Since the beginning of 2021, we have witnessed the launch of several Samsung Galaxy A series smartphones in India. Two of the recent smartphones launched under the series are the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72. While we have already talked a lot about the affordable Galaxy A52, in this piece we will take a look at how the elder sibling AKA the Galaxy A72 performs for the starting price of Rs 34,999. Also Read - Samsung launches pick-up and drop service for smartphones, tablets in India: How to use
Looking at the pricing, it will not be wrong to say that with the Galaxy A72, Samsung clearly wants to take on the likes of the OnePlus 9R, which has been released at a price starting at Rs 39,999. Also Read - Top five smart TVs under Rs 30,000 best suited for watching cricket this IPL 2021 season
While we haven’t received the OnePlus 9R yet, what we have in for review is its competition, the Samsung Galaxy A72. I have spent a few hours with the Samsung device and here are my initial impressions of the Galaxy A72.
Samsung Galaxy A72: Design and build
The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes in four colour options including Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome Violet, and Awesome White. The one I’m using right now is the Awesome Violet colour option. It’s impressive that Samsung is taking a step ahead and playing with new colour schemes unlike some of the competition brands who are still stuck with boring black and blue phones.
As far as the design is concerned, the Galaxy A72 looks funky and unique when compared to other smartphones available at this price segment. What mainly sets the phone apart is the rear panel design that offers a plastic matte finish, which barely registers fingerprint marks. The quad cameras paired with a LED flash are neatly placed inside a vertically aligned camera module.
While the combination of glass and metal is a popular choice of material among smartphone manufacturers, it is pretty daring of Samsung to opt for a plastic rear panel, especially at this price point. Well, it’s not that a plastic panel is bad, it comes with its own set to advantages and disadvantages. But given the price, Samsung asks for the Galaxy A72, I personally believe that a glass panel would have made it a better deal.
Samsung doesn’t compromise on the build quality. The phone feels sturdy in the hands and offers a good hand feel and grip. I like that the weight is properly balanced, however, it can be slightly difficult to use the phone with one hand thanks to the big form factor.
The front design is also minimal and looks classy with a centre placed punch-hole camera and slim bezels on all sides. I suggest you use the phone with a back cover, which doesn’t come with the retail box, as it lacks the curved edges that are see in most smartphones.
Features and specifications
With the limited time I have spent with the Galaxy A72, it runs smoothly at all times. Be it moving from one app to the other or scrolling through the app drawer, the experience so far has been lag-free. The Samsung phone is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 8nm chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
The phone runs on One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 OS and comes with several pre-installed third-party applications including Snapchat, Amazon, Prime Video, among others. Overall, the UI offers a very clean experience, which is great. I will have more to say about the overall performance in the full review in the weeks to come.
One of the best things about the Samsung Galaxy A72 is the screen. It features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display with 90Hz refresh rate. I used the phone in both under bright sunlight and indoors. In both scenarios the screen looks vibrant and shows punchy colours. The brightness level around 40 – 50 percent worked well for me.
I also clicked some pictures with the Samsung Galaxy A72 and most of them, so far, look great. Some photos clicked with the Samsung phone in bright daylight show a decent amount of details but colours look washed out sometimes. Selfies clicked with the Samsung device look good overall but automatically add that extra filter layer even when clicked with beauty mode turned off. I will have more details to share about the camera performance in the full review of the Samsung phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with a 5000mAh battery paired with up to 25W of super fast charging support. While Samsung calls its charting technology “super fast”, I’m not sure how fast it is in real life. Smartphones from brands like OnePlus and Realme at this price point come with 50W or 65W fast charging support, which in most scenarios charges the device fully in just about 30 minutes approx. As for the battery performance, Samsung promises that the phone lasts one full day with ease. I will talk about the battery performance in detail in the full review of the phone later this month.
Samsung Galaxy A72 first impressions
With a few hours using the Samsung Galaxy A72, it looks like a decent deal at the price of Rs 35,000. It offers some great features such as a vibrant AMOLED display, decent processor, and a clean UI. The cameras also look promising so far, but I will need to test them extensively to understand whether they are better than the competition or not. So, stay tuned to BGR India for the full review.