We put three higher mid-range smartphones into comparison. The OPPO Reno 5 4G, Realme 8 Pro, and Galaxy A52 have good specs and great value, however, some from the community said that OPPO is quite a pricey device, while the contenders–the Galaxy A52 and Realme 8 Pro–have reached some potentiality and impressions. But the question is, who will conquer the gaming and camera performance? If you’re into content creation and mobile gaming you might find your device in this article. So read along to know if the OPPO Reno 5 4G, Realme 8 Pro, or Samsung Galaxy A52, will be the best overall phone.
Starting with the similarities, the Reno 5 4G, Realme 8 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy A52 are all in FHD+ resolution, all have a plastic back, headphone jack, and USB Type-C ports. They all have the same chipset–Snapdragon 720g–which is a famous chipset among mid-rangers in the price range. We will show if there’s a difference in the performance later on.
Probably, Samsung A52 will easily catch the attention of most teenagers as it has a simple yet aesthetic design and we can’t ignore it. It has a creamy texture like a creamy glazed donut, with the same color in the camera module making it looks like there is no protruding camera bump. Inside of the module, there are 3 main camera lenses, one small lens, and an LED flash wrap around a black circle to maintain the look on each lens.
Realme 8 Pro, on the other hand, has a sandblasted smooth matted texture with four large lenses and a “Dare to Leap” catchphrase engraved on its back. It is quite a bother due to the large text but putting a case on it will solve your preference. The camera bump is also wobbly.
Lastly, the OPPO Reno 5 4G has a gradient black to greyish tone with a glossy finish and a simple OPPO text at the bottom part. The camera module doesn’t have a teeny daring feel like the Realme 8 Pro and A52 but it has a more elegant look among all devices we have in this comparison. Meanwhile, the four lenses on the OPPO Reno 5 4G have a large circle design and one additional camera on the side along with the LED flash.
Despite the design which is my personal preference, I found OPPO Reno 5 4G more elegant while the two other devices offer great impact for teenagers which is nice. But for the build, the OPPO Reno 5 4G is still ahead because of its lighter and sturdier build with 7.7mm thickness and only weighs 171 grams. This means a great user experience without sacrificing build and quality.
Meanwhile, I would like to point out the build of the Galaxy A52 as it doesn’t feel sturdy enough as the back feels like it can pop off from its body. Also, as we put pressure on the back we felt an empty space between the back cover and the battery. The IP67 certification may be a dare when dipping the phone below the water. However, again the design is great and the frame is clean.
As we have the same architecture on the frame on all three phones, the Reno 5 4G and Realme 8 Pro have dual nano sim slots and one expandable storage slot, while the Galaxy A52 only has a hybrid sim and SDCard tray.
Overall we will pick the Reno 5 4G for its elegant look, more premium build, and lighter feel to the hand.
Moving to the display, all phones have FHD+ resolution but with different panel types and screen sizes. The OPPO Reno 5 4G has a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel and 90hz refresh rate, then the Galaxy A52 boasts a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 90hz refresh rate. The Realme 8 Pro has a slightly lower screen of 6.4-inches and a Super AMOLED panel with just 60hz.
The two phones, OPPO Reno 5 4G and Galaxy A52 have an advantage of a smoother 90hz screen compared to the 60hz of the Realme 8 Pro. But despite Galaxy A52 having a Super AMOLED panel, Reno 5 4G is sharper thanks to 411ppi density. The overall look on the display especially that OPPO Reno 5 4G is very distinct from the two. It has thinner bezels and a sharper look because of the font and the compact UI shown on the screen. While the Galaxy A52 with bezels looks chunkier, we feel less impression even with the Super AMOLED display.
Talking about the quality, the Galaxy A52 has the most color boosted screen which I think is great but the viewing angle gets worse when looking at a narrower angle, which OPPO Reno 5 4G didn’t have any problem at all, next is the Realme 8 Pro.
For this, we will go for Reno 5 4G thanks to the overall look and display capability.
Gaming on all three phones is convenient, they all have the same quality and stability in most popular games. From medium to high quality, they don’t differ from each other, however, they suffer some stability on Genshin Impact.
With gaming prowess on all three, gaming features and gaming technology are quite different. With Reno 5 4G having 5-layer charging protection and a multi-cooling system means it features multiple heat dissipation methods, while the Realme 8 Pro also has a copper liquid cooling system, but the Galaxy A52 doesn’t seem to have special cooling on its body. On the flip side Realme 8 Pro doesn’t have a higher refresh rate that could impact future gaming experience as other games starting to offer higher fps options.
On the software side, Reno 5 4G offers Game modes with Bullet Screen Message, Gaming Touch, Quick startup, and touch optimization. While the Galaxy A52 the closest rival does have a nice gaming app but with lesser features.
This clearly–with technical aspects and software functions–Reno 5 4G shows a better gaming experience and overall gaming efficiency than the two contenders.
Camera and Performance
All phones did have a quad-camera setup, with both 64MP main cam on the OPPO Reno 5 4G and Galaxy A52 while the Realme 8 Pro is equipped with a 108MP camera.
The Galaxy A52 has a higher megapixel on all three backup lenses then with the same resolution on both Realme and OPPO. You can decide in this article if a higher megapixel is the best factor or just one of the best factors, see photos attached.
For the main cam, All phones output 12MP pixel binning shots, The Samsung Galaxy A52 tends to be a little off to the color accuracy which tends to have a warmer yellow-ish tone, while the Realme 8 Pro has nice green colors of the tree, but on the other hand, the OPPO Reno 5 4G output almost true to life colors while having a vibrancy at the same time.
