Samsung Galaxy A52 4G Review: The new mid-range challenger

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The Samsung Galaxy A52 is an upper-mid-range telephone that launched alongside the Galaxy A72 in India. At its asking worth that begins at Rs 26,499, the Galaxy A52 goes up towards the likes of the best-selling OnePlus Nord (evaluation) and the Xiaomi Mi 10i (evaluation) which launched earlier this 12 months. The Galaxy A52 can also be a departure from the Exynos processors as Samsung has fitted this one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which now we have earlier seen on telephones such because the Redmi Be aware 9 Professional (evaluation) and Realme 7 Professional (evaluation) that are comparatively reasonably priced telephones. So, what has Samsung finished in a different way with the Galaxy A52 that makes it stand out within the crowd of different mid-rangers and is it capable of make a case for itself, that’s what we purpose to search out out by the top of this evaluation.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Efficiency evaluation

The Samsung Galaxy A52 rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G below the hood, which by 2021 requirements is a dated processor. We’ve got seen it energy far more reasonably priced smartphones such because the Redmi Be aware 9 Professional, Realme 7 Professional and Oppo Reno 4 Professional. The telephone has an octa-core CPU the place two prime Kryo 465 Gold cores are clocked at 2.3GHz whereas six power-efficient Kryo 465 Silver cores run at 1.8GHz. That is paired with the Adreno 618 GPU for dealing with the graphics duties and is being supplied with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. 

Samsung despatched us the bottom variant of the Galaxy A52 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it runs on Android 11 based mostly One UI 3.1 with the February 2021 safety patch. Being an upper-mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A52 nonetheless comes with a boatload of bloatware pre-installed. These embody apps like Fb, Netflix, Microsoft apps suite, Amazon India, Dailyhunt, PhonePe, Prime Video, Snapchat, ShareChat, MX TakaTak, Mind Check, Moj, Sweet Crush Saga and extra. A few of these apps may be uninstalled however the query nonetheless arises as to why these exist on an upper-mid-range telephone within the first place? It does hamper the general expertise that in any other case would have felt a lot cleaner and smoother.

In each day use, the Galaxy A52 was capable of energy by most duties with ease as we didn’t face any main lags and stutters, thanks partly to the excessive refresh fee show which made issues a lot smoother. Having stated that, our expertise was not with none hiccups as we confronted gradual app launches at instances. The animations throughout the UI have been largely clean and gave us an impression of being snappy and general, we nonetheless suppose that on the whole use the telephone will be capable to drive most apps with none obvious lag. 

Nevertheless, contemplating its price ticket, the benchmark outcomes of the Galaxy A52 are underwhelming as now we have some stable competitors that provides a greater worth to efficiency worth. Between the Galaxy A52, OnePlus Nord (SD765G), Oppo Reno 4 Professional (SD720G) and Realme 8 Professional (SD720G), the Galaxy A52 scored the bottom in AnTuTu benchmark and GeekBench checks. Based mostly on the outcomes, it looks like Samsung wants to higher optimize its telephones that run on a Qualcomm processor and One UI because the Galaxy A52 doesn’t fare nicely in any respect in these artificial checks. 

the gaming performance of the Galaxy A52 was a different kind of disappointment

Equally, the gaming efficiency of the Galaxy A52 was a distinct type of disappointment as we confronted lots of stutters and body drops whereas taking part in titles resembling Name of Responsibility Cellular, Asphalt 9, Injustice 2, Shadow Combat 3 and extra. This was additionally corroborated with the real-world gaming efficiency of the Galaxy A52 which we measured utilizing Gamebench. Whereas taking part in COD Cellular, the telephone registered 57FPS with an 81% stability whereas Asphalt 9 ran at 30FPS at 89% stability. That is amongst the bottom scores out of the 4 telephones with the Realme 8 Professional performing even worse. Throughout our gameplay session, all eight cores have been firing on all cylinders which do point out some system-level optimization points. Having stated all that, in case you are somebody who doesn’t play lots of video games on their telephones, this could not hassle you because the telephone can run these video games decently. Although in my view, the telephone will be unable to deal with sustained gaming efficiency which is one thing that may delay lots of avid gamers cheering for the Galaxy A52.

Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy A52 with stereo audio system which might be common at finest, even with the Dolby Atmos tuning. The audio system are loud however with little sound readability and the bass is subdued with a continuing shrill impact that bogs down the general expertise. 

There may be an optical fingerprint sensor below the display which has seen lots of enchancment over the earlier technology, which is commendable. The telephone unlocks in a jiffy and the sensor is ready to determine the print even when your finger is somewhat bit offset from the precise sensor place. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Design and Show evaluation

the Galaxy A52 looks different from the previous generation of Galaxy A-series phones

Proper out of the field, the Galaxy A52 seems to be totally different from the earlier technology of Galaxy A-series telephones. It doesn’t really feel cumbersome within the hand because the construct is solely plastic which does put it at a drawback seeing it towards different telephones on this price range vary. The Galaxy A52 measures 8.4 millimetres in thickness and weighs 189 grams which makes it fairly light-weight.

Samsung has opted for a somewhat delicate matte end on the again which isn’t pompous like a few of the shiny, gradient-reflective finishes seen on competing telephones. The chassis of the Galaxy A52 can also be plastic with a shiny coating that may be a fingerprint magnet. We might have liked to see a metallic body that may even have made it really feel much more structurally sturdy however it could have additionally meant a big improve within the general weight. 

The Galaxy A52 is being supplied in 4 distinct colors: Superior Black, Blue, White and Violet with every of them having a subdued matte end. Moreover, the telephone can also be IP67 licensed which makes it immune to mud and water ingress for as much as 1 metre for half-hour. Do observe, nonetheless, that it isn’t really useful to take the telephone for swimming or close to a saltwater physique.

The rectangular digicam module on the Galaxy A52 is tucked away within the top-left nook and is barely raised than the remainder of the physique. The energy button and the amount rockers are pretty clicky and the telephone additionally has a 3.5 mm audio jack on the backside beside the Sort-C port. 

The rectangular camera module on the Galaxy A52 is tucked away in the top-left corner and is slightly raised than the rest of the body.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 contains a 6.5-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a punch-hole cutout within the prime centre and a noticeable chin. The show helps a 90Hz refresh fee and is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for added safety towards each day put on and tear. The excessive refresh fee help which Samsung calls ‘Movement Smoothness’ permits customers to decide on between fluid animations results at 90Hz or 60Hz which doesn’t tax the battery ever so usually. 

In our use, we discovered the show to carry its floor with correct color illustration throughout the board. It is without doubt one of the highlights of the Galaxy A52 and makes it a breeze to observe movies or play video games on it. The show on the telephone can also be HDR10+ supported and is Widevine L1 licensed. The Galaxy A52 has two color modes, Vivid and Pure that permits you to select between cooler and hotter color tones as per your choice. There’s additionally the Eye consolation defend that limits blue gentle and opts for hotter color tones. The display can get vibrant, has good viewing angles and affords respectable daylight legibility which is one thing you’ll usually count on from a telephone of this stature. 

General, the Galaxy A52 is nicely constructed and has an ideal show for watching movies or binge-watching reveals on Netflix. In fact, Samsung has tried to chop prices by choosing a plastic construct nevertheless it additionally supplies a 90Hz show that makes the telephone really feel smoother in each day use.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Digital camera evaluation

The rectangular camera module on the Galaxy A52 is tucked away in the top-left corner and is slightly raised than the rest of the body.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has quad cameras on the again headlined by a 64MP main digicam that provides an f/1.8 aperture with OIS help. There’s a 12MP secondary ultra-wide-angle digicam with a 123-degree subject of view adopted by a 5MP depth sensor for creating footage with shallow depth of subject and a 5MP macro digicam for excessive close-up pictures. Moreover, the digicam additionally affords 2x, 4x and 10x digital zoom ranges. The cameras can file in 4K UHD at 30FPS and in 1080p at as much as 60FPS. On the entrance, there’s a 32MP selfie digicam housed inside the notch cutout which additionally has the power to file in 4K at 30FPS.

