Yearly, Samsung launches a wide range of handsets in Canada, together with flagships just like the Galaxy S collection, Observe collection, and foldables, in addition to extra reasonably priced units just like the Galaxy A collection. Though it could sound shocking, the distinction between some smartphones in these two strains can generally be fairly negligible.

Rumor has it that the South Korean firm is planning to eliminate its Observe collection this 12 months, which is in some methods a optimistic transfer for the corporate because the S collection is comparable. Nevertheless, Samsung’s A collection mid-range providing is getting higher yearly, making it complicated for Canadian customers to resolve which Galaxy handset to purchase.

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G is its newest mid-range smartphone, and for the reasonably priced value of $659.99, it is the perfect handset for anybody who needs an incredible smartphone expertise but additionally goals to save cash.

6.5-inch FHD+ Tremendous AMOLED, 120Hz show

6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED show, 432 ppi, 19.5:9 side ratio

6.7-inch Tremendous AMOLED, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 20:9 side ratio

128GB, 256GB expandable storage

64-megapixel (f/1.8, Main) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2 + Ultrawide) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Depth) 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Macro)

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, ultrawide)

64-megapixel (f/1.8, Large) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2, Ultrawide) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Macro) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2, Depth)

Fingerprint (in-display), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass

Fingerprint (Rear), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass`

Fingerprint (in-display), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass`

Colors: Wonderful Blue, Wonderful Purple, Wonderful White, Wonderful Black

Color: Simply Black | refined sage, 90Hz refresh fee

6.5-inch FHD+ Tremendous AMOLED, 120Hz show

6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED show, 432 ppi, 19.5:9 side ratio

6.7-inch Tremendous AMOLED, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 20:9 side ratio

128GB, 256GB expandable storage

64-megapixel (f/1.8, Main) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2 + Ultrawide) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Depth) 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Macro)

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, ultrawide)

64-megapixel (f/1.8, Large) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2, Ultrawide) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4, Macro) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2, Depth)

Fingerprint (in-display), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass

Fingerprint (Rear), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass`

Fingerprint (in-display), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass`

Colors: Wonderful Blue, Wonderful Purple, Wonderful White, Wonderful Black

Color: Simply Black | refined sage, 90Hz refresh fee

Samsung S21-like design

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G seems to be like a mixture of its predecessor, the Galaxy A51, and the high-end Galaxy S21.

Regardless of the A51 having a 6.5-inch show, the A52’s 6.5-inch panel is barely bigger, the underside bezel is bigger, and the handset is barely thicker. Additionally, the A52 5G is 0.17g heavier than the Galaxy A51. This might be as a result of Galaxy A52 5G’s bigger 4,500mAh battery.

In any other case, at the very least from the entrance, the handset seems to be virtually the identical because the A51. An important distinction is the rear of the system.

Much like the Galaxy S21 and Observe 20, the A52 5G has a polycarbonate (plastic) backing.

Additionally on the again is the quad-camera setup of the smartphone with 4 sensors and an LED flash. There may be nothing particular in regards to the digital camera setup; The sensors are massive however not garish, and I feel this makes the mid-range system fashionable.

The underside of the handset homes a USB-C port, a single speaker grille, and a really welcoming 3.5mm headphone jack. I do not even personal a pair of wired headphones anymore, however for individuals who nonetheless do, it is nice to see that Samsung is retaining the port in its mid-range lineup. It additionally is sensible for Samsung to maintain the headphone jack round its mid-range smartphone line-up.

The A52 5G is available in Canada in an ‘Superior Black’ colour which I want over the ‘Prism Crush Black’ colour which is obtainable within the A51 collection.

120Hz Mid-Vary Display

Flipping again on the entrance of the system, the handset has a 1080 x 2400-pixel decision show. The A52’s Tremendous AMOLED panel delivers deep blacks and vibrant whites, with each movies and photos trying nice. Its show is an honest providing amongst different units at its value vary, particularly contemplating its vibrancy, readability, element, and 120Hz refresh fee.

That is proper, Samsung managed so as to add a 120Hz refresh fee to its mid-range smartphones this 12 months, and at the very least in Canada, there aren’t mid-range telephones with that refresh panel. The excessive refresh fee makes scrolling and taking part in video games a clean expertise and isn’t one thing you often see in decrease priced handsets, particularly not in Canada.

