O Moto G60 it’s the Galaxy A72 they are premium mid-range smartphones with a number of common features such as long battery life, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. But what actually changes between Motorola and Samsung cell phones? We compare screen, design, cameras and more points from the datasheet to help you figure out which one is the most cost-effective for your usage profile. Follow the lines below.
Technical sheet – Moto G60 vs Galaxy A72
|Motorola Moto G60||Samsung Galaxy A72|
|Launch in Brazil||April 2021|
|launch price||BRL 2,699||BRL 3,799|
|Screen||IPS LCD 6.8 inch Full HD+, HDR10, 120 Hz refresh rate||Super AMOLED, 6.7” Full HD+, 90 Hz refresh rate|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G and Adreno 618 GPU||Snapdragon 720G and Adreno 618 GPU|
|Storage||128GB, expandable via microSD|
|Frontal camera||32 MP (f/2.2)|
|Drums||6,000 mAh, 20 watt fast charging||5,000 mAh, 25 watt fast charging|
|factory operating system||Android 11||Android 11 (One UI 3.1)|
|Connectivity||4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB-C and 3.5mm jack for headphones|
|water resistance||Splash resistant||Yes, IP67|
|dimensions||169.6 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm||165 x 77.4 x 8.4 mm|
|Weight||220 grams||203 grams|
|Colors||blue and champagne||black, blue, violet and white|
screen and design
With a 6.7” Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy A72 comes out ahead, as this type of panel consumes less energy and delivers the best contrasts, in addition to vivid colors. The Moto G60, on the other hand, has a 6.8” IPS LCD display, but it can be pleasing due to its 120 Hz refresh rate, which provides a greater sense of fluidity when navigating the interface and switching between apps, compared to phones with 60 Hz screen.
Samsung’s model also has a refresh rate above the standard, staying at 90 Hz. As we’ve already explained here on Tecnoblog, it’s hard to see the fluidity difference between 90 Hz and 120 Hz, so this shouldn’t be considered a factor for tiebreakers. Both have a Full HD+ screen, and deliver well-defined images, rich in detail.
Another point that goes to the Galaxy A72 is that of endurance. The smartphone is IP67 certified, which guarantees protection against submersion in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, while the Moto G60 has protection only against splashes.
In construction, each cell phone follows its own line, but both are made of plastic on the back. The Moto G60 has a glossy coating, while the Galaxy A72 follows a more sober line with solid, matte colors.
The Samsung smartphone is also lighter, even though it exceeds 200 grams, while the weight of the Motorola device can generate some discomfort during prolonged use, especially after a few hours of gaming, as reported by Darlan Helder in our review.
Performance: hardware and operating system
The Moto G60 and Galaxy A72 have 6 GB of RAM, but they differ in processor. Motorola’s smartphone brings the Snapdragon 732G and Samsung’s Snapdragon 720G, both Qualcomm chips that use the same Adreno 618 GPU.
In practice, however, it is the Snapdragon 732G that comes out ahead, providing the best performance, especially in graphics. The Moto G60 did very well in practical tests with games, running smoothly with titles like Asphalt 9, PUBG and Call of Duty. Already the A72 can present some difficulty with games in maximum graphic quality.
Both have 128 GB storage, with the possibility of expansion via microSD card, and have Android 11 from the factory. The difference is due to the modifications in the operating system made by each company.
While Motorola has more subtle changes from pure Android, Samsung uses the One UI 3.1, which is more personalized – but it also provides a good browsing experience, with a clean look and layout that makes it easy to use with one hand.
In addition, Samsung gets the better of the update policy. The South Korean has been guaranteeing Android version updates for three years for some smartphones in the Galaxy A line, while the Moto G60 is only guaranteed to update until Android 12.
When comparing smartphone cameras, remember: more is not always better. Especially when it comes to megapixels. The Moto G60 delivers a nice set of cameras, with a 108 MP main sensor that takes vibrant color shots and almost always controlled exposure. You can check photos taken with the Moto G60 in our review.
But there’s one trump card on the Galaxy A72: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which isn’t present in Motorola’s cell phone. The Samsung model has a 64 MP main sensor and also achieves great results, with good dynamic range for the segment and above average results at night or in dimly lit environments.
The auxiliary lenses on the Galaxy A72 deliver colors as good (and sometimes even better) as those on the main camera. The 12 MP ultrawide makes photos slightly sharper than the Moto G60’s 8 MP.
But Motorola has an advantage: the ultrawide lens is also macro, so in close-up shots, the Moto G60 ends up offering a result superior to most competitors.
The Moto G60 does not have a telephoto camera, while the Galaxy A72 offers up to 3x zoom, with OIS. For those who do not give up the zoom, the results will be better with the Samsung smartphone.
Both phones have a 32 megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 lens aperture. Overall, both make very good selfies for the category, but the Moto G60 encounters some difficulties with portrait mode, which sometimes results in blown-out images. It is possible to shoot in 4K @ 30 fps with the front or rear camera, on both smartphones.
Battery and Connectivity
The Moto G60 has greater battery capacity than the Galaxy A72 – 6,000 mAh versus 5,000 mAh. But considering that the A72 has a more economical screen, the autonomy of the two tends to be quite similar, being able to reach two days away from the outlets, depending on the usage profile.
The Samsung cell phone has a 25 watt fast charge and the Motorola phone comes with a 20 watt TurboPower charger.
None of them have a 5G version (at least in Brazil). Both are compatible with 4G, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC networks. They preserve the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and charging is via USB-C.
Price and value for money: Moto G60 or Galaxy A72?
The Moto G60 was launched in Brazil for R$ 2,699, and the Galaxy A72 was announced for R$ 3,799, however both phones can be found in electronic retail for prices around R$ 2,100*.
Considering this scenario, you should keep in mind what your priorities are. Anyone who needs the highest performance for the most demanding games and tasks should find a better option in the Moto G60. The cell phone has a lot of battery, big screen and provides an immersive and fluid gaming experience, although it doesn’t deliver the best contrasts due to the panel technology.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the best screen, greater strength and a more complete camera set, the Galaxy A72 should be your best choice. The smartphone isn’t bad for everyday tasks either, and it can handle gambling, as long as you don’t demand maximum graphic quality.
*Prices consulted on June 11, 2021.
With information: Motorola and Samsung.