone SE scoring significantly higher on tests meant to measure overall performance in everyday tasks (GeekBench 5) and graphics rendering in games (3DMark WildLife).

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Google Pixel 5

Apple iPhone SE

Geekbench 5 (CPU)

639 single core, 1865 multi-core

595 single core, 1,622 multi-core

1,335 single core, 3091 multi-core

1,118 score, 6.7 frames per second

1,010 score, 6.1 frames per second

6,996 score, 41.9 frames per second

Video Export

Anecdotally, I also noticed that the Galaxy A52 gets slightly warmer than the iPhone SE when running demanding games, and the camera doesn’t launch as quickly. Otherwise, the differences in processing power aren’t very noticeable.

Unless you really need to be able to export and edit video as quickly as possible on your phone, the Galaxy A52’s performance should be powerful enough.

Plus, the Galaxy A52 5G also comes with the option to boost its screen refresh rate up to 120Hz, which makes scrolling feel more responsive.

Battery life

You can rest assured that the Galaxy A52 5G won’t leave you scrambling to find a charger. Samsung’s 500 phone lasted impressively long during our battery test, which consists of streaming video on YouTube continuously with the screen’s brightness cranked all the way up.

The Galaxy A52 5G lasted for 13 hours and 25 minutes, just slightly beating the Pixel 5’s time of 13 hours and 19 minutes. The much smaller iPhone SE, however, died at about five hours into our test. The Galaxy A52 5G even outlasted the pricier Galaxy S21, which died after 12 hours and 46 minutes when we put it through the same test in February.

For times when you do run out of battery, the Galaxy A52 5G supports 25-watt fast charging that should supply a 50% charge in 30 minutes. Unfortunately, you have to buy the 25W adapter separately.

Should you buy it?

Yes, the Galaxy A52 5G is an excellent option for Android fans that don’t want to spend close to 1,000 on a new smartphone. With 5G support, long battery life, a large and vibrant screen, and a great camera, you won’t be compromising much by going with Samsung’s midrange Galaxy device.

The biggest features that are missing from the Galaxy A52 5G are capabilities that may be important in the future, but aren’t deal breakers by any means.

For example, it lacks ultra wideband tech, a wireless protocol that gives phones better proximity detection. It’s mostly used for sharing content to other nearby devices or using tracking accessories like Apple’s AirTags or Samsung’s Galaxy Tags.

It also doesn’t have millimeter wave 5G, which is the superfast version of 5G that enables significantly speedier performance than 4G LTE. However, those networks aren’t widely deployed and only operate at short distances.

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What are your alternatives?

The 500 Google Pixel 4a 5G is the closest competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G. It has a slightly smaller screen with a lower refresh rate, two rear cameras instead of four, and no facial recognition. But it does support both types of 5G, receives Android updates quickly, and also gets exclusive Android features.

Samsung also sells a cheaper 400 phone called the Galaxy A42 5G that comes with both flavors of 5G, but has fewer cameras with lower resolutions and less memory.

For budget shoppers interested in the iPhone, there’s the 400 iPhone SE. This phone only has one rear camera, significantly shorter battery life compared to the Galaxy A52 5G, and a smaller 4.7-inch screen. But it’s packed with super powerful performance.

The bottom line

With high marks in all the areas that count — like battery life, camera capabilities, and display quality — the 500 Galaxy A52 makes it hard to justify paying close to 1,000 for a new phone. It doesn’t have the fastest performance, and its camera does fall short in some areas. But for most people, it has the right balance of affordability and features.

Pros: Long battery life, vibrant screen with high refresh rate, good camera, overall great value

Cons: Performance lags behind cheaper iPhone SE, fingerprint sensor can be unreliable

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