Samsung unveiled three new A-series phones this week, however only one of them has 5G connectivity. And, surprisingly, it’s not the most premium of the three. The three models are already available in several regions and we were wondering – how many of you want one and which one?
We already have the Samsung Galaxy A52 (the 4G version) in our office – you can watch our hands-on video for our first look at the phone. It costs €350, while the Galaxy A52 5G is €430/£400.
The two phones are identical beyond the chipset and the screen – Snapdragon 720G and 90Hz for the 4G one and Snapdragon 750G and 120Hz in the 5G one. So smoother screen, higher performance in addition to the next-gen connectivity. Is that worth the extra €80?
Infographics with the key details: Galaxy A52 • Galaxy A52 5G • Galaxy A72
Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A72 for €450/£420. It comes in 4G flavor only (for now) and is very similar to the A52 aside from a few key changes.
First, the Super AMOLED screen is larger, 6.7” vs. 6.5”. The screen has 90Hz refresh rate.
Second, there’s a 3x telephoto camera on board, which is quite a usable zoom level. The 64MP main camera (shared by all three phones) should do a good job at covering the 1-3x range. And note that it has OIS, which we’ve noticed many of our readers value highly. The 8MP ultrawide camera is the same on all models well.
Anyway, another small change is the battery. The A72 has a 5,000 mAh power cell, the two A52s have 4,500 mAh batteries. All three support 25W charging, but only the A72 comes with one in the box – the A52 phones only get a 15W charger with their retail package (still better than the lack of charger that the S-series get, we suppose).
Samsung Galaxy A52 • Samsung Galaxy A72
Let’s do a quick rundown of the competition. The OnePlus Nord has a similar 90Hz AMOLED display, the camera is similar to the A52 as well. However, it runs on the more powerful Snapdragon 765G chipset, complete with 5G support, of course. The battery is smaller (4,115 mAh), but you do get a 30W charger in the box. The A52 5G and Nord cost around the same (it varies by region).
A Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G costs the the same (or is slightly cheaper than) the Galaxy A72. You do get 5G as you can tell from the name and the IPS LCD display offers silky smooth 144Hz refresh rate. There’s no telephoto camera, though, so you’ll have to rely on the 64MP main cam for zooming. The 5,000 mAh battery charges at 33W.
You can even pick up a Galaxy Note10 Lite for under €400 – if 5G isn’t a must-have, maybe give this S Pen thing a try. There will be other alternatives soon too, it’s just that they haven’t launched globally yet.
Well, will you be an early adopter of the Galaxy A52, A52 5G or A72?