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Samsung Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A52s compared: The best mid-ranger is…

Samsung now offers its A52 model in three variants: We compare the A52, the A52 5G, and the new A52s in this NextPit comparison and explain what are the differences between them, and more importantly, which is the right model for you.

Samsung Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A52s: The most important differences

Value-for-money Our recommendation
Device name
Image Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Samsung Galaxy A52s
Pros
  • Cheaper than the two other options
  • 120 Hertz display
  • Better SoC (Snapdragon 750G)
  • 120 Hertz display
  • Best SoC among the three models (Snapdragon 778G)
  • Faster charger (25 W) included in the box
  • Exclusive color (Awesome Mint)
Cons
  • No 5G support
  • 90 Hertz display
  • Slower 15 W charger
  • More expensive than the Galaxy A52
  • Slower 15W charger
  • More expensive than the Galaxy A52
Rating Not yet reviewed Read our review Not yet reviewed
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Samsung’s A-class delivers mid-range smartphones and has proven to be extremely popular, thanks in no small part to the runaway successes of the A51 and A52 models. Last year’s A51 model has been improved in almost all respects, and now we just have to settle one point:

Which of the three current models is most likely worth buying – the Galaxy A52, the Galaxy A52 5G, or the Galaxy A52s that entered the race at a later time and has not yet a confirmed release date for the US market?

You’ll find that there are really just a few differences that separate them. With the A52, only one of the models comes with a 90 Hertz refresh rate and lacks 5G connectivity. The A52s comes in an exclusive Mint paint job – and all three rely on different SoCs from Qualcomm. But let’s go through them in order to dig deeper.


Table of Contents:

Design & Colors

The appealing build quality, despite the use of a plastic case, a slightly raised camera bump that is of the same color as the case, all of these and virtually everything else is identical on all three models when one looks at the design. In fact, the weight of all three models is the same, tipping the scales at 189 grams while sharing similar dimensions right down to a tenth of a millimeter. If the three candidates didn’t have different wallpapers preinstalled, you would hardly be able to tell them apart.

samsung galaxy a52 hands on 2ct
Unspectacular design: The Galaxy A52 / © Samsung

But, wait – one thing is actually different! While the A52 and the A52 5G are available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Blue, there is a completely new color for the Galaxy A52s: Awesome Mint! This replaces the blue version of the two other A52 models.

Display

It is almost like playing a broken record with the display: Samsung’s display makers give us crisp Super AMOLED displays. And yes, you’ve guessed it, all of them pack 6.5-inch screen sizes and 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution. Again, there’s only one difference, but it plays a far more important role than the different color variants. Basically, the A52 that arrives with just LTE support has to make do with a 90 Hertz refresh rate, both the A52 5G and the A52s shine with 120 Hertz!

NextPit Samsung Galaxy A52 front camera
The three smartphones all have 6.5-inch Super AMOLED displays / © NextPit

Once you get used to the buttery smooth and fluid display, you probably won’t want to voluntarily opt for a lower refresh rate. Thus, the A52 cannot keep up in this aspect.

Processor

Yay! For the very first time, we have found an item on the specifications sheet where all three competitors differ from each other: The Galaxy A52 relies on the Snapdragon 720G SoC, while the A52 5G is equipped with the Snapdragon 750G SoC. The A52s also relies on a mid-range SoC from Qualcomm: Here, the Snapdragon 778G sees action.

In his review of the A52 5G, our colleague Ben confirmed that the Snapdragon 750G delivered a very decent degree of performance, which obviously includes gaming based on the ‘G’ suffix. However, the Snapdragon 778G, which is the only one among the three SoCs that was released in 2021, is an even better performer.

The Snapdragon 778G is most capable processor of the lot and is also more efficient than the other two Qualcomm SoCs. It also inherited a few gaming features from the Snapdragon 888, such as Variable Rate Shading, which allows for better rendering in mobile games.

