Samsung Galaxy A52 Review

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is another relatively affordable mid-ranger with decent performance, good display and acceptable camera. Compared to other mid-rangers with similar pricing, you may find the Galaxy A52 is a quite interesting proposition.

Design

Unlike more expensive flagships, you won’t get the premium feels of glass and metal. However, although the Galaxy A52 has plastic body, its soft matte finish makes it nice to the touch and looks quite neat. With one speaker in the earpiece and another at the bottom, the Galaxy A52 offers acceptable stereo performance. You can optimize the built-in equalizer and Dolby Atmos feature to make the device sounds good. Its hybrid tray includes dual SIM slots and another slot for microSD card.

Display

The Galaxy A52 comes with 6.5-inch display, which is quite large. It offers enough screen real estate for playing games and binging on movie streaming for a whole day comfortably. Unfortunately, some people with smaller hands may find the Galaxy A52 somewhat unmanageable with just one hand. There are two colour modes that you can choose, Vivid and Basic. Another strong point is the 90Hz refresh rate, which is acceptable because the Galaxy A52 doesn’t come with high-end chipset that delivers consistent performance above 90Hz when playing latest mobile games.

Internal hardware

With Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, the Galaxy A52 offers somewhat weaker performance among other mid-rangers that have newer and more powerful Snapdragon 7xx chipsets. Even so, the overall performance should be manageable, if we consider the asking price. Rest assured, most games and apps should work well with this smartphone. The most affordable variant of Galaxy A52 has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This will make the Galaxy A52 a decent multitasker and if you want to have more flexibility, consider getting the 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant.

Camera

On the back, there’s a primary 64Mp camera with OIS to prevent shakiness, especially when capturing videos. Just a couple of years ago, it’s a flagship feature and this year, it has arrived for many mid-range devices. Samsung’s 64Mp sensor takes four 16Mp photos and the software bins them together to make a 64Mp photo. In terms of photo quality, still images have slightly cooler colour valance. Even so, these images have good details and with wide dynamic range. The Galaxy A52 may go overboard with sharpness somewhat, but it is still manageable.  The 12Mp ultra wide-angle camera is useful for taking panorama and group photos. The third camera is a 5Mp macro sensor, which is useful for taking close-up photos. These cameras can record 1080p videos at 60fps or 4k videos at 30fps.

Software

The A52 comes with One UI 3.1 interface on top of Android 11. It comes with Samsung’s proprietary features, including Dolby Atmos and SmartThings. Although the interface can be somewhat overwhelming to use for new users, they can get a ton of extra feature.

Battery

With its 4,500mAh battery, there’s nothing ground-breaking about the Galaxy A52, in terms of battery life. There’s no fast charging support and the 15W charger can top up the battery in 1 hour and 40 minutes.