Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A73 today. It is the highest-end smartphone in the Galaxy A lineup for 2022. It features a big Super AMOLED display with a high refresh rate, a huge camera sensor with OIS, and a big battery.
But is it worth upgrading from the Galaxy A72 that was launched last year? Let’s find out.
Galaxy A73 is a better phone for gaming, thanks to its faster processor
Both smartphones feature 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O displays with Full HD+ resolution, but the Galaxy A73 has a 120Hz refresh rate. The Galaxy A72 was limited to a 90Hz refresh rate. This means that Samsung’s new phone should offer smoother visuals. Both phones have an in-display fingerprint reader, stereo speakers, and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
The Galaxy A72 has a Snapdragon 720G processor, which is slower than the Galaxy A73’s Snapdragon 778G chipset. So, you can expect much faster performance in day-to-day tasks and gaming. Both phones have 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage, and a microSD card slot. Since Snapdragon 778G is a 5G chipset, the Galaxy A73 is a 5G compatible phone. The Galaxy A72 is limited to 4G networks.
Galaxy A72 has a dedicated telephoto camera; Galaxy A73 has 8K video recording: pick one
The Galaxy A73 has a 108MP primary camera with OIS, which uses a bigger sensor than the Galaxy A72’s 64MP OIS camera. Both phones have 12MP ultrawide cameras and 5MP macro shooters. There’s one area where the Galaxy A73 is a definite downgrade: it lacks a dedicated telephoto sensor, something that the Galaxy A72 has. The older phone has an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom. Samsung seems to have cut the cost and removed the telephoto camera to fit a 108MP camera on the Galaxy A73.
Galaxy A73 offers longer software support
Samsung’s new phone runs Android 12-based One UI 4.1 out of the box, and it has been promised four major Android OS updates (up to Android 16). In comparison, the Galaxy A72 debuted with Android 11-based One UI 3.1, and it will get three major Android updates. So, Samsung’s new phone has the advantage of longer software support.
Love the headphone jack? Galaxy A73 isn’t for you
Both phones are powered by the same 5,000mAh battery and support 25W fast charging. The Galaxy A73 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it doesn’t come with a charger or earphones in the box. So, if you love the headphone jack or the telephoto camera, the Galaxy A73 isn’t for you.
So, who’s the winner?
Well, there isn’t a clear winner in this battle. If you want faster performance and longer software support, the Galaxy A73 is the pick for you. But if you value things like a telephoto camera and a headphone jack, you’ll be happy with the Galaxy A72. Hopefully, Samsung will do better next year with the successor to the Galaxy A73.
You can view the complete specifications comparison of the Galaxy A72 and the Galaxy A73 in the table below.
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