Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review: an all-rounder (2023)

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A52s has all the features of a great budget smartphone. What it lacks in top-notch features, like a top-notch processor and fast charging, it makes up for in advanced construction, a great screen, long battery life, and long-term software support. A modest upgrade to the already great Galaxy A52 5G, the Galaxy A52s is a very easy phone to recommend, even if the Galaxy A53 5G technically replaces it.

An updated version of this device is now available.Samsung recently released the Galaxy A54 5G, and it has an extremely good experience, a great camera setup and more. read our full storyGalaxy A54 5G reviewMore information.

It's no secret that the smartphone industry is growing rapidly. Despite fierce competition, the smartphone refresh cycle is getting shorter and shorter. So it's no surprise that Samsung launched a supercharged version of the Galaxy A52 5G just a few months after its release. Upgraded phones are designed to be more competitiveMarket for the upper mid segmentHowever, in typical Samsung fashion, the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is an incremental upgrade that focuses on the experience rather than full performance. insideandroid authorityIn the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review, we see whether experience combined with the prestige of the Samsung brand can overcome a loaded spec sheet to make the phone a solid premium alternative.

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About this Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review:I tested the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G for 7 days. It runs the Android 11 build (RP1A.200720.012.A528BXXU1AUH3) with the June 1 security patch. The device was supplied by Samsung India for this review. Although officially called the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 5G, we will always refer to the device as the Galaxy A52s 5G as there is no non-5G version available.

Update, april 2023:This article has been updated with details on Samsung's latest mid-range phones, latest alternatives, and updated device prices.

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

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  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 5G (6GB/128GB): £ 409/€ 330/Rs. 30.999
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 5G (8 GB/256 GB): € 432

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is a mid-cycle upgrade of the Galaxy A52s 5GGalaxy A52 5GSamsung launched early last year. As such, it mirrors the design language and brings performance and loading speed upgrades. Overall it's a great phone, but not the newest. Samsung launched the Galaxy A53 5G, a small upgrade over the A52s 5G, but also took a few small steps back.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy A52 5G (and the vanilla Galaxy A52 in some regions) persists at slightly lower prices for those who want the looks but not necessarily the added performance of the Galaxy A52s 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is available in three variants, the main differences being RAM and storage capacity. You'll find four color options here: Awesome Black, Awesome White (tested), Awesome Mint, and Awesome Violet. The mint color option is not available in India. The Galaxy A52s 5G is available for purchase in Europe and India, but has yet to officially launch in the US. However, both the Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A53 5G have been announced in the US.

The phone ships with Android 11 but it can already be updated to the latest versionandroid 12.The device also receivesandroid 13e 14.

Design: familiar yet refined

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G wholeheartedly adopts the design language of the wider Samsung portfolio, but makes it its own through subtle hints. However, this is a mid-cycle update and the phone looks almost identical to the Samsung A52 5G - and that's no bad thing.

Take the back of your phone for example. The gradual elevation of the camera section is reminiscent of Samsung's flagshipGalaxy S22-serieAnd it hides the strange camera module well. The all-encompassing matte finish on the back panel stands out from the many glossy, often graduated alternatives.

There is a common misconception that polycarbonate is not, by definition, a premium material for mobile phones. However, this is not necessarily true. Polycarbonate, when done right - as is the case with the Galaxy A52s 5G - can look surprisingly luxurious. The matte white finish, which I would have preferred, was more resistant to scuffs, fingerprints, and scratches than glass alternatives.

Thanks to the excellent weight distribution and high-quality materials, the phone fits elegantly in the hand.

The phone also weighs 189 grams and fits well in the hand, especially due to the excellent weight distribution. Unfortunately, the chrome-plated polycarbonate frame is not as premium and prone to fingerprints.

