It comes to our surprise that Samsung has launched it’s new mid-range phones; the A-series phones; the A52, A52 5G and A72 much earlier this year. These two models of smartphones were designed to bring more premium features to a larger crowd, making them more accessible. Due to the pandemic, Samsung has streamed the event worldwide, which consisted of a prerecorded video introducing its new Galaxy A series of phones on 17th March 2021 at 10 pm (Malaysia TIme).
We are honored to be able to check out one of its 2021 new A-series phone; the new Samsung Galaxy A72 earlier than others and this is what our first impression about the phone is:
The Galaxy A72 feels light when we are holding it, but it doesn’t make us feels it’s too cheap. The back of the phone was furnished with Soft Haze finishing where it makes it feels a bit sandy texture-wise, but it’s still nice to touch and doesn’t attract fingerprints.
A notable improvement we see this year is the IP67 water and dust proof, which the A71 unfortunately lacked. This feature is an important addition, even to the mid-range phone segment, as we all probably know mid-rangers are as susceptible to water-spilling-on-phone accidents as any premium phone. For those of you who don’t know, the IP67 rating assures the phone can withstand for about 30 minutes under 15cm to 1m of water, and is protected against dust and sand.
Although the Galaxy A72 has a similar 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display to its predecessor, Samsung has upgraded its refresh rate from 60Hz to 90Hz refresh rate this time. It feels smoother when scrolling and browsing, plus it also comes with the Eye Comfort Shield feature that minimises blue light for better eye care. The display is also brighter than before as Samsung increased the peak brightness from 700 nits to 800 nits.
Moving on to the cameras, the Galaxy A72 takes good selfies with its 32MP lens. There’s a good amount of details paired with natural colours, plus I also get AI beautification — you can opt to turn this off if you’re not a fan of said feature.
Its rear camera setup comprises a 64MP wide lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens and a 5MP macro lens. Colours can be slightly inconsistent depending on the amount of light, but most of the time we’re getting natural colours and really good details, especially with the high res mode turned on.
We believe its camera bump was inspired by the Galaxy S21 series that features a contour cut design or what they call it this time was the Soft Edge Design, the Galaxy A72 has a camera housing that isn’t bulky and matches its overall color which keeps the Galaxy phone balanced. The Galaxy A72 has also retained its beloved-by-many headphone jack at the bottom of the phone, sitting side by side with the charging port and speaker.
The Galaxy A72 support up to 4G network but for us, we do not see any issue on this as the 5G network technology will not be coming into Malaysia in this coming few months time. Even if the 5G were here, not many of us need such high-speed networks for our daily use anyway. Hence with 4G networks, it would definitely be sufficient for any daily routine works including gaming.
This time, the Galaxy A72 has a bigger 5,000mAh battery that promises a 2-days battery life. Samsung also maintained 25W fast charging with the Galaxy A72 which makes our recharging faster than ever with the Galaxy A series.
What’s In The Box?
The Galaxy A72 is equipped with a Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card, Regional Lock Guide, an Ejection Pin, and a Charging Cable, and a 15W Super Fast Charging Adapter too.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 was priced at RM with 4 colours for selection; Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, and Awesome White.
The Galaxy A72’s Malaysia price has not been announced yet but its European pricing ranges from 349 (128GB) to 449 (256GB) Euros, which converts to about RM 1712 to RM 2,202.
For more information on the Galaxy A72 check out Samsung’s official product page at https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-a/galaxy-a72-awesome-violet-256gb-sm-a725flvhxme/
Interested to know more about our in-depth review on the Samsung Galaxy A72? Stay tuned to our website. The review will be published on our website this week.