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Samsung did an unquestionably great job with the latest batch of Galaxy A phones. The Korean giant clearly decided to focus its efforts on what is officially its best-selling line. The new “Awesome is for everyone” tagline fits like a glove. Devices like the Galaxy A32, A52 and even the slightly extraneous A72, with its extra telephoto, bring plenty of value to the table.
In its quest to be as trendy and appealing as possible, Samsung also went ahead and made 5G versions of the A52 and A32. These 5G variants tend to target roughly the same price point as their 4G counterparts, which inevitably means that some compromises are in place to accommodate the processor with 5G support. We already dug extensively into the matter of the Galaxy A52 5G and its slight yet still noticeable downgrades over the regular Galaxy A52 in those respective reviews. Now it’s time to do the same for the A32 5G, which, by all accounts, has suffered a much worse downgrade.
Video capture:Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack.
In fact, we would go as far as to say that the Galaxy A32 5G is an entirely different device than the vanilla A32. The price point is roughly the same, which was clearly Samsung’s main goal, but for that to happen, the A32 5G comes with an LCD display instead of an OLED. A lower-res HD+ one, at that, stuck at 60Hz refresh rate. The panel is so different, in fact, that it even has a bigger diagonal at 6.5 inches. The entire A32 5G is bigger in every dimension, measuring 164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm and tipping the scale at 205 grams. A whole 20, or so, grams more than the regular A32, yet still with the same 5,000 mAh battery.
The camera department has also experienced some changes, including a main camera swap to a lower-res 48MP unit. Interestingly enough, though, the A32 5G gets an extra 2MP depth sensor over its vanilla sibling. Also, it can do 4K@30fps video capture. That final intriguing bit comes courtesy of the MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G chipset found in the Galaxy A32 5G. An all-round upgrade over the MediaTek Helio G80 inside the regular A32.
So, it’s pretty clear how the budget was relocated to make the Galaxy A32 5G a reality. Now the question remains whether the downgrades were worth it to make room for a slightly better chipset, with 5G connectivity.
As a budget offer, the Galaxy A32 5G understandably comes in a rather plain box. It is a basic cardboard bottom piece, with a sleeve on top. You should definitely be careful about applying pressure to the top of said sleeve. Perhaps Samsung can do a bit better for protection during transit. On a more positive note, at least the A32 5G itself comes well wrapped in plastic all around, including thin layers stuck right on to the plastic frame, for extra protection.
Speaking of protection, or lack thereof, the Galaxy A32 5G does not have a pre-applied screen protector, nor is there a case in the box. Both common with budget phones from other manufacturers. What you do get is a basic 15W wall charger (9V@1.67A or 5V@2A) and a simple and fairly short USB Type-A to Type-C cable. At last, there is no proprietary charging scheme at play here, so you don’t necessarily need to stick to the included cable to get the full 15W.
The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G can currently be had for a bit under €250, which is about as much, or just slightly more than the vanilla Galaxy A32. And, in fact, the vanilla is a viable option if you don’t particularly care about 5G and would much rather get the much better 90Hz Super AMOLED panel and slightly better cameras. Though, with video capture capped at 1080p. Otherwise, you would still be getting the same in-depth and feature-rich Samsung One UI experience, as well as the Korean giant’s newfound promise for longer software support.
The Samsung Galaxy M42 5G also should not be glanced over, but unfortunately, it has limited availability. Otherwise, it successfully patches up the single biggest issue on the A32 5G – the display – by offering an HD Super AMOLED panel.
It is hardly surprising that Xiaomi has plenty of competing offers to pit against the Galaxy A32 5G. The Redmi Note 10 series instantly springs to mind. The clear direct competitor has to be the Redmi Note 10 5G. It is based on a very similar Dimensity 700 chipset, which brings the 5G connectivity to the table. It is also priced nearly identically to the A32 5G. Its main camera is also a quite similar 48MP Quad-Bayer one, but you will be losing an ultrawide going for the Xiaomi. On the flip side – the Redmi Note 10 5G has a noticeably better 90Hz IPS display. Honestly, however, Xiaomi had to downgrade strategically to fit 5G into that phone. Not unlike Samsung. If you don’t particularly care about 5G, you can get a lot more value for a significantly lower price with the vanilla Redmi Note 10. This includes a jump to a Super AMOLED display and a stereo speaker setup. Also, an official IP53 rating.
Then there is also Xiaomi’s Poco line. It is truly hard to beat its value propositions. The Poco M3 Pro 5G is a great all-around competitor to the Galaxy A32 5G. It is essentially the same phone as the Redmi Note 10 5G we mentioned earlier while managing to cost less on many markets. A no-brainer, really. If you would rather substitute 5G for a larger still 6,000 mAh battery and a stereo speaker setup, then the vanilla Poco M3 is worth considering. It gets totally upstaged by the Poco X3 Pro, though. No 5G on this one either, but what you do get at a shockingly low price includes a 120Hz, HDR10, IPS display, stereo speakers, IP53 and definitely not least – a powerful Snapdragon 860 chipset that almost seems unattainable in this price bracket. Looking for a great budget gaming experience – look no further.
Realme currently has a pretty strong budget lineup as well. The Realme 8, in particular, will set you back a bit less than the Galaxy A32 and yet brings a great Super AMOLED, HDR10 display to the table and an otherwise quite comparable set of other specs. Minus 5G, that is. If the latter is particularly important to you, you might also be interested in the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
There is a lot to love about Samsung‘s current Galaxy A family. The “Awesome is for everyone” marketing slogan actually fits the bill quite well. The value proposition is quite strong, especially for devices like the Galaxy A52 and vanilla A32. The design is fresh and trendy, the hardware is mostly on point, and the added-value features in One UI 3.1 are better than ever. Now with the added benefit of longer software support. A lot of that has rubbed off on the Galaxy A32 5G as well. There is plenty to love about it. And it has great battery life even if charging is a bit slow. The camera setup holds up surprisingly well too.
However, the A32 5G biggest folly is that Samsung went about creating it by taking its good-value sibling and cramming 5G into the mix, without really inflating the budget price point. This has resulted in a phone with an unfortunately-downgraded LCD display, in particular, among other things. It is the single biggest gripe we have with the Galaxy A32 5G, since it just fails to live up to current market standards. It’s as simple as that.
All things considered, the Galaxy A32 5G is currently one of the cheapest Samsung phones with 5G on offer. Until the Galaxy A22 5G becomes a thing. If it is absolutely imperative for you to get a budget 5G Samsung, in particular, today, then the A32 5G is the way to go. Otherwise, we would probably hold off a bit or consider alternatives for better value.
Excellent battery life.
Latest Android and One UI, bright software future.
The MediaTek 720 is a modern, efficient and well-equipped chipset, with decent performance for the price.
Decent all-round camera performance, including useful Night mode and 4K@30fps video capture with the main cam.
Body feels a bit hollow and there is no ingress protection.
Disappointing LCD display, just HD resolution, inaccurate colors and slow pixel response times.
Just a single loudspeaker with underwhelming performance.
Ultrawide lacks 4K video recording and its 1080p video stabilization is poor.
Is 4 more than 5? It’s a pressing question if you’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy A32 in 4G spec and its 5G counterpart. We have the LTE version over for review and will try to answer that question in the absence of the A32 5G, but we’ll revisit if the handset with next-gen connectivity support arrives at our door.