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Meanwhile, the 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display is a highlight for me. It's a typical Samsung panel, with bright, vibrant colors that tend slightly towards over-saturation out of the box. This can be easily fixed with a few software tweaks if you prefer a more natural tone. While a premium panel is almost taken for granted in the high-end mid-range segment, the 120Hz panel on the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G stands out for its maximum brightness levels and sheer clarity. I had no trouble reading the contents outside in direct sunlight.

However, there is a caveat here. The screen can only be set to 120Hz or 60Hz. Thatrefresh rateDoes not grow or shrink to fit contents and saves battery. The size of the bezels around the screen is also quite distracting and detracts from the premium look of the device.

The slow on-screen fingerprint reader can quickly become annoying.

Additional features of table posts includeIn-display fingerprint reader, although it is not fast at all. Accuracy was high and the scanner never recognized my biometrics. However, it takes almost a second to recognize your fingerprint and unlock your phone compared to almost anything else on the market.

The Galaxy A52s 5G retains the IP67 rating of the Galaxy A52 5G to protect your phone from splashes and dust. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G inherits the design innovations of the Galaxy A52 series with few changes. That's not a bad thing, as Samsung has largely captured the mid-range premium aesthetic. Basics like haptic feedback and typing experience are perfect. However, it sadly lacks significant improvements such as smaller bezels and adaptive refresh rates.

How strong is the Samsung A52s 5G?

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G porlion's beakChip set 778G. Qualcomm's mid-to-high-end chipset is largely a variant of the Snapdragon 780G, with the same quad-core Cortex A78 and quad-core Cortex A55 octa-core configuration, only this time paired with an Adreno 642L GPU.

All in all, there's a lot of power here for most users. During my week with the phone, I didn't experience any performance throttling. For everyday tasks like social media, browsing the web, and listening to music, the phone works great, and I bet the frugal chipset also plays a big role in ensuring long battery life (more on that in the next section). it wasn't a problem either and I was able to max out Call of Duty: Mobile without any issues.

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But this middle ground is obvious when you look at the benchmark scores. Based on traditional benchmarks and our owng speed testAs a result, the chipset lags far behind its peers.Snapdragon 8 1st generation,Lion's beak 888, and even the Snapdragon 870 that powers some competing phonesOnePlus 9RFor most users, this performance gain should not be an immediate problem. There's a lot of noise here and it's a welcome upgrade from the smaller Snapdragon 750G of the Galaxy A52 5G. But if you're the type of person who keeps your device for a few years, it could still affect the life of your phone.

Does the battery last all day?

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Like the Galaxy A52 5G before it, the Galaxy A52s 5G packs a massive 4,500mAh battery. Samsung's exemplary battery optimization shines through here and the phone easily lasted a day and a half. With extensive use of Twitter, Reddit, Slack, and email, I never had range anxiety and my phone still had battery life at the end of a busy work day. Smartphone tests often include heavier workloads than usual, and I'm pretty sure the phone will last two days with a lighter load. Especially if you lower the refresh rate to 60 Hz or do some extensive battery optimization tweaks.

The long battery life saves the glacier charging speed.

That said, Samsung has slipped when it comes to charging speed. First, the Samsung Galaxy A52s supports 5G charging at up to 25W. That in itself is slow compared to the 65W+ speeds supported by some alternatives in Europe and India - the two markets the Galaxy A52s 5G is targeting. The included charger is also limited to 15W. As with the Galaxy A52 5G, it takes an hour and a half to turn the phone on, which isn't the slowest we've seen, but it will take a while.Buy compatible fast chargersto reach the highest speed. There's also no support for wireless charging, but considering the price, it's an acceptable trade-off.

Is the camera user-friendly?

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The quad camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G isn't surprising as the A52 5G has roughly the same setup. This includes combinations of currently popular wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and macro lenses combined with a depth sensor for better portraits - no telephoto cameras here.

The main shooter is well done, although the graphics look very "Samsung". These include a tendency to lighten photos, aggressive HDR sky tones, and a general tendency to increase saturation. However, increased exposure levels also tend to increase noise levels in the shadows, which is noticeable when you enlarge the image on a large screen.

