Each yr, Samsung launches a wide range of handsets in Canada, together with flagships just like the Galaxy S sequence, Note sequence and foldables, together with extra inexpensive units just like the Galaxy A sequence. While it would sound stunning, the distinction between a number of the smartphones in these two strains can typically be fairly negligible.
The South Korean firm is rumoured to have plans to eliminate its Note sequence this yr, which, in some methods, is a optimistic transfer for the corporate because the S sequence is so related. However, Samsung’s A sequence mid-range choices are getting higher yearly, making it complicated for Canadian shoppers to determine what Galaxy handset to buy.
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G is its newest mid-range smartphone, and for the inexpensive worth of $659.99, it’s the best handset for anybody who desires a stellar smartphone expertise but in addition goals to economize.
Samsung S21-like design
Despite the A51 that includes a 6.5-inch show, the A52’s 6.5-inch panel is barely bigger, the underside bezel is greater, and the handset is a bit thicker. Further, the A52 5G is 0.17g heavier than the Galaxy A51. This might be due to the Galaxy A52 5G’s larger 4,500mAh battery.
Otherwise, at the least from the entrance, the handset appears roughly the identical because the A51. The most vital distinction is the system’s rear.
Similar to the Galaxy S21 and the Note 20, the A52 5G includes a polycarbonate (plastic) backing.
Also on the rear is the smartphone’s quad-camera setup with 4 sensors and an LED flash. There isn’t something hanging concerning the digital camera setup; the sensors are giant, however not garish, and I feel it makes the mid-range system look trendy.
On the underside of the handset, there’s a USB-C port, a single speaker grill and a really welcome 3.5mm headphone jack. I don’t even personal a pair of wired headphones anymore, however for many who nonetheless do, it’s nice to see Samsung is protecting the port round in its mid-range lineup. It additionally is smart for Samsung to maintain the headphone jack round on its mid-range smartphone line-up.
The A52 5G is available in an ‘Awesome Black’ color in Canada that I choose over the ‘Prism Crush Black’ color the A51 sequence is on the market in.
120Hz mid-range display
Flipping again to the system’s entrance, there’s the handset’s 1080 x 2400-pixel decision show. The A52’s Super AMOLED panel provides deep blacks and shiny whites, with each movies and pictures trying nice. Its show is an effective providing amongst different units at its worth vary, particularly contemplating its vibrance, readability, element, and 120Hz refresh charge.
That’s proper, Samsung managed so as to add a 120Hz refresh charge to its mid-range smartphone this yr, and at the least in Canada, there are not any mid-range telephones with that refresh panel. The increased refresh charge makes scrolling and enjoying video games a smoother expertise and isn’t one thing you’d sometimes see in lower-priced handsets, particularly not in Canada.
The most well-known mid-range smartphone that I can evaluate to the Galaxy A52 is the Pixel 5 and its 90Hz refresh charge, so Samsung’s handset has one up on Google’s flagship.
The mid-range-flagship expertise
The Galaxy A52 options Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G 5G higher mid-range processor, just like the Motorola Moto G. I discovered that the telephone was snappy and capable of deal with any process I put it by with ease, together with scrolling by Instagram, writing notes in Keep, watching movies on YouTube, Netflix and Crunchyroll.
It’s stunning how good the expertise is, and I may barely inform the distinction between the A52’s Snapdragon 750G and the Galaxy S20+’s extra highly effective Snapdragon 865 processor.
Thanks to its 8GB of RAM, I don’t appear to have any points with multitasking. Once shortly, an app will take a little bit of time to launch, however for probably the most half, the expertise is fairly fast and seamless.
I performed a few rounds of League of Legends: Wild Rift with out the system warming up or having any points. It’s price noting that the sport solely runs at 60Hz, so it doesn’t use the telephone’s full capabilities.
Additionally, I ran some benchmarking on the A52 5G, and it acquired a single-core rating of 637 and a multi-core rating of 1834. To evaluate with the Pixel 5, and it solely supplied a single-core rating of 589 and a multi-core rating of 1603.
