Comparative: Samsung Galaxy A52 or A72; which one to buy? | Cell

O Galaxy A52 it’s the A72 are the bet of Samsung for the segment of premium intermediate smartphones, a sector that grew in the first quarter of 2021. Both cell phones were launched for more than R$3,000 and feature a quad camera (with 64 MP main sensor), Snapdragon 720G processor, storage 128GB and 6GB RAM memory. Even the colors available for the two phones are the same.

With so many similarities, it can be difficult to understand what actually changes in the technical specifications of the devices – and which one has the best cost-benefit ratio for your usage profile. So, we put together the comparison below, which explains in detail what are the differences between the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72. Follow the analysis in the following lines.

Galaxy A52 vs Galaxy A72 (Image: Vitor Padua/Tecnoblog)

Galaxy A52 vs Galaxy A72 (Image: Vitor Padua/Tecnoblog)

Datasheet: Galaxy A52 vs A72

Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A72
Launch in Brazil April 2021
launch price BRL 3,299 BRL 3,799
Screen 6.5” Super AMOLED, Full HD+, 90 Hz (or 120 Hz on Galaxy A52 5G) 6.7” Super AMOLED, Full HD+, 90 Hz
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core up to 2.3GHz
(Galaxy A52 5G has Snapdragon 750G)
RAM memory 6GB
Storage 128GB (expandable via microSD)
Back camera
  • Main: 64 MP (f/1.8)
  • Ultrawide: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Macro: 5 MP (f/2.4)
  • Depth: 5 MP (f/2.4)
  • Main: 64 MP (f/1.8)
  • Ultrawide: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Macro: 5 MP (f/2.4)
  • Telephoto: 8 MP (f/2.4), 3x optical zoom
Frontal camera 32 MP (f/2.2)
Drums 4,500 mAh 5,000 mAh
factory operating system Android 11, One UI 3.1

4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, USB-C, 3.5mm
(Galaxy A52 has a 5G version available in Brazil)

More Under-screen optical fingerprint reader and IP67 certification
dimensions 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm 165 x 77.4 x 8.4 mm
Weight 189 grams 203 grams

black, blue, violet and white
(Galaxy A52 5G is only available in black and violet)

screen and design

Galaxy A72 has the biggest screen

Both smartphones in this comparison feature Super AMOLED screens with Full HD+ resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate. This soup of specs translates into vivid colors, deep contrasts and sharply defined images, plus an enhanced feeling of smoothness and fluidity when browsing through the interface, open apps and play games.

Whoever opts for the 5G version of the A52 takes home a panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz – although the difference in smoothness from 90 to 120 Hz is not so noticeable. They all have digital reader under the screen.

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

The difference is due to the size of the panel: the screen on the Galaxy A52 (including the 5G version) is 6.5 inches, and the A72 is bigger, at 6.7 inches – which can be good for those who prefer larger displays , but uncomfortable for those with small hands and prefer the comfort of a smaller cell phone.

Anyway, it’s worth remembering that the One UI 3.1 has a design that makes it easy to reach apps with one hand, even on larger screens.

Galaxy A52 and A72 have water and dust resistance (IP67)

Moving on to construction, the similarities continue. The Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are sold in the same colors: black, blue, violet and white. But if you choose the 5G version of the A52, you’ll have to opt for black or violet .

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

The smartphones display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, but the back is plastic. Even so, they all have IP67 certification, which allows them to be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Galaxy A72 and A52 have USB-C port for charging and keep P2 (3.5mm) input for headphones).

Performance: enough for most

The Galaxy A52 and A72 are not high-end phones, yet they deliver very good performance for the average consumer. In our hands-on tests with the A52 (4G), Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G processor worked handily with the 6GB of RAM, switching between apps quickly and smoothly.

However, the Adreno 618 GPU is not the most suitable for those who need to run demanding games with full graphics. In such cases, the user may end up experiencing fickle frame rate in some scenes. The Galaxy A52 5G, in turn, has the Snapdragon 750G chip, with Adreno 619 GPU, which promises 15% better performance than the Adreno 618.

