Samsung Galaxy A52 Review: The Galaxy A52 is priced at Rs. 26,499 in India. The Galaxy A series, which sits between the high-end Galaxy S series and the more affordable Galaxy M series, is the middle child in the Galaxy lineup.
Although the A series has produced some great phones, they often fall short of the performance standards expected from other phones at similar prices. The Galaxy A52, and the Galaxy A72 are the latest models. These smartphones look great, but have Samsung improved performance? To find out, I tested the Galaxy A52.
India price of Samsung Galaxy A52
There are two options for the Samsung Galaxy A52. One with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. The other variant comes in two versions: the one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 26,499 and the one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 27,999 There are four color options: Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet and Awesome Black.
Samsung Galaxy A52 Design
The Galaxy A52’s design is its strongest point, and it stands out from other smartphones. My first impression of the Galaxy A52 was its colour. The Galaxy A52 is finished in ‘Awesome blue’ and draws lots of attention.
The matte finish helps to reduce fingerprints. While the Awesome Blue and Awesome Violet options look flashy, the Awesome Black or Awesome White versions are more subtle.
Galaxy A52 features a large 6.5-inch HD+ full-HD+ display with hole-punch technology. The sides have thin bezels, while the chin is slightly thicker. The smartphone’s frame is plastic and doesn’t feel as premium.
The power and volume buttons are located on the right. While the power button is easy to press, it can be difficult to reach the volume buttons. There are no slots or buttons on the left side of Galaxy A52. The SIM tray and secondary microphone are located at the top.
To keep dust and water out, the Galaxy A52 is IP67-rated. The Galaxy A52’s bottom has the USB Type C port, loudspeaker and 3.5mm headphones jack.
The Galaxy A52 weighs in at 189g and measures 8.4mm thick. It can be used single-handedly. It is easy to hold thanks to its curved frame. The Galaxy A52’s back features a quad-camera module with a slightly protruding edge but the same colour finish as its body. This helps it blend in.
Samsung has included a 4,500mAh lithium battery in the Galaxy A52. This is a good capacity considering how light and thin it is. Although the battery can be charged at 25W, it only has a 15W charger.
Specifications for Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52 features a Super AMOLED display measuring 6.5 inches with full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh speed. You can set the screen to 90Hz by default, but you can adjust it to 60Hz to get more battery life.
The Galaxy A52’s Snapdragon 720G processor is underpowered when compared to other smartphones in the same price range. Samsung offers variants with 6GB or 8GB RAM, but the storage is still at 128GB. The base variant, priced at Rs. 26,499. 26,499.
Galaxy A52 has a dual-SIM option with a hybrid slot. This means that storage expansion comes at the expense of the second SIM. Bluetooth 5 is supported, as well as dual-band Wi Fi, NFC and four satellite navigation systems.
Samsung Galaxy A52 ships with OneUI 3.1, which is the same experience as the Samsung Galaxy S21 (Review Series) series. OneUI 3.1 uses Android 11 as the base. My unit came with the March Android security update, which is quite recent. It is very easy to use, and I had no problems finding my way around. The default layout has three buttons, but you can also choose to use swipe-based gesture input.
There is a lot of bloatware on the Galaxy A52, including Dailyhunt and PhonePe, Prime Video. Snapchat, ShareChat. MX TakaTak. Dailyhunt and Samsung’s My Galaxy App were spammy to me. They kept sending notifications. If you don’t want to use the preinstalled applications, I recommend that you uninstall them immediately.
Samsung Galaxy A52 Performance
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has enough power to provide smooth performance. The overall experience was also enhanced by the higher refresh rate display. Super AMOLED displays are crisp and bright, with good viewing angles. Stereo speakers make video viewing more enjoyable.
The Galaxy A52 is a great smartphone, but there are better smartphones with better processors and better performance at the same price.
To compare the Galaxy A52 with other smartphones, I ran benchmarks. It scored 275,686 in AnTuTu and 8,401 in PCMark Work 2,0. Realme X3 SuperZoom, which is slightly less expensive than the Galaxy A52 (Review), scored 508,491 points and 11,756 respectively in the same tests due to its Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
The Galaxy A52 returned 65fps and 25fps respectively in graphics benchmarks. Samsung’s Galaxy F62 , scores higher in graphics benchmarks and is nearly on par with Galaxy A52 in terms CPU benchmarks.
Surprisingly, the Galaxy F62 starts at Rs. 23,999 Call of Duty Mobile could be run on the Galaxy A52 at high graphics and frame rates. These settings were playable without stuttering or lag. After playing for 10 minutes, I noticed a 3 percent drop in battery life. After playing, the phone was barely warm.
With my use, the Galaxy A52’s 4500mAh battery managed to last for over a day. The phone was able to last 17 hours and 47 mins in our HD video loop test. This is a very good score. The Galaxy A52 includes a 15W charger, which can charge the phone up to 32 percent in 30 mins and 65 percent in one hour. You can however charge the phone at 25W using your adapter.
Samsung Galaxy A52 Cameras
The back of the Samsung Galaxy A52 features a quad-camera setup. It includes a 64-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultra wide angle camera. There is also a macro camera of 5-megapixels and a depth sensor of 5-megapixels.
It also has a 32-megapixel front camera for selfies. It is very similar to the Samsung smartphone camera app. This makes it easy to find the setting you want. The Scene Optimizer detects where the camera is pointed and sets up the scene. It recognized the scene I was shooting quickly and accurately. It was quick to lock focus, and did not require manual intervention.
Average daylight photos were taken with the Galaxy A52. These photos looked great on the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy A52, but were less detailed when magnified on a larger screen. The ultra-wide angle camera produced less detail. The output is free from barrel distortion.
The Galaxy A52 was able to take good close-up photos, and the phone captured great details. Although the scene optimizer did increase contrast, it was not too aggressive. The phone recommends that you switch to the macro camera if you are very close to a subject.
The performance of the phone’s macro camera was excellent, with good detail at close range. You can adjust the blur level before you take a portrait shot with the Galaxy A52. This is a huge plus. It can detect faces even when masks are on. To avoid any smoothening of the output, beautification is automatically enabled.
The Galaxy A52 was able to manage noise in low-light shots with a minimum of effort. The phone’s noise reduction is too aggressive, which can cause a watercolour-like effect. It has a Night mode that takes four to five seconds to capture a photo. The shadows were slightly more detailed in the final output. To eliminate shakes, the Galaxy A52 cropped slightly into the frame.
The 32-megapixel front camera captured crisp selfies. It can also be used in portrait mode to simulate depth of field. Low light selfies were sharp and noise under control.
Both the primary camera and the selfie-taker can record at 4K 30fps. OIS is available on the rear camera, but there was a slight shimmer to the output. The Super Steady mode uses the ultra-wide angle camera to stabilize footage. This mode is more stable. Stabilization was not possible for 4K footage.
The Galaxy A52 is a well-designed smartphone. It also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. This rating is something that most competitors miss. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a lot to offer other than this. While it does some things well, the competition does them better.
The Galaxy A52 doesn’t offer the most performance or have the best cameras. It will appeal to those who are design conscious and the water resistance will be a plus if they have a lot of trouble with their hands.
The Galaxy A52 may not be the right choice if you’re looking for the best price. You can save some money by choosing the Samsung Galaxy M51 (Review), or the Galaxy F62. The Realme X3 SuperZoom Review is a better option than the Galaxy A52 if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
Also read: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Review