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8.1/10
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The Samsung Galaxy A52 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Otherwise, if you want something capable and lighter than the A72, this is comparable in just about every way.

Samsung’s March 2021 collection of budget Galaxy models offers varied options out of three very similar phones. The Galaxy A52 would be considered the entry-level phone in the lineup with its smaller size and weaker camera. Consider the following differences and similarities to the larger, pricier A72 model.

What’s Different

  • The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a smaller screen than the A72
  • Smaller and more lightweight
  • 4500mAh battery
  • It has a depth lens instead of a telephoto lens

What’s the Same

  • Super AMOLED full HD display
  • 90hz refresh rate
  • 64MP primary lens and 12MP Ultra-wide lens
  • No 5G capabilities

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is an entry-level phone without a hefty price tag. It offers a significant portion of the A72 experience at a lower price.

The camera isn’t quite as good. But the camera on the A72 won’t satisfy phone people looking for a robust mobile camera anyhow. This also won’t be great for games with a smaller battery and screen.

Otherwise, if you want something capable and lighter than the A72, this is comparable in just about every way.

Pocket-Lint says, “Meanwhile, the standard A52 - which won't come to the UK - is a mix between the A52 5G and the A72, offering the same camera, display, design and battery as the A52 5G, but with the LTE capabilities, 90Hz refresh rate display (albeit smaller) and processor as the A72.”

Tech Radar states, “The Samsung Galaxy A52 isn’t going to blow you away with top-end specs or a remarkably affordable price, but it’s still a solid choice for a mid-range handset that can compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 4a. It’s a difficult phone to love, but if you’re looking for a lot for a lower price point than most other Samsung devices, you may enjoy what the Galaxy A52 has to offer.”

For more on what to expect -- including performance, display quality, phone design and more -- be sure to check our full review of the Samsung Galaxy A72.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
64+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

The only true downside of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is its lengthy charging time, particularly when  compared to its rivals, and that is largely attributable to the Samsung’s 15W in-box charger (vs. 33W for the Xiaomi and 65W for the Oppo). With a compatible 25W charger, the charging experience woul...

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
GSMArena

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a good smartphone with a thoughtful pick of features - few mid-range phones can offer an attractive design, a 120Hz AMOLED, a decent chipset, and such a capable bunch of cameras. We also liked the battery life and speaker performance, as well as how smooth One UI was. In...

- GSMArena
Make Use Of

For the most part, Samsung pulled the right strings in making the A52 an excellent midrange device; the screen is large, vibrant, and snappy, the battery life is just plain incredible, and the camera delivers sufficient quality that rounds out this phone's experience. The main competitor of this pho...

- Zarif Ali, Make Use Of
Cnet

As with any phone, even a good one, not everything is roses and sunshine. The in-screen fingerprint reader is so annoying to use that I preferred to enter my PIN to unlock the phone. The mediocre macro camera seems like a frivolous add-on that is only there to boost the total number of cameras on th...

- Patrick Holland, Cnet
PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a handsome and durable phone with a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display, but its slack performance makes it a hard sell.

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The Galaxy A52 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy A52 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy A52 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy A52 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Samsung Galaxy A52's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery.

Galaxy A52 Specs

Overview
Release date March 17, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, Awesome White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.99 x 7.51 x 0.84 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 407 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
64+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
32+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Will support software upgrades for three generations, and regular security updates for a minimum of four years.


Non-5G Variant

  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
  • RAM: 4/6/8 GB
  • Display Features: 90Hz refresh rate
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