Much more than just a number change

Choosing your new phone is an important decision, especially as most of us now keep them for two years or more. Comparing phones is the ideal way to work out exactly which device is most suited to your needs, so here we check out the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G vs A51.

The Galaxy A51 is the immensely popular mid-range Samsung phone that borrows a number of impressive features from the premium S-series.  The A52 5G is it's official successor and brings with it a lot more than just 5G. Let's compare the two.

A51 vs A52 5G: Camera

One of the key differences between these two phones is the camera quality. The Samsung Galaxy A51 offers an impressive quad rear camera set up, with the main one shooting in 48MP. The A52 model offers a similar setup, but with one clear distinction - a 64MP main camera. If you enjoy taking high-quality photos, this is worth bearing in mind.

A51 vs A52 5G: Processor

The A51 uses the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa, a fast mid-range ARM clocking at up to 2.2 GHz, while the A52 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G going up to 2.3GHz. The Samsung Exynos 9 Octa focuses on speed and efficiency, but the A52 promises 27% higher performance and 40% lower power consumption.

A51 vs A52 5G: Battery

The A51 model offers a 4,000mAh battery, while the A52 has a bigger battery of 4,500mAh. The Samsung A51 boasts 15W fast charging, but the A52 does one better with an incredible 25W fast charging. It's a small difference, but if you are struggling to choose between the two models, this may be the deciding factor if the longest possible battery life is important to you.

A51 vs A52 5G: Features

Both devices benefit from a proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, but it must be said that the A52 goes the extra mile in what it can offer each user. This model has a scratch-resistant glass that will be an important feature if you are prone to dropping your phone or if you're looking for a durable device for children. The Samsung A52 model also has a 120Hz refresh rate for it's screen, double that of the A51's 60Hz refresh rate - this means scrolling through apps is super smooth.  The A52 also has water-resistance of 1m for up to 30 minutes, but the A51 has an FM radio that the A52 does not.

The other big difference is the A52 is 5G ready.  That may not be important to you right now but if you have 5G coverage in your area, it's the A52 that can make use of it.

A51 vs A52 5G: Weight

The Samsung Galaxy A51 weighs 187g, with the A52 weighing in at 189g. There's little difference here, and the same can be said for the thickness of the devices - A51 has an 8.7mm thickness and the A52 has 8.4mm.

A51 vs A52 5G: Display size

The display size for both phones is exactly the same - 6.5 inches with 1080x2400 pixels screen resolution.

A51 vs A52 5G: Storage

Both devices provide a mighty 128GB of storage, but the Samsung Galaxy A52 also offers a 256GB model. If you often run out of space on your phone or you are using your device to store a lot of files, this is a whopping difference that you need to be aware of.  Reality is, with cloud-storage now far more accessible and affordable, 128GB should be plenty for most people.

A51 vs A52 5G: Price

The newer A52 5G model will set you back around £369 SIM Free or around £27 a month on a pay monthly contract, more features and 5G ready so therefore more expensive than the A51 at £239 SIM Free or around £20 a month on a pay monthly contract with a SIM.  The A52 5G is available at Chitter Chatter but Samsung have since stopped making the A51.

Both phones offer very similar features and specifications. For the difference in price, the A52 does offer a better camera, battery, processor and is 5G ready, but the A51 is comparable in quality overall and there's a reason it was one our best-selling phones.

Update: Samsung have also recently released the new Samsung A52s 5G - this model is identical to the A52 5G but uses the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, which replaces the Snapdragon 750G 5G chip used by the Galaxy A52.

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