[REVIEW] Samsung Galaxy A73 5G – You Don’t Need a Flagship Smartphone

Here’s my full review of the new Samsung Galaxy A73 5G following up on my first impression of the device.

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Specification

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G, 6nm Processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 642L GPU
  • 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM
  • 256GB UFS 2.1 Internal Storage with microSD Card Slot
  • 6.7-inch FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 800 nits Peak Brightness, Corning Gorilla 5
  • Rear Camera: 108MP f/1.8 with OIS Main, 12MP f/2.2 Ultrawide, 5MP f/2.4 Macro & 5MP f/2.4 Depth
  • Front camera: 32MP f/2.2
  • 5,000 mAh Battery with 25W Fast Charging
  • OneUI 4.1 based on Android 12
  • Wi-Fi 5 Dual-band, Bluetooth 5.1, Samsung Pay (NFC)
  • Colors: Awesome Gray, Awesome Mint, Awesome White
  • 163.7 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm @ 181g
  • Price RM 2,099

Design & Built

This year, the Galaxy A series has been more consistent with its design from Galaxy A13 up to Galaxy A73; with the simplicity and matte rear finishes that everyone loves.

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

The signature design is easily recognized it’s the Samsung Galaxy A-series and may be mistaken between Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A73 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G may only get plastic unibody construction, it’s IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. It may not sound premium compared to a more luxury of a glass-metal combo, but it’s tougher to shatter, scratch or dent.

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

The Galaxy A73 5G is well constructed and solid. It may not design for single-hand use, but it’s pretty comfortable to use and hold on hand with rounded corners.

Display & Speaker

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Super AMOLED Plus

Being the top-tier Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A73 5G gets better hardware and the most amicable display. The 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus is the biggest in the lineup, tuned for brighter and more vivid colors. Features a 120Hz refresh rate and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner which is fast and accurate. It doesn’t have an adaptive refresh rate and is limited to either 60Hz or straight up to 120Hz.

The stereo dual speakers enhanced the overall entertainment experience with Dolby Atmos supports.

Performance

It may not has the newest nor the most powerful chipset, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G has the most balanced performance and power efficiency between midrange and flagship chips.

Based on Geekbench 5, it is closing the gap with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in single-core performance and foreseeable a gap in multi-core performance score but not antipodal.

While the Snapdragon 778G carries the gaming tag, no surprise it handles high graphics intense games without any problem. With AnTuTu V9, the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G has a close score with last year’s flagship chips like the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 888.

Rest assured the device can perform for day-to-day use without compromise.

Camera

Besides having a bigger and more advanced display panel, the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is the first Galaxy A-series equipped with a 108-megapixels camera sensor and Optical Image Stabilization. It’s accompanied by a 12-megapixels ultrawide, a 5-megapixels macro, and a depth sensor.

You will get the same camera UI that you found from the other Samsung Galaxy flagship device including the Pro features that unlock the full potential of the cameras.

It still faces the same issue with inconsistent white balance when switching between ultrawide and wide angle cameras. Not to mention, the low-resolution macro with fixed focus and redundant depth sensor that I am willing to exchange with a 2x telephoto zoom.

It’s a capable shooter with great details, wide dynamic range and noise control be it in daylight or indoors. Images look great, sharp, and ready to share on social media; thanks to the “Image Enhancer” feature that is also found on the Samsung Galaxy S22 series. However, it’s not competing with the Galaxy S22 series which has a bigger and more advanced sensor.

Here are some photos were taken with the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G:

Higher resolution photos can be previewed on GDrive.

The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G can shoot excellent video up to 4K@30fps with OIS. Great details and plenty of data if you want to crop and downscale it to 1,080p which is sufficient for social media and even YouTube uploads.

Battery Life

At a 5,000 mAh battery, it can easily get me an entire day with an average of 6 hours of screen-of-time. Having it as a secondary device, I only need to charge it once every 2 days with medium use.

It took less than 100 minutes to fully charge from 0% to 100% with a 25W enabled fast charger from Samsung or one of my highly recommended UGREEN x GaN 65W/100W chargers with 3 USB C ports and a USB A.

Android 16 Ready

As mentioned on my first impression of the device, the Samsung Galaxy One UI 4.1 is one of the cleanest Android OS skins and it also offers RAM Plus allowing it to push up to 16GB of memory.

Samsung offered 5 years of security updates and 4 years of major software updates that bring the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Android 16 ready.

This put an extra mile for you to keep your device secure with updated security updates and enjoy the latest Android features experience.

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Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Review
  • Design
  • Built
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Value
4.3

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G may be just an upper mid-range smartphone, but it has the most well-balanced performance over value and power efficiency that offers you a flagship experience.

If you are undecided between the Galaxy A53 5G or Galaxy A73 5G, pay the extra RM 250 premium to get a bigger and more advanced display, 108MP main camera, and a powerful yet power-efficient processor found on the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G.