Samsung reveals new Galaxy A52 and A72 handsets

The 2021 Galaxy A series refresh is also available in 5G.

Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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March 18, 2021
2 min read

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Samsung Galaxy A series

Samsung's mid-range game is strong. Where its flagship Galaxy S handsets have failed to truly impress over the last couple of years, its budget to mid-range A series has gone from strength to strength. The Galaxy A71 was so good for the price, our reviewer asked if it's actually the best Samsung phone on the market. While the Galaxy A50 and A51 have been natural choices for anyone shopping around the $500 mark.

Now, the Galaxy A series is about to get even better with the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A32 announced this morning.

Galaxy A52, A72 and A32 Australian pricing

If you're shopping in the mid-range, it's because you're looking for something that balances power with value for money, so let's jump straight into the cost of the new Galaxy A52, A72 and A32 handsets. The previously announced Galaxy A32 128GB handset comes in 4G and 5G variants, both priced at $499. Strangely, opting for the 5G variant on either the Galaxy A32 or A52 will give you a little less RAM too.

The Galaxy A52 128GB 4G handset will set you back $599, whereas the 5G model will cost you $599 outright. It's also available as a 256GB 5G model, which costs the same as the Galaxy A72 at $749 outright. It's a bizarre pricing structure. Here is it again:

Model
Storage
RAM
RRP

Galaxy A32

128GB

6GB

$499

Galaxy A32 5G

128GB

4GB

$499

Galaxy A52

128GB

8GB

$599

Galaxy A52 5G

128GB

6GB

$649

Galaxy A52 5G

256GB

8GB

$749

Galaxy A72

256GB

8GB

$749

There's no word yet on which retailers and telcos will supply the new Series A handsets, but we've reached out to Samsung for more information.

Technical specs: A72 vs A52 vs A32

We have a full comparison up below, but the most important part of this announcement is the differences across each model. Not just between the numbered Galaxy A handsets, but also some significant differences between 4G and 5G models.

The 4G Galaxy A32, for example, boasts a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90hz refresh rate, whereas the 5G model only claims to have a HD+ 6.5-inch display and no specified refresh rate. The 4G model has a 64MP main camera, while the 5G model has a 48MP camera. The overall resolution of the 5G model is significantly decreased and it's even got less RAM than the 4G model. These compromises probably helped Samsung keep the 4G and 5G A32 models at the same price. Still, it's important to take note of the technical differences between each handset model before committing, because things are just as complicated at the more premium end.

Here's a spec comparison of each of the new Galaxy A series handsets.

Galaxy A72 vs A52 vs A52 5G vs A32 vs A32 5G
Specs
Galaxy A32
Galaxy A32 5G
Galaxy A52
Galaxy A52 5G
Galaxy A72

Display

6.4-inch Super AMOLED

6.5-inch HD+

6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED

6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED

6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED

Resolution (pixels)

1080x2400

720x1600

1080 x 2400

1080 x 2400

1080 x 2400

Refresh rate

90hz

No specified

90Hz

120Hz

90Hz

Main camera

64MP PDAF (F1.8)

48MP PDAF (F1.8 0.8µm)

64MP OIS AF (F1.8 0.8µm)

64MP OIS AF (F1.8 0.8µm)

64MP OIS AF (F1.8 0.8µm)

Front camera

20MP (F2.2)

13MP (F2.2)

32MP FF (F2.2 0.8µm)

32MP FF (F2.2 0.8µm)

32MP FF (F2.2 0.8µm)

Ultra-wide lens

8MP (F2.2) 123-degree FOV

8MP (F2.2) 123-degree FOV

12MP FF (F2.2 1.12µm)

12MP FF (F2.2 1.12µm)

12MP FF (F2.2 1.12µm)

Macro lens

5MP (F2.4)

5MP (F2.4)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

Depth sensor

5MP (F2.4)

2MP (F2.4)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

5MP FF (F2.4 1.12µm)

Zoom

Not specified

Not specified

10x Digital Zoom

10x Digital Zoom

30x Digital Zoom 3X Optical Zoom

Water resistance

No

No

IP67

IP67

IP67

5G

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Cable

USB-C 2.0

USB-C 2.0

USB-C 2.0

USB-C 2.0

USB-C 2.0

Storage

128GB

128GB

128GB/256GB

128GB/256GB

128GB/256GB

RAM

6GB

4GB

4GB/6GB

6GB/8GB

8GB

MicroSD slot

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Battery

5000mAh

5000mAh

4500mAh

4500mAh

5000mAh

Security

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

Fingerprint scanner

Face recognition Fingerprint sensor

Face recognition Fingerprint sensor

Face recognition Fingerprint sensor

Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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