This device is, of course, the successor to last year’s a71, which you guys might remember, was one of my favorite phones of the year. So naturally, i’m super excited to finally have its successor and i’m sure you guys are interested in it as well. We’Ve got a fresh new design, some great new features and add ons there’s a lot to talk about here. So i won’t waste any more time. Let’S. Just go ahead and unbox this thing and see what the new a72 is all about, so right off the bat i do just want to mention that this a72 i have here is the international version of the device it’s, the dual sim 4g lte model there’s. Actually, no a 72 5g even out right now that may or may not change in the future, but at the time of filming this video at least there’s, essentially just this one new a72 out right now sliding off the lid of the box. Here. The first thing we get is the phone itself. Obviously i got mine in this blue color it’s also available in black white and purple, and all those are colors. We have seen on previous new 2021 a series phones already digging a little deeper inside the box. We do get a couple of accessories included, there’s the standard, usbc charging cable and a 25 watt usbc wall plug inside the lid of the box. There’S one more small little packet of stuff worth going through on the outside is where your little sim ejector tool is fashioned and inside here you’ll find the usual stack of paperwork, instructions and information, along with a clear rubber case to protect your new phone it’s nice.
To see samsung still, including this here with the a72 i’ll, show you what it looks like on the phone in just a second, so with all that stuff out of the way, here is the new a72 once again, and if you saw my unboxing of the new A52 or even the new a32 from a couple of weeks ago, i think you’ll notice that this phone has an almost identical design with those but similar look aside. There are quite a few things that make this a 72. The current high end a series phone stand out from the rest first off. The a72 is once again the largest a series phone in the lineup it’s, a 6.7 inch design, that’s the screen size and that’s exactly the same size as we had last year. If you’re curious here’s, actually what the a72 looks like stacked up against the slightly smaller a52, the difference, i think, is super subtle, but the 6.5 inch a52 is just a little bit smaller there up front. Not a whole lot has changed on this phone. You still have the same camera hole, punch, cut out across the top, which has shrunk in size just a little bit there’s fairly slim bezels along the sides, with a slightly larger chin across the bottom. Now, with that being said, the screen to body ratio on this new phone did decrease ever so slightly. The black borders are a little thicker this year. The frame and housing of the phone also stick out a bit more too.
Fortunately, i don’t think it’s that noticeable the device itself as a whole is also just thicker heavier and more substantial in the hand, it feels really solid. The boxy sides are what i like: there’s, no curves or tapers anymore it’s a beefier device, but, like i said, i do think i like that. The polished metal frame, of course also gives the phone more premium vibe and around back. We see that we have that. Familiar matte plastic, rear housing that seems to come on most samsung phones nowadays, it’s comparable to the s21, though it lacks that sort of metal like finish it’s a little duller in comparison, but it’s totally fine, it’s, exactly what we’ve come to know now and compared to The glossy rainbow finish of last year, i kind of like this more simple matte, look a couple other physical things i do just want to mention this new a72 is now ip67 water and dust resistant, so it should be able to handle an accidental splash. Just fine – and this is not something we’ve had on any a series devices before also the phone does ship. With a screen protector already pre installed, mine was just a little off center. You might be able to tell the selfie camera isn’t lined up, but besides that, like i mentioned my a52 video, it looks and feels like this screen protector is a little higher quality than what was shipped on last year’s, a series so that’s nice to see, and If you’re curious about that included case well here, it is once again it’s just a super simple, crystal clear, very flexible rubbery plastic case again something we’ve seen before, but a nice little addition.
Nonetheless, it’s slim, it protects every corner and edge of the device and it’s just great to throw on there just in case taking a closer look at everything else. On the left side. There’S, nothing at all on the phone on the right is where you’ll find the usual power and volume buttons up top is a sim and sd card tray. This version of the device, like i said, has the dual sim or sim and sd card combo setup down below the headphone jack has stuck around there’s the usb c port in the middle and the downward facing speaker there off to the right. In addition to this speaker, the earpiece now is also a speaker too, for a dual stereo sound experience. This is something i asked for last year and i’m really happy to see it added to this phone this year. The out loud listening experience on this a72 is just so good now and there’s a quick sample, so you can get an idea Music Music around back. Obviously we’ve got quite the camera set up to talk about i’ll go over all that in just a second. As far as unlocking the device, though, we do get that in display fingerprint sensor again this year, and my initial impressions on this are that it feels pretty good it’s, not quite as fast as the s21, for example, you still have to keep your finger on it For a split second it’s, a little more than just a tap, but it seems totally fine, thus far and i’m.
