Last week Samsung called us for an Unpacked that would be “Awesome”. Indeed, the choice of the term was not trivial, since the Korean company has used the event to announce its new family of Galaxy A range smartphones, its mid-range. There are, in particular, three models: the Galaxy A72, the Galaxy A52, and the Galaxy A52 5G, its brother with better connectivity.

In this article, we will refer only and exclusively to the first two, the Galaxy A52, which aim to be the spearhead of Samsung’s affordable models. The handsets have very similar technical specifications, to the point that they are almost the same on the outside and similar on the inside. However, there are interesting differences that should be highlighted, so let’s get to it.

Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G Specifications

Galaxy A52Galaxy A52 5G
Dimensions and Weight159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
189 grams
159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
189 grams
Screen6.5-inch Super AMOLED
FullHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels)
407 dpi
90 Hz
Infinity-O
6.5-inch Super AMOLED
FullHD + resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels)
407 dpi
120 Hz
Infinity-O
ProcessorOcta core
2 x 2.3 GHz
6 x 1.8 GHz
Octa core
2 x 2.2 GHz
6 x 1.8 GHz
RAM6/8 GB6/8 GB
Internal Storage128/256 GB expandable with microSD cards128/256 GB expandable with microSD cards
Rear Camera64MP f/1.8 OIS
Wide angle 12MP f/2.2
Macro 5MP f/2.4
Depth 5MP f/2.4
64MP f/1.8 OIS
Wide angle 12MP f/2.2
Macro 5MP f/2.4
Depth 5MP f/2.4
Front Camera32MP f/2.232MP f/2.2
Battery4,500mAh
Fast charge 25W
4,500 mAh
Fast charge 25W
Operating SystemAndroid 11 with One UI 3.1Android 11 with One UI 3.1
Connectivity4G
Dual SIM hybrid
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB type C
GPS
NFC
5G Sub6 FDD, TDD
4G
Dual SIM Hybrid
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type C
GPS
NFC
OthersFingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Dolby Atmos
AKG
IP67 stereo speakers
Fingerprint sensor
Face recognition
Dolby Atmos
AKG
IP67 stereo speakers
PriceFrom EUR 349From EUR 429

Almost the same on the outside

Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G

We start by reviewing the aesthetic section, where have seen that Samsung has borne the design of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the S21 for the construction of its mid-range. The Galaxy A52s has a simple back finished in lilac, white, black and blue where we see the huge module that houses the four cameras, which we will talk about later.

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Something striking is that the camera module is not black, but the same color as the chassis of the phone, and that there is a minijack port on the bottom edge. Since both phones are the same on the outside, they share the same dimensions and weight (8.9 millimeters thick and 189 grams), as well as IP67 water resistance.

Let’s move on to the screen, where we find the first substantial difference. Both smartphones have a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with FullHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and top perforation to house the front camera. However, the Galaxy A52 has a refresh rate of 90Hz, while that of the Galaxy A52 5G rises to 120Hz.

Somewhat different on the inside

Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G

If we open the hood and take a look at the engine, we’ll see that it’s also very similar, though not the same. Both handsets have between six and eight gigs of RAM, something that also happens in storage: both handsets have 128 or 256GB expandable with microSD cards up to 1TB.

Where is the difference, then? In the processor. Samsung has the habit of not revealing the exact model of SoC that carry their cell phones and is referred to the specifications. In this case, there is an eight-core processor, six at 1.8GHz and two at 2.3GHz (in the Galaxy A52) or 2.2 GHz (in the Galaxy A52 5G). Beyond that 0.1 GHz of speed down, the key is in the modem, which is responsible for making the Galaxy A52 5G compatible with 5G Sub-6GHz networks (no mention of mmWave).

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Otherwise, the same: 4,500 mAh battery, 25W fast charging compatible with QC2 and AFC, same connectivity (except 5G), and some sensors. An interesting aspect, and also shared by the two mobiles, is in the sound, as the Galaxy A52s support Dolby Atmos, have 24-bit high-quality audio playback and dual audio (you can connect two headphones).

This is the same on the cameras, as they are the same on both devices. Thus, there is a 64-megapixel main sensor with OIS, 0.8-micron pixels, and f/1.8 aperture (it will take 16-megapixel photos in automatic mode thanks to the combination of pixels); a 12-megapixel wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture, a five-megapixel macro, and a five-megapixel depth sensor. Selfies are handled by a 32-megapixel sensor.

Price and Availability of Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G

Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G

The new Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A52 5G will be available for purchase starting today in lilac, white, black and blue. The prices are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy A52 6/128GB: EUR 349
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 8/256GB: EUR 409 
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 6/128GB: EUR 429
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 8/256GB: EUR 489 
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