The middle class smartphone from Samsung has always been popular with users. This is partly because it offers good technology at an affordable price, but also because Samsung likes to try out new technologies here. With the Galaxy A52 and A52 5G as well as the Galaxy A72 there are now three new models. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON took a closer look at them.
The Galaxy A52 and A52 5G are the direct successors of the box office hit Galaxy A50 from 2019. Both new models are very similar in many respects, both optically and technically, but the Galaxy A52 5G, as the name suggests, offers support for the new one Cellular standards. The third device in the series of current innovations is the Galaxy A72, which has a little more power. But how do the new devices differ in detail and which one should users buy? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON made the comparison.
Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. A72 – a question of size
One thing to start off with: the three new Galaxy smartphones are virtually indistinguishable from each other. The design is therefore not an option as a decision-making feature. All three devices are available in the four colors white, black, blue and purple and have the same camera arrangement of four sensors, the frame of which is color-coordinated with the rear. So it is hardly noticeable.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G have a 6.5-inch SuperAMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and a hole notch in the upper center of the display. Samsung has placed the 32-megapixel front camera here. According to the manufacturer, the screen shines with up to 800 nits. It should be sufficiently bright even in the sunshine, but it does not come close to the values of Samsung’s S21 series. However, there are differences in the frame rate within the A52 models. While the Galaxy A52 “only” supports 90 Hz, the 5G version offers up to 120 Hz and should therefore be better suited for gamers.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 is slightly larger than the smartphones mentioned. It has a 6.7-inch screen, which also has a full HD + resolution and a maximum brightness of 800 nits. The refresh rate is 90 Hz.
Technical features of the Galaxy A52 and A72 in comparison
Processor determines 5G support
As far as the processor is concerned, Samsung uses two different chips. The Snapdragon 720G works in the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72. This is an upper mid-range octa-core chip that is made up of two fast Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.3 GHz and six efficient Cortex-A55 cores with up to 1.8 GHz. The chip does not support 5G.
For this reason, another model also works in the Galaxy A52 5G. This is where the Snapdragon 750G comes in, which is very similar to the 720G. Instead of A76 cores, Qualcomm relies on two Cortex-A77 cores with up to 2.2 GHz and a power-saving cluster of six Cortex-A55 cores with up to 1.8 GHz. The System on Chip (SoC) also comes with a 5G modem in the form of the Qualcomm X52, which supports global 5G bands up to a maximum of 3.7 Gbit / s in the downstream.
Both chips have a “G” in their name. Qualcomm thus identifies special gaming features in the form of graphics drivers that can be easily updated. The graphics unit in the Snapdragon 750G is the Adreno 619, which is slightly more powerful than the Adreno 618 in the 720G. Among other things, it allows the aforementioned refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Another difference between the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72: the camera
Not only 5G, but also the camera distinguishes the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G from the Galaxy A72. All three smartphones offer a quad camera with a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle and a macro lens with 5 megapixels, but there are differences in the fourth sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G also have a depth sensor with 5 megapixels. However, this does not apply to the Samsung Galaxy A72. Instead, the manufacturer has installed a telephoto lens with 8 megapixels, 3x optical magnification and optical image stabilization. The camera of the Galaxy A72 is therefore much more suitable for taking pictures of subjects a little further away.
Samsung has upgraded the camera software compared to previous models in the range. For example, the cameras have optical image stabilization and allow 4K recordings. In addition, Samsung has integrated Tetra-Binning, which the manufacturer introduced with the Galaxy S20. Here four pixels (Tetra, Greek for four) are combined into one large pixel, which, among other things, can absorb more light so that users can take photos with good image quality even in poor lighting conditions. In addition, you can use tetra binning to crop your photos with almost no loss.
Samsung has also integrated new modes, such as the optimized night mode. Instead of just taking one picture in the dark, the Galaxy A smartphones take 12 pictures one after the other. The camera software then combines them into a recording with more details. Modes like “4K Video Snap”, seen for the first time on the Galaxy S21, are now also available in the A series. The function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel photo from a 4K video and use it as a cover photo for your own vlog, for example.
Features of the new Samsung mid-range at a glance
The battery capacity of the devices differs slightly. While the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G use a 4500 mAh battery, a 5000 mAh battery supplies the slightly larger Galaxy A72 with power. The software has become more intelligent in all three models. For example, it now detects apps that have not been used for 3 to 30 days and terminates their background processes. So the running time should be increased.
The other features of the new mid-range smartphones are quite similar. It is nice, for example, that the devices are protected against water in accordance with IP67 and, in addition to a jack connection for headphones, also have stereo speakers. All three have a fingerprint sensor under the display and offer the security features of Samsung Knox.
Conclusion of the comparison
In the end, it is not easy to distinguish between the new Galaxy models, as they are very similar in many details. The Galaxy A52, the A52 5G and the A72 are best based on the 5G support differences – those who value this have to reach for the Galaxy A52 5G. It also has a display with 120 Hz, so it is better suited for gamers. The better camera, on the other hand, is found in the Galaxy A72, even if the differences are not enormous. It is also the largest model and accordingly offers a little more battery life.
In terms of price, the three models are 100 euros apart. It starts at 349 euros for the Samsung Galaxy A52. For the 5G model, the manufacturer charges a surcharge of 20 euros, which is quite fair. With prices starting at 449 euros, depending on the memory configuration, the Galaxy A72 is the most expensive model.