Samsungs latest Unpacked event has just kicked off, and just as a bevy of leaks predict, theres nary a flagship phone in sight. Instead, Samsung its second major live stream of the year or third, if you count its CES keynote to show off a refreshed line of mid-range smartphones, including the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72. (Unfortunately, Samsung didnt provide pricing for these new phones by time of publication well update this story once we know how much everything costs.)

We havent gotten to try one out yet, but the new Galaxy A52 seems well-equipped to take over from its predecessor. For one thing, its ever-so-slightly larger than the A51 and Samsung has made the most of that extra space by adding a more capacious 4,500mAh battery that supports 25W wired fast charging, dual SIM support, and an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Once again, Samsung went with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen running at 2400×1080, but this years panel should look a lot smoother thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate.

The upgrades dont end there, either. Samsung went with a quad-camera system around back that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor with optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a pair of 5-megapixel cameras for macro and depth photos. Meanwhile, a 32-megapixel front-facing camera is wedged into a tiny cutout in the display to provide some perhaps-too-details selfies. (Hopefully, some of the improvements Samsung made to the Galaxy S21 Ultras camera software made the leap here.) Rounding out the package is one of Qualcomms Snapdragon 720G chipsets, along with either 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards as large as 1TB.

So, what about the A52 5G then? Physically, its identical to the standard A52, but it does pack a few interesting twists. The reason it can play nice with sub-6 5G networks is the still-pretty-new Snapdragon 750G chipset inside, which has the added benefit of performing slightly faster than the 720G despite a lower max clock speed on its high-performance CPU cores. Speaking of speed, the A52 5Gs 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display has a slightly faster, 120Hz refresh rate, making it the most buttery-smooth panel in all of the phones Samsung announced today.

And then theres the Galaxy A72, which is basically just a larger version of the A52. (Knowing Samsung, you can expect a 5G version to launch a little later this year.) The main differences include a slightly bigger 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5,000mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3X optical zoom range in place of the A52s macro shooter. Otherwise, Samsungs biggest new phone uses the same chipset, front-facing camera, fast charging support, and memory and storage configurations the only change is that there wont be a version of the A72 with 4GB of RAM.

If it wasnt already clear, all three of Samsungs phones have plenty in common all three come in the same black, white, and purple colorways, for instance, and they all have cleaner, more seamless looking backs that seem to draw inspiration from this years Galaxy S21 line. They all also pack stereo speakers a hardware feature thats unfortunately uncommon in many mid-range smartphones and will come with AC chargers along with USB cables. As usual though, the A-series phones shared foundation extends into software too. All of these new devices will ship with Samsungs One UI 3.0 interface, which includes features like Private Share and SmartThings Find. And perhaps most importantly, all three phones will receive three generations of Android software updates, along with security updates for a minimum of four years.

While it might seem a little strange to put on a highly-produced streaming launch event for mid-range smartphones, it doesnt come as a huge surprise. Samsung took a similar approach with last years Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, a device that was fast-tracked in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately became one of the companys best sellers. And because of their affordable ambitions, Samsungs A-series devices have significant pull with audiences whose wallets cant handle flagship prices. Remember: The Galaxy A51 was the top-selling Android phone in the world for a brief spell last year, and the lower-end A21s, A11, and A01 joined it in research firm Omdias tally of best-selling phones in 2020.

On paper, this trio of new phones seems like serious value contenders. What remains unclear for now, though, is whether Samsung can sell as many phones mid-range or otherwise as it did in 2020. According to a late-night report from Bloomberg, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh confirmed during the companys annual shareholder meeting that he expects to face supply issues next quarter stemming from the ongoing global chip shortage. So far, Samsung has seemingly weathered the storm without issue, but Koh warned despite relatively smooth sailing so far, its hard to say the shortage issue has been solved 100%.