Using the Samsung Galaxy S20 for a while now, I got a bit of a surprise when I took the new A72 out of the box and saw the difference in size. Yes, the A72 has a 6.7-inch screen, only 0.1 inches smaller than the screen S21 Ultra. If you’ve used the A71 though, this is nothing new.
What is what is new, however, is that Samsung has left curved screens for Series this time, similar to what it did with the S21 and S21 + models released earlier this year (the S21 Ultra retained a curved edge).
In a way, the flatter edge of the screen makes the screen feel much bigger, which satisfies the eyes. While using the A72, I was also less likely to accidentally touch the screen.
The A72 has an FHD + Super AMOLED screen, which was bright and vivid. Interestingly, even more so than my S20, although both are set to Vivid and roughly the same light switch. If I had to choose which look looks better, I would easily choose the A72 screen.
We got the unit in a beautiful Awesome Violet, which is almost like a powdery purple. Not reflective, pure matte thanks to the plastic back. It looked nice, but it certainly sounded cheap when tapped with your fingers.
I don’t really mind the plastic back, as I don’t plan on lowering the phone from a height any time soon and it would be reasonable to at least opt for a sheer case to protect the beautiful back.
Thanks to the plastic, the weight of the phone is also only 203g, although it is heavier than the S21 which weighs only 171g. I’d say that because of the weight it feels as tight as it can be with a plastic back, plus it’s not heavy in pulling panties anyway.
One of the most noticeable changes this time around was the camera body. It is a seamless design, without cracks around it, shaped perfectly to match the settings of the four cameras. You have a shiny metal strip on the edges of the phone all around.
I have to say I also prefer the layout of the A72 cameras, which look a lot more balanced than even the S21 Ultra, which is weird. Of course, these are all just cosmetic preferences.
A look through the lens
The A72 has a 64MP wide, 8MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide and 5MP macro camera. To my amateur eyes, the photos I took of random places from the same position did not look much different between the captured S20 and A72.
I can confidently say that the images of the A72 nevertheless became sharp and vibrant after its Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) was activated. Anyway, I’ll soon be testing its cameras more correctly in the full review, especially since it has a 30x Space Zoom that arrived in the S series last year as well.
Packed with a 5,000 mAh battery and capable of taking advantage of a charging speed of 25 W, the battery is no joke. From my brief testing with multiple running apps and brightness increased by almost half, I would say the battery discharge is decent and not a concern.
I have yet to test it for gaming, and I’d love to see how it holds up with its Snapdragon 720G processor as well. During my occasional use, like watching videos and scrolling through social media, I haven’t noticed any heating issues on the A72 yet.
So, am I impressed?
Based on my first impressions, I have to say yes. I’ve laid my hands on a variety of Samsung phones, from Ultras to Note, but this is the first time I’ve used one from the A Series.
Of course, I didn’t spend enough time to really get to know its shortcomings, but for now I can say that I am quite satisfied. Although its price in Malaysia is still unknown, many estimate it at around RM 2,205 based on the price in euros.
That’s reasonable to me. All my fancy numbers and function names mean little to me, so my judgment is based solely on my own experience. For now, the A72 is definitely impressive and I’m glad to see that it has some cooler features from the S20 and even the S21 series.
They seem to mostly improve the quality of life, but as they say, little things are important in life … Or something similar.
Editor’s note: We will update this article with Malaysian prices and launch date after posting details.