Samsung Galaxy A52 5G evaluation: Scrappy mid-range fighter

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The Galaxy A52 5G is a mid-range providing from Samsung that goals to compete with choose telephones from Google, Motorola, Apple, and different well-liked mid-tier telephones. It’s a little pricer than the usual A52, however the additional money nets you 5G entry relying on the place you reside. But this isn’t the one characteristic the A52 5G has over the usual A52. Discover out what else separates them within the Android Authority Samsung Galaxy A52 5G evaluation.

About this Samsung Galaxy A52 5G evaluation: I examined the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G over a interval of six days. It was working Android 11 on the March 2021 safety patch. Samsung offered the evaluation unit to Android Authority for this evaluation.


What you want to know concerning the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G on table with things

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  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 6GB/128GB: $499/£399/€399

The Galaxy A52 5G is the follow-up to the Galaxy super-popular Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A51 5G from 2020. As such, it ought to be a mega-seller for Samsung. Centered in the course of the corporate’s lineup, it hits the candy spot in value, options, and design. The brand new Galaxy A42 and A32 are nearer to entry-level fare, whereas the A72 and Galaxy S2o FE are on the excessive finish of the center of the market. That provides the A52 5G (and its lower-cost brother, the A52) vast latitude to cannibalize gross sales from above and beneath.

Well worth the improve? Samsung Galaxy A52 vs Galaxy A51

The A52 5G additionally goes head-to-head with Apple and Google. Some would possibly contemplate the iPhone SE an possibility, in addition to the Google Pixel 4a 5G. Samsung is providing as much as $150 off the telephone if in case you have one thing to trade-in. That helps the worth equation fairly a bit.

Samsung sells two variations of the telephone, with completely different reminiscence/storage combos, and it is available in 4 colours: Superior Black, Superior Blue, Superior Violet, and Superior White. In the mean time, solely the black model seems to be out there from Samsung’s US retailer. There’s no phrase on the supply of the opposite colours nor the opposite storage configurations.


Design: All within the household

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G rear on table with things

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  • Gorilla Glass entrance, polycarbonate sides/rear
  • 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm
  • 189g
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Stereo audio system
  • IP67
  • Superior Black, Superior White, Superior Blue, Superior Violet

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a story of two telephones: the outer and interior. Samsung wholly redesigned the A52 5G’s pores and skin in comparison with the outgoing A51, however it carried over lots of the specs from the earlier era. This leads us to surprise if it’s definitely worth the improve or not.

There’s nothing refined concerning the Galaxy A52 5G. It has totally adopted the design language seen on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Be aware 20 collection’ to finish the household image. Which means it has an easy look with a super-chunky digital camera module on the rear. The resemblance to its flagship siblings is apparent if you examine the members of the family to 1 one other. Furthermore, all the pieces concerning the telephone is larger than its predecessor. It’s taller, thicker, and heavier. Not by a lot, thoughts you, however by sufficient to note.

One factor separates the A52 5G from its costlier Galaxy S brethren: supplies. The place the pricier fashions are steel and glass, the A52 5G’s rear is product of polycarbonate. Each the mid-frame and the rear panel are made out of plastics and the entrance panel is roofed in Gorilla Glass 3. The latter is a number of generations behind at this level which is a disgrace.

Samsung upgraded the A52 5G with official mud and water safety due to the IP67 ranking. That is an enormous bonus over final 12 months’s telephone.

It’s price declaring that the rear plastics are extra sturdy than glass and also you would possibly be capable of get away with utilizing the telephone with out a case. Additional, Samsung upgraded the Galaxy A52 5G with mud and water safety due to the IP67 ranking. That’s an enormous bonus over final 12 months’s telephone. Regardless of the plastics, the matte supplies are interesting and could possibly be mistaken for glass from a distance. The general really feel of the telephone is kind of good. I’d give it an edge over the cheaper-feeling Google Pixel 4a 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G angled on table

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The remaining design components are operate over kind, however that’s not a nasty factor. The ability button and quantity toggle are excessive on the appropriate fringe of the telephone. Whereas the buttons are simple to search out and use, suggestions borders on low cost. The combo SIM card/reminiscence card tray is tucked into the highest edge. It helps microSD playing cards as much as 1TB. Samsung stored the telephone’s left edge fully freed from design components, however the backside accommodates the USB-C port, headphone jack, and downward-firing speaker.

