Samsung Galaxy A52 5G preview
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G isn't even official yet, but we can already take an early look at what it's shaping up to be, thanks to a wealth of leaks in regards to it.
The Galaxy A52 5G will be one of Samsung's 2021 mid-range offerings, along with its larger variant – the Galaxy A72 5G. Over its predecessor from last year, the Galaxy A52 5G will have a smoother 90Hz display, which will also feature great contrast and colors thanks to its AMOLED technology. In addition, A52 5G owners will enjoy the phone's modern design with minimal bezels, curved edges, and versatile quad-camera setup.
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Galaxy A52 5G design and display
The Galaxy A52 5G is slated to feature a similar modern design to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, albeit with a few small changes, mostly in regards to the back panel and camera module.
On the front, the Galaxy A52 5G will have a large Gorilla Glass-covered 6.5-inch display, surrounded by very minimal bezels, with the bottom one being slightly larger than the rest. The phone's 32-megapixel selfie camera will be embedded at the top center of the display. Above the display itself, in the tiny top bezel will be the earpiece.
On the right side of the Galaxy A52 5G will be the volume keys, under which – the power key. There will be no visible standard fingerprint scanner on the phone, as it will have an in-display fingerprint sensor instead.
On the bottom of the phone, we'll have a single bottom-firing speaker, a USB Type-C charging port and a headphone jack.
The back of the phone will be made out of plastic and it's still up for debate whether it will have the prism-like effect the Galaxy A51 5G's back has or it will be a non-reflective, matte plastic back panel instead. Also on the back the A52 5G will have a raised, pill-shaped camera module, holding four cameras.
As for color options, the Galaxy A52 5G will be available in four colors, those being Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue and Awesome Violet.
As for the Galaxy A52 5G display, as previously mentioned, it will be a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080p). Along with that, it's rumored to support 90Hz refresh rate, which means a smoother picture than on the average 60Hz smartphone.
Galaxy A52 5G camera
And although the camera module is slightly different in design than last year's Galaxy A51, it will hold the same number of cameras, with only the main one being higher in terms of megapixels. For reference, here's how photos (including portrait shots) from the Galaxy A51 look like:
Similarly, below is a video sample from the Galaxy A51's main camera, which gives us a good idea of the least we can expect from the A52 5G and its 4K video capture.
As for the Galaxy A52 5G selfie camera and what we can expect from it, it appears to be the same as it was on the A51 (at least in terms of megapixels). For reference, below are selfie samples from the Galaxy A51.
Galaxy A52 5G speaker and headphone jack
Disappointingly, it doesn't seem like the Galaxy A52 5G will get dual stereo speakers or likely any speaker upgrades. It's rumored to have the same single bottom-firing speaker of its predecessor, which wasn't too impressive. On the A51, the speaker lacked bass and generally sounded tinny, but it's not out of the question that Samsung could have improved it for the Galaxy A52 5G.
And for those rocking wired headphones, you'll be happy to know that the Galaxy A52 5G will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. And like its predecessor, it may even come with a free pair of basic wired earbuds, out of the box.
Galaxy A52 5G performance and software
The Galaxy A52 5G will be sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G with 8GB of RAM. This is a notable change over its predecessor, which used a Samsung Exynos 980 processor with 6GB of RAM, and did occasionally suffer from a few stutters and performance hiccups.
The 5G-ready Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G should be more than sufficient for general use and gaming. 8GB of RAM is a good amount for a mid-range smartphone too, suggesting that a good number of apps will be able to stay open in the background without having to shut down to conserve memory.
As for software, the Samsung Galaxy A52 is going to be running Android 11, with Samsung's One UI 3 on top.
Galaxy A52 5G battery life
With its well-sized 4,500mAh battery, the Galaxy A52 5G will likely feature solid battery life, just like its predecessor. In our battery tests for the Galaxy A51, which has a smaller 4,000mAh battery, it lasted 11 hours and 53 minutes of web browsing, 8 hours and 35 minutes of YouTube playback and 6 hours and 40 minutes of 3D gaming.
This all bolds well for the Galaxy A52 5G and its bigger battery, although its smoother 90Hz display could cause a small dip in its battery life performance.
The Galaxy A52 5G will support 25W fast charging, but wireless charging is very unlikely.