The Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 duo have been on the market for a few months. We’ve already tested the Galaxy A52, and now it’s the Galaxy A72’s turn. Its price is around Rs. 7,000 more than the Galaxy A52, and for that extra money you get a slightly bigger screen, bigger battery and a telephoto lens.
However, at Rs. 34,999 for the base variant which has 8GB of RAM and 128 of storage or Rs. 37,999 with 256GB of storage, the Samsung Galaxy A72 faces some pretty stiff competition from the OnePlus. 8T, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and the Vivo X60. If you stretch your budget close to Rs. 40,000, you might even get the Mi 11X Pro with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Galaxy A72 really needs to shine if we are to recommend it over the competition. Let’s see if it’s good enough.
Samsung Galaxy A72 design
The Samsung Galaxy A72 features a new design, similar to what we saw with the Galaxy A52. It is simple and elegant, and comes in a variety of pastel colors. The Awesome Violet trim that I have looks soothing, and thanks to the matte finish, fingerprints aren’t an issue. The frame and back are constructed of plastic, and this phone feels relatively sturdy, although it doesn’t feel very high-end once you hold it. I can understand the use of an all-plastic body for the Galaxy A52, but I would have at least expected a return in glass on the more expensive Galaxy A72. The phone is a bit heavy at 203g but not too thick at just 8.3mm.
The 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display has Full HD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, and supports HDR playback. I found the display quality to be good, with above average brightness and punchy colors. There is a visible blue color change when viewing off-axis white backgrounds, but I didn’t find it too annoying. The ports and buttons of the Samsung Galaxy A72 are well arranged. You even get a 3.5mm headphone jack. All openings are weatherproof since the phone has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
The second SIM tray slot can support a second Nano-SIM card or a microSD card. In the box you will find a 25W power adapter with a USB Type-C port, a corresponding USB cable and the SIM eject tool. You don’t get a headset or case with this phone.
Samsung Galaxy A72 Specifications and Software
The base specs of the Samsung Galaxy A72 are almost identical to those of the Galaxy A52, and that’s a bit of a letdown considering the price difference. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is simply not meant to compete with its own high-end siblings, the Snapdragon 865, 870 and even the 888 – all of which can be found in phones priced below Rs. 40. 000. This phone has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. You also get Bluetooth 5, dual band Wi-Fi ac, NFC, and the usual suite of sensors and satellite navigation systems.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has an in-display fingerprint sensor, but I found it to be very incompatible with authentication and a bit slow too. Facial recognition works best but not much, and it failed to recognize my face in dark environments.
Software tasks are performed by OneUI 3.1, which is exactly the same as what we saw on the Galaxy A52. OneUI is feature rich and looks polished. There is Samsung Pay for making contactless payments in stores. I didn’t notice any ads in apps like Weather, but there are plenty of apps preinstalled, most of which seemed unnecessary. Fortunately, you can uninstall them all. Some of Samsung’s own apps, such as the My Galaxy app, tend to clutter your notification shadow, and there’s not much you can do to stop that.
Samsung Galaxy A72 performance and battery life
The Snapdragon 720G SoC is quite underpowered compared to the competition at this price point, but it’s still powerful enough to handle Android 11. There were a few instances during my review where I felt a bit sluggish for a while. multitasking, but that wasn’t too bad. Scrolling through lists in apps was quick thanks to the high screen refresh rate. Benchmark performance was also pretty strong, and the Samsung Galaxy A72 scored a respectable 3.36.261 points in AnTuTu. The phone has a physically large footprint, so one-handed use isn’t the most comfortable.
In addition to the benchmarks, the games were also performing very well. Even demanding titles like Genshin Impact ran at very playable frame rates, with just a slight stuttering intermittently. The stereo speakers get loud and sound great. You can also enable Dolby Atmos for the speakers, which adds a slight boost to the overall sound fidelity. I haven’t noticed any kind of overheating with the Samsung Galaxy A72, even with graphically demanding games. The videos were also very enjoyable, especially the HDR content, which really makes the screen shine.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a 5,000mAh bigger battery than the Galaxy A52, yet our HD video loop test was about an hour less on this phone (16 hours and 28 minutes). The supplied 25W charger managed to charge the phone’s battery from zero to around 48% in half an hour, and up to 87% in an hour, which isn’t bad.
Samsung Galaxy A72 cameras
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a similar camera setup to the Galaxy A52, except that the depth camera has been replaced with a more useful 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The latter has an f / 2.2 aperture, a 3X optical zoom range and optical stabilization. The other cameras are a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. You also get a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
Photos taken by the main camera were generally above average in good lighting. The landscapes had good detail, the colors looked natural, and the dynamic range was fine. The ultra-wide camera’s field of view is quite good, although objects along the edges of the frames appeared stretched. The close-ups looked very good, with a nice level of depth and crisp detail. The macro camera was a bit disappointing but I wasn’t expecting much from it.
The telephoto lens captured strictly average photos, even in good lighting. Details and textures weren’t very sharp, even at the native zoom level, and got progressively smoother once I got over them. In fact, I’ve often noticed that the phone simply zooms digitally using the main sensor at 3X, even in good lighting.
In low light conditions, the Samsung Galaxy A72 will automatically use a long exposure, which means there is usually very little or no difference between a normal photo and one taken in Night mode. However, if you plan to shoot with the ultra-wide camera, Night mode makes a big difference. The phone hardly ever switches to telephoto at night, and even if the subject is properly lit, it can go either way.
The selfie camera isn’t bad whether you’re shooting during the day or in low light. The selfies looked good, with nice details and skin tones. Night mode for selfies isn’t much help, so it’s best to use the screen flash.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 can shoot up to 4K 30fps with the rear and front cameras. Video quality is good during the day and in low light. There appears to be very little to no stabilization applied at 4K (at least electronically), but as a result, there is no jitter in low-light videos when walking and shooting. The camera app also lets you switch between main and ultra-wide cameras when shooting in 4K.
There are plenty of shooting modes available, including Single Take, which captures multiple shots from the rear sensors and automatically applies filters, creates GIFs, and more, depending on what you’ve taken. There’s also a fun shooting mode, which lets you apply Snapchat filters to your subject.
Turns out the Samsung Galaxy A72 isn’t too different from the Galaxy A52, and that’s a problem. The telephoto lens is a nice addition but I didn’t find it very useful as its image quality was average at best. Other than that, you pay more than the Galaxy A52 for a slightly larger battery and the supplied 25W charger. It’s hard to justify spending at least Rs. 34,999 on the Galaxy A72 when you can get almost the same performance and functionality with the Galaxy A52 at Rs. 26,499, and some phones priced below Rs. 30 000 offer even better specifications and capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 is a beautiful phone, but so are others at this price point, which makes it a better choice. There’s the Mi 10T Pro and the OnePlus 8T, both of which offer better gaming performance and better cameras. Vivo’s X60 also looks good on paper, although we haven’t tested it.
If the Samsung name and features like IP rating and stereo speakers are what drew you to the Galaxy A72, I suggest you buy the Galaxy A52 instead and save the money. . If you absolutely want to spend more, then any of the above competitors would be a better buy.