The Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 duo Review have been in the market for a few months. We’ve already tested the Galaxy A52, and it’s now the turn of the Galaxy A72. It’s priced roughly higher than the Galaxy A52, and for that extra money you get a slightly larger display, larger battery, and a telephoto camera.
As for the Galaxy A72, Samsung decided to play it safe. The phone is identical to the A52 in terms of the internal hardware, with the only differences being a telephoto lens at the back, a larger 6.7-inch display, and a 5000mAh battery.
Unlike the A52, there’s no 5G variant of the A72 at this moment. With the regular 4G model retailing for roughly $100 more than the A52 in most global markets, it is a less compelling option if you’re looking to maximize value.
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Samsung A72 Review
The Galaxy A72 was unveiled on March 17 alongside the Galaxy A52 and A52 5G. The phone is now up for sale in India and most European countries and is scheduled to make its way to the U.S. sometime later in April.
The Galaxy A72 is sold in four color variants: Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, Awesome White, and Awesome Violet. Samsung overhauled the design of its Galaxy A series devices this year, with the A72 featuring attractive pastel color schemes.
The design makes the phone stand out from the usual metal-and-glass sandwich aesthetic that has been a mainstay in this industry for the last four years, and the matte finish makes it a delight to hold.
Like the Galaxy A52, the A72 is made out of polycarbonate, with a metal mid-frame. The matte texture at the back does a great job hiding the fact that the phone is made out of plastic, and the pastel colors give it a fresh look. The camera housing itself is similar to what you’ll find on the Galaxy S21 series, but it doesn’t protrude as much from the chassis.
Samsung offers a dual-SIM card tray by default in most global markets, but the phone is likely to be sold as a single-SIM option in the U.S. It’s good to see that there is a MicroSD card slot and a 3.5mm jack on the A72, and while the phone weighs 203g, it doesn’t feel bulky or unwieldy at all.
Overall, Samsung nailed the design brief with the Galaxy A72. The phone is essentially a larger version of the A52, and the shift to a minimal design language with pastel hues and a matte finish make it stand out from its predecessors.
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a plastic back – which is to be expected given that even the much more expensive Samsung Galaxy S21 does. It’s available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet or Awesome Blue, and has an IP67 rating, meaning it’s dust and water resistant (the latter to depths of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes).
It comes in at 165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm and 203g, and the overall design is fairly conventional, with a large camera block in the top left corner of the rear, and a punch-hole selfie camera in the top center of the screen.
Speaking of the screen, it’s a flat 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 one, which uses Super AMOLED, has a 90Hz refresh rate, around 394 pixels per inch, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a maximum brightness of 800 nits.
Samsung A72 Specs
The Samsung Galaxy A72 is powered by a Snapdragon 720G chipset on our Review. That’s mid-range, but not capable of 5G, so this is just a 4G phone. That’s then coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage (though at the time of writing only the 6GB / 128GB model is available in the UK).
As for features, there’s an in-screen fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers (with Dolby Atmos), a microSD card slot (supporting up to 1TB), and a Game Booster mode, which optimizes the battery, temperature and memory use while gaming. The Galaxy A72 also runs Android 11, overlaid with Samsung’s One UI 3.1.
Samsung A72 Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy A72 was announced on March 17, 2021. And from our Review it’s available now in the UK, while Australia will get it from April 9.
Samsung A72 Price
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