Taking a look at the phones side-by-side, there’s virtually zero physical difference between the two. They both feature a plastic construction, three rear cameras, and a 6.5-inch AMOLED display. The specifics of that display are also identical, with both the A52s 5G and A52 5G touting a 2400 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and Gorilla Glass 5. There are many smaller similarities, too, including an in-screen fingerprint sensor, USB-C port, stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Galaxy A52s 5G Has Three Advantages Over The A52 5G
In all honesty, there’s just one major difference between the A52 5G and A52s 5G — and that’s the processor. The former is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, while the latter has the Snapdragon 778G. Both are octa-core chips, but the 778G benefits from a more efficient design. Where the 750G is based on an older 8nm fabrication, the 778G is a 5nm chip. That should result in slightly better CPU performance and potentially longer battery life. The A52s 5G also has a more capable Adreno 642L GPU compared to the Adreno 619 in the A52 5G. There only other benefit of the A52s 5G is its Bluetooth performance — offering Bluetooth 5.2 technology compared to Bluetooth 5.0 on the A52 5G.
Outside of those three components, the rest of the experience is identical between the A52s 5G and A52 5G. Taking a look at the cameras, both have a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensor. There’s also a 32MP selfie camera, a 4,500 mAh battery, 25W charging, 6-8GB of RAM, and 128-256GB of expandable storage.
There is one more thing separating these two phones, and that’s the price. The Galaxy A52 5G has an MSRP of $499 and is often discounted to $425 or less. Samsung has yet to announce U.S. availability for the A52s 5G, but its £409 price is roughly equal to about $561 USD. If someone lives in a market with a choice between the two, it’s hard not to keep recommending the regular A52 5G as the phone to get. It’s cheaper, the Snapdragon 750G is still very capable, and the more affordable price is hard to argue with. Unless someone absolutely needs better CPU and GPU performance, sticking with the A52 5G makes the most sense.