Samsung’s new Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72 smartphones.
LONDON – Samsung on Wednesday unveiled three mid-range smartphones, including one with 5G support, in hopes of attracting people with less money to spare as competition in the mobile industry intensifies.
The new phones are part of Samsung’s budget Galaxy A range, which has become a popular brand with Samsung customers put off by the high prices on the firm’s flagship Galaxy S line.
Samsung is aiming to regain its position as the world’s leading smartphone maker after Apple took that title in Q4 2020. Apple’s new iPhone 12 is the company’s first model to come with 5G capability.
Samsung launches three new models: Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A72. The new line is an update from last year’s Galaxy A51 and A71 phones. The A52 5G is the only device of the three that supports ultra-fast 5G internet. It will retail for 429 euros ($ 510), making it a more affordable alternative to Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini.
Specifications and Features
The South Korean electronics giant says its new phones come with a number of improvements over their predecessors, including a better screen, camera, and battery life.
The Galaxy A52 has a bright 6.5-inch screen, while the Galaxy A72 has a 6.7-inch panel. The Galaxy A52 5G packs a 120Hz refresh rate, which basically means you’ll be able to scroll more smoothly. The entry-level Galaxy A52 and more expensive A72 models feature a 90Hz refresh rate.
Samsung says it has taken eyestrain into account, including a feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s color temperature based on how a person uses their phone. There is also a music sharing setting that allows users to sync their phone with a friend’s device to connect to a Bluetooth speaker without having to connect directly to the speaker.
All three phones contain a quad camera with a 64-megapixel main lens. The Galaxy A72 features a 3x optical zoom, which Samsung claims will allow users to take a photo from a distance of 10 meters that appears to have been taken from just three meters away.
Another key camera feature in the new Galaxy A line is Fun Mode, which was developed in partnership with Snap. It is a tool in Samsung’s native camera app that allows you to add Snapchat filters to your images and videos.
Samsung also touted better battery life with its new phones, promising two days of use without having to worry about charging the phones. The A52 and A52 5G come with a 4500 mAH battery, while the A72 has a larger 5,000 mAH battery.
Price and release date
Samsung’s Galaxy A52 will retail for 349 euros ($ 415), while the A52 5G and A72 will cost you 429 euros and 449 euros, respectively.
Samsung has not yet given an international release date for the new phones, but said they will be released in the US sometime in April.
“This new line represents a significant step forward in performance and features,” Paolo Pescatore, technology, media and telecommunications analyst at PP Foresight told CNBC.
“The standout features are the impressive display, including the high refresh rate and the much longer battery life.”
Samsung’s new budget phones could tempt people who aren’t ready to pay $ 1,000 or more for a premium Android or iPhone model.
“The launch is timely and comes at an interesting time given the large number of new smartphone launches,” said Pescatore.
“While there is great excitement with the arrival of the new smartphones, the competition at the mid-tier is intense. Samsung has done a good job of packing sought-after premium features (some of its flagship S21 device) at shocking prices.”