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Along with the earpiece, the telephone produces stereo sound. For a $500 telephone, I hoped for barely higher. Music comes throughout as a bit skinny, with high-frequency sounds prevailing over bass tones. It’s positive in the event you’re not overly discerning, however there are telephones on the market that sound higher. Nonetheless, the A51 5G didn’t have stereo audio system in any respect, in order that’s one thing.

For many who desire biometrics over passwords and PINs, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G consists of an in-display fingerprint reader. It wasn’t fairly as quick as I’d like a fingerprint reader to be, however accuracy was stable. This tech has come a good distance because it was first launched a number of years in the past, with even price range telephones now providing viable iterations.

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G rear with books

Credit score: Eric Zeman / Android Authority

In sum, Samsung put collectively some good upgrades for the Galaxy A52 5G in comparison with the Galaxy A51 pair. The brand new design is extra interesting and the IP ranking is a welcome enchancment.


Show: Quick for the worth

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G in hand color

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  • 6.5-in Tremendous AMOLED with punch-hole
  • 2,400 x 1,080 decision
  • 407ppi
  • 20:9 side ratio, 120Hz refresh charge

Samsung has carried over the display dimension and backbone from final 12 months’s telephone however boosted the show due to a a lot quicker refresh charge.

Samsung has been all about velocity this previous 12 months and geared up lots of its telephones with quicker screens. The Galaxy A52 encompasses a 90Hz show, however the perfect is reserved for the Galaxy A52 5G, which boasts a 120Hz show. Mix this with improved brightness and you’ve got a particular enchancment year-over-year because the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A52 5G have been caught with 60Hz refresh charges.

Extra studying: Refresh charges defined: 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz

Elsewhere, the Galaxy A52 5G’s display is a brilliant and correct AMOLED panel that impresses given the worth tag. Along with the height 800 nits brightness, the show is colourful and pixel-dense. Every thing I seen on the Galaxy A52 5G, from web sites to pictures and YouTube movies, appeared crisp and colourful.

The telephone is about to 120Hz out of the field. If you would like the battery-saving 60Hz expertise you’ll want to show it on your self. The 120Hz expertise is kind of good, significantly when navigating YouTube and different apps that necessitate a lot of scrolling. It’s an either-or state of affairs, nevertheless. Both the display is working at 120Hz or 60Hz — there’s no adaptive tech right here.

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G in the sun

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The show presents all of the facilities you count on from a contemporary telephone. Which means darkish mode is on board, as are controls for eye consolation, display mode, edge panels, unintentional contact safety, excessive sensitivity for gloved use, and management over the navigation bar.

My solely minor criticism could be reserved for the punch-hole digital camera, centered on the prime, which has the faintest silver circle round it. Some could discover this annoying because it breaks up the in any other case pure black of the display.

That apart, this is a superb display for a $500 telephone. I’d name it the system’s defining characteristic.


Efficiency: Mid-range muscle?

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
  • Adreno 619
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB storage

Does the Galaxy A52 5G ship mid-range muscle? Not fairly.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is an replace to the getting old 730G. It’s a particular enchancment over the Exynos chip that was within the prior-generation Galaxy A51, however it may’t fairly compete with the massive boys. Granted, Samsung needed to preserve the price down someplace, and sticking to a middle-of-the-pack Snapdragon 700 collection chip is the best way to do this.

Operating benchmarks highlighted the restrictions of the Snapdragon 750G. It put up mediocre scores throughout a variety of take a look at apps, similar to 3DMark and Geekbench. Whereas the Galaxy A52 5G narrowly bests the Snapdragon 765G chip of the Pixel 4a 5G, it falls properly behind the A13 Bionic discovered within the iPhone SE. The telephone delivered a modest efficiency in our homegrown Pace Check G benchmark, placing up a time of two minutes 38 seconds. The most effective telephones can run the take a look at in simply over one minute, whereas telephones within the mid-range class have a tendency to complete in below two and a half minutes. That places the Galaxy A52 5G in touching distance of recent mid-range gadgets in benchmarking phrases, however no larger.

The A52 5G is ok for on a regular basis use, however not for heavy lifting.

