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Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G: The Samsung smartphone often comes up short

With the Galaxy M52 5G, Samsung succeeds in creating an attractive and light mid-range smartphone.
With the Galaxy M52 5G, Samsung succeeds in creating an attractive and light mid-range smartphone.
The Galaxy M52 5G brings many virtues of a good mid-range smartphone and benefits from a very bright AMOLED-Plus panel. However, the South Korean manufacturer also creates some difficulties for itself, which makes it difficult to recommend the Samsung smartphone at this point.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

With the Galaxy M52 5G, Samsung introduces a powerful upgrade of its M series in the mid-range. Due to the up-to-date Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, the M52 5G reaches a performance score that is more than 50% better than that of its predecessor. We particularly liked the display of the Galaxy M52 5G in the test: the attractive 6.7-inch, 120-Hz Super-AMOLED display is convincing in all areas and offers a very high brightness for this price class. 

On the other hand, there was some cost-cutting in the relatively powerful batteries, which have been the distinguishing characteristics of the M-series phones in the recent past. While the Galaxy M51 still offered a 7000-mAh battery, the 2021 model has to be content with a capacity of 5000 mAh. This causes the mid-range smartphone from Samsung to lose the "DNA" of the Galaxy M series, so to speak, which consisted of the very long battery life due to a huge battery capacity.

This becomes very apparent in our WLAN test at an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m². The Galaxy M52 5G is surpassed by its predecessor by almost 12 hours, which feels like an eternity in this battery test.

Without this long battery life, the Galaxy M52 5G also to some extent loses its reason to exist as a member of the Galaxy family, in our view. The similarities to the Galaxy A52s 5G, which is similarly priced and better in many areas, make the representative of the M series look bad in the direct comparison. In addition to stereo speakers, a 3.5-mm audio port, and faster updates, the A52s 5G sibling model also offers an IP certification and a more high-quality case including Corning Gorilla Glass.   

If you value a large display in an Android smartphone and are looking for a relatively affordable mid-range smartphone, you can get a detailed impression of the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G by taking a look at our extensive review.  


Review of the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 304 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
contact me via: @Marcus_Herbrich
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 316 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2022-01- 4 (Update: 2022-01- 2)