I'm not particularly happy with the way the phone handles the extremely bright environment. For example, the first photo was taken on a typical sunny afternoon in direct sunlight and is not an accurate representation of the actual environment. Not only are the reds and yellows amplified, but the foliage in the background also looks quite washed out in an attempt to bring out more detail. Blue skies look almost fake thanks to aggressive HDR. However, there are many details here.

The image on the right is briefly overexposed. I wouldn't say the camera is broken. Some users will even really like the social media-friendly results. Purists, on the other hand, should stay away.

The ultra-wide camera of the Galaxy A52s 5G is certainly not bad, but it must be said that distortion is handled a little better. There's not much color difference between the ultra-wide angle lens and the main camera, and the level of detail here is pretty good.

No telephoto camera means zoom shots are cropped entirely digitally. In full sun, the 64MP sensor produces decent results, but closer inspection easily reveals digital artifacts and jagged edges.

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Things aren't so good indoors or in less than ideal light. Increased exposure levels also introduce a fair amount of noise and grain. While the photos look good on the phone's screen, the digital noise reduction and grain-level artifacts are very noticeable if you try to crop the image or view it on a larger screen.

I'm impressed with the portrait mode capabilities of the Galaxy A52s 5G. The phone displays accurately focused objects and produces a very natural depth of field effect.

The excellent portrait mode functionality extends to the front-facing camera, and the phone did a decent depth map around my unruly hair. It's not perfect and the wrong lines tend to fade, but the results are very pleasing.

I'm actually quite impressed with the selfie camera in general. Colors are more accurate than the rear camera, exposures are accurate and photos have a lot of detail.

The images captured by the Galaxy A52s 5G have a very Samsung look.

On the video front, recording tops out at 4K at 30fps, which is confusing considering many other more affordable smartphones support 60fps. The video quality is very good, with great detail and well-saturated colors.

You can see a full resolution Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G camera sample hereGoogle Driveassociate.

something else?

  • Software:The bloatware situation on the Galaxy A52s 5G is pretty bad to say the least. I appreciate the plethora of features that Samsung has addeda user interfaceHowever, that doesn't justify the 35+ apps that come pre-installed on the Indian device I tested. European models may vary, but that's not to mention the widget and notification spam via Samsung's built-in apps - something the company has promised to stop but has so far failed to do. Also, not all of these apps can be uninstalled. Sorry Samsung.
  • stereo speakers:The Galaxy A52s 5G has stereo speakers, but they are not particularly good. The output sounds weak and lacks bass. On the other hand, the volume is good enough to talk or watch YouTube videos.
  • Headphone plug:Yes, it's there and it works as you'd expect. The sound quality is satisfactory and the phone had no problem activating any of my headphones.
  • 5G support:Samsung is a strong advocate5G supportHow to use multiple frequency bands on Galaxy A52s 5G. However, this is not includedmmWave 5G, which shouldn't be surprising given the price or lack of availability in the US.
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6:In addition to 5G, the Galaxy A52s also supports 5Gwireless network 6- a small but very welcome update compared to other phones in the Galaxy A52 series.
  • MicroSD support:Samsung supports microSD via the hybrid SIM card slot and users can easily expand the storage space via the second SIM card slot.
  • refresh: Company promiseThree years of operating system updatesAnd four years of security updates for the Galaxy A52s 5G. Three years is great - longer than most other companies offer - but not the best. Samsung's new phones, including the Galaxy A53 5G, will receive an extra year of OS updates.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Galaxy A52 5G


Super-AMOLED van 6,5 inch
Full-HD+ (2.400 x 1.080)
Infinity-O (show clipping)
120 Hz refresh rate


Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G

1 x 2,4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime
3 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Goud
4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Prata

video card

Adrenaline 642L


6 of 8GB


128 of 256GB
microSD support (up to 1TB)


