The yet-unannounced Galaxy A52 5G is shaping to be a big contender in the 5G budget-friendly market, and as such, here, we are going to examine it against its Google competitor, the Google Pixel 4a 5G. Although the two phones have a distinct difference in sizes, their prices are similar (well, the Galaxy A52 pricing isn’t confirmed yet, but it is expected to be at around €429, or around $517). The Google Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499. You might be wondering which one of these two phones to go for, as both sport 5G support and their prices are similar.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G design and colors
White, black, violet, and blue vs Just Black, Clearly White
The differences in the design of both the Pixel 4a 5G and the Galaxy A52 5G are quite major. Samsung and Google have very distinct approaches to design and that shows pretty well when we compare the Pixel 4a 5G and the Galaxy A52. For one, both phones’ backs are plastic, and with this, the design similarities between them end.
First off, the Galaxy A52 5G has a bigger body and display, surrounded by thin bezels and a small centered punch-hole selfie cam. The Pixel 4a 5G’s selfie cam is situated on the left-hand side of the screen, and its body is more square-ish. On the back, the Pixel has the fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy’s fingerprint sensor is most likely going to be under the display. The camera bump on the Pixel is painted in black and is in a rectangular shape, while with the Galaxy, at least according to leaked images, the camera bump’s color matches the back color, therefore the camera lenses stand out.
Galaxy A52 5G
The Pixel 4a 5G rocks a minimalistic look, while the Galaxy A52 5G goes in the fresh and youthful territory with its five colors to pick from: Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Black. You can read more about the expected Galaxy colors in our detailed examination of the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 colors.
Pixel 4a 5G
An important feature to look for in phones these days is water and dust protection. The Pixel 4a 5G, unfortunately, misses out on an IP water and dust protection rating, while the Galaxy A52 is expected to sport an IP67 rating, which should protect the phone against 15cm water submersion and damage from big dust particles.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G display
6.5inch Super AMOLED vs 6.2inch OLED
120HZ display refresh rate on the Galaxy A52 5G
Pixel 4a 5G
The elephant in the room is that sweet, buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate that the Galaxy A52 5G is expected to brag with. Sadly, the Pixel 4a 5G misses out on that important nowadays feature and is stuck at 60Hz. The difference between those two refresh rates will be clearly visible when compared to one another. The good news is that both phones’ displays are going to give us deep blacks and rich colors, thanks to OLED; but we can't help but think a higher refresh rate for the Pixel's display would have been great.
In terms of display resolution, the Galaxy A52 is rumored to sport a 2400 x 1800 resolution, the same as the Pixel 4a 5G’s. The Pixel, being the smaller device, will have a slightly sharper image, but the differences of a couple of pixels between the two most likely will not be that visible with the naked eye.
It’s important to note the Galaxy’s display ratio is 20:9 and it is narrower than the Pixel 5’s 19:9. If you read a lot of text or browse social media often, you might find the narrower Galaxy A52 more comfortable. However, it does need pinch-to-zoom when watching YouTube videos for example.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G hardware and performance
Snapdragon 750G vs Snapdragon 756G
6 or 8GB of RAM vs 6G of RAM
128/236GB expandable storage vs 128GB non-expandable storage
The Snapdragon 765G, which the Pixel 4a 5G is equipped with, is an upper-midrange processor as the Snapdragon 750G, that reportedly will power the Galaxy A52. However, in most areas, the Snapdragon 750G seems to be the faster processor. The area where the Snapdragon 765 is slightly better is CPU speeds, while most benchmarks show both processors run quite well with a win for the 750G in some categories. This means that technically, both phones’ performance should be pretty similar, but the Galaxy A72 might end up being snappier. Of course, benchmarks don't always show real-life results, so we have to test the A72 when we get it to know for certain.
Here's how last year's Galaxy A51 compared to the Pixel 4a 5G in terms of performance benchmarks. We add the Motorola One 5G Ace that has the same Snapdragon 750G processor as the Galaxy A52 reportedly will sport, just for reference.
If the T-Rex HD component of GFXBench is demanding, then the Manhattan test is downright gruelling. It's a GPU-centric test that simulates an extremely graphically intensive gaming environment that is meant to push the GPU to the max. that simulates a graphically-intensive gaming environment on the screen. The results achieved are measured in frames per second, with more frames being better.
Both phones have a minimum of 6GB of RAM, which is sufficient for your everyday multitasking and social media browsing. Additionally, both phones should run most games fairly well, although some heavier games may need medium settings on both of those midrangers.
When we get the Galaxy A52 5G, we’ll see how well it works compared to the Pixel 4a 5G, which is snappy and responsive as well.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G cameras
Quad camera system, main 64MP sensor vs dual camera system, 12.2MP sensor
Google Pixel phones get their pride and glory from the camera capabilities they usually have. The Pixel 4a 5G comes with a 12.2MP main sensor, complemented by a 16MP ultra-wide camera, while the Galaxy A52, on the other hand, features a quad-camera system with a main sensor of 64MP. That being said, when it comes to cameras and photo quality, specs are not always the most important thing we should look for. The Pixel 4a 5G uses Google’s extraordinary AI camera abilities, which can enhance any photo and assure photos turn out well-balanced and with good contrast even in the most challenging lighting situations.
We will see how well the Galaxy A52 fares with that upgraded 64MP sensor once we take the phone for a spin. For now, take a look at some samples from its predecessor, the Galaxy A51, but keep in mind the A52 will come with upgraded to 64MP main sensor, so we can expect its photos to turn out better.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G battery life
4,500mAh vs 3,385mAh
25W vs 18W wired charging
The Pixel 4a 5G’s battery cell is smaller on paper, but battery life depends on a lot of factors. First off, the Galaxy A52 is expected to rock a 120Hz refresh rate, which, if not adaptive, is a battery life killer; we don’t know whether Samsung will go with an adaptive refresh rate, which is way better, but there is some battery life effect the Galaxy will get from that scrolling smoothness. The Pixel 4a 5G doesn’t have that high refresh rate, and when we were reviewing it, it lasted comfortably for a day without any worries.
We also hear the Galaxy A52 might support wireless charging, which if true, will earn it a point from the Pixel 4a 5G, which doesn’t have it.
As for charging, the Galaxy A52 is rumored to support Samsung's fast 25W charger, which should be a bit faster than the Pixel 4a 5G's 18W charger.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs Google Pixel 4a 5G price and availability
€429 (around $517, rumored) vs $499
The Galaxy A52 5G, at least judging by its leaked European pricing, will cost around the price of the Pixel 4a 5G. As for availability, the Galaxy A52 is rumored to be announced and released in late February or the beginning of March. The Pixel 4a 5G is already out and about, and we even have an article with the Best Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G deals right now.
On paper, and judging by the rumors surrounding the A52, the Galaxy should be a strong entry in the budget-friendly and mid-range 5G market. The Pixel 4a 5G’s main advantage could lie in the camera and photo quality, but without actually seeing how well the A52 performs, we cannot say for sure whether or not it will beat the Galaxy. For now, it seems the Galaxy may be able to outperform the Pixel, at least on paper.
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