The best way to describe the Galaxy A series in recent years is sprawling. Its lineup is so diverse, ranging from budget to near-flagship offerings, that Samsung could easily have turned it into a full-fledged sub-brand. Not that we're suggesting they should.
The Korean giant is clearly banking on the Galaxy A family. In fact, it now accounts for the bulk of the company's sales. There is only one way to achieve this level of success - and that is by offering competitive features under a top tier brand for a reasonable fee. A daunting task that Samsung has tackled as a true champion of smartphones in nifty incremental stages over the last generations of Galaxy A.
This year the Galaxy A32, along with the recently announced A72 and A52 duo, all deliver high value. But it is arguably the vanilla Galaxy A52 model that shines the most and goes beyond this year.
The device we're looking at in this review is the LTE version of the Galaxy A52. It's the one that starts at € 349 (MSRP) for a 4GB / 128GB unit, while the 5G variant sells for from € 430. The latter swaps into a faster 750G Snapdragon chipset and faster 120Hz panel and bumps the minimum RAM size down to 6GB. Nothing spectacular in terms of added value, if you ask us.
Features of Samsung Galaxy A52 at a glance:
- Body: 159,9 x 75,1 x 8,4mm, 189g; plastic frame, plastic back, Gorilla Glass 5 front; IP67 dust / water resistant (up to 1m for 30 minutes).
- Pin up: Super AMOLED 6,50 ”, 90Hz, 800nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8nm): Octa-core (2 × 2,3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold and 6 × 1,8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver); Adreno 618.
- Memory: 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 11, a 3.1 user interface.
- Rear camera: Large (main): 64 MP, f / 1,8, 26mm, 1 / 1,7X “, 0,8 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2,2, 123 degrees, 1,12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2,4; Depth: 5MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f / 2,2, 26mm (wide), 1 / 2,8 ", 0,8 µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 30/120 fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 fps.
- Drums: 4500mAh; Quick charge 25 W, 50% in 30 min (advertised).
- Various: Fingerprint reader (under screen, optical); 3,5 mm jack socket; ANT +.
Things get a lot more impressive in the value department when we compare the A52 with last year's Galaxy A51. Sure, the price has gone up a bit, but, in no particular order, you now get a 90Hz refresh rate, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, bigger 4500mAh battery, with a charge of 25 W and a higher resolution 64 MP main camera with OIS.
This brings the Galaxy A52 closer to a flagship feature defined in our minds, for lack of a better term. The value proposition is great and there is very little to dislike here. At least on paper, that is. Join us as we dive into the review for the ins and outs.
The Galaxy A52 comes in a simple two-piece package. Nothing fancy, no plastic, just paper. Thick and stiff, it gets the job done. As for the accessories, you only get a charger, of the standard type A variety and a corresponding type A to type C cable. A few brochures and that's about it.
It should be noted that the Galaxy A52 supports up to 25W of charging. However, it does not come with one. Instead, you get a 15W base unit in the box. However, this can still vary from market to market, so it's worth checking with your retailer of choice. Plus, it's not that bad to get one separately if you need a faster charge, but it's still enough to raise a few eyebrows.