Samsung’s handset additionally options excellent battery life. It’s price noting that I solely used the A52 5G on its 120Hz show refresh charge setting; subsequently, I may have probably yielded higher outcomes if I switched it to its 60Hz. That mentioned, with automated brightness and enjoying a sport or two of League of Legends: Wild Rift, watching a number of movies on YouTube, and looking by Instagram, studying tweets and answering textual content messages, I simply bought a day of utilization with some battery to spare.
If you’re going to be out the next day, I’d suggest charging at evening if you happen to’re a heavy person. That mentioned, general, the Galaxy A52 includes a very reliable battery.
Plus, if you happen to’re not somebody who cares for increased show refresh charges, you’ll expertise higher battery life. Unfortunately, the A52 5G lacks wi-fi charging however comes with a 15W charger that may cost about 50 p.c of the handset’s battery inside 35 minutes.
The A52 5G’s audio system may get fairly loud. I can simply hear the mid-range system clearly in my room and even hearken to music whereas washing the dishes. The telephone sometimes peaks about 70-72 decibels, which I measured with the Sound Meter app. This is sort of a bit louder than the Pixel 5, which generally piqued round 52 decibels. That mentioned, the A52 5G’s stereo audio system nonetheless sound hole and decidedly mid-range, however that may be mentioned about loads of smartphone audio system.
Less than stellar digital camera
The Galaxy A52 5G sports activities a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel main shooter, a 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera, a 5-megapixel macro lens and a 5-megapixel depth digital camera.
With the first shooter, I discovered picture oversaturated and never true-to-life, however that’s Samsung’s specialty within the digital camera area, and I’m positive some individuals have come to love this model of those pictures. This oversaturated look is particularly noticeable in pictures that function the sky.
I discover that particulars are additionally often misplaced in pictures. You’ll discover that the leaves in timber or brickwork look too sharp, which signifies the shortage of element and the software program making an attempt to duplicate it. This drawback jogs my memory of LG’s flagship smartphones from 2020, just like the LG V60 ThinQ, for instance.
Ultrawide angle photos lack element as nicely. It’s not horrible, however compared to pictures from the Pixel 5, the A52 5G’s photographs don’t look pretty much as good. What really helps these pictures is how oversaturated they’re as a result of it distracts from the shortage of element. Some customers will actually dislike this look, however others may not have a problem.
The A52 doesn’t function a telephoto digital camera, just like the Pixel 5. It’s price noting that something greater than a 2x optical zoom is abysmal, however even with no telephoto lens, 2x zoom is satisfactory.
Further, the A52 5G additionally sports activities a depth and macro shooter. These cameras work nicely and permit customers to get actually near a topic or disguise the background in a picture.
Depth-wise, I’d say the Pixel 5 is healthier at understanding the image’s focus and completely setting the depth-of-field within the background. The Galaxy A52, nevertheless, snaps extra vibrant photos, however not like the Pixel 5, it typically makes use of the depth impact on the perimeters of the image’s topic.
The low-light digital camera expertise wasn’t nice on the system as pictures look abnormally shiny, and never very life like. If you flip off the scene optimizer when taking pictures at evening, it appears to make the image look much less enhanced and synthetic.
Bang in your buck
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G the definition of a bang in your buck smartphone at $659. It options good battery life, operates easily and shortly, features a flagship-level design and a 120Hz refresh charge show.
Comparing it to the Pixel 5 — one other very moderately priced choice — the A52 provides a bigger show and the next show refresh charge. However, the Pixel 5 offers the person a greater digital camera expertise, its Gorilla Glass 6 show feels higher to the contact in comparison with the Gorilla Glass 5, and wi-fi charging.
If you’re searching for a smartphone that’s nice in your pockets however nonetheless provides an excellent expertise with first rate specs and has a headphone jack, Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G may be the system you’ve been ready for.
“If you’re in the market for an affordable smartphone and not looking for the best specs or features, the Galaxy A52 5G might be the device you’re looking for”