Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G vs A52 5G vs Galaxy S21: What's the difference?

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(Pocket-lint) - Samsung announced 3 caller Galaxy A devices during an lawsuit successful March 2021, sitting beneath the Galaxy S21 series successful presumption of cost, but borrowing immoderate of its cardinal features and specs, for astir fractional the price. It past added the Galaxy A52s 5G to the enactment up successful August.

You tin work astir however the Galaxy A52s 5G, A52 5G, A52 and A72 comparison to each different successful our abstracted feature, but present we are focusing connected however the Galaxy A52s 5G and Galaxy A52 5G comparison to the flagship Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+.

Design

  • Galaxy A52s 5G/A52 5G: 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm, 189g
  • Galaxy S21: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm, 169g
  • Galaxy S21+: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm, 200g

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and A52 5G person a level show with a centralised punch spread camera astatine the top. On the rear, determination is simply a rectangular camera lodging with 4 lenses, 3 of which are much prominent. The camera lodging is positioned successful the apical near country arsenic an island.

The A52s 5G and A52 5G person a integrative rear, are IP67 h2o and particulate resistant and they comes successful 5 antithetic colour options. The A52s 5G comes successful black, white, purple and mint, portion the A52 5G comes successful black, white, purple and blue.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ meanwhile, besides some connection integrative rears and level displays with a centralised punch spread camera astatine the apical of the screen. They person a rectangular camera lodging connected the rear with 3 salient lenses, but the lodging is simply a antithetic colour to the rear and wraps astir into the framework of the devices, offering a somewhat antithetic look to the A52s 5G and A52 5G. 

The Galaxy S21 comes successful 4 colour options, portion the Galaxy S21+ is disposable successful 5 options. Both devices are IP68 rated for h2o and dust.

All 4 devices person under-screen fingerprint readers.

Display

  • Galaxy A52s 5G/A52 5G: 6.5-inches, 2400 x 1800 pixels, 120Hz
  • Galaxy S21: 6.2-inches, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 48-120Hz
  • Galaxy S21+: 6.7-inches, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 48-120Hz

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and A52 5G person a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED show with a 2400 x 1080 resolution, which delivers a pixel density of 405ppi. 

They connection a maximum brightness of 800nits and they comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, but they don't enactment HDR.

The Galaxy S21 has a smaller 6.2-inch display, which besides has a 2400 x 1080 resolution, resulting successful a somewhat sharper pixel density of 424ppi. The Galaxy S21+ has a larger 6.7-inch display, again with a 2400 x 1080 resolution, for a somewhat softer pixel density of 393ppi. 

Both the Galaxy S21 and S21+ person a maximum brightness of 1300nits, support HDR10+ and travel with an adaptive refresh complaint of 48Hz to 120Hz.

Hardware and specs

  • Galaxy A52s 5G: Qualcomm SD778G, 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, microSD, 4500mAh
  • Galaxy A52 5G: Qualcomm SD750G, 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, microSD, 4500mAh
  • Galaxy S21: Qualcomm SD888 oregon Exynos 2100, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4000mAh
  • Galaxy S21+: Qualcomm SD888 oregon Exynos 2100, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4800mAh

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G runs connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset, which is an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G that runs connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, supported by 6GB oregon 8GB of RAM and 128GB oregon 256GB of storage. Both connection microSD enactment for retention enlargement up to 1TB - thing the S21 bid doesn't offer.

There's a 4500mAh artillery capableness nether the hoods of some the A52s 5G and A52 5G, which supports 25W accelerated charging but determination is nary wireless charging oregon reverse wireless charging connected board. 

The Galaxy S21 and S21+ some tally connected either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, oregon the Exynos 2100, depending connected the region. There is 8GB of RAM enactment and retention options of 128GB and 256GB but neither supports microSD, arsenic mentioned. 

The Galaxy S21 has a 4000mAh battery, portion the Galaxy S21+ has a 4800mAh battery. Both enactment accelerated wired and wireless charging.

All 4 models being compared successful this diagnostic are 5G enabled.

Camera

  • Galaxy A52s 5G/A52 5G: Quad rear (main, ultra wide, depth, macro), 32MP front
  • Galaxy S21/21+: Triple rear (main, ultra wide, telephoto), 10MP front

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and A52 5G travel with a quad rear camera. This is made up of a 64-megapixel main camera with optical representation stabilisation (OIS) and an aperture of f/1.8, on with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel extent sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a 5-megapixel macro sensor with an f/2.4 aperture.

On the front, there's a 32-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.

The S21 and S21+ some person a triple rear camera, made up of a 12-megapixel main sensor with 1.8µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture and OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 1.4µm and f/2.2, and a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor with 0.8µm, f/2.0 and OIS. 

There's a 10-megapixel, 1.22µm, f/2.2 beforehand camera.

Price

  • Galaxy A52s 5G: £409
  • Galaxy A52 5G: £399/€429
  • Galaxy S21: £769/€849
  • Galaxy S21+: £949/€1049

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G costs £409 successful the UK is present disposable to pre-order, with an connected merchantability day of 3 September.

The Galaxy A52 5G costs £399 successful the UK and €429 successful Europe. 

The Galaxy S21 starts astatine £769 successful the UK and €849 successful Europe.

The Galaxy S21+ starts astatine £949 successful the UK and €1049 successful Europe.

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Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G and A52 5G are astir fractional the terms of the Galaxy S21, and little than fractional the terms of the S21+. 

They doesn't person an adaptive refresh rate, a telephoto lens for optical zoom, the top-of-the-range processor - though the A52s 5G should beryllium much almighty than the A52 5G, HDR enactment oregon wireless charging, but that's beauteous overmuch each they miss retired connected compared to the much costly S21 and S21+ successful presumption of specs.

The A52s 5G and A52 5G inactive connection a 120Hz refresh rate, a show size successful the mediate of the S21 and S21+, 5G capabilities, a larger artillery capableness than the S21 and it has microSD support, which the S21 and S21+ bash not offer. The cameras aren't arsenic bully arsenic the S21 nevertheless truthful carnivore that successful mind.

For the money, it is good worthy considering the A52s 5G - oregon the A52 5G if you can't spend the other £10 - implicit the 2 flagship models though, depending connected what features substance to you most. 

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 17 March 2021.

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