4,500mAh battery
25W fast wired charging
no wireless charging


1) 64MP principal
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Autofocus (AF)
0,8 meter, 1,7

2) 12 MP ultrabreed
Vast Focus (FF)
1.12 m, ƒ2.2

3) Macro van 5MP
1,12 µm, ƒ2,4, FF

4) 5MP depth sensor
1,12 µm, ƒ2,4, FF

1) 32MP principal
0,8 µm, ƒ2,2, FF


bluetooth 5.0
stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack


5G Sub6 (FDD and TDD)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax wireless network
bluetooth 5.0
NFC support


Fingerprint sensor on the screen
IP67 waterproof/dust rating
Face unlock (not secure)


android 11
A 3.0 user interface
3 years updates

Dimensions and weight

159,9 x 75,1 x 8,4mm
189 gram


great black, great white, great purple, great mint

value and competition

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Impressive 120Hz display • High quality polycarbonate construction • Decent camera

Can Samsung's latest affordable phone win the spec race?

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A52s 5G is a worthy competitor to the Pixel 5 in many ways. It's the larger of the two devices, has a bigger battery and even has a slightly better processor. Both phones promise all-day battery life and you can choose between One UI and the Pixel's airy skin.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G has a lot of competition in India and Europe, but the phone offers a lot of value for a certain type of user. There's no denying the build quality and overall brilliance of Samsung's hardware. Where the phone lacks raw performance, it offers improvements - although the bloatware can be prohibitively expensive. The cameras (particularly the main and selfie cameras) deliver the goods and the battery life is exemplary. The Galaxy A52s 5G may not be the best in any category, but it's a solid performer backed by long-term software support.

The main competitor of the Galaxy A52s 5G is the Galaxy A53 5G ($345 on Amazon). It has a bigger battery and runs Android 12 instead of Android 11 out of the box. It will also receive four Android OS updates, one more than the Galaxy A52s 5G. It obviously costs more, but the price difference isn't huge in most markets. There are also regular discounts.

terPixel 6a($349 on Amazon), it comes with Google's Tensor chipset, a clean operating system and a great camera.

Performance enthusiasts may want the realme GT 2 (£ 499/€ 34.999)It offers the power of the Snapdragon 888 chipset along with a larger battery and faster charging. This phone is also newer, but costs more.

Another candidate for monopoly in India isOnePlus 10R(€ 38.999) includes a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset along with a clean software build and premium design. In Europe there areOnePlus Nord 2($479.99 on Amazon) hurts the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and offers better performance, although the camera is a bit inconsistent.

Players can also check out the latestPOCO F4 GT($449 on AmazonAmong other things, it comes with a faster Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a better selfie camera and faster charging. However, the phone costs more than the Galaxy A52s 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5Greview: truth

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G isn't a great phone, nor is it the newestThe cheapest offers from Samsung, but it is certainly reliable. You could be blamed for the lack of a flagship-level chipset, faster charging or a better camera, but that's not what this phone is trying to achieve. Players and photographers have other options.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is an affordable phone without any real problems.

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is a basic phone with all the essentials, and performance upgrades keep everything running at a more consistent pace than the Galaxy A52 5G. If you find a model without bloatware, you'll have a phone with good support, an easy recommendation as a daily driver, but only if you're not looking for Samsung's latest mid-range.

If you don't want to spend the extra cash on Samsung's latest mid-range phone, the Galaxy A54 5G, the Galaxy A52s 5G is still a solid option.

Frequently asked questions about the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

No, the Galaxy A52s 5G is not yet officially on sale in the US. However, you can buy it from retailers like Amazon. Be sure to check yournetwork bandcompatible.

Sim, of Galaxy A52s 5G tem3.5mm headphone jack.

Yes, the Galaxy A52s 5G is definitely an upgrade over the regular model, thanks to a faster processor and more features.

O Galaxy A52s 5G temIP67 ratingWaterproof and dustproof.


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