Samsung overhauled the entire Galaxy A series early this year and they announced the new Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52 (review), and the Galaxy A72 (review). The Galaxy A52 came in two variants – the Galaxy A52 LTE and Galaxy A52 5G, whereby the latter is technically a beefed-up version of the base model.
So, the Galaxy A52s is essentially a consolidation of both the LTE and 5G variant of the Galaxy A52, and added a few more extras on top.
What’s in the box?
If you’ve looked at other Galaxy A series of smartphones from this year, then the Galaxy A52s isn’t any different in terms of the box. It’s compact and the box isn’t that much bigger than the phone itself in terms of footprint.
Opening up the box reveals everything that you need:
- The Galaxy A52s itself
- 15W charger
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Some documentation
While some people hoped for Samsung to include a case in the box, I personally don’t prefer any cases that are included with the phone. It mostly acts as an interim while we get another phone case that better suits our own personal style and that included case will be wasted and forgotten.
And oh – the Galaxy A52s also comes with a screen protector pre-installed out of the box. That is important.
Hands-on with the Galaxy A52s
In terms of the design, the Galaxy A52s is pretty much the same in terms of its design language as the Galaxy A52 LTE and Galaxy A72 that we’ve reviewed. It’s also still using the same plastic back with a rough matte finish – but I realized the Galaxy A52s is not as rough as the others.
The Galaxy A52s is also available in the new mint color – which I personally prefer, but we got the white color one here – so we’ll make do with what we have.
In terms of the features, the Galaxy A52s stays pretty much the same as the Galaxy A52 LTE and Galaxy A72. It still has all beloved features like microSD card slot, IP67-rating, and headphone jack.
The included charger is also the same as the Galaxy A52 – a 15W charger. It’s not going to be the fastest charger, but at least we have one in the box?
I’m personally looking forward to testing its performance too, since the Galaxy A52s is now powered by the amazingly efficient yet powerful Snapdragon 778G chipset. We previously tested this chipset with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE WiFi (review) which performed way beyond our expectations. We believe that the Galaxy A52s will be able to achieve similar levels of performance.
As for the specs, here’s a quick rundown:
- 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display
- Middle Punch Hole Notch
- 120Hz Refresh Rate
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G chipset
- 8GB RAM (+4GB via RAM Plus feature)
- 256GB Storage
- Quadruple Rear Camera
- Main: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF, OIS
- Ultra-Wide: 12MP f/2.2
- Macro: 5MP f/2.4
- Depth Sensor
- 32MP Selfie Camera
- 4,500mAh battery
- 15W charger included in the box
- Supports 25W USB-PD PPS fast-charging
- Awesome Black, Awesome White colors
The Galaxy A52s is currently available for sale at the price of RM1,899 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. There are no other variants available so this is the only one we can choose from. I do think that having an option for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for RM1,599 would’ve been perfect.
I think 6GB of RAM is sufficient for most users, but the latest update of Samsung’s One UI also comes with a feature called RAM Plus. It allocates 4GB of the internal storage and treats it as RAM – but it’s not going to be as fast as the real RAM. It’s just there if you need it.
Either way, for the price, the Galaxy A52s does seem to be decently priced when compared to other phones available in the market. And the Galaxy A52s comes with OIS too.