Samsung Galaxy A52S 5G in the test: processor, camera, display, battery

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In the spring of 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy A52, a mid-range model that delivered what many would like in a number of ways: a solid smartphone with a strong OLED display, decent camera and waterproof housing – supplemented by a several-year update guarantee. But there was one point where there was no real enthusiasm: The pace of work was just satisfactory. The 5G version presented at the same time, the A52 5G, brought a small improvement. Almost six months later, Samsung is delivering a new variant with the Galaxy A52s. Are all expectations now being met? Our test shows that. Incidentally, this article provides a comprehensive overview of Samsung’s middle class: Samsung Galaxy A-Series 2021 in comparison.
Galaxy A52S: The cameras
Cameras from top to bottom: ultra-wide-angle camera (12 MP, f / 2.2), main camera (64 MP, f / 1.8, OIS), depth camera (5 MP, f / 2.4). Top right: Macro (5 MP, f / 2.4).

Galaxy A52s: design and size

The Galaxy A52s is in a simple plastic case, which is quite acceptable with its matte back. The display comes in a good size for 2021: 6.5 inches. The front camera (32 megapixels) is in a small hole, the fingerprint sensor is hidden under the display. Despite the thick frame, almost the entire front is filled by the screen. And: Here, too, the housing is waterproof to IP67, so it withstood the immersion test in the water column of the COMPUTER BILD laboratory.

OLED display with surprising weakness


As usual with the A series, the real highlight is the display – a sharp and high-contrast OLED with strong and bright colors. Compared to the normal A52 (90 Hertz), the refresh rate increases to an even smoother 120 Hertz. But only the test in the laboratory revealed an unexpected weakness of the s model compared to the previous A52 variants: the maximum brightness of 813 candelas per square meter (cd) was around 20 percent below the measurement results for the Galaxy A52 (1066 cd).

Galaxy A52S: The sockets
The USB-C socket allows charging up to 25 watts, but the included power supply only manages 15 watts. There is also a jack socket.

From the outside, the Galaxy A52s is indistinguishable from the A52. Only the inner workings get exciting. Here Samsung has installed the Snapdragon 778G, which as an eight-core processor has four high-speed processor cores – the Snapdragon 720G in the A52 has only two. This has an effect: the A52s works around a third faster than the A52 with just one processor, and the speed advantage increases to 62 percent under maximum load – both based on the Geekbench 5.1 benchmark test. The difference is also very clearly visible in everyday life. Apps like the browser start one to two seconds faster. The A52s is still not a rocket. But you no longer feel slowed down.

Geekbench benchmark comparison: Galaxy A52 vs. A52S
Geekbench comparison: The Galaxy A52s on the right is significantly faster when all CPU cores are used, and has four instead of two high-performance cores.

The Galaxy A52s has four cameras on the back. The star is the 64-megapixel main camera with pleasant optical image stabilization (OIS). It takes good pictures in daylight, even in low light it is not bad. A designated telephoto camera is missing. At twice the magnification the results are still usable, 10x zoom results in a mash of pixels. The ultra-wide-angle camera (12 MP) cuts a fine figure. Macro and depth auxiliary cameras (5 MP each) are more of an accessory. The photo quality is practically indistinguishable from the normal A52, only a comparison in the laboratory reveals: The main camera achieved slightly better marks than the A52 in all areas apart from the miserable flash shots. The pictures with the different focal lengths provide a practical impression:

Galaxy A52S ultra wide angle camera
Galaxy A52s: Shot with the ultra wide angle camera.

Galaxy A52S: main camera
Galaxy A52s: Recorded with the main camera.

Galaxy A52S: Photo with 10x zoom
Photos at 10x zoom are unusable.

Galaxy A52s: release, price, colors

Samsung started selling the Galaxy A52s on August 17, 2021. Four colors are available, all with the addition of “Awesome”: black, purple, white – and as a new color compared to the normal A52 – mint green. There are two memory variants: the smaller model with 128 gigabytes (GB) of memory and 6 GB of RAM for 449 euros, the 256 GB model with 8 GB of RAM for 509 euros. At the end of September, the 128 GB version of the Galaxy A52s broke the 400 euro limit, currently (October 6) it is even available for 380 euros from established retailers such as Otto and Amazon.


With the Galaxy A52s 5G, Samsung is finally helping its middle class to work at a reasonable pace – in line with the fast 5G. The A52 5G, which is only five months old, is no longer necessary. But why is Samsung bringing a successor so quickly? The A52 (5G) was hardly available in the summer of 2021, which is why Samsung allegedly had to head over heels to bring a successor with other chips onto the market. The Galaxy A52s is now readily available and some of it is already available for prices around 400 euros. This means that it is only around 70 euros more expensive than the normal A52 – and because of the faster CPU, it is also a good choice for buyers without a 5G tariff.

  • Waterproof
  • Good working pace
  • No telephoto lens
  • No wireless charging


  • Bright, high-contrast display
  • 120 Hz display
  • No 5G
  • Battery life shorter than the 5G variant

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