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We dunked the Samsung Galaxy A52 in water and this is what happened...

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We wanted to see if the Galaxy A52's IP67 rating actually works so we dunked it in water and ran a battery test after.
We dunked the Samsung Galaxy A52 in water and this is what happened...
Water-dipped Samsung Galaxy A52

Can the Galaxy A52 withstand water submersion?

Dipped under clear water
Dipped under clear water

To recap, the is a modern-looking mid-ranger featuring a large 90Hz AMOLED 1080p display, In-Display fingerprint reader, 8nm octa-core chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a large battery capacity with a fast-charging solution. It also features a 64MP quad-cam, 32MP selfie shooter, and a slim and lightweight body with IP67 water and dust resistance.

To see the full and detailed specs, click here.

IP67 rating for less!

In the Philippines, the Samsung Galaxy A52 is available only for PHP 18,990 SRP (4G version) and is now available for purchase at Samsung concept stores and authorized distributors nationwide.

For the price, the Samsung Galaxy A52 is the most affordable with an IP67 rating among all the newly released phones in the country so far. This is a key selling point for people who want a phone that not only looks and performs well but is able to withstand the everyday challenges of daily life.

This is the first time that the company has implemented water and dust resistance since the Galaxy A8 phones in 2018.

Now that water resistance is back, we wanted to see how well its water and dust resistance is. But before that, let's look at the details of the IP rating thru Samsung's website here.
The rubber gasket on the SIM tray
The rubber gasket on the SIM tray

Samsung says that the Galaxy A52 is now spill, splash, and splatter resistant. It is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance. This means that the phone can stand up to 1.0 meters of FRESH water for up to 30 minutes.

This means that the phone is safe against low water pressure only.  It is not safe against high water pressure like running tap water or shower water.

The phone is not advised for the beach (saltwater) and soapy water. Samsung also says that if you spill liquids with sugar on the phone, rinse the handset with stagnant freshwater while clicking the keys to prevent damage.
The phone while in water
The phone while in water

Let's dip the phone in water and dry it up afterward.
A closer look under water
A closer look underwater

After being dipped in water, air bubbles began to surface from the camera module and the different ports. After the dip, we pulled the phone out and pat dry it with the towel.
Now all dried up!
Now all dried up!

Let's wipe the phone down with a towel and start the video loop test. Let's see how long the phone will last after being dipped in water.
Original battery result for the Galaxy A52
Original battery result for the Galaxy A52

In our review of the Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G, the phone was able to last for 6 hours and 51 minutes of on-screen time. In 2021, this endurance is impressive and will serve as our control result.

Let's now run a video loop test on the Galaxy A52 after drying it with the towel. It is important that we dry the phone properly before using it again.

After drying the phone, we have decided to run a continuous video to see if the battery was affected.

If the battery is consistent with our original battery test, this means that the water-resistance of the phone prevented any water damage to the components inside including the battery.
12 hour countdown timer
12-hour countdown timer

During the loop, we waited until the phone drained its battery and it landed here:
After nearly 12 hours, the A52 still had 22 percent left
After nearly 12 hours, the A52 still had 22 percent left

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy A52 and its battery can withstand being dipped in freshwater. In particular, it lasted for over 12 hours of continuous playback.

No damage to its battery!

We do not recommend intentionally dipping your phone as we did. But, if it happens unintentionally, we are confident that the Samsung Galaxy A52 can withstand an accidental dip in freshwater. There is almost no other phone that can do this at this price point.

Note: Galaxy A52 5G also has the same IP67 water and dust resistance rating. Likely, the performance against water damage is the same.

Quick thoughts

Having a device with water resistance at this price point gives the Galaxy A52 a clear advantage over its competitors and it is refreshing to see that Samsung was able to put that premium feature on a mid-ranger.

This made us want to test its IP67 capability and battery afterward. Normally when a phone without water resistance is exposed to moisture, the internals including the battery could get damaged. This could result in unwanted loss of performance including the battery's endurance.

Thankfully, even after dipping the Samsung Galaxy A52 underwater for 10 minutes, it was able to run more than 12 hours of video playback without a hitch.

This means its water-resistant is EFFECTIVE!

Overall, we think that the Galaxy A52's IP67 rating makes it an even tougher mid-range smartphone.

What do you guys think?
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