Samsung hosted an Unpacked online conference to showcase the Galaxy A52 and A72. They follow quite logically to the Galaxy A51 and A71. The Galaxy A52 comes in two versions, one of which is 5G. Datasheets are balanced, with smoother screens and larger batteries. And the Galaxy A72 promises to be a photography jack-of-all-trades. They will be marketed at the beginning of April at prices ranging from 379 euros to 479 euros.
They were particularly eagerly awaited, despite the abundance of leaks that revealed a large number of technical specifications. Here they are finally in flesh and blood (or at least in glass and metal): the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, successors of the Galaxy A51 and A71 of 2020, of course. These are smartphones that obviously take up the positioning, both price and technical, with a component update.
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Several changes are to be noted. But the most important is certainly the integration of 5G. Unlike 2020, where the 5G models of the A51 and A71 launched five months after the 4G versions, Samsung launches Galaxy A52 5G alongside Galaxy A52 4G. However, the 5G version of the Galaxy A72 has not been announced. Is it due to the shortage of components or a few potential surprises? Share with us your hypothesis in the comments and open the discussion.
Galaxy A52: smoother screen, bigger battery and waterproof chassis
Let’s move on to the more detailed presentation of the two phones starting with the more iconic model. The Galaxy A52 does not change the recipe for the Galaxy A51 which worked so well in 2020. On the contrary: the A52 is even very conservative. We find a screen of the same size and the same composition (6.5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD), a similar photographic proposal with four sensors on the back and a sensor on the front (which is strictly the same, a model 32 megapixels) and a design combining glass on the front (Gorilla 5) and polycarbonate on the back.
Some important differences to note. The A52 benefits from more qualitative aluminum edges. Its design is now certified IP67, almost like the Galaxy S21. The refresh rate changes to 90 Hz (not adaptive). There are now two speakers and the mobile is certified Dolby Atmos. On the processor side, Samsung abandons its Exynos SoCs and chooses a Qualcomm platform, here the Snapdragon 720G.
An even smoother screen in the 5G version of the Galaxy A52
The battery goes from 4000 to 4500 mAh. And the fast charge of 15 watts at 25 watts. The main sensor becomes a model 64 megapixels (12-megapixel default shot) with optical stabilizer and phase detection autofocus. The other sensors, without stabilizer or autofocus, are models 12 megapixels (with wide-angle), 5 megapixels (macro) and 5 megapixels (depth).
The Galaxy A52 5G has all of its elements with two exceptions. First, the Snapdragon 720G gives way to the Snapdragon 750G, to offer 5G connectivity (for the rest, the performances are relatively close). Then the refresh rate is not 90 Hz, but 120 Hz (still not adaptive). We obviously ask ourselves the question of the relevance to autonomy. Especially since 5G also weighs on energy consumption.
The Galaxy A72 also gains a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom
Let’s move on to the Galaxy A72. He does not (yet?) Benefit from a 5G version. It benefits from the same design and technical developments as the Galaxy A52. We therefore find a screen 6.7-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED, here in version 90 Hz. We also find the same improvements in terms of battery (here 5000 mAh) and fast charge (25 watts). We also find the waterproofing certification, the design in glass (Gorilla 5), polycarbonate and aluminum. We also find the Snapdragon 720G which replaces the Snapdragon 730. Not to mention the two speakers and Dolby Atmos certification.
On the photo side, the selfie sensor 32 megapixels is also back. In contrast, at the rear, the improvements of the A72 over the A71 are different than those between the A51 and A52. The main sensor remains the same: 64 megapixels. But it wins the optical stabilizer of the A52. The sensor 12 megapixels with the A71’s wide-angle lens also remains (viewing angle at 123 °, as before). The macro sensor 5 megapixels of the A71 is also preserved. On the other hand, the camera to calculate the depths is removed and replaced by a much more useful module: a sensor 8 megapixels with telephoto lens (3x optical zoom). This sensor is equipped with autofocus and optical stabilizer. That’s very good news.
Galaxy A52 and A72 prices: from 379 euros to 479 euros
Android 11 and One UI 3.1 are preinstalled everywhere. The three smartphones will be released in early April (the exact date has not been announced by Samsung France). They will all be equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (expandable by microSDXC). They will all come with a charger 15 watts (and not 25 watts, what a pity). The price of the Galaxy A52 is 379 euros. The price of the Galaxy A52 5G is 449 euros. And the price of the Galaxy A72 is 479 euros. Which appears to be a very correct positioning. A pre-order period will be organized, with Galaxy Buds + offered for each advance purchase. Cases will also be offered at prices between 29 euros and 39 euros.
Find now in our columns a handling of the three models presented here. Smartphones will arrive very soon at the editorial office to pass through our hands and undergo our numerous tests. So stay tuned to learn all about Samsung’s mid-range offering.