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Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and A72: Chances are you don’t need an S-Series phone.

Not when the A series is becoming the best price-to-performance balance for Samsung phones

Samsung’s Galaxy A Series has had my attention for a few years now, often becoming a recommendation from me when talking about phones that aren’t flagships and actually readily available in Zimbabwe. Last year’s A51 especially caught my eye, even if it barely missed the best budget phones of 2020 just because the Pixel 4A and iPhone SE leapfrogged it in camera quality. However while last year’s A51 and A71 from last year are semi-underappreciated gems especially for those who like fancier flashier phones, this year’s A52/A52 5G and the A72 pretty much prove that you likely don’t need an S-Series flagship phone. In fact, when compared against the regular S21 and S21 plus, these are arguably the best phones Samsung has released so far this year.
If the launch event for the new phones in the video above didn’t give you an indicator of what we mean, allow us to give you the run-down, these devices coming with large, high refresh rate, great for the price screens, IP67 water resistance, four actually great cameras (though the macro one might require some critique), great storage options along with expandable storage, impressive batteries, a headphone jack and even some improved speakers especially against the base S21. The Snapdragon 750G processor they come with (in the US that is) isn’t quite as powerful as this year’s 888 and the RAM offerings aren’t impressive if you buy the lowest A52 (4GB) vs the S21’s 8GB, but considering you can get 6GB and 8GB versions instead it means while the performance on these phones isn’t mind-blowing, it’s more than adequate, and with Samsung promising the same 3-4 years of software support for these phones, it essentially means that the only real benefits you get with buying the regular S21 would be minor, the slightly faster speed, slightly better cameras and of course more expensive build. Worth it? Maybe. But definitely not necessary with phones like this around anymore.

Galaxy A52 vs. A52 5G vs. A72

 Samsung Galaxy A52Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Samsung Galaxy A72
Display size, resolution6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400×1,080 pixels), 120Hz6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz
Pixel density407ppi407ppi394ppi
Dimensions (inches)2.95 x 6.29 x 0.33 inches2.95 x 6.29 x 0.33 inches3.04 x 6.49 x 0.33 inches
Dimensions (millimeters)75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm77.4 x 165.0 x 8.4mm
Weight (grams)189g189g203g
Mobile softwareAndroid 11Android 11Android 11
Camera64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), and 5-megapixel (macro)
Front-facing camera32-megapixel32-megapixel32-megapixel
Video capture4K4K4K
ProcessorOcta-core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)Octa-core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)Octa-core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)
Storage128GB/256GB128GB/256GB128GB/256GB
RAM4/6/8GB6/8GB6/8GB
Expandable storageYes, up to 1TBYes, up to 1TBYes, up to 1TB
Battery4,500mAh4,500mAh5,000mAh
Headphone jackYesYesYes
Special features90Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging5G-enabled, 120Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging90Hz, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging

And let me be clear here, I’m definitely not saying that if you have the money for an S1 Ultra for example, you should ditch it and buy these instead. Flagship phones exist for a reason. But for the past year or 2 it became definite that you don’t need a flagship to have the best experience on a phone. And now with these new devices, Samsung has made it that you don’t have to buy a phone even half the price of their flagships either. With starting prices USD of $430 for the A52, and $510 for the A72 , these phones are setting a new standard for Samsung and Android devices that could continue to push great devices into people’s hands for a lot less. And I’m definitely all for it.

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