The Galaxy A51 was one of Samsung’s most successful phones of 2020 and the company will want to keep the flame burning with the release of a direct sequel in 2021, predictably called the Galaxy A52 5G.
The newer device comes with improved hardware components, as expected, but more exciting is the fact that Samsung is also said to add at least one important flagship-grade feature to the new mid-range device, namely a high-refresh-rate display.
Samsung’s new Galaxy A52 5G takes a more modern approach to design, as it features a camera housing that resembles the Galaxy Note 20 series, along a matte back panel and a metal frame.
The phone has a flat display with an Infinity-O cutout for the selfie camera, and the physical buttons reside on the right edge, as usual. The device is expected to measure 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm, with the camera bump adding an additional 1.6mm to the phone’s thickness.
The mid-range phone is said to hit the shelves in four color options called Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, and Awesome White.
The Galaxy A52 5G will be Samsung’s first non-premium smartphone to feature a display with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz. The phone is expected to be released in two main variants, 4G and 5G, and the latter model should boast a 120Hz panel. The 4G model, on the other hand, will reportedly be equipped with a 90Hz display, which is still a noteworthy upgrade over the existing 60Hz solution.
Regardless of refresh rates, the panel is of the Super AMOLED variety, it has a 6.5-inch diagonal, and a Full HD+ resolution.
The Galaxy A52 5G will feature the Snapdragon 750G chipset. It was manufactured by Samsung on an 8nm LPP process and it features a total of eight CPU Cores: 2x Kryo 750 Gold cores and 6x Kryo 570 Silver cores. The CPU works together with an Adreno 619 graphics chip and 6GB / 8GB of RAM.
Storage options include 128GB / 256GB, and the device is said to be powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 25W super fast charging. The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB-C connectivity.
NOTE: The Galaxy A52 4G is expected to conceal a Snapdragon 720G chipset instead of the 750G solution.
Samsung’s hero mid-range phone is equipped with four rear-facing cameras and an LED flash. The main sensor has a resolution of 64MP and it’s accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide shooter.
The main camera setup also includes a 5MP depth sensor as well as a 5MP macro camera. Meanwhile, the selfie shooter that’s hidden inside the Infinity-O display cutout has a resolution of 32 megapixels.
Samsung will be launching the Galaxy A52 5G with Android 11 out of the box, and the OS is expected to be complemented by One UI 3.1.
The phone will benefit from three major OS updates throughout its lifetime, up to and including Android 14. The phone should be compatible with Samsung Pay the same way its predecessor is, though it might lack support for MST transactions, seeing how Samsung is moving away from this standard.
Price and Availability
The Galaxy A52 5G is expected to hit the market in March 2021. It should go on sale for the price of $475.
Samsung is said to be planning the Galaxy A52 4G for release at a price of around $400, though it remains to be seen if both the 4G and 5G models will be offered everywhere. It’s possible that the 4G model will be reserved for markets where 5G isn’t as prevalent.
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