Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Mid-Range Phone!

Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: Hey guys. I hope you’re doing well and taking all the required precautions against the recent spike in COVID 19 cases. during this article, i’m getting to give my long-term review of the Samsung Galaxy A52.

We have already briefly discussed the phone in our early impressions and even talked about the phone at length in our detailed comparison against the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. But soon then , one among our team members has been extensively using it as his daily driver for nearly a month now, and here’s what we expect about this phone.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Specifications:

Body:75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm, 189 gm, IP67 dust/water resistant
Display:6.5-inches “Infinity-O” Super AMOLED panel, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5, 800 nits peak brightness, SGS Eye Comfort Shield
Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 407 PPI
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm Mobile Platform)
CPU:Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver)
GPU:Adreno 618
Memory:4/6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB storage (expandable)
Software & UI:Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 on top
Rear Camera:Quad-camera;

  • 64MP f/1.8 primary lens, AF, OIS
  • 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, 123º FOV
  • 5MP f/2.4 macro sensor
  • 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor
Front Camera: 32MP f/2.2 sensor (punch-hole cutout)
Audio:Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, 3.5mm headphone jack
Security:Optical in-display fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
Sensors:Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Virtual Proximity
Connectivity:Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
Battery:4500mAh with 25W fast charging (15W adapter provided)
Color options: Awesome – Black, Blue, White, Violet (No white color in Nepal)
Price in Nepal:Rs. 41,999 (8/128GB)

Samsung Galaxy A52 Long-Term Review:

First off, due to the worldwide chipset shortage also because the recent lockdown in India subsequently leading to limited manufacturing, Galaxy A52 is currently out-of-stock in most parts of the planet .

Samsung Galaxy A52 Display

And since we’ve seen tons of positive reviews of this phone, its demand is additionally really high. So yeah, the availability chain has been disrupted by this—and it’s not just with the A52, but practically with every smartphone brand in 2021.

As expected Samsung is charging a touch bit higher for this phone compared to the competition just like the Note 10 Pro Max or the Realme 8 Pro. But as I said in my comparison video, A52 is that the better overall phone, in almost every aspect.

Design and Build

  • Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
  • IP67 dust and water-resistant

So, let me start this review with what we’ve liked about the Samsung Galaxy A52. First off, i feel the general heft and therefore the ergonomics of the phone are spot-on. It’s not that heavy or as wide like the Note 10 Pro Max, so that’s great about this device.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Design

Also, the colour choices that Samsung is offering with its latest A-series are quite the eye-candy. Plus, it’s got an IP67 rating also , which came as an enormous surprise because it’s truly a one-of-a-kind feature for a phone at this price range. In fact, even the costlier phones like Mi 11X Pro or the OnePlus 9R are barren of any kind of ingress protection.

Anyhow, one major complaint shared by some users about this phone is how it comes with a plastic back also because the frames. But, in my usage, this matte back didn’t feel that cheap and therefore the build is solid. No cheap creaks and such. But since plastic is plastic, it can get easily scratched and discolored over the end of the day . So far, we haven’t had such issues yet, but that’s something you’ve got to require care of by maybe getting a canopy or a skin.

Display

  • 6.5-inches FHD+ Super AMOLED screen
  • 90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Up to 800 nits brightness, SGS Eye Comfort

Likewise, I haven’t faced any problems with the display like flickering or unresponsive touch. This AMOLED screen is additionally bright, the auto-brightness works fine, and therefore the colors, also because the touch response, are great. The in-display fingerprint sensor isn’t the fastest but if you switch off the animation, it works just fine.

Samsung Galaxy A52 Display

Another highlight of the Galaxy A52 when it had been announced was its 90Hz refresh rate, but i assume that’s not a highlight seeing how the cheaper Note 10 Pro brings a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen.

And honestly speaking, for me, the difference between a 60Hz and 90Hz screen isn’t that big of a deal. So, i feel maybe Samsung should have provided a 120Hz screen a bit like with the 5G variant of Galaxy A52.

As a result, the perceived smoothness while scrolling through the UI is certainly better on a 120Hz screen in phones like Note 10 Pro Max. But when it involves the particular performance, well, here the Galaxy A52 does it better than the competition, which comes off as an enormous surprise because technically, Note 10 Pro Max features a relatively better Snapdragon 732G chipset.

Performance

  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC (8nm)
  • Up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/2256GB storage (expandable)
  • Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 on top

Hence, despite the inferior Snapdragon 720G at work, Samsung has optimized One UI tolerably to run better and smoother. We haven’t faced any instance of lags or hints of slowing down on this phone either, even after installing over 50 apps and cycling through them a day .

