The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a fantastic phone, however, the CPU (Snapdragon 750G) is a bit of a letdown for the price, and that the 15W charger speed is outdated. Now, an “S” version of the phone has arrived to address both of these flaws.
The Snapdragon 778G, a 6nm chipset fabbed in TSMC’s foundries that has four Kryo 670 cores (based on the Cortex-A78), a high-end Adreno 642L GPU, and an X53 5G modem, is included in the new Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. (up to 3.3 Gbps downlink speeds).
That’s a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 750G’s two A77-derived cores and Adreno 619, not to mention the fact that one is manufactured on a less advanced 8 nm process at Samsung’s foundries.
Although the new chipset does not include a memory upgrade, you still have a lot of options. 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage are included in the base configuration. 8/128GB and 8/256GB are also available, depending on local availability. Do remember that there is a MicroSD slot if you need more storage in the future.
The 25W fast charger is the Galaxy A52s 5G’s second major improvement over the original model. Although the A52 5G supports 25W charging, it only comes with a 15W adaptor. The “s” model, on the other hand, comes with a 25W charger, just like the A72 5G.
The battery capacity remains at 4,500 mAh, which Samsung promises will last two days. In our testing, the non-s model received a fantastic 111h Endurance rating, but how well this new model performs is a case of 750G vs. 778G.
This is due to the fact that the display is identical, being a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1080p+ resolution. A fingerprint scanner is incorporated into the display, as is a 32MP selfie camera with a fixed-focus f/2.2 lens, as before (alas, this was one of the not-so-great features of the A52 5G).
The back camera has the same 64MP primary sensor (f/1.8 lens with OIS), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2 FF) unit, 5MP macro camera, and 5MP depth sensor as before. However, unlike the A72 5G, there is no telephoto camera here. In any case, the phone is dust and water-resistant, and it can be submerged for 30 minutes in up to 1 metre of freshwater.
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G will be available in the UK starting September 3rd (pre-orders begin on August 24, i.e. next Tuesday). The A52 5G (6/128 GB) starts at £410, just a tenner more than the A52 5G (6/128 GB).
Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Mint are the four colors available for the smartphone.