While the A52 is available in variants with and without 5G, the A52s comes exclusively with 5G functionality. In terms of other connectivity options, the rest of the pack remains identical, just like the available storage variants. If you want to take advantage of your local 5G network, the A52 is out of the question. If you want the strongest performance, then you will have to pick the A52s from these three smartphones.

The more efficient SoC also does its job in ensuring that the 4,500 mAh battery of the A52s lasts longer. Theoretically, the A52 has an edge in this department because the display offers only a 90 Hertz refresh rate. Speaking of the battery: All three devices support quick-charging with 25 watts, but only the A52s comes with a 25 W charger. The other two will have to make do with a 15 W charger.

Technical data

In case you haven’t noticed, all three Galaxy models from Samsung’s A-class are almost identically equipped. If you need further proof, you can now take a look at the following table. Here, we have listed the most important specifications and highlighted the differences in bold:

Galaxy A52 vs A52 5G vs A52s

Here is a summary of the most important specifications among the A52 variants
Image Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Samsung Galaxy A52s
Model Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Samsung Galaxy A52s
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
Memory (RAM / internal) 6 GB / 128 GB
8 GB / 256 GB
6 GB / 128 GB
8 GB / 256 GB
6 GB / 128 GB
8 GB / 256 GB
Expandable memory? Yes, microSD up to 1 TB Yes, microSD up to 1 TB Yes, microSD up to 1 TB
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,400 pixels at 90 Hertz 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,400 pixels at 120 Hertz 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,400 pixels at 120 Hertz
Size 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
Weight 189 grams 189 grams 189 grams
Connectivity LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS 5G, LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS
Main camera 64 megapixels on 1/1.7″ at f/1.8 (OIS) 64 megapixels at 1/1.7″ at f/1.8 (OIS) 64 megapixels at 1/1.7″ at f/1.8 (OIS)
Ultra-wide angle 12 megapixels at f/2.2 and 123° field of view 12 megapixels at f/2.2 and 123° field of view 12 megapixels at f/2.2 and 123° field of view
Macro 5 megapixels at f/2.4 5 megapixels at f/2.4 5 megapixels at f/2.4
Depth 5 megapixels at f/2.4 5 megapixels at f/2.4 5 megapixel at f/2.4
Front camera 32 megapixels on 1/2.8″ at f/2.2 32 megapixels at 1/2.8″ at f/2.2 32 megapixels on 1/2.8″ at f/2.2
Video max. 4K at 30 frames per second 4K max. at 30 frames per second 4K max. at 30 frames per second
Battery capacity 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging technologies Fast charging at 25 watts, 15-watt charger included in the box Fast charging at 25 watts, 15-watt charger included in the box Fast charging at 25 watts, 25-watt charger included in the box
Authentication Under-display fingerprint sensor Under-display fingerprint sensor Under-display fingerprint sensor
Operating system Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1 Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1 Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1
Colors Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Mint

Conclusion: Which model is the right one for you?

The differences between all three smartphones in Samsung’s A52 lineup are minimal yet obvious at the same time. Nevertheless, we can deduce a few things from them. For instance, compared to the other two, the Galaxy A52 has some obvious disadvantages in terms of SoC, display, and battery life. Only the lower price of around $450 (MSRP) would justify why you would prefer the Galaxy A52 over the other two.

However, if you don’t want to or cannot afford to spend more than 350 dollars in any case, we would like to recommend you to also take a look at the cheaper smartphones among the competition, such as those found in our list of best smartphones for less than $300.

If you decide against picking up the cheap A52, there are still two alternatives. The MSRP (starting at $499 for the A52 5G vs. $610 for the A52s) are fairly close to each other. If you can afford the extra money, go for the A52s with the superior SoC alongside the 25-Watt charger in the box.

As mentioned earlier: It is only small things that distinguish these smartphones from each other. But when armed with identical cameras, designs, battery capacities, and storage space, it is exactly these details that make the difference. That’s exactly why we think the Samsung Galaxy A52s comes out on top!

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