Comparative: Moto G60 or Galaxy A52; Which one is the best? | Cell

O Moto G60 it’s the Galaxy A52 are cell phones from Motorola and of the Samsung, respectively, and fight in the segment of premium intermediate smartphones. Launching in Brazil in April 2021, both phones should please those looking for fluid performance on a daily basis, with 6 GB RAM memory, as well as plenty of space for files, with 128 GB internal.

However, the technical sheet of the devices reserves some important differences in screen, processor and battery. Before you buy, find out what changes between the Moto G60 and the Galaxy A52.

Moto G60 vs Galaxy A52 (Image: Vitor Padua/Tecnoblog)

Technical sheet – Moto G60 vs Galaxy A52

Motorola Moto G60 Samsung Galaxy A52
Launch in Brazil

April 2021

launch price BRL 2,699 BRL 3,299
Screen IPS LCD 6.8 inch Full HD+, HDR10, 120 Hz refresh rate 6.5” Super AMOLED, Full HD+, 90 Hz (or 120 Hz on Galaxy A52 5G)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G and Adreno 618 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core and Adreno 618 GPU

(Galaxy A52 5G has Snapdragon 750G and Adreno 619)

RAM memory

6GB

Storage

128GB, expandable via microSD

Back camera
  • main: 108 megapixels (f/1.9);
  • ultrawide and macro: 8 megapixels (f2.2);
  • depth: 2 megapixels;
  • Main: 64 MP (f/1.8)
  • Ultrawide: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Macro: 5 MP (f/2.4)
  • Depth: 5 MP (f/2.4)
Frontal camera

32 MP (f/2.2)

Drums 6,000 mAh, 20 watt fast charging 4,500 mAh, 25 watt fast charging
Operational system Android 11 Android 11, One UI 3.1
Connectivity 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB-C and 3.5mm jack for headphones; 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm

(Galaxy A52 has a 5G version available in Brazil)

water resistance Splash resistant Yes, IP67
dimensions 169.6 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
Weight 220 grams 189 grams
Colors blue and champagne black, blue, violet and white

(Galaxy A52 5G is only available in black and violet)

screen and design

In the dispute for screen, Motorola’s cell phone delivers the largest panel, with 6.8 inches against the rival’s 6.5 inches. But the Galaxy A52 provides the best experience in colors and contrasts, with Super AMOLED display against the Moto G60’s IPS LCD screen.

Both have Full HD+ resolution and raise the refresh rate: 120 Hz for the Moto G60 and 90 Hz for the Galaxy A52. In both cases, the user can enjoy a smooth feeling in app transitions and when navigating through the smartphone interface. The high refresh rate is also a boon for games. However, the difference between 120 Hz and 90 Hz is barely noticeable.

The Galaxy A52 is also sold in a 5G version. In this case, the screen is 120 Hz, like the Moto G60.

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

In design and construction, the point goes to the Galaxy A52. Both phones have plastic casing on the back, and of course color and finish options end up being a matter of personal taste, but the A52 outperforms the Moto G60 by bringing a water and dust resistant body (IP67 certification).

In addition, Samsung’s smartphone is lighter, while Motorola’s is so heavy that it can cause some discomfort, especially after a few hours of gaming, as Darlan Helder found in our review.

Performance and operating system

As I mentioned at the beginning of this comparison, the Galaxy A52 and Moto G60 have the same amount of RAM: 6 GB. However, they have different processors – and it’s Motorola’s cell phone that comes out ahead with a Snapdragon 732G, which despite using the same Adreno 618 GPU, delivers better performance than the A52’s Snapdragon 720G, especially in games.

In the Tecnoblog practical tests, it was possible to run Asphalt 9, PUBG and Call of Duty with peace of mind in the Moto G60. Already the A52 gave signs of choking and unstable frame rate when running Asphalt 9 with graphics at maximum – below that, but still with high graphics quality, the model did well.

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

In everyday applications, such as social networks and messengers, both work very freely and won’t give the user any headaches (or at least not anytime soon).

