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Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F/DS) smartphone review

Contents of delivery

  • Smartphone
  • Charger (25W)
  • USB Type C cable
  • Clip for SIM tray
  • Instruction


  • Dimensions and weight 165 x 77.4 x 8.4 mm, 203 grams
  • Housing materials Plastic (glastic)
  • Display 6.7 inches, 1080x2400 pixels (20:9), 90 Hz, SuperAMOLED, 393 ppi, automatic brightness control (up to 800 nits), AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Operating system Google Android 11.0, OneUI 3.1
  • Snapdragon 720G platform (8 nm technology), two Cortex A-76 cores up to 2.3 GHz, 6 Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 618
  • Memory 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM (118 GB free), microSD card up to 1 TB 8/256 GB option
  • Wireless interfaces Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • 2G network: 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G: 850/900/1900/2100
  • 4G: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B17/B20/B26/B28/B66; 4G TDD LTE B38/B40/B41
  • Dual SIM, nanoSIM (not combo slot)
  • Navigation GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo
  • Sensors and connectors USB Type C (USB 2.0), OTG
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor
  • Fingerprint sensor built into the screen
  • face unlock
  • Main camera 64 MP (f/1.8) + 8 MP (f/2.4, x3 optical zoom) + 12 MP (f/2.2, wide-angle) + 5 MP (f/2.4 - macro without autofocus), LED flash, 4K video recording , electronic video stabilization at FullHD
  • Front camera 32 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus
  • Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery, talk time - up to 37 hours, video playback - up to 25 hours, LTE work time - up to 22 hours
  • Degree of protection IP67
  • Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, Awesome Violet, Awesome White colors (there will be no white color in Russia)
  • FM radio sound
  • Payment system Samsung Pay, Google Pay
  • SAR Head SAR: 0.41 W/kg
  • Case SAR: 1.33 W/kg (European test method)


In the Galaxy A52 review, he explained the importance of this model for the market, the high demand for it, is it a joke - the previous A50 / A51 smartphones were the first in sales not only in their segment, but among all smartphones without exception, for two years in a row. It is impossible to say the same about the Galaxy A70/A71, since these devices have always been perceived as an advanced version of the younger model, a proposal for those who understand exactly what they need from a smartphone requires more performance, more memory. From all points of view, we can assume that this is an assortment expansion of the model range, especially since the screen diagonal practically coincides with the A52, other differences are not so striking.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F review

Who will buy the Galaxy A72? Those who understand exactly what they are choosing a smartphone for several years and want to get a performance margin for growth (the younger Galaxy A52 model has 4 GB of RAM in the base version, this will become a bottleneck for those who play games or run “heavy” applications ).

Sales of the Galaxy A72 could be better than that of the younger representative of the Galaxy A32 line, despite the cost of almost 2 times higher. The explanation should be sought in the fact that this is a very balanced device compared to the proposal from Apple - iPhone 11/12. Samsung is clearly aiming at its direct competitor, which sells devices at exorbitant prices, and offer their solutions at a much lower cost, without sacrificing quality or delivery. We'll talk about this in a separate article, but for now we can say that positioning will clearly take into account sky-high prices for the iPhone, a smaller set of features.

In the Android smartphone market of competitors, the Galaxy A72 at first glance has nothing but a small cart, in fact, the perception of Samsung is much higher than that of Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor, and therefore the choice of the latter is almost always a compromise, an attempt to buy something profitable and cheap . There is nothing wrong with this, this is reasonable behavior of the buyer, but miracles also do not happen, you always need to pay for a lower cost by giving up certain opportunities.

Design, dimensions, controls

The Galaxy A72 has a matte finish, no handprints.

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The color options are initially four - they are white, black, purple and blue (I have just that color). They all have the prefix Awesome, matching the colors of the Galaxy A52, but perceived very differently. Fun colors, suitable for a very different audience.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F) smartphone review

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The material used in the A72 is glastic (a combination of the words glass and plastic). It is a polycarbonate reinforced with carbon fiber, quite resistant to mechanical stress.

