[i2pc pros_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-up” cons_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-down” show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Excellent 120Hz FHD AMOLED display
Very good photo quality
Excellent video recordings
IP67 protection class
Headphone connection & memory expansion
More power than its predecessor
[/i2pros][i2cons]Slow fingerprint sensor
Only a 15-watt power supply included
Plastic case looks cheap[/i2cons][/i2pc]
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is the new edition of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. Compared to its predecessor, only the processor has changed. But even if there is not much new about the smartphone, it is still one of the best overall packages on the market. The equipment list includes a 64-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a 120Hz AMOLED display, IP certification, 5G reception, and a Snapdragon 778G processor. For a smartphone under the 45,000 Tk mark, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G seems even better equipped than many Chinese cell phones from Xiaomi, Realme, or OnePlus. In our test, you will find out how well Samsung performs against the competition and where its strengths and weaknesses lie.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy A53 is now also available (to test ). However, the Samsung Galaxy A52S is still the better smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is a normal-sized smartphone with dimensions of 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 millimeters. The weight of 189 grams is also average. As is typical for Samsung, the smartphone has a flawless finish. However, one notices that the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is not a premium product. The entire case is made of plastic and doesn’t feel particularly classy. The much cheaper Redmi Note 10 Pro is clearly ahead of Samsung here. At least Samsung uses matte plastic on the back. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is therefore at least somewhat prone to visible scratches.
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is available in the colors black, violet, green, and white. The design is simple and, with the exception of the camera module on the back, has no special features. The module houses four cameras and an LED flash. It sticks out about a millimeter from the back and ensures that the smartphone only wobbles slightly on flat surfaces. Samsung is clearly ahead of the competition here. The camera sensors are flush with the case (which is unfortunately not included in the scope of delivery).
The volume rocker and the power button are on the right side. The fingerprint scanner is under the display. In our review of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, we already criticized the slow unlocking speed. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t changed anything here: The unlocking process takes over a second and is also quite imprecise, with around 7/10 successful detections. This deficiency can be compensated for with the face unlock function, but the fingerprint simply remains a weak point on the smartphone.
The SIM slot is located on the top of the smartphone. Two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one Micro-SD can be used in these for memory expansion. There is also a headphone jack on the underside next to the USB-C 2.0 port. And last but not least, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is also protected against temporary immersion in water and against dust according to the IP67 standard. Samsung is definitely showing strength here. If you disregard the plastic case, the manufacturer combines the advantages of high-end and mid-range in the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G.
The scope of delivery of the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is spartan. In addition to the quick start guide and the SIM needle, there are only a power adapter and a USB cable. We would definitely have welcomed a case.
As far as the display is concerned, you don’t have to do much with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. With a size of 6.5 inches, the display is average in size. Of course, an AMOLED panel is used. The resolution is Full HD with 2400 x 1080 pixels. The pixel density is easily sufficient for a sharp display, and thanks to OLED technology, you also get infinitely high contrast. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G also achieves a good value of 1300 lux in terms of brightness, which makes it easy to read outdoors even in sunshine.
In addition, the refresh rate is 120Hz, which makes the display look particularly smooth. Most users should also be pleased that the Gorilla Glass 5 lies flat in the case.
Samsung also offers a well-rounded package of settings and features for the display. The refresh rate can be reduced to 60Hz. What is striking, however, is that the 120Hz option is not intelligently adapted to the content. This ensures a noticeably higher consumption in 120Hz mode, as we will see later in the “Battery” section. Otherwise, there is a full always-on display and a dark mode. The color display can be continuously adjusted. A Widevine L1 certification for HD playback from pay-to-watch providers such as Netflix is, of course, also included, and HDR content is supported.
A 120Hz AMOLED display is now standard in the price range of over 25,000 Tk. Samsung ticks all the boxes here and delivers a decent panel that doesn’t disappoint in any way.
Now we come to the only relevant difference between the Samsung Galaxy A52 and 5G. The new 5G version has a Snapdragon 778G processor. We already know this chip from a few Chinese phones, such as the Honor 50 and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE, as well as the Realme GT Master Edition. The Honor 50 is priced similarly to the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, while the Xiaomi and Realme go for around 35,000 Tk in some stores. The processor is divided into the following clusters:
In addition to the eight CPU cores, there is an Adreno 642L GPU. The Snapdragon 778G is manufactured using the current 6-nanometer process.
Samsung achieves typical values in the benchmarks. The OnePlus Nord CE can be used as a comparison device for the old A52 5G with Snapdragon 750G. In comparison to the A52 5G, we have a rough estimate of a performance increase of around 30% in the synthetic benchmark Antutu and an even greater increase in graphics performance of over 100% (3DMark). The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G does well compared to the competition. However, it is also outperformed by equally expensive smartphones such as the OnePlus Nord 2 or the Xiaomi 11T.
The system performance is definitely decent. Apps open quickly, and there are only a few short loading times here and there. Even demanding games like PUBG or Fortnite can be played on the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G without any problems. The system is a little less “snappy” compared to flagship smartphones, but it’s perfectly fine to live with the Samsung Galaxy A52s in everyday life.
There is 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8/256GB of storage. Samsung does not specify which UFS storage version it is. The performance is very decent with 850MB/s reading and 490MB/s writing. The main memory also achieves an excellent speed of 31 GB/s.
The camera setup has not changed compared to the Galaxy A52 5G and also the Galaxy A52. The following sensors are used:
As is so often the case, Samsung does not specify exactly which sensors are used and, as always, you should not attach importance to information from the usual spam sites. A comparison of the specs suggests that the same main and ultra-wide-angle cameras are used as in the old Galaxy M51. This would mean that the main camera is a Sony IMX 682 sensor and the ultra-wide angle is a Samsung S5K3L6 sensor. But that is pure speculation. What is a hard fact, however, is the optical image stabilizer on the main camera. Only a few devices in this price range have this feature, such as the OnePlus Nord 2.
