Its safe to say that Samsung turned the table with their Galaxy A series, bringing in not just good specification for a mid-tier smartphone but bringing down what was once a flagship experience in the software department over to the A Series – trust us, we talked about this in our Samsung Galaxy A72 review. Today, we are going to look at another A Series smartphone that carries the same price tag as the Galaxy A72 and changes too: this is the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Initial Impression.

(Not) the Same Old


There isn’t much change to address in terms of looks as it carries forward the same look as the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72 which we reviewed a while back. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G comes in a polycarbonate finish overall, with a nice glass covered display by Corning and we got it in the same Awesome Black color as the A72 we reviewed. But the new A52s 5G gets a new color, and that’s the Awesome Mint which unfortunately we didn’t get to see in person.

New Snapdragon Processor

Opting in for Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for the A Series doesn’t come to surprise really – as they have opted in for the Snapdragon in the past and it looks like Exynos won’t see the light of the day as it used to. The previous processor powered in the Galaxy A52 was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G which is an alright processor – no doubt about that but the newer A52s 5G we see runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, which interestingly runs on TSMC’s 6mm process instead of the 780G which runs on Samsung’s 5mm Processor.

Nonetheless, going for a Snapdragon 778G is a stellar idea because its not everyday we get to experience a smaller phone that has better processor and Samsung could have gone with a 768G but they went for something better than improving incrementally – which is a step in the right direction. You might wonder if the 700 series processors from Qualcomm are even capable – well, worry not – think of this series as the “high-end mid-tier processor” or “entry-level-flagship-processor” if it makes any sense. Because the 700 series gives the best taste of what kind of power you could get if you fork out for the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G.


Once again, a subtle yet a very much needed improvement. Electronic Image Stabilization can only go so far because the quality does get affected as its system dependent and solely meant for video, doesn’t make images any better. In this case, a good hardware and Optical Image Stabilization makes up for a better experience with better image capturing capabilities. Samsung has added the 64MP OIS Sensor to their array of quad camera setup on the back. So, expect for the good image experience – but you will have to wait for the full review, so make sure to click here to stay updated on the review.

A still stands for Awesome

Marketing-wise, Samsung says, “A for Awesome” and realistically, based on our experience so far – it does stand for Awesome. Might as well call it Astonishing. The A52 and A72 when announced claimed to offer users that they will get 3 years of proper OS updates and an extra year of Security Update. Since the A52s 5G falls in the same number but with a “S”, you will still get the same experience as its non-S predecessor.

Concluding the Initial Impression

For now, we have to say that the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is an incremental upgrade, in the right direction rather than being a two-steps-back product but that doesn’t mean that the existing A52 users need to upgrade because, despite the good upgrades, the Galaxy A52 will still receive the best experience they should and was promised as the launch. But other than that, we have to continue testing the phone to come up with our final verdict on how much well it does and should you get this over the A72 at all. So, keep your eyes peeled for that.

But I have to say, I am loving this approach Samsung.

Special thanks to Samsung Malaysia for gracing us with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G for making this initial impression and the upcoming review happen.