Samsung Galaxy A52 Review – Value for money
Galaxy A52 starts at Rs 26,499
This is the story of two smartphones. Samsung hosted two mid-range “A” series smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, in mid-March for its “Galaxy Unpackaged” event. The Galaxy A52 starts at Rs 26,499 while the Galaxy A72 starts at Rs 34,999.
Let’s go back to last year, the Galaxy A51 was the second best-selling smartphone in the world and the reason for that is easy to find. It has an attractive retail price, good design, smart cameras and one UI operating system available from a trusted brand. On the other hand, the Galaxy A71 was unnecessarily expensive for the consumer without any compelling reason to remove that extra mass. Also Read: Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G Review
Samsung has done nothing to help this year. The Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are at a lot of risk with smartphones. However, the second is not for a good start. Although both smartphones have switched from an Exynos chipset to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G platform, the price of the Galaxy A72 is far beyond what many would consider a “reasonable range”. Switching to a Snapdragon chipset is not enough to attract prospective buyers.
Samsung Galaxy A52 price in India
- 6GB RAM/128GB storage: Rs 26,499
- 8GB RAM/128GB storage: Rs 27,999
Both the smartphones come with very different designs as compared to their predecessors. The biggest update is the AMOLED display with a fresh rate of 90Hz (Samsung has all the best displays in the business). 90Hz Fresh Fresh Rate Technology is finally making its way into budget smartphones and it’s no small feat.
At the forefront of the design, Samsung has removed the unrecognizable “glass” premium from the glass and gone back to full plastic. While that may not be a bad thing in itself, it’s not the premium experience we all expect from Samsung. It has a clean design in pastel colors (awesome blue and amazing violence is the color of the smartphone I got to review) and the camera setting that matches the design (to the Galaxy S21 series). The matte coating makes it easy to grasp on a smartphone.
The “awesome blue” and “awesome violet” colors stand out and are less likely to crack if they hit the ground, so that’s a good thing.
There are slight differences between the two smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a 4,500 mAh battery and the Galaxy A72 has a 5,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy A72 comes with 8G RAM while the Galaxy A52 has 6GB and 8G variants. There is also a slight difference in the four camera settings of each smartphone.
The Galaxy A72 comes with a 64MP main sensor, 12MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto and a 5MP macro camera. The Galaxy A52 converts 8MP telephoto to 5MP telephoto.
Other than that, these smartphones are pretty much the same. From the Snapdragon 720G chipset to the 32MP selfie camera and the IP67 series (water and dust resistant). Up to the 3.5 headphone jack, there is nothing to separate one from the other. This question is simply asked. Why buy Galaxy A72 instead of Galaxy A52? If you are wondering if the Rs. 8,000 premium is worth it.
Amazing Unique Design
Samsung has made a big change to the design aesthetic of the Galaxy A52 this time. The phone has a build quality. Although the phone is made of plastic, fortunately Samsung did not choose the ‘Glastic’. It doesn’t feel premium, but the phone offers good performance and feels durable. The front fascia is similar to any midsize phone you’ll find on the market (punched-hole display spell), and the rear panel tells a completely different story. The back cover is smooth finished with a single color finish. The blue unit we received is quite impressive and manages to turn its head (especially when the phone is pressed to the ear).
The middle frame is made of plastic and has a glossy finish. The back panel is nicely paired with a smooth matte finish, and you can see crime happening around the frame with fingerprints in the areas where you normally hold the phone. Speaking of the camera module, it has a similar color to the other parts of the rear panel. The volume keys and the power button are located on the right edge and the left side of the frame remains unobstructed. At the top you will find hybrid drives and at the bottom you will find all the necessary ports and a mono speaker. The audio quality is good and the post works as a second audio channel. Although it seems a bit nutritious out of the box, activating Dolby Atmos can give you good sound everywhere. Another good thing about the Galaxy A52 is that it gets an IP67 input protection rating not easily found in the mid-range.
A+++ FHD Display
Like any mid-range phone from Samsung, the Galaxy A52 comes with a stylish AMOLED panel. The phone has a 6.5-inch FHD + Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with a new 90Hz resolution. The screen is layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection. The 90Hz refresh rate provides a smooth experience when scrolling through the interface or playing games. The content on the elegant screen was a pleasant experience. The software includes two color profiles: vibrant and natural with pre-rendered colors, the second converts the colors to real life with a fresh hue. It has a shield for the comfort of the eyes and is basically a blue light filter that reduces eyestrain by limiting the blue light emission from the screen. You get an adaptive setting that automatically adjusts the screen color throughout the day. Alternatively, you can program the time using custom settings.
That said, the screen on the Samsung Galaxy A52 is significantly brighter, which means you have no problem reading content or watching videos in direct sunlight. This is all fine, but the word would not do justice if we weren’t talking about the elephant in the room. There is no doubt that Samsung has increased the refresh rate, but somehow forgot to add the variable refresh rate on the Samsung Galaxy A52. If you go for the high smoothness option in Motion Smooth, you will be stuck with a 90Hz refresh rate. The variable refresh rate helps save battery life, while the Galaxy A52 is asked to do the work manually. You can go to Settings and select the standard smooth mode, or enable the power saving mode and reduce the refresh rate to 60Hz. Other than that, the phone has a visual index fingerprint reader that is fast, accurate, and will lock the device in 0.30 seconds.
Software Performance of Samsung Galaxy A52
The Galaxy A52 runs on the Android 11 operating system based on the custom One UI 3.1 user interface. Although the pre-general proprietary operating system (TouchWiz) was not enough even for moderate users, Samsung sped up the game and brought a friendly version of Android. OneUI is a feature-rich user interface that offers easy customization and a number of enhancements. On top of that, Samsung is committed to providing at least a three-year software update and four-year security updates for the Samsung Galaxy A52 (awesome?).
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Along with the updates, Samsung has made some notable changes to the OneUI. At the far right of the screen is an application quick access menu that allows you to add up to seven applications of your choice. You can customize the side key (also known as the power button) and launch the camera by pressing the button twice. The user interface also has standard navigation gestures. Samsung has integrated Always-On Display (AOD) into its Galaxy A-Series phone and it is customizable (clock designs and font color). You can customize the layout of the call screen and add a background image to that screen.