Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: hands-on first-hand review

After the official release of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and the long-awaited disclosure of all its features, we can clearly

understand what a new mid-range phone from the budget segment can offer us in 2021.

Galaxy A52 5G

Price and release date

In most European markets Galaxy A52 5Gis now available for purchase on Samsung's official website, starting at € 429 (about $ 512). In Russia, the official price for the phone is 26,990 rubles and more, depending on the selected configuration.

Depending on the region, the Galaxy A52 5G will come with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and two storage options - 128GB and 256GB.

Design and display

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is sleek,modern but slightly understated design and weighs only about 189 grams. It has rounded corners, a perforated selfie camera, and a plastic back with a matte soft matte finish.

Galaxy A52 5G is available in four colors -the elegant Awesome Black and Awesome White, as well as the brighter Awesome Violet and Awesome Blue. It should be noted, however, that each country will have its own color options freely available.

Power and volume keys inthe phone are located in their usual place - on the right side. At the bottom, we have the coveted headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker. Also at the top is a microSD card slot for expandable storage (up to 1TB).

The Galaxy A52 5G is dustproof andmoisture IP67, which means it has been tested to withstand up to a meter in water for 30 minutes and can be used even in the rain. However, it is not recommended to use the A52 5G on the beach or in swimming pools.

On the front we have a perforatedselfie camera inside 6.5-inch FullHD + Super AMOLED A52 5G display. This display is also super smooth as it supports 120Hz refresh rates as opposed to 60Hz in a budget phone. The display resolution of the Galaxy A52 5G is 1080 x 2400 with 407 PPI (pixels per inch).

Under the display of the Galaxy A52 5G is an opticalfingerprint sensor. Another notable feature of the A52 5G's display is "Eye Protection", which can adjust the color temperature of the screen to reduce eye strain, similar to how "True Tone" works on the iPhone.

Camera

Galaxy A52 5G is equipped with four cameras.Its 64 megapixel main camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for stable video recording up to 4K resolution. Other A52 5G cameras include a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, 5MP macro and 5MP depth sensor.

The A52 5G doesn't have optical zoom like its big brother, the Galaxy A72, but it does support up to 10x digital zoom.

  • Main camera 64MP OIS AF
  • 12MP ultra wide-angle camera
  • 5 megapixel macro camera
  • Depth sensor 5 MP
  • Front camera 32 MP

The phone also has useful features like night mode, professional video, 4K video and scene optimizer.

Considering this is a mid-range phone,The quality of the A52 5G camera will definitely satisfy most of the users. Main and ultra wide-angle cameras are sharp and detailed with true-to-life colors.

Speakers and headphone jack

According to Samsung, the Galaxy A52 hasstereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology and up to 43% more volume than the previous Galaxy A. The phone supports Samsung Music Share, plus wired headphone users will be happy to know that it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The A52 5G also supports Dual Audio, which means it can use a Bluetooth 5.0 connection to connect to two devices (speakers or headphones) at the same time.

Performance and software

Galaxy A52 5G is powered by Qualcomm processorSnapdragon 750G and comes with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. In terms of storage options, the A52 5G starts at 128GB but also has a higher 256GB option. And again about the storage - it can be expanded using microSD, up to 1000 GB.

Galaxy A52 5G runs Android 11with One UI 3 on top, and Samsung is promising at least 4 years of security updates. For those who care about security, the A52 5G also comes with the Samsung Knox security framework.

Battery

The Galaxy A52 5G is equipped with a 4500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging. However, it comes with a 15W charger instead of the optimal 25W.

There are still tests ahead to determine exactly how long the A52 5G's battery will last in various scenarios such as web browsing, gaming and video viewing.