Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Review
Samsung requires no intro, particularly for its smartphones, since it has been among the global leaders for over a decade. In the Indian market’s mid-range area, Samsung has released a wonderful smartphone. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, being one of the best in the segment, easily wins the title of Samsung’s finest mid-range smartphone. With a thickness of just 7.4 mm, the Galaxy M52 5G is likewise pretty thin. While Samsung was still able to cram a 5,000 mAh battery in there, the headphone jack was sacrificed in the process. There’s a lot more to the Galaxy M52 5G.
This review discusses the design, display, performance, camera, and our ultimate verdict. Let’s get right into everything there is to know about the Galaxy M52 5G.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Price in India, Variants, Availability
In India, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G starts at Rs. 24,999. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is available for Rs. 24,999 at shop.samsung.com. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G’s base edition with 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage comes in Blazing Black and Icy Blue colours. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is priced at Rs. 25,999 on Amazon India.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Box Contents
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G in the box, you get:
- 15W Fast Charging Adapter,
- SIM Tray Ejector,
- USB Cable,
- User Manual
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Specs at a glance
Before we talk in detail about the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:
- Display: 6.7 inches Super AMOLED Display
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
- RAM & ROM: 6GB/8GB RAM, 128 GB inbuilt
- Software: Samsung One UI 3.0 based on Android 11
- Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP
- Selfie camera: 32MP
- Battery: 5000 mAh
- Weight: 173g
- Dimensions: 164.2 x 76.4 x 7.4 mm
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Design and Build
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G’s body is made of polycarbonate and has a glossy appearance. It has a striped design with silver vertical stripes on its black back. Despite the fact that the phone’s back and sides are constructed of plastic, it nonetheless feels very premium in the hand. With a slim profile and a thickness of just 7.4mm, it claims to be the “leanest” Samsung M-series phone. With a weight of only 173g, it feels light in the hands.
The rear camera bump protrudes from the body and is positioned on the back’s left side. Unlike its predecessor, which had a quad-camera setup, it features a triple camera setup. Also, one thing I noted, the display’s bezels are relatively thin.
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The volume buttons are at the top of the right side, and the power button is just below. This necessitates the use of two hands to snap screenshots because you must simultaneously press the volume down and power buttons, both of which are on the same side. The fingerprint scanner, which is incredibly quick, is also housed in the power button. However, you should be aware that this phone lacks a headphone jack. This phone is not for you if you depend on wired headphones just like me when I am gaming.
Overall, despite being lighter and slimmer than the competitors in this price range, Samsung has designed a smartphone that feels premium.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G has a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports Widevine L1, which implies you won’t have any issues streaming FHD+ content on OTT apps.
Samsung did not specify the type of display protection used on the Galaxy M52 5G, so I can’t really comment on the durability of the front screen. The back is composed of plastic, and the frame is constructed of plastic as well.
Because this phone has a Samsung AMOLED display, you won’t have any problems using it in direct sunlight. Also, the 120Hz refresh is smooth; no lags or frame drops were noticed while using the smartphone.
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On this display, reading e-books and watching your favourite movies and tv shows should be enjoyable. I like the display on this smartphone since I can read the daily news with the Eye Comfort Shield, which filters blue light and decreases eye strain. Given the picture quality and sharpness, watching videos on YouTube and other OTT platforms is certainly a fantastic experience.
Overall, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G has great display quality; it isn’t the finest under 30k, but it isn’t bad either.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC powers the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, which runs on OneUI 3.1, which is based on Android 11. The smartphone also supports 5G, with around 11 5G bands added by Samsung.
The Snapdragon 778G SoC has now been seen in a number of smartphones, and one thing is certain: this processor is battery efficient. Surprisingly, gaming results were hit-or-miss. I was able to maintain a clean 30 frames per second in games like NFS No Limits and Asphalt 9, with no obvious lags or dips. Battlegrounds Mobile India appeared to be having a harder time than the rest of the games. The framerate fluctuated widely between 50 and 60 frames per second on maps with few players and default settings. The framerate dropped to the low 30s on congested maps with more gunfights and vehicles.
By the way, the Galaxy M52 5G supports HRD with an Ultra frame rate and smooth at an extreme frame rate for the BGMI game. There is still no support for playing BGMI at 90fps.
Despite its gaming capabilities, the M52 5G offers a great software experience that punches beyond its weight in everyday performance.
