Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Review

The new Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is an awesome mid-range android smartphone that packs a decent number of premium features for a $500 budget device. This phone is part of Samsung’s 2021 Galaxy A Series of phones, Below, we review its build, features, and specs to determine whether it’s a worthy purchase for you.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Design

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G is designed in a simplistic and sturdy housing with a height of 159.9mm, width of 75.1mm, a thickness of 8.4mm, and weighs 189g. It’s built with clean lines, sleek curves and a smooth matte finish that gives users a stable grip and makes finger smudges less glaring. You get to choose from the Galaxy A52 5G’s 3 simple but stylish colours: Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet.

The seamless design comes with a punch-hole selfie camera along with a minimalist rear camera housing that blends perfectly with the matte finish for an iconic look. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G also comes with the standard set of volume rocker and lock buttons on the right. Even better, the design includes an IP67 dust and water resistance rating.

While the uncluttered design gives the Galaxy A52 5G a clean and upmarket look, some users find the plain matte finish and simple design unexciting. Don’t let the plain simplistic look fool you- the phone still packs a formidable punch in specs. 

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with an expansive next-gen 6.5-inch Infinity-O FHD+ Super AMOLED touch screen display for stunning graphics and a smooth scrolling experience. The display integrates a resolution of 1080 x 2400, a 90Hz refresh rate, and maximum brightness of 800 nits to give off clear and vibrant details even in bright daylight.

The display comes with Eye Comfort Shield to reduce harmful blue light along with Super Smooth integration for a flawless viewing and scrolling experience. Its enhanced refresh rate enables you to multitask on the device without lag or other visual interruptions while the 16M color depth offers exceptional contrast levels and excellent viewing angles.

The display on the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against bumps and scratches.

Cameras

The Galaxy A52 5G boasts a powerful set of next-generation 64MP rear quad-camera assembly along with a 32MP punch-hole selfie camera. The ultra-high resolution cameras feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that guarantees you clear photos and videos throughout the day. Even better, the cameras’ dedicated night mode will enable you to snap off vivid images in low light conditions.

The phone’s rear camera setup consists of a 64MP main camera, 12MP Ultra Wide camera, 5MP depth camera, and a 5MP macro camera. Snap off ultra-high photos on the main camera, cover a broader viewing angle with the Ultra Wide camera, focus more using the depth camera, and capture intricate details with the macro camera. Customize your photo shoots for crisper snaps with the rear camera’s auto focus, OIS, and 10x digital zoom.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a 32MP high-resolution front camera for epic selfie snaps. The camera also integrates the bokeh effect to make selfie shots stand out from the background.

Video recording is better on the Galaxy A52 5G camera’s improved capabilities. Both front and rear cameras can record 4K videos at 30fps. Along with this, the phone integrates a Pro Video mode, giving you added video shooting control. Even better, the phone’s Super Steady mode combines the Ultra Wide rear camera with smart predictive software to stabilize scenes and record high-quality videos like a top-end action camera.

Processor and Performance

Sporting a 2.2GHz, 1.8GHz Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a performance horse. It offers impressive performance, whether you’re focusing on a single task or multi-tasking.

Storage

Just as in its camera and processor, the Galaxy A52 5G doesn’t skimp on storage. You get a generous 256GB of internal storage for all your apps, photos, videos, and other files. And if that doesn’t quite cut your storage-intensive needs, the phone features a microSD card slot with expandable storage of up to 1TB.

The phone comes with 8GB RAM that’s sufficient to handle almost everything you throw at it without a glitch. The actual available phone storage varies depending on your software updates and pre-installed software and apps.

Network and Connectivity Support

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G brings 5G accessibility to smartphone users on a budget via a single nano-SIM. It’s compatible with sub-6GHz 5G networks, thus offers a speedier and smoother smartphone experience than its predecessors.

You’ll now enjoy faster download and upload speeds even in crowded places, and ultra-fast sharing. And since 5G connectivity has less latency, you’ll experience minimal lag and a more fluid gaming experience on the Galaxy A5 5G.