Extra importantly, the telephone by no means felt actually quick. Flitting concerning the house display was positive, and opening/closing or switching between most apps was not an issue in any respect. Searching the net and YouTube felt fluid. However actions similar to downloading and putting in apps from the Google Play Retailer have been an train in persistence. It took over an hour for a handful of apps to replace from the Play Retailer. It was gradual going. I’d say there’s a hair of lag system-wide, although it may be alleviated to a point in the event you drop right down to a 60Hz refresh charge.

Gaming was hit and miss. The telephone dealt with some easy parlor video games with no bother, however video games with a lot of polygons to push have been an excessive amount of for the Galaxy A52 5G. For instance, Asphalt 9 — a reasonably demanding 3D recreation — was stuttery and gradual on the Galaxy A52 5G, making gameplay irritating, to say the least.

Backside line, the Galaxy A52 5G is ok for on a regular basis use however not for heavy lifting. Decide one other telephone if uncooked energy or gaming is essential to you.

On the 5G entrance, you’ve received built-in help for the sub-6GHz 5G networks of T-Cellular and Verizon. We examined the system on T-Cellular’s community in and round New York Metropolis and got here away impressed. Speeds have been fast and total wi-fi knowledge efficiency was snappy. When you’re a Verizon buyer, you’ll have to purchase the unlocked model and get the right 5G SIM from Verizon to get 5G working correctly. There’s no mmWave throughout the board, however for a mid-range telephone sub-6GHz 5G is an appropriate compromise.


Battery: Lengthy lasting

  • 4,500mAh
  • 25W wired charging

The battery lifetime of the Galaxy A52 5G was spectacular throughout my testing. I used to be very happy with the longevity of the telephone’s energy supply, which simply pushed right into a second day. I carried the telephone on a day journey into New York Metropolis and got here house with greater than 50% within the tank regardless of a lot of time on electronic mail, Twitter, and with the digital camera. Display screen-on time ranged from 6.5-7 hours on any given day, which matches toe-to-toe with the perfect of them. This was with the telephone set to 120Hz. You possibly can rating much more battery life in the event you drop the refresh charge right down to 60Hz and make use of the battery-saving instruments. In different phrases, the telephone will get the job carried out.

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On the charging entrance, you’ve received help for 25W wired charging, however the system ships with an 18W charger. That’s a little bit of a bummer. We want Samsung had been beneficiant sufficient to provide the 25W charger within the field. Even with the 18W charger, nevertheless, the telephone nonetheless topped up at a fairly fast charge. It didn’t energy as much as full in half-hour as we’ve seen with a few of the newest flagships, however it was lower than 90 minutes for a full recharge. That’s not dangerous for a 4,500mAh battery at 18W. I examined the telephone with a quicker 25W charger and it put up barely higher numbers, recharging in nearer to 70 minutes.

There’s no wi-fi charging, and we wouldn’t essentially count on to see such a characteristic on a telephone at this value level.


Digicam: One out of three ain’t dangerous

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G camera module closeup

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  • Predominant: 64MP, OIS, PDAF (f/1.8, 0.8µm)
  • Extremely-wide: 12MP (f/2.2, 1.12µm)
  • Macro: 5MP (f/2.4)
  • Depth: 5MP (f/2.4)
  • Entrance: 32MP (f/2.2, 0.8µm)
  • Video: 4K at 30fps

The Galaxy A52 5G has a reasonably commonplace setup for the center of the market, even when it’s not essentially the main-wide-zoom trifecta mixture we desire to see. It’s received a pixel-rich predominant digital camera, in addition to ultra-wide, macro, and depth cameras. There’s no devoted optical telephoto.

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Samples taken from the primary sensor have been fairly good. They’re binned down by an element of 4 to 16MP. I used to be happy with coloration, definition, element, white steadiness, publicity, and sharpness. Most significantly, the vast majority of pictures have been correct to the scene at hand. What you see here’s what I noticed in individual in the true world. Since that is the lens individuals will use essentially the most, it’s good that it will get the job carried out. The element within the subway mural is nice, significantly contemplating it was taken in low gentle.

For long-distance pictures, the telephone depends wholly on digital zoom. Which means it’s utilizing the primary lens and cropping in. These photographs are a bit softer and the colour wasn’t all the time as wealthy as capturing at the usual focal size. When you zoom in, you’ll see jagged edges in some locations. The shot with the vehicles is completely washed out. One thing about zooming in messes with publicity considerably.