You get entirely different displays for starters, and the 4G’s is a lot better – a 90Hz 1080p AMOLED vs. the 5G’s 60Hz 720p LCD. The LTE version also snatches a couple of wins in the camera department with high-res main and selfie cameras. The A32 5G counters with a chipset that’s not only 5G capable, but also more powerful thanks to its newer cores.
That last bit is perhaps where the Galaxy A32 will face the biggest challenge against competitors in its just-under-€300 price bracket – you can have a lot better than the Helio G80. The phone’s imaging system isn’t too shabby, however, with a 64MP primary unit joined by an 8MP ultrawide, and a 20MP selfie camera. But it’s the display that is among the most compelling bits about the Galaxy A32 – on paper and (spoiler alert!) in practice, too.
Some smaller things that are easier to overlook but still set the A32 4G apart from its more forward-thinking brother include the under-display fingerprint sensor and dedicated microSD slot (the A32 5G’s is hybrid). Meanwhile, a shared attribute is the choice of battery – a 5,000mAh power pack that Samsung seems to have settled on as the optimal capacity for the bulk of its phones.
Samsung Galaxy A32 unboxing
Another familiar sight is the Galaxy A32‘s retail package – a plain cardboard box inside a sleeve, with a likeness of the phone printed on top. The adapter inside is an old acquaintance too – the 15W Adaptive Fast Charging unit has been around since… 2014, was it? The only difference from back then is the cable, as it now has USB-C on the phone’s end.
You won’t find a headset inside this Galaxy’s box, but the phone does have a 3.5mm jack where you can plug in existing headphones. More about what’s where on the A32 – on the next page.
The Galaxy A32 in 4G spec is in a weird spot in the lineup. It obviously has no support for 5G connectivity but it has the 90Hz Super AMOLED and the 64MP camera as the key selling points, with the great battery life coming as a bonus. What else can you get at its price point of €280/£250/INR22000?
Turns out – a lot. Take, for example, the Xiaomi Redmi Note10 Pro (known as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India). It one ups the Galaxy’s display by offering a 120Hz refresh rate and does so with a minimal hit to battery endurance, not to mention it charges much faster. Much faster is the Redmi’s chipset too, its camera is better (complete with 4K capture), and it has stereo speakers (loud ones too). The Indian version is cheaper than the Galaxy, but even if it were at a slight premium, we reckon it’ll still be well worth it. Price and availability for the global model are still murky, but we can’t imagine it going for over €300.
Moving on, the just-announced Realme 8 Pro starts at €280/£280/INR18000, and it’s arguably a more compelling package than the Galaxy. You’d get a beefier chipset and nicer camera (4K recording, too), plus quicker charging. Here, the Galaxy wins for display, however, with its 90Hz OLED being superior than the Realme’s conventional 60Hz one. Additionally, we can speculate with relative confidence that the Realme will be no match for the A32’s battery life.
Another brand new release, the Poco X3 Pro, is also an alluring alternative. At €250 for a 6GB/128GB configuration, it’s cheaper than the Galaxy, and comes with a flagship-grade Snapdragon 860 chipset that will run circles around the A32’s lower-end Mediatek. A stereo speaker setup and a modest but appreciated IP53 rating are both in its favor too, while the 120Hz LCD vs. 90Hz OLED is an entirely personal preference. Hardly a photographer’s dream, the Poco is about tied with the Galaxy for taking pictures (but does record 4K video).
If you’re in India, you could also look at the very popular Vivo V20 for about the A32’s asking price. The Galaxy has the better display (90Hz vs. 60Hz, brighter) and longer battery life, while the Vivo wins for charging speed and camera performance (image quality, 4K recording, AF on the ultrawide).
Despite the undeniably superb results in some areas, the Galaxy A32 has flaws that can be considered dealbreakers. The chipset is perhaps the worst offender, being too slow for the money. Likely related, the buggy Night mode can be really disappointing, and the phone underdelivers on the video recording front.
So what you’re left then is great endurance, an awesome display, and the Samsung badge. Can these make a strong enough case for the Galaxy A32? Typically, they could, but at the price that Samsung charges for this one, you can get so much more phone by giving up on the Galaxy name that we feel it’s not worth fixating on brand loyalty in this particular case.
Wonderful 90Hz Super AMOLED display.
Excellent battery life.
Latest Android and OneUI, bright software future.
Slow fingerprint reader experience.
Buggy Night mode on the main camera.
No 4K video recording, poor stabilization on the ultrawide camera.
The new Samsung Galaxy A series has proven to be an excellent lineup of offers starting from the budget A10 and going all the way to the upper-midrange A80. We already reviewed a bunch of those As, but we are far from done yet – there are still so many of them left. And today it’s the Galaxy A30‘s turn – an intriguing mixture of A40’s internals and A50’s display.
The Galaxy A (2019) smartphones have a couple of common features, and the A30 is no different – it has a glasstic body, a Super AMOLED screen, and a multi-camera setup on the back that includes an ultra-wide-angle snapper. But this phone is sort of an oddball.
We guess at some point Samsung had this plan to arrange those models by price, but the Galaxy A30 does not fall into the ranks so well as it is more expensive than the A40 model. And it makes sense to be that way since the Galaxy A30 packs a larger AMOLED and a beefier battery compared to the A40.
So, the Galaxy A30 is jam-packed with nice hardware – the 6.4″ Infinity-U AMOLED is among the best screens in the entire midrange class, there is a snappy enough Exynos chipset, a dual-camera on the back, a huge 4,000 mAh battery, and Samsung‘s latest One UI on top of Pie OS.
Samsung Galaxy A30 specs
Body: Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic frame and back;
Screen: 6.4″ Super AMOLED; 19.5:9 aspect ratio; FullHD+ (1080 x 2340 px)
Memory: 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage / 3GB of RAM + 32GB storage; Up to 512GB microSD card
OS: Android 9.0 Pie; Samsung One UI on top
Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Ion; 15W quick charge
Connectivity: Dual-SIM/ Single-SIM options available; LTE; USB 2.0 Type-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS + GLONASS + BDS; Bluetooth 5.0; FM radio
Misc: Single bottom-firing speaker, rear-mounted fingerprint reader
What’s missing? Just water-resistance. Indeed, water-resistance was the cornerstone for the Galaxy A series, but not anymore. None of the latest A phones comes with ingress protection, but they are not losing any slots or jacks, so it’s a silver lining of a sorts.
Unboxing the Galaxy A30
The Galaxy A30 retail box contains the usual bunch – a USB-C cable, a rather cheap-looking pair of headphones with a mic, and a charger.
The A30 supports 15W fast charging, Samsung‘s Adaptive Fast Charging to be specific, and get the corresponding charger bundled with each A30.
Finally, there is a factory-applied screen protector on the Galaxy A30. It’s a very thin and rather easy to peel off, but it’s still useful, and we appreciate it.
Samsung came up with the Glasstic term to best describe the material used for the backs of its new Galaxy A series, and it contains the rather obvious answer – glass and plastic. Indeed, the Galaxy A30, just like the A40 and the A50, has a body made of those two materials.
Both the frame and back are made of plastic but one that looks more like glass than plastic. If you’ve seen one Glasstic phone, then you’ve seen them all. But if not, then you probably have no idea what exactly Glasstic is, have you?
