When Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 FE last year, it was a signal that they were more than happy to retire their flagship but leave some cool features behind in order to reach a wider market. With their A series, Samsung wants to go further – or lower, from a budget perspective.
Which brings us to the Galaxy A52, one of Samsung’s new trio of offerings that matches the bill (pun intended), along with the A52 5G and A72.
HISTORY OF THE RIBBON
Pound for pound, differences are rare. And yes, Samsung has offered a quad camera phone at this price for quite some time.
At this point, we can subdivide Samsung’s mobile offerings into four categories, the most expensive first: Z (folds), Note, S, and A series. (It could come down to three if – and that’s a big one. if – Samsung decides to drop the Note later this year to focus on its Zs. Stay tuned.) Aces are, of course, entry-level devices, taking over from the J series. Samsung is known for offering an army of smartphones in its Galaxy brand, and the names were both simple and fun (Ace, Appeal, Avant, C, Core, Discover, Express, Fame, Feel, Folder, Gio, Grand, K, Light , Mega, Mini, Neo, Nexus, On, Pocket, Precedent, Prevail, Pro, Reverb, Round, Rush, Spica, Star, Stellar, Trend, V, W, Win, Young and a 2011 version of a Z. We missed something?).
Either way, the A52 has a 6.5-inch FHD + display, 800 nits brightness and isn’t terribly tiring on the eyes, and it offers truly smooth scrolling thanks to its refresh rate. of 90Hz. It has a rounded garden variety frame with rather chunky bezels, noticeable especially if you’re used to high-end and end-to-end screen devices.
Go right behind it and here’s where opinions diverge: The A52 has a plastic casing that has a matte finish, and rubbing your fingers on it or giving it a few soft patches makes you feel it. This means that you had better take care of it, as a bad gout could mean serious bumps. Samsung’s phones are rugged, but still; at least it’s not slippery to hold. Looking at it looks like looking at a toy, and we find it really cute (and proper) that the color codes have ‘Awesome’ as a prefix (we have the cool-to-the-eyes Awesome Blue variant).
Volume rocker and side button on the right, the 3.5mm audio and USB-C ports are on the bottom and the SIM tray is on the top, and there’s an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Note that we didn’t mention a power button because, by default, pressing and holding this side button will invoke Bixby. To cool off, there are several ways to turn off the device: press and hold the volume down and side keys, tap the quick panel button (swipe up twice from the top to reveal it), or just say to Bixby to turn it off. . But the easiest is to just configure the side button to turn it off. Really. Seriously.
Inside the hood of the A52 is a Snapdragon 720G chip, the same one you’ll find in a number of its contemporaries like Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Realme. It’s a processor designed for mid-range devices and good enough for gaming, which means the A52 has some serious business to offer.
The first thing you’ll notice when you turn it on is that the screen is crisp, and with its 120Hz refresh rate, everything would be fine. The only times it would pester you with delays is when you wake it up and then start using it (think about waking up in the morning) or when there is stuff being downloaded (updates, in particular). Otherwise, it’s fine to go.
As usual, you can choose these default virtual buttons or drag gestures to navigate the phone. Our only problem with everything running is that when you swipe down to access recent apps, sometimes it takes several tries before they appear. We have observed that this probability is greater if you start sliding from the bezel instead of the actual screen, which theoretically means that the device did not recognize enough of your gesture for it to pass, or if you slip too fast. Switching from one app to another also didn’t show any issues.
Coming with the A52 is a four-lens setup, led by a 64MP snapper. We also like that the camera block behind is not thick.
Samsung has stacked its shooter with the usual suspects, plus a promise of crisp shots. Let’s see.
We’re going to give it a boost to capture all colors in their most natural state, unlike other devices that overexpose things.
You get a maximum of 10x digital zoom and naturally the farther you go, the more muscular things get. You are always assured of decent quality in the 4x-5x range.
Now, if we were okay with the lighting earlier, here’s where it gets a bit, well, “exposed.”
The photo on the left was taken in standard mode, while the one on the right used night mode. Either way, both are overexposed from our perspective, given that it was a dark alleyway. Now this metric is tricky since, yes, you do need more light in dark situations. Thus, the judgment will, as always, be entirely the responsibility of the user and the situation.
Here is a good example where it works well:
A fairly bright area plus the right amount of light from the sensors equates to a fairly balanced shot.
And, as an added bonus, take a peek at this gorgeous Lego creation we stumbled upon in time for the season:
Colors and sharpness are never an issue with the A52.
Meanwhile, its 32MP selfie camera is another eye-catching feature.
No complaints here, with a wide-angle option, detailed colors (and skin) and less of that “ beauty ” shenanigans. This latest photo was actually taken with the lights off, with the only light passing through a frosted glass wall, showing just how capable he is of lighting things in darker situations. However, it stains your appearance a bit.
Battery is always a big issue regardless of the category, and the A52 is among the best. In our standard hour-long YouTube test at full light, the device lost a very decent nine percent. It has the ability to last until late afternoon the next day, and a few small tweaks to your usage will keep you hanging out until evening.
Charging, on the other hand, is fair but could have done better. It has a 4500mAh battery and a packed 15W charger; and this is how it ended:
Not even three-quarters of the way in an hour. This is quite disappointing, especially considering that several brands are able to charge faster. However, it does support a 25W load, but you will obviously have to buy it separately.
The A52 looks its price, but make no mistake: it’s a packaged smartphone. The blips are minor and there is really nothing to complain about.
However, keep in mind that this is the non-5G version; you can get it for more money at 1649 Dh. That’s a pretty big difference, and it shows how much it would cost you to use a device for a mobile standard that’s still in its infancy.
But if you’re the type that leans more towards overall functionality rather than speed (for now, at least), that’s a good deal.
GOODIES: Good battery, IP67 rating, high performance cameras
GOOFIES: Plastic construction, not 5G, charging a bit slow with the built-in charger
EDITOR’S RATING: It’s a Samsung, with these features, at this price. We’re just really concerned about this plastic construction. 4.5 / 5
‘WATCH OUT’ FOR NEW MAJOR HEALTH FEATURES
Okay, this is the first time we’ve been working overtime with this format, but it is something really useful (and quite related).
While the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 isn’t at all new (it launched alongside the Note20 series last August), two key new features were recently released in the UAE: the ability to measure blood pressure and take an EKG. (ECG). reading.
So the exercise is simple: pair your Watch3 (or other compatible Samsung wearable device) with your Samsung phone, install the Health Monitor app from the Samsung Store, and you’re good to go.
For blood pressure, you’ll need to do some DIY – you need to plug a real BP machine into your arm while the app is running in order to calibrate your arm to ensure optimal results. You will need to do this three times before the watch can take measurements independently. For the ECG, it’s ready to use right off the bat.
Of course, all results will instantly be reflected on the Health Monitor app on your phone. It’s also important to note that the results of these two apps are primarily for reference, “providing insight” into your health, as Samsung puts it. As always, if you experience anything funny or worse, the best course of action is to see a healthcare professional (the ECG app does not detect a heart attack). You can also share the results on the app with your doctor.