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Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72
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8.1/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy A72 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A72 gets many things right, including the display, colors, and design. But it also falls short when it comes to the unavailability of a 5G version, using an older chipset, and the faulty fingerprint scanner.

What's good

  • Long battery life
  • IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating
  • Long term Android support
  • 90Hz display

What's bad

  • No 5G option
  • No 4K recording
  • A lot of bloatware

The Samsung Galaxy A72 is the next in a line of budget Galaxy phones, featuring a bigger screen than the A52 and a few other improvements. Samsung’s built a reputation with its top-end models, but how is the experience on their more affordable options? Here’s what to expect.

Design

The A72 offers an interesting change to the standard Galaxy phone look -- pastel color options. While the chassis is made of polycarbonate (i.e. high-grade plastic), the matte texture camouflages fingerprints, keeping it looking posh. You’ll find a SIM tray is at the top, along with a headphone jack and speaker at the bottom on either side of the USB-C charging port. The camera bump is not too big or intrusive.

Display

The phone features an AMOLED display for rich colors and brightness. Reviewers stated that they never had issues seeing the screen -- even in direct sunlight. Color options are limited, but reviewers didn’t see this as a deal-breaker.

The 90Hz refresh rate helps it stand out in the budget market and provides smooth performance when switching between apps and giving the whole experience extra fluidity.

Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the screen should put up with travelling in your pocket next to your keys, bouncing around your bag, or even the occasional small fall with no issue.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A72 received decent performance marks from reviewers with a couple of caveats. While the Samsung Galaxy A72 technically has a slower chipset than last year's A71, reviewers reported faster performance from the newer. Still, there are other budget phones out there that blow away the A72 on raw speed.

The phone won’t play graphics-intensive games on the highest settings but does great with more casual games. Regular day-to-day use -- launching apps, checking email, scrolling through social media, etc. -- was just fine with no issues with stutters or crashing.

Unfortunately, the on-screen fingerprint scanner was unreliable for many reviewers, providing either prolonged scan times or failing to work at all. Most recommend using Samsung’s face recognition instead.

Software & Storage

Samsung’s Galaxy A72 runs their One UI 3.1 skin on top of Android, with a 3-year update guarantee. Storage starts at 128GB with the option for 256GB.

Cameras

In good lighting, the camera does well. Reviewers stated that photos using the 3x zoom were pretty decent, showing minimal artifacts or distortion. However, in low-light situations, the camera tends to produce underexposed photos that lack detail and are still noisy around the edges.

Battery Life

Battery life pleased reviewers. If you’re a light phone user, you’ll probably get multiple days out of a single charge. Love games or use your phone frequently? The phone should offer you just enough juice to make it back to a charger at the end of their day based on reviewers’ experiences.

Audio

Speakers on smartphones only sound so good. The Samsung Galaxy A72 isn’t going to wow you, but it’s more than enough for phone calls or casual listening. It uses the earpiece as a second speaker, and while that helps, it’s still not going to win any awards.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.7-inch AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G processor
  • 6 or 8GB of RAM
  • One UI 1.3
  • 128 or 256GB of storage
  • 64+ MP main lens and 32+MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Samsung Galaxy A72 gets many things right, including the display, the colors, and the design. But it also falls short when it comes to the unavailability of a 5G version, using an older chipset, and the faulty fingerprint scanner.

As with most budget phones, its ultimate value depends on what you’re looking for in a smartphone on a budget. Some of this might not matter to someone who isn’t heavy into high-end mobile gaming or who lives in an area that isn’t under the 5G area of coverage. If that’s the case, you’ll find the phone plenty reliable, and it looks and feels great for the price.

NextPit says, “The Galaxy A72 tops the trio of Galaxy A mid-range smartphones that were released in 2021. This smartphone carries an amalgamation of the best features in this range, although it disappoints in terms of display capability and fast charging. Still, it remains an excellent option for those who want a smartphone that will last them for a few years before making a new purchase.”

Android Central comments, “The Galaxy A72 nails the basics: you get a sublime 90Hz AMOLED display, minimal design with pastel hues, robust hardware, reliable cameras at the back, a 5000mAh battery, and long-term software updates. But the fact that there's no 5G here makes it a non-starter in global markets, and you also have to contend with a lot of bloatware.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
6.7"
Camera
64+ MP, f/1.8


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

With a DXOMARK overall score of 105, the Samsung Galaxy A72 cannot compete with the very best in our ranking — which is to be expected for a device in its price segment — but does rather well among its similarly priced peers. It occupies a joint 5th position in our High-end segment ranking, tying th...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
NDTV

As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy A72 is not too different from the Galaxy A52, and that's a problem. The telephoto camera is a nice addition but I didn't find it very useful since its image quality was average at best. Other than this, you're paying a premium over the Galaxy A52 for a slightly la...

- Roydon Cerejo, NDTV
TechPP

The stark fact is that cameras (and the 25W charger) aside, there is not even too much of a difference between the performance of the A72 and the A52, which is available at a much lower price. The Galaxy A72 is a very good phone, but it does not stand out from the competition on any parameter other...

- Akriti Rana, TechPP
Notebookcheck

With its strong and further improved features, Samsung's Galaxy A72 has the best prerequisites to continue the success of its predecessor.

- Manuel Masiero, Notebookcheck
BGR

The Samsung Galaxy A72 is a really good smartphone to consider. It offers everything, starting from trendy design, solid set of cameras, clean UI, good build quality, average performance and long-lasting battery life. Overall, the Galaxy A72 4G smartphone gets most of it just right.

- Sneha Saha, BGR


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Common Questions


Samsung backs up the Galaxy A72 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy A72 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.7"

The Samsung Galaxy A72's screen size is 6.7 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
64+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 64+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

Galaxy A72 Specs

Overview
Release Date March 17, 2021
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) Octa-core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
64+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Zoom
3x optical, 30x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Telephoto), HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
32+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 394 pixels
Size 6.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, Awesome White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 7.74 x 0.84 cm (6.5 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 203 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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Additional Information -
Additional Comments

Will support software upgrades for three generations, and regular security updates for a minimum of four years.

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