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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G in Nepal: Time will tell if people pay more for not-yet-realised 5G network

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is the latest addition to the 5G smartphone from Samsung in Nepal. Along with Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, the company also recently launched Galaxy F42 and Galaxy M52 in the 5G variant in Nepal. This can be an indication that Samsung is focusing on the future and is on the verge of transitioning its 4G smartphones to 5G.

Samsung has already released Galaxy A52 earlier this year, but it was a 4G variant and now with some upgrades, it has re-released the 5G variant of the same phone. The new phone, maybe excitingly, supports the 5G network, which is yet to be realised in Nepal, but is more expensive than the previous version by over Rs 10,000. Hence, the phone’s market performance looks uncertain.

Let’s get into the details to know what changes the 5G variant has brought.

Specifications

Display6.5-inch Super AMOLED, 120Hz
DimensionHeight: 159.9mm
Width: 75.1 mm
Depth:  8.4mm
Weight: 189 grams
Resolution1080*2400
CameraFront: 32MP f/2.2
Rear: 64MP f/1.8           
12MP f/2.2, 123 degrees             
5MP f/2.4, (macro)             
5MP f/2.4 (depth)
OSAndroid 11, One UI 3.1
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm)
GPUAdreno 642L
RAM6/8GB
Storage128GB
Battery4500mAH, non-removable Li-Po 25W fast charging
SensorsUnder display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, compass
ConnectivityWi-fi 802.11, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC enabled, USB Type-C2.0
SoundLoudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm Jack: Yes
ColoursBlack, violet, and green

Design and display

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G comes with a glass front and a plastic back in its body. The dimension of the phone is similar to its 4G counterpart and weighs around 189 grams. It has a thickness of 8.4mm which should be comfortable on the hands. For security, it has an optical under-display fingerprint sensor. This phone is also IP67 dust/water-resistant certified (up to 1m for 30 mins).

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There is a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display on the phone with a maximum resolution of 1,080*2,400 pixels. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G also has a whooping refresh rate of 120Hz and reaches a peak brightness of 800 nits. The display of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Camera

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G has a quad-camera setup on its back. The main camera of the phone is 64MP with an aperture of f/1.8 and has an optical image stabiliser. Accompanying the main camera are a 12MP ultrawide camera with 123 degrees FOV, a 5MP macro camera and another 5MP depth sensor. An LED flash is also housed together with the camera.

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At the front, there is a 32MP HDR camera. Both cameras on the front and the rear can capture videos in 4K@30fps. You can record the videos in 60 fps from the rear camera but only in 1080p.

There are plenty of features on cameras that you can play and experiment with, such as the portrait mode, ultrawide mode, hyper smooth and many more.

Performance and battery life

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G runs on Android 11 with One UI 3.1 on top. This phone is powered by a Snapdragon 778G (6nm) chipset while the graphics are handled by Adreno 642L. The multi-tasking, gaming and switching between the apps should be pretty smooth with the given specifications.

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Providing the battery backup to the phone is a 4500mAh non-removable Li-Po battery that supports 25W fast charging.

Storage and connectivity

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G comes in two variants in Nepal. The user has the option to choose between 6GB and 8GB of RAM whereas the internal storage is 128GB in both variants. The memory can be further extended with a microSDXC card. There is no dedicated slot for the microSDXC card, and you will have to sacrifice one of the sim card slots for the memory card.

Connecting the phone, it supports a 5G network, Wi-Fi 802.11, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC enabled and USB Type-C 2.0. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone for audio connectivity.

The price for Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G in Nepal is Rs 53,999 for 6/128GB and Rs 55,999 for the 8/128GB variant.

Also, check the price of Samsung phones in Nepal.

Verdict

This is yet another 5G smartphone from Samsung with a price hike. The base Galaxy A52 cost Rs 43,000 when released while the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G costs Rs 53,999 which is Rs 10,999 more. Most of the specifications on the phone are identical; design, dimensions, cameras. The major upgrade A52s 5G has is it supports a 5G network and has a better processor as well as better graphics, but the difference is not very significant. The 5G network looks promising, but again, Nepal has no access to the network yet and it is pretty much unlikely to have access soon in the coming days.

But then again, Samsung has its own fan following in the market and only time will tell how these phones will fare in the market. The hike in the price can be a major issue though.

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Subba is a tech and auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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