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The dimensions of the device - 165 x 77.4 x 8.4 mm, weight - 203 grams. Unlike the Galaxy A52, the case is slightly wider, which creates a certain inconvenience, only 2 mm difference, but it turns out very wide. If you plan to use a case, the device becomes even wider. The model is clearly a man's model. Comparing with Galaxy Note20 Ultra, I can say that the latter is much more comfortable due to the rounded body, here the ergonomics is worse.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F/DS) smartphone review

The fingerprint sensor is built into the screen, it responds to touch even when the screen is off, it is a certain area at the bottom. Compared to the previous Galaxy A51, the speed of the sensor and accuracy has increased, it works quickly and very accurately. Wins comparison with the same Galaxy A32, here the speed of the sensor is higher.

There is also a face unlock, and it works perfectly. Here it is important to note that both accelerated and normal recognition are used, the second one cannot be fooled by a photo or video. Samsung Pay uses only a fingerprint as authorization, so there is no problem either.

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On the right side, there is a paired volume key, as well as the on/off button. On the top end you can see a slot for two nanoSIM cards and a microSD card. The slot is not combined, so you are not limited to anything.

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On the bottom face is the speaker output, here - the main microphone (the second on the top face), as well as 3.5 mm jack. The speaker on the bottom end sounds good, it can be heard well in different conditions. The presence of two microphones and noise cancellation system in the street, club and other loud places is indispensable, the unit does a good job here.

For several years there was no protection against water in the A-series, now this option is back in these devices (there is in both A52 and A72). One can only welcome this feature as it sets this machine apart from all the competitors that are in this price segment, they just do not have that option and it becomes a competitive advantage.

The build quality is excellent, there is not much to complain about in this model. In every sense, we got a quality device, which offers excellent reading for a mid-range model. And I think that many companies will start to offer their smartphones in cases with matte colors, this will become a trend.


The screen specifications are as follows - 6.7 inches, 1080x2400 dots (20:9), 90 Hz, SuperAMOLED, 393 ppi, automatic brightness adjustment (up to 800 nits), AlwaysOn Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The camera is built into the screen.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F/DS) smartphone review

The device has AlwaysOn Display, it is the ability to see the clock or screen saver, notification icons and quickly navigate to applications.

The screen has received support for 90 Hz, which is nice in the aspect of the interface. The speed of the interface is excellent, the difference between 60 Hz and 90 Hz seems insignificant, but with a good processor lined up correctly the interface is noticeable. There is no sense to turn off 90 Hz, always used this frequency.

Samsung Galaxy A52 (SM-A525F/DS) smartphone review

Screen settings are typical, you can change the color settings.

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In the sun the screen remains readable, the brightness is enough for any work. The screen diagonal is ideal for watching videos, viewing photos, reading texts. This is a universal smartphone, and the fact that it has such a good display, sets it apart from all competitors.


The smartphone has a built-in 5000 mAh Li-Ion battery, it supports fast charging, and it comes with a 25-watt charger, the Galaxy A52 only has a 15-watt charger. There is no wireless charging, but for this segment this is normal. Full battery charging time is 90 minutes, in half an hour you will get 48% battery charge. In an hour the battery will be charged to 80%.

The officially stated battery performance parameters are the same as what we got in the tests. In everyday life this device works about two days with automatic brightness adjustment of the backlight (the algorithm adjusts to you, and it is not aggressive at all, the brightness is always comfortable). At the same time the screen life is about 8-9 hours. In my case with a bunch of video conferencing I usually get 7-7.5 hours or so. For those who want to squeeze in a little more, 10-12 hours of operation is easily achievable. Which for this segment looks very, very good. Although here it all depends directly on what and how you use the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F/DS) smartphone review

Memory, chipset, performance

The Galaxy A72 used the Snapdragon 720G chipset (8nm technorma), two Cortex A-76 cores up to 2.3 GHz, 6 Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 618 graphics. The chipset can be described as belonging to the top of the middle segment, it is productive and at the same time quite economical, which translates into a good operating time.

In synthetic tests there are no superlatives, look at the results.

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But the tests do not show how this device works in everyday life, it literally flies, and there are no brakes in it.

There are two Galaxy A72 variants on the market - the 6/128GB base, and the 8/256GB for those who want a model with more storage. Memory cards are supported up to 1TB.

