Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review

The Samsung A52s is the successor of the mid-range A52 phone that was already launched in spring 2021. While it is almost identical to its sister model on the outside, it features an improved chipset that, according to Samsung, improves performance and battery life.

Samsung has revamped its mid-range and budget smartphone segment with the revised Galaxy A series and Galaxy M series. The company currently offers several smartphones for all price segments, so consumers have a large selection, which is sometimes also quite confusing. The Samsung Galaxy A smartphones differ from the Galaxy M smartphones with a stronger emphasis on aesthetics. Samsung’s latest introduction in this series is the Galaxy A52s 5G, a mid-range 5G smartphone.

Even though we’d all like to see this or that Galaxy S as Samsung’s phone par excellence, the truth is that the A series has always been the Korean company’s workhorse its backbone in terms of sales figures. And the A5x model has been the best-selling Samsung device every year not the S Ultra model, not even the S flagship or its plus-size sibling.

So in a way, there isn’t really any more Samsung than an A5x that is, it’s the Samsung experience that most people actually get. For a lot of users, an A-series device is their only glimpse of a Samsung phone, and that obviously comes with advantages and disadvantages. The latest model in the best-selling A-series is the A53, but the most interesting A5x of all time is definitely the A52s.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Design

The Galaxy A52s is pretty much identical to its predecessor in terms of design. The phone has a polycarbonate back with a plastic frame. The frame has a smoky chrome finish, while the back has a matte white surface that feels like marble. The matte plastic back is good at repelling fingerprints and gives the phone a premium feel. An eye-catching design element is the camera module, which protrudes slightly from the back but has a similar surface and color. This makes the lens cutouts stand out and gives the phone a very modern look.

Unlike most smartphones in this segment, the Galaxy A52s has a 3.5 mm headphone jack located on the bottom next to the USB Type-C port and the main speaker. The phone’s earpiece sits in a fine slot between the display glass and the plastic frame that protects it. It is not only used for calls, but also serves as a second speaker.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Performance

The Galaxy A52s 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The phone’s performance is quite an upgrade over the Galaxy A52, as it runs smoothly during both normal use and multitasking. You can effortlessly shuffle through multiple apps without any judder or lag. We also tried out a few video games like Among Us and Genshin Impact. When the graphics are set to the highest level, there is noticeable lag and jerkiness. However, it can handle light games like Among Us without any problems. The phone tends to heat up a bit when playing games, but that is quite normal.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Display

The Galaxy A52s 5G has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. It also features an Infinity-O notch for the camera. Samsung phones usually offer one of the best displays, even in the mid-range segment. The Galaxy A52s 5G has a really good display with bright and rich colors without being overbearing. The 120 Hz refresh rate is a real benefit for the entire display and smooth scrolling. Switching to the 60Hz refresh rate does feel a difference, but it doesn’t really affect the overall experience.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Camera

The Galaxy A52s 5G features a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. We tested the Galaxy A52s 5G’s cameras in various lighting situations, and unsurprisingly, they perform best in daylight. It captures colors very well and also focuses objects well. You have to manually select the 64-megapixel camera mode, which produces better and more natural colors, but be prepared for a slower camera app.

The low-light photography of the Galaxy A52s 5G still leaves a lot of room for improvement. Photos taken in the evening and at night show a lot of noise. Only after post-processing do the photos look decent, but you should not expect great results.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A52s lasted 15 hours and 43 minutes in our HD video loop battery test, which isn’t bad for a premium smartphone, but is surprisingly lower than what we got with the Galaxy A52. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case with everyday use as the phone easily lasted me a day and half with some gaming, photography, and video streaming. Charging the phone using the included 15W charger took 1 hour and 37 minutes, which isn’t bad. This could be improved if you use your own 25W charger, which this phone will support.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Price & availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is priced at £409/$450, and you can currently buy it from Box, Samsung, Amazon, and John Lewis in the UK. In the US, the A52s is not available from carriers, but you can buy a region-unlocked version from Amazon. As usual with Samsung phones, many retailers are offering discounts off the MSRP, and at the time of this review Box is reducing the price of the A52s by £60 to just £319.99, or £299.99 if you opt for the phone in white. If you’re trying to decide between this phone and the A52, you’ll get more bang for your buck with the A52s and its improved processor a feature that could be important in the long run.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: Software

The bloatware situation on the Galaxy A52s is pretty bad, to say the least. We appreciate the sheer amount of features Samsung offers with One UI. However, that doesn’t excuse the 35+ apps that came pre-installed on the Indian device we tested. The European models may differ, but that’s not even counting the widgets and notification spam from Samsung’s built-in apps something the company has promised but not yet turned off at the time of writing. Furthermore, not all of these apps can be removed.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy A52s is 6GB RAM variant for the 8GB RAM variant. The device offers a sleek design, capable cameras, and reliable performance. The smartphone’s software is also quite satisfactory, and the IP67 certification is still something that most competitors can’t offer. However, it’s hard to turn a blind eye to competing devices like the Realme GT, iQOO 7 Legend, etc. that offer better performance, faster charging speeds, and a more premium design. Don’t get me wrong, the Galaxy A52s is a usable everyday companion, however, the brand should have priced it a bit more aggressively.

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s is the 6GB RAM variant for the 8GB RAM variant. The device offers a sleek design, capable cameras, and reliable performance. The smartphone's software is also quite satisfactory, and the IP67 certification is still something that most competitors cannot offer.Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review