Probably the most well-known mid-range smartphone I can examine the Galaxy A52 to is the Pixel 5 and its 90Hz refresh fee, so Samsung’s handset is one on Google’s flagship.

Mid-Vary-Flagship Expertise

The Galaxy A52 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G 5G higher mid-range processor, identical to the Motorola Moto G. I discovered the cellphone to be quick and that I used to be in a position to deal with any job with ease, together with scrolling by way of Instagram, writing notes in Maintain, watching movies on YouTube, Netflix, and Crunchyroll.

It is wonderful how good the expertise is, and I can barely inform the distinction between the A52’s Snapdragon 750G and the Galaxy S20+’s extra highly effective Snapdragon 865 processor.

Because of its 6GB of RAM, I do not appear to have any points with multitasking. Typically, it takes some time for an app to launch, however for probably the most half, the expertise may be very quick and seamless.

I performed two rounds of League of Legends: Wild Rift With out the system overheating or having any issues. It is price noting that the sport solely runs at 60Hz, so it does not use the cellphone’s full capabilities.

Moreover, I ran some benchmarking on the A52 5G, and it obtained a single-core rating of 637 and a multi-core rating of 1834. To match with the Pixel 5, and it solely provided a single-core rating of 589 and a multi-core rating of 1603.

This Samsung handset additionally has glorious battery life. It is price noting that I’ve solely used the A52 5G on the 120Hz show refresh fee setting; So, I might have gotten higher outcomes if I switched it to 60Hz. That mentioned, with automated brightness up and taking part in a sport or two League of Legends: Wild RiftWatching a number of movies on YouTube, and shopping by way of Instagram, studying tweets, and replying to textual content messages, I simply received by way of a day of use with some battery.

If you’ll exit the subsequent day, I might suggest charging at night time in case you are a heavy person. That mentioned, general, the Galaxy A52 has a really reliable battery.

Plus, in case you’re not somebody who cares about excessive efficiency refresh charges, you may expertise higher battery life. Sadly, the A52 5G lacks wi-fi charging, however comes with a 15W charger that may cost almost 50 p.c of the handset’s battery in underneath 35 minutes.

The audio system of the A52 5G will also be fairly loud. I can simply take heed to mid-range units in my room and take heed to music whereas washing dishes. The cellphone often reaches round 70-72 decibels, which I measured with the sound meter app. It’s kind of louder than the Pixel 5, which is often round 52 decibels. That mentioned, the A52 5G’s stereo audio system are nonetheless hole and decidedly mid-range, however the identical could be mentioned of a whole lot of smartphone audio system.

lower than stellar digital camera

The Galaxy A52 5G packs a quad-camera setup that features 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 the picture to be oversaturated and never actual life, however within the digital camera house it is a function of Samsung, and I am positive some individuals preferred this type of those pictures. This oversaturated look is particularly noticeable in images that depict the sky.

I discover that the small print within the pictures additionally get misplaced generally. You will discover that the foliage in bushes or brickwork seems to be very sharp, which signifies a scarcity of element and software program making an attempt to copy it. This downside jogs my memory of LG’s flagship smartphones of 2020, just like the LG V60 ThinQ, for instance.

Ultrawide angle images additionally lack element. It is not horrible, however in comparison with the Pixel 5’s pictures, the A52 5G’s photographs do not look nearly as good. What actually helps these pictures is how over-saturated they’re because it distracts from the shortage of element. Some customers will actually dislike this look, however others could haven’t any downside.

The A52 does not have the identical telephoto digital camera because the Pixel 5. It is price noting that something over a 2x optical zoom is abysmal, however even with no telephoto lens, the 2x zoom is satisfactory.

Other than this, the A52 5G additionally sports activities a depth and macro shooter. These cameras work effectively and permit customers to get actually near a topic or cover the background in a picture.

Deep down, I would say the Pixel 5 is healthier at sensing the main focus of the image and setting the depth of discipline to the background completely. Though the Galaxy A52 takes extra vibrant images, in contrast to the Pixel 5, it generally makes use of a depth impact on the sides of the topic’s image.

The low-light digital camera expertise was not nice on the system as the photographs regarded unusually vibrant, and never very reasonable. When you flip off the scene optimizer when taking photos at night time, plainly the image seems much less superior and synthetic.


Correction: In Canada the Galaxy A52 5G solely sports activities 6GB of RAM.



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