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Samsung Galaxy A52 (5G) Smartphone

NEX score 69%

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Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy A52 is an affordable alternative to the South Korean company's 2021 Galaxy S21: Fronted with a 6.5-inch FHD+ OLED display, the A52 has a design similar to that of the S21 / S21 Plus, trading compromises with additional features.
In terms of compromises, the A52 has a slower processor, a lower IP rating (IP67 rather than IP68), a lower display refresh rate at 90Hz, a downgrade of USB-C to 2.0, and a omission of WiFi 6 in favor of WiFi 5.
On the other hand, it adds a fourth camera in the back, upgrades the selfie camera to 32MP, and keeps the microSD card support.
The A52 is available with either LTE or 5G.
Alongside the Galaxy A52, Samsung also introduced the Galaxy A72, which is to the A52 as S21 Plus to S21.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful 6.5-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Long battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Not the best value for money

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great 120Hz display
  • Good camera performance
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Poor camera performance
  • Lackluster performance
  • No IP rating
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
5G
LTE

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4500 mAh
Camera | Front
32MP f/2.2
Camera | Rear | Depth
5MP f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Macro
5MP f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12MP f/2.2
Camera | Rear | Wide
64MP f/1.8, OIS AF
Speakers
Stereo speakers by AKG

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.4 mm
Size | Height
159.9 mm
Size | Width
75.1 mm
Weight
189 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
20:9
Display Diagonal
6.5 inch
Display Type
Super AMOLED (OLED)
Pixel Density
407 ppi
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Resolution
FHD+, 1080×2400

Function

Fast Charging
25W fast charging
GPS
GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Operating System
Android 11
Processor
Octa-core (2x 2.3GHz + 6x 1.8GHz)
Security
Fingerprint, Face recognition
Sensor
Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Virtual Proximity sensor
SIM
Dual Nano SIM, LTE or 5G
Weather Resistance
IP67

Performance

LTEMemory | Capacity
4 / 6 / 8 GB
5GMemory | Capacity
6 / 8 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR5
Storage
128 / 256 GB + MicroSD up to 1TB

Production

Debut
2021-03-17

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 can keep pace with the overall image quality you get from a Pixel 4a 5G. The main area where the A52 falls a bit short is in very low-light environments. The A52's biggest weakness may be its lack of personality, because you don't get any other color options to choose from.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • No microSD card slot

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G octa-core chip. It's great for games, with both Asphalt 9: Legends and Genshin Impact playing very well. Battery life from the 4,500mAh cell has been very good, with two days easily achievable with normal use. Charging is wired only at Samsung's fastest 25W speeds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Water resistance
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons
  • No microSD card slot
  • No wireless charging

gsmarena[3]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
Xiaomi's Poco X3 is a great way to save some money compared to the Galaxy A52. Samsung has managed to step up its mid-ranger game quite impressively this year. The new Galaxy A72 and A52 pack-in a lot of value with a feature-set closet to flagship-territory.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 90Hz AMOLED display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • No stereo speakers

gsmarena[4]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G costs about €460 in Europe, which is €120 over the regular A52. That's a lot of money for a smoother UI and 5G, particularly in the current state of 5G networks. The Galaxy A42 5G runs on the same Snapdragon 750 5G but offers a more basic Super AMOLED screen of 720p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. There are also the €200 Poco X3 Pro and the €300 Poco F3. Their cameras aren't as impressive and the Pocos are only splash-resistant.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No 5G support
  • No IP rating

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The main and wide-angle cameras in the Galaxy A52 5G left me buzzing with positive feelings. Samsung never fails to impress me with its top-notch portrait mode for non-human subjects. The 4,500 mAh battery can be recharged using a 25 W charger via Quick-Charging. There is no wireless charging support.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-fast 5G
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No telephoto lens

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is another device in the Galaxy A series. It comes with major improvements, such as an IP certification, which make the Galaxy smartphone more competitive in this price range. The display has also been significantly improved. Now it is brighter, more colour-accurate and supports HDR10+. The main 64-MP camera still needs some work, though it is still good enough for taking casual photographs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast UFS 2.1 storage
  • Bright 120-Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[7]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy A52 LTE is able to smoothly play games with medium demands on the graphics performance. The system always runs smoothly and does not show any stutters or similar delays. Samsung uses UFS 2.1 storage in the A52, but its read and write rates don't turn out quite as high as those of the Galaxy A 52 5G. With a maximum power consumption of 4.86 watts under load, the phone is very efficient.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No 5G

pcmag[8]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G lags behind the Google Pixel 4a 5G and even the Moto G Stylus 5G. There's a slight but noticeable hesitation when opening apps and swiping between screens. Gameplay is acceptable, and the Advanced Game Booster makes a noticeable difference. If you purchase the phone through a carrier, there's a good chance you'll see bloatware.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Sluggish fingerprint sensor

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G is designed to have a solid build without the bells and whistles you'll find on flagship smartphones. It doesn't feel as premium as Samsung's top-end phones, but it feels durable enough in the hand that we didn't dislike the smartphone's build. The phone comes in four colors, and two of them are particularly bold and bright. There's an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor doing the heavy lifting here, but we've yet to use the phone enough to comment on what it's capable of doing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No microSD card slot

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G runs Samsung's One UI 3.1 software that is based on Android 11.1. There is a powerful 64MP main sensor with optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.8. There's also a 12MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP depth scanner and a 5MP macro camera. On the front there's a 32MP selfie camera inside that punch-hole in the top center of the screen. We found selfie shots to be satisfactory, and it was useful for video calls.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful processor
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No wireless charging

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G has a 64-megapixel main camera and a 16- megapixel selfie camera. The camera is capable of capturing lots of fine detail in good lighting, and it even does well in dim to very low-light conditions. Samsung has invested in hardware in all the right places: the 120Hz screen makes for an elevated user experience.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast 120Hz refresh rate display
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons
  • Fussy fingerprint sensor
  • No wireless charging

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Galaxy A52 5G has a 64MP camera and a 4,500 mAh battery. It's powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 750G chip and 6GB of RAM. Samsung's One UI 3.0 built on top of Android 11 doesn't appeal to me much. The Google Pixel 4a 5G remains the better choice for the money.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • 120Hz refresh rate display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor camera performance
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[13]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is an easy recommendation if you’re not bowled over by the flashier flagships and their high prices. It has a good camera, snappy 5G chipset and a lovely 120Hz display. There is competition though, with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro lacking 5G but offering a great camera at £100 less.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great 120Hz display
  • Great camera
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging

wired[14]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
400- x 1,080-pixel resolution, while also being wonderfully bright and colorful. With dual speakers that also sound pretty good, I didn't mind catching up on Star Wars: The Bad Batch on this device before bed. The large 4,500-mAh battery cell won't give you any cause for concern.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • IP67 water-resistance
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No MicroSD card slot

User Reviews

References

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2. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Buy this phone. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/samsung-galaxy-a52-5g-review/. 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a52-review-2242p6.php. 2021-03-25. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a52_5g-review-2298p6.php. 2021-08-13. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Solid mid-range option for the long term. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/samsung-galaxy-a52-5g-review. 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Smartphone Review - Another chapter in a success story. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-A52-5G-Smartphone-Review-Another-chapter-in-a-success-story.533440.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone review: Significantly more affordable without 5G. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-A52-smartphone-review-Significantly-more-affordable-without-5G.539956.0.html. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-a52-5g. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
9. ^ Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-a52-5g. 2021-03-17. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
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12. ^ Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Flagship features for less. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-a52-5g-review-flagship-features-for-less. 2021-04-11. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
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