[Review] A Premium Mid-Ranger: The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
+ Beautiful and smooth 120Hz AMOLED display
- No headphone jack
+ 108MP main camera
- Charger not included
+ Solid battery life
+ IP67 dust and water resistance
+ Expandable memory and storage
After we reviewed the Galaxy A53 5G, Samsung sent us its more powerful sibling - the Galaxy A73 5G - which was launched at the same time. If the A53 is an all-rounder, the A73 is close to a premium device. We've previously unboxed the device so let's see how good it is in this review!
The Galaxy A73 doesn't look any different from its predecessor in terms of design. In fact, the Galaxy A series looks just like each other, in general, with a plastic body and glass on the front. Still, it doesn't prevent the A73 from looking beautiful, and with its matte cover, you don't have to worry about fingerprint problems.
The Galaxy A73 is slightly slimmer than its predecessor due to the removal of the headphone jack. It isn't much of a difference and I personally would have preferred a headphone jack over the not-obvious slimmed-down body. But I guess wireless earbuds are the standard now and like it or not, you have to accept it.
Display and Audio
The 6.7" AMOLED display comes with a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a satisfying Full HD+ resolution. The colors, contrast, and brightness are all spot on when used both indoors and outdoors. At the bottom of the display, there's a built-in fingerprint reader which is sensitive and responds immediately once you place your finger on the area.
In terms of audio, Samsung has improved the stereo speakers on this one with better punch and clarity. It's also loud when you turn the volume to the max so they actually work pretty great even when the phone's not connected to a pair of earbuds.
First on a Galaxy mid-ranger, the A73 packs a flagship-level 108MP main camera with excellent quality. Apart from the main camera, you get a 12MP ultrawide camera, a 5MP depth camera, and a 5MP macro camera. On the front, it uses a 32MP selfie camera.
Generally, the phone is capable of producing some very beautiful images during the day or night. The results look pleasurable if you don't zoom in; you will notice some loss in details and the presence of noise when you enlarge the photos. Overall, you get plenty of details and well-controlled noise with the main camera.
Unfortunately, besides the 108MP camera, the rest of the rear camera units hardly impress me. The ultrawide sensor lacks details while the macro and portrait lenses are just doing the bare minimum. Below are some examples of photos I've taken:
As for the selfie camera, the picture quality is alright without 'terrifying' beauty filters applied. It's certainly qualified for your social media OOTD postings.
The A73 is equipped with a Snapdragon 778G, along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Launching and switching between apps, web browsing and scrolling, and daily tasks are a breeze on this device. As for gaming, it can easily handle from casual games to more demanding ones. It can even run Genshin Impact smoothly with the latest version update, with no stutters or lags.
It also features the RAM Plus technology, which offers you up to 8GB of virtual memory. And if you're the type who likes to take many pictures and download dramas into your phone, the storage is expandable up to 1TB with a microSD card.
Powering the device is a 5000mAh battery with 25W super fast charging support. Samsung claims that you can get 2 days of battery life here but that's only possible if you're barely using it. It's probably achievable if you disable the 120Hz refresh rate and change it to the minimum 60Hz.
In any case, I'm glad that I don't have to charge the phone at night if it's on average use. When I wasn't using it, the battery level didn't drop much too. In case you're wondering, the A73 doesn't come with a charging brick and the same goes for the A53 we recently reviewed so, if you ever need one, you'll have to purchase it separately.
Buy or no buy
The Galaxy A73 5G is definitely one of the best mid-ranger you can find in the market now with premium features, such as a beautiful and smooth 120Hz AMOLED display, IP67 dust and water resistance, a 5000mAh battery, and a 108MP main camera. Samsung also promises up to four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades and up to five years of security updates.