Samsung Galaxy A52 UI

I got the 8GB RAM variant whose memory management has also been satisfactory, and therefore the multitasking is decent too.

Still, I think, Samsung should have given the Snapdragon 750G or the Dimensity 800U here—the 5G-ready ones, given its tag . Yes, the 5G variant delivers exactly this but what I’m trying to mention is that perhaps A52 didn’t need a separate 4G and 5G model within the first place.

Cameras

  • Quad-camera setup at the back
  • (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP portrait, 5MP macro)
  • 32MP selfie camera inside the punch-hole cutout

Galaxy-A52-Back-Cameras

Moving on, another aspect that we’ve liked about the Galaxy A52 is its cameras—both front and back. It doesn’t have a 108MP sensor like what other brands are offering lately at an identical price.

But trust me, with its 64MP primary sensor, you’re getting to get a far better image overall – be it in terms of color science, details, or dynamic range. Plus, it shoots better ultra-wide shots from its 12MP sensor.

Nighttime Images

The one area where the 108MP lens reigns supreme is within the nighttime shots.
As you’ll see from these samples, the nona-binned shots of the Note 10 Pro Max bring out less noise and more details on the pictures during low light conditions.

vs Galaxy A72

We also compared the A52’s camera against the costlier Galaxy A72 which comes with an equivalent chipset and lenses. And needless to say , both of them capture identical photos most the time.

So, as I said in our full review of the Galaxy A72, until and unless you absolutely favor an enormous phone, the A52 may be a far better value since it’s like $100 cheaper and provides you an almost exact smartphone experience.

And tons of you were asking me to match the Galaxy F62’s camera with the A52 also . I did, and my final verdict is that you simply are getting to recover photos from the A52.

Since you get Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) here, this phone can deliver better sharpness and details in both daylight also as low-light shots. Plus, you’re also getting a natural color tone and nice exposure maintenance as against oversaturated ones from the F62.

What I don’t like about Galaxy A52

Now, let me mention the items I didn’t like about this phone. First is its gaming performance. It’s almost average if you inquire from me , and this is often solely due to the hardware limitation because the Snapdragon 720G doesn’t have an excellent GPU inside. And, if you’ll take advantage a touch bit more, you’ll get the Mi 11X or the iQOO 7 that boasts a way more powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset.

Even the cheaper Poco X3 Pro with its Snapdragon 860 will offer you way better fps during this regard. As a consolation, even with continuous gaming, the A52 doesn’t heat up that bad, so that’s something i assume .

Another thing I didn’t like about the phone is that it doesn’t capture well-stabilized videos despite featuring OIS. The 1080P 30fps videos are somewhat okay, but it completely lacks stabilization in 4K 30fps or 1080P 60fps mode.

This definitely isn’t a hardware limitation and feels more like Samsung not eager to provide such standout features because it wants to differentiate this mid-range phone from the company’s expensive ones.

No 25W power brick inside the box

And lastly, this might come off as me nitpicking but I feel Samsung should’ve provided a 25W power adapter rather than the 15W brick that ships inside the box. Although the difference between the 2 isn’t night and day, i feel the corporate has been a touch greedy here.

Galaxy-A52-Charging

Plus, you don’t get great haptics with the A52. i might rate them as only average. Samsung is offering stereo speakers, although it’s nothing which will blow your mind. The battery life has also been okay-ish. i might constantly get around 6 hours of screen-on time, which on my usage translates to love a day’s endurance. So, that’s good!

And finally, about the software update situation, it’s kinda weird. That’s because the A52 5G gets monthly security updates whereas this 4G variant only gets quarterly updates instead. I find this a touch strange. That being said, Samsung are going to be offering 3 years of OS upgrade on this phone, which are some things only Samsung does within the Android world and it’s unfortunate seeing how other manufacturers haven’t jumped in on this bandwagon yet.

Conclusion

So, what do I make of this phone? As I’ve discussed throughout this review, i feel Samsung has delivered a robust well-balanced mid-range phone with the Galaxy A52. Yet, I desire the corporate is charging like, maybe 10 to fifteen more for this phone because well, it’s Samsung!

Plus, I still won’t recommend this phone to those that prefer raw performance over everything else, like for somebody who plays tons of games. For that, i feel you’re more happy with the newly announced Mi 11X or the iQOO 7.

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