This year, the galaxy a52 might even outshine its siblings because it struck that balance perfectly. So, if you’re looking for a mid ranger, is this the one to get i’m angie for jsm marina? And this is our review of the galaxy a52. The galaxy a52 has a new design. It’S got a plastic back and frame, but it’s high quality, so it doesn’t feel cheap. The non reflective finish on the back is soft and silky to the touch and the color is solid. Candy violet samsung is calling it awesome. Violet, the galaxy a52 has gorilla glass, 5 on the front and ip67 dust and water resistant, which is really nice to see, especially on a mid ranger on the front. There are some pretty thick bezels which give away the phone’s price segment and a small hole punch. Centered close to the top of the frame lower down, there is an under display, fingerprint reader, which is consistent and reliable, though a bit sluggish for today’s standards. The screen itself is a 6.5 inch amoled panel with a full hd resolution and a 90 hertz refresh rate. This year marks the first time high, refresh rate screens are included in the a series and all of the new phones in the lineup include it. 90 hertz is an entry level high refresh rate, especially with 120 hertz becoming more common, but you’ll still get a smoother experience, while scrolling samsung doesn’t seem to include an adaptive refresh rate option, so the phone will stick to 90 hertz.
Most of the time, most apps run at this higher refresh rate, but we were most curious about games with the help of performance, optimization and samsung’s game launcher. We got some titles like alto’s odyssey to take advantage of the panel, so for lighter titles, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy the 90 hertz. The screen is brighter than ones in the past and we got a very good 794 nits of max brightness on our tests. Colors are also excellent on this phone and you get to choose from the default vivid mode or natural mode. The latter can be considered perfectly color. Accurate, too samsung has also included something called eye: comfort shield, which adapts the colors during the day and reduces blue light. In the evenings, unfortunately, the panel lacks hdr certification, though it does have widevine l1 support, so netflix can properly make use of the full hd panel watching videos on this phone is even nicer. Thanks to the stereo speaker setup, it uses a bottom firing, regular speaker and the earpiece as a second channel it’s, not the loudest speaker out there by any means, but it scored a good loudness score on our tests. The phone also has a dolby atmos implementation, which optimizes certain sounds depending on the media you’re enjoying like the sound of footsteps in a game. The phone also includes a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. If you’re not a fan of bluetooth, with the 4 500 milliamp hour battery, the phone scored a respectable 105 hour endurance rating on our tests, with the 90 hertz refresh rate switched on with it in the 60 hertz mode endurance, increased 108 hours, which isn’t that much Of a difference so you’re better off sticking to the higher refresh rate, the one exception would be videos which don’t take advantage of high refresh rates anyway, the phone ships with a 15 watt charger in the box that can get it from flat to 34.
In half an hour that’s, not too bad, but the a52 also supports 25 watt pd charging, which gets it from zero to 52 percent in half an hour. Instead, the only downside here is that you’ll have to buy the higher watt charger separately. The phone sports, a snapdragon, 720 g chipset in either four six or eight gigs of ram. More importantly, it flies through day to day tasks smoothly and offers more than enough performance for all, but the most demanding of users. The galaxy a52 is launching with android 11 and one ui 3.1 on top samsung is promising three major os updates and four years of security patches, which speaks volumes about the potential longevity of the phone when ui 3.1 isn’t vastly different from one ui, 3.0 or even 2.5, there are some design changes like the default lock screen shortcuts, which are now monochrome, as well as some functional ones, like a well being widget on the lock screen, which keeps track of how much time you spend on your phone. The notification shade now covers the entire screen, even if there is no notification card to be found and the quick toggles can be edited directly from here instead of going into the menu more useful is the notification history, which is great for those times you’ve accidentally dismissed A notification too quickly and can’t find what it was about. One ui also adopts android 11’s bubbles and lets you turn incoming message.
Notifications into conversations that you can then minimize to a bubble. Samsung’S music share is also present here, which is great to see it allows you to play music through the bluetooth accessories connected to a friend’s samsung phone permission. Handling has also changed in one ui three, and now you get a new prompt for permissions every time. An app requests it, the settings menu, has also had a design change. Recent searches are shown as bubbles instead of a list, and you can now search for settings by using hashtags, which saves you from hunting endlessly throughout the menu. Even the dialer has some cosmetic changes and you get to pick from two layouts for the in call screen other than that you’ll find samsung’s classic edge panels bixby and the game launcher. The only thing not included is dex, but even with it absent, you can still use the link to windows feature for better pc integration as a whole. The camera ui is the same as in other galaxy phones, but samsung has also included a new fun mode. It’S, a collaboration with snapchat that puts some ar filters for both photos and videos in the native camera app. Naturally, it requires an active network connection to work and, unfortunately, you won’t be able to save your favorite filters since snapchat periodically changes them now. As far as the cameras themselves are concerned, the galaxy a52 has a 64 megapixel quad bayer main snapper, with ois a 12 megapixel ultrawide camera, a 5 megapixel macro cam and a 5 megapixel depth sensor.
