Rather than a dull upgrade with minor enhancements to essentially similar phones, the new Samsung Galaxy A72 gives you a bold and different approach. The Galaxy A72 has a 720G chipset, new design with IP67 water and dust resistance and 90Hz display. It also has a camera that is better in other ways than just enhanced resolution.
Let's dive into what this phone really offers and how it stands out.
One of the reasons people choose to buy the A70 series of phones is because of their great cameras. Previous A50 and A30 variants offer modest cameras compared to this series. The phone has a 64 megapixel main camera with great image quality, but it's still lacking compared to flagship phones. However, the quality is still noticeably better than A52 and A32 phones. The photo camera has an 8 megapixel sensor, the same one that's found in the Galaxy S20FE model. It supports 30X digital zoom, which is good up to 10X before the image quality becomes bad. Nonetheless it can take photos of far away things that are visible in photos, even with 20 times magnification. Similar to its predecessor, Galaxy A72 macro camera does not help the phone capture images of close objects.
The new Galaxy A series phones have some of the best designs, with elements borrowed from the S series. The cameras are outlined and rise above the body at the back, which makes A72 and A52 feel more premium. The new phone very basic colours align perfectly with the design and matte plastic covers look. The phone has also a hidden fingerprint sensor under the screen. The dimensions of the phone haven't changed much compared to the last generation. Although the phone became a bit heavier at 203 grams compared to the 179 grams Galaxy A71. The reason is the IP67 dust and water protection, which is the first time A series to have such feature. The design at the front is very similar to the Galaxy A71. Samsung has even kept the silver notch on the left of the screen. The build quality feels very good and the phone looks more premium than its predecessor.
The phone supports one SIM card. There is another hybrid slot for either a memory card or a second SIM card. That's a problem for people who want to use two SIM cards and a memory card at the same time. A72 follows Samsung's recent phones and has a 3.5 mm headphones port and a charging and data USB Type-C port. The fingerprint scanner could have been located a bit higher for more convenience when unlocking the phone. However, you'll get used to using it in its low position. The phone screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The Galaxy A72 has a 2400×1080 Super Amoled panel, which offers vibrant colours similar to its predecessor. There is a noticeable difference in colours when you compare the two side by side, but neither is clearly better than the other. The phone has a screen refresh rate of 90Hz, marking the first of such an upgrade to the A series. Higher refresh rates have become popular for mid-range phones recently. The Super Amoled screens offer great features, like energy saving in Dark Mode, Always-On display and various colour presets.
The Galaxy A72 comes with a Snapdragon 720G, offering 2 Kryo 465 Gold cores with maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz and 6 Kryo 465 Silver cores with a clock speed of up to 1.8 GHz. This makes the phone offer nothing special in terms of performance compared to the Galaxy A52. More RAM seems to be there to justify selling the A72 at a higher price. The phone comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and respectively 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. In both cases you can expand the storage to a whopping 1TB using a memory card. A couple of years back this great feature was only for flagship phones.
Compared to the Galaxy A52 in actual performance, the A72 doesn't seem to offer much advantage. But that doesn't mean the Galaxy A72 is a bad phone in terms of performance. It really offers solid performance you can expect from such a chipset, whether multitasking or playing games.
Instead of a 4500mAh battery like the one Galaxy A71 has, the Galaxy A72 has a 5000 mAh battery. Although it seems to be a minor upgrade and should have been better. The battery of the phone doesn't seem to offer anything different than you would expect from Samsung's great UI. It is just moderate compared to general mid-range phones and still far from 7000 mAh battery like the one in the Galaxy M62. The phone supports 25W fast charging, but Samsung only included a 15W charger with the phone. Therefore you would need to buy a separate fast charger to enjoy such a feature.
The Galaxy A72 is a great phone with cool features when you compare it to its predecessor. For example, it has the 90Hz screen, IP67 water resistance and better camera and sound. Unfortunately it failed to offer a better battery or display compared to previous models. In features and performance, it's closer to the A52. That makes it less desirable to buy, unless you want a better camera than A52 which A72 certainly offers.