At this year’s second Unpacked event, Samsung officially unveiled three next-generation A-series phones: the Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72. The company has not yet shared US pricing or availability, but the European price is €349 (about $415) for the A52, €429 (about $510) for the A52 5G, and €449 for the A72 ($534).
Key specs across the board include IP67 waterproof and dustproof, a brighter screen with faster refresh rates, and a 64 megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization. All three models include a microSD card slot for expandable storage and come with a charging block in the box. This is a feature not found in the S21 series flagship.
Each is based on an unspecified octa-core (dual 2.3GHz + hexa 1.8GHz) processor and comes with Android 11 and Samsung’s One UI 3.0. Storage variants of 128 GB and 256 GB are available for all models, and RAM configuration varies by region. This device meets the hardware requirements to receive 3rd generation Android OS platform updates and, like all latest Galaxy phones, is backed by at least 4 years of security updates.
Both the Galaxy A52 and A52 5G feature a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. Rumor has it that the A52’s display offers a 90Hz refresh rate, while the A52 5G offers a 120Hz screen. Each camera has a rear “quad” camera array, but one of the four cameras is a 5 megapixel depth sensor. The main 64 megapixel f/1.8 camera comes with a 12 megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide 5 megapixel macro and a 32 megapixel f/2.2 selfie cam.
Samsung says the A52 model features a brighter screen of up to 800 nits compared to last year’s 600 and a 4,500mAh battery that can be used for two days on a single charge. And, of course, the A52 5G includes a 5G connection, but Samsung has not yet confirmed which frequencies it will support in the US.
The Galaxy A72 features a slightly larger 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. It offers the same basic rear camera array, but instead of a depth sensor it includes an 8 megapixel f/2.4 3x telephoto camera. The A72 is an LTE-only model. There is a possibility that a 5G version will come out, but Samsung hasn’t confirmed it.
You should check the US pricing and availability for these devices and potentially other A-series models in the coming weeks. Last year the A51 and A51 5G were released for $400 and $500 respectively, and the 5G version of the A71 was released for $600. If this year’s model is priced similarly, these devices can lure mid-range shoppers with features like fast refresh rate screens, stabilized main cameras and IP ratings that aren’t common in this class.
Update March 17th at 10:50am EST: Added information about Android platform OS update.