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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Display test: Matches its sibling

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The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G came to market at the beginning of September 2021, not quite six months after the A52 5G. Here are some of the key results from its performance in our comprehensive Display protocol tests.

Key display specifications:

  • 6.5-inch AMOLED display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 (405 ppi)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm) chipset

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
110
display
130

160

134

163

105

162

93

155

81

165

71

149

Please be aware that beyond this point, we have not modified the initial test results. While data and products remain fully comparable, you might encounter mentions and references to the previous scores.

Pros

  • Accurate colors in most tested conditions
  • Very smooth web browsing
  • Local contrast on still content is well-managed in most conditions
  • Good brightness and color uniformity across the entire screen

Cons

  • Lacks brightness in most tested conditions except for low-light environments, in which it is too bright
  • Flat midtone contrast and saturated colors on HDR10 video content
  • Noticeable frame drops when watching videos or playing video games.
  • 60 fps UHD content is not readable.
  • Very frequent ghost touches when using the phone with one hand

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G tied with its older sibling, the A52 5G, in nearly all categories, with both devices earning the same overall score.

The one category in which the two phones produced noticeably different results was Video. As illustrated in the top left screen grab below, the A52s 5G’s rendering is strikingly brighter than the A52 5G’s (top right). But if you compare the rendering of the t-shirt worn by the man on the left, you can see that the A52s 5G shows fewer details in the midtones than the A52 5G.

Video brightness, clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, Samsung A52 5G, Google Pixel 5, Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Further, the A52s’s rendering of video color is particularly saturated, way more than its A52 sibling, and beyond any artistic intent. As a result, skin tones show a strong orange cast (see top left below).

Video contrast, clockwise from top left: Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, Samsung A52 5G, Google Pixel 5, Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Apart from video, there were a few other negligible differences, but basically, the two Samsung devices performed identically. For more details about the A52s 5G’s performance in all other categories, please consult our review of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.

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