The screen is covered by a piece of Gorilla Glass 3 by Corning. The A30 has a proper Super AMOLED at its front. And it seems to be the same panel we saw on the Galaxy A50 – a 6.4″ 1080p unit with a U-shaped notch that houses the 16MP selfie snapper.
The earpiece is just above the selfie cam, but it is so small and thin that’s it is almost invisible.
The AMOLED panel is premium hardware, but the high-quality stuff ends with it. The side bezels are tiny, but the chin is pretty big. Then there is this visible screen enclosure between the glass and the frame, which is very sharp around the bottom of the phone. Those are common among the cheap phones though and are not exclusive to the Galaxy.
The frame is very thin, curvy, and glossy, meaning it’s pretty in the few seconds when it’s not covered in fingerprint smudges, and is also hard to get a nice grip on.
The tri-card slot, the volume and power keys are on the right, while the speaker, USB-C port and audio jack are at the bottom of the Galaxy A30.
The Glasstic piece covering the back is flashy and dazzling. No matter if you opt for the blue, red, or black model, the color-changing effect be present on all of them. The piece is bent towards the longer sides and this may not be helping the grip but makes up for a thinner profile and a dash of premium feel.
The dual-camera is on the back humping just a tiny little bit and it won’t wobble on a flat surface. The setup has the secondary 5MP ultra-wide snapper on the top and the 16MP main eye at the bottom. A single LED lash sits outside of this tiny hump.
The fingerprint scanner is also on the back and it’s of our favorite kind – always on and blazing-fast. Its recognition is very accurate, too, and performance doesn’t seem to be affected by smudges.
The Galaxy A30 measures 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm, which is exactly the same as the Galaxy A50. The A30 weighs 165g, a gram less than the A50.
Handling the Galaxy A30 is business as usual. The phone feels more like made of glass than plastic, which is nice but is easy to smudge and eventually it becomes a mess. It’s not as slippery as the looks suggest though, and even if the profile is slim and not that grippy, we didn’t have any major issues while handling it.
Beyond any doubt, the huge Super AMOLED screen is the Galaxy A30‘s main selling feature. It’s the same large 6.4″ Super AMOLED screen of 1080p+ resolution as seen on the A50. The actual pixel count is 2,340 x 1,080, making the aspect ratio quite tall (19.5:9). The pixel density is more than enough at 403ppi.
The A30 has the so-called Infinity-U panel, meaning it has a U-shaped notch at the top for the selfie camera. The screen is of the usual high-quality we’ve grown to like. We measured about 430 nits of maximum brightness in manual mode and 550nits in Auto when the ambient light sensor exposed to bright light. We measured a minimum brightness of 1.9nits.
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A30 (Max Auto)
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Max Auto)
Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung Galaxy A50 (Max Auto)
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung Galaxy M30 (Max Auto)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Huawei Honor 10 Lite
Nokia 7.1 (Max Auto)
Sony Xperia 10
Sony Xperia 10 Plus
Oppo F11 Pro
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Motorola Moto G7 Plus (Max Auto)
As we’ve come to expect from Samsung Super AMOLEDs, the display on the Galaxy A30 is capable of accurately reproducing different color spaces depending on content and selected display mode. The Basic mode stays true to sRGB (average DeltaE of 1.6), AMOLED Photo is for Adobe RGB applications (average DeltaE of 1.8), while AMOLED Cinema adheres to the DCI-P3 color space (average DeltaE of 2.2). Of course, the default Adaptive mode makes no claims for accuracy and posts an average DeltaE of 3.4 against a DCI-P3 target with a maximum deviation of 9.
The Galaxy A30 has a large 4,000mAh battery inside, just like the A50’s. It supports 15W charging, and the supplied charger will refill about 30% of the A30‘s depleted battery in half an hour.
In our testing, the Galaxy A30 achieved some respectable results. We clocked north of 11 hours on our Wi-Fi web browsing script and 14 and half hours of looping videos in airplane mode. The 3G talk time is over a day – an excellent score as well.
Adding to the mix the very good standby performance the Galaxy A30 posted an overall Endurance rating of 92h.
The Galaxy A30 has a single loudspeaker located on the bottom. It scored a Below Average mark in our three-pronged test when it comes to loudness, and it is very quiet – it’s been a while since we’ve seen a phone rank this low. The output is okay for the class but won’t impress with rich sound.
Pink noise/ Music, dB
Ringing phone, dB
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy M10
Samsung Galaxy A50
Sony Xperia 10
Realme 3 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Moto G7 Power
The Samsung Galaxy A30had a fine performance in the first part of the audio test. With an active external amplifier, it posted excellent scores and had above average volume levels .
While the loudness didn’t suffer when we plugged in headphones, a few of the scores took a hit – most notably the stereo crosstalk and to a lesser extent intermodulation distortion and frequency response. The overall performance was very close to the Galaxy M30, suggesting a shared audio chip, but the A30 comes just behind its sibling likely due to slightly different wiring.
IMD + Noise
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A30 (headphones)
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung Galaxy M30 (headphones)
Sony Xperia L3
Sony Xperia L3 (headphones)
Realme 3 (headphones)
Motorola Moto G7 Play
Motorola Moto G7 Play (headphones)
Android Pie and One UI
The Galaxy A30 comes with the new One UI based on Google’s latest Android Pie. It premiered on the Galaxy S10 phones, and it’s a promising replacement of the previous Samsung Experience UX. Just as expected, it packs heavy customizations and tons of old and new features but presented in a cleaner and simplistic way.
If you’ve used Samsung UX over the past few years, you will probably work your way around quickly. However, there are a couple of major revamps that may seem strange or even uncomfortable at first, but we think the changes are for the better.
Aside from the colorful new icons that might not be to everyone’s taste (you can swap the default ones with another icon pack), Samsung has implemented numerous changes towards more effective and comfortable one-handed use. Now all system menus, including the drop-down menu with all the quick toggles, are located on the bottom half of the screen, so they are within reach of your thumb. It takes some time getting used to, but we think it’s a pretty smart solution.
Speaking of one-handed use, there are still some small tidbits that Samsung forgot about. For example, the app folders still open in full-screen with the icons placed on the upper half of the display, which means you’ll have to use your other hand to reach them.
And just like everyone else, Samsung has its own way of implementing Google’s new gesture-based navigation. They work as conventional buttons – swiping from the bottom-left brings out the recent apps menu by default and swiping from the bottom-right takes you a step back. You can swap them in the settings menu, but the home button remains as a single swipe from the bottom-center. If you swipe and hold, it will summon Google’s Assistant.
In the end, Samsung saved a couple of pixels on the bottom, but the gestures still feel half-baked.
What doesn’t feel half-baked, however, is the Always On Display feature. It gives you plenty of options although not as many as on the Galaxy S10 phones (there is no brightness setting or wallpaper option here). You can choose different clock styles and font colors, what notifications to be displayed, and when the AOD to be shown – on tap, always, or scheduled.
In line with the rest of the UI changes, the general Settings menu has been revamped too. It’s pretty compact, and some of the settings you might be looking for have ended up elsewhere. For example, the Device care sub-menu now accommodates the Battery settings and information, storage and memory management and the security features. Tapping on the Battery icon will open up the familiar battery menu full of settings and adjustments. Aside from the usual info and features which you’d find on pretty much every other Android handset, Samsung has added a couple of additional options.
