Review: The Samsung Galaxy A52 deserves to be a bestseller

With the Galaxy A52, Samsung is putting down a good smartphone with excellent cameras, which at 330 euros is still quite affordable.

There was a time when you sacrificed a lot at Samsung on camera quality in particular if you chose an A-series smartphone. But as competitors began to gain popularity, the company decided to change course. The manufacturer started to focus more on cheaper smartphones.

Last year, Samsung came up with the Galaxy A51. That device turned out to hit the sweet spot and scored on the most important points: screen, battery life and cameras. It had few frills, such as fast charging or fast hardware, but was a decent smartphone that you could use for a while.

Now the Galaxy A52 is out and Samsung naturally wants to build on the success of the A51 with that device. Not surprisingly, the concept has remained virtually the same. Still, Samsung has implemented excellent upgrades. For example, the device is equipped with sturdy glass and a screen with a high refresh rate.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Dimensions 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
Weight 189 grams 189 grams
Screen 6.5-inch FHD + Super AMOLED, 407 PPI, 90 Hz refresh rate 6.5-inch FHD + Super AMOLED, 407 PPI, 120 Hz refresh rate
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, 2.2 GHz
Random-access memory 6 GB / 8 GB 6 GB
Storage memory 128 GB / 256 GB 128 GB
Rear cameras 64 MP main camera with f / 1.8 and OIS, 12 MP wide-angle camera with f / 2.2, 5 MP macro camera and 5 MP depth camera 64 MP main camera with f / 1.8 and OIS, 12 MP wide-angle camera with f / 2.2, 5 MP macro camera and 5 MP depth camera
Cameras for 32 MP with f / 2.2 32 MP with f / 2.2
Battery 4,500 mAh, 25W fast charging 4,500 mAh, 25W fast charging
Software Android 11, One UI 3.1 Android 11, One UI 3.1
Colors Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue
Extras IP67 waterproof, microSD slot, AKG stereo speakers 3.5mm audio jack, in-screen fingerprint scanner IP67 waterproof, microSD slot, AKG stereo speakers 3.5mm audio jack, in-screen fingerprint scanner
price From 349 euros From 429 euros

Nice screen

When you hold the Samsung Galaxy A52 in your hands for the first time and hold it next to a Galaxy S21, do you immediately see that you are dealing with a less advanced OLED screen? Most people don’t. The A52 has a very contrasting screen where the colors, so to speak, splash off.

It is striking that the maximum brightness of the Galaxy A52 is very high for a mid-range device. That is very nice, especially with the summer approaching. When you are on the terrace again, you can easily read the screen.Galaxy A52 Review

Flowing

The higher refresh rate of the Galaxy A52 compared to its predecessor is also very nice. The difference between the two devices is big when you navigate or scroll through Android. Some games also benefit from the higher screen refresh.

If you need more battery life, you can also switch back to 60 Hz on the Galaxy A52. The phone does not switch back itself if a higher refresh rate is not necessary. The Galaxy S21 devices do that.

Cameras

The Galaxy A52 has a 64-megapixel sensor in the primary camera, with an aperture of f / 1.8 and optical image stabilization, which is quite nice in this price category. The whole thing is in any case a step forward compared to the primary camera in the Galaxy A51.

The ultra-wide-angle camera has 12 megapixels. This one does not seem to have been upgraded from the A51. The macro camera, depth camera and front camera have also remained the same as far as we can see.

Fun

The camera app has been expanded, with the less frequently used functions being somewhat hidden so that the interface has remained fairly clear. With the Galaxy A52, the Fun department is standard in the camera modes that you have when you start the app.

That Fun function contains all kinds of entertaining things that you can add to a photographed face, such as filters that give you thicker eyebrows. You can adjust the camera modes so that you always have your most-used modes at hand.

Battery

The battery life of the Galaxy A52 is not exactly disappointing. It performs as one of the best of the devices in its price range. This applies to the battery life when browsing and to a lesser extent also when watching videos.

There is even more good news, because the Galaxy A52 comes with a charger as standard, unlike the Galaxy S21 smartphones. The phone charges about as fast as its predecessor.

Conclusion

The Galaxy A52 is a mid-range device of around 330 euros with distinctive features for its price. For example, the A52 has an IP67 rating for water resistance, sturdy glass, a 90Hz OLED screen, a sound port and stereo speakers.

The primary camera has optical image stabilization and takes good photos. The battery life is fine and the price is reasonable. The biggest downside is that you can also find phones with faster processors for this price.

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