Samsung Galaxy A52 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
With that in mind, we got these two devices with us to compare them and see what makes them so spicy and attractive. So keep reading if you're interested in seeing which phone will emerge victorious.
Starting with the design, we kind of like both. The A52 has a newly redesigned look where the camera bump is actually more like a natural bump. The phone is matte and made of plastic entirely on the back. On the other hand, the S20 FE sports the previous generation of back design of the S-lineup, but we should note that it is also made of plastic. The camera bump has sharper edges and is more like a separate element of the back, but we still think that the overall design is OK. A benefit of the entire plastic build for these 2 devices is that it’s more resilient to drops and is cheaper to replace so we’re also down for that. There are also some new colors available on the A52 such as the Awesome White, Awesome Black, Awesome Blue and the one we have here, the Awesome Violet. The FE we have here is a bit more dull but sleek with a Cloud Navy color, but you can also get it in some interesting colors such as Cloud White, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Orange, and Cloud Mint.
Fast refresh rate and beautiful AMOLED colors on both
Display-wise is where it’s easy to make a decision.
The A52 lacks a zoom camera, but for all else is not far behind
The Galaxy A52 sports a 64MP main shooter with, surprisingly, optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12MP ultrawide and 5MP macro camera whereas the S20 FE sports a 12MP main shooter with OIS, a 12MP ultrawide and 8MP telephoto camera. So with the interest to find out which camera system performs better, we went out to have them battle it out.
To start off then, we went out to take a couple of shots.
We also did not see any major differences with the ultrawide cameras on both devices so that was pretty cool.
Where the phones differ for sure though is in the different 3rd camera for each. The S20 FE, for instance, has an optical zoom lens camera, and sure, while you may also take zoom photos with the A52, they simply wouldn’t come out as sharp.
Then how about the macro camera on the A52, is it any better than not having one on the S20 FE? Well, it’s tricky to say. To put it this way, the macro camera on the A52 was comfortable to use while taking a close-up shot since the focus is locked to a closer distance but at the same time, the S20 FE is capable of taking shots from even closer if you have a stable hand and use the optical zoom camera.
How about night photography then? The main camera of the S20 FE was better in terms of noise and colors in the dark, but for some reason, the A52 kept producing slightly wrong colors in this particular scene.
So then as a conclusion, Samsung has made some good improvements on the A52. And while it does lag behind the Galaxy S20 FE, it still manages to bring decent quality to the table.
A52 might be improved from its predecessor, but it still runs on a mid-range processor vs a top-end one on the FE
Performance-wise is where even though the S20 FE is older, it’s still much better. As we mentioned earlier, the S20 FE tried to be a phone that offers the best at a lower cost and its SoC backs up that claim. It sports a high-end flagship chip. While on the other hand, the A52 sports a rather slower mid-range processor. If you have a look here, you’ll see pretty clearly how the S20 FE blew the A52 out of the water on our benchmark.
Samsung promises 2-day battery life on the Galaxy A52, better than the S20 FE
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is an impressive upgrade from last year’s A51 since it now sports a larger battery at 4500mAh which coincidentally is the same capacity as on the S20 FE. But according to some tests we did, the S20 FE fared worse. That’s not to say it had bad battery life, in fact, it lasted us through the day and more, but it was worse when compared to the A52. To put it in other words.
The cheaper A52 has a headphone jack, but lacks the wireless charging that the S20 FE offers
So then we reach the features section. This is where the A52, believe it or not, brings a strong game. You see, while we know that the S20 FE is slightly more expensive and also better in terms of performance, we would also expect it to fare far better in terms of extra features, but it doesn’t.
For some context, the FE offers water resistance with an IP68 rating, expandable storage, and wireless charging while on the other hand, the A52 almost matches it with a water resistance rating of IP67 which is identical, meaning the phone can go as deep as one meter in water for 30 minutes before possibly dying whereas the FE is rated to withstand a depth of a meter and a half for the same amount of time. The A52 also sports expandable storage and a headphone jack. Sure, it doesn’t have wireless charging but we’d argue that the lack of a headphone jack on the S20 FE is also a downgrade. So then, we’d say both are down to preference since they cover most of everything you’d ever need.