This is pretty standard for most modern, mid rangers during the day. Photos are decent enough, though unremarkable detail is plenty. The dynamic range here is wide enough, and colors are lively without being oversaturated, there’s higher levels of noise and noise suppression. Artifacts, though, which is unusual for samsung, the phone also has a scene optimizer, which can be sluggish and doesn’t make a huge difference for the most part, all the same, it saved the occasional still. So you should leave it on. Photos are output at 16 megapixels by default, but you can also capture them at the full 64 megapixel resolution. Usually, this doesn’t make much of a difference when dealing with quad bear cameras, but with the a52 we were impressed by the amount of extra detail it brought into the shots. All the same, you should know that it’s a bit slow when capturing these stills. If you want to zoom in, you should know that the galaxy a52 lacks a proper telephoto and you’ll be getting upscaled crop shots instead, there’s a lot of extra softness visible those shots are usable at 4 times and 10 times zoom. However, they have even more softness and sharpening artifacts, so we would just avoid them. The ultroid camera captured 12 megapixel snaps, and we saw a lot of extra softness around the edges of the frame. Colors are less saturated and lively than the main cameras and the overall palette is colder still. It delivers solid performance for the class when the light gets low.
The galaxy a52’s main camera performs very well for a mid ranger. Nighttime photos have very good definition and low noise. Colors are well retained too, and the dynamic range is amazing, especially if you look at how highlights are rendered night mode, however, was a disappointment. First, the photos come out with a crop to 12 megapixels, meaning they’re, not as wide and in most photos highlights, got clipped and shadows got darker compared to the regular auto mode it’s. The first time we see a night mode that makes the nighttime photos worse, especially from samsung night time. Zooming into two times is quite possible too, and the quality is usable here again. Night mode makes things worse. So you don’t want to use that here. We were quite pleased with the photos. The ultrawide captured at night too, especially for the class. The color rendition is nice, and even though there is visible noise upon close examination, this camera punches above its weight here night mode. In the ultrawide was an even bigger flop than on the main, camera not only were highlights clipped, but you could easily see glaring color artifacts, which rendered the photos unusable. We really think samsung dropped the ball with this one portrait mode is good, but not impressive. The background blur is natural and convincing and it doesn’t go overboard. Subject separation did trip up on occasion, especially with more complex backgrounds or crazier hair. Honestly, we expected a bit more from this phone, especially considering the 5 megapixel depth sensor.
Macro shots, on the other hand, are impressive, while there’s no autofocus, it has a wide focus plane and shots came out. Nice and detailed. The 32 megapixel camera on the front snapped 8 megapixel stills selfie quality is solid with plenty of detail and decent noise performance. Skin tones can be inconsistent, though there’s also both auto hdr and the scene optimizer for better dynamic range. Selfie portraits are surprisingly pleasant in both the bulky and subject. Separation were quite nice. The galaxy a52 can record videos at up to 4k at 30fps on the main camera. The ultrawide and the selfie camera from the main cam detail was excellent and the processing was fairly natural, noise was non existent and the dynamic range was wide. The colors were great too, and the videos had really natural color reproduction actually as a whole. Videos from the different cameras have better color consistency than the photos with the ultrawide camera there’s, more noise and the shadows had somewhat distracting noise patterns, but as a whole, not bad. If you want to zoom in you’ll, find that footage looks rather decent, especially at two times there’s enough detail. Noise is kept at bay and colors are solid, don’t zoom in too much beyond that, though, because it starts to look more like a painting than a digital video, if you drop the resolution to 1080p, footage from the main camera suddenly has a lot of extra noise. So we just stick to 4k.
Video stabilization is available for both cameras, but only at full hd. The general stabilization does a decent job of smoothing out jitters and handles pans. Well, there’s. Also, the option of super steady mode which gets the video feed from the ultrawide camera. The galaxy a52 is the only phone in this price range, which has both a high refresh rate and an ip67 rating. So, if those are your priorities, then you have your answer about whether you should get this phone. If, however, you want a more powerful chipset or a better camera setup, then you have some other options to consider, namely the poco f3 or the redmi note 10 pro respectively. The redmi k40 pro might be its biggest competition thanks to a more powerful chipset, a display with an even higher refresh rate, but a lesser ip53 rating. Most importantly, you should know that samsung has done an excellent job with this phone. So if you’re considering mid rangers, this one should definitely be on your list. Thank you for watching everyone.