You have three power modes – Optimized, Medium-power saving and Maximum power saving. Optimized is the default one with performance cranked up to the maximum. In the upper right corner of the battery menu sits another sub-menu giving you more granular control over your power consumption.
Speaking of granularity, the Advanced menu gives you the option to set notifications to pop-up in a small view with which you can interact.
Google’s push for the so-called Digital well-being has reached Samsung‘s One UI too. If you were ever wondering how much time you spend on your phone and which apps you mostly used, the Digital well-being sub-menu would give you the details. It’s cool, but it will probably stay unused by most users.
As before, Samsung‘s own take on the custom Android is full of features and pre-installed apps. We are overwhelmed, and it’s hard to go over every one of them. And besides, there are plenty of carry-overs from the previous software versions. Some users may be annoyed with the heavy customization and set of pre-installed apps, especially if you are coming from a vanilla Android.
For multimedia you have the new Gallery app by Samsung for browsing photos and videos, while Play Music handles well, your music. There is also an FM radio app on board, a proprietary My Files file manager app, Samsung Health app, Bixby assistant, among others.
And although not perfect, we kind of like where Samsung is going with this. It’s addressing an issue that’s been overlooked for quite some time since the new wave of huge smartphone displays. One-handed operation on the One UI is much more pleasant and comfortable. Oh, and the inclusion of the Camera Night mode was a long-awaited feature for more than just a few users.
Performance and benchmarks
The Samsung Galaxy A30 is powered by Samsung‘s Exynos 7904 chipset, which is essentially a downclocked 7885 and we already met it within the Galaxy A40. The SoC packs an octa-core processor with 2x high-performance Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 1.77 GHz and 6x power-efficient and smaller Cortex-A53 cores ticking at 1.59 GHz. For graphically intensive tasks, the Exynos 7904 relies on the Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
When it comes to memory, the phone comes either with 3GB or 4GB of RAM depending on the model’s base storage – 32GB or 64GB. The one we got for this review has 4GB/64GB.
We kick things off with the usual CPU testing to see where the Exynos 7904 stands. The scores aren’t showing a winner, but nobody really expected a chart-topper. One A73 core ticking at 1.77GHz is powerful enough and would beat any A53 one, while it’s not that far from the A73s clocked at 2.2GHz or similar.
A dual-camera on the back
The Samsung Galaxy A30 has two snappers on its back – the main 16MP PDAF f/1.7 snapper is joined by a 5MP fixed-focus, f/2.2 ultra-wide and there is also a single LED flash around. There is no depth cam on the A30, but it can do portrait photos with defocused backgrounds just fine – Live Focus as Samsung calls the mode.
So, the primary camera has a 16MP resolution sensor behind a fast f/1.7 lens with a focal length that’s reported as 26mm. Then the 5MP sensor behind an f/2.2 aperture lens that delivers a 120-degree field of view. The EXIF data reports 13mm focal length.
The camera app is very much the same as on any current Samsung, only with more icons in the viewfinder to control which camera is being used. The icon with 3 trees means ultra-wide-angle cam, while 2 trees denote the regular camera.
Basic operation is business as usual with side swipes for cycling through modes and an up/down action for toggling between the rear and front cameras. There’s an AI-powered Scene optimizer mode that should recognize certain types of scenes and adjust parameters accordingly. We kept it off, as it doesn’t make that much of a difference, plus we tend to prefer to add the effects after. The shown modes, as well as their arrangement, can be tweaked in settings.
There’s also a Pro mode, but there’s hardly anything pro about it – you can only choose ISO (in the 100-800 range), exposure compensation (-2/+2EV in 0.1EV steps), and white balance (presets, but no light temperature).
The photos we snapped with the main camera in broad daylight turned out very good, keeping in mind the A30‘s price. The stills have plenty of fine detail, generally realistic colors, and excellent contrast. The dynamic range is above average and Auto HDR triggers extremely rarely – only in very demanding scenes. That said, just like on the M30, there were instances when it could have helped, and the phone didn’t engage it, so keep an eye on that.
There is some noise in areas of uniform color, and the grass presentation could have been better, but the A30 is a budget phone, and it offers more than enough for its class.
The ultra-wide-angle camera relies on a 5MP sensor with fixed focus. There is no lens correction available, so distorted buildings are expected.
During the day this tiny camera produces pleasant photos, which may not be filled with much detail, but they do have a super-wide field of view. The colors are more popping than what we experienced on the 16MP regular stills, but probably Samsung has tweaked it this way to create livelier images and enough distraction from the inferior quality. And indeed, it does.
The low-light photos from the main 16MP camera are nothing impressive as expected. They do have good color saturation, a step up from the M30’s low-light images, but highlights will get clipped, just like on the other phone. The level of detail is underwhelming, and there’s prominent noise across the board.
There is no Night Mode on the Galaxy A30, so you can’t get anything close to Huawei’s low-light shots. And this is mostly felt in the ultra-wide-angle photos, which are rather abysmal without any software enhancements.
Once you’re done looking at the real-life samples, don’t forget to head over to our Photo compare tool to check out how the Galaxy A30 deals with our studio charts.
The ultra wide-angle camera isn’t used for depth information, so the software does all the heavy lifting and does the edge separation on its own. The Live Focus photos surprised us with very good separation and very smart detection. You can adjust the strength of the bokeh in real time or later on in the gallery with the slider below.
The Live Focus photos are saved in 8MP resolution.
The 16MP selfies are soft and average in detail, but they do offer excellent contrast and punchy colors. The Auto HDR fires here more often than not, but it does an excellent job in restoring the clipped highlights.
If you get the distance right, and if there’s plenty of light – you can get some nice shots.
Portrait mode is available on the selfie camera as well, with just the one camera. The portraits are softer than regular selfies, while the edge detection is far worse than on the main camera. The processing tries to mask the defects and artefacts with extra blur, mostly unsuccessful though. The Auto HDR works here when needed and does an excellent job.
The main camera can only record up to Full HD at 30fps, and the same goes for the wide-angle unit. There is no electronic stabilization on any of the snappers.
But if you’d like 4K video recording, the good news is that you can download Open Camera or another third-party camera app from Play Store and enjoy 2160p recording. Be aware though, that the snapper is limited to 4K capturing at 20fps and the clips will be choppy.
If all else fails, the 1080p videos (17Mbps bitrate) from the main camera are excellent, if not class leading. Those are highly detailed, with little noise and true-to-life colors. Dynamic range is good too. We’d rank the A30‘s 1080p clips among the better ones we’ve seen, not just in its class, but overall. And their stereo audio is top-notch, too, captured with 256kbps bitrate.
The footage from the ultra-wide-camera doesn’t have award-winning detail, but it’s decent as ultra-wide videos go.
Samsung launched the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016), sequels to its Galaxy A series, and the handsets were released only in China initially but it was confirmed that they will be released in other markets as well gradually. The new Galaxy A handsets provide a respectable package of powerful hardware, premium features like a fingerprint sensor and optical image stabilization as well as a glass and metal build that lends an overall premium look and feel to the handsets. Interested folks based in the United Kingdom will now be delighted to know that the pricing of these handsets for their country has finally been confirmed.
The Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016)
can now be pre-ordered at retailer MobileFun in the United Kingdom, prices start at £269 for the Galaxy A3 (2016), £319 for the Galaxy A5 (2016) and £399 for the Galaxy A7 (2016). These prices are for SIM-free and unlocked units, they’re obviously not carrier-subsidized handsets, so customers will need to pay upfront to get any one of the new Galaxy A series handsets.
By now, all new models in Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy A series are available at least somewhere. And thus we’ve managed to get our hands on them. Here are our first impressions of the Galaxy A3 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016). If you’re into the larger devices, don’t forget to head over to our preview of the Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A9 as well.
The first thing that stands out when handling the revamped A devices is the design. Last year’s Galaxy A3 and A5 might have been Samsung’s first all-metal Galaxys, but truly beautiful they were not. At least not compared to the current generation, that takes the design of the Galaxy S6 and adds some significant improvements.
The corners and metal frame of the A3 and A5 (2016) are just a bit less round. This might seem like only a very subtle difference, but the result is that the phones look thinner than the S6, even though they are not. Another small but significant difference is the glass. The 2.5D Gorilla Glass is a lot more 2.5D than in the S6, ensuring the display looks like it’s floating on top of the device.
Overall, Samsung’s design has matured a lot since the first Galaxy A devices were released one year ago, and even since the S6 things have not been standing still. Because the devices also pack larger batteries, the weight has increased, giving them a more substantial feeling of quality. The compact A3 (2016) weighs roughly the same as the S6, the A5 (2016) is some 20 grams heavier, despite being the same size.
In front, the corner of the Galaxy S6, behind it the Galax A3 (2016)
Not only the build quality has taken big steps forward, so have the displays on both the A3 and A5 (2016). The new A3 now packs a 4.7 inch 720p HD AMOLED screen, and the A5 even got upgraded to 1080p Full HD status. The most important thing, however, is the vastly improved color reproduction, and even the cheaper A3 (2016) is capable of offering relatively natural looking imagery.
This being a first, quick preview, we will spare you the extensive digging into specs and benchmarks. Suffice it to say neither device will win any awards here, but basic performance coupled with Samsung’s recent TouchWiz optimization efforts ensure satisfactory handling. A game like Riptide GP2 runs smooth enough on the A3 (2016), which packs the modest quad core version of the octa core Exynos 7580 found in the Galaxy A5 (2016).
It is here, in the camera department, we run into the first area where the mid-range pricing of the A3 and A5 (2016) really become apparent. While the five megapixel front cams are sufficient, the 13-megapixel rear shooter are rather mediocre. Of course, the A5′s optical image stabilization does something in conditions with less-than-perfect light conditions, but overall these are no phones to consider if you have any real photography ambitions.
With the Galaxy A (2016) line now packing seriously good design and build quality, the distinction with Samsung’s flagship devices has to be made somewhere, and camera quality is where it happens. Still, we’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve had ample time to do our full review of the phones.
2.5D Gorilla Glass front on the Galaxy A5 (2016)
Features: Galaxy A3 (2016)
The A3 (2016) at a glance is all about its build quality, display and a decent basic user experience. Apart from an FM radio, and Samsung’s usual features (battery saving tricks, theme store with a few exclusives) there aren’t many extras. No fast charging, no fingerprint reader, no Samsung Pay support. Of course, there is room for a microSD card, in case the 16 GB of storage (eleven of which is available to the user) is not enough for you, so that’s one perk you don’t get with Samsung’s high-end devices (well, at least not last year).
Features: Galaxy A5 (2016)
If you need any of these extras, the A5 (2016) provides. You can charge it really fast with the fast charger that comes free of charge (pun unintended) with the phone, and added security is provided by the fuss-free fingerprint reader that also supports Samsung Pay. All alliterations aside, the A5 is simply a much more complete device, despite the fact that for some inexplicable reason Samsung again failed to equip it with a notification LED, just like the A3. That’s five cents nobody needed to be saved.
The other strange thing about the entire new Galaxy A (2016) line-up is the presence of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. While in use, there’s not much wrong with it per se, but Android 6.0 Marshmallow should have been there out of the box. Now, you’ll have to wait for the update for a couple of months. This is, to be honest, something most manufacturers are doing (even HTC has phones coming out with Lollipop in addition to those with Marshmallow), though Samsung could have done well to lead the way.
Yes, we haven’t said anything yet about battery life. You will have to wait for our full reviews, but the big batteries powering these modestly spec’d phones promise good endurance, the first glimpses of which we did witness in the short period we’ve been playing with them.
For now, the takeaway message is that the Galaxy A3 (2016) and A5 (2016) are very beautiful, well-built devices with good-looking displays, the latter of which even packs a few very practical extra features. Photography enthusiasts should look elsewhere, but on the whole, Samsung has just significantly upped its mid-range game this year.
Samsung announced the sequels to the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 today. Set to launch in China this month before expanding to other markets, the 2016 iterations of the A3, A5 and A7 pack a potent mix of hardware, with features like a fingerprint sensor, cameras with optical image stabilization, and a premium metal and glass design. Like all of its official smartphone announcements, Samsung didn’t talk about the pricing, but Samsung Benelux has kindly offered us the official price tags for the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 (2016).
The Galaxy A3 (2016) will be priced at €329, while the Galaxy A5 (2016) will cost €399. These prices are slightly higher than the launch prices for the original A3 and A5 but aren’t exactly too high for what is on offer. Well, the A3 isn’t exactly as huge an upgrade as the new A5 (or the A7), but the premium design is likely the reason for the, um, premium that consumers will have to pay for the device.
We are not aware of the price for the Galaxy A7 (2016), but we expect it to cost https://sydneycbd.repair/?s=
going by the price difference between the other two handsets. You should keep in mind that these prices are for Europe and could vary in other markets, and we will be updating this post with all the pricing information we learn in the coming days.
The cheapest 5G smartphone any given manufacturer currently has on the market has become sort of a weird competitive category in itself this year. For Samsung, that used to be the Galaxy A32 5G, which was released back in January, alongside the A52 5G and A72 5G. Now that title has officially been transferred over to the Galaxy A22 5G. Like its higher-tier sibling, the A22 is available in both a 5G variant and regular 4G. And once again, cramming in 5G, without deviating too much from the original price point has necessitated some major downgrades, compared to the LTE model.
For the Galaxy A22 pair goes, in particular, some of the major advantages the LTE model has over its sibling include its Super AMOLED display – slightly lower resolution, but otherwise better all around. Also, slightly better cameras, including an 8MP ultrawide, 2MP dedicated macro and a 13MP selfie cam. As of writing this review, all of this will set you back €209 for the base 64GB/4GB model.
On the flip side, the Galaxy A22 5G has an MSRP of €230, which will require you to settle for a 90Hz LCD display, a 5MP ultrawide, no depth camera and an 8MP selfie cam. However, the Galaxy A22 5G also has quite a few redeeming qualities. One thing that stands out, in particular, is its FHD+, 90Hz LCD display, which is notably better than the basic 60Hz, 720p+ LCD on the Galaxy A32 5G – a device that technically stands higher in the lineup and is still a bit pricier than the A22 5G. That’s what half a year’s worth of developments on the budget mobile scene can result in. Impressive stuff.
Video capture:Rear camera: 1152p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 15W.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; 3.5mm jack.