The ultra-wide digital camera does a reasonably respectable job snagging giant field-of-view scenes. Even capturing straight into the solar netted stable element within the shadows, as you possibly can see within the wider model of the scene with the stacked vehicles.

Portrait capturing works properly with the primary digital camera. You possibly can see within the statue pattern beneath that the primary topic is minimize out completely and the remainder of the picture is gently blurred out. The selfie digital camera is much extra aggressive. Within the selfie portrait beneath, I do know that I’m standing in Occasions Sq., however an off-the-cuff observer could not — it could possibly be any cityscape. Not less than I’m all there and no lacking chunks of hair or an ear, so the topic detection is doing its job. There’s way more element in the usual selfie and it’s clear that Time Sq. serves because the backdrop for the picture. I just like the publicity for all three of those pictures, which was correct to the true world. The selfie digital camera additionally bins pictures down by an element of 4 to 8MP.

Video captured with the Galaxy A52 5G was good, however not nice. The 4K decision is ok, although I want the digital camera supported 60fps fairly than simply 30fps, particularly when the iPhone SE and Pixel 4a 5G provide the capturing mode. Even so, the video clips I took have been clear, comparatively colourful, and wealthy intimately with out an excessive amount of lack of element or noise, significantly in low gentle.

The Galaxy A52 5G’s predominant digital camera will get the job carried out.

The app is kind of the identical one that you just’ll discover on Samsung’s higher-end telephones. It has a regular configuration of shutter controls on one aspect and settings changes similar to flash, timer, and side ratio on the opposite. I’m a bit confused by the capturing mode carousel, nevertheless. It consists of picture, video, Single Take (Samsung’s capture-it-all-at-once software), and Enjoyable. The Enjoyable capturing mode steals filters from Snapchat and is one thing you’d count on on a telephone for teenagers. My guess will not be each Galaxy A52 5G proprietor can be a child, however Samsung hopes they’ll all be children at coronary heart. All the opposite capturing modes, together with the helpful portrait mode, are buried within the Extra tab. Personally, I’d prefer to have seen the portrait mode change locations with Enjoyable.

All in all, it’s a stable shooter. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G’s digital camera isn’t going to set the world on fireplace, however it does a positive job for digital camera telephones on this value vary.

You possibly can take a look at the full-resolution digital camera samples on this Google Drive folder.


Software program: One UI to rule all of them

  • Android 11
  • One UI 3.1
  • Three years of promised software program updates

Samsung has stepped up its software program recreation. To start out, the telephone ships with Android 11 and Samsung’s One UI 3.1. That is essentially the most up-to-date software program out there to any Samsung system in the marketplace proper now. There was a time when Samsung would ship its mid-range telephones with older variations of software program. That’s now not the case. Extra importantly, Samsung has dedicated to longer help curves for its telephones. It’s now providing three years of updates. This implies the telephone will keep present and guarded for longer, and on par with Google’s Pixel collection.

Samsung Android 11 replace: When will your telephone get One UI 3?

One UI 3.1 itself is a stable consumer interface pores and skin. I’m not the largest fan of its fonts and a few icons, however with Android you will get round minor stuff like that fairly simply. All the same old and anticipated bits are in place. For instance, there’s an app drawer and, mercifully, entry to the Google Uncover feed on the left house display panel. On older telephones, Samsung compelled you to make use of Bixby or its Samsung Free feeds. Accessing the Uncover feed makes me a lot happier, although you possibly can change again to Samsung Free in the event you so need.

