Samsung reveals new Galaxy A52 and A72 handsets
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:
|Galaxy A32 5G||128GB||4GB||$499|
|Galaxy A52 5G||128GB||6GB||$649|
|Galaxy A52 5G||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.
|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)||1080×2400||720×1600||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|
|Cable||USB-C 2.0||USB-C 2.0||USB-C 2.0||USB-C 2.0||USB-C 2.0|
|Security||In-display Fingerprint Scanner||Fingerprint scanner||Face recognition Fingerprint sensor||Face recognition Fingerprint sensor||Face recognition Fingerprint sensor|