Samsung Galaxy A52s evaluate: Jack of all trades

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It’s no secret that the smartphone trade strikes at a blistering tempo. Smartphone replace cycles are consistently getting shorter within the face of intense competitors. So it comes as no shock that Samsung is introducing a supercharged model of the Galaxy A52 5G mere months after launch. The up to date handset is designed to raised compete within the premium mid-range market. Nonetheless, in typical Samsung style, the Samsung Galaxy A52s is an incremental improve with a deal with expertise over all-out efficiency. Within the Android Authority Samsung Galaxy A52s evaluate, we see if that have mixed with Samsung’s model cachet can win out over a loaded spec sheet to ascertain the telephone as a reputable premium various.

About this Samsung Galaxy A52s evaluate: I examined the Samsung Galaxy A52s over a interval of seven days. It was operating Android 11 model (RP1A.200720.012.A528BXXU1AUH3) on the June 1 safety patch. The unit was supplied by Samsung India for this evaluate. Whereas formally named the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, as a result of there isn’t a non-5G model obtainable we’ll be referring to the gadget because the Galaxy A52s all through.

What you have to know in regards to the Samsung Galaxy A52s

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  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (6GB/128GB): £409 / €449 / Rs. 35,999
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (8GB/128GB): Rs. 37,999
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (8GB/256GB): €509

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a mid-cycle improve over the Galaxy A52 5G that Samsung launched earlier this yr. As such, it echoes the design language and brings about upgrades in efficiency in addition to charging speeds. The telephone enjoys a candy spot in Samsung’s premium mid-range section serving as the proper leaping level — earlier than the Galaxy S20 FE and no less than till we see the Galaxy S21 FE — for anybody searching for a higher-end expertise with out breaking the financial institution. In the meantime, the Galaxy A52 5G (in addition to the vanilla Galaxy A52 in some areas) continues to exist at a barely lower cost level for individuals who need the seems, however don’t essentially want the added efficiency of the Galaxy A52s.

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s is offered in three variants with the first distinction between them being the quantity of RAM and storage. You’ll discover 4 coloration choices right here: Superior Black, Superior White (examined), Superior Mint, and Superior Violet. The mint coloration possibility isn’t obtainable in India. The Galaxy A52s is in the stores in Europe and India, however notably not within the US on the time of writing.

Design: Acquainted but refined

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G angled up against flower pot rear view

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s wholeheartedly embraces the design language of the broader Samsung product portfolio however makes it its personal by way of delicate cues. Nonetheless, this being a mid-cycle refresh, the telephone seems nigh an identical to the not too long ago launched Samsung A52 5G — however that’s not a foul factor.

Take, for instance, the again of the telephone. The gradual elevation of the digital camera part evokes Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21 collection and does job of masking the in any other case chunky digital camera module. The all-encompassing matte-finish on the again panel stands out amidst a sea of shiny, usually gradient imbued options.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G placed on grey fabric showing back panel top down view

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There’s a typical false impression that polycarbonate, by definition, shouldn’t be a premium materials for a telephone. Nonetheless, that isn’t essentially true. Polycarbonate, when finished proper — as within the case of the Galaxy A52s — can really feel surprisingly luxe. The matte white end on the variant I’ve available resisted scratches, fingerprints, and scuffs a lot better than the glass-equipped options.

The superb weight distribution and high-quality supplies make the telephone really feel top-tier within the hand.

At 189g, the telephone additionally feels nice within the hand, extra so as a result of glorious weight distribution. The chrome-finished polycarbonate mid-frame sadly isn’t fairly as premium and tends to draw fingerprints.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G display on with Netflix content

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In the meantime, the 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED show stood out as a spotlight to me. It’s a usually Samsung panel with its shiny and vibrant colours and a slight bend in the direction of oversaturation out of the field. That’s simply corrected with a number of software program toggles in the event you want extra pure tones. Whereas panel is nearly a given within the premium mid-range section, the 120Hz panel employed by the Samsung Galaxy A52s stands aside for its peak brightness ranges and sheer crispness. I had no bother in any respect studying content material outdoor beneath direct daylight.

