Samsung Galaxy A52 Review 2021

 Samsung Galaxy A52 Review

The Galaxy A series is the middle child of the Galaxy lineup, sitting right between the overachieving Galaxy S series and the value-for-money Galaxy M series. The A series has had some good-looking phones in the past but they sometimes fall short in terms of performance compared to others at the same prices. The latest models to launch are the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72. These new smartphones definitely look good, but has Samsung worked on improving performance? I put the Galaxy A52 through its paces to find out.

Samsung Galaxy A52 price in India

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is available in two variants, one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 26,499, and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 27,999. There are four colour options, namely Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, Awesome Black, and Awesome White.

Samsung Galaxy A52 design

Design is one of the strongest points of the Galaxy A52, it looks different from most other smartphones. The first thing that caught my attention on the Galaxy A52 was the colour of my review unit. Finished in ‘Awesome Blue', the Galaxy A52 draws a lot of attention. The finish is matte which also helps reduce fingerprints on the back. The Awesome Blue and Awesome Violet options are flashy while the Awesome Black and Awesome White variants look more subtle.

The Galaxy A52 has a big 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a hole-punch display. It has thin bezels on the sides while the chin is marginally thicker. The frame of the smartphone is made of plastic and doesn't feel as premium as it looks. You have the power and the volume buttons on the right. The power button is convenient to hit, but the volume buttons need a slight stretch to reach. The left side of the Galaxy A52 does not have any buttons or slots. The SIM tray is at the top along with the secondary microphone. The Galaxy A52 is IP67 rated and you will find a rubber seal around the SIM tray to help keep water and dust out. At the bottom, the Galaxy A52 has the USB Type-C port, the loudspeaker, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Tipping the scales at 189g and measuring 8.4mm in thickness, the Galaxy A52 is manageable for single-handed use. The frame is curved to make it comfortable to hold. At the back, the Galaxy A52 sports a quad-camera module that protrudes slightly but has the same colour finish as the body, which helps it blend in.

Samsung has packed in a 4,500mAh battery which is a decent capacity considering that the Galaxy A52 isn't too thick or heavy. The battery is capable of fast charging at 25W but you only get a 15W charger in the box.

Samsung Galaxy A52 specifications

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is set to 90Hz by default but you can turn it down to 60Hz for better battery life. The Galaxy A52 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and seems underpowered compared to some of the other smartphones in this price range. Samsung offers 6GB and 8GB RAM variants but the storage remains unchanged at 128GB. I had the base variant for this review, which is priced at Rs. 26,499.

The Galaxy A52 is a dual-SIM device with a hybrid slot, so storage expansion does come at the cost of the second SIM. There is support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and four satellite navigation systems.

Samsung ships the Galaxy A52 with OneUI 3.1 which is the same experience you get on the Samsung Galaxy S21 (Review) series. OneUI 3.1 is based on Android 11 which is the latest you can get. My unit also had the March Android security patch which is fairly recent. The UI is easy to use and I did not face any issues finding my way around it. You have the three-button navigation layout enabled by default but you can opt for swipe-based gesture input instead.

The Galaxy A52 does have a fair amount of bloatware pre-installed including Dailyhunt, PhonePe, Prime Video, Snapchat, ShareChat, MX TakaTak, and Moj. I found Dailyhunt and Samsung's own My Galaxy App to be spammy, as they kept pushing notifications. If you aren't keen on using the preinstalled apps, I would recommend uninstalling them right away.

Samsung Galaxy A52 performance

The Samsung Galaxy A52 packs in enough performance to deliver smooth performance. Its higher refresh rate display also improved the overall experience. The Super AMOLED display is crisp, has good viewing angles, and is bright enough when outdoors. The stereo speakers are a good addition as they make video watching more engaging.

While the Galaxy A52 will not disappoint, other smartphones at the same price point pack better processors and deliver better performance. I ran benchmarks on the Galaxy A52 to see how it fares against some of the competition. It managed 275,686 points in AnTuTu and 8,401 points in PCMark Work 2,0. The Realme X3 SuperZoom (Review), which is slightly more expensive than the Galaxy A52, scored 508,491 and 11,756 in the same tests thanks to its Snapdragon 855+ SoC. The Galaxy A52 performed decently in graphics benchmarks, returning 65fps and 25fps in GFXBench's T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 scenes. Samsung's own Galaxy F62 (Review) scores better in graphics benchmarks, and is almost on par with the Galaxy A52 in terms of CPU benchmarks. Surprisingly the Galaxy F62 is priced lower than the Galaxy A52, starting at Rs. 23,999.

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