Samsung Galaxy A52 review: A smartphone that wows

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You are probably eyeing a flagship smartphone for months but have no budget to spend Rs 80,000 on a phone, especially during the pandemic. But the fact is there is no need to spend a ridiculous amount on a smartphone when you get a much capable phone for way less. Samsung’s new Galaxy A52, even though a premium mid-range phone, offers pretty much every feature you would wish to get in a high-end phone including a high refresh rate display, IP67 dust and water resistance, and even stereo speakers. With the Galaxy A52 starting at Rs 26,499, this smartphone sets a benchmark for premium mid-range devices.

I have been using the Galaxy A52 for the past week, and here’s my take on a device that I call Samsung’s best value phone in years.

Samsung Galaxy A52 specifications (as reviewed): 6.5-inch AMOLED 2400 x 1080 pixels display, 90Hz refresh rate | Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB storage (MicroSD support) | 4500mAh battery | 64MP (Quad camera), 32MP front camera | Android 11, Samsung OneUI

Samsung Galaxy A52 review price: Rs 26,499

Samsung Galaxy A52 review: What’s new?
The Galaxy A52 takes design cues from the Galaxy S21 – Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21 – with a large glass panel with minimal bezels as well as a central front-camera hole-punch design. The back, however, is made of polycarbonate plastic. It isn’t glossy like the Galaxy M62, but the plastic is smooth and untextured. I’d say the Galaxy A52 feels sturdier and the matte plastic shell feels very solid in the hand. Despite having a large 6.5-inch display, the Galaxy A52 feels manageable in just one hand. The Galaxy A52 is also very lightweight at 189 grams. I got the Galaxy A52 in Awesome Blue which is visually appealing.

I really liked the camera array on the Galaxy A52. Unlike the new camera layout on the Galaxy S21 which is on the side frame of the device, the camera array on the Galaxy A52 blends with the design, which features four different lenses. The bottom side of the phone has a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a speaker (the other speaker is the earpiece). There’s also a microSD card slot for expandable storage (up to 1TB) available at the top. The phone has power and volume keys on the right side.

Not only is the Galaxy A52 well-built and solidly designed, but it’s also water-resistant up to one meter for 30 minutes (IP67). I have not seen any smartphone at this price range to have IP67 dust and water-resistant rating.

Samsung Galaxy A52 review: What’s good?

Samsung has opted for a 6.5-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy A52. In terms of quality, the AMOLED display isn’t different from the screen on the Galaxy M51 or M62. The screen seems super bright, rich, and colorful. There will always be an added advantage of owning a Samsung smartphone over the competition, thanks to the superb display. For a change, though, the Galaxy A52 has a high-refresh display. The 90Hz means everything zips around instantaneously. That said, other phones like the Redmi Note 10 Pro which are much cheaper than the Galaxy A52 are outfitted with a 120Hz panel.

Source/ Courtesy: The Indian Express

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