Samsung is bringing some premium features to its latest mid-range smartphones. The new Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A72 smartphones both feature AMOLED displays with 90 Hz refresh rates, 25 watt fast charging, IP67 water and dust resistance, 32MP selfie cameras, and four rear cameras including a 64MP primary camera with optical image stabilization.

The company is also introducing a new Samsung Galaxy A52 5G model that sports a 120 Hz AMOLED display and a 5G modem (the other new Galaxy A series phones top out at 4G LTE connections).

While Samsung is hardly the first company to bring previously-premium features to mid-range phones, the company is one of the biggest players in the smartphone space and this move indicates that high refresh rates, fast charging, and other features are no longer reserved for expensive phones.

While Samsung’s higher-priced Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series phones tend to grab a lot of headlines thanks to their premium hardware, those phones also have higher price tags – and the truth is that Samsung often ends up selling more mid-range phones. A year ago Strategy Analytics reported that the Samsung Galaxy A51 was the best-selling Android phone during the first quarter of 2020, with 6 million units shipped.

So the improvements the company is bringing to its next-gen Galaxy A series phones are pretty significant. These are also phones you might be able to hang onto for a reasonably long time. Samsung has been getting pretty good about providing long-term software updates for its phones, and the company promises that all three of the new Galaxy A series phones will receive at least three generations of major Android operating system updates and regular security updates for at least four years.

Other features common to all of the new phones include big batteries (4,500 or 5,000 depending on the model), stereo speakers, and at least 128GB of storage. They also all have 6.5 inch or larger displays, which might not be great news for fans of smaller phones. But that seems to be a common trend these days.

Here’s a run-down of specs for the new phones. Pricing and availability will vary by region.

SpecificationGalaxy A52Galaxy A52 5GGalaxy A72
Display6.5” FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080 x 2400)
407 ppi
90 Hz refresh rate
6.5” FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080 x2400)
407 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
6.7” FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080 x 2400) 394 ppi
90 Hz refresh rate
* Infinity-O Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal screen.
* Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. The actual viewable area is smaller due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
Dimensions
& Weight
75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm
189g
75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm
189g
77.4 x 165.0 x 8.4mm
203g

Camera

 

[Front]
32MP FF (F2.2, 0.8µm)
[Front]
32MP FF (F2.2, 0.8µm)
[Front]
32MP FF (F2.2, 0.8µm)
[Rear]
Main: 64MP OIS AF (F1.8, 0.8µm)
Ultra Wide: 12MP FF (F2.2, 1.12µm)
Macro: 5MP FF (F2.4, 1.12µm)
Depth: 5MP FF (F2.4, 1.12µm)Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 10X
[Rear]
Main: 64MP OIS AF (F1.8, 0.8µm)
Ultra Wide: 12MP FF (F2.2, 1.12µm)
Macro: 5MP FF (F2.4, 1.12µm)
Depth: 5MP FF (F2.4, 1.12µm)Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 10X
[Rear]
Main: 64MP OIS AF (F1.8, 0.8µm)
Ultra Wide: 12MP FF (F2.2, 1.12µm)
Macro: 5MP FF (F2.4, 1.12µm)
Tele(3x): 8MP OIS AF (F2.4, 1.0µm)Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 30X
Optical Zoom at 3X
ProcessorOcta-Core (2×2.3 GHz + 6×1.8 GHz)Octa-Core (2×2.2 GHz + 6×1.8 GHz)Octa-Core (2×2.3 GHz + 6×1.8 GHz)
MemoryRAM: 4/6/8GB
ROM: 128/256GB
RAM: 6/8GB
ROM: 128/256GB​
RAM: 6/8GB
ROM: 128/256GB
* May differ by model, color, market, and carrier.
* Actual storage available may depend on pre-installed software.
Expandable Memory
& SIM Card
2 slots (SIM 1 + Hybrid)
MicroSD: Up to 1TB
* MicroSD card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on country and manufacturer.
* SIM card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on country and carrier.
* Use of eSIM on Galaxy device may be enabled by software update or disabled in some markets where it is purchased. Availability of eSIM mobile plan may vary depending on carrier. Check with your carrier if your mobile network plan supports eSIM.
Battery4,500 mAh (typical)4,500 mAh ​(typical)5,000 mAh (typical)
* Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested under IEC 61960 standard. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,370mAh for Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and 4,860mAh for A72, respectively. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns, and other factors.
Charging25W Fast Charging
* Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.
OSAndroid 11
NetworkLTE5G Sub6 FDD, 5G Sub6 TDDLTE
* Actual speed may vary depending on country, carrier, and user environment.
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G+5GHz)
Bluetooth® v 5.0
USB Type 2.0-C
Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo)
* Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited. BeiDou may not be available for certain countries.
PaymentNFC
MST
* Available in select markets. Payment solutions and available features may vary depending on market, carrier, and service providers.
SensorsAccelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Virtual Proximity sensor
AuthenticationLock type: Pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: Face Recognition, Fingerprint sensor
Audio[Stereo speakers sound by AKG]
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology[Ultra high quality audio playback]
UHQ 24-bit
PCM: Up to 24 bits 

[Audio playback format]
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

 

[Bluetooth]
Dual Audio: Connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72 to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
* The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.
Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
* Available only for certain accessories made by Samsung.