Galaxy A52 managed to produce some good images in daylight and well-lit environments


The primary 64MP camera sensor uses pixel binning to produce 16MP images and also offers the ability to capture full-resolution 64MP pictures

Galaxy A52 managed to produce some good images in daylight and well-lit environments

64MP full decision picture

The main 64MP digicam sensor makes use of pixel binning to provide 16MP photographs and in addition affords the power to seize full-resolution 64MP footage. Throughout our use, the Galaxy A52 managed to provide some good photographs in daylight and well-lit environments. Whereas the pixel-binned photographs didn’t provide crisp photographs, the close-up pictures have been extraordinarily detailed with a pure bokeh impact. The color replica from the first digicam appeared a bit over-processed at instances, nonetheless, the full-resolution mode creates natural-looking footage. That being stated, it additionally takes a bit greater than typical to seize a high-res image from the Galaxy A52 and also you do see the system get below stress. 




Coming to the wide-angle digicam, it produces respectable footage which might be solely usable and nothing extraordinary. The footage usually lack particulars, particularly across the edges however there may be minimal barrel distortion right here. We additionally observed that the color tones of the first digicam and the ultra-wide-angle digicam don’t match up. The main digicam usually produces footage with a hotter color tone whereas the ultra-wide-angle digicam has cooler tones.


Through the night time or in low-lit situations, the cameras carry out poorly and footage are full of noise. The night time mode does assist in brightening the body nevertheless it takes 3-4 seconds to seize the picture and crops the body for 12MP decision. The footage from the night time mode have barely higher particulars within the shadow areas however are largely hit-or-miss affair as a result of lots of it will depend on how secure the telephone is throughout the entire course of. 



macro digicam pattern

The macro photographs from the devoted digicam lack general readability and focus. We additionally observed the images to be much less saturated and brighter than the first digicam however not devoid of noise and artefacts. The 32MP selfie digicam produces well-detailed 8MP footage by default however customers even have the choice to change it to full decision 32MP photographs. There’s a ‘Enjoyable’ tab within the digicam app which lets customers choose from a variety of Snapchat filters which might be useful for many who use Snapchat commonly. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Battery evaluation

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is a decent smartphone for its asking price but leaves a lot to be desired especially since you’re spending upwards of Rs 25,000

Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy A52 with a 4,500mAh battery that helps as much as 25W quick charging. Sadly although, Samsung ships the Galaxy A52 with a 15W adaptive quick charging adapter as an alternative of the 25W which needs to be purchased as a separate accent. 

In our reasonable use case, the Galaxy A52 lasted for a day after which some on a single cost with a 90Hz refresh fee enabled. Based mostly in your utilization, the battery life will differ however one can count on the telephone to final for a day and extra if the refresh fee is lowered to 60Hz.

As for the charging, with the 15W adapter offered within the field, it takes almost 2 hours to completely cost the telephone from 1-100%. The time to completely cost the telephone shall be lowered if utilizing an amped-up charging adapter.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is general a stable telephone for its asking worth nonetheless it isn’t with out its share of considerations. For a beginning worth of Rs 26,499, the telephone has an all-plastic construct, a Snapdragon 720G processor below the hood and doesn’t arrive with a 25W quick charger out-of-the-box. It tries to offset all of this by providing IP67 mud, water and Gorilla Glass 5 safety, 90Hz refresh fee Tremendous AMOLED show, 64MP quad cameras that typically work nicely in well-lit situations and a long-lasting battery.

General, the Galaxy A52 doesn’t deliver any path-breaking options to the upper-mid-range phase and is simply one other competitor in a protracted record of telephones vying to be the perfect mid-rangers on the market. Even with the plastic construct, the matte end on the again does feel and appear good within the hand. It additionally retains fingerprint and smudges away which may’t be stated for many telephones on this price range vary. The Galaxy A52 does make a case for itself with a few of the aforementioned feature-set and the much-valued model title which is able to doubtless be accepted by most potential patrons trying to put money into a telephone on this worth phase.


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