Whenever I go to smartphone stores to monitor people’s buying behavior it is customary to make sure they all have all the basics on the phone. Some buyers tell the retailer what they see on a phone, while others provide an approximate overview of their needs.
Understanding a consumer’s psychology and pressing every possible aspect on a phone while approaching pricing to a broader consumer platform is a tricky thing. The new Galaxy M52 is a product that shows how the Galaxy M-Series evolved from its inception, but it feels like a phone that belongs to today’s landscape. Maybe this idea should always make it a staple and bring out the best features and value to the consumer.
I have been using the Galaxy M52 for almost a week and here is my experience with a phone that I expect to be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone segment.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Price in India: Rs. From 25,999
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Design and Aesthetics
The Galaxy M52 contains the DNA of the previous generation Galaxy M-series phones, and somehow it is refreshing to me. It is available in both “Placing Black” and “Ice Blue”, and while the plastic back is fine with the backstips, it quickly accumulates fingerprints and smudges.
Not to be confused with the M52, the Galaxy A52, which is a tall and slim phone. At 7.4mm and 173g, on the lighter side it has a 6.7-inch screen on the phone. I do not mind using a big phone but now that the trip has stopped I liked a small phone as I recently switched to a tablet for watching movies at home. The Galaxy M52 fits nicely in my pocket and is not uncomfortable to hold in my hands for long.
On the right side of the Galaxy M52 is the volume rocker and power button, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Below you will find the USB-C port and mono speakers. There is a SIM / Micro SD slot on the left side of the phone. The two missing features on the Galaxy M52 are the 3.5mm headphone jack and the IP67 rating.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Visual and Audio
The Galaxy M52 is the largest, measuring 6.7 inches across the screen. It has an AMOLED 1080p display that dominates the front of the phone with a 120 Hz refresh rate. You don’t want to carry a big phone, but you can’t deny how good the display is on the Galaxy M52. This is a beautiful display with clear colors and ink black. The display is bright enough and reading a news article or responding to a WhatsApp message will not be an issue in direct sunlight.
When using the Galaxy M52, I felt like I was using a mini tablet. Good for gaming and streaming content on the go and great for having a device that fits in your pocket. The high renewal rate display is good at this price. Update rate creates gaming, in particular, scans your social media and webpages. Meanwhile, the on-board mono speakers are great for watching YouTube videos, but I miss the stereo speakers so much.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Performance and Battery
The Galaxy M52 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can add up to 1TB of external storage with a microSD card. When using the phone, I had no problem opening apps and swiping between screens. Everything goes smoothly from editing the video to playing games like Pokemon Unite and Dragonball Legends. The 120 Hz screen on top of it really makes the user interface a smoother and smoother experience. I have no such complaints except that Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software works well on Android 11 and has many pre-loaded third-party apps. Facebook, Dailyhunt, PhonePay, Josh, Snapshot, Baiju …. The list goes on and on. Advertisements often appear on the release screen, which is annoying and frustrating.
The phone comes with a 5000mAh battery, which is enough for an average user. In fact, in my test, the M52 lasted more than 48 hours between charges. This means the phone will last for two full days, promoting the Galaxy M52 5G in a two-day battery club. It comes with a 15W charger in the box and supports 25W fast charging with an optional power adapter.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Camera
The three-camera system on the Galaxy M52 is familiar, with a 64MP main rear camera, packed with 12MP ultra-white and 5MP macro cameras. I will not say that you will be surprised by the pictures it can take but I must say that the photo quality is not bad.
In daylight, I was able to capture scenes with good colors, and high dynamic range details.
The colors are saturated, I was not surprised. Some of the shots came out nicely, but I’m not quite sure of the portrait mode on the Galaxy M52 – it was a success. The ultra-white lens works best with good lighting. The phone is great at taking pictures at night, but it loses quality and adds noise. Let’s say the macro camera is average. The 32MP selfie camera works well, especially in daylight-shots. However, in low light, the image quality is greatly reduced.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Should You Buy It?
I like the Galaxy M52 because it relates to how Samsung pushes high-end features to mid-range phones. With its 120Hz AMOLED screen, fast Snapdragon 778G processor to 5G connectivity, the Galaxy M52 has many features to impress people. It is beautiful and performs better than expected. If you are looking for a new phone, the Galaxy M52 is definitely worth a look.