Compare Differences Between Samsung A52s and Oneplus 9

A52s Vs Oneplus 9

This design review summarises the key differences between the A52s and Oneplus 9 that may have a significant impact on usage.

If you plan to see all the minor differences, then please see the full comparison table below. However, it can cloud your mind to see every single difference when they do not really matter or have very little impact in your daily usage.

Most of the time we do not decide which phone to buy based on which one has more specifications better than the other. Most users decide based on just a few key specifications, and the final decision could be affected by the price as well.

This appears to be a comparison between a mid-range Samsung phone against the number 2 flagship model from Oneplus. Samsung A52 is a popular mid-range phone, and Samsung is planning a minor CPU upgrade in the new Samsung A52s, which is expected to be released after the end of Sep 2021. There is a reason why this phone is so popular and it may not mean it is inferior in every way to the Oneplus 9.

Advantages of Samsung A52s Over Oneplus 9[tie_index]Advantages of Samsung A52 Over Oneplus 9[/tie_index]

The key advantages listed below are design specifications that Samsung A52 has, but not found on Oneplus 9

  • It has an IP67 rating, which means it is dust-tight and protected from water and submersion up to 1m.
  • It has a 3.5mm ear jack
  • It has an expansion slot for Micro-USB up to 1024GB, or can be used for double SIM.
  • Overall it has slightly better rear cameras than Oneplus 9 except for the Ultra-Wide camera.
  • It has a better front camera with 32MP resolution and video capture at 4K, as compared to Oneplus 9’s with 16MP and HD video capture.

Advantages of Oneplus 9 Over Samsung A52s[tie_index]Advantages of Oneplus 9 over Samsung A52[/tie_index]

The key advantages listed below are design specifications that the Oneplus 9 is better than Samsung A52s.

  • The back is Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, compared to A52 is plastic backing.
  • Support 15W wireless charging and compatibility with Qi wireless charging.
  • Superfast charging using Oneplus Warp 65T charger with a maximum power output of 65W.
  • USB port is 3.1, which offers much faster data transfer than USB2.0 on the A52.
  • Oneplus 9 rear camera offers 8K video recording, while A52s is up to 4K only.


The price of Samsung A52s is not available at this time, but currently, Oneplus 9 is about 25% more expensive than A52 (without the “S”). For the higher price, we would say the biggest reason to select Oneplus 9 would be the fast charging, wireless charging and high-resolution video capture on the rear camera.

However, A52s remains a very attractive, mid-tier smartphone with very strong advantages as listed above. There is no clear winner and the choice would be based on an individual’s preference and priority. Obviously, one could get the best of both worlds by selecting Samsung S series phones.

As we said, it all boils down to individual preference.

In our case, we prefer “Ultra-Sonic” fingerprint sensor for more reliable and faster unlocking of phones.  With Covid-19 and mandatory face mask law, face recognition is not convenient. As such, a reliable fingerprint sensor is one of the most-used functions because we always need to unlock the phone every time we need to use it. This is our critical criteria in design reviews, which means if this is not available then the phone would not meet our requirement at all.

The ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor can read the fingerprint better than optical because it is not affected by light or smudged screens. If you can recall the frustration every time the fingerprint sensor used to fail and we have to use the password after 5 failures.

Tech SpecsSamsung A52sOneplus 9
Form Factor
Size159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
6.30 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches
160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm
6.30 x 2.92 x 0.34 inches
Weight189.0 g  (6.67 oz) 192.0 g (6.77 oz)
IP RatingIP67Nil
MaterialFront: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
Rear: Plastic
Front: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
Rear: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
3.5mm Ear JackYesNo (USB-C)
MaterialFront: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
Rear: Plastic
Front: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
Rear: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5.
Security[tie_index]Security[/tie_index]2D Face unlock,
In-screen fingerprint (Optical)
2D Face unlock,
In-screen fingerprint (Optical)
Screen Size6.5″6.5″
Brightness Max800 nits800 nits
Resolution 2400 x 1080 pixels, 20:9 ratio,
405 PPI
 2400 x 1080 pixels, 20:9 ratio,
402 PPI
Screen Type Super AMOLEDAMOLED
Screen FeaturesHDR support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensorHDR support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
CPU & Storage[tie_index]CPU & Storage[/tie_index]
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 778G SM7325Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
ProcessorOcta-core, 2400 MHz, Kryo 670, 64-bit, 6 nmOcta-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 680, 64-bit, 5 nm
GPU Adreno 642L Adreno 660
Internal storage 128/256GB 128/256GB (UFS 3.1)
Expansion CardMicroSDXC up to 1024 GBNil
Capacity4500mAh4500mAh (2S1P 2,250 mAh)
Wireless ChargingNo15W Wireless
Qi Wireless Charging Compatible
Wired Charging15W charger provided.
Max 25W charger sold separately.
65W Oneplus Warp Charge 65T
Rear Camera[tie_index]Rear Camera[/tie_index]
Resolutiona) 64MP (OIS, Autofocus)
b) 12MP (Ultrawide)
c) 5MP (Macro)
d) 5MP (Depth Info)
a) 48MP (PDAF)
b) 50MP (Ultrawide)
c) 2MP (Black and White)
Aperturea)Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.7″; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
b)Aperture size: F2.2; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
c) d)Aperture size: F2.4; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
a)Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 23 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.4″; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
b)Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 14 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.56″
Video recording3840×2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)7680×4320 (8K UHD) (30 fps), 3840×2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (HD) (480 fps)
Features:Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recordingHDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS
Front Camera[tie_index]Front Camera[/tie_index]32MP16MP (EIS)
Video capture:3840×2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)1080p video at 30fps
Bluetooth Ver5.05.2
Wi-Fi Ver802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, dual-band; Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6), dual-band; MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB VerType-C, USB 2.0Type-C, USB 3.1
GNSSA-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningA-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall (for flip covers)Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Hearing aid compatible:M3, T3
5Gn1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n28, n40, n41, n66, n78n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78
LTE (FDD)Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 32(1500 L-band)Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 18(800 Lower), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 30(2300 WCS), 32(1500 L-band), 66(AWS-3), 71(600)
LTE (TDD)Bands 38(2600), 41(2600+)Bands 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46, 48(3600)
UMTS:Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900), 9(1700), 19(800)
Data SpeedLTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE-A Pro Cat 20 (2000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
SIM CardDual SIM
2xNano Sim or
1xNano Sim and 1xMicro-USB
Single SIM
1xNano Sim

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