Samsung recently launched two A-series phones with its own Galaxy Unpacked event. Although it was still online, the event showed the importance that Samsung placed on the A52 and A72 mid-range. The A52 has particularly large rechargeable shoes, as last year the A51 was the second best-selling phone in the world.
The two new phones are almost like twins and share most of their features, but differ in battery size. It is the A52 that considers the better value of these two and the one that is expected to take over the mantle from the A51, and that is the device we will focus on.
It’s a bit surprising when it is revealed that, after many months of exploitation of ‘glass’, Samsung should become black in the whole plastic look of these phones. Glasstic often seems indistinguishable from glass, and it is glass that users associate with premium, so the choice of current materials is so confusing. The A52 and A72 review units have arrived at what Samsung calls ‘Awesome Blue’ and ‘Awesome Violet’, and it has to be said that polycarbonate delivers color in such a different way that they look refreshing if they are a bit pastel and like chewing gum. Phones search the world as if they could be toy phones, especially when you matte your back with your fingers and hear the sound of unmistakable synthetics. This, however, means that the devices will be lighter than in glass and will be less prone to breaking when they fall.
The plastic extends to the camera body, making the phones look in one color, which is interesting. The side bezel has a metal finish that matches the color of the phone on the eyeshadow card. In addition to purple and blue, there are black and white among us for the more sober. All ‘super’, of course.
The A52 and A72 have flat panel designs, which users love the most. Both are a bit wide and so definitely more comfortable in larger hands. Very sweaty fingers will show marks on the back, but it’s amazing that the phones are waterproof IP67, so you could easily wipe them off perfectly. No case is mentioned in the box, in accordance with the stingy tradition of giving as little as possible in the package. In fact, for the A52, which supports 25W charging, you only get a 15W charger – why it’s hard to say.
Bypassing the sides of the phone, all along the edges as much as you would expect from a Samsung phone. It’s amazing that the 3.5mm headphone jack appears and the SIM tray is a dual SIM hybrid which means you can sacrifice one SIM for a memory card.
The front shows Samsung’s Super AMOLED FULLHD + screens in full glory. Only the tiniest point of the front camera interrupts the bright and colorful expanse of the screen. Once you are preoccupied with these screens, nothing about the phone matters anymore. Watching movies and videos, showing photos and browsing look great on these phones. Both use a refresh rate of 90 Hz to make everything look faster and smoother.
Both phones use the Snapdragon 720G. This is a mid-range processor and not exactly fast, but good for everyday things you do with your phone, including basic gaming. It’s not a choice for top-notch games, but then gamers who are necessarily very smart will be well aware of which phones are aimed at them. There are several variants: Galaxy A72 costs 34,999 ₹ for 8GB + 128GB and 37,999 for for 8GB + 256GB, and Galaxy A52 costs 26,499 ₹ for the variant of 6GB + 128GB and 27,999 for for 8GB + 128GB. The performance is decent and suitable for everyday use. The phones have Android 11 and a complete OneUI 3.1 with promised updates – but they’ll believe them when we see them. With deep regret I have to report that the devices have a lot of unwanted apps, from DailyHunt to Phone Pe, Snapchat to Samsung’s collection of apps. Some cannot be installed.
The batteries for these phones are 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh. The difference in rating may not justify the difference in cost, which is why the A52 is considered to be the one that gives more value.
Both the A52 and A72 come with a quadruple 64MP rear camera with an extremely wide 12MP lens, a 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth lens. The primary lens is good in daylight, but the ultra-wide still shows distortion at the edges, and the macro lens needs perfect light to work well – as is the case with most. There is also optical image stabilization to reduce blur from hand shake. The A72 includes a telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom. The front camera has 32MP for both. The camera app is rich in features with options like 4K Video Snap, Single Take, Scene Optimizer and more to add fun to your images.
Samsung has tremendous brand loyalty in India. Their phones have been in the country for so long that mere knowledge is a paramount aspect. Nevertheless, the company brought the phones as if there was no competition and that practically every other month does not change the dynamics of the market. Several smartphones unveiled this March offer features that Samsung offers in its premium offering. The package doesn’t mean it’s the same thing, the features aren’t implemented the same way, and Samsung is still Samsung, but resting on our laurels is a dangerous business because everything changes.
Price: Starting from 26,499 and 34,999 ₹. Check variants and offers.
Pros: Colorful, flat design, glossy screen, IP67 rating, Samsung software experience including Knox security, decent cameras
Against: No 25W charger, plastic back for higher price, bloatware present, slightly weak, no 5G