There are plenty of other interesting aspects of the A22 5G to examine beyond that as well, like its Dimensity 700 chipset, which on the surface sounds like just a slight downgrade compared to the Dimensity 720 powering the Galaxy A32 5G, yet has some particular limitations of its own, like a 2K maximum video capture resolution. But, we’ll get to all that in due time.
Circling back to the important bits, just like its siblings, the Galaxy A22 5G is part of Samsung‘s new and ambitious plan for the best-selling Galaxy A family. The new “Awesome is for everyone” tagline fits like a glove. The value proposition is a clear priority on all of these devices.
Offering both 4G and 5G versions of all of the handsets is another way of making the lineup as appealing as possible. Speaking of which, budget or not, the Galaxy A22 5G still gets all the benefits and goodies that come with One UI 3.1, on top of Android 11, as well as Samsung’s better and longer-term software support commitment, as of late.
As a budget offer, the Galaxy A22 5G understandably comes in a rather plain box. Perhaps Samsung can do a bit better for protection during transit.
On a more positive note, at least the A32 5G itself comes well wrapped in plastic all around, including thin strips stuck along the plastic frame, for extra protection.
Speaking of protection, or lack thereof, the Galaxy A22 5G does not have a pre-applied screen protector, nor is there a case in the box. Both are common with budget phones from other manufacturers. What you do get is a basic 15W wall charger (9V@1.67A or 5V@2A) and a simple and fairly short USB Type-A to Type-C cable. At last, there is no proprietary charging scheme at play here, so you don’t necessarily need to stick to the included cable to get the full 15W.
Our Galaxy A22 5G unit also came with a wired handsfree (buds with an inline microphone) in the box. This is a fairly basic Samsung-branded unit, nothing too fancy, though you do get an inline button as well. It is worth noting that this might be a regional accessory that not all packages get because we didn’t get buds with the higher-tier A32 5G.
At the time of writing, the Galaxy A22 5G will set you back about €250 for the base 4GB + 64GB variant. The A22 5G’s specs sheet appears to have been strategically downgraded to allow for the coveted 5G connectivity to be included while still keeping within the target price point of the A22 series.
The vanilla Galaxy A22 can currently be had for just over €200, while also offering an arguably better 90Hz Super AMOLED, 720p+ display, as well as a slightly-better camera setup. The point here is that 5G clearly comes at a cost. This is the reality all manufacturers currently have to deal with, especially in this price range.
If you don’t necessarily need 5G in your next phone, it is easy to get better overall specs in a 4G handset instead.
You don’t even have to look far either, as the vanilla Galaxy A32 is pretty much comparably priced like the A22 5G. Unlike the A32 5G, which also sacrifices on some specs for the sake of 5G, the vanilla offers things like a notably better FullHD, Super AMOLED, 90Hz display with 800 nits of advertised brightness. Also, a better all-around camera setup, plus a few extra features here and there, sprinkled within One UI 3.1. Better still, unlike the A22 5G, the A32 gets to partake in Samsung‘s new initiative for three major OS updates and four years of security patches.
There is arguably better value still to be had in camp Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 10 Pro costs as much as the Galaxy A22 5G while rocking hardware like a 120Hz, HDR10-enabled AMOLED panel and a 108MP main camera. Also, things like stereo speakers and an IP53 rating and 33W fast charging. Just to name a few. The list is definitely longer.
You can even save some money and go for something like the Redmi Note 10, which tones down many of the specs of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but still manages to preserve the core experience. It outshines the Galaxy A22 5G in pretty much every hardware aspect. We are also throwing in the Poco X3 Pro for those out there seeking the best raw performance possible on a budget. While its raw power does come with some compromises here and there, a Snapdragon 860 chipset at just over €200 is almost a market anomaly and deserves due attention.
Circling back to the question of 5G, if you absolutely must have 5G for €250 or less, most manufacturers are clearly faced with the same general hardware decisions and compromises, which have resulted in the niche getting occupied by surprisingly similar devices.
Handsets like the Realme 8 5G, Poco M3 Pro 5G and the Redmi Note 10 5G all rock 90Hz LCD panels, just like the Galaxy A22 5G and even use the same Dimensity 700 chipset – the entry-level chip in MediaTek’s Dimensity line. All three also have triple camera setups, with a 48MP main snapper. Also, 5,000 mAh batteries with 18W charging. The list goes on, and it’s almost like some homework copying has taken place. Or rather – this is just currently the budget 5G hardware setup that makes sense. Sure, the Realme 8 5G does have a slightly better selfie cam, but it also costs a bit more than the others. Going for the Poco can probably get you the best value due to its lower price.
Our overarching point here, however, is that your decision on which €250 5G phone to get will mostly come down to subtle differences in specs and the software experience and features. Samsung might just have a leg up there for many, thanks to One UI 3.1.
Beyond that, you might just have to look around really hard, wait for promos or potentially even go for an imported unit, which definitely has its drawbacks. That way, it might be potentially possible to get more for your money. For instance, the Galaxy M42 5G costs about as much as the Galaxy A22 5G, but comes with a Super AMOLED panel, higher-res selfie, a macro camera and a Snapdragon 750G chipset. Its availability, however is pretty limited.
Samsung has created a solid phone in the Galaxy A22 5G. While it’s not getting the full benefits of three major OS updates and four years of security patches, like its bigger siblings – A32, A52 and A72, it still gets most of the feature trickle-down. Its FullHD, 90Hz LCD display is not spectacular in terms of performance, but it is still a good neck above what you used to be able to get from Samsung’s previous cheapest 5G device – the Galaxy A32 5G.
The Dimensity 700 chipset delivers solid battery life from the 5,000 mAh pack, as well as modern features and connectivity and plenty of performance for most tasks. Even light gaming is no issue for the A22 5G, with most games we tried successfully making use of the 90Hz refresh rate of the panel for extra-smooth gameplay.
While very simple, Samsung’s software setup and handling for the high refresh rate mode is perfectly functional, which is not always a given with the competition.
In fact, most aspects of the One UI 3.1/Android 11 combo on the Galaxy A22 5G are well-crafted, polished and surprisingly feature-rich. With all said and done, the excellent user experience is a big part of the appeal of Samsung’s cheapest 5G phone. It’s likely the reason some might want to go for it instead of one of the many similar offers from other manufacturers like Realme and Xiaomi.
And that’s kind of leads to the elephant in the room – should you even get a 5G phone for under €250? If you really need 5G in your next device and can’t stretch your budget any further, then the Galaxy A22 5G is worth considering. If you can compromise and settle for a 4G model instead, there is much more overall value to be had from other devices in this price range.
FullHD+ resolution and 90Hz are a welcome sight at this price point, even if the panel has somewhat disappointing performance. 90Hz mode works great.
Very solid battery life.
Latest Android and One UI, with most features intact.
The MediaTek 700 is a modern, efficient and well-equipped chipset, with decent performance for the price.
Decent main camera performance, including potent and useful Night mode.
Body feels a bit hollow and there is no ingress protection, no pre-applied screen protector and no official info on display glass protection.
Pretty slow charging.
Just a single loudspeaker with underwhelming performance.
Poor all-round ultrawide performance. No 4K video capture. 2K capture is a mixed bag.
Samsung currently has a really strong Galaxy A lineup. They took their “Awesome is for everyone” slogan to heart with interesting and fresh designs, as well as good value specs. Better still, the Korean giant definitely recognizes it has a good product on its hands and is now investing even further in extending its life. Particularly the Galaxy A52, which now has a new Samsung A52s 5G variant.