The Reno 5 4G does introduce darker shadows on the foreground but with nice and equal contrast making the photo look like it has depth. After we captured with HDR mode, the Galaxy A52 and Realme 8 Pro looks like it has color leaks and they have lesser contrast than the Reno 5 4G. The Galaxy A52 is still behind the two competitors as it has light leaks and a bit of softer details while Realme 8 Pro tends to be in a cooler tone while having a high dynamic range.
The OPPO unit is great as it outputs a nice contrast but falls apart when it comes to indoor shots as the white balance detection struggled to detect the scenery. But if the device nailed the white balance, all three have outstanding colors.
Moving on to portrait mode, OPPO Reno 5 4G has a nice contrast while Realme 8 Pro did great on producing vibrant colors however, the accuracy of depth sensor favors more in the Reno 5 4G.
In nighttime shots we tested its capability by capturing a very low light scenario, the OPPO Reno 5 4G did output a much brighter nighttime shot but it introduces grains here and there while the Galaxy A52 still falls behind the two phones but Realme 8 Pro has a lesser exposure but with a softer cleaner look and accurate color depiction. The 108MP sensor has its own capability at night time thanks to nano Bayer technology and Realme 8 Pro did an outstanding job at night, next is the Reno 5 4G.
As for selfies, The Reno 5 4G outputs effective and creamy skin tone which is the closest true to life color that is also flattering. The Galaxy A52, on the other hand, showed inconsistent skin tone in different parts of the same setting. While Realme 8 Pro produces lesser depth due to less contrast and it’s on the pinkish spectrum of color on the skin tone. The three phones did great as the scenery is subjective but still took quality photos, Reno 5 4G did its best to capture sharp and bright selfies day and night thanks to the 44MP lens.
Now moving on to the ultrawide, the Reno 5 4G outputs deeper blacks but the Galaxy A52 has a wider and more megapixel in its ultrawide, however, you can see in the pictures the drastic distortion compared to the other two devices. Realme 8 Pro, on the other hand, did great with the colors and shadows.
The macro lens output impressive qualities on both OPPO Reno 5 4G and Galaxy A52, but it’s quite nice that you can see a lot of details on the Reno 5 4G. However, sharpness-wise, Galaxy A52 somehow surpassed our expectation as the 5MP macro has more resolution meaning it has more details.
For the camera features, A52 has nice gimmicky features which is best for personal use while the Realme 8 Pro does have technical features great for a wide variety of users but the Reno 5 4G features a simple function that even non-tech-savvy users who want excellent content creation will appreciate.
So in the camera section, Reno 5 4G did pretty well in our comparison thanks to the advanced and more comprehensive imaging system built in its lens. You can opt for the Realme 8 Pro as it has a nice technicality on its camera features, however, the fun of overall content creation starts in the Galaxy A52 and Reno 5 4G. So looking overall, camera quality and camera features, we favored the Reno 5 4G more with more megapixels in the front cam that gives sharp images, and the depth look of contrast, picture quality, and the camera features give the best photography experience.
For the performance, the three phones are powered by the Snapdragon 720G chipset and all running on Android 11 with their respective operating system and they all have 8GB of ram. Now for the preferences, I know there’s personal preference when it comes with the UI, the Realme 8 Pro and OPPO Reno 5 4G have quite similar UI layout from Realme UI 2.0 and Color OS 11.1 which are both lightweight and clean, while the Galaxy A52 has a sort of Samsung ecosystem. Multitasking is great on all three devices thanks to their 8GB of ram. Also, they all have under the display fingerprint scanner and all have a fast unlocking experience which is not noticeable as we tested its speed.
Speaking of speed, browsing and navigating in the UI is stutter-free. But the Reno 5 4G and Galaxy A52 look fluid thanks to the 90hz. As for connectivity, all have 4G capability, wifi dual-band, but Reno 5 4G have Bluetooth 5.1 while the rest is in the older version.
For the battery, the OPPO Reno 5 4G is slightly lower with 4310mAh juice while the Samsung Galaxy A52 and Realme 8 Pro both have 4500mAh power batteries. Draining them is quite just right with all three having the same 8nm chipset and AMOLED panels, the Realme 8 Pro not having the 90Hz have a slight advantage, however, paired with their respective charging watts, the Galaxy A52 falls behind as it only has a 25W charging with around 1hr and 40mins to fully charge while the rest have 50W charging capability. Having the least battery capacity with the same.
Price and Verdict
Now as for the price the OPPO Reno 5 4G is priced P18,990 for 8GB plus 128GB, while the Samsung Galaxy A52 is priced P18,990 for 8GB plus 256GB internal storage, then the Realme 8 Pro at P16,990 for 8GB plus 128GB configuration. While the Realme 8 Pro offers the cheaper price, OPPO Reno 5 4G has a limited-time price drop at P16,999 which is priced just like the Realme 8 Pro, and two thousand pesos less from the Galaxy A52.
With these prices, Galaxy A52 and Realme 8 Pro did great for value but the OPPO Reno 5 4G offers an elegant design and sturdy build. Besides, what makes Reno 5 4G recommendable is its featured-pack cameras, and impressive gaming capability thanks to the dedicated gaming support features from its software and hardware. That its advantages compared to the two competitors.
Reno 5 4G is worthy of attention as it offers content creation and gaming units that fit in the mid-range budget and really exudes value for money. So If you want to opt for the Reno 5 4G as a daily driver make sure to check out its availability in OPPO Brand Stores and partner dealers with their special price drop offer. simply check out Shopee and Lazada from June 18 to June 30.