When Samsung opened the curtain in March of this year and after the flagship models of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra finally presented its new middle class in January, there were four different models to marvel at: the Galaxy A32, the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A52 5G and finally the Galaxy A72.
We selected the two most promising models for our smartphone comparison with the Galaxy A72, which nominally tops the Samsung midrange handset and the Galaxy A52 5G. We’ve already reviewed both smartphones where you can check them out after the spec comparison segment.
Galaxy A52 5G vs. Galaxy A72: Hardware Specifications Compared
|model||Galaxy A52 5G||Galaxy A72|
|processor||8 nm octa-core processor (2 x 2.2 GHz + 6 x 1.8 GHz)||8 nm octa-core processor (2 x 2.3 GHz + 6 x 1.8 GHz)|
|Memory (RAM / internal)||6 or 8 GB / 128 or 256 GB|
6 GB / 128 GB
|Expandable storage||Yes, MicroSD up to 1 TB||Yes, MicroSD up to 1 TB|
|display||6.5 inches, Super AMOLED, FHD +, 120 Hz||6.7 inches, Super AMOLED, FHD +, 90 Hz|
|size||75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4 mm||77.4 x 165 x 8.4 mm|
|Weight||approx. 189 grams||205 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, WIFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC||LTE, WIFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC|
|Front camera||32 MP without AF||32 MP without AF|
|Battery capacity||4,500 mAh||5,000 mAh|
|Charging technologies||25 watt fast charge||25 watt fast charge|
|IP certification||IP 67||IP 67|
|operating system||Android 11 with 4 years of security updates||Android 11 with 4 years of security updates|
|price||$ 429 / $ 489||$ 449|
|Review||Galaxy A52 5G review||Galaxy A72 review|
Two smartphones with many similarities …
Unsurprisingly, the new A-Class smartphones are very similar in appearance. All in all, it’s a rather unspectacular form factor. Samsung has made sure that the build quality of both devices is top notch as usual. Both models are also similar in size: while the A52 is equipped with a 6.5-inch display, the A72 is slightly larger and comes with a 6.7-inch display.
In addition, both models are IP67-certified, have stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Another similarity that makes it all the more difficult to choose between the two: Android 11 with guaranteed security updates for up to four years, operating system updates for up to three years and a memory card slot for expandable storage.
… but there are also differences!
Of course, it’s not just the display size that sets them apart here. While the A52 is powered by a Snapdragon 750G SoC, the A72 is equipped with the Snapdragon 720G, which also lacks 5G functionality. The lack of 5G support is the key difference here as it is quite difficult to differentiate between the two in terms of performance.
Personally, I’ve always found benchmark tests meaningless. The following table gives you a better idea of the performance gap between the two (if any).
Samsung Galaxy A72 versus A52 5G: benchmark results
|Benchmark||Geekbench 5 CPU||Geekbench 5 Computing||3D Mark Wildlife||3D Mark Wild Life stress test|
|Galaxy A72||548/1616||1,220||1.048 at 6.3 FPS||Highest score: 1,044|
Lowest Score: 1,040
|Galaxy A52 5G||620/1740||1.312||1,090 at 6.5 FPS||Highest score: 1,093|
Lowest Score: 1,090
There is also a difference in the available (working) memory: while the A72 only comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, the A52 5G has an optional 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage configuration. The A52 is thus slightly ahead at this point, but only with such a small lead that it should not ultimately be decisive in this comparison.
The camera separates the wheat from the chaff
The difference is likely more noticeable when it comes to the camera, although both devices compete with a quad cam setup where three of the four cameras are identical. In addition to the 48 MP main shooter, there is the 12 MP ultra wide-angle camera and the 5 MP macro camera. Good news: Compared to the very popular A51 mid-range smartphone from last year, Samsung has integrated optical image stabilization for the main camera into its new mid-range phones.
So we only have one in four shooters to make the difference between the two handsets, and it’s not surprising that this is exactly what happens. The A72 has a 3-fold telephoto sensor with a resolution of 8 MP, while Samsung integrates a 5 MP shooter with a depth sensor into the A52 5G. In my opinion, the A72 scores better here, so those who love mobile photography will be better off with the bigger siblings.
The selfie cameras are identical on both devices with a resolution of 32 MP, but unfortunately neither are equipped with autofocus.
Two beautiful Super AMOLED displays, but …
Now let’s talk about the display: in both cases, Samsung offers us Super AMOLED panels with FHD + resolution. This is a good addition considering how great Samsung has been with displays. Thanks to the slightly smaller display, the A52 is of course ahead in terms of pixel density.
The bigger difference would be the surprisingly higher refresh rate of 120 Hertz in the “smaller” model. This is in contrast to the 90 Hertz refresh rate in the A72, which might not be a complete disappointment for a smartphone in this price range, but I kind of feel like I have a shortcoming as it is supposed to be the superior option over the A52 .
So if you want a particularly fluid display, the A52 should be the better option between the two. Perhaps the battery capacity is an interesting point of contention in this context: the larger A72 obviously has a larger capacity of 5,000 mAh compared to the 4,500 mAh battery in the smaller A52 5G. This difference is usually made up by the different screen sizes, so the battery life of both handsets should be the same.
However, if you now take into account the lower refresh rate in the A72, the 6.7-inch device should do marginally better here as well. Remember that connecting your smartphone to a 5G network will use more power throughout the day. Since 5G networks are not currently popular around the world, this is a moot point for now.
Incidentally, both smartphones support fast charging with 25 watts. Compared to the rest of the competition, this is not earth-shaking, but at least significantly faster than the previous output of 15 watts. You can also rest assured that charging the battery a little slower will be healthier in the long run – a point to consider if you plan to use the smartphone longer because of the guaranteed four-year security updates. As for the battery, it’s a shame that both the A72 and A52 5G don’t support wireless charging.
Conclusion: who is the winner?
Since we are on the home stretch of our comparison with the current mid-range champions from Samsung, the good news upfront is that you basically can’t go wrong with either model, as both the Galaxy A52 5G and the A72 are two really decent smartphones are .
Yes, of course they look pretty boring and they lack the killer feature that will completely blow your socks off. But that’s exactly what you’re going to have to live with when you’re “only” paying less than $ 500 instead of $ 1,200 for a high-end flagship that has all the bells and whistles in a stunning design.
Both cost between $ 400 and $ 500, and we can expect them to drop below the $ 400 mark in the not too distant future. However, the medium-sized market is a very competitive sector with strong competition. For example, consider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is now available for less than $ 300.
However, if you are looking to buy either of these two recommended smartphones, you need to consider the tiny differences and decide which is more important to you. You get the better camera and longer battery life in the A72 – both features that I’ll personally pay more attention to when buying a smartphone, considering what the hardware specs have to offer.
If you really want to go for 5G support now, especially in the longer term, then go for the A52 5G. This also gives you a smoother 120 Hz display. Last question: which device do you like more or has the stronger pull factor for you?