It's the A51's popularity that makes the emergence of Galaxy A52 leaks so significant and based on initial images shared by established tipster Evan Blass - while it isn't rewriting the rulebook - the A52 looks like it brings a subtle, tasteful design update to the table in much the same fashion as this year's Galaxy S21 already has.
Samsung has been busy in the small segment of 2021 that's now behind us, having already introduced the Galaxy A02s, A12, A32 5G and A42 5G, however, this is the first A5X device of the year, it would seem.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy A52 cost?
The original Galaxy A51 launched at £329 at the start of last year, while the 5G version cost £100 more, coming in at £429 - the same price hike found between the 4G and 5G variants of last year's Galaxy S20 flagship too.
Considering the A52's position in Samsung's 2021 mobile portfolio, we're expecting much the same with this year's Galaxy A52 and A52 5G, meaning £329 and $429, respectively.
As for European pricing, sources familiar informed WinFuture that pricing would start at €349 for the 4G model and €429 for the 5G version.
When does the Samsung Galaxy A52 launch?
Established and reliable tipster, Jon Prosser, has put forward the most likely launch date thus far, crediting a "very, and I mean very trusted source" that claims the Galaxy A52 will arrive on 26 March.
Samsung A52 5G 👀— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) February 22, 2021
March 26 🗓 pic.twitter.com/UNIMDw0JRi
Last year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy A51 in January, while the 5G variant made its appearance three months later, in April 2020, this March release almost splits the difference and is presumed to feature the release of both 4G and 5G variants simultaneously.
What features will the Samsung Galaxy A52 have?
The most robust set of leaks so far come from the aforementioned WinFuture, who cites specs and apparent leaked press imagery that all reinforces existing information other sources had previously mentioned.
They've been supplied with front, back and side press imagery of both the A52 and A52 5G in four colours (apparently called 'Awesome Black', 'Awesome White', 'Awesome Violet' and 'Awesome Blue', according to leaker Evan Blass), as well as referencing a wealth of specs that corroborate with other tipsters, as detailed below.
Fellow leaker OnLeaks previously provided additional imagery and insight to the Galaxy A52/A52 5G's makeup.
OnLeaks was first to reaffirm suspicions of a 6.5in display, similar in nature to the one sported by both versions of the A51. WinFuture's sources mention the use of a 20:9 Full HD+ Super AMOLED panel with a hole punch front-facing camera (as reflected in the imagery) too.
OnLeaks also states that the A52 5G will measure 159.9mm x 75.1mm x 8.4mm (or nearly 10mm including the rear camera bump) and that the phone will employ an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Separately, sources told SamMobile that the A52 will feature a 90Hz display, while the A52 5G will boast an even-smoother 120Hz high refresh rate panel (corroborated by WinFuture's sources). This distinction apparently comes from the expected chipsets these phones are said to leverage; with the base A52 rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chip while the 5G model opts for a beefier Snapdragon 750G 5G SoC.
6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a 64Mp primary rear camera, accompanied by a 12Mp ultrawide, a 5Mp macro and a 5Mp depth sensor, along with a 32Mp selfie snapper are all also said to be in the mix, along with a 4500mAh battery and 25W fast charging.
That said, subsequent reports from WinFuture's sources throw doubt over there being a pair of 5Mp cameras or whether one will, in fact, be a 2Mp unit.
As with the Galaxy S21, the A52 is also expected to run Samsung's latest One UI user experience atop Android 11.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is IP67 certified explained.https://t.co/VaS90EMaI0— Abhishek Yadav (@yabhishekhd) February 11, 2021
Separately, Twitter tipster Abishek Yadav claims that the A52 5G is also IP67 water and dust resistant - another trait reaffirmed by WinFuture's and Evleaks' subsequent leaks (including the image above.