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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: New mid-range champion

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Samsung has released an updated version of one of its best-selling smartphones. There are two variants of the Galaxy A52 (5G/LTE). We reviewed the 5G model. The Galaxy A52 has an IP certification and is powered by a Snapdragon SoC. Read this article to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the new mid-range champion.

While the Galaxy A51 and A50 featured Samsung’s proprietary Exynos SoCs, the A52 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G. After all the criticism that the Exynos chips received, this seems like a major step in the right direction.

The resolution of the main camera has been increased from 48 MP to 64 MP. No other rear camera was upgraded, which is rather unfortunate, because all of those sensors are pretty weak. It is also unfortunate that the A52 5G does not feature the same camera system as the Galaxy A72, which comes with a telephoto lens instead of a less useful depth sensor.   

Both versions of the A52 do not have a lot of stuff in the box, and what is contained in the box is not very impressive. It is just a 15-W charger and an 80-cm cable. The A72, on the other hand, ships with a 25-W charger and a 1-m cable. 

The 120-Hz AMOLED display of the Galaxy A52 5G proved very impressive in our review. The A52 5G has a very bright screen, for a device in this price range. However, it does not use DC dimming, which means that it suffers from flickering.

Another special feature of the A52 5G is an IP67 certification. In this price bracket, the only other non-ruggedised smartphone with an IP certification that we can think of is the Xperia 10 II.

The Galaxy A52 5G has enough chops to ensure a very decent audio experience. Sure, the Samsung smartphone does not support all of the latest Bluetooth codecs and the stereo speakers do not produce a studio-quality sound, but the A52 5G offers two premium features known as Music Share and Dual Audio, and to boot, it also comes with a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Moreover, parents can limit the overall volume on their children’s Galaxy smartphones to help preserve their hearing over the long term. Most other smartphones do not offer such a useful feature.

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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-04-26 (Update: 2021-04-26)