There’s, nonetheless, a caveat right here. The display can solely be set to 120Hz or 60Hz. The refresh price doesn’t scale up or right down to adapt to the content material and save battery life. Moreover, the scale of the bezels across the show is somewhat distracting and takes away from the in any other case premium look of the gadget.

The gradual in-display fingerprint reader can get annoying in a short time.

Different desk stake options embody an in-display fingerprint scanner, although it’s something however quick. Accuracy ranges are nice, and the scanner by no means failed to acknowledge my biometrics. Nonetheless, in comparison with virtually the whole lot else in the marketplace, it takes virtually a second to acknowledge the fingerprint and unlock the telephone.

The Galaxy A52s continues to function the IP67 score from the Galaxy A52 5G to guard the telephone towards errant splashes and mud. The show can be protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G close up of screen in hand

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s carries ahead the design improvements made with the Galaxy A52 collection and makes little to no modifications. That’s not likely a foul factor since Samsung nailed the premium mid-range aesthetic, for essentially the most half. Fundamentals like tactile suggestions and typing expertise are all on level. Nonetheless, the shortage of significant enhancements like smaller bezels and an adaptive refresh price is somewhat unlucky.

How highly effective is the Samsung A52s?

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a part of a recent crop of gadgets powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset. Qualcomm’s higher mid-range chipset is, by and huge, a variant of the Snapdragon 780G and options the identical octa-core configuration with 4 Cortex A78 cores and 4 Cortex A55 cores, solely this time it’s paired up with an Adreno 642L GPU.

Learn extra: Snapdragon SoC information — All of Qualcomm smartphone processors defined

All in all, there’s ample energy right here for many customers. I didn’t face any efficiency constraints in any respect throughout my week with the telephone. For on a regular basis duties like social media, net looking, and listening to music, the telephone holds up somewhat properly and I’d wager a guess that the frugal chipset performed a job in guaranteeing lengthy battery life as properly (extra on that within the subsequent part). Gaming isn’t a difficulty both and I had no bother maxing out Name of Responsibility: Cellular.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G in hand showing app drawer.

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That mid-range positioning, nonetheless, is obvious whenever you have a look at benchmark scores. Based mostly on legacy benchmarks and our personal Velocity Check G outcomes, the chipset is way behind the likes of the Snapdragon 888, and even the Snapdragon 870 that powers some competing telephones just like the OnePlus 9R. This efficiency delta shouldn’t be instantly problematic for many customers. There’s ample grunt right here and it’s a welcome improve over the Galaxy A52 5G’s lesser Snapdragon 750G. Nonetheless, it may nonetheless have an effect on the longevity of the telephone in case you are the type to carry on to your gadget for a few years.

Does the battery final all day?

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G display with browser on.

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Just like the Galaxy A52 5G earlier than it, the Galaxy A52s homes a capacious 4,500mAh battery. Samsung’s exemplary battery optimization shines right here and the telephone simply lasts a day and a half of use. With intensive use of Twitter, Reddit, Slack, and emails, I by no means had vary nervousness and the telephone nonetheless had juice within the tank on the finish of a busy workday. Smartphone testing often includes heavier workloads than regular and I’m pretty assured that the telephone will final two days for lighter workloads. Extra so in the event you drop the refresh price right down to 60Hz or mess around with a number of the intensive battery optimization tweaks.

The glacial charging speeds are saved by the long-lasting battery life.

That stated, Samsung dropped the ball in relation to charging speeds. To start out with, the Samsung Galaxy A52s helps a most of 25W charging. That alone is gradual in comparison with the 65W+ speeds being championed by some options. Nonetheless, the actual kicker is that the included charger caps at 15W. Just like the Galaxy A52 5G, topping off the telephone takes over an hour and a half which isn’t the slowest we’ve seen, however you’ll want to purchase a appropriate quick charger to realize the quickest speeds doable. There’s no wi-fi charging assist both however that’s an appropriate trade-off contemplating the value.

