What you need to know
- Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy A52 5G soon.
- A new listing on one of Samsung's websites reveals a brisk monthly security update pace.
- Samsung has also promised to deliver updates to A-series Smartphones for four years after launch.
Samsung is preparing to announce the mid-range Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 soon, and while we've seen the leaks from the usual suspects, a new detail comes straight from Samsung itself. Spotted on a support page by the Galaxy Club, Samsung lists the Galaxy A52 5G as a candidate for its monthly security updates. It's the first of the A-Series phones to be there and sits alongside Samsung's other high-end flagships including the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
When it comes to updates, Samsung has lifted the bar for what can be expected on Android phones to above what even Google offers. The company is offering around 4 years of security updates for all phones released from 2019 onwards. The cadence may be different, with some phones getting it monthly and others quarterly, but Samsung has committed to supporting all its phones.
Why is this important? Well, the Galaxy A51 was the best-selling Android phone in 2020. The S21s and Nords and Pixels may hog airtime, but it's the A51 that's seizing people's wallet en-masse. This makes the A52 a very important phone for Samsung. The company being able to put it in direct comparison with the cheaper iPhone — touting excellent cameras, smooth screens, 5G, and a steady diet of security updates — is probably calculated to keep that momentum going.
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
The Galaxy A51 5G is one of the best mid-range phones today. It has much more robust internals than the 4G model, a gorgeous design, and a vibrant AMOLED panel. The fact that you'll get three guaranteed Android version updates makes it a standout option if you're looking to switch to 5G. Samsung's four years of security updates also means you can consider getting this over the A52 when it launches if you want to save a few dollars.
Well well well if this is true then Samsung is delivering on their update policy. What difference does it make getting a Samsung mid ranger or the flagship models if you care about update support longevity.
So I guess the A50 doesn't count as a A-Series? My A50 has been getting monthly security updates since I've owned it and should continue getting them for about the next year.
Will be interesting to see final specs and price point, as well as the amount of Samsung's typical bloatware that can't be removed. And how it compares to the A51 with 5G. Four years of updates is an enticing promise.
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