Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52

Korean electronic giant Samsung’s mobile division tops the global smartphone market with 19% market share as per Canalys report. In India it used to be within first 5 positions from many years. Samsung releases smartphones to market in various series viz., F, A, M and S. S  series is considered as their top end, M series is exclusively for India sold only online and A series is considered designer phones. Recently Samsung release two phones in the A series, namely A52 and A72. In this review we take a look at Samsung galaxy A52 smartphone.

Specifications

Processor2 x 2.32 + 6 x 1.8 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
GPUAdreno-618
Memory6GB + 128 GB / 8GB + 128 GB
MicroSD slotYes (1 SIM + MicroSD)
Screen6.47”, 1080 x 2400 pixel, Super AMOLED
Camera64+12+5+5 MP rare + Flash 32 MP front (selfie)  
SIM2 Nano (Hybrid)
Battery4500 mAh
Size159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 ಮಿ.ಮೀ.
Weight189 g
Fingerprint scannerYes (On-screen)
Infrared remoteNo
FM radioYes
NFCYes
Earphone in the box‌No
USB OTG supportYes
Operating SystemAndroid 11
Price ₹26,499 (6+128), ₹ 27,999 (8+128)

Design and build

Samsung A series phones are known for good design and looks. This is no exception. Even though the body is made of plastic, it does not feel of inferior quality. It comes in four colours – blue, black, white and purple. The model that we got review is of blue colour and Samsung calls it Awesome blue. The back panel is having matte finish. This is in a way good such that the phone won’t slip off from the hand easily. So, you can be good without an additional back cover. Right side has on/off switch and the volume rocker. SIM and memory card insertion tray is on the top. USB-C port and the 3.5 mm earphone ports are on the bottom. This phone has IP-67 water resistance ratings. The SIM and memory card tray has an additional washer to prevent water from entering the phone through this slot. This is a good design. Top-left of the back-side has the cameras and the flash. These are housed in a slightly elevated platform kind of structure. 3 cameras are in the first top-to-bottom column, one camera and flash are in the next column. To protect the cameras, it will be better to attach and additional cover. Samsung has not provided any additional cover in the box. Fingerprint scanner is on-screen scanner which is on the bottom portion of the screen. Face recognition is also present.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy A52 is driven by mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor. This time Samsung did not use their own Exynos processor. This phone has a Geekbench score of 1378. This means that this is neither top end nor low end performance-wise. Games needing less power can be easily played. Games needing high muscle power can also be played but the experience is not great. We can say that the performance is satisfactory.

Camera

This phone has 4 cameras.  64 MP primary, 5 MP for long distance, 12 MP for ultra-wide and 5 MP for macro. LED flash is there. Results of the camera are good. There is a special night mode for available light photography but we are not fully satisfied with the results in this mode. Presence of optical image stabilisation is the good news. Results of the 32 MP selfie camera is satisfactory. Pro mode has manual focus also. This will be liked by expert photographers who want full control over the camera. If you are extra creative, you will like the super slow motion video feature.

Audio video

The audio engine is just good enough. There are stereo speakers but if you want real good audio experience then have to use good headphone. There is no earphone in the box. When you look at the price, Samsung could have done slightly better in this area. Super AMOLED screen is of really good quality. That means watching videos on this screen is a good experience. Both HD and 4k videos can be played with ease. The visual appeal feel is good while playing games. There is a FM radio but the reception power is bit low.

Battery

This phone is powered by a 4500 mAh battery. Fully charged lasted for 12 hours while playing a 4k video continuously in loop. Phone has fast charge facility. The time taken to fully charge from zero is about 100 minutes with the 15 W charger provided in the box. They could have done well by throwing in a 25 W charger. Since the fast-charging circuitry is present in the phone, it gets little heated up while charging. Some people having the habit of playing games or watching videos while charging. They should desist from doing so in this phone.        

Verdict

In just one sentence – this is a good value for money phone.

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