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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G: analysis and opinion of the South Korean smartphone

Let’s start with a look at the packaging of the Galaxy A52s 5G. On the cover we have the phone itself on a white background. At the bottom, we just have the first data: it is the SM-A528B model and the presentation is Awesome Black with 128GB of storage.

We open the box and hit the phone squarely. We take it out of the packaging and the first thing you will feel to the touch is the matte plastic on the back. The fingerprints do stay etched in case you expose the phone to light, but otherwise the design is nice. The curved lines, the plastic edges and the weight of 189 grams do match well for what the phone offers. The bezels feel smooth and the main camera cage doesn’t protrude much from the base.

Other things to be precise about the design are the side buttons that do not have a fingerprint reader. At the bottom, we have a speaker, the USB-C port and the headphone jack; and in the upper frame, there is the slot for SIM cards. Overall, I’d say it’s a sturdy phone, somewhat chunky with a nice finish.

GALAXY A52S 5G | Analysis and unboxing

Now let’s talk about the screen. The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel performs well when it comes to colors and contrasts. Let’s not forget that it is FullHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) and with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Added to this is the 800 nits of brightness, so the display is assured and this comes with a good Dolby Atmos stereo audio system. A plus to this last fact is that the Jack port allows you to charge the mobile while you view what you like without cutting off the experience.

Regarding performance, the phone has a processor Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G, 6GB of RAM and 128GB memory expandable to a terabite with Micro SD. Do not forget also that the operating system is One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. Broadly speaking, the performance is optimal considering that the processor is located in the upper-middle range. I have not had any problems playing demanding titles or have experienced considerable delays and the warm-up is not a bummer. I did the test on Geekbench and got 775 on Single-Core and 2714 on Multi-Core. With this last figure, the mobile is surpassed by the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, but it is above the Note 20 Ultra, S20 + and the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro.

In the photographic, the main camera consists of a 64MP main sensor, a 12MP wide angle, a 5MP portrait lens, and a 5MP macro. Overall, the sensor does a good job in both dark and bright environments. Colors don’t feel artificial, although there is occasional saturation. HDR still does a good job and wide angle distortions are not a problem. Here I do the test of how powerful the Night Mode is. One detail of this mode is that it reduces the image to 12MP by default.

The selfie, meanwhile, has HDR and the option to configure the bokeh effect. The clipping does convince, but it is not as fine as if you were with the main cameras. In what it does suffer is darkness, because the sharpness is lost and the grain appears.

About autonomy, the Galaxy A52s 5G has a 4500 mAh battery and, due to the 120 Hz refresh rate, the phone reaches one and a half days of operation. Another point against is the charger that comes with the 15W package, which fills the battery from 0 to 100 in an hour and 45 minutes. Take into account that with only 30 minutes of charge you will reach 30%, so you must plan your outings from home well.

With all this, we put the phone aside and continued checking the box. In the background we stop the charger and the data cable. On the other side of the box, there is another small package with the pin for the tray and the warranty.

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