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Attractive and affordable: the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, the market for mid-range smartphones has never looked better – so is the Samsung A52s worth buying?

The state of play in the mid-range market

Gone are the days when mid-range smartphones were the sluggish, limited younger siblings to the big brands’ flagship phones. These days, we’re talking 8GB of RAM, 5G capability, super-high specs, and beautiful all-round designs.

Our opinion? A mid-range smartphone is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to switch up your existing phone for something fresh. With quality components, strong performance, and a huge range of options in terms of Android devices—not least Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Google—mid-range smartphones can perform most of the same tricks as their top-tier counterparts for just a fraction of the price.

Under the microscope: the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G specifications

The first question you might be asking yourself: how old is the Samsung A52s 5G? Released in August 2021, it has been warmly received, earning a 4/5 on Tech Advisor. As for the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G specs, it has a crystal-clear 120-Hz screen, a Snapdragon 778G processor offering 5G support, and a battery life of 10+ hours. One of its best features is the camera suite, which boasts a 64-megapixel main lens, a 32-MP selfie camera, and cameras with a 12-MP ultrawide lens, a 5-MP depth lens, and a 5-MP macro lens, which all create bright, crisp photos. It’s also water-resistant and comes with a 3.5-mm headphone jack for listening to tunes on the go. Does the A52s have fingerprint scanning? It sure does – as well as face recognition software.

Oh, and one more thing: the processor speed, display, refresh rate and enhanced screen-touch response combine to make the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G one of the best gaming devices around.

Head to head: the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G vs A52 5G, S21 and OnePlus Nord 2

When looking at the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G reviews, it is clear that this is an accomplished all-rounder in the mid-range market. It has a stronger display than the A52 (120 HZ vs 90 Hz), as well as a faster processor (Snapdragon 778G vs 720G).

When placed head to head with the OnePlus Nord 2, the A52s 5G again stands out thanks to its processor (the Nord 2 has a Dimensity 1200), display, and camera. And compared to Samsung’s own S21, the A52s excels due to its expandable storage and excellent battery life (113 hours vs 93 hours), though the S21 has a faster memory and allows for 4k video recording via its front-facing camera.

Which is better: the A52s or the S20 FE? It depends on what you want. The A52s shades it on performance and design, while the S20 FE delivers in the camera and wireless charging department. Either way, you’re getting a top-quality piece of hardware for your buck.

Mid-range, top quality

The only question that matters: is the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G a good phone? We certainly think so. Quick, reliable and powerful, it’s one of the models pushing the boundaries of the affordable mid-market segment. Well worth renting, in other words.

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