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Compare the Samsung Galaxy A52 to the A42

In March 2021, Samsung released the Galaxy A52. This smartphone is a step up from the Samsung A42, another mid-range device. With the Samsung A52, you mostly get a better screen and a better camera. In this comparison, we'll have a look at all similarities and differences between these smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

128GB storage capacity | 6.5-inch Full HD screen | Android 11
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  • This device is powerful, so you can switch smoothly between different demanding apps.
  • You're assured of security updates until March 2025.
  • Thanks to the optical image stabilization, your photos won't soon be blurred.
  • The large 6.5-inch screen is hard to operate with one hand.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

128GB storage capacity | 6.6-inch HD screen | Android 10
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  • With the large 5000mAh battery, your smartphone won't run out quickly.
  • This device is powerful, so you can switch smoothly between different demanding apps.
  • You're assured of security updates until October 2024.
  • The screen is less sharp than that of the Samsung A52.
  • The large 6.6-inch screen is hard to operate with one hand.

Comparison Samsung Galaxy A52 and Samsung Galaxy A42

Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A42
Camera quality Good Standard
Screen quality Very good Standard
Speed class Very good Very good
Battery 4500mAh, 25W charging 5,000mAh, 15W charging
Security updates until at least March 2025 October 2024

Screen and size

Samsung A42 vs A52 size

Samsung A52: 6.5-inch Full HD screen with 90Hz refresh rate

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a large 6.5-inch screen. It's hard to operate this device with one hand, but you can comfortably watch movies and series. On top of that, you see a lot of detail thanks to the Full HD resolution. The screen has a 90Hz refresh rate. This is 1.5x as fast as other smartphones in this price range. Thanks to the high refresh rate, movement such as scrolling through your timeline looks smooth.

Samsung A42 or A52 screen

Samsung A42: 6.6-inch HD screen with 60Hz refresh rate

The 6.6-inch screen of the Samsung A42 is slightly larger than that of the A52. So this smartphone is also hard to operate with one hand. On top of that, it won't fit all pockets easily. On this HD screen, you see noticeably less detail than on the Full HD screen of the A52. The refresh rate is 60Hz. This is normal for a smartphone in this price range, but not as fast as the screen of the Samsung A52.


Camera Samsung A52 vs A42

Samsung A52: beautiful photos, even in low light

You can take beautiful photos with the cameras of the Samsung A52. The 64-megapixel standard camera even performs well in low light. As a result, you still see details and colors. On top of that, your photos are less blurry and more sharp thanks to the optical image stabilization. Use the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens to capture large buildings and landscapes in their entirety. The Samsung Galaxy A52 also has a macro lens and a depth sensor. With the depth sensor, you can create a depth of field effect in portrait photos.

Camera comparison Samsung Galaxy A52 vs A42

Samsung A42: lower quality photos, no image stabilization

With the Samsung A42, your photos are of lower quality. They're suitable to share via WhatsApp, but won't look great when you print them. The 48-megapixel standard camera takes less sharp and less colorful photos in the dark. The camera also doesn't have image stabilization, so photos are more likely to become blurred. The device has an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a depth sensor, and a macro lens. You can use this macro lens to take photos from up very close, of a flower for example.


Processing power Samsung A42 or A52

Samsung A52: powerful smartphone, choice of 4G or 5G

The Samsung A52 is available in a 4G and a 5G version. The 4G version has a Snapdragon 720G processor, while the 5G model has a Snapdragon 750G. Both processors are about equally powerful. Thanks to the combination with 6GB RAM, the A52 has some serious processing power. As a result, you can switch smoothly between moderately demanding apps such as YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify. The 128GB storage is expandable with a memory card of up to 1TB.

Performance Samsung A52 or A42

Samsung A42: almost as powerful, only 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A42 only has a 5G version. This means you'll always benefit from the highest internet speed in the next years. So this device also has the Snapdragon 750G processor which supports 5G. The 4GB RAM is slightly smaller than that of the A52. As a result, switching between different apps can be a little slower. But in practice, this won't be very noticeable. The Samsung A42 also has 128GB storage which you can expand with a memory card of up to 1TB.


Battery Samsung A52 or A42

Samsung A52: 4500mAh, charge in one hour

The Samsung A52 has a large 4500mAh battery. With average use, you'll make it to the end of the day without charging. With a 25W Samsung charger, you can fully charge this device in just over an hour. The charger in the box isn't quite as fast. You need to purchase the 25W charger separately.

Battery Samsung A42 or Samsung A52

Samsung A42: 5000mAh, but slower charging

The 5000mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy A42 is much larger. As a result, you can use the device longer without having to charge it. With average use, the battery lasts just over 1.5 days. Charging is a little slower than with the A52 though. With the included 15W charger, it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Software and updates

Updates Samsung A52 security

Samsung A52: Android 11, security updates until March 2025

Out of the box, the Samsung A52 comes with the operating system Android 11. You'll receive at least 2 large Android updates. This means you're assured of the latest versions of the operating system up to Android 13. You'll also receive a security update at least every quarter until March 2025. This means you can be sure your device is as secure as possible until then.

Samsung A42 security

Samsung A42: Android 10, security updates until October 2024

The Samsung Galaxy A42 is a few months older than the A52. This means the device still has Android 10 by default. Your device will receive 2 large updates up until Android 12. So you don't have the latest Android features for as long on this smartphone as you do on the A52. You'll receive a security update at least every quarter until October 2024.


In terms of processing power, the Samsung A52 and A42 are close to each other. But in every other area, the A52 offers more luxury. For example, you can take nicer photos, even in low light. Another big difference is in the screen. On the A52, you'll see more details of your movies, series, and photos. The battery of the A42 lasts longer, but on the downside, charging it takes half an hour longer. The A52 also offers software support for half a year longer.

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