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Samsung Galaxy A42 vs A52: Does The A42 Even Matter?

author Luis Silva (June 2021 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy A52 will cost you more, but considering its features, it is the one you should pick.

It has a better display and better cameras. But the Galaxy A42 will deliver better performance (+21%) and better battery life.

What else stands out?

The Galaxy A52 also features a higher refresh rate, Always-On display, better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, and faster-charging speeds (25w vs. 15w).

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy A52?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to spend approximately $81 more.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy A42 in 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy A42 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. You can consider the Galaxy S20 FE, but we should acknowledge this device, as it has good performance, good battery life, and tons of storage.

Read on and find out more about them, how they fare against their competition, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy A42, Samsung Galaxy A52

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Introduction

Last March, Samsung launched its Galaxy A52. The Galaxy A42, however, saw the light of day in November 2020.

We are looking at how the Galaxy A42 and the Galaxy A52 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Release Date 2020, November 2021, March 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy A42 21% ahead in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy A52 isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. While they got a score of about 2242, it has 1577. That puts it 42% below them.

By the way, you can define the Galaxy A42 as an upper mid-range and the Galaxy A52 as mid-range.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
SoC Snapdragon 750 Snapdragon 720
Graphics Adreno 619 Adreno 618
Geekbench 5 Score 1910
1577
-333
OS Android 10 One UI Android 11 and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.2
4.6
-0.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A42 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy A52 front transparent png

The Galaxy A52 has a better display, and it wins by a significant margin.

One peculiarity that the Galaxy A42 has over most smartphones in its class: Its display has a low pixel density.

Considering the Galaxy A42, just know that 81% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. But only 15% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the Galaxy A52, I should say that 84% of its rivals can play HDR content, 94% have an AMOLED screen, and 81% have an Always-On display. Then again, only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 720x1600
1080x2400
1440000
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 265.84
404.89
139.05
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Teardrop Hole
Peak Brightness 570 nits
794 nits
224
HDR - -
Sub Tek-Score
1.4
8.7
7.3
Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
0.5
6.7
6.2

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A42 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy A52 back transparent png

We can safely assume that the Samsung Galaxy A52 has a better shooter.

About the Galaxy A42: I'm expecting a review from DXOMARK anytime now, and I'm also expecting a score pretty close to 79*. By including its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 91** points.

PS: you should know that 85% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the other hand, only 19% of them come with a telephoto lens.

About the Galaxy A52: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 107. By considering its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 117 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

PS: This Dxo score is for the 5G version, but this version should be close enough.

Winding it up, just to let you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Regardless, only 23% of them feature a macro lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the Galaxy A42 as mid-range and the Galaxy A52 more as an upper mid-range.

Have you noticed yet? If you want a telephoto lens, just ignore these two and check the Galaxy S20 FE or the Oppo Find X2 Neo instead.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So whenever I come across one such camera, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). Our lastest test on our formula showed a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Megapixels 48
64
16
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 91
117
26

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52 vs.
Megapixels 8
12
4
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 13mm 13mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 5 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Megapixels 5 5 0
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens Type Depth Sensor Depth Sensor
Score 12 10 -2
Selfie Camera Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52 vs.
Megapixels 20
32
12
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens - 26mm
Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52 vs.
Tek-Score
5.4
6.9
1.5

Who has the best frame?

They ended up with the same score, so just pick one.

With both Galaxys weighing about 189 g. (6.67 oz) there isn't much to consider here. But because this is a bit relative, the Galaxy A42 has a "weight to screen size" score of 5.0, which suggests it has an acceptable score for a 6.6 inches display. The Galaxy A52, however, has 5.2, so nothing to state here.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, check out the Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Size 164 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.78 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
159 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.61 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
-3000
Weight 193 g. (6.81 oz)
189 g. (6.67 oz)
-4
Build Front glass Front glass
Colors Prism Dot Black, Prism Dot Gray, and Prism Dot White Awesome Black, Awesome Violet, Awesome White, and Awesome Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.50%
85.54%
0.04
Disp.Size To Weight Score 5.0 5.2 0.1
Looks 5.5/10
6.3/10
0.8
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.5
1.8
0.3

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A42 has a 5000 mAh battery, and the Galaxy A52 has a 4500 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the winner is the Galaxy A42.

The battery life on the Galaxy A42 is better than what you find on their rivals. It lasts 13% longer than the average on these tasks.

You should know that the Galaxy A42 can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our top 10 list.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, the Galaxy S20 FE has it.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Capacity (mAh) 5000 4500 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 88% left
83% left
-5
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 78% left
70% left
-8
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 80% left
69% left
-11
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.8 4.1 -0.7
Sub Tek-Score
8.2
7.4
-0.8
Fast Charging 15w
25w
10
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.9
6.4
-0.5

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them has.

The Galaxy A52 also offers 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. You may already know, but you can get the majority of its rivals with more RAM but less storage. 7Gb for RAM and 114Gb for storage, on average.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (shared slot) microSDXC (shared slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the Galaxy A42 if you really value 5G.

The Galaxy A42 runs on LTE or (LTE and) 5G networks. The 5G variant of the Galaxy A52 has a 120hz display, an Adreno 619, a Snapdragon 750G, and 6GB of RAM.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Network 5G (also available in LTE) LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes (market dependent)
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
9.5
8.5
-1.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy A42

Reference: $299

Samsung Galaxy A42

Samsung Galaxy A52

Reference: $380

Samsung Galaxy A52

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52 VS
Amazon 1.57 1.63 0.06
eBay - - -
Best Buy 1.57 - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

So, what about that global score? We'll get there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. They're at 5.7 (for the Galaxy A42) and 6.2 (for the Galaxy A52).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy A52 Stand Out?

If you want better performance and better battery life, then forget the Galaxy A52. Its cheaper sibling should be your option.

But the A52 can give you a higher peak brightness, higher refresh rates, better overall Always-on display, with much more DPIs.

Not only that, but its cameras also have Optical Image Stabilization, and it does charge faster: 25w vs. 15w.

The A52 is a bit slow, but if you're a power user and have access to a power outlet during the day, then this is a no-brainer.

Pros Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#3 Fast Charging Cameras
#4 MicroSD Slot Battery Life
#5 3.5mm Jack Fast Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot
#7 3.5mm Jack
Cons Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
#1 Screen Resolution Wireless Charging
#2 Always-On-Display Weight
#3 Wireless Charging
#4 Weight
#5 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A42 Galaxy A52
Gaming Score
4.7
5.4
0.6
Tek-Score
5.18
6.21
1.03
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Samsung Galaxy A42 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $255
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $243
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270

 Samsung Galaxy A52 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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