Further, the phone supports connectivity to USB 2.0 interfaces via USB type-C cable, Bluetooth v5.0, Smart Switch PC Sync, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct. It also features location technologies including Beidou, Galileo, Glonass and GPS.

Battery and Charging

The phone is powered by a powerful 4,500mAh built-in battery that can push it for up to 48 hours depending on installed apps, network environment, and usage patterns. Its smart AI power management customizes power usage to your usage habits so you can do what you love most, for longer.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G ships with a 15W charger but it supports a compatible 25W charger for faster recharging. However, it doesn’t support wireless charging.

Sound output

The Galaxy A52 5G comes with two powerful stereo speakers, one on top and another one at the bottom. This gives you cinematic stereo surround playback even without using headphones and immerses you more in your gaming, movie, or audio playback experience.

The phone further features a 3.5mm dedicated headphone jack. Plug in your earphones and enjoy epic audio playback on the go. 

Water resistance

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G boasts an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It can stay submerged in 1 meter (3 feet) of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. It may not be immune to damage by high-pressure, beach, pool, salty, or soap water, but it’s 100% dust-resistance.

Gaming

The Game Booster on the Galaxy A52 5G takes fantastic mobile gaming to a whole new level. Its easily accessible menu and dedicated interface minimize distractions while its smart AI optimizes memory and battery usage for the ultimate gaming experience. And to spice up gaming a little more, the phone enlivens game graphics via a Frame Booster.

Security and Personalisation

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G integrates built-in Samsung Knox in its hardware and software. This multifaceted security and integrity architecture shields all sensitive data against malicious threats such as malwares.

The smartphone also features a reliable on-screen optical fingerprint reader that offers an easy, fast, and secure way to lock and unlock the device. The fingerprint reader also provides swift and safe website and app login via Samsung Pass biometric authentication services.

OtterBox React Series Case For Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Galaxy A52 5G Cases And Accessories

The new Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is here and if you happen to want a case as well then there are plenty available on Campad Electronics we stock a good range including Galaxy A52 5G cases from brands like Otterbox (such as the OtterBox React Series Case For Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Clear pictured) which have been trusted by people for years now. We also sell the Galaxy A52 5G unlocked phones.

Arriving soon is the Strike Rugged Case for Samsung Galaxy A52 which fits the Galaxy A52 4G and the Galaxy A52 5G, this case is also one of the toughest you’ll find. The Strike Rugged Case for Samsung Galaxy A52 is the ultimate active lifestyle companion for your Samsung A52! This protective phone cover lets you live out your adventures worry-free. Strike Rugged cases are made of shock absorbing rubber and polycarbonate which means it will protect against most drops, scratches, bumps and dust while using this case on.

The Strike Rugged Case for Samsung Galaxy A52 meets military drop-test standards and has been designed to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD 810G 516.7, which will help you take your phone anywhere without worrying about damaging it!

This Strike rugged case is perfect if you’re always on the go or just want something that’ll protect your device from all sorts of drops and bumps ̶ even ones caused by falls up to 6 feet onto a hard surface and is pictured below. You can also view our range of Samsung Galaxy phone cases for all Samsung Galaxy devices.

Strike Rugged Case for Samsung Galaxy A52

Our take: Is the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G right for you?

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G features everything you’d fancy in a mid-budget smartphone- a solid design, stunning display, generous and expandable storage, powerful processor, decent battery life, and next-gen cameras. The only place it comes short is that it lacks a 2x optical camera zoom, full mmWave 5G compatibility, and wireless charging support.  The phone also lacks personality as you can only choose from three block colours (Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, or Awesome Violet).

Nevertheless, the Galaxy A52 5G offers excellent performance and unbeatable value for a mid-range budget smartphone.  This, along with Samsung’s recent commitment to provide monthly security patches and OS upgrades for 3 years, make the Galaxy A52 5G a worthy purchase for anyone looking for a high-performance mid-range smartphone.

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