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Samsung Galaxy A72 Smartphone

NEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Samsung Galaxy A72 is an affordable alternative to the South Korean company's 2021 Galaxy S21 Plus: It comes with the latter a similar design, including the 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display.
The tradeoffs with the Galaxy A72 are exactly the same as it is with the Galaxy A52: In terms of compromises, the A72 has a slower processor, a lower IP rating (IP67 rather than IP68), a lower display refresh rate at 90Hz, a downgrade of USB-C to 2.0, and a omission of WiFi 6 in favor of WiFi 5.
On the other hand, it adds a fourth camera in the back, including an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, upgrades the selfie camera to 32MP, and keeps the microSD card support.
Unlike the A52, the Galaxy A72 is only available with LTE.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Good camera performance
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent video stabilization
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not as good as the Galaxy A52

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Fantastic 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slow SoC
  • No IP certification
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • No IP53 rating
  • No IP67 water and dust rating
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
5000 mAh
Camera | Front
32MP f/2.2
Camera | Rear | Macro
5MP f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Telephoto
8MP f/2.4, OIS AF 3x optical zoom
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12MP f/2.2
Camera | Rear | Wide
64MP f/1.8, OIS AF
Speakers
Stereo speakers by AKG

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.4 mm
Size | Height
159.9 mm
Size | Width
75.1 mm
Weight
189 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
20:9
Display Diagonal
6.5 inch
Display Type
Super AMOLED (OLED)
Pixel Density
394 ppi
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Resolution
FHD+, 1080×2400

Function

Fast Charging
25W fast charging
GPS
GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Operating System
Android 11
Processor
Octa-core (2x 2.3GHz + 6x 1.8GHz)
Security
Fingerprint, Face recognition
Sensor
Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Virtual Proximity sensor
SIM
Dual Nano SIM, LTE
Weather Resistance
IP67

Performance

Memory | Capacity
6 / 8 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR5
Storage
128 / 256 GB + MicroSD up to 1TB

Production

Debut
2021-03-17

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gsmarena[1]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
Samsung has made the new Galaxy A-series phones hard to ignore. The A72 packs a feature set that brings it closer than ever to flagship territory. It's got a solid build with IP67 ingress protection. The impressive hybrid stereo speaker system with Dolby Atmos shapes the Galaxy A72 into a solid multimedia device.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No IP53 rating

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The Galaxy A72's internal component set isn't the most powerful one in this mid-range category. However, it does offer a good level of performance. Samsung's software is extremely versatile with many available customization options. The camera suite is versatile and unique in the A-series smartphones.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Samsung's Galaxy A72 has the best prerequisites to continue the success of its predecessor. It has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 90 Hz, immense brightness and IP67 certification. Despite the SoC change, the new Samsung is not noticeably faster than its predecessor, the Galaxy A71. Other advantages are the versatile camera and the very good runtimes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Fast SoC
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No IP certification
  • Slow SoC

phonearena[4]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following***:
The Galaxy A72 is rumored to come in four fresh colors: Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Blue. It will reportedly feature a quad-camera setup just like its predecessor with a main sensor of 64MP. To complement the main camera, we will reportedly be getting a 12 MP Ultra-wide shooter, and two additional sensors. The difference here is the addition of the 8MP telephoto lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • No IP67 water and dust rating

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy A72 review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_a72-review-2260p6.php. 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy A72 review: the new mid-range king?. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/samsung-galaxy-a72-review. 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy A72 smartphone review - Fine tuning for the mid-range champion. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Samsung-Galaxy-A72-smartphone-review-Fine-tuning-for-the-mid-range-champion.540277.0.html. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy A72 5G preview. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/samsung-galaxy-a72-5g-review_id4981. 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2021-03-23.

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