With these fundamentals dealt with, Samsung is main the best way with software program. That’s an excellent factor for Galaxy followers and the Galaxy A52 5G particularly.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specs

  Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Show 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080)
Infinity-O (show cutout)
407ppi
90Hz refresh charge
6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080)
Infinity-O (show cutout)
407ppi
120Hz refresh charge
Processor Unnamed octa-core CPU Unnamed octa-core CPU
RAM 4, 6, or 8GB 6 or 8GB
Storage 128 or 256GB
microSD help (as much as 1TB)
128 or 256GB
microSD help (as much as 1TB)
Energy 4,500mAh battery
25W quick wired charging
No wi-fi charging
4,500mAh battery
25W quick wired charging
No wi-fi charging
Cameras Rear:
1) 64MP predominant
Optical picture stabilization (OIS)
Auto-focus (AF)
0.8µm, ƒ1.8

2) 12MP ultra-wide
Fastened focus (FF)
1.12µm, ƒ2.2

3) 5MP macro
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

3) 5MP depth sensor
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

Entrance:
1) 32MP predominant
0.8µm, ƒ2.2, FF

Rear:
1) 64MP predominant
Optical picture stabilization (OIS)
Auto-focus (AF)
0.8µm, ƒ1.8

2) 12MP ultra-wide
Fastened focus (FF)
1.12µm, ƒ2.2

3) 5MP macro
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

3) 5MP depth sensor
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

Entrance:
1) 32MP predominant
0.8µm, ƒ2.2, FF

Audio Bluetooth 5.0
Stereo audio system
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.0
Stereo audio system
3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity LTE solely (no 5G help)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC help
5G Sub6 (FDD & TDD)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC help
Safety In-display fingerprint sensor
IP67-rated towards water/mud
Face unlock (insecure)
In-display fingerprint sensor
IP67-rated towards water/mud
Face unlock (insecure)
Software program Android 11
One UI 3.0
Android 11
One UI 3.0
Dimensions and weight 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm
189g
159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm
189g
Colours Superior Violet, Superior Blue, Superior White, Superior Black Superior Violet, Superior Blue, Superior White, Superior Black

Worth and competitors

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G presents plenty of bang for the buck. It packs a 6.5-inch, 120Hz show, a big 4,500mAh battery that lasts all day, and a 64MP predominant digital camera. With 5G on board, it could possibly be a mid-range smash.

The $500 area is a crowded subject and standing out will be troublesome. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is Samsung’s mid-market play, and it has its work minimize out for it. The telephone is pretty priced at $499, contemplating it has 5G. The usual Galaxy A52 loses 5G, drops the display to 90Hz, dials again the processor a bit, and drops $100 from the worth tag. When you don’t have entry to 5G or don’t care concerning the display velocity, it could be higher to stay with the non-5G mannequin to avoid wasting money. When you do have 5G, we suggest the 5G mannequin (significantly because it did so properly on T-Cellular’s mid-band 5G community.) You’re getting a good worth right here, contemplating the stable display high quality, glorious battery life, and stable predominant digital camera, that are an important issues.

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Let’s begin with the obvious competitor: the Google Pixel 4a 5G. Google’s $499 Pixel telephone is an all-around winner with a stellar predominant digital camera, good construct high quality, glorious battery life, and a stable display. It is a good head-to-head and it’s a tough name which is the higher purchase. The Galaxy A52 5G has the next refresh charge display and an IP ranking, although the Pixel 4a 5G packs a greater digital camera and a few Pixel-exclusive software program perks. For extra, take a look at our evaluation right here.

Different telephones on this value vary to think about embody the Motorola One Ace 5G, the OnePlus Nord, and the Apple iPhone SE, although the latter two don’t help 5G and the Nord will not be out there within the US.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G evaluation: The decision

Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G on plate

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The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a stable mid-ranger with a couple of predictable shortcomings. It competes properly in a market that’s saturated with alternate options and could possibly be a winner for Samsung.

Samsung adopted its typical design language for the telephone, which is a adore it or hate it kind factor. The Galaxy A52 5G packs a whopping 6.5-inch 120Hz panel that appears actually good. All-day battery is accessible from the 4,500mAh energy provide, and the 64MP predominant digital camera does a fairly good job for this value vary.

No $500 telephone is with out compromises, however not one of the A52 5G’s shortcomings really feel like whole deal-breakers.

The secondary cameras might do a greater job, significantly the ultra-wide digital camera, which generates gentle outcomes. And, if there’s something to essentially ding the telephone for, it’s efficiency. It’s completely positive for day by day duties, however in the event you’re into gaming, the Galaxy A52 5G’s Snapdragon 750G processor simply doesn’t have the required chops.

On the entire, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a scrappy mid-ranger that gives plenty of worth — way over its predecessor. No $500 telephone is with out compromises, however not one of the A52 5G’s shortcomings really feel like whole deal-breakers.

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