If you’re still considering the Galaxy A52 5G, it’s worth mentioning that it has the Snapdragon 750G chip, with Adreno 619 GPU, which promises 15% better performance than the Adreno 618.

The Moto G60 and Galaxy A52 have 128GB of storage, and you can even expand the memory via microSD card.

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Android 11 is the factory operating system on both phones, with the difference in interfaces you may already know: while the Moto G60 maintains that experience closer to Android Pure, the Galaxy A52 brings the One UI 3.1, which despite bringing pre-installed Samsung apps are quite nice, stylish and clean.

Samsung’s upgrade policy has been incredibly superior to Motorola’s, which is relatively recent. While the A52 will receive version updates up to Android 14, the Moto G60 is only guaranteed to reach Android 12.

cameras

On cameras, the Moto G60 tries to intimidate with the main 108 megapixel sensor. The main lens has Ultra Pixel technology, which promises to be nine times more sensitive to light, delivering photos with more detail. In practice, the images have vibrant colors, with exposure almost always controlled, but the cell phone has some difficulty in dealing with chromatic aberrations.

The main lens of the Galaxy A52, on the other hand, has a 64-megapixel sensor that, with plenty of light, takes pictures with a wide dynamic range, balanced exposure and great definition. As is common with Samsung cameras, the colors here are also quite saturated, but not bothersome.

See some examples below:

The Galaxy A52’s ultrawide lens comes with a 12-megapixel sensor, while the Moto G60 has an 8-megapixel hybrid (ultrawide/macro) lens. On Samsung’s cell phone, the quality of the main lens is kept at ultra wide angle, with the exception of the definition at the edges, which ends up being a little impaired. Motorola’s handset ends up falling behind in sharpness for the ultrawide.

In the end, the hybrid lens brings gains for macro photos, which leave those measly 2 MP common to many mid-range cell phones, and has good results, being a little ahead of the A52 and its 5 MP.

Night mode is good in both cases, considering the segment to which smartphones belong. Samsung ends up pushing more sharpness in post-processing, which in some cases creates hard edges around objects, while Motorola strives for “more natural” night recordings, trying to minimize noise and ghosting caused by artificial lighting.

For selfies, both have 32 megapixels and f/2.2 lens aperture, but the Galaxy A52 ends up delivering better results. The Moto G60 encounters some difficulties with portrait mode, delivering blown shots in some situations.

Battery and Connectivity

When it comes to battery, it’s the Motorola phone that gets the better of it. With 6,000 mAh, the Moto G60 proved to have an excellent range, even with 120 Hz activated. Its 20 watt charger allows full recharge in just over 2 hours and the phone can certainly make it to the second day of use with ease.

The Galaxy A52, in turn, has “only” 4,500 mAh, but also does the job with a more economical screen. This smartphone will hardly let you down in the middle of the day (it would take very heavy use for that).

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G60 (Image: Darlan Helder/Tecnoblog)

The Moto G60 is compatible with 4G, just like the conventional model of the Galaxy A52. However, Samsung brought to Brazil the 5G version of its intermediary, although the fifth generation is still a little far from becoming a reality in the country. Anyway, if you want a more future-proof cell phone, the A52 is certainly the option.

Both also have NFC, for approach payments, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C port and P2 (3.5 mm) input for headphones.

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Price and value for money: after all, Moto G60 or Galaxy A52?

Launched for R$ 2,699, the Moto G60 is already available from 2,070 in online retail. The Galaxy A52, on the other hand, arrived in the country for a higher price: BRL 3,299, but it is already seen in promotions for BRL 1,899 – a greater devaluation that puts it in a situation of better cost-benefit for most companies people.

In this scenario, the Moto G60 is suitable for those who need more firepower and a lot of battery, but the A52 has a greater guarantee of longevity, water resistance, in addition to a better screen and very good cameras, especially in selfies.

The 5G version of the Galaxy A52 is more expensive – on the date of publication of this article (June 2021), it cost about R$ 2,400 in e-commerce.

With information: Samsung and Motorola

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