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Samsung Galaxy A52, A52 5G, A72 Review in 2021

Samsung held a virtual product launch to showcase its new mid-range smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72. The devices were given fair hardware and feature that two years ago were the most high-end S-Series.

There is OIS in the main cameras (and telephoto), the internal storage can be expanded, the phone case is IP67, and the AMOLED display refresh rate is 90 or 120Hz. Oh, and we didn’t miss the 3.5 jack or the charger from the box, although instead of 25, we get a 15W adapter.

Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G

The A52 and A52 5G are smaller in the new A-Series. The devices weigh 189 grams and have a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution in their 75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4-millimetre housing. The screen offers 90Hz or 60Hz refresh options on the A52 but 120Hz on the A52 5G. The display brightness can be maximized to 800 nits for both mobiles. It’s an Infinity-O display, so the front camera has a circular cutout in both mobiles at the top of the screen. At the same time, the fingerprint reader is an optical solution integrated into a display.

Left A52, right A72

In-camera sensors, the Galaxy A52 and A52 5G are the same. A 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture was added to the front panel. There are four sensors on the back, and the main camera has a 64-megapixel f/1.8 compartment, autofocus-capable and optical image stabilization for vibration-free and shock-free shots. There is also a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera on the back and a 5-megapixel depth and macro sensor (both f/2.4). In addition to the cameras, there is also a two-tone LED flash on the back.

Concerning cameras, it is important to mention that Samsung has listened to user feedback, so the entire camera island hardly stands out from the back of the chassis. The back of the mobile housing is made of plastic, and the matte surface evokes the Note20 and S21. Luckily, the A-Series also had water- and dust-resistant design from the top series, with phones provided according to IP67 standards.

 

Samsung also offers special software extras for the cameras, including an exclusive A-Series filter package. One important innovation in-camera software is that the S- and Note-series night mode arrives in the A-series with long shutter speed photos digitally fused from multiple images. In addition, it is already known, but in the A-series, a new feature will be the extraction of images from 4K video recording. Thanks to this, 8 megapixel still images can be saved from 4K videos. The sharpness and noise removal are software-solved by the phone.

And what’s exclusive to the A-series is the new AR filters. Samsung has worked with Snapchat to develop its new filters, which will likely be enjoyed mainly by younger generation members. You can find the filters mentioned within the camera in the “Fun” menu item if you are interested.

Both devices are equipped with a 4500 mAh battery, which Samsung says can easily achieve two days of battery life. You can charge your mobiles with a maximum of 25W, no Qi charging.

Samsung also comes with the 15W wall adapter and USB Type-C charging cable as factory accessories in the new A-Series box. The decision was justified because it will be many people’s first Galaxy smartphone, so the customer should get everything to use it.

A new addition to the A-Series is a stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos sound. At the bottom of the devices, the USB-C connector and the speaker speak together, giving you a 360-degree surround experience. And the similarities end here, and in the case of system memory and storage, the two devices are slightly different.

Processor, RAM, and storage options

Galaxy A52

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is available in Hungary with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and the storage can be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card. SoC here is an 8nm Snapdragon 720Gthat works with eight cores (2x 2.3GHz + 6x 1.8GHz) and offers nearly the same performance as the Redmi Note 10 Pro or the Galaxy A71.

Galaxy A52 5G

Galaxy A52 5G already works with Snapdragon 750G(with eight cores in 2x 2.2GHz + 6x 1.8GHz distribution). Samsung promises the A52 5G to work on all 5G networks, with RAM and storage equally 6/128GB.

Galaxy A72

After introducing the A52 and A52 5G, there is not much new left to write about the Galaxy A72, as it almost sounds like the former. However, it differs in a few small things, of course, and I highlight these.

It’s bigger and heavier on the mobile because it has a bigger display! The A72 weighs 203 grams, and the chassis is 77.4 x 165 x 8.4 millimetres, featuring a 6.7-inch panel. The Super AMOLED display has the same resolution as its smaller model, FHD+. Here, too, the maximum refresh rate is 90Hz, the white brightness is maximized in 800 nits. The front camera is the same.

However, one of the sensors in the back cameras is different. In the A72, the depth sensor is replaced by an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with triple optical magnification (f/2.4), which also features autofocus and optical image stabilization. There’s no question, compared to the depth sensor in the A52.

Luckily, the A72 has a larger battery in addition to the larger chassis and larger display. The device is equipped with a 5000 mah battery, which can be filled as described in the A52.

The same Snapdragon 720G delivers performance as you’ll find in the A52, and you’ll get the same amount of memory and storage, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The house is plastic here too, and it has IP67 protection here as well. In addition to the A72, there is also a charging cable and a wall adapter.

Prices and availability:

Samsung will start selling the 2021 Galaxy A-Series in Hungary on its launch, i.e., March 17. The available colours at home will be purple, black, white and blue, which will bear the fantasy names “King Purple”, “King Black”, “King White” and “King Blue”.

Samsung is marketing the Galaxy A52 at an independent price of 349 euros
The A52 5G has already tasted a little more (429 euros).
The most expensive of the three new devices is the A72, with a starting price of 449 euros.

In addition to the higher price than last year, Samsung is also launching a promotion when the phones are launched. Those who buy Galaxy A52, A52 5G or A72 between 17.03.2021 (15:00) and 25.03.2021 (23:59) will receive Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds as gifts. The tip can be requested through Samsung members.

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