Samsung sells smartphones from entry-level to premium midrange under the A-series in Nepal. The company recently launched the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G in Nepal alongside the Galaxy A53 5G and A33 5G. Since its launch in Nepal, I have been using it as a daily driver. Now, I am here with my review of the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G after using it for a good time.
Samsung Nepal has launched the only 8/256GB variant of the Galaxy A73 5G in Nepal which is priced at NPR 72,999. This is NPR 16,000 price hike over its predecessor. Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is competing against the Xiaomi 12X whose price is NPR 76,999 for the same 8/256GB model. Now, Let’s go through our Samsung Galaxy A73 5G review.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Specifications:
|Body||163.7 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 181g, Plastic Body|
|Display||6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus, 800 nits (HBM)|
|Resolution||Full HD+ (2408 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, ~393 PPI density|
|Touch Sampling Rate||240Hz|
|Glass Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 670)|
|RAM||8GB (RAM Plus Features Available)|
|OS & UI||Android 12, One UI 4.1|
Primary: 108MP with f/1.8, OIS
Ultrawide: 12MP with f/2.2
Depth: 5MP with f/2.4
Macro: 5MP with f/2.4
|Front Camera||32MP with f/2.2|
|Video||Rear: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps|
Front: 4k@30fps, 1080p@30fps
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack, Loudspeaker|
|Security||Fingerprint (Optical Under Display) & Face Unlock (Software-Based)|
|Connectivity||5G, 4G LTE, (2.4/5Ghz) Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS), USB Type-C 2.0 port, dual-SIM (nano)|
|Charging||Wired: 25W (Ships without Charging Adapter Inside the box)|
|IP Certification||IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 minutes)|
|Colors||Gray, Mint, White|
|Price in Nepal||NPR 72,999 (8/256GB)|
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Review:
Samsung Galaxy A72 was one of the best mid-range smartphones in Nepal. Its successor the Galaxy A73 has been launched in Nepal which now enables 5G connectivity and brings some upgrades to some departments. However, there is some downgrade as well which I will get to you later. Now, let’s jump into our Samsung Galaxy A73 5G review.
Design and Build Quality
- 163.7 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 181g
- Plastic Back, Plastic Frame
Samsung hasn’t made any major design changes on the Galaxy A73 5G. But this time around, we are getting flat edges at the back. It is quite slim and light as it has a 7.6mm thickness and weighs 181g. It feels comfortable on the hand and all the buttons are clicky and are well placed. As per color options, you can choose between three options: Gray (our review unit), Mint, and White.
It has the same plastic back panel with a matte finish and also the frames are of plastic. To be honest, it doesn’t feel like a premium midrange smartphone. But overall the build quality felt sturdy.
The device comes with IP67 certification making it dust/water resistant for 30 minutes under 1m of water. Likewise, it has an optical under-display fingerprint scanner. It was working perfectly but I felt a little bit slower than its competitors. The fingerprint sensor was working with some dust and water in the fingerprint as well.
- 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus, FullHD+, 120Hz
Samsung always shines in the display department in their midrange and flagship smartphones. Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is no exception as it packs a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Plus display that supports up to 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
The panel produces vivid colors and looks crispy and color-rich. Similarly, it has good contrast and didn’t face any viewing angle problems as well. It was quite bright as it hit up to 800 nits of peak brightness while consuming HDR contents. I also tried using it in the direct sunlight where it was bright enough so I didn’t face any brightness issues. However, the display could have been a little bit brighter.
Samsung took some good advantage with its 120Hz refresh rate as its animation looks so smooth. Also with its 240Hz touch sampling rate, the display was very responsive as well. There was no option to switch to a 90Hz refresh rate and so you can only go back to 60Hz if you want to save the battery.
The display is HDR and Widevine L1 certified which means you can consume HDR contents at FHD+ resolution on the different streaming platforms. Moreover, it has the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and it handled some minor drops as well as scratches.
