The Samsung Galaxy A52 is Samsung’s latest attempt at an affordable yet attractive smartphone. It sports an elegant design with a sleek rear camera module and a 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display, which also benefits from a refresh rate of 90Hz. If that were not enough, it boasts a powerful quad-lens camera system, a larger battery, and a stronger processor. It is a great all-around phone at a seriously attractive price. But as good as it is, it certainly has more than its fair share of competition when it comes to reasonably priced devices.
Another great phone in its bracket is the iPhone SE (2020), which is basically the iPhone 11 without the additional rear camera lens and large notched screen. It stands as a rare example of highly affordable Apple smartphones that can actually keep up with the flag, and is a great option if you’re looking for a highly capable phone that won’t stretch your budget.
The question is which one is better? To answer this question, we’ve put both phones to the bottom through a comparison test, which is a better low-cost device for you.
|Samsung galaxy a52||iPhone SE (2020)|
|Shape||159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm (6.30 x 2.96 x 0.33 in)||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)|
|weight||189 grams (6.67 ounces)||148 grams (5.22 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.5 inch Super AMOLED||4.7 inch Retina IPS LCD|
|screen resolution||2400 x 1080 pixels (405 ppi density)||1334 x 750 pixels (326 pixels per inch)|
|Operating System||Android 11, One UI 3||iOS 14|
|storage space||128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Big pay|
|The processor||Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Ram||4GB, 6GB, 8GB||3 GB|
|The camera||64-megapixel wide, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth rear, 32MP front||Single 12-megapixel rear, 7MP front|
|Video||4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120fps||4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, in-display||Yes, front-mounted|
Qi wireless charging
|App market||Google Pay Store||Apple App Store|
|Network support||All major carriers||All major carriers|
|colour’s||Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Purple, Awesome Blue||Black, white, red|
|Price||$ 415||$ 399|
|Bought from||Samsung||Apple, AT & T, Sprint, Verizon, Amazon, Best Buy|
|Review issue||News||4 stars out of 5|
Design, performance, durability
Let’s be frank: The Samsung Galaxy A52 is – and we can’t emphasize enough – better than the iPhone SE (2020). It picks up from the gorgeous design sported by this year’s Galaxy S21 range, which features a delicious camera bump that is nicely smooth in the rear of the phone. It features a tight edge-to-edge display with a punch-hole selfie camera and appropriate narrow bezels, which to a large extent make it look like a phone launched in 2021.
For the iPhone SE, it looks very much like a phone launched in 2015. It is basically an iPhone 8, which means that it is the same thick forehead and chin bezels you will find on the iPhone 8 and its predecessors. To be fair, it may take some retro charm for some users, but there really isn’t any sugar-coating that explains the fact that its design is outdated and boring.
The fact that the performance of the A52 is sharper and brighter than that of the iPhone SE is also not hidden. Its 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen packs 2400 x 1080 pixels, providing 405 pixels per inch. Meanwhile, the iPhone SE appears with a 4.7-inch LCD display that is 1334 x 750 pixels or 326 pixels per inch. The difference in quality is noticeable enough, especially given the superiority of AMOLED over LCD displays, and not to mention the A52’s support for a beautiful 90Hz refresh rate.
Both phones are more or less at the same level as far as durability is concerned, with both having an IP67 rating, which indicates that they can avoid immersion in water up to 1 meter for every 30 minutes. However, because the A52 looks much better and has a crisper screen, the round is an easy win for Samsung’s device.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52
Performance, battery life, charging
The main selling point of the iPhone SE is that it delivers flagship level performance at a fraction of the cost, as it does with the same A13 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max . This processor may be a year old, and the SE may have “only” 3GB of RAM, but both are enough to improve the Galaxy A52. The latter one runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, and comes as standard with 4GB of RAM (which can be expanded up to 6GB or 8GB for an additional cost). It’s good enough for the phone to handle most apps and games well, but you’ll probably notice that it’s not as seamlessly smooth as the iPhone SE.
On the other hand, the iPhone SE has only 64GB of internal memory as standard, and lacks a microSD card slot. The A52, by contrast, comes with 128GB of memory as standard and also has a slot for a microSD card, allowing you to expand your storage further. Therefore it may be a better option for those who take a lot of pictures and usually require additional storage.
This is a similar story with each device’s battery. The Galaxy A52 packs a heavy 4,500mAh battery, while the iPhone SE sells for 1,821mAh. In our review of the SE, we found that its battery life was fairly average, so even though we haven’t tested the A52 correctly, we’re pretty sure it will last longer between charges.
We are ending this round as a narrow victory for the A52. Yes, the iPhone SE is fast, but not fast enough to compensate for its small storage space and battery.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52
It can have only one lens, but the iPhone SE has a great camera. This is largely the result of Apple’s increasingly respected software, which squeezes every last drop of quality out of the 12-megapixel lens on the back of the device. The shots are well-balanced in most situations, the portrait mode is suitably capable of taking portraits, and the phone captures well even in low light.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Galaxy A52 has more rear camera lenses, but it certainly does not offer a better finished product. It includes a 64MP wide lens, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth lens (to give shots a better perspective), so in theory, this should facilitate more versatility than the iPhone SE. However, our review of its predecessor – the Galaxy A51, showed that it suffered a bit in low light, while its 5MP macro lens was also somewhat redundant.
As such, we suspect that the iPhone SE may take an edge over the A52 in the camera department, although this may change after a thorough review of Samsung’s device.
Winner: iPhone SE
Software and updates
This is another round of iPhone SE about the edges. This is not because its OS – iOS 14 – is better than A52. No, Android 11 (a UI3 skin from Samsung on top) is as good as iOS 14 in its own way, offering more flexibility and customization, as well as improving simplicity and simplicity.
Keeping the iPhone SE ahead is the fact that if you update to Apple’s phone in the spring, you’ll do better. Given that Apple develops software updates and SE, the latter will get new versions as they become available. We cannot say the same for the A52, which is likely to receive new Android updates after the S21 and Note 20 series. This is why people who like to stay on top of the bug and want the latest features may prefer Apple’s phone.
Winner: iPhone SE
Let’s end this now: Neither the Samsung Galaxy A52 nor the iPhone SE (2020) offers support for 5G. You go there, so don’t buy either thinking that you are about to surf the web at an unprecedented download speed.
Also (lack of 5G), neither phone offers major special features. That said, the aforementioned support for a 90Hz refresh rate is a nice bonus for A52 owners, while the new phone offers several new quirks. It includes a fun mode that you can use with the camera app, allowing you to add Snapchat-style filters and various augmented reality tricks to photos.
For the iPhone SE, there is really nothing to write home about. It is basically a very solid phone that does the basics very well. But it’s all like you, so this round is a slim win for the A52.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has not yet been given an official release date by Samsung, which has not even confirmed that – and for how much – it will be available in the United States. That said, it will cost € 350 (or $ 415) in Europe, and given that it is a Samsung phone, we are confident that it will be launched in the US soon when it will, by almost all major carriers. Will be supported
The iPhone SE is now available for only $ 400 from the Apple website, although the 128GB and 256GB internal memory versions will cost $ 449 and $ 549. It is supported by all major carriers and sold by most major retailers.
Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52
Each phone has its own strengths and weaknesses, but based on balance, it is the Samsung Galaxy A52 that wins this budget battle. It looks amazing and has an impressive and colorful screen, a long-lasting battery and generous storage. With the iPhone SE (2020), you get slightly better performance and a more capable main camera (as well as faster updates), but otherwise, it’s a fairly common smartphone. Still, if you like Apple and iOS over Samsung and Android, it certainly won’t disappoint you.