Whenever I visit smartphone stores to observe people’s buying behavior, it’s common to see them all making sure the phone has all the basics covered. Some shoppers specifically tell the retailer what they are looking for in a phone, while others offer a rough overview of their needs.
It’s a bit tricky to understand a consumer’s psychology and squeeze out all the possible features of a phone while still keeping the price affordable to a wide consumer base. The new Galaxy M52 is a product that shows how the Galaxy M series has evolved since its inception, although it feels like a phone that belongs in the current landscape. Perhaps the idea was always to make it popular and bring the best features and value to consumers.
I used the Galaxy M52 for almost a week, and here is my experience with a phone that I hope will be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone segment.
Price of Samsung Galaxy M52 in India: 25,999 rupees onwards
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Design and Aesthetics
The Galaxy M52 has the DNA of the previous generation Galaxy M series phones, but somehow it looks cool to me. It’s available in “Blazing Black” and “Ice Blue,” and while the striped plastic back looks good, it quickly builds up fingerprints and stains.
The M52, not to be confused with the Galaxy A52, is a tall, slim phone. Weighing in at 7.4mm and 173 grams, it sits on the lighter side as the phone has a 6.7-inch screen. I don’t mind using a big phone, but now that travel stops, I’d prefer a small phone, as I recently switched to a tablet to watch movies at home. That said, the Galaxy M52 fits very well in your pocket and it’s not uncomfortable to hold it in your hands for longer.
The right side of the Galaxy M52 has a volume rocker and a power button that also serves as a fingerprint scanner. At the bottom you will find the USB-C port and the mono speakers. The left side of the phone has the SIM / microSD slot. Two features missing from the Galaxy M52 are the 3.5mm headphone jack and the IP67 rating.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Screen and Audio
The Galaxy M52 is huge, with a screen size of 6.7 inches diagonally. This is a 1080p AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz that dominates the front of the phone. You may not like carrying a huge phone, but you can’t deny the screen quality of the Galaxy M52. It is a magnificent screen with vivid colors and black ink. The screen is bright enough and reading a news article or replying to a WhatsApp message will not be a problem in direct sunlight.
While using the Galaxy M52, I felt like I was using a mini-tablet. It’s great to have a device that fits in your pocket and is good for playing and playing moving content. The high speed upgrade screen at this price is fantastic. The frequency of updates facilitates the game and, in particular, the scanning through social networks and web pages. Meanwhile, the built-in mono speakers are fine for watching YouTube videos, but I miss the stereo speakers tremendously.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Performance and Battery
The Galaxy M52 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can add up to 1 TB of external storage with a microSD card. While using the phone, I had no problem opening apps and swiping between screens. Everything goes smoothly, from editing a video to playing games like Pokemon Unite and Dragonball Legends. The 120 Hz screen above makes the user interface browsing experience smooth and simple. Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software works well on Android 11 and I have no complaints, except that there are too many preloaded third-party apps. Facebook, Dailyhunt, PhonePe, Josh, Snapchat, Byju’s … the list goes on. Ads that are annoying and frustrating also appear on the launch screen.
The phone includes a 5000 mAh battery, which is more than enough for an average user. In fact, in my tests, the M52 lasted more than 48 hours between charges. This means the phone lasts two full days, pushing the Galaxy M52 5G to the coveted two-day battery club. It includes a 15 W charger in the box and supports 25 W fast charging with an optional power adapter.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Camera
The Galaxy M52’s triple camera setup is familiar, with a 64MP main rear camera, complemented by 12MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro cameras. I won’t say you’ll be surprised by the photos you can take, but I have to say the quality of the photo isn’t bad.
In daylight, I was able to capture photographs with many details with good colors and a high dynamic range.
The colors were oversaturated and I wasn’t surprised. Some photos came out great, but I wasn’t too convinced with the Galaxy M52’s portrait mode – it’s a hit. The ultra wide lens works best with good lighting. The phone is also good for taking pictures at night, but it loses quality and adds a bit of noise. The macro camera is average, to say the least. The 32MP selfie camera performs well, especially in daylight photography. However, in low light, image quality is drastically reduced.
Samsung Galaxy M52 Review: Should You Buy It?
I like the Galaxy M52, and the reason is related to how Samsung is pushing high-end features to mid-range phones. From the 120Hz AMOLED display, the fast Snapdragon 778G processor to 5G connectivity, the Galaxy M52 has many features to appeal to the masses. It looks great and works well above expectations. If you’re looking for a new phone, the Galaxy M52 is worth a look.