The display comes with an Always-On display feature. I used it in the show always mode while you can also choose some other options like Tap to show, Show as scheduled, and Show for new notifications. Likewise, it has very minimal bezels around the display which makes it looks more premium. But, the punch hole was a little bit larger than that of Galaxy A53 5G.
Performance and Software
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G (6nm)
- 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage
- Android 12, One UI 4.1
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset. This is one of the major upgrades from the Galaxy A72 with a Snapdragon 720G processor. In Nepal, it is available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
The chipset handles the normal day-to-day tasks easily. Scrolling through the browsers and social media was smooth as it is supported by its 120Hz refresh rate. However, a little more powerful SoC would have been nice.
I also tried a few games like Call of Duty and PUBG mobile. The phone can run both Calls of Duty and PUBG Mobile at 60fps at a smooth frame rate. I was getting the consistent 60fps on both games. However, the phone started heating up after 30 minutes of the gaming session. I also found some lags and stutters during a long gaming session.
We also ran some benchmark tests on the Galaxy A73 5G. In the Antutu Benchmark test (v9.3.7), it scored 411211 which is not impressive at NPR 73K.
Galaxy A73 5G comes with Android 12 out of the box with One UI 4.1 skin on top. It doesn’t have too much bloatware like other Chinese phones. However, you get some pre-installed Microsoft apps and Facebook which are not uninstallable. Its UI is so user-friendly and I didn’t find any bugs or issues during my usage.
Samsung has also promised 4 years of major Android updates and 5 years of security updates here. This makes Galaxy A73 5G stand out among its competitors and makes a perfect choice for someone who is planning to use a smartphone for at least 2 to 3 years.
- 108MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is the first phone to feature a 108MP main camera in the A-series. It has an f/1.8 aperture and OIS. Likewise, the setup has a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a couple of 5MP macro and depth cameras. Unfortunately, it lacks a telephoto lens which was available in its predecessor.
The primary camera produces sharp images during sufficient lighting. The images pack a good dynamic range and good colors. Sometimes, it overexposes the subject in challenging conditions. The portrait mode was working fine. Its edge detection was impressive and was working perfectly fine.
Without activating the night mode, the photo looks blurry in the low light. When you activate the night mode, the images contain more sharpness and look a little bright as well.
Talking about the ultrawide images, it has good colors and decent sharpness. There are no major color shifts as you switch from primary to the ultrawide lens. It got a good 120-degree field of view and has good natural colors as well.
The 5MP macro camera was also doing a good job. It doesn’t have good details but gets the job done. Likewise, the 5MP depth sensor was also doing a decent job. However, it doesn’t have the best edge detection in the segment as the Xiaomi 12X was doing a better job.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G captures 4k videos at 30fps the footage was stabilized as its primary camera has OIS. Also, it has a super steady mode which automatically switches to the 1080p resolution at 30fps.
Battery and Audio
- 5000mAh, 25W
- Stereo Speakers
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G has a 5000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. It ships without a charging adapter inside the box. Talking about the battery life, I had to charge the phone twice during heavy usage. During my office day, it lasted for a day with around 40-45% left at the end of the day.
The handset features stereo speakers. It produces a loud and clear sound. However, it was not as loud as other Chinese phones with dual speakers in the same price category. Moreover, Galaxy A73 5G doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack which is not a thing to complain about in a premium midrange phone in 2022.
Final Thoughts: Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Review
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G has impressed me with its display and camera. Its UI is probably the best Android skin in the market right now. Its processor has no issue with typical day-to-day tasks while its gaming performance is not the best in its price segment. It is definitely one of the best premium mid-range smartphones currently available in Nepal.
- 120Hz Super AMOLED Plus Display
- IP67 Dust/Water-Resistant
- 108MP Primary Camera with OIS
- Optimized OneUI with 4 Years of Android OS Update
- 5000mAh Battery, 25W Fast Charging
- Plastic Body
- No Charger in the box