Galaxy A52s vs Galaxy A52 (5G): For customers who want even more power

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Last updated: August 17th, 2021 at 16:20 UTC+02:00

Samsung quietly announced the Galaxy A52s today, and it’s pretty much what we expected. The Galaxy A52s is inspired heavily by the standard Galaxy A52 5G, as it’s essentially the same device with one major upgrade to the internal hardware. This will be one easy side-by-side comparison.

The Galaxy A52s is shipping with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G SoC. It’s newer, faster, more efficient, and it’s going to give Galaxy A52s rivals a run for their money. Competition aside, let’s take a closer look at Samsung’s own backyard and how the refresh compares to the original model.

Galaxy A52s vs Galaxy A52 5G: All about the new Qualcomm chipset

As you can tell by checking our device comparison widget below, the Galaxy A52s and Galaxy A52 5G have the same design, camera setup, IP67 build, and memory options. The main and only hardware difference is the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, which replaces the Snapdragon 750G 5G solution adopted by the Galaxy A52.

The Snapdragon 778G 5G SoC is superior in virtually every way. It was built a couple of quarters later using smaller 6nm (vs 8nm) transistors, which is partly why it delivers better single and multi-core performance while maintaining higher efficiency.

The chipset comprises a single Kryo 670 Prime (Cortex-A78) high-performance CPU Core clocked at 2.4GHz, three Kryo 670 Gold cores operating at up to 2.2GHz, and four efficiency Kryo 670 Silver cores clocked at up to 1.9GHz.

The only other notable difference between the Galaxy A52s 5G and the Galaxy A52 5G is that the former has replaced the blue color with Awesome Mint.

Galaxy A52s vs Galaxy A52 5G: Conclusion

The Galaxy A52s isn’t a massive yearly upgrade, but it does help Samsung keep its status in the mid-range segment. For existing Galaxy A52 5G owners, the new A52s model won’t represent much of an upgrade. More accurately, we suspect that not many people will be willing to trade in the Galaxy A52 5G for the A52s and pay extra. But that’s not what the Galaxy A52s is about.

Smartphone users who don’t own the Galaxy A52 5G and are looking to buy a new mid-range phone will get more value out of the Galaxy A52s than the previous model. You can pick the Galaxy A52s over the Galaxy A52 5G if given the choice, but at the end of the day, you can’t really go wrong with either. Just know that the A52s is slightly more futureproof.

Then again, Samsung has yet to reveal launch prices for the Galaxy A52s, so it is possible that the standard Galaxy A52 will remain relevant as long as it’s offered for a low-enough price.

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Galaxy A52 5G

Full specs

General Information

  • Model Name

    Galaxy A52s 5G

    Galaxy A52 5G

  • Model type

    Bar

    Bar

  • Colors

    Mint (Mint)
    Violet (Violet)
    Black (Black)
    White (White)

    Black (Black)
    White (White)
    Violet (Violet)
    Blue (Blue)

  • Announced

    2021, August

    2021, March

  • Released

    2021, August

    2021, April

Physical specifications

  • Dimensions

    Bar: 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm

    Bar: 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm

  • Weights

    189g

    189g

  • IP rating

    IP67

    IP67

Operating system

  • Operating system

    Android 11

    Android 11

  • One UI version

    3.1

    3.1

Networks

  • SIM

    Dual SIM model

    Dual SIM model

  • SIM card sizes

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

  • Networks

    2G
    3G
    4G
    5G

    2G
    3G
    4G
    5G

  • eSIM support

    No

    No

Display

  • Kind

    Main Display

  • Name

    Infinity-O Display

  • Technology

    Super AMOLED Display

  • Size

    6.5 inch / 165.10 mm

  • Resolution

    FHD+ / 2400x1080 pixels

  • Pixel density

    407 PPI

  • Screen to body ratio

    ~84.9%

  • Refresh rate

    120Hz

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