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Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72: All the key differences

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72
(Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung has a new trio of midrange phones out that look to improve upon last year's models with bigger batteries, better cameras and more impressive screens. On paper at least, the Samsung Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A72 look like impressive phones that could be compelling options for people who don't want to pay flagship phone prices — if you can tell these three Samsung handsets apart.

From design to features, there's not a lot separating the Galaxy A52 from the Galaxy A72 — nor would you expect there to be, given that both phones are part of Samsung's Galaxy A lineup. But there are enough key differences to distinguish the different models of midrange phone Samsung hopes to see. And understanding how the A52 differs from the A72 will help you better decide which phone is right for you.

Our Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 comparison looks at the five differences among this trio of new releases.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 specs

Galaxy A52Galaxy A52 5GGalaxy A72
Price€349€429€449
Display6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED (1080 x 2400)6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED (1080 x 2400)6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED (1080 x 2400)
Display refresh rate90Hz120Hz90Hz
Rear cameras64MP main (f1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f2.2), 5MP macro (f2.4), 5MP depth sensor (f2.4)64MP main (f1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f2.2), 5MP macro (f2.4), 5MP depth sensor (f2.4)64MP (f1/.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 8MP telephoto w/ 3x optical (f/2.4), 5MP macro (f/2.4)
Front camera32MP (f2.2)32MP (f2.2)32MP (f2.2)
CPUSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 750GSnapdragon 720G
RAM4GB/6GB/8GB6GB/8GB6GB/8GB
Storage128GB/256GB128GB/256GB128GB/256GB
microSD expansionUp to 1TBUp to 1TBUp to 1TB
Battery4,500 mAh4,500 mAh5,000 mAh
Charging25W wired25W wired25W wired
Operating SystemAndroid 11Android 11Android 11
ColorsAwesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, Awesome WhiteAwesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, Awesome WhiteAwesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, Awesome White
Water/dust resistanceIP67IP67IP67
Size6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches6.5 x 3.05 x 0.33 inches
Weight6.7 ounces6.7 ounces 7.2 ounces
ConnectivityLTESub-6GHz 5GLTE

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 cameras

All three new Samsung phones feature four rear cameras, but there's a clear distinction between the Galaxy A72 and the two Galaxy A52 models. One of those Galaxy A72 camera is a telephoto lens, capable of a 3x lossless zoom. On the Galaxy A52, that 8MP telephoto lens disappears, and a depth sensor takes its place instead. So if you like to zoom in for a closer look on your photos, the Galaxy A72 is the better option.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

The Galaxy A72 offers a zoom lens; you won't find that feature on either Galaxy A52 model. (Image credit: Samsung)

Otherwise, the camera setups on the three phones are the same. The Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72 each feature a 64MP main camera with optical image stabilization. Other lenses include a 12MP ultrawide angle sensor plus a dedicated 5MP macro camera. Up front, the three new Samsung phones feature a 32MP selfie cam.

Many of the camera features Samsung is touting for its new Galaxy A phones are the same too. That includes Single Take, a feature adapted from the Galaxy S lineup in which taking one photo captures multiple shots from your phone's different cameras.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 displays

The Galaxy A72 has the largest display of any of these new phones, with a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel. Both the LTE and 5G versions of the Galaxy A52 feature 6.5-inch screens. Because all three phones have the same 2400 x 1080 resolution, the A52 actually packs in more pixels per inch — 407 to 394 ppi on the A72.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 display

Samsung Galaxy A52 (left) and Galaxy A72 (right) (Image credit: Samsung)

To accommodate that 6.7-inch screen, the Galaxy A72 is a little bit bigger than the A52. While all three phones are 0.33 inches thin, the A72 is both taller and wider than either Galaxy A52 model. At 7.16 ounces, the Galaxy A72 weighs about half-an-ounce more than those two phones as well.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

Smooth scrolling on your Galaxy A phone, whether it's the A52 5G (120Hz refresh rate) or A52 and A72 (both 90Hz) (Image credit: Samsung)

Size isn't everything, though, not even when it comes to displays. All three devices feature fast-refreshing displays, with the 5G edition of the Galaxy A52 hitting 120Hz. The Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 both top out at 90Hz, which is still better than most convention 60Hz smartphone screens.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 battery size

A bigger phone leaves more space for a power pack, and the Galaxy A72 takes advantage of that extra room to fit in a 5,000 mAh battery. Regardless of whether you opt for the LTE or 5G version of the Galaxy A52, you'll get a 4,500 mAh battery to keep your phone powered up.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy 52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

Galaxy A52 (Image credit: Samsung)

Even though battery sizes vary between the A52 and A72, the charging speeds do not. All three phones support 25W charging, and Samsung has said that the new A52 and A72 will include chargers. The Galaxy S21 models, you may recall, skipped on including that accessory.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 processor and connectivity

Samsung is turning to Qualcomm's 7 Series of silicon to power its new phones, which isn't at all surprising for mid-range models. The phone maker is turning to two difference chipsets.

Specifically, the LTE version of the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 both use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G. The 5G version of the Galaxy A52 uses a Snapdragon 750G processor, which includes a Snapdragon X52 5G modem. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

Galaxy A72 (Image credit: Samsung)

As you might have guessed, the Galaxy A52 5G is the only one of these new phones offering 5G connectivity, with the ability to connect to sub-6GHz networks (though not the high-speed mmWave-based 5G offering that's part of Verizon 5G). The other two phones are LTE only.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 price

We've got a clearer picture of how Galaxy A prices compare now that Samsung has held its launch event, though we're still waiting on U.S. pricing. As expected, the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A72 all start at different prices, though the range isn't as wide as you might anticipate.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

Galaxy A52 (Image credit: Samsung)

The Galaxy A52 is the cheapest of the bunch with a starting price of €349 in Europe. If you want the 5G version of the A52, the price increases to €429. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A71 will start at €479.

We'd caution against straight currency conversions to get U.S. prices, as phone makers tend to adjust their prices based on region. But it sounds like the phones will range between $349 and $499 in the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72: What's the same

Despite these big differences, though, you'll find that the A52 and A72 have plenty in common. With the exception of a 4GB variant of the Galaxy A52 LTE edition, both the A52 and A72 offer similar memory (6GB or 8GB) and capacity (128GB or 256GB) configurations. They each have a microSD card slot if you care to expand the storage by up to 1TB. 

Colors are the same across this stretch of the Galaxy A lineup. Whether you get an A52 or A72, you'll be able to pick among Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, and Awesome White options. The three different models all offer an IP67 water resistance rating, so they can survive a plunge into 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72

Galaxy A72 (Image credit: Samsung)

Perhaps the most significant similarity if you're interested in stretching your phone-buying dollar further is the level of support Samsung is bringing to these new devices. Whether you get the Galaxy A52, A52 5G or A72, you can plan on receiving three generations of Android updates and four years of security updates. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72: Which model should you get

We'll have the definitive word on which device tops a Samsung Galaxy A52 vs. Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72 5G face-off once we've reviewed the phones. It sounds like the A52 will be the choice of bargain hunters or anyone who wants a screen with a fast refresh rate that doesn't command top dollar. The Galaxy A52 5G will appeal to people who want a future-proof phone, while the A72 is the one to get if you prefer a premium camera set up.

Philip Michaels
Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.