Samsung has officially released its latest range of A-series budget phones in the A52, A52 5G and the A72, following its Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event on 17 March. Of the three phones, the A52 5G is the only handset to launch in the UK. You can buy it now from Samsung and a number of other retailers and networks (see below).
The Galaxy A51 was Samsung’s most popular phone last year, so it’s no surprise Samsung has ramped things up with the A52. Read more about the launch here, or if you don’t mind sitting through the whole show, you can watch it again here.
Despite an asking price under £500, the A52 5G packs a 120Hz refresh rate on a 6.5in Super AMOLED display – all powered by a 4,500mAh battery that Samsung promises should last two days, thanks to “adaptive power-saving”. This battery-saving feature intuitively calibrates how much power is burnt through the day depending on your usage habits. See our full review of the Galaxy A52 5G
The phone’s “Fun Mode” (developed with Snapchat) also integrates AR lenses right into the camera, which leads with a 64Mp sensor on the back. Check out the full spec sheet for the A52 5G in this handy explainer.
Here, we’re looking at how much the A52 5G costs and where you can buy it on contract and SIM-free along with some of the best offers around. Don’t forget, if you purchase the phone now you can also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ earphones from select retails (more on this below).
How much does the A52 5G cost?
The A52 5G is available with 6GB RAM:
6GB RAM/128GB – £399
6GB RAM/256GB – £419 – Not available yet
Samsung indicated it would release a 256GB storage configuration, but only the 128GB option seems to have made it to market. We’ll update this article if that changes.
You can also add up to 1TB more with a microSD. The phones will be available in four colours: black, violet, white, and blue in a “soft haze” finish.
Best Galaxy A52 5G deals SIM-free
You can buy the Galaxy A52 directly from Samsung where it currently has £50 off. You’ll find the same discounts from certain retailers (listed below).
The phone also qualifies for up to £200 off with trade-in from Samsung – that’s up from the £150 value at launch. Right now only the 6GB/128GB version looks to be available. We will update this article if that changes.
Here are all the major UK retailers selling the Galaxy A52 and any available discounts:
If you bought the Galaxy A52 between 17 March and 27 April, you can claim a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ earphones worth £129. See the full list of qualifying retailers over at Samsung.
As a part of its Big Tech Giveaway, Three is also bundling a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ if you pick up the A52 5G on an unlimited contract (see all contract offers below).
Best Samsung Galaxy A52 5G contract deals – Free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
You can pick up the Galaxy A52 from all major UK networks. Until 13 May, EE’s Smart Plans also include a free 1-year subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with A52 purchases. Read more here.
AO Mobile – Best value plan: 6GB data (5G) for £23 per month, no upfront cost (on Vodafone)
Carphone Warehouse – Best value plan: 20GB data (4G) for £23 per month on iD Mobile
EE – Best value plan: 10GB data for £30 upfront, £44 per month with 1 Smart Benefit (BT Sport Ultimate, Video Data pass and more)
E2Save – 30GB data for £22 per month, no upfront cost (with £96 cashback by redemption)
iD Mobile – Plans start at £21.99 per month and £19.99 upfront for 5GB data.
Mobiles.co.uk – Best value plan: 30GB data (4G) for £22 per month, no upfront cost (with £96 cashback by redemption)
Mobile Phones Direct – 40GB data for £39 per month with free PS4, or with Nintento Switch for £40 per month. See all available bundles here
O2 – Plans start at £10 upfront, and £24.99 per month for 1GB of data over 36 months. You can customize the plan to pay over a shorter term or opt for a higher data allowance and get 3 months of Disney+ for free.
Sky Mobile – From £18 per month, no upfront cost for 2GB data
Tesco Mobile – Best value plan: 6GB (doubled to 12GB for first six months) for £25.99 per month (36 months), includes ClubCard Plus
Three – Unlimited data for £37 per month and £19 upfront – Included in Big Tech Giveaway: Get free Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, JBL Xtreme 3 waterproof speaker or Powerbeats Pro
Virgin Mobile – Get 30GB data for £23 per month, no upfront cost (36 months)
Vodafone – Best value plan: 6GB data for £33 per month £19 upfront with an additional choice of Amazon Prime (full service), Spotify Premium or YouTube Premium
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