In daylight, the Samsung Galaxy A52 takes very strong pictures with lots of details. The dynamic range is also excellent for a smartphone in this price range. As is typical for Samsung, the color reproduction is very rich and overshoots the target a little: Even without the AI mode, the colors often appear a bit too strong. Apart from that, the images show some image noise on closer inspection, but not to a disturbing extent.
Overall, the daylight shots show the typical Samsung result. Quite far from reality, but sharp and with good dynamics. Taking photos with the Galaxy A52s 5G is definitely fun!
Of course, the pictures taken by the ultra-wide-angle camera have significantly fewer details than the photos taken by the main camera. However, the resolution is still sufficient for viewing on a large PC screen. The colors of the UWW recordings are generally a bit paler and the contrast is lower. The look of the recordings is a bit cooler as a result, which is not bad at all depending on the situation. Overall, this is a usable ultra wide-angle camera.
Thanks to its optical image stabilizer, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G produces reliable night shots that almost never blur, even in night mode. The amount of detail and the low noise behavior are also above average for this price range. In terms of color reproduction, however, the Samsung Galaxy A52s sometimes get so wrong that you think the pictures have gotten a Vincent van Gogh filter. This effect is particularly strong in dim light. Those who found the daylight shots a bit too strong in places will be amazed at night.
We really like the portrait shots of the Samsung Galaxy A52s. Compared to the A52, the recordings are much faster thanks to the greater computing power. The edge detection is usually good and there are only small image errors. The depth of field looks natural. Good job from Samsung!
The 5-megapixel macro camera is passable. With a distance of about 3 centimeters to the object, interesting close-ups can be taken that actually reveal more than the naked eye can see. Due to the high magnification, it usually takes several attempts to get an image with the right focus. Sufficient light should also be available, otherwise the recordings will be very noisy and look dreary.
When it comes to selfie shots, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G does a very good job. The color representation is pleasantly warm, and the recordings have a good dynamic range. The smartphone also handles difficult lighting situations with ease. Details are also readily available.
Fortunately, there is a hidden upgrade in the video function compared to the predecessor: videos in 4K resolution and in Full HD with 60FPS are now also stabilized via electronic image stabilization. You can also switch between the main and ultra wide-angle cameras at 4K resolution. This is a rather rare feature in this price range. Otherwise, the videos from the main camera have very strong colors and good dynamics. The same applies to the UWW camera, although there is of course less detail and more noise here. At least it is pleasing that the videos are stabilized via the selfie camera. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is great for shooting videos!
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G naturally supports dual SIMs. Alternatively, one of the two SIM slots can be used to expand the memory. Of course, VoLTE and VoWifi for telephoning are also supported. The call quality was good in the test. The smartphone also has an average-good reception. The SAR value is 0.878 W/kg (head) and 0.842 W/kg (body). The following 4G and 5G bands are supported:
4G: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66
5G: n1, n3, n5, n7,n8, n20, n28, n66, n38, n40, n41, n78
Thus, the most important frequencies are available for Europe. Apart from that, the latest wireless standards are also available with Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 . In addition to the SBC and AAC standards, Bluetooth also supports aptX. However, the particularly high-resolution LDAC codec was not used, and we were unable to test LHDC due to the lack of such a device. In addition to brightness, acceleration, and proximity sensors, there are also a gyroscope and an e-compass. An FM radio, on the other hand, is no longer available, although this was still available on the Galaxy A52. Of course, NFC for contactless payment is available.
The speaker on the bottom is supported by the ear cup, so you get a hybrid stereo sound. Depths are perceptible to begin with, and distortions hardly occur. The speaker delivers an average sound.
The GPS reception of the Samsung Galaxy A52S 5G is good. A location was determined within a few seconds with an accuracy of 3 meters. Here, the satellite systems GPS, Glonass, Beidou, and Galileo are used. However, dual GPS is not supported by the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G.
The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is 4500mAh. The Samsung Galaxy A52s is therefore average for the size of the smartphone. The battery life in everyday use is good. An hour of YouTube consumes around 8% of the battery and gaming around 15%. The runtime is easily enough for one day with heavy use. The Galaxy A52s is a 2-day smartphone, but only for infrequent users. In addition, the consumption values are slightly higher than those of the competition. This is probably due to the fact that the refresh rate is not adjusted to the content. Videos or images are only displayed at 60Hz on most of the competitors since the display does not benefit from the 120Hz. Such a downward adjustment does not take place with the A52s 5G, which also consumes a little more battery throughout the day.
Unfortunately, Samsung continues to include an “underpowered” 15-watt power adapter in the scope of delivery. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G can be charged at 25W. After an hour, 69% of the battery is filled again with the 15W power pack. The full charging process takes 1:40 hours. If you have a power delivery power pack with PPS support, you can charge the battery to 93% in one hour and to 100% in 1.5 hours.
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is fully convincing in our test. The manufacturer has made small improvements to the predecessors of A52 and A52 5G in the right places: the system performance is now better and videos can now also be recorded in stabilized 4K resolution. Fortunately, the strengths are retained: an IP certificate and the main camera with OIS are rare in this price range. In addition, the Samsung A52s 5G has a flawless display that also meets the highest demands. Our points of criticism in the test tend to relate to small things: the case could be more elegant, the loading speed should be higher, and the camera could take more natural pictures. However, these points do not change the fact that the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is one of the best smartphones under 45,000 Tk. Therefore, the Chinahandys.net editors also give the Korean smartphone a well-deserved buy recommendation.