Technically, it can be considered another generation of the product, compared to the vanilla A52 and the A52 5G, though there aren’t too many new changes here. The first two A52 models came out back in March, with the 5G one swapping the original’s Snapdragon 720G for a 5G-capable Snapdragon 750G and the 90Hz, 6.5 Super AMOLED display for a 120Hz one. All the while keeping the two devices physically identical.
Now the Galaxy A52s 5G takes the Galaxy A52 5G and builds on top of it even further, swapping the chipset once again with an even better Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, effectively addressing one of the few issues we had with the original – a slightly underpowered chipset.
And that’s about it – a significant leap forward in performance and a few other minor specs additions that the new chipset affords, like Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, but still the exact same phone. Arguably, with less changes than going from the vanilla A52 to the A52 5G.
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G specs at a glance:
Body: 159.9×75.1×8.4mm, 189g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins).
That’s definitely not us complaining, though, since the price tag on the Galaxy A52s 5G is practically unchanged either. Plus, you are still getting an excellent device, with some highlights like that 120Hz, 6.5-inch, Super AMOLED panel we just mentioned, a solid quad camera setup – the same as before, a gorgeous and youthful, playful exterior, with a rubber-like finish, pastel colors and an IP67 rating.
Once again, you physically get the exact same 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm phone, with a plastic yet sturdy frame and a Gorilla Glass 5 front. It even weighs the same at 189 grams, which makes sense since the battery is the same 4,500 mAh one. It can be charged at a rate of up to 25W, like before, but this time around, you get a 25W charger in the box, as well, which is even more added value on the Galaxy A52s 5G.
Both the original Galaxy A52 and the A52 5G in detail, you can refer to those articles for commentary on design, software and any other aspect that has been carried forward unchanged on to the Samsung A52s 5G.
Since the chipset has been swapped, we will go ahead and re-test everything related to that, including performance, battery endurance and charging. We’ll test the camera performance as well, since a new chipset does also mean a new and potentially different DSP, even though the cameras remain the same.
Before we get to all that, let’s go through the new box and its contents really quick. There is nothing particularly special about the box itself – it is a simple, two-piece cardboard affair, but is strong and does its protective job as intended.
The accessory package hasn’t changed drastically, with the important exception of the included charger. The Galaxy A52s 5G comes with a 25W charger in some markets instead of the lesser 15W unit the A52 and the A52 5G came with. You do need to check your particular retailer, though. So, that’s a nice little potential value-add bonus.
Beyond that and a relatively short USB cable, there is nothing extra inside the retail box. No case or anything like that, which you might get with budget offers from other manufacturers. Even so, it’s all about perspective, since with something like the significantly more expensive Galaxy S21 series, you don’t even get a charger at all.
It is not particularly hard to find viable competitors to the Galaxy A52s 5G within its rough mid-ranger price bracket. Though in fairness, Samsung has made the task significantly harder, in the best possible way, now that the refreshed model comes with a snazzy new Snapdragon 778G chipset, at little to no extra cost and at no notable expense to its other strengths.
And the A52s 5G has plenty of those – an excellent 120Hz, 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel, solid battery life from its 4,500mAh and decently-fast 25W PD charging, a very good stereo speaker setup, plus a 3.5 mm audio jack and ample power from that shiny new Snapdragon 778G chipset. Not to mention the excellent modern connectivity options, like 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
The phone’s excellent exterior should also not be overlooked, and we’re not just talking about the eye-catching pastel colors that also include a great silky, rubbery finish. Just like its predecessors, the A52s 5G comes with Gorilla Glass 5 and, more impressively, IP67 official ingress protection rating. That alone is practically impossible to match at this price point, outside of Samsung’s own offers.
Speaking of which, if your budget is not set in stone, why not look into the Galaxy S20 FE. It has a similar 120Hz AMOLED but offers much better performance thanks to the flagship-grade Snapdragon 865 5G chip. The S20 FE has a better camera on the back, too – there is a 12MP primary with OIS, a dedicated 8MP tele camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom, while the 12MP ultrawide shooter is a match to the Samsung A52s‘. And if these aren’t good enough reasons to spend more, then there is fast wireless and reverse wireless charging, too. Oh, and in case ingress protection matters to you, the S20 FE has an even better IP68 rating.
On the flip side, if you don’t mind giving up a few extras in the name of saving a buck, then the Galaxy A32 is still a great option. Not to be confused with the A32 5G, though. You still get a solid 6.4-inch, 90Hz Super AMOLED panel, an even bigger 5,000mAh battery, with excellent 119 hours of endurance in our tests. You also get most of the same camera setup, with a few downgrades and nearly all of the same software features from One UI and excellent three-Android-release and four-year security packages software support promise. No stereo speakers, ingress protection and a significantly worse chipset, though.
Also, another a bit more “out-there” suggestion for you – if you really like the Samsung A52s 5G, but just wish you didn’t have to spend as much for it, you can probably hunt around for a deal on the original Galaxy A52 and get most of the same experience. You will be sacrificing on 5G, the 120Hz refresh rate (though you still get 90Hz) and some performance overall in the chipset department and connectivity options. Technically, the same logic can be applied to the A52 5G, as well, though the price delta there just doesn’t seem to be worth it at the time of writing.
There is plenty of value to be had outside camp Samsung, often for a notably lower price too. Some highlights include the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. For just shy of EUR 250, it offers an excellent 6.67-inch, 120Hz, AMOLED, HDR10 panel, stereo speakers, a big 5,020mAh battery, with 118 hours of endurance in our testing and 33W fast charging and a quad main camera setup, with a 108MP snapper at the helm. Slightly worse Snapdragon 732G chipset, with no 5G, though and an IP53 rating.
Depending on your personal priorities, you can go for the Poco X3 instead and get a similar overall package, but with a significantly better Snapdragon 870, 5G-enabled chipset and just some minor sacrifices in other departments like a 48MP main camera and a smaller battery.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t mention the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, which practically seems crafted as a direct competitor to the Samsung A52s 5G. Some of its highlights include a 6.55-inch, 90Hz AMOLED display, with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, stereo speakers, the exact same Snapdragon 778G chipset, a nearly-identical 4,250mAh battery, with 33W charging and a similar camera setup, with a 64MP main snapper, but also a dedicated 5MP 50MM telephoto. All of this for a notably lower price than the Galaxy A52s 5G.
Like we said, there is no shortage of great offers in the mid-range segment, so here are a couple more. Depending on where you live, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G might be a great one. A few of its standout features include a high-end MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset, 65W fast charging on its 4,500mAh battery, as well as a 50MP, OIS-enabled main camera.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G • Realme GT Neo2
Last, but not least, you could look into the Realme GT Neo2, again depending on local availability, though. It packs, among other things, a Snapdragon 870 5G chipset, 6.6-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display and a big 5,000mAh battery, also capable of 65W charging.
The Galaxy A52 line, in our opinion, has successfully managed to hit the “sweet spot” within Samsung‘s strong and compelling current Galaxy A lineup. The newest Samsung A52s 5G refresh has flawlessly executed a chipset upgrade, only bringing more value to the table. The Snapdragon 778G is not only all-around faster than the Snapdragon 750G it replaces, but it also brings along some nifty connectivity upgrades, namely Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. Most importantly, though, it does so without harming or downgrading the other aspects of the Galaxy A52 and without really increasing its price tag either.
