Comparative: Moto G100 or Galaxy A72; which one to buy? | Cell

O Moto G100 it’s the Galaxy A72 are cell phones from Motorola and of the Samsung with premium features and approximate launch price. In common, the smartphones have a 64 megapixel main camera, a 5,000 mAh battery and a large 6.7” screen with Full HD+ resolution. However, there are details about processing, memory and other cameras that can make a difference at the time of purchase, depending on your usage profile.

If you’re in doubt about the phones, check out the comparison of data sheets and features that we’ve put together below, and find out which of the models is the most suitable for your day-to-day.

Moto G100 or Galaxy A72? (Image: Vitor Padua/Technoblog)

Technical Data – Moto G100 vs Galaxy A72

Motorola Moto G100 Samsung Galaxy A72
Launch in Brazil March 2021 april 2021
launch price BRL 3,999 BRL 3,799
Screen IPS LCD, 6.7” Full HD+, 90 Hz refresh rate Super AMOLED, 6.7” Full HD+, 90 Hz refresh rate
Processor Snapdragon 870 (up to 3.2 GHz octa-core), 7 nm Snapdragon 720G (octa-core up to 2.3GHz), 8nm
RAM memory 12 GB 6GB
Storage 256 GB (expandable via microSD) 128GB (expandable via microSD)
Back camera
  • Main: 64 megapixels (f/1.7)
  • Ultrawide and macro: 16 megapixels (f/2.2)
  • Depth: 2 megapixels (f/2.4)
  • Main: 64 MP (f/1.8) (OIS)
  • Ultrawide: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Macro: 5 MP (f/2.4)
  • Telephoto: 8 MP (f/2.4), 3x optical zoom
Frontal camera
  • Main: 16 megapixels (f/2.2)
  • Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f/2.4)
32 MP (f/2.2)
Drums 5,000 mAh, 20 watt fast charging 5,000 mAh, 25 watt fast charging
Connections and Connectivity 5G DSS, 5G sub-6, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, NFC, 3.5mm and USB-C 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, 3.5 mm and USB-C
Operational system Android 11 Android 11 (One UI 3.1)
dimensions 168.4 x 74 x 9.7 mm 165 x 77.4 x 8.4 mm
Weight 207 grams 203 grams
Colors Luminous Ocean (blue) and Luminous Sky (pearl white) black, blue, violet and white

screen and design

For those who like big screens

When it comes to screen, Samsung generally stands out, and here it’s no different. The South Korean bets on a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display for the Galaxy A72, with Full HD+ resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate. In practice, we have vivid colors, intense contrasts and great image definition, with smoothness provided by the higher refresh rate.

On the other side of the ring, Motorola also delivers a 6.7” panel, but with IPS LCD technology, which is less economical and leaves something to be desired in contrasts, since its black is never completely black, there is always a background pulled towards the gray due to backlight. Still, the Moto G100 delivers great definition and also embarks on the trend towards higher refresh rate, with 90 Hz. It also features HDR10, for the most faithful color reproduction possible.

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Galaxy A72 is tougher

Moving on to the design of the devices, the Moto G100 has that “air” of Moto G, but with attractive colors, in a beautiful gradient that attracts attention, in case you’re not using a matte cape. The Galaxy A72 also looks interesting, and even more elegant, I would say, with a camera module that follows the case color and colors in more pastel shades. Both are covered in plastic.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

The Samsung model has a great asset: IP67 protection against water and dust, which allows submersion in up to 1 meter of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The Moto G100 doesn’t have any IP certification, unfortunately.

Both come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is great news. NFC support is also guaranteed on both phones, which makes it possible to pay by approximation. The Galaxy A72’s fingerprint reader is positioned under the display, while the Moto G100’s is on the side of the cell phone.

Performance and features

Moto G100 has the greatest firepower

Power is the main differential of the Moto G100. It brings the Snapdragon 870 processor, turbocharged version of the Snapdragon 865 Plus. It is not the most advanced from Qualcomm – it is still behind the Snapdragon 888, present in more expensive cell phones –, but it surpasses the Snapdragon 720G premium intermediary present in the Galaxy A72.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Moto G100 still has 12GB of RAM, double the amount present on the A72, and the GPU is the Adreno 650. It all boils down to a top-of-the-line cellphone performance in a Moto G ( something unthinkable a few years ago). You won’t have chokes on multitasking and will be able to run games with maximum graphics and constant frame rate.

