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OnePlus Nord 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Specs Comparison

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Today, we have a competitive specs comparison featuring two interesting devices with the OnePlus Nord 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.
Nord 2 or A52 5G?

Let's see who comes out on top with these two mid-range 5G devices! 

OnePlus Nord 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Specs Comparison

DeviceOnePlus Nord 2Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Display6.43-inch Gorilla Glass 5 protected Fluid AMOLED screen w/ 90Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi6.5-inch 2.5D curved AMOLED screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 405 ppi
CPU3.0GHz 6nm Custom MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI octa-core processor
2.2GHz 8nm Snapdragon 750G octa-core processor
GPUMali-G77 MC9Adreno 619
RAM8GB/12GB LPDDR4X8GB
ROM128GB/256GB UFS 3.1256GB expandable via microSD card up to 1TB
Back Camera50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 wide-angle w/ OIS + 8MP f/2.25 119-degree ultra-wide-angle w/ EIS + 2MP f/2.5 mono + LED flash64MP f/1.8 w/ OIS + 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 5MP f/2.2 macro + 5MP f/2/2 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera32MP f/2.45 Sony IMX615 w/ EIS32MP f/2.2
Battery
4,500mAh w/ 65W Warp Charge 65
4,500mAh w/ 25W fast charging
OSAndroid 11 w/ OxygenOS 11.3
Android 11 w/ One UI 3.1
Connectivity
WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, OTG, NFC, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, NavIC, dual SIM
WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others
In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, USB-C, Colors: Blue Haze, Gray Sierra
In-Display fingerprint sensor, IP67 water and dust resistance, AKG stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, USB-C, Colors: Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, Awesome Black, Awesome White
Dimensions158.9 x 73.2 x 8.25 mm159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
Weight
189 g
189 g
PricePHP 21,990 (8GB/128GB), PHP 25,990 (12GB/256GB)
PHP 23,990


Mid-range battle of 5G devices

Build/Design - The OnePlus Nord 2 is made out of metal, glass, and polycarbonate. It has an elliptical triple camera bump with a minimal OnePlus logo at the back. It has a punch-hole cutout as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G features a streamlined design with a polycarbonate back. It has a centered punch-hole cutout and a rectangular quad-camera setup as well. It has a clean look with a muted Samsung branding as well.
The front panel of the A52
The front panel of the A52

Display - The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 6.43-inch Gorilla Glass 5 protected Fluid AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi pixel density.
AMOLED 90Hz screen of the Nord 2
AMOLED 90Hz screen of the Nord 2

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 405 ppi pixel density. 

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G takes advantage of a faster refresh rate while OnePlus Nord 2 has Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Nord 2 is a BEAST
Nord 2 is a BEAST

Specs - For performance, the OnePlus Nord 2 has a 3.0GHz 6nm Custom MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI octa-core processor, Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.1 expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh with 65W Warp Charge 65. 

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has a 2.2GHz 8nm Snapdragon 750G octa-core processor, Adreno 619 GPU, 8GB RAM,  256GB expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh with 25W fast charging.

The OnePlus Nord 2 takes the lead in terms of performance with a faster and better CPU, GPU, bigger RAM, and newer storage tech with UFS 3.1. Its MediaTek chip is at least 2x faster than Samsung's Qualcomm SoC.

For the batteries, they have the same capacity but Nord2 has a faster 65W Warp Charge 65 technology.

Both also have 5G, and 4G LTE. But, only the Nord 2 has WiFi 6. Both are also running Android 11 out of the box.

Cameras - The OnePlus Nord 2 has a triple-camera setup with a 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 wide-angle w/ OIS + 8MP f/2.25 119-degree ultra-wide-angle w/ EIS + 2MP f/2.5 mono + LED flash. For selfies, there's a 32MP f/2.45 Sony IMX615 w/ EIS.
The rear camera module of the A52
The rear camera module of the A52

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has a quad-camera setup with 64MP f/1.8 w/ OIS + 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 5MP f/2.2 macro + 5MP f/2/2 depth + LED flash. For selfies, it has a 32MP f/2.2 sensor.

In terms of sheer numbers, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has 4 camera sensors with a 64MP main sensor. Both devices feature OIS, but Nord 2 has EIS on its ultra-wide sensor as well.

BUT, even if it has a smaller 50MP resolution, the main camera sensor of the Nord 2 is way better. It uses a higher-end camera with a large /1.56-inch sensor.

In terms of selfies, we are giving the lead to the OnePlus Nord 2 for a better sensor as well as EIS.

Other features - OnePlus Nord 2 has WiFi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, OTG, NFC, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, NavIC, dual SIM, In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, and USB-C.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid), In-Display fingerprint sensor, IP67 water, and dust resistance, AKG stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, and USB-C. A52 5G also has a 3.5mm headphone jack slot.

OxygenOS is still better for us and OnePlus promises 2 major updates and 3 years of security updates. But, Samsung's One UI skin is improving. The Korean firm also promised that it will get 3 major updates.

OnePlus Nord 2 advantages - WAY FASTER SOC, bigger RAM option, faster storage, WAY BETTER primary camera, 65W Warp Charge 65, cleaner Oxygen OS skin, more affordable starting price
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G NFC advantages - 120Hz screen, IP67 certification, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 major OS udpdates

Our thoughts

For PHP 2K more, the OnePlus Nord 2 packs an overall package. It has a better SoC, faster RAM, and storage, faster charging, and a decent OIS and EIS-supported 50MP triple camera setup.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is still a compelling pick for its 120Hz screen and IP67 water and dust resistance. A52 5G is decent, but it is no match versus the Nord 2.

What do you guys think?
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