In many ways, the Galaxy A52 is very similar to the Galaxy A72 that we reviewed not long ago. But, there are a few differences scattered across both phones.
Now, for this review – we’ll be referencing a lot from the Galaxy A72 – so maybe watch that review first before watching this.
Let’s start off with the design.
Both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 look identical. They come in the same colors with the same matte finish, same design, and it’s difficult to discern them from one another by just looking at them.
But, once they’re placed together, you can pretty much start to see the differences. The Galaxy A52 is slightly smaller and honestly, I can immediately tell them both apart because the Galaxy A72 is a lot wider than the Galaxy A52 – that’s coming from a guy with big palms.
And we can also tell both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 apart by just looking at the camera cutout. You see, while the camera cutout looks the same, there is one big difference – the Galaxy A52 lacks the telephoto camera that the Galaxy A72 has. It is replaced with a depth sensor – which I honestly think shouldn’t exist anymore in the year 2021.
Okay, how does the cameras perform? Honestly, they both perform the same. To look at all of the pictures, watch our review at the top of this review instead. We also have a quick video test as well – since the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have OIS for their main camera.
Then, the screen. The Galaxy A52 is obviously smaller than the Galaxy A72 – measuring at 6.5-inches diagonally but it has the same 2400×1080 pixels in resolution and still with the 90Hz refresh rate.
This Super AMOLED screen is also the same as the Galaxy A72 too – and yes, these two screens are bright and beautiful.
As for the battery life, the Galaxy A52 got a 4,500mAh battery. It will last throughout the day with some to spare. It lasts for more than 13 hours in our battery life test in 90Hz – and that’s great!
To charge up the battery, Samsung included a 15W charger with the Galaxy A52 instead of their own 25W.
But, not to worry. The included 15W charger can charge up the phone in nearly 90 minutes. If we are to use the Ugreen 65W GaN charger that has USB-PD PPS support – more information about fast-charging protocols on the top right corner – we can juice up the Galaxy A52 in about 75 minutes.
And okay, the software. One UI 3 is still my favorite skin for Android phones. I mean, these pre-included features and apps are not bloatware since I use them. Samsung Pay and Edge Panel are still the two features I use constantly and there is just no replacement for these features.
We talked about One UI 3 with more depth in our Galaxy A72 review, so watch that review instead.
As for the performance – surprise, surprise – the core specs for both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are the same. Both are using the Snapdragon 720G chipset and they both perform the same anyway.
Samsung also issued a few software updates to further optimize and improve the performance of both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 – so yes, I even play COD Mobile on the Galaxy A52 with some Black Shark attachment triggers.
Oh, by the way, these two phones are also rated for IP67. So yes, they can get wet.
And finally – the price. At RM1,499, I think that the Galaxy A52 is rather pricy, yes – so maybe wait until there’s a free gift bundle promotion. Truthfully speaking, both the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are pretty much the most balanced smartphones – in all aspects – at their own price range.