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Samsung Galaxy A52 - First Impressions and Unboxing

Shortly after reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung has kindly sent us another unit to play around with. This time, it's the Galaxy A52 from the mid-ranged A series.

It comes in a simple white box with a picture of the phone on top, so you'll know exactly which colour you'll be getting. It comes in 3 colours - Awesome Black, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Blue. Ours is the latter, and in real life, it's not nearly as pastel as the marketing materials, but still a nice sky blue nonetheless.

Anyway, opening up the box, you'll see the phone itself, while a box containing the paperwork and SIM ejector is tucked into the lid. Beneath the phone we have a charger (yay?) and a USB-A to USB-C cable.

In terms of aesthetics, it's pretty simple - a rough matte plastic back trimmed with metallic blue edges. The rounder edges sit comfortably in my hand, and it's lighter than my daily driver, which is great for those who prefer something that won't weigh their bag or pocket down.

The small camera bump is reminiscent of the S Series' design language, and houses a quad camera setup, which consists of:

  • 5MP (F2.4) macro camera

  • 12MP (F2.2) ultra wide camera

  • 64MP (F1.8) OIS main camera

  • 5MP (F2.4) depth camera

On the front, we have a 32MP punch hole selfie camera, which I prefer over notched solutions. Overall, the camera bump is not a hindrance - the phone lays nearly flat on a surface, and you won't notice the slight lift at all.

The 6.5" screen boasts an AMOLED panel with a FHD+ resolution. You can choose between a 90Hz refresh rate for that smooth scrolling action, or opt for 60Hz to conserve battery. A fingerprint sensor is nestled under the screen, though I find it placed a little too low for my liking.

We have a stereo speaker setup and a headphone jack on the bottom, which is always welcome, especially on a mid-tier phone as not everyone would want to splash out on a separate pair of TWS buds.

As for specs, this unit features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage along with a Snapdragon 720G chip and a 4,500mAh battery. It's still too early to judge its performance yet, but on paper it should be a decent performer. I look forward to testing it out, so stay tuned for the full review which will be coming soon.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 retails for RM1,499 and comes with a free clear standing cover worth RM109 (T&C applies). In the meantime, you can check out the official product page for more details.

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