Out of the box, the Nokia E52 comes in a coat of many colors which include metallic grey aluminium, golden aluminium, graphite grey and black. This Nokia E-Series smartphone has a slim build factor that measures in at 116 x 49 x 9.9 mm and weighs just 98g.
The front panel of the Nokia E52 is fitted with a TFT display that has a 16M colors capability and measures 2.4 inches in height with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Above the display is a panel that houses the ear piece for regular phone calls, a sensor and the secondary video camera for video calling features.
Below the display there is the softkey panel which is the usual custom with other Nokia E-Series phones. The softkey panel houses the left and the right softkey buttons which are separated by the five-way scroll key popularly known as the the D-pad. Also on either side of the D-pad there are the four shortcut keys which serve to access the Home screen, the calendar and organizer, messaging and address book respectively. Below all that is the call accept/call make button and the call end button on either side.
Right under the softkey panel is the Standard Number Pad with the embedded alphabetic keys. There is no full QWERTY keyboard on the Nokia E52.
Turning to the right of the phone, there is not much there to see other than three buttons. The two buttons at the top that control the volume of the headphones and the external speaker and below that there is the dedicated camera function button. The left side of the Nokia E52 features a single port reserved for plugging in the microUSB cable.
Turning to the top of the phone, there is a slot for the 3.5mm standard stereo audio jack and right next to it there is the standby/power off button. The bottom of the phone has the plug for connecting the phone charger.
The back side of the phone houses the battery compartment and above that is the 3.2MP camera with the self portrait mirror and the external speaker right next to it. That's it as far as the design of the Nokia E52 goes.