If you are after a great value-proposition from Samsung in 2021, or alternatively, really need an IP67 ingress protection rating for under EUR 450 at current pricing, then look no further than the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. Or, perhaps the A52, if you can find a good deal and can live with the trade-offs. It’s also important to note Samsung’s promise of extended software support on the Galaxy A line as an extra value add. You can expect 3 major OS updates, as well as 4 years of security patches.
Even with all that said, though, we understand that many of you will look around at what many competitors are currently offering at this price point and still find the Galaxy A52s 5G a bit lacking and not quite hitting the right sports for you, personally. Samsung‘s MSRP is a bit on the higher end. However, price and value are not the same things. Also, value is, in a major way, a subjective matter, and thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives and competing formulas to choose and pick from nowadays.
Nice color options and new silky finish, standout, stylish design, IP67 rating, Gorilla Glass 5.
Bright AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.
Solid battery life. 25W charger in the box in some markets.
Impressive hybrid stereo speaker setup for the price range.
Latest One UI 3.1 and Android 11 setup, with plenty of advanced Samsung features and a promise of 3 major OS updates and 4 years of security patches.
The Snapdragon 778G chipset offers a nice overall performance boost over the Snapdragon 750G, as well as some connectivity upgrades.
Versatile quad camera setup, with OIS on the main 64MP snapper and solid camera quality.
4K video recording with every camera and at every zoom level.
Still priced a bit too high compared to viable alternative devices.
Color consistency in photos across the ultrawide and main cameras needs some work. So do white balance in low-light and Night mode.
Selfie camera consistency leaves a bit to be desired.
[Music] hello guys this is glenn from sydney cbd repair center and today we’re gonna fix a xiaomi mi a3 with a broken front and a shiny back [Music] this xiaomi mi a3 came to us with a broken screen at the front and as you can see the tempered glass in front of it is pretty worn out so we just we deduced that the user is using a phone case that that’s why the back is pretty brand new and the front is damaged due to a drop and we’re gonna replace it with a new display so first off we will remove all the components including the back plate that you just saw and this is the new screen and just like the samsung that we fixed yesterday this one also has an integrated display on the main housing and we’re gonna try to test it before fully disassembling the device to save more time and it turns on so this is a good science that means that the battery the motherboard and other components inside the the phone is functioning with the new screen so we already know that it’s functional before we disassembled some of the parts and right off the bat also the touchscreen is functional so we will proceed now to the full disassembly and as you notice this one has a different color than the one that we will be replacing it with this is a black housing with a we’re gonna replace something about is not black it’s quite silver or some other color and we’re going to remove all the connectors and the motherboard and the daughter board at the bottom and as you can notice the premium smartphones tend to have all the components integrated to the motherboard this is a xiaomi mi a3 it’s quite a budget smartphone so as you can see the motherboard the camera the microphone and some components needs to be detached before detaching the motherboard so it’s not integrated which i think it’s safe this is a vibe the vibrating motor and this is the new display and the housing that comes with it so all the things that we have removed from the previous from the old display and housing we will be attaching it here and the motherboard comes in and it’s quite fiddly looking at this in a with a macro view it’s it looks easy but if you try this on your own if you want to diy this type of repair with out any proper tools and skills you might even damage some of these flex cables these flat cables that you see on the right side here and we’re gonna proceed with the extraction of the battery from the old housing and transferring it to the new one so there’s our there are risk involved in fixing your own display even if it’s just a xiaomi mi a3 it’s a low risk but if you want to preserve the functionality of your device maybe you should have a pro technician to do it for you and here in sydney cbd repair center we do a lot of xiaomi oppo oneplus and other smartphones that are popular including the rog phone from asus and we also do iphones so if you don’t want to risk busting your smartphone that is can be easily fixed just approach us chat us leave a message or you can visit the shop we are still open during the lockdown since we are offering essential services and having your phone fixed is really essential since tracking apps um ordering apps is being done through the smartphone so having a smartphone in this lockdown is very essential and it’s now fully assembled exact for the backlight of course and we’re gonna test the components one by one including the camera the touchscreen the display and of course the buttons on the sides if it’s all working [Music] and as you can see here it’s doing fine it’s as as expected and all the things that we have replaced is now inside the smartphone so it’s good and it even at this point it looks really brand new and the shiny backplate it looks like you just bought a new smartphone to be honest [Music] right here so it’s all good we’re gonna peel off the protective plastic and voila [Music] it looks amazing so if you have the same issue with your xiaomi mi a3 or other smartphones leave us a message visit our shop ask for a free quote don’t be shy all of us here in sydney cbd repair center are fully vaccinated and tested negative for kovid so don’t worry and thanks for joining guys till next time cheers [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] you
How to Successfully Fix a Xiaomi Mi A3 Screen
Step 1: Check the Symptoms and the Cause of Damage
1. Check for water leaks in the basement, crawl space, or any other areas of the home.
2. If you smell gas or are seeing blue flames, call your local fire department and evacuate immediately.
3. If you see smoke coming from your furnace, turn off the gas valve and call a professional immediately.
4. Check your circuit breaker panel for blown fuses or tripped breakers that may have caused a power outage to your home or area.
5. Check for obvious signs of water damage such as mud, paint peeling off walls, discoloration on walls from water stains, etc!
Step 2: Precautionary Measures to Prevent Further Damage
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Step 3: Access the Screen and Key Parts of your Phone Using an Opening Tool Kit
The phone’s screen is the most important part of the phone because it is where you interact with your phone.
The following four tools can be used to access your phone’s screen:
-A stylus (a pen-shaped tool that has a point at one end)
-A metal object, e.g. a bobby pin or an unfolded metal paper clip
-Accessing the screen with something sticky, e.g. gum or tape
Step 4: Replace Broken Glasses in Your Screen
The fourth step is to replace the broken glasses in your screen. The broken glasses will cause certain pixels in your screen to be lighter than they should be, such as the reds or the oranges. This is because of a connection problem between the pixels and the LCD, and it makes it difficult for you to see images clearly. To fix this problem, all you have to do is remove and replace the broken glass with a new one.
This step should not take more than five minutes if you know how to use a screwdriver correctly, but due to safety concerns we recommend that you get an expert’s help when possible.
Step 5: Reassemble Your Xiaomi Mi A3 Phone
This article will show you how to assemble your Xiaomi Mi A3 phone.
This is an assembled diagram of the completed phone.
1. Place the battery, SIM card, and microSD card in the appropriate slots. 2. Insert the motherboard into the case. Align it with the openings on either side of the case and push it all the way in until it locks into place with a click sound from within 3. Add all other components (except for any that have already been added) to ensure proper placement and orientation. 4. Place power button on top-right side of phone (facing you), and volume buttons on right-hand side of phone 5. Connect back cover panel to insert as shown 6: Press power button to turn on your new Xiaomi Mi A
6. Use a Power Supply Tester to Test for Electrical Issues& Other Issues
7. Consider Replacing the Battery if it Is Not Holding Charge or Not Keeping Time Well
8. Clean Out Dust, Dirt, and Other Particles from Hubs and Cables to Eliminate Future Problems
Conclusion: With These 8 Steps You Can Repair
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