SamsungThe strategy with its M, A, and F series smartphones seems to be a bit twisted at the moment, with some device positions overlapping each other. Thankfully, the latest members of the Galaxy A Series portfolio fall into the expected backyard, i.e. the mid-range segment. I suggest something new Galaxy A52 And A72, Both are mid-range priced and offer interesting features.
For me, one of the most important highlights of the devices is the IP67 rating. In fact, I think the Galaxy A52 will be the most affordable smartphone that offers the waterproofing feature, and it is a very strong proposition. Here, I will give you a glimpse of the Galaxy A52 and the goodies it will bring with it.
The unboxing experience is bog-standard, thankfully, included in the charger box. Thank God for the small mercy. The box is a simple white cardboard container with a picture of the phone. Inside, above the cavities for the phone charger and above the USB Type-A to Type-C cable. Note that the in-box charger is 15W, while the maximum charging speed the phone supports is 25W. Bummer. The cardboard envelope can be found on the inside of the lid, packing some basic documentation. It was very disappointing that Samsung did not include the basic silicone case and there were no earphones in the box.
When it comes to smartphones, the Galaxy A52 looks elegant in soft, light blue or fantastic blue, which Samsung loves to call it. The phone is also available in Violet, Black and White shades. The design is repressed and subtle and far removed from some of the fancy trendy designs we see from other brands. Despite the polycarbonate build the build quality is very good and the color-matched frame at the edges has a glossy metallic finish.
The front is a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen layered with Gorilla Glass 5, and offers FHD resolution along with a 90Hz refresh rate. Surrounded in a punch hole above the selfie shooter. Performs fingerprint scanner authentication on display. The bezels on the sides are thin, but noticeable. The left back of the phone is barren, but the right edge features a power button and a volume rocker, with a top housing sim tray. The bottom edge has a USB-C port and a speaker. On the back, the camera module features a quad-camera setup and flash in a color-matched, rectangular window housing. Overall, the fit and finish are great, and the device fits well in hand thanks to its compact size.
With some emphasis on cameras, the quad-cam setup features a 64MP, f / 1.8 main sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It is paired with 12MP ultra-wide (f / 2.2), 5MP macro (f / 2.4) and 5MP depth (f / 2.4) sensors. The selfie shooter has a 32MP sensor on the front. This device can shoot 4K video at 30fps and also has Super Steady mode. Samsung also has an easy single take feature that captures different photos and videos with a single photo. A new feature called Fun Mode integrates the Snapchat filters into the camera app. The opening camera shots show a lot of promise.
Instead of going the way of the Exynos, Samsung chose to equip the Galaxy A52 with the Snapdragon 720G SoC. The 8nm chipset has been tried and tested by SoC, and we’ve previously experienced it in a group of Xiaomi, RealMe, Poco and others’ smartphones. It is known to provide smooth performance, though I’m talking about how well it works on the Galaxy A52 in the full review of the device. RAM options include 4GB, 6GB and 8GB and you can also choose between 128GB and 256GB storage variants. The lack of 5G may prove to be a deal breaker for some potential buyers as there are other smartphones that offer this feature in this price segment. I used the Galaxy A52 for a short time, it definitely did not show logs or freezes.
For the software, you get Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1. In that sense, we know what to expect. In addition to providing a neat, clean UI, the platform provides access to certain services from the Samsung ecosystem, including Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pay.
Overall, for the estimated Rs 27k (exact price TBC), the Galaxy A52 looks like an interesting option. As I said earlier, the fact that it is waterproof could be one of the strong points in its favor and help it stand out in a crowded market.