Are the cameras any good?

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G camera module in hand

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The quad-camera array on the Samsung Galaxy A52s isn’t stunning contemplating the A52 5G sports activities a lot the identical setup. This contains the present mid-range favourite mixture of a wide-angle, ultra-wide and macro lens which is paired up with a depth sensor for higher portraits — no telephoto digital camera right here.

The first shooter does job although photographs have a really “Samsung” look. This features a tendency to brighten up pictures, aggressive HDR firming of skies, and a basic proclivity to spice up saturation. The boosted publicity ranges, nonetheless, are likely to additionally increase noise ranges in shadows, which is kind of obvious in the event you blow up the photographs on an enormous display.

I wasn’t significantly happy with how the telephone handles extraordinarily shiny settings. The primary picture, for instance, was shot beneath direct daylight on a usually sunny afternoon and isn’t very consultant of the particular setting. Not solely have the reds and yellows been boosted up, however the foliage within the backdrop additionally seems somewhat washed out as a result of try at bringing out extra particulars. The blue sky seems virtually faux as a result of aggressive HDR. There’s, nonetheless, quantity of element right here.

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The picture on the precise is as soon as towards uncovered only a bit too excessive. I wouldn’t go so far as saying that the digital camera is unhealthy. Actually, some customers would possibly fairly just like the social media-friendly outcomes. Purists, however, ought to keep away.

The ultra-wide digital camera on the Galaxy A52s actually isn’t unhealthy, although it needs to be stated that distortion may’ve been dealt with a bit higher. There’s not an excessive amount of coloration variance between the ultra-wide shooter and the first digital camera and the extent of element right here is fairly good.

The shortage of a telephoto digital camera signifies that zoomed-in pictures are wholly digital crops. With ample daylight, the outcomes afforded by the 64MP sensor aren’t half unhealthy, although shut inspection readily reveals digital artifacts and jagged edges.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G indoor shot of video game and PlayStation

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Indoors or in lower than perfect mild, issues are, properly, not so perfect. The ramped-up publicity ranges additionally deliver out a good quantity of noise and grain. Whereas pictures look tremendous on the telephone’s show, artifacts from the digital noise discount and grain ranges are very noticeable in the event you attempt to crop in, or view the picture on a much bigger show.

I got here away somewhat impressed with the portrait mode capabilities of the Galaxy A52s. The telephone precisely decided the define of the article in focus and produced a reasonably natural-looking depth of area impact.

The superb portrait mode capabilities lengthen to the entrance digital camera the place the telephone did an honest job of making a depth map round my unruly hair. It’s not fairly excellent and errant strands are likely to get blurred out however the outcomes are greater than passable.

Actually, I got here away somewhat impressed with the selfie digital camera usually. Colours are on level, extra so than from the rear digital camera, and publicity ranges are correct as properly with loads of particulars in pictures.

Pictures captured by the Galaxy A52s have a really Samsung look.

On the video entrance, recording maxes out at 4K 30fps which is perplexing contemplating 60fps assist is offered on many different, extra inexpensive smartphones. Video high quality is fairly good, with an honest quantity of element, and properly saturated colours.

You possibly can check out the total decision Samsung Galaxy A52s digital camera samples at this Google Drive hyperlink.

The rest?

