Samsung Galaxy A72 – In recent years, Samsung’s Galaxy A series has been a huge success for the Korean company. In fact, it currently accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue. That’s also not a coincidence. There’s only one way to achieve that degree of success: by providing competitive features for a fair price under high-profile branding.
A difficult challenge that Samsung has been tackling in clever incremental stages like a real smartphone champion throughout the previous several Galaxy A generations.
The A family appears to be expanding at all times. The lineup is extensive, with new models appearing every few weeks. Samsung could have easily split it off into its own sub-brand given that there is so much choice, ranging from cheap to virtually flagship-grade models. That isn’t to say we don’t think they should.
The Galaxy A72 is the family’s highest-end model at the time of writing this review. It looks a lot like the Galaxy A52, which we just tested. That is, the vanilla edition, not the 5G version.
The A72 has a little larger 6.7-inch, 90Hz display, an additional 8MP telephoto camera, and a slightly larger 5,000 mAh battery than the A52. Aside from that, the A52 and A72 are nearly identical, with the exception of the physical design, which is a current Samsung design.
Samsung Galaxy A72 price
Samsung Galaxy A72 specs
- Body: 165.0×77.4×8.4mm, 203g; Glass front, plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins).
- Display: 6.70″ Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 800 nits, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 394ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver); Adreno 618.
- Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS/Software: Android 11, One UI 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.7X”, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 123-degree, 1.12µm; Macro: 5 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected]
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); 3.5mm jack.
The A52 starts at €350 for a 4GB/128GB model, while the A72 starts at €450 for the base 6GB/128GB model. So, on top of the A52, the improvements in the higher-tier model will run you back about €100. On the value scale, it’s not quite as competitive, but it’s not awful either. Especially with features like the IP67 certification.
Furthermore, the price gap between the two versions has already shrunk since their debut, and it should continue to do so in the future. Samsung is all too familiar with the fierce competition it faces in the mid-ranger market.
It’s also worth mentioning that there is presently no 5G model of the A72 available. However, it is most certainly in the works and has already surfaced in leaks. We may presumably anticipate it to include a 120Hz display, similar to the A52’s 5G version. It’s also possible with a Snapdragon 720G to Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset switch.
That would give the Galaxy A family yet another intriguing model. For the time being, we have an Awesome Blue Galaxy A72 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage in for review. Let’s get started.
Samsung Galaxy A72 unboxing
The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes in a two-piece package that is quite basic. There’s nothing flashy here, no plastic, just paper. It gets the job done despite being thick and stiff. You also don’t receive much in the way of extras, with only a wall charger and a few pamphlets included.
Unlike the Galaxy A52, which comes with a basic 15W charger, the A72 includes a real 25W PD charger as well as a white USB Type-C to Type-C cable. This is fantastic news because the phone can charge at up to 25W, and unlike the A52, you won’t need to go out and buy a suitable charger to take advantage of the faster charging speed with the A72.