Like its predecessors successful, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (449€) arrives with the same promises: to make us live the Galaxy S experience at a lower cost. As the name suggests, it supports 5G. It also has two other peculiarities compared to the Galaxy A52 4G (379€): a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC and a 120 Hz screen. In front of it, many direct competitors of course but also 5G terminals sold at much more attractive prices (with some concessions). Should we fall for the Samsung smartphone?
An S21 with a double chin
The design of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is reminiscent of that of S21 with its unadorned matt finishes, its punched 6.5-inch screen and its rectangular photo unit well integrated into the chassis. The plastic shell is pleasant to look at and handle even with one hand despite the 189 grams of the whole. We regret that the borders surrounding the display of the smartphone are so inconspicuous. The size / screen ratio remains adequate and allows you to enjoy a nice surface to watch all kinds of content.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G gives us the pleasure of aligning on its lower edge a USB-C port, a first speaker grille and a mini-jack port. A second audio output is positioned just above the front camera. On the right side of the device, Samsung places the volume controls and the sleep button. We had no difficulty reaching them during our test.
The A52 5G has a fingerprint reader under its screen. This is an optical model that detects fast enough our fingerprints but does not reach the ankle of the ultrasonic fingerprint reader integrated by the high-end models of Samsung. Finally, the terminal is certified IP67. This means that it is waterproof and can withstand submersion in water up to one meter deep for 30 minutes.
AMOLED and 120 Hz
One of the peculiarities of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is to have a 120 Hz screen. Admittedly, it is not the only one in this price range but it is always pleasant to enjoy such a high refresh rate in this segment. . For the rest, the smartphone has a panel Super AMOLED endowed with a definition of 1080 x 2400 pixels at 407 ppi. Samsung controls its display from start to finish. However, we recommend that you select the “Natural” mode in order to obtain the most accurate calibration on this model.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G enjoys very good audio equipment. The two stereo speakers are not lacking in power and deliver clear sound. The mini-jack is also illustrated by a satisfactory sound quality.
5G and new processor
While the Samsung Galaxy A52 4G ships an entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, its 5G variant is powered by a Snapdragon 750G. A slightly more efficient chip which also allows it to be compatible with the fifth generation of mobile communications. The Galaxy A52 5G is no lightning strike but it lived up to all our expectations when we asked it to multitasking.
For gaming on the other hand, we have some reservations. Despite the nomenclature of its processor marked with a G for “Gaming”, the Samsung smartphone struggles to run the most popular 3D games such as League of Legends: Wild Rift and Call of Duty Mobile in good conditions.
One UI 3.1 and Android 11 like the big guys
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with One UI 3.1 and Android 11. There is therefore no difference between the visual experience offered by this smartphone and the Galaxy S21. The constructor’s overlay can be walked through without any difficulty.
We appreciate the gestural navigation, the transitions and the many customization options but we regret once again the few preinstalled applications which can nevertheless be uninstalled.
Samsung is not abandoning Bixby, its virtual assistant, but it is becoming more discreet, in particular by withdrawing in favor of Google Discover. You always have the possibility to activate it from the side key and program “Routines”. We also note the presence of the Game Launcher which allows you to manage all your games.
Many sensors but still not a night owl
The photo configuration of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is quite classic. In details, we have on the back:
- A 64-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens open at f / 1.8
- A 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens open at f / 2.2
- A 5 megapixel sensor with macro lens open at f / 2.4
- A 5 megapixel depth sensor with an aperture of f / 2.4
And on the front, a 32 megapixel front camera paired with a wide-angle lens open at f / 2.2.
The main module of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G can take photos in 64 megapixels but also in 16 megapixels thanks to pixel binning. It results brighter shots, still sparkling when taken in good light conditions.
The switch to ultra wide angle is not without breakage. There is a difference in the treatment of colors with a tendency towards cold shades. Nothing really shocking, the renderings are not lacking in punch.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G does not have an optical zoom. We must therefore be satisfied with a digital magnification that can reach 10x. And very quickly, the smartphone of the South Korean manufacturer unscrews.
With its 5 megapixels, the macro sensor impresses and allows you to capture anything and everything with a certain finesse.
Finally, the A52 5G has a depth sensor that is supposed to improve portrait mode accuracy. This turns out to be very effective.
Photophone still as good indoors, The A52 5G disappoints when the sun goes down and light sources are scarce. To cover up the digital noise, it applies fairly strong smoothing. Night mode saves him by discovering the darkest areas without going overboard.
Night mode deactivated on the left, activated on the right
The front camera records a lot of detail and manages the surrounding light quite well. Portrait mode often forgets certain hair.
Portrait mode disabled on the left, enabled on the right
So far, the Galaxy A52 5G is a good student but can we give it an additional image for its autonomy? With a 4500 mAh battery and regularly requested at 120 Hz for streaming, gaming and capturing photos, the Samsung smartphone has died (temporarily) after 5 p.m.. We gain an hour of autonomy when the screen refresh rate is blocked at 60 Hz. It therefore displays an endurance that will satisfy mobile phone users phobic chargers. Especially since the Galaxy A52 5G does not benefit from a charging technology as fast as the competition. It is indeed necessary to compose with a block of 15W whereas the terminal is compatible load 25W. Count 1h45 for a full charge. Note that it does not support wireless charging.
A point on the competition
Xiaomi and Oppo have declined their latest flagships in Lite 5G version. Respectively marketed at € 399 and € 449.90, the Mi 11 Lite 5G (there is also a 4G variant) and Find X3 Lite are very aggressive. The former has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G SoC that outperforms the 750G in all areas. The second benefits from the SuperVOOC 65W technology.
For 100 € less, other models allow you to browse the web in 5G at the price of certain concessions, and not the least. The Redmi Note 9T 5G, for example, is excellent for its price 249,90€ but its technical sheet is logically more modest: LCD panel, MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip and less precise photo equipment.
It was expected at the turn and the new Samsung formula does not disappoint us by making good progress in key areas. The Galaxy A52 5G sports a sublime 120 Hz OLED screen, integrates a faster processor and delivers a more accomplished photo performance. All this pretty little world coexists within a frame with quality finishes.
Some flaws, however, continue to stick to his skin. We think of its very sluggish load, the ineffectiveness of its photo equipment at night and its difficulty in running the most demanding games on the market in good conditions.
It is nonetheless a very good smartphone that fits particularly well in the catalog of its manufacturer.