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

If for you gaming can be done without maximum graphics quality (but still high, it’s worth mentioning), phones can deliver the required performance, otherwise, maybe you should opt for more powerful hardware (Moto G100 can be a good option ).

Storage is the same for all models: 128GB, and if you need more space, you can expand via microSD card.


The Galaxy A52’s camera set is very similar to that of the Galaxy A72. Both phones have a 64MP main sensor, plus an ultrawide lens with a 12MP sensor and a 5MP macro camera.

The fourth lens is what differentiates the devices in this regard: the A52 has a depth sensor, which is more common in the segment, and helps to make portraits with a blurred background. The Galaxy A72, on the other hand, has a telephoto lens that allows it to carry out a 3x optical zoom.

Does this mean that the Galaxy A72 doesn’t take photos with a blurred background? No, it also has this feature, which means the A72 is more versatile than the A52. The question you must ask is: do I need this?

See, below, some photos taken for the review of the Galaxy A52:

When it comes to selfies, everything is the same: on the Galaxy A52 and A72 we have a 32 megapixel front sensor, with an f/2.2 lens aperture, which makes good self-portraits in favorable light conditions, with great image definition and blur. a reasonable background, which lets a few strands of hair through, which is perfectly acceptable in this case. In addition, the front-facing camera is capable of shooting 4K at 30fps – something many competing models don’t have.

Photo taken with the front camera of the Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Photo taken with the front camera of the Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Battery, charging and connectivity

In terms of battery, the Galaxy A72 brings the highest capacity (5,000 mAh, against the 4,500 mAh of the A52). But also remember that it has the biggest screen, tending to expend more energy – so some of that ends up being a kind of compensation.

Either way, the two models should withstand a day away from the takings with ease, considering the common user, and can reach the second day with breath (which is the promise of Samsung). The estimated 4G internet usage time is up to 19 hours for the A72, and up to 17 hours for the A52. Both have 25W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A72 (Image: Press Release/Samsung)

In Brazil, only the Galaxy A52 is also sold in a 5G version. The A72 is only available in 4G version. They all have NFC, supporting approximation payments.

Operational system

Launched in April 2021, the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 ship from the factory with Android 11 and the One UI 3.1 interface. Samsung’s update policy is an asset: the manufacturer has been offering a warranty for three more Android versions for some premium mid-range models. That is, we should get to Android 14 with these devices. Not counting security updates for four years from the year of release.

The One UI has one of the cleanest and most interesting experiences in the Android ecosystem, however, it has been accused of shutting down many apps in the background due to the power management feature (hopefully Samsung will fix this issue soon).

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Samsung Galaxy A52 (Image: Paulo Higa/Tecnoblog)

Price and value for money: after all, Galaxy A52 or Galaxy A72?

I’ll quote the launch prices of these smartphones by protocol only:

  • Galaxy A52: BRL 3,299
  • Galaxy A72: BRL 3,799

Did you find it surreal? Well, don’t be scared. The retail price is already much more considerable.

At the time of publication of this article, in June 2021, the Galaxy A52 could already be found in the range of R$ 1,800, and the A72 for starting at R$ 1,999, in online stores. Oh, and the 5G version of the Galaxy A52 costs around R$ 2,400.

The most expensive is not always the best. Before deciding which one to buy, put it on the scale, see which functions and features really matter to you.

So which one is worth more?

Well, the Galaxy A52 should be the best option for most people. It’s cheaper, it has a big screen, but it doesn’t too big, and the battery lasts all day. This model does not support 5G, but the fifth generation of mobile networks should take a while to become a reality in Brazil.

For consumers who insist on the 3x optical zoom, the Galaxy A72 also has the bonus of a slightly bigger battery. But this costs, on average, R$ 200 more.

With information: Samsung (1, 2 and 3)

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