Overall, the Snapdragon 778G SoC is a powerful CPU, so performance should not be an issue.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Software
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G comes pre-installed with Android 11 and One UI 3.1, and the software package is identical to that of the Galaxy A52. The M52 5G, on the other hand, includes the majority of the features that Samsung smartphones are known for. Although there is no DeX, which is a flagship feature, there is Samsung Pay (NFC-only), a built-in screen recorder, Always On Display, Dual Messenger, Secure Folder, and more.
In terms of bloatware, the phone comes with pre-installed applications, and Samsung, as usual, bundles its version of system apps alongside Google’s to avoid repetition. Worse, apps like the Galaxy Store will constantly send you notifications, which can become irritating after a while.
While OneUI is vibrant and easy to use, there are a few odd oversights, such as longer app names overlapping page icons in the app drawer. Overall, OneUI is a colourful alternative to standard Android and comes with a number of customization options.
Furthermore, Samsung’s OneUI is well-optimized, so you won’t have any problems using the phone in everyday life or playing games like BGMI or COD Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Camera
The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G sports a 64MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 32MP selfie camera on the front. The rear cameras can capture 4k@30fps videos, while the front camera can only record 1080p@30fps.
When it comes to the 64MP primary sensor, Samsung has done a good job in terms of taking good photographs in daylight and even at night. However, Samsung still has to work on the camera department. Some finer details are lost when shooting in low light. Night Mode helps with this problem by reducing noise. With additional light, this camera performs considerably better.
The 12MP ultra-wide lens performs well. The images in daylight are attractive, but the ones in low light are noisy and lack definition. Meanwhile, the macro camera performs poorly in all settings, as it does on prior Galaxy phones with dedicated macro lenses.
During the day, the 32 MP camera shoots sharp — perhaps a little too sharp — and beautifully exposed selfies. Selfies taken at night aren’t horrible either, as long as there’s enough artificial lighting available. The screen flash is required for extreme low-light selfies. There’s not a lot of detail in those, but that’s true of almost any mid-range phone.
The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G comes with lots of handy camera options. You can customise shutter speed in Pro mode for both movies and stills, and there’s also Fun mode, which integrates Snapchat filters into Samsung’s camera apps. Most people won’t use this mode very often, but it’s entertaining (thus the name) and productive.
This phone doesn’t have OIS, so the footage will be wobbly, but it does have EIS, which is controlled by software. So take advantage of that EIS as much as you can just as I did.
Also, the videos seem great, the details are clear, and there are no issues with dynamic range. It’s just that having OIS would have improved the camera.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Battery
Not only is the Galaxy M52 5G snappy, but it also has long battery life. Samsung Galaxy M52 5G comes packed with a 5,000 mAh battery with 25W fast charging, but it only arrives with a 15W charger, so you’ll have to purchase a 25W charger from Samsung separately. However, you will receive a 15W charger in the box, which will take slightly more than two hours to fully charge the phone. With a 25W charger, a full charge will take about an hour and 20 minutes. The battery is charged to roughly 45% after 30 minutes.
As previously said, the Snapdragon 778G SoC is a battery efficient processor, which is also visible in the Galaxy M52 5G.
Whether you’re a heavy or light user, the battery should easily last a day. Even so, if you use the device for six to seven hours every day, you’ll need to charge it twice a day. On the other hand, lowering the refresh rate to 60Hz allows you to use the phone for longer periods of time on a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Audio, Connectivity, Biometrics
Although the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G has a secondary noise cancellation microphone, it lacks stereo speakers. Even yet, the single speaker is effective.
There’s also 11-band 5G support, but I couldn’t test it because 5G networks in India are still a few years away.
A snappy fingerprint scanner is also housed in the power button. There’s also a face-recognition sensor in the phone, although it’s not as quick as the fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy M52 5G Pros & Cons
- Super AMOLED+ display
- Great cameras for the price
- 11 bands 5G support
- Large 5000mAh battery with fast charging
- NFC Support
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
- Plastic Back
- No Stereo Speakers
- Only 15W Charger in the box
If you want a smartphone with top-notch performance, a stunning high-refresh-rate display, 5G connectivity, and amazing battery life without burning a hole in your pocket, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is a terrific option. On top of that, the M52 5G offers a nearly complete One UI software experience, which is among the best in the market.
The specification list for the Samsung Galaxy M52 5Gs provides a top-notch user experience overall. From time to time, you’ll be able to enjoy sharp visuals, lag-free working, and rich images. Furthermore, the built-in 128GB storage allows you to save numerous files as needed. Samsung has certainly done its homework in this price range, and the M52 5G’s competitive pricing makes it a phone worth considering.