  • Software program: The bloatware scenario on the Galaxy A52s is, to place it mildly, fairly unhealthy. I can admire the sheer quantity of options that Samsung contains with One UI. Nonetheless, that merely doesn’t excuse the 35+ apps that got here pre-installed with the Indian unit I examined. European fashions could fluctuate, however that’s with out mentioning the widgets, and notification spam by way of Samsung’s built-in apps — one thing that the corporate has promised to cease doing, however hasn’t on the time of writing. Furthermore, not all of those apps might be eliminated. For disgrace, Samsung.
  • Stereo audio system: The Galaxy A52s contains stereo audio system, however they’re not significantly good audio system. Output sounds skinny with no semblance of bass. Quantity ranges, however, are adequate for calls or to look at YouTube movies.
  • Headphone jack: Yup, it’s there and it really works as you’d anticipate. Audio high quality is passable and the telephone had no bother driving any of my headphones.
  • 5G assist: Samsung is championing the strong 5G assist on the Galaxy A52s on a variety of bands. That doesn’t, nonetheless, embody mmWave 5G, which isn’t a shock as a result of value or the shortage of US availability.
  • Wi-Fi 6 assist: Along with 5G, the Galaxy A52s additionally helps Wi-Fi 6 — a minor however very welcome improve over the opposite Galaxy A52 collection telephones.
  • MicroSD assist: Samsung has included microSD assist by way of a hybrid SIM slot and customers can simply broaden storage by way of the second SIM card slot.
  • Updates: The corporate has promised three years of OS upgrades and 4 years of safety updates for the Galaxy A52s, making it one of many few telephones within the section not made by Google with glorious long-term software program assist.

Samsung Galaxy A52s specs

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Show 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080)
Infinity-O (show cutout)
407ppi
120Hz refresh price
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G

1 x 2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime
3 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Gold
4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Silver

GPU Adreno 642L
RAM 6 or 8GB
Storage 128 or 256GB
microSD assist (as much as 1TB)
Energy 4,500mAh battery
25W quick wired charging
No wi-fi charging
Cameras Rear:
1) 64MP major
Optical picture stabilization (OIS)
Auto-focus (AF)
0.8µm, ƒ1.7

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

3) 5MP macro
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

4) 5MP depth sensor
1.12µm, ƒ2.4, FF

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

Audio Bluetooth 5.0
Stereo audio system
3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity 5G Sub6 (FDD & TDD)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC assist
Safety In-display fingerprint sensor
IP67-rated towards water/mud
Face unlock (insecure)
Software program Android 11
One UI 3.0
3 years of updates
Dimensions and weight 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm
189g
Colours Superior Black, Superior White, Superior Purple, Superior Mint

Worth and competitors

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G back panel in hand

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G delivers a premium design, an upgraded Snapdragon 778G processor, and a big 4500mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s competes in a really crowded section in India and Europe, however the telephone will ship a number of worth to a really particular form of consumer. There’s no denying the standard of building and basic polish to Samsung’s {hardware}. The place the telephone lacks in uncooked efficiency, it delivers in refinement — regardless that the bloatware generally is a put-off. The cameras (notably the primary and selfie shooters) ship the products and battery life is exemplary. The Galaxy A52s won’t be the very best in anybody class, but it surely comes throughout as a reliable performer backed by long-term software program assist.

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Efficiency fans would possibly need to try the Realme GT (£399/Rs.37,999) that provides the would possibly of the Snapdragon 888 chipset in addition to considerably sooner charging and an excellent digital camera for not way more cash.

One other competitor for these solely in India is the OnePlus 9R (Rs. 39,999) that packs a extra highly effective Snapdragon 870 chipset in addition to a clear software program construct and a premium design. In Europe, there’s the OnePlus Nord 2 (£399) that undercuts the Samsung Galaxy A52s whereas delivering higher efficiency, although the cameras are slightly inconsistent.

Lastly, avid gamers will significantly just like the Poco F3 GT (Rs. 26,999) or that pairs a quick Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chipset with distinctive magnetic set off buttons that actually elevate the cell gaming expertise, or the Poco F3 (£329) which opts for the Snapdragon 870 processor and a extra conventional look.

Samsung Galaxy A52s evaluate: The decision

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G back panel in hand

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s isn’t an distinctive telephone, but it surely positive is a dependable one. You might fault the shortage of a flagship-grade chipset, sooner charging, and even higher cameras, however that’s not what the telephone is making an attempt to realize. Avid gamers and photographers have various choices.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a no-fuss inexpensive telephone with no actual deal-breakers.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is a no-fuss telephone that will get all of the necessities proper, and the efficiency improve retains issues transferring alongside at a steadier clip than the Galaxy A52 5G. If you will discover a mannequin with out the bloatware, you’re left with a well-supported telephone that’s a simple advice as a each day driver.

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