Samsung has recently launched two excellent mid-range smartphones that caught the attention of many tech bloggers and journalists. We are referring to Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, available both in 5G and 4G versions. Both models are reasonably priced, especially when you purchase them with a new cell phone plan. They also have a well-thought-out design, with excellent color options and impressive camera systems for devices in their price range. We’ve been using them for a couple of days, and here’s what we like most about Samsung’s mid-range phones in 2021:
The first thing that we enjoy about Samsung’s new mid-range smartphones is their minimalistic, elegant design. Except for their size, Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 look identical. Samsung Galaxy A72 is a 6.7-inch phone, while the Galaxy A52 is a 6.5-inch device. The difference isn’t big, but it is noticeable. Women and teenagers or people with smaller hands will probably prefer the Galaxy A52, while men and those with larger hands might prefer the Galaxy A72 for its generous screen.
The pastel-like colors are the same on both models, and they look great. We especially like the blue and violet colors. We bet they’re going to please many young people. Even the white version looks pretty good in the picture below, doesn’t it?
Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have Super AMOLED displays of good quality, with excellent brightness. The 4G variants of these smartphones have a 90 Hz refresh rate, while the 5G variants have a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This ensures a very fluent user experience.
The high refresh rates give you the impression that everything works faster and smoother, and apps seem like responding faster to your taps. Reading emails or browsing Facebook are delightful experiences on these displays. The most significant difference is noticed when playing car racing games or action-packed games, where latency is reduced thanks to the high refresh rate. As a result, you get a more immersive gaming experience.
We all want a durable smartphone, but not all models have the necessary characteristics to last for a long time. Corning Gorilla Glass protects both Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, and they are also IP67 certified. What does IP67 mean? It means that both these smartphones can withstand submerged up to 1 meter (3 feet) in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Also, if you get your phone wet because of a few raindrops, you don’t have to worry. You wipe it off and keep going.
This certification also attests to the fact that both smartphones are dustproof. They are the perfect companions in large crowded cities, where dust tends to be a problem.
The camera systems on both smartphones help you take beautiful pictures with vibrant colors and a satisfactory detail level, especially during the day or in good lighting conditions. Another plus is that the options available in the Camera app are very similar to those found on Samsung flagship smartphones. We recommend you record videos with optical stabilization turned on in Full HD resolutions at 60 frames per second (fps). However, you can also go for shooting in 4K and 30 fps.
Selfies are nice too, and social media users can update their “Story,” trusting that they will look good in all the pictures they take or in the videos they post.
Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have mid-range Qualcomm processors, with eight cores each, running at frequencies that ensure solid performance for all tasks, including games. Premium smartphones include even more powerful hardware, worthy of their hefty price tag. Still, Galaxy A52 and A72 are anything but slow.
These smartphones also pack 6GB or 8 GB of RAM and generous storage space, which starts at 128 GB and can rise to 256 GB. Along with the screen’s high refresh rate, these hardware specifications lead to a user experience that feels fast and fluid.
If you enjoy listening to music on your phone or watching movies, you will be happy to know that both Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have good quality stereo speakers. If you buy yourself a headset, you can also activate the Dolby Atmos technology to enjoy the crystal-clear multidimensional sound.
Bluetooth 5 connectivity is handy when you want to connect a portable speaker and have a small party with your friends.
During any given day, we use our smartphones pretty often. For a fast and pleasant experience, it’s handy to have more options to unlock your phone. Both Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have an under-the-screen fingerprint reader on their lower side. It can be easily configured to unlock your phone single-handedly.
Facial recognition is also available, and it works very well. It’s often the fastest option for unlocking your phone. You just look at it, and it’s already unlocked for you.
Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 come with Android 11 preinstalled and Samsung’s OneUI 3.1 interface. When you buy these smartphones, you get the latest Android experience out of the box. To make things even more enticing, Samsung promises that these phones will receive free Android updates during the following four years, and they will also get the next three major Android releases.
In their fourth year, these smartphones will receive only security updates. Until now, there weren’t any mid-range phones launched that promised such lengthy software support. We consider this a big plus and an important reason why you should buy these models.
Samsung Galaxy A52 has a battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh, while Galaxy A72 has a battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. Both are very generous and, on budget models, with more modest hardware and displays, they would have lasted two days or more. But, Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 have larger screens, with more advanced display technology and a refresh rate above 60 Hz. These characteristics, coupled with the more advanced camera systems, lead to more energy being consumed. Both smartphones easily last a full day, even during more intense use, in which you play games or record videos. However, on lighter-use, you can expect them to last up to two days on a single charge, which is the ideal many people want from their smartphones.
To shorten the charging times, Samsung offers 25W fast charging on both smartphones. A complete battery charge takes somewhere between one hour and 15-30 minutes. A 30-minute charge boosts your phone’s battery from 0% to somewhere between 37% and 47%, depending on the model and the charger you use.
At the end of this article, tell us which model you prefer. Do you consider the Galaxy A52 a best-buy of the year? Or do you prefer the Galaxy A72 for its larger screen, slightly bigger battery, and camera system? Comment below and let us know.