Just announced, Samsung’s Galaxy A52s 5G has already passed through our hands for a first look. Whoever wants to be the flagship of the Galaxy A range has serious assets to plead his case. First tour in pictures.
Let’s be clear: the Galaxy A52s 5G that Samsung has all freshly announced like two drops of water like its elders, the Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A52. It takes the overall design and the idea of having an elegant and powerful product. But while going further to justify the addition of the mention “S” to its name, as if to take inspiration from an apple brand with its iPhone developments …
A neat and elegant design
We take the same ones and start over, one would be tempted to say when we take charge of the newcomer. There is some of that. It has the same design unibody colorful (green, lavender, white or black), with a matte plastic back and matching metallic edges. Advantage of the back, no fingerprints in sight. They will rather prefer to appear more discreetly on the slightly rounded edges of the smartphone. But we must admit that it does not mark that much.
Quite a common thing, all the on / off and volume buttons are on the same right side of the device when looking at the screen. It is not the most practical. On the left, nothing to report.
As also on the Oppo Find X3 Pro, the photo module is “melted” into the colored coating on the back. This does not mean that it disappears, however. It remains bulging, but is more discreet with the abandonment of the “black domino” aspect of other Samsung smartphones.
The screen occupies the entire facade and the borders are pushed back to the maximum, allowing the quality of the panel to be fully appreciated. Only a punch in the middle at the top disturbs the fullness of the whole. But we must admit that we forget it very quickly.
The device is charged via the USB-C port located at the bottom, just next to the jack. At the top of the Galaxy A52s, there is the hatch for the SIM card. You have the option of putting two SIM cards or a SIM card and a micro SD card up to 1 TB for additional storage.
On first impression, the Galaxy A52s is very comfortable in the hand. Its dimensions are good, its relative finesse which is not the most impressive either. It holds well even in the hollow of the smallest handcuffs. The phone benefits from a well-distributed weight and avoids a feeling of overall heaviness despite its size which is still imposing.
I have the impression of having a quality product in hand. In addition, it displays IP67 certification to withstand dust and submersion up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
We admit having a soft spot for the tangy green colors trendy mint and lavender which give pep to the whole and brings a touch of modernity. FE versions for the A range in a way…
The screen always flawless
As often with Samsung, this is a strong point. Here, the 6.5-inch screen is advertised as Full HD + and the Super Amoled is obviously present. No doubt, the quality is there at first glance, house know-how obliges. To top it off, the South Korean company has endowed its product with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz (but automatically adjustable according to your uses or fixed rate) which makes reading more enjoyable. It’s fluid when you scroll through a web page.
The panel, with the brightness adjusted, is obviously just as sumptuous when watching a video. The fact that the edges are refined to the maximum reinforces the immersion in the viewing. To accompany the whole, Samsung does not forget the sound: there are two stereo speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos. The content we watched on Netflix (Spider-Man) and the scene had everything from noises, from gunshots to starting a car to screaming. The sound rendering was pretty good.
And if you prefer to avoid having your whole neighborhood enjoy sound, good news: the Galaxy A52s 5G has kept the jack for your headphones (or those supplied in the box and signed by AKG).
An ultra-complete photo proposal
Discreet on the back, the camera is nonetheless consistent and complete. There are four sensors:
- 64 Mpx main sensor with optical stabilization for photos and videos;
- 12 Mpx (123 °) ultra wide angle;
- 5 Mpx portrait;
- macro of 5 Mpx.
They are distributed in a balanced way at the top left and accompanied by the flash. At the front, there is a 32 Mpx sensor for selfies. On the video side, Samsung announces the possibility of filming up to 4K UHD at 30 frames per second, a stabilized Action Cam function (30 fps).
Power for the future
To differentiate its Galaxy A52s 5G within its range or from the competition, Samsung trumpets that it is “the most powerful of its range“. It must be said that it relies on the prowess of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G processor. Enough to display 40% more power than the Galaxy A52 5G in terms of performance and 83% more on the graphics. Mobile gamers should therefore be delighted with the news. The processor also makes it possible to be ready for the 5G connection with a high performance product.
In France, the device is offered in a 128 GB storage version with 6 GB of RAM. It packs a 4500mAh battery to take it all and is compatible with 25W fast charging. It also relies on adaptive charging to adjust according to your needs and the situation. It will thus stop if your Galaxy A52s is fully charged to avoid unnecessary overheating.
To complete it all, the smartphone obviously relies on One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. It thus benefits from several cutting-edge functions such as optimized control of autofocus and photo exposure, visual comfort, enhanced security of shared content or Auto-Switch with the Galaxy Buds 2 (take a call on your headphones from your Galaxy A52s smartphone if you were using them to watch a video on another Samsung device and then resume watching).
Galaxy A52s 5G price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G will be available on September 1 in the 4 colors (black, white, mint and lavender) from 459 euros. For all pre-orders from September 1 to October 15, a speaker Google Nest Audio is offered.