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Samsung Galaxy A72 Review

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Samsung saw a sudden increase in Galaxy A-series sales worldwide as flagship S series continues to drop. So this year, they had a big Samsung Unpacked event for the Galaxy A-series and announced the Galaxy A72 and 4G and 5G versions of the Galaxy A52. The company focused on four things – the camera, display, battery and design. Let’s see what the Samsung Galaxy A72 has to offer and the improvements done from last year’s model.

Samsung Galaxy A72 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor
  • Adreno 618 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • IP67 certified – water and dust resistant
  • 6.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels)
  • Rear Camera
    • 64MP f/1.8 PDAF, OIS (main)
    • 8MP f/2.4 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
    • 12MP f/2.2 (ultrawide)
    • 5MP f/2.4 (macro)
  • 32MP f/2.2 front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display)
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 5,000 mAh battery with 25W fast charge
  • Android 11 with One UI 3.1
  • Price: Php 23,990

HARDWARE

The Samsung Galaxy A72 has a new and very refreshing design. It has a plastic body just like last year’s A71 but this time Samsung used a matte finish which does not attract any fingerprints. Actually, you don’t need a case already. Plastic can handle drops better than metal or glass. But for your peace of mind, you can slap on a case for added protection. The body is also protected from dust and sudden submersion in water thanks to its IP67 certification. This is a first for a Galaxy A-series phone.

Let’s take a quick tour around the phone. SIM card tray and a noise cancelling microphone at the top. Volume rocker and power button on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grill, microphone and USB Type C port at the bottom. At the back we have the quad camera system. The design of the camera module is very similar to other Galaxy S phones released this year.

As for the display, we have a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen. It is one of the best displays out there, no question. Obviously, it is a Samsung. It is also very bright especially using it outdoors. The Galaxy A72 also has stereo speakers. The bottom speaker and the earpiece which also serves as another speaker has great audio quality. It is loud and very well balanced

SOFTWARE

Samsung’s One UI 3.0 is by far the best UI version to date. Although redunant apps are still there and Samsung wants to install their other native apps upon set up, you can easily uninstall them if you wish. With the 90Hz display and Samsung’s optimization, navigation and overall use is as smooth as butter. One more thing we like with Samsung phones is the company’s 3 years of software support. Meaning you get 3 years of major Android OS updates and monthly security updates.

Under the hood, we have the Snapdragon 720G powering the device. When it comes to everyday use – calls, texts, chatting, social media, camera and You Tube, the chipset can handle these tasks with no sweat. Its weakness will show in gaming. If you play games like Mobile Legends or Call of Duty, it will run but frame rates will not be as smooth as expected.

CAMERA

We have a 64MP main camera with OIS, 8MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide and 5MP macro. The main camera takes very good photos whether good or low light conditions. Zoom photos are also good but you will see loss of detail on digital zoom. Overall, we are very impressed with the photos. Most photos we took here were taken before the rise of COVID cases in March and the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) implemented in Metro Manila. Other indoor photos were taken during ECQ at our home.

ULTRAWIDE > 1X > 3X >10X > 20X > 30X

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

Samsung wasn’t lying with its claim of two days of battery life. The combination of a low power 720G processor and 1080p AMOLED display, it sips less power from the large 5,000 mAh battery. We managed to get around 9 hours of screen on time on our video loop test.

We are very satisfied with the Galaxy A72’s WiFi and 4G/LTE connectivity. If we are going to nitpick is probably the lack of 5G support for this device. At this price point, we expect 5G support already here just like it did for the Galaxy A52. But we know Samsung if they will put 5G support on the Galaxy A72, it will jack up the price even further. Calls are clear with no issues and signal drops on our 4G/LTE and WiFi signals are very rare.

VERDICT

To be honest, we must say that the past Galaxy A devices we just OK – OK camera, OK performance, OK battery life, OK display. Just OK. But this year, Samsung finally realized how much people are buying their Galaxy A-series phones that even sales figures tell how much these phones outsells the company’s flagship Galaxy S and Note series. People nowadays are keeping their phones longer and don’t want spend much on a phone. Samsung knows that already and that’s why the company invested so much to improve their midrange line up. The Samsung Galaxy A72 is a perfect example of it. This phone is such a big improvement from its predecessor. Better display, better design, very capable cameras, great battery life, smooth performance and 3 years of software updates. If you don’t care about 5G, doesn’t play games much and you intend to keep your phone for years, the Galaxy A72 is our top choice of recommendation.

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