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Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

by Aiman MaulanaMarch 17, 2021
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We are one of the lucky ones to receive the Samsung Galaxy A52 early. While I’m sure many of you are looking forward to the review, I’m going to give you a special preview with our unboxing and first impressions of the new midrange smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions – Box

With Galaxy Awesome Unpacked 2021 now over and done with, I’m sure many of you are wondering how well the new smartphones perform. I’m proud to announce that we managed to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy A52 early so we’re going to give you a special preview of it. Starting off with the box, it looks like your usual midrange smartphone box by the Korean giant with a white colour scheme.

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions – Box impressions

Inside the box, you do get a complete set of accessories. This includes the:

  • 15W power brick
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • User guide
  • Warranty card
  • Samsung Pay leaflet
  • SIM Ejector tool
Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions – Rear

For our review unit, we received the Awesome Black colour variant. It has a plastic back with a matte black finish, which I personally like as it’s not susceptible to fingerprints and smudges. The sides are metallic and, obviously, the front is glass as the display is there. Generally, the build quality is solid enough for a midrange smartphone and it’s easy to grip.

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions – Camera bump

The new Samsung Galaxy A52 has a quad-camera system with a slight bump. The camera placement looks somewhat similar to the Galaxy Note20 rather than something like the recent Galaxy S21-series with their contour-cut design, albeit blending in with the plastic back.

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy A52 First Impressions – Infinity-O display

In case it wasn’t obvious enough from the photo, the Samsung Galaxy A52 uses a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED display, so you do have that dot notch, which is less distracting than the dewdrop-style notch. The notch houses a 32MP f/2.2 wide-angle selfie camera. It also has Eye Comfort Shield to reduce strain while looking at it.

What’s most interesting here is that it does have a high refresh rate option, which is 90Hz, and it’s said to work better than 120Hz refresh rate on a typical LCD display. In case you’re wondering, it’s not adaptive refresh rate. As for the bezels, you can definitely see it on all four sides but it’s still relatively thin, just that we’ve seen thinner from Samsung’s own devices, albeit those are flagship smartphones.


Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
2 x Kryo 470 @ 2.3GHz + 6 x Kryo 470 @1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 618 + 15% boost
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo
Storage 256GB UFS 2.1
Up to 1TB expandable storage (MicroSD)
Display 6.5″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED Display
Eye Comfort Shield
Corning Gorilla Glass
Up to 90Hz Refresh Rate
Rear Camera 64MP f/1.8 wide angle camera, OIS AF
12MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera, 123°
5MP f/2.4 macro
5MP f/2.4 depth
4K Video Snap, Tetra Binning, Night, LED flash, HDR, panorama
4K@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps, gyro-EIS
Selfie Camera 32MP f/2.2 wide-angle selfie cam, HDR
4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
Battery 4500mAh
25W Fast Charging
OS One UI 3.1
Android 11
Ingress Protection IP67
Dimensions 75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4 mm

Based on what I’ve experienced so far, it looks like a promising midrange smartphone. You do get decent performance that will be more than adequate for most consumers unless you’re into heavy gaming, and the camera does seem to work a lot better than I initially expected it to. For now, the Samsung Galaxy A52 is in the middle of benchmark tests. I’ll be publishing my review of it as soon as I’m done with my testing so stay tuned for that.

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About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)

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