Glad to see it still offered face unlock is also an option of course. That, too feels pretty quick at least out of the box. So either way you go, you should be getting into this phone pretty easily. Now, one of the biggest new features added not only to this new a72, but also the new a52 as well, is a high refresh rate display. We have the option to enable a 90 hertz mode for a fast fluid and just phenomenal user experience on this phone and considering 90 hertz and even 120hz displays are seemingly becoming the norm now, even on more affordable devices like this i’m really glad to have it Here on this a72, i do think most everyday users are probably going to notice a difference between 60 hertz and 90 hertz or high motion smoothness, as samsung calls it in settings, and i also think this is the kind of feature that allows this phone not only To continue to be competitive in the mid range space, but also likely be one of the top options out there in its price range and one interesting thing to note. While this a72 has a 90 hertz option, the a52 5g has a 120hz option, so sort of a little discrepancy in the lineup there and might be something worth considering if you’re really into a 120 hertz high refresh rate display. Now the screen on this a72 on its own is also really solid. We once again have a super amoled panel coming in at a resolution of 2400 by 1080 packing in around ‘4 pixels per inch it’s bold, it’s bright.
It looks good from every angle, and this, i think, is what samsung does best on not only their flagship devices, but also, and especially, on their a series. Phones. The display on the a72 also seems to be an even brighter and more colorful setup than last year. As well with 800 hits of brightness outdoor viewing shouldn’t be an issue and again paired with that high refresh rate mode. You get a viewing experience that i believe is still one of the best out there for the money, it’s a big display that shows your content. Well, it’s bright, it’s colorful, and i think it really is the perfect sort of setup for this phone now inside. This is where the new a72 gets a little weird with the specs powering. This phone is the qualcomm snapdragon, 720 g chipset, a solid upper mid range 700 series processor, but maybe not quite as powerful as some people had expected, but more on that in a second, you also get either 6 or 8 gigs of ram 128 or 256 gigabytes Of storage and the latest android and samsung one ui updates out of the box, which is great to see in general. Obviously, this phone feels fast and responsive and for a vast majority of people, it’s going to be the kind of device that can handle anything. You want it to from casual social media, use all the way up to intense gaming and multitasking it’s, not the flagship, caliber device, but for half the price or less.
It can still keep up just as well, objectively it’s a fine, fast phone, but comparatively i do think some spec conscious folks were expecting a little more here, perhaps the 750 or 765. Instead, since we did technically see the 765 in an a71 last year, actually the a525g also gets the 750g processor as well, so that sort of leads to another interesting decision or comparison to make kind of, like the 120 hertz display option. Still, even with that minor critique and somewhat confusing lineup, i think the a72 is plenty powerful and remains a solid bang for your buck kind of device. For those of you just not willing to spend flagship prices, this is absolutely the device to consider. Instead, because the money you save, really outweighs any performance, sacrifices you’d feel, and i don’t think this phone sacrifices much anyway at all also the bigger thicker device packs an even larger battery inside. We now have a 5000mah capacity battery truly a bigger than average setup, and that gets me really excited about how long this phone could last of course running. The 90hz mode will dig into the extra battery capacity a bit and samsung is transparent with that in settings. But still a bigger battery is almost always better and if you maybe don’t care about the 90hz display mode at all, that means you really have a powerhouse of a device now, and i suspect this a72 will be close to a two day device under normal use And perhaps even better than that, so last but not least, let’s talk about all those cameras around back.
Interestingly enough, while the setup looks to be the same as the a52 there’s actually a bit more here to go over the 64 megapixel main lens and 12 megapixel ultra wide both appear to be the same. But we now have an 8 megapixel telephoto lens for zoom and portrait capabilities, along with that 5 megapixel macro lens up front. The selfie camera also appears to be the same: it’s a 32 megapixel shooter and inside the camera, app it’s, actually a very familiar sort of set of features and shooting modes. We once again have that fun filters mode, front and center, for whatever reason, but beyond that, you can see up to 30 times zoom on this phone with a telephoto lens, which is great it’s. Definitely a solid add on all the rest of the usual samsung shooting modes. Are there, including pro picture and video controls super slow mo night mode? You can of course, shoot in the 64 megapixel mode. You can capture video in 4k, with both the rear, lens and selfie camera there’s, enhanced video stabilization and hdr and all in all, it’s a solid camera setup from start to finish and i’m super excited to put it to the test over the next few days. To see how capable it really is, it may still be a little behind the crazy flagship. Setups there’s, definitely a ton of potential here, and it could very well be one of the best and most capable and robust camera setups in its price range for this year.
All in all, i really do think this new a72 is a pretty solid upgrade over last year’s a71, aside from the maybe slight bump down in processor. Everything else on this phone has either been changed, improved or left alone. If it wasn’t an issue that’s great to see, i am curious if samsung has a 5g version of this phone in the works or maybe a rumored, a80 successor or perhaps something entirely different, but for now at least i’m really excited to have this regular, a72 and I’M, looking forward to see what all it can do as the highest level a series phone in the lineup for right now, so there you go. Those are my initial thoughts and first impressions at least on this new samsung galaxy a72. What do you guys think about this phone? Is this the one you’ve been waiting for? Let me know in the comments down below i’d love to know your thoughts, of course, but hopefully you guys did enjoy this video be sure to follow tech daily on twitter and subscribe to the tech daily youtube channel.