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Samsung’s Galaxy A family has been a huge success for the Korean giant in recent years. In fact, it now represents the bulk of the company’s sales. Nor is it accidental. There is only one way to draw this level of success – and that is by offering competitive features under high profile branding for a reasonable amount. A daunting task that Samsung has tackled as a true smartphone champion in smart step by step through the last few Galaxy A generations.
The A family also seems to be constantly growing. The lineup is scattered, with new models apparently popping up every few weeks. There is so much choice now, ranging from budget to almost flagship models, that Samsung could easily have spun it out to its own sub-brand. Not that we suggest they should.
At the time of writing, the Galaxy A72 represents the tallest model in the family. It actually looks like the Galaxy A52 we recently reviewed. The vanilla version, that is, not the 5G. Compared to the A52, the A72 offers a slightly larger 6.7-inch, 90Hz screen, an extra 8MP telephoto camera and a slightly larger 5,000 mAh battery. Other than that, the vanilla A52 and A72 are pretty much identical, including the physical rocking of a particular modern Samsung design.
Overview of Samsung Galaxy A72:
- Body: 165.0×77.4×8.4mm, 203g; Glass front, plastic back; IP67 dust / water repellent (up to 1 mi 30 minutes).
- Screen: 6.70 “Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 800 nit, 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: 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 11, a user interface 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.7X “, 0.8 µm, PDAF, OIS; Tele: 8 MP, f / 2.4, 1.0 µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f / 2.2, 123 degrees, 1.12 µm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.2, 26 mm (wide), 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 25W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); 3.5 mm jack plug.
At the time of writing, the A52 starts at € 350 for a 4GB / 128GB device, while the A72 costs € 450 for its basic 6GB / 128GB level. So the upgrades in the higher tier model set you back around € 100 on top of the A52. Probably not as competitive on the value scale, but not bad either. Especially with features like the IP67 rating under the belt. Moreover, the actual retail prices of both models have already fallen slightly since their release, and the price difference should eventually shrink further. Samsung is all too familiar with the kind of stiff mid-ranger competition it faces in space.
One more thing worth noting is that there is currently no 5G variant of the A72 on offer. It’s probably in the works, though, and has already appeared in leaks. We can probably expect it to offer a 120Hz display, as the 5G variant of the A52 does. Potentially with a chipset swap from Snapdragon 720G to 750G 5G as well. That would create yet another exciting model in the Galaxy A family. For now, however, we have a regular Galaxy A72 for review in Awesome Blue with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Let’s dive in.
Samsung Galaxy A72 is shipped in a fairly ordinary two-piece box. Nothing too fancy, no plastic, just paper. Thick and stiff, it gets the job done. You also do not get much in the way of accessories – just a wall charger and a few leaflets, and that’s about it.
That said, unlike the Galaxy A52, which comes with a simple 15W charger, the A72 comes with a proper 25W PD device, including a white USB Type-C to Type-C cable. This is good news as the phone can actually charge up to 25W and you do not have to go out and buy a compatible charger to make use of faster charging with the A72 as with the A52.
Depending on how you look at this, a proper charger in the box can be deducted from the total price of owning the A72, or rather added to the potential math to get the A52 instead and get you to adjust the value calculation a bit.