Communication options.

The Galaxy A72 has dual-band Wi-Fi, which is already a big plus, supported by VHT80, which provides good data speeds. Bluetooth version 5.0, there is NFC (Samsung Pay/Google Pay), everything works just fine.

In terms of navigation is also very good (GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou), cold start on city streets occurs in 2-3 seconds, navigation accuracy is excellent, no complaints.


The camera interface is familiar from other Samsung models, there are no discoveries here. There are Pro mode, AR Emoji and other effects.

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A new mode appeared for the front and main camera, these are effects taken from Snapchat, both companies are working on them. The mode is called "Fun" (Fun), in which you can select the effects and immediately take a photo. Some filters will appear weekly, some will become permanent. The fact that the section will be constantly updated is nice, it will allow you to use the filters more or less often, a chip will suit young people who like these things.

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Front camera 32 MP (f/2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus. Look at the example of the picture, everything is familiar here and at the level of other models.

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The main camera module consists of four lenses. For example, there is a separate module for macro photography.

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Unlike the Galaxy A52, there is an optical zoom here, it is x3, look at how it works.

Let's look at examples of photos and videos, they are not comparable to the flagships, but in its price segment everything is not bad, it's typical quality for models of this level.

Software Features

The model is originally on Android 11 and OneUI 3, that is, this is the latest version of the interface, which literally can be called one of the best in terms of flexibility of settings and features, as well as other points.

OneUI 3.0 - updated Samsung shell on Android 11

OneUI 3.1 overview - all the changes and new features

A few words about the multimedia capabilities of the device. It has a built-in radio with the ability to record broadcasts. The headphones work as an antenna.

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Standard applications are represented by a calculator, file manager, voice recorder and other applications that are necessary for comfortable work out of the box.

There are also Bixby scripts, a very cool thing that I use all the time. But to see all the features, read the review of OneUI 3.1.

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The model is most similar to the Galaxy A52, there is the same in most respects. Thus, the quality of communication is excellent, no questions asked, the voice transmission is also at a high level. It is in these parameters that the A7x/A5x always compare favorably with the younger models, as well as in the quality of modem implementation. The next level of quality are the flagships, but their cost is noticeably higher.

We can safely say that the Galaxy A72 occupies an intermediate place between the A-series and the company's flagships, such as the same Galaxy S20 FE.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F/DS) smartphone review

Review of the affordable flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (SM-G780F/FZ)

The Galaxy A72 is priced at 34,990 rubles for the base version, 39,990 rubles for the 8/256GB version. I'm sure that the main sales will come to the junior version. The price range for the S20 FE is from 45,000 to 50,000 rubles for the base version, with the 256GB version available for 50,000 rubles. It turns out close to the cost of the older Galaxy A72, but at the same time, surprisingly, the design of the A-series looks more interesting due to the way they beat the cameras on the back.

For ordinary buyers who do not play toys, do not mount videos on their devices, the Galaxy A52 will do quite well, its capabilities are enough for the eyes. Those who want to get optical zoom, more memory, you should take a closer look at the A72, it also comes with a 25W fast charger, which is noticeably better than the kit in the A52.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (SM-A725F smartphone review

In my opinion, you can consider the Galaxy A72 as a competitor to the same iPhone 11/12, a separate article about this we will have. Among Android-smartphones the situation is such that there are many similar models from Xiaomi, other companies, but most use IPS screens, and the software leaves much to be desired in terms of perception, speed, and integrity of the approach. The tremendous work done by Samsung with OneUI 3.0 is clearly visible, the devices stand out for the quality and ergonomics of the software. Usually there are always people claiming that Samsung software works terribly, everything slows down, and so on down the list. But they can't give examples, as usual, because they "lost the phone", "gave up the phone", "drowned the phone" and so on. A unique advantage of both A72 and A52 is protection against water, in this price segment no other device has this feature. Which is enough reason to consider them seriously. But in any case, I like the current state of the market, when the competition is high and the consumer has the opportunity to choose from dozens of models what suits him.

Are there any of our readers who are targeting the Galaxy A72? Explain why you are looking at this device, thank you in advance.

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Driver blogger, Updated at: February 10, 2023

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