Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and A72 have been out for months. The Galaxy A52 has been tested; now it’s the A72’s time. For Rs. 7,000 more than the Galaxy A52, you get a larger display, larger battery, and telephoto camera.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has some serious competition from the OnePlus 8T, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, and the Vivo X60 at Rs. 34,999 for the base edition with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or Rs. 37,999 with 256GB of storage. If you spend around Rs. 40,000, you can buy the Mi 11X Pro with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. If we’re going to recommend the Galaxy A72, it must stand out. Test it out.
Samsung A72 Design
The Samsung Galaxy A72’s design is comparable to the Galaxy A52’s. Simple, beautiful, and pastel-coloured. The matte texture on my Awesome Violet trim prevents fingerprints.
The plastic frame and back make this phone seem durable, but it doesn’t feel premium. I can accept the Galaxy A52’s plastic body, but I expected a glass back for the Galaxy A72. The phone measures 203g and is 8.3mm thick.
The 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display boasts full-HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh, and HDR playback. I liked the display’s brightness and vibrant colours.
Off-axis, white backgrounds appear blue, but I didn’t find this distracting. Samsung Galaxy A72 ports and buttons are well-arranged. 3.5mm headphones are included. All the phone’s apertures are weather-sealed for dust and water resistance (IP67).
The second SIM tray slot can hold a Nano-SIM or microSD card. In the box are a 25W USB Type-C power adapter, USB cable, and SIM eject tool. This phone has no headset or case.
Samsung Galaxy A72 Software?
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has similar specs to the Galaxy A52, which is disappointing given the price difference.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G isn’t meant to compete with the Snapdragon 865, 870, or 888, all of which are featured in phones under Rs. 40,000.
Phone offers 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage. You also get Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, NFC, sensors and GPS.
It Has an In-Display Fingerprint Reader!
The Samsung Galaxy A72’s in-display fingerprint reader is inconsistent and slow. Face recognition is slightly better but fails in dark conditions.
Samsung Galaxy A72 battery performance
The Snapdragon 720G SoC is underpowered at this price, yet it can run Android 11. During my review, I felt slow when multitasking, although not too badly.
The high screen refresh rate made the app list scrolling quick. The Samsung Galaxy A72’s AnTuTu score was 3,36,261. The phone’s size makes one-handed use awkward.
The games ran nicely, too. Genshin Impact operated at playable framerates with an only moderate stutter. Loud, good-sounding stereo speakers.
Enabling Dolby Atmos for the speakers improves sound quality. Even with highly demanding games, the Samsung Galaxy A72 didn’t overheat. HDR videos were really enjoyable on the display.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a 5,000mAh battery, however, it lasted around an hour less in our HD video loop test (16 hours and 28 minutes). The supplied 25W charger charged the phone’s battery to 48 per cent in half an hour and 87 per cent in an hour.
Galaxy A72 Cameras!
The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a similar camera arrangement to the Galaxy A52, except for the depth camera. f/2.2 aperture, 3X optical zoom, optical stabilisation. 64-megapixel main, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and 5-megapixel macro cameras. 32-megapixel selfie camera.
In good light, the primary camera took above-average photos. Good landscape details, realistic colours, and dynamic range.
The ultra-wide camera’s field of vision is impressive, although edges appear stretched. Close-ups had good depth and details. I wasn’t expecting much from the macro camera, so I wasn’t surprised.
Even with good light, the telescopic camera took mediocre images. Even at the native zoom setting, details and textures weren’t sharp and got softer as I zoomed in.
Even in good illumination, the phone often digitally zoomed-in 3X using the primary sensor.
In low light, the Samsung Galaxy A72 automatically uses a long exposure, so there’s usually little difference between a regular and Night photo.
Night mode makes a tremendous impact when using the ultra-wide camera. Even if the subject is well-lit, the phone rarely goes telephoto at night.
The selfie camera is good day or night. Selfies had nice skin tones and details. You’re better off using the screen flash than night mode for selfies.
Samsung Galaxy A72 back and front cameras shoot 4K 30fps video.
Daytime and low-light video quality are good. There’s little to no electronic stabilisation at 4K, so there’s no jitter when walking and shooting in low light.
When filming 4K, the camera app allows you to switch between the main and ultra-wide cameras.
Single Take captures numerous images from the back sensors and automatically applies filters, generates GIFs, etc. based on what you’ve taken. Fun photography mode lets you apply Snapchat filters.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 is similar to the A52, which is an issue. The telescopic camera is a fantastic feature, but its image quality is mediocre.
You spend more for the Galaxy A52’s larger battery and 25W charger. It’s hard to rationalise spending Rs. 34,999 on the Galaxy A72 when the Galaxy A52 costs Rs. 26,499 and several phones under Rs. 30,000 offer superior specs.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 is a good-looking phone, but others at this price are better. Mi 10T Pro and OnePlus 8T have excellent gaming and photography performance. We haven’t tested Vivo’s X60, but it seems fantastic on paper.
If the Samsung name and features like IP certification and dual speakers tempted you to the Galaxy A72, get the Galaxy A52 and save some money. Any of the above competitors is a better buy if you must spend extra.