With the Samsung Galaxy A52, the South Korean manufacturer is preparing a successor to the popular mid-range smartphone from 2020 – the Samsung Galaxy A51. But does the new model come close to the legendary predecessor? With the help of this hub article, we summarize everything we know about this upcoming smartphone.
- The Galaxy A52 presents the successor of the popular Galaxy A51
- There shall be separate 4G and 5G variants of the phone
- Expected to come with AMOLED screen, quad-cam, and four-year update warranty.
- Release as early as summer 2021 possible
Update (March 16): 3.5 mm jack confirmed
With just a few hours left for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A52, images of an official case for the device made its appearance on Samsung's own website. The listing for the product known as the 'Samsung A52 Smart View Wallet Cover' was live on Samsung's Ireland page and had a price tag of 39.90 euros. What becomes evidently clear with this case is the fact that the Galaxy A52 indeed gets a 3.5mm jack for audio connectivity. Take a look at the image below.
Update (March 10): Unpacked Event announced, slated for March 17 reveal
In what was a surprise move, Samsung published teaser videos for a live event on YouTube recently. These teasers saw the South Korean conglomerate promote an event called "Galaxy Awesome Unpacked", and it is not too far from the truth if we were to venture that a new Galaxy A series smartphone is set to be revealed in the event. As you can tell from the teaser picture, the event will take place on March 17th. Expect the exact time to be announced in the coming days as well.
Samsung may also unveil the Galaxy A72 which is slated to feature a 6.7-inch 90 Hertz display, improved IP certification, and a Snapdragon 730 chipset. Find out all you need to know about this device here, where it is starting to shape up to be a budget version of the flagship Galaxy S21+ handset.
Updated (March 9): Leaked photos point to a matte back
After the numerous rendered images, a Twitter user finally published actual photos of a smartphone that he claims to be the Samsung Galaxy A52. Considering how there is a box labeled "Galaxy A52" in the photos, these do seem authentic, but we'll hold off our judgment until we see the real deal in our hands.
Let's assume that the photos are real for now. Those who love matte backs on their smartphones will definitely fall in love with this. It does have a resemblance to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and a matte back is perfect for those who do not want fingerprints to smudge all over the device. These photos, if true, also confirm a triple camera setup behind.
In response to his original tweet, Qwaider revealed that Samsung will most likely to include a charger with the Galaxy A52, which is a refreshing change from the company's new stance. The absence of a charger did raise some eyebrows when the Galaxy S21 range was unveiled, while Samsung recently poked fun at Apple for deciding to exclude a charger with the latest iPhones as advertised, only to follow suit. It remains to be seen whether the charger will be included in all international markets, so stay tuned!
Update (March 3): Samsung to offer monthly security updates for the Galaxy A52
The Galaxy A52 will benefit from a monthly security update regimen from Samsung if we are to believe recent reports. The device - which as you know - is yet to be launched appeared in a list of devices that Samsung confirmed will receive monthly security updates. This is a welcome change from what this phones predecessor the Galaxy A51 had to experience - receiving security patches on a quarterly basis.
For those unaware, the predecessor to this phone - the Samsung Galaxy A51 was launched in December 2019 and featured a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 'decent' Exynos 9611 SoC and a quad-camera setup on the back for only 369 euros. Will the Galaxy A52 be a worthy successor?
Popular leaksters including John Prosser and Roland Quandt have already published images and first details of the Samsung Galaxy A52. If a tweet by Prosser ends up being true, there is a good chance that the Galaxy A52 will be unveiled on March 26. Until that happens, do keep on checking this hub page where we will track all new developments surrounding the Galaxy A52.
Samsung Galaxy A52: Expected specifications
WinFuture, on February 15, reported that Samsung will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G on the 4G variant of the phone while the Galaxy A52 in 5G will use the SD 750G instead. This also means that the company has decided against using their own Exynos chipsets on the new Galaxy A series. Both the variants shall offer up to 8GB of RAM and come with 256GB of storage (on the top variant). Memory expansion is supported using microSD cards.
Display and camera
The Galaxy A51 was popular because of its good display. Samsung will almost definitely use a similar SuperAMOLED, 6.5-inch panel on the Galaxy A52. According to Quandt, there will be differences in the camera used: The primary camera at the rear will use a 64MP sensor while the front facing camera will use a 32MP sensor.
In addition to the standard 64MP main camera, the phone will also get an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and two other lenses for macro and depth-sensing purposes (5MP and 2MP, respectively). These are expected to serve as macro and depth cameras, which is not uncommon in this price range.
Battery and connectivity
The Galaxy A52 will also feature a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 25-watt fast charging technology. The device will also support 5 GHz WLAN and all the latest current Bluetooth standards. Like most other devices in its price range, the A52 will also support dual SIM functionality. Oh, and lest we forget, NFC support is thrown in too.
Last but not least, you could benefit from IP67 certification and four years of Android updates in the A52. So also together with the quite performant hardware, the A52 could be a tip for all those who like to use their phone for as long a period as possible and don't want to spend quite so much money. But how expensive should the phone be?
Price and release: When will the A52 be released and at what price?
As mentioned at the beginning, John Prosser already commented on the release date of the phone and guesses that we will get to see the Galaxy A52 on March 26. Roland Quandt doesn't directly comment on the date in his Mega Leak, but he doesn't contradict the date with his "coming soon" statement either. So let's mark the end of March in the release calendar for now!
Instead, Quandt goes hair-trigger on the price, which also doesn't seem unrealistic considering its predecessor. The 4G variant of the Galaxy A52 is said to be exactly 20 euros cheaper than the A51 at 349 euros. For the 5G version, on the other hand, you pay 429 euros, according to the leaker. It is currently not known whether an included charger will fall victim to the low price.