Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs iPhone SE (2020): preview and expectations

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs iPhone SE (2020): preview and expectations
Samsung’s midrange Galaxy A line is slowly gaining traction among those that want some flagship specs in their non-flagship phones. Specifically, the Galaxy A52 is rumored to have a high refresh rate screen (90 Hz, most likely) with a beautiful Samsung AMOLED panel, a full set of quad cameras, and 5G connectivity.

All of that for a projected price somewhere in the $400-$500 tier. I know, I know, back in the day, that was flagship money, but it is what it is.

But there are a lot of interesting options to look at in that price segment. Even Apple has its own offering here — an iPhone SE (2020) starts at $400.

So, you might be wondering — do I want the iPhone SE or do I want the Galaxy A52? Well, let’s try to pull at some threads.

Here’s a quick look at things. Galaxy A52 vs iPhone SE (2020):

  • Galaxy A52 to have a much bigger screen
  • Galaxy A52 to have more cameras and therefore camera features
  • Both phones to be equipped with fingerprint scanners
  • iPhone SE is much more compact and more powerful
  • Galaxy A52 will likely have a much better battery life
  • Galaxy A52 to have a high refresh rate screen for smooth animations
  • Galaxy A52 to have a headphone jack and microSD card slot

So, we have two phones that are aimed at two very different crowds here. The Galaxy A52 is there for media-hungry users who want a big, beautiful screen to view content on. The iPhone SE (2020) is more meant for the user that keeps their phone in their pocket most of the time. It has a tiny screen and an outdated design — not something flashy to show off with.

The iPhone SE has a very powerful Apple processor inside, but that’s to be considered as headroom and future-proofing, not as a greenlight to use this phone as a poweruser. Why? Because its small cell can barely keep up once you start playing games or editing video on it.

Bottom line is, if price is the only reason you are looking at these two phones in particular, the Galaxy A52 will probably get you more bang for your money. The iPhone SE (2020) is great for those that specifically want to be in the Apple ecosystem or those that want a small phone that doesn’t get in the way too much.

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Galaxy A52 vs iPhone SE (2020) design and display


If screen size is of utmost importance to you, then the A52 will definitely be the more lucrative offer. It’s rumored to have a big, 6.5-inch diagonal, probably with a modern 20:9 aspect ratio. And, again — rumors say —, it’ll have a high refresh rate for buttery smooth animations. It’ll be a pleasure to view.


The iPhone SE (2020) still has an LCD panel. And that’s fine — Apple’s LCDs look great — but it’s also tiny with a 4.7” diagonal over a classic 16:9 ratio. It’s not the dream screen for gamers or YouTube addicts, for sure.

But the iPhone SE (2020) is definitely the more compact experience. If you long for the days when using your phone with one hand was actually doable — nay, normal! — then the iPhone SE (2020) might be right up your alley.


In terms of design, I am a bit torn here. On one hand, the iPhone SE (2020) has that old, old iPhone 6 design. Thick bezels, nome button on the bottom, too much body, too little screen. But it’s still a classic and it’s built with aluminum and glass. Nice.

The Galaxy A52 will likely have a plastic back, but still be encased with a metal frame. It has a thinner bezel and modern look and we expect it to have an under-screen fingerprint scanner. So, no real estate wasted here — it’s all screen!


It’s worth noting that the iPhone SE (2020) has a set of stereo speakers and a pretty OK sound for the small device that it is. The A52 is expected to have a mono speaker and — if the A51 is anything to go by — you won’t be playing music through it. But, on the flip side, the A52 renders show it has a headphone jack. Ancient tech, I know, but still so incredibly handy to have.

Galaxy A52 vs iPhone SE (2020) camera


In raw numbers — the Samsung Galaxy A52 is killing it. A quad camera on the back, a 64 MP main sensor, 32 MP selfie sensor — insane, right? Let’s take a deeper look.


So, the 64 MP main camera — we expect — will be more than decent. The Galaxy A51 already had image quality nailed, with pretty good HDR, colors, and a bit of non-offensive oversharpening. It did start falling apart in low-light conditions, but that’s basically how it goes with midrangers.

Then, there’s a 12 MP ultra-wide camera — the unsung hero of modern smartphone cameras, ultra-wide lenses are surprisingly handy when trying to capture movement on a clip, a landscape shot, or an artsy picture.

The other two sensors of the Galaxy A52, you needn’t get excited about. One is a 5 MP macro camera… so, yeah. The other is a 5 MP depth sensor, which will basically work in the backend whenever you are trying to take a Portrait Mode photo. OK.


What does the iPhone SE (2020) have to answer this barrage of camera sensors? A single 12 MP camera. Granted, it’s incredibly consistent and pretty good, considering it’s a tiny smartphone that you can put in any pocket. It also has a pretty robust Night Mode.

So, if you are into fancy camera features, the Galaxy A52 might give you more to play with. The iPhone SE (2020) camera is more like that “dependable work horse” that can only do a couple of things.

On the selfie side — the 32 MP camera on the Galaxy A51 performed pretty great last year and we expect similar results from the A52. Better than the iPhone SE (2020) 7 MP front camera? Yes.

Galaxy A52 vs iPhone SE (2020) specs and performance



Rumors point to the Galaxy A52 sporting either a Snapdragon 750G or Snapdragon 720G chip, apparently, depending on whether you go for a 5G or LTE variant of the device. In any case — it’s a midrange-tier processor. It won’t blow you away with performance, but its still a 2.2 GHz octa-core chip, so it’ll do the job just fine.

The iPhone SE (2020) has Apple’s hexa-core, 2.65 GHz A13 processor, which is an absolute killer. Both in terms of performance and killing battery. So yeah, while it has a lot of power on tap, you won’t be able to run it in overdrive for long.

The Galaxy A52 is rumored to start at 128 GB of storage with a microSD card slot on the side, so — potentially — storage will never be an issue for you. The iPhone SE (2020) starts at 64 GB at the $400 tier but an upgrade to 128 GB is only $50 extra. Still no microSD slot, though, keep in mind.

For illustrative purposes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro has a Snapdragon 720G:

AnTuTu is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.

Higher is better
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
279129
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
458034


Then, in terms of RAM, the Galaxy A52 is said to start at 6 GB, which is not mind-bending nowadays, but still pretty OK in Android Land. The iPhone SE (2020) has 3 GB of RAM, but that’s kind of a moot point because of how iOS treats background apps — it just freezes them. And it also goes along with the iPhone’s general use case — it’s meant as a base phone, not a powerusers dream.

Galaxy A52 and iPhone SE (2020) 5G


Easy! The Galaxy A52 will, allegedly, have a 5G edition. The iPhone SE (2020) does not. So, if you want to be ready for that next-gen connection era, your choice just got narrowed down.

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