Samsung has released the much-awaited Galaxy A52 5G early this April. It promises to be a gaming beast that won’t hurt the bank. Is this the 5G phone you’ve been waiting for? Let’s take a look at this latest offering and find out if it’s worth your hard-earned cash.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G At a Glance
Display: 6.5-inch FHD AMOLED (1080 x 2400)
Refresh rate: 60Hz/120Hz
Chipset: Snapdragon 750G
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
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 comes in four matte finish colors – black, white, blue, and violet. The back is made of high-quality plastic, making the phone relatively light at just 189 grams. The textured finish helps prevent greasy marks and scuffs. The camera bump is elegantly minimal, giving the phone a streamlined look.
The phone’s edge is made of plastic as well. Nothing fancy but music lovers would be happy to know that it still has a headphone jack. It has 2 sim card slots with the second being a hybrid so you can slap in a microSD card (up to 1TB) if the built-in 128GB isn’t enough.
The Galaxy A52 5G is IP67 water and dust resistant so you can take it by the pool or the tub without worrying about accidental dips. Unfortunately, the phone does not come with a screen protector or case so you’ll have to provide your own protective equipment.
The Galaxy A52 5G ships with a fresh Android 11 OS with Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 launcher on top. Google Pixel users should feel right at home with that familiar stock Android vibe. It offers some bonus features that you may find worthwhile. You can customize your screen with the dedicated Wallpaper as well as Themes. With the Super AMOLED panel, you get some always-on display features as well. You can have it operating 24 hours or you can set it up for just your waking hours. One of the benefits of having the display turned on is it actually shows you where the fingerprint sensor is located.
You can tweak the phone even further with Motion and Gesture controls. I find the “Lift to wake” option particularly useful. One-handed mode is also included for faster navigation. It was also great to see Bixby Routines back since it was missing in the Galaxy A32. Samsung guarantees a minimum of 4 years security updates for the Galaxy A52 which is better than any manufacturer out there. So if you’re planning to get one, you know you’ll have an always up-to-date device for the foreseeable future.
The Galaxy A52 5G has a stunning 5.5-inch display with reasonably thin bezels. The Super AMOLED panel is vivid and punchy making your favorite movies and games pop each time. It has Full HD+ resolution at 2400 x 1080 pixels. Images are detailed and crisp considering the relatively large screen size. The selfie camera punchhole is located in the middle near the top, so you’ll barely notice it when watching videos at full screen.
The Infinity-O display has a wide viewing angle with a maximum brightness of 800 nits, so you won’t have problems with outdoor visibility. It has a super fast 120Hz refresh rate which you can set to 60Hz to conserve battery life.
The Galaxy A52 5G boasts of a stereo speaker output with Dolby Atmos support. The sound won’t exactly wow the audiophiles out there. Maximum volume isn’t that loud and the clarity is less impressive. The output can be tinny but that’s to be expected with mobile phones at the moment. Thankfully, you get an output jack and Bluetooth 5.0 support for better audio.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is powered by the capable Snapdragon 750G, the same chipset found in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Lite 5G. As expected, the performance is absolutely remarkable. You get an ample 6GB of RAM as well so you won’t have any problems running lots of apps in the background.
If you are a gamer, then you’re in for a treat. This phone features a Game Booster mode to enhance your gaming experience. You can dedicate all the hardware resources to your gaming session and enter priority mode so you can enjoy your game time without any distractions.
We tested gaming performance with some good old Call of Duty Mobile. Performance is table with smooth frame rates. The screen is nice and responsive as well which is perfect for fast-paced games.
The Galaxy A52 5G comes with a non-removable 4500mAh battery which can last a whole day with typical use no worries. The phone comes with a 25W adaptive fast charging as well so it shouldn’t take long to fully charge the device should you ever run out of juice. Unfortunately, I don’t why Samsung did this, you only get a 15W charger out of the box.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a quad lens rear camera led by a 64MP main sensor. This takes 16MP photos by default using 4-in-1 pixel binning. So you get bright and balanced overall images. You get built-in optical image stabilization as well which is a welcome addition at this price point.
You get the usual Samsung camera features including Scene optimizer which analyzes your subject and helps to tweak the settings to make sure you get the best possible results. You can quickly switch to the 12MP ultra wide angle lens which works great for scenery and group photos. Unfortunately, the Galaxy A52 does not have a telephoto lens so zooming in is done digitally. If you want telephoto, you’ll need to move up to the Galaxy A72.
The 5MP depth sensor is perfect for portraits. You can dial in the Bokeh effect in the background, which you can do before or after you take the shot. Finally, you get the 5MP macro lens for your macro mode shots if you want to get really up close to your subject.
The Galaxy A52 5G comes with amazing software features to enhance your camera experience. You get an effective night mode for low-light shots. You can also activate pro mode so you can tweak the ISO level, shutter speed, and white balance to name a few. If that’s not enough, the phone comes with pro video mode as well. It may not be as fully featured as the Galaxy S21 flagship but you still get plenty of options to play around with.
The selfie camera works well and delivers amazing photos. It has an ultra wide angle option which makes a great difference in capturing a little more of your background.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G offers great performance for its price. At $499, this phone is a worthy alternative to the OnePlus Nord and Oppo Find X3 Lite. However, if you want an even cheaper 5G phone with similar performance, you can opt for the Xiaomi 10T Lite. Still, with Samsung’s 4-year update guarantee, this phone is up there on our highly recommended list.