Galaxy A52 5G vs. Pixel 4a 5G: duel of cheap with great features | Digital Trends Spanish

Within the range of mid-range cell phones with access to 5G, there is a wide variety of devices and brands. Although not all US cities still have the mmWave and Sub-6 signals, little by little the telephone operators will expand this type of signal. The important thing is to be prepared and have a device that supports it so that, when the time comes, you don’t have to change it again.

In this guide, we face the Galaxy A52 5G vs. Pixel 4a 5G to see what they have in common, what differentiates them and – most importantly – which is the best for you.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Pixel 4a 5G
Dimensions 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm (6.30 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches) 153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm (6.06 x 2.91 x 0.32 inches)
Weight 189 g (6.67 oz) 168 g (5.93 oz)
Screen size 6.5 inch OLED 6.2 inch OLED
Screen resolution 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (405 dpi) 2340 x 1080 pixels (413 dpi)
Operating system Android 11 Android 11
Storage 128GB, 256GB
MicroSD slot Yes Not
Tap-to-pay service Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay
Processor Snapdragon 750G Snapdragon 765G
Camera Rear: 64 MP wide, 2 MP ultrawide, 5 MP macro and 5 MP depth, front 32 MP Rear: 12.2 MP, Ultrawide 16 MP, Front 8 MP

4K at 30 FPS, 1080p at 120 FPS

4K at 60 FPS, 1080p at 240 FPS
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Ports USB-C, 3.5 headphone jack USB-C, 3.5 headphone jack
Fingerprint sensor Yes, on screen Yeah in the back
Waterproof IP67 Not
Drums 4,500 mAh

Fast charge (25W)

3,885 mAh

Fast charge (18W)

App store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support Most operators in the US Most operators in the US
Colors Black, white, purple and blue Black and white
Price From $ 499 dollars From $ 499 dollars

Design, display and durability

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It might be pretty cheap, but the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G looks nothing short of impressive. It adopted the revamped rear design of the S21 series, which means that its camera module is seamlessly molded into the back of cell phones, sloping downward in a way that makes the four rear camera lenses (and the flashlight) appear more discreet than they might otherwise be.

The phone also features a sublime edge-to-edge display with a perforated selfie camera on top, and its bezels are still impressively thin. Basically, it looks more expensive than it actually is.

The Pixel 4a 5G looks good too, but not as good as the A52 5G, with slightly thicker bezels and a cheaper-looking plastic rear. It is a similar story when it comes to the screens of both cell phones, with the resolutions of each very similar, at 2,400 x 1,080 for the A52 5G and 2,340 x 1,080 pixels for the Google cell phone.

That said, the A52’s screen is 6.5 inches versus 6.2 inches, both of which use Samsung’s improved AMOLED technology. Which means that the colors it can display are a little deeper and richer. At the same time, it also offers a very satisfying 90Hz refresh rate, something the Pixel 4a 5G lacks.

The Galaxy A52 5G also has the advantage when it comes to durability, as it comes with an IP67 rating, indicating that it can withstand submersion in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

The Pixel doesn’t offer such a rating, so combined with the slightly superior design and display, this is undoubtedly a win for Samsung’s cell phone.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Performance, battery life and charging

A couple taking a selfie to compare the cameras of the Galaxy A52 5G vs.  Pixel 4a 5G

The Pixel 4a 5G houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, as well as 6GB of RAM, making it more than capable of handling most of the latest games and apps. In contrast, the Galaxy A52 5G ships with the Snapdragon 750G, which is not as powerful as the 765G, although you will hardly notice a significant difference.

The A52 5G also comes with 6GB of RAM as standard, like the Pixel, but you can pay more for the version with 8GB of RAM, which can give you a slight performance boost (though probably nothing too major).

Both phones contain 128 GB of internal memory, although the A52 5G includes a microSD card slot in its SIM tray, so you can expand its internal memory if you need extra space.

It also provides better battery life, with its 4,500 mAh cell offering two days of normal use before requiring another charge. By contrast, the 3,885 mAh battery in the Pixel 4a 5G helps you get through a day, but can’t get past the second.

It’s also worth noting that the A52 5G supports fast charging at 25W, while the Pixel 4a 5G only goes up to 18W. Combined with the superior longevity, this is enough to give the Galaxy the victory in this round.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G


A person in the photo settings of a cell phone to compare the Galaxy A52 5G vs.  Pixel 4a 5G
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The affordable Pixel 4a 5G is practically indistinguishable from its more expensive companion, the Pixel 5. In other words, it packs an extremely good camera. It includes a 12.2 MP main lens and a 16 MP ultrawide lens, both of which take advantage of Google’s artificial intelligence software to provide excellent shots in most conditions.

Meanwhile, software features like HDR + with Exposure Bracketing, Night View, and Portrait Light enhance its versatility even further, making its camera even better than cameras you’ll find on double-priced cell phones.

This almost includes the Galaxy A52 5G. Samsung’s cell phone boasts a four-lens rear setup, which features a massive 64-megapixel wide lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth lens.

Take decent photos to share, and just like we mentioned in our review, they are not as impressive as the ones taken by Pixel. At the same time, its additional lenses aren’t nearly as useful as its primary lens, so you might find that it’s not as versatile as the multi-lens setup would have you think.

As such, we’re giving the Pixel this round.

Winner: Google Pixel 4a 5G

Software and updates

Android cell phone in a person's hand, to compare the Galaxy A52 5G vs.  Pixel 4a 5G
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Both cell phones use Android 11, although the Galaxy A52 5G will have Samsung’s One UI 3 on top. This offers greater customization options than standard Android, while also arguably looking more attractive. Of course, the difference is largely a matter of personal taste, so we’re not going to go for one over the other.

It’s a slightly different story with the updates though, as the Pixel 4a 5G will have better service than the A52. Samsung doesn’t have the best track record in rapidly rolling out new versions of Android, while it will also put the S21 and Note lines first in line to receive Android 12.

This round is a win for the Pixel 4a 5G, which will likely receive updates before its rival Samsung.

Winner: Google Pixel 4a 5G

Special features

5G logo in pink color and dark background

You might not be surprised to learn that the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and Google Pixel 4a 5G are 5G compatible. This is great news for anyone wanting faster download speeds, however the A52 5G does not support the faster 5G mmWave band, while the 4a 5G only supports it if you are on Verizon.

As for other special functions, the Pixel 4a 5G has a function called Wait for me, which makes the Google Assistant take over, while you wait for customer service and notifies you when an agent has come online. It also offers a number of AI-powered features, such as the very useful Call Screen, which lets you know when an incoming call is spam.

The Galaxy A52 5G is a bit light on special features. Even so, its application Camera includes a number of interesting quirks, like its Fun mode, which adds various augmented reality (AR) filters to photos and videos.

This isn’t much, but again, the Pixel 4a 5G doesn’t offer too many special features either, so this round is a draw.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The Galaxy A52 5G starts at $ 499 and can be ordered directly from Samsung’s website. You can also find it through most of the major retailers and it is backed by all the major carriers.

The Pixel 4a 5G is now available from Google, most major carriers, and most major retailers. It will cost you around $ 499.

Overall winner: Google Pixel 4a 5G

There is not a big difference between the two phones, but the Pixel 4a 5G beats the A52 5G by little. It has a superior camera, better support for updates and mmWave 5G (if you buy the correct model with Verizon). It also offers very Samsung-like performance, as well as a nearly as sharp screen and good battery life.

That said, the A52 5G looks beautiful and also provides a great display (and great battery endurance), so if you reward design for camera performance, it may be a better bet.

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