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola’s smartphone can still be used as a desktop with Ready For, a feature similar to the Samsung DeX (which, by the way, is not present on the Galaxy A72). Just plug the Moto G100 into a monitor or TV via a USB-C to HDMI cable and voilà!

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

On the other hand, the Galaxy A72, with its advanced intermediate performance, shouldn’t be a headache for most people either. After all, not everyone works with extremely heavy applications, or needs the ultimate graphics performance power for sporadic gaming. In practice, the A72 should do very well in any day-to-day task, without the slightest sluggishness or crashing.

In terms of storage, the Moto G100 also delivers more: it’s 256 GB against 128 GB of the A72. Both models allow memory expansion via microSD.

The Moto G100 arrives ready for the 5G, and is even compatible with the 5G DSS, which is already available in some Brazilian cities. The Galaxy A72 sold in Brazil goes only up to 4G. In addition, both have NFC support for approximation payments.


Galaxy A72 has a telephoto lens, Moto G100 records in 6K

On cameras, we have 64 MP on the main sensor on both models. Samsung, however, comes out ahead by offering optical image stabilization (OIS) to avoid unwanted judder.

The Galaxy A72’s ultrawide is 12 MP and the macro is 5 MP, but the Moto G100 has a 16-megapixel hybrid (ultrawide + macro) lens, which does a more efficient job, delivering images richer in detail.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

The Moto G100 has a triple camera (the third sensor is depth, to aid in portrait mode), while the Galaxy A72 also has an additional 8MP telephoto lens for 3x optical zoom, making it more versatile.

The Galaxy A72’s rear camera records up to 4K at 30 fps. The Moto G100 goes further, reaching 6K at 30 fps (and 4K at 60 fps). Both have electronic stabilization (EIS) for videos.

Selfies: Moto G100 has dual camera, Galaxy A72 records in 4K with front camera

For selfies, the Motorola phone comes with two lenses, one with a 16 MP sensor and another 8 MP ultrawide, to better frame a group of friends in the photo or prevent a part of the scene from being left out. They are good cameras, without major differences in terms of sharpness or in portrait mode cropping.

The A72, on the other hand, has a 32 MP (f/2.2) front sensor, which delivers great definition photos, with pleasing colors and good portrait mode, especially considering that there is only one lens here. The bonus is the recordings, which can be done in up to 4K at 30 fps, something not so common in competitors (the Moto G100 is limited to 1080p).

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

battery and charging

Both the Galaxy A72 and the Moto G100 have a 5,000 mAh battery. Motorola offers 20 watts fast charging, and Samsung 25 watts. The two cell phones have efficient chips and promise battery life for a whole day away from the sockets, with a free hand, and can reach up to the second day, with moderate use.

Operational system

Samsung has the best update policy

Both models in this comparison come with Android 11 from the factory. Motorola continues with its clean interface, which has few modifications from Google’s “pure” Android, and includes the popular Moto Actions to quickly activate functions like the camera and flashlight with a twist or shake.

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Motorola Moto G100 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung follows with the One UI 3.1, which also offers a “clean” and interesting experience (by the way, some features of the latest versions of pure Android itself seem inspired by Samsung’s interface).

The South Korean stands out when it comes to updating the system, promising three versions of Android for some models of the Galaxy A line (that is, we should reach Android 14). On the other hand, Motorola only guarantees the update of the Moto G100 to Android 12 – from then on, it’s up to luck (and the goodwill of the brand).

Price and value for money: Moto G100 or Galaxy A72?

The Moto G100 was launched in Brazil for R$ 3,999, and already has a lower price in e-commerce. As of the publication date of this comparison, the cell phone started at R$ 3,200 at some of the main online retailers. In turn, the Galaxy A72, which landed in the country for R$ 3,799, had the biggest devaluation in recent months, and can be found for around R$ 2,100.

Under these circumstances, Samsung’s cell phone presents the best cost-benefit ratio for users who don’t need maximum performance for gaming or other more demanding tasks. The smartphone delivers good cameras, an excellent screen, battery life, water resistance and a satisfactory performance for the category. Plus, it has the three-year Android update warranty offered by Samsung.

The Moto G100, in turn, is the most suitable option for those who want to deal with games in maximum graphic quality, without fps drops, and doesn’t care so much about the screen technology or the design. Another asset of the phone is the support for Ready For, something equivalent to the Samsung DeX, which lets you use the device as a computer.

With information: Motorola and Samsung

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