This is the Samsung Galaxy A52 review
The Galaxy A phones from Samsung are very popular in the Netherlands and the Galaxy A51, in particular, sold well here. It was even one of the most popular smartphones of 2020, which is why the release of the new Galaxy A52 is secretly very important. Samsung took a lot bigger with the announcement of its new mid-range phones.
From Samsung Galaxy A52 has the necessary improvements and is in many ways a better phone than its predecessor. With a suggested retail price of $499 / 349 Euros, it has also become slightly cheaper, but you do get more in return. In this review, we will discuss the pros and cons of the A52 with you and tell you whether the smartphone is worth it.
It is important to know that Samsung sells both a 4G and 5G version of the Galaxy A52 in the Netherlands. We tested the 4G model, which is more affordable. The new Samsung Galaxy A72, which differs slightly from the A52, we will soon discuss in a separate review.
90Hz screen and waterproof design
Let's start with the screen of the Samsung A52 because here we already see the necessary improvements. The display has a high refresh rate of 90Hz, which means that animations are shown more smoothly. This makes the A52 feel faster and you will notice that especially when scrolling or when browsing web pages.
The screen of the A52 is 6.5 inches in size and has a Full HD resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels, just like its predecessor. This makes everything look nice and sharp, which is nice if you watch a lot of videos or like to play games. Because it is an AMOLED screen, the colors also look beautiful and black is really black.
At the top is a small hole for the 32 megapixel selfie camera and the screen is further embraced by narrow edges, although they were at the Samsung Galaxy A51 thinner. The display can be a lot brighter than that of the A51, which is nice when the sun is shining outside. We had no trouble reading the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a plastic casing and unfortunately feels a bit cheap. The Samsung Galaxy S21, which also has a plastic back, for example, is more luxurious and sturdy. The design is simple but stylish. We are pleased with the matte finish on the back, because you do not see fingerprints and smudges.
A nice feature is that the new Samsung smartphone has an IP67 certification. This means that the device is dust and waterproof. As a result, the A52 survives a heavy rain shower and does not break if you drop it in a container of water. We rarely see a waterproof housing in this price range and is a handy feature.
Hardware is a bit faster
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is a smooth smartphone, which is nice because its predecessor did not excel due to its speed. In fact, the Galaxy A51 (and also the Samsung A50) were – especially if you compared them with competing devices – rather slow. Under the hood of the new Samsung A52 is a Snapdragon 720G processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space.
The performance of the Samsung Galaxy A52 is good: apps start quickly, multitasking goes smoothly and you can also play a game on the phone. However, the smartphone is not a speed monster, because there are smartphones in this price range that are more powerful. Consider, for example, the OnePlus Nord in Little F3 (and also the cheaper Poco X3 Pro), which simply have faster hardware.
It is nice that you can expand the storage space with a micro-sd memory card and the Galaxy A52 also has an excellent fingerprint scanner. The scanner is smooth, accurate and has never failed during our testing period. Furthermore, the Samsung phone has stereo speakers, a headphone jack and NFC chip, which makes it nice and complete.
Android 11 with many (and long) updates
Another big plus – and a good reason to choose the A52 – is the smartphone's software. The Galaxy A52 runs on Android 11 with Samsung's One UI software. This ‘skin' adapts Android considerably and is visually far removed from the standard version of Android, but it is nice to use. You also have many options to adjust the software to your liking, and these are clearly presented.
Samsung's update policy has improved a lot recently and the manufacturer is doing an excellent job in this area. Samsung promises that the A52 will receive three major Android version updates, to Android 12, 13 and 14. This is very neat and we only see expensive high-end smartphones. So you can rest assured that you will not miss out on new Android features in the coming years.
You are also in the right place in terms of security updates, because the A52 gets these important patches for four years. That's even longer than Google's Pixel phones themselves. Samsung also promises to roll them out monthly, just like with the S21 and S20 phones. At the time of publication, the Galaxy A52 is running cleanly on the April 2021 patch.
A small downside is that Samsung includes many apps on the Galaxy A52. In addition to all kinds of applications from the company itself, which hardly add anything, there are also several Microsoft apps on the phone as standard. Fortunately, you can completely remove the latter.
Cameras: optical image stabilization
Samsung has also made improvements to the cameras. The main camera now has a resolution of 64 megapixels, instead of 48 megapixels as with last year's Galaxy A51. Also present is optical image stabilization, a feature that we do not often see in this price range. The image stabilization corrects motion blur, which is very useful.
This keeps your photos sharp if your hands shake a bit, for example, and the feature also helps when making videos, because those eyes are more stable. The feature is also nice if you are going to photograph in the dark because images then move a bit more quickly.
With the A52, photos in less light conditions are clearly sharper, although you can still see the difference with devices that are a lot more expensive. The pictures are certainly not bad, but not great either. However, optical image stabilization comes in handy in many situations and is a welcome improvement.
The Samsung A52 also takes beautiful photos in a lot of daylight. Pictures have a lot of detail, colors look nice and thanks to the night mode, pictures are made even brighter. However, that night mode does not always perform well; sometimes it is nicer to take dark photos with the automatic mode.
Furthermore, the Galaxy A52 has a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. It does a good job and captures fine pictures, but you can see a difference in quality with the primary camera. Although the 5 megapixel macro camera is fun, it does not make brilliant pictures and the depth sensor is not very useful either. In conclusion, however, we can say that the cameras of the A52 are certainly not disappointing.
Battery life and charging
The battery of the Samsung Galaxy A52 has a capacity of 4500 mAh and lasts a long time. With normal use, you can easily reach the end of the day, even if you are an intensive smartphone user. We often had to put the A52 on the charger after a day and a half. The smartphone therefore has a slightly longer breath than its predecessor.
Something strange is going on while charging. The A52 can charge faster than the A51 and supports fast charging with 25 Watts. However, the box contains a slower 15 Watt plug. Samsung does this to save costs, but it is a shame, because you now have to purchase the fastest adapter separately.
With the included 15 Watt charger, it also takes a relatively long time before the phone is completely full. After half an hour, the battery percentage is just over 30 percent and a full charge takes more than two hours. With the 25 Watt plug it goes a lot faster and the battery is half full again after half an hour.
Conclusion Samsung Galaxy A52 review
The Samsung A52 is a good example of why Galaxy A phones are so popular. You get a lot for little and the device actually has no major downsides. The processor is not the fastest in this price range, but it is fast enough for most users. In addition, it is unfortunate that the phone feels a bit cheap and the fastest charger is not included.
But it is. The Galaxy A52 has a very nice screen, excellent cameras, a good battery life, a lot of storage and will receive updates for a long time. That makes it a nice and complete smartphone for which you do not have to pay a lot. It would therefore not surprise us if the A52 also becomes a hit.
Buy Samsung Galaxy A52
Have you become enthusiastic after reading this Samsung Galaxy A52 review and do you want to buy the smartphone? The smartphone has a suggested retail price of 349 Euro but has already fallen slightly in price. It is also possible to use the Galaxy A52 with a subscription to bring home.
Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.
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