The Samsung Galaxy A72 is the sequel to last year’s Galaxy A71 5G, bundling premium smartphone features into a relatively affordable package. It’s equipped with a gorgeous 6.7-inch AMOLED display and a 90Hz refresh rate, as well as a meaty 5,000mAh battery and a quad-lens rear camera setup. It looks seriously good for the price, but with the Galaxy A71 5G only a year older and now available at a discount, you might be wondering whether you’d be better off going for its predecessor.
To help you resolve any indecision you might have, we’ve put together a comparison test: The Samsung Galaxy A72 versus the Galaxy A71
|Galaxy A72||Galaxy A71 5G|
|Size||165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm (6.50 x 3.05 x 0.33 inches)||162.5 x 75.5 x 8.1mm (6.40 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches)|
|Weight||203 grams (7.16 ounces)||185 grams (6.53 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.7-inch Super AMOLED||6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus|
|Screen resolution||2400 x 1080 pixels (393 pixels per inch)||2400 x 1080 pixels (393 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 11 (under One UI 3)||Android 11 (under One UI 3)|
|MicroSD card slot||Yes||Yes|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB||6GB, 8GB|
|Camera||Quad-lens 64-megapixel wide, 8MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro rear, 32MP front||Quad-lens 64-megapixel wide, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth rear, 32MP front|
|Video||4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps||4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 960 fps|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm jack||USB-C, 3.5mm jack|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, in-display||Yes, in-display|
Fast charging (25W)
Fast charging (25W)
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||Most major U.S. carriers||Most major U.S. carriers|
|Colors||Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue||Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube Sliver, Prism Cube Blue|
|Review score||News||3.5 out of 5 stars|
Both the Samsung Galaxy A72 and Galaxy A71
It’s a similar story with the displays themselves since both devices pack a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, each with 2400 x 1080 pixels. This makes them as sharp and as clear as each other, yet the A72 pips the A71 again due to its inclusion of a 90Hz refresh rate. This really does make a tangible difference to how fluidly images appear and move on the screen, providing the A72 with a wow factor the A71 lacks.
The A71 also lacks an official IP rating, whereas the A72 comes with an IP67 certification. This indicates that it can withstand submersion in up to a meter of water for as long as 30 minutes. Combined with the slightly prettier design and display, this gives the A72 a fairly comfortable victory overall in this round.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A72
The Galaxy A72 and A71
Likewise, both devices ship with 128GB of internal memory as standard and both offer a microSD slot. That said, the A72 gives you the option of paying extra for a model with 256GB of storage, so this may be preferable for people who need a little more virtual elbow room.
Again, the Galaxy A72 and A71
The Galaxy A72 and A71 both come with the same number of rear camera lenses: Four. The A71 combines a 64MP wide lens with a 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth lens. Meanwhile, the A72 gets rid of the 5MP depth camera and replaces it with a more useful 8MP telephoto lens, which should — in theory, at least — provide it with more versatility.
We haven’t reviewed the A72 yet, but our review of the A71 (5G) found that it’s capable of taking bright, colorful, and dynamic photos in decent light, although it struggles somewhat in lower lighting. We’re hoping that the A72 can add a little more consistency, while we also expect the inclusion of new modes — such as the Fun Mode — to enhance its usability. Still, without that review, we can’t say anything for certain, so we’re assuming more or less parity at the moment.
Both phones also have the same video-capturing capabilities, letting you shoot
The Samsung Galaxy A72 ships with Android 11 out of the box and with OneUI 3 running over the top, while A71
Being Samsung phones, both devices will also receive updates at more or less the same time. That said, the A72 may receive updates a little longer from this point onwards, given that it’s a newer phone. Nonetheless, this isn’t a major difference, so we’re declaring another tie.
The A72 isn’t a
These aren’t major additions, and given that the A72 misses out on
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A71
The Samsung Galaxy A72 can be preordered from Samsung and starts from $550. It will be supported by all major carriers and sold by most major retailers.
The Samsung Galaxy A71
Both phones are very evenly matched, yet it’s the presence of
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