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Samsung unveils Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72 smartphones with OIS cameras

Galaxy A52 5G has a screen with 120Hz refresh rate while Galaxy A72 supports 3x optical zoom.

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Galaxy A52 Image: Samsung

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled new smartphones in its Galaxy A series at an online Unpacked event.

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The Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72 sport punch-hole OLED screens with high refresh rates and cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS), and they are IP67 water and dust resistant -- all features that Samsung previously reserved for flagship smartphones.

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PRICING

While the company isn't announcing US pricing or availability yet, it has confirmed European pricing: €349 for the Galaxy A52 (about $415), €429 for the Galaxy A52 5G (about $510), and €449 for the Galaxy A72 ($534).

CAMERAS

OIS is the biggest draw for the new models. All three have a 32MP f/2.2 camera on the front for selfies and a quad-camera setup on the back with a 64MP OIS auto-focus f/1.8 as the main shooter.

The Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G share the same specs for the remaining three rear cameras: 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, and 5MP f/2.4 depth. They offer 10x digital zoom.

The Galaxy A72 also has 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and 5MP f/2.4 macro, but it has an 8MP OIS auto-focus f/2.4 as the fourth camera instead, which allows it to offer 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.

A 4K video snap feature will allow moments from 4K videos taken by the cameras into 8MP images. The cameras also have a scene optimizer for 30 categories of images and backgrounds. Other features include night mode, AR emoji, and my filters. A new fun mode on the camera app supports AR Lenses from Snapchat.

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SCREENS

The phones have punch-hole "Infinity-O" Super AMOLED screens, but the Galaxy A52 5G screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 support 90Hz.

The Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G sport a 6.5-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) 407ppi resolution, while the Galaxy A72 has a 6.7-inch FHD+ with a slightly lower 394ppi resolution from the larger screen size.

The displays also automatically adjust the color temperature based on usage patterns -- the latest update of the Eye Comfort Shield introduced on the Galaxy S21. They have a peak brightness of 800 nits for outdoor visibility.

BATTERY

The Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G packs a 4,500mAh battery, while the Galaxy A72 offers 5,000mAh. The phones support 25W fast charging.

OTHER FEATURES

The Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy  A72 will come in black, white, blue, and violet colors. The three models sport octo-core processors that clock at up to 2.3GHz with a maximum RAM of 8GB and ROM of 256GB. Samsung will offer three-generation of OS updates and four years of security updates for the phones.