* The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.
* Available only for certain accessories made by Samsung and AKG.
Video[Video playback format]
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM[TV connection]
Wireless: Smart View (screen mirroring 1080p at 30fps)
Water ResistanceIP67
* Based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet. Not advised for beach, pool use and soapy water.

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  1. I am pissed about how they keep DeX for flagships. Yes I know that usb 3.1 / 3.2 controller costs more than 2.0 especially as they probably have a long standing contract for a LOT OF CHIPS. .. the cable costs possibly a few cents more. Implementing it for this exact SoC and into all the firmware iterations is most likely the highest cost. But still … im pretty sure the main reason is to artificially differentiate high-end phones from lower classes.

  2. Jumbo phones and jumbo phones only, here we go again.

    @Grant Russel, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get back to your comment the last time when the topic was jumbo phones but now we can continue where we left off. After all, these are the same jumbo phones, albeit from a different vendor. 😉

    Somehow you misinterpreted what I wanted to express that jumbo phone crisis affects only (or mostly) budget phones. What I tried to convey is jumbo phone crisis affects smartphones of all price points, from budget to flagship. Your only recourse from a major phone company these days is going Samsung flagship. But not everyone wants to do that or affords that or want to spend that much. What you suggested by the $400 phones is presumably a Google Pixel model. Which phones, unlike Samsung’s offerings, are not available in most countries of the world so they aren’t really options for most people. But they also aren’t made by a real phone company and many smartphone connoisseurs just shake their heads when they are asked about Google hardware quality and service.

    @Brad, the jumbo specs table looks strange on my computer’s screen.

    1. Whoops, I copied and pasted the table code from the Samsung press release, but Samsung’s website is wider than liliputing. I stripped a bit of the code and now it should fit better.

    2. FWIW, I have an A51 5G that replaced my long-serving Galaxy S5. I thought I’d hate the size, but I don’t. It’s actually slightly narrower than the S5, which I’ve found to be the most important dimension for using it and fitting it in a pocket. I do wish it was lighter, but it’s not heavy enough to be cumbersome. A modern midrange phone with a long, skinny 6.5″ screen and small bezels is a lot smaller than a 6.5″ phablet from a few years ago.

      1. I agree you that width is the most important dimension for handling a phone (but I personally also mind height and weight), but let’s see. The S5 is exactly 72.5 mm wide which is exactly my tried and tested maximum limit, not half a millimeter wider. 🙂 The A51 is 1.1 mm wider than the S5 and the A52 is again 1.5 mm wider than the A51. If current trends continue the width of next year’s revision is yet again going to go up a bit more. Somewhere you have to set hard limits for yourself otherwise things go out of control. I don’t have extra big hands nor do I want to change my style to pants with more accommodating pocket sizes than necessary.

      2. At least you replaced that uggo 😀 I always hated the “golfball back”. I honestly think its the fugliest model of the whole S- line 😀

    3. I don’t know whose comment you’re responding to.

      In that thread, I said that I would buy the very next $400 budget phone between 5.0″ and 5.5″ screen size. I didn’t recommend anything about the Google Pixel.

      1. It’s true that you didn’t mention Google Pixel explicitly but that’s the most popular Android phone I can think of besides Samsung flagships that’s not a jumbo sized phone. I’m not that familiar with various obscure niche players in the current Android phone space. (I like to be able to run a more free ROM than stock Android as well.) You wrote:

        I would honestly jump at the very next sub-$400 smartphone with a screen size below 5.5″. I think there is a HUGE missed opportunity in the Android phone market right now to sell something that competes with the iPhone SE in price and physical dimensions.

        I don’t measure phones these days by diagonal screen size as it means less and less as phones go bezel-less and get wider screen aspect ratios. My main measurement, the same as for @Corporal Lint’s is body width. (And to a lesser extent height and weight as well.) What you describe as a 5.5″ screen device seems like an iPhone 12 mini sized device to me while in iPhones I’m mainstream iPhone 12 dimensions: about 71.5 mm wide weighting 164 grams (non Pro weight). What comes closest to that in Android land is Samsung flagships which, as I described above, aren’t for everyone.