The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G really deserves its impressive marketing tag despite being one of the most expensive mid-range phones you can buy. Here is our full review.
Incredible screen, incredible camera, long battery life – these words are part of one of the most terrible smartphone advertisements ever, but they have always perfectly defined the Galaxy A7X series of phones. In recent years, the Galaxy A70, A71 A72 and now the A73 have come to define what Samsung’s Galaxy A series is all about. The recipe is simple: give buyers all the good stuff without compromising the Galaxy S series devices at all costs. This year, however, that is not the case.
That’s because the Galaxy A73 ends up becoming a more tempting option than the closest current-gen Galaxy S series phone: the Galaxy S21 FE. The S21 FE is a good phone, but in the real world, the Galaxy A73, with its theoretically lower specs, is better for most users. The basic variant with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage at Rs. 41,999 offers the best value, and in the “Awesome Mint” shade, it’s really pretty.
Should you buy it then, especially when there are technically superior phones like the iQOO 9 and Xiaomi 11T Pro at similar prices? It’s time to find out.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Design
The Galaxy A series in 2022 has been more in keeping with its design than ever for its high-end models. The A73 has no defining elements that make you say “wow!” but it’s an attractive design nonetheless. It is almost tasteless in a way if you get it in the black color variant. And as soon as you pick it up, the one-piece plastic construction immediately lowers the desirability quotient a few notches. The iQOO 9 for the same price gives you the luxury of a combination of glass and metal, while oppo and Vivo phones for the same price play with special color-changing materials. Playing too safe, Samsung?
While the feel in the hand isn’t great, the phone is well built and comfortable to use. It’s not quite a one-handed phone, though, considering the boxy dimensions make the real estate 6.7-inches feel bigger than it really is. And, while you miss out on glass and metal, it gets IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, which goes a long way toward ensuring reliability. No case in the box, as usual, and no charger either.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G screen
Being the best of the Galaxy A series, the A73 also has the most beautiful display. At 6.7-inches, it’s the largest and that Super AMOLED Plus panel is beautiful to look at. In typical Samsung fashion, it’s tuned for brighter, more vibrant colors. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the A73 looks smoother on the eye, making scrolling and other animations appear smoother. Keep in mind that 120Hz mode drains the battery quicker and without variable refresh rate tech here, there’s not much you can do other than stick to 60Hz. The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast for a sensor. optical type.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Performance
This is where the controversial part comes in. Coming from the Galaxy A72, Samsung hasn’t updated the chipset on this one; you still get the year-old Snapdragon 778G chip here. Not that this is a slow chip by any means, but the semiconductor industry has several low-cost but powerful chips to offer (MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Snapdragon 870, etc), and Samsung could have picked one of these chips more old to justify an upgrade. Considering five years of software support, I wonder how the Snapdragon 778G will fare in a year or two.
However, unlike its Exynos rivals, the Snapdragon 778G is an excellent chip right now and is well optimized for performance and power efficiency. With One UI 4.1 based on Android 12, the Galaxy A73 is fine-tuned to get the most out of it, keeping mundane tasks snappy. Whether it’s opening the Chrome browser or Instagram, the Galaxy A73 can handle it all seamlessly. Although this isn’t supposed to be a player choice, I threw in short sessions of Call of Duty: Mobile and Shadow Fight 4: Legends; both played very well on high settings with high frame rates.
The One UI 4.1 software interface is among the most polished Android interactions you can find in this category, except for Motorola’s MyUX skin. Each page is baked with comfort that you get used to quite easily. Integration with Microsoft and Google apps is excellent, and some of the extras included in the setup are really useful (the sidebar, for example, or the ability to stream audio output to multiple devices simultaneously). I didn’t find any UI bugs, which is unusual for a new phone these days. The only annoyance comes in the form of some preloaded “bloated” third-party apps, and the setup process desperately wants you to install apps from the Galaxy Store. It seems a bit unnecessary Samsung, considering the price!
The audio quality from the stereo speaker setup is good and loud enough, but it doesn’t even come close as the speakers from the xiaomi 11T professional. There is no headphone jack here either.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 778G, the phone provides support for 5G connectivity, making it future proof. However, as of now, the Galaxy A73 5G offered rock-solid network performance on Jio’s 4G network and also managed to connect to the network in difficult areas. Call quality is excellent and with Samsung’s dialer app, you can record calls without notifying the other person.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Cameras
This is where the Galaxy A73 5G shines. With its new 108MP main camera and some clever tweaks, the Galaxy A73 does a great job with dynamic range, detail, color accuracy, exposure, and noise suppression. Whether in daylight or indoors, the camera always takes brighter photos with rich texture detail and good exposure management. And with human portrait shots, edge detection is excellent and there is minimal to negligible loss of detail in facial details. Even at night, you get class-leading photos with well-managed exposure, good noise suppression, and brighter photos overall.
Don’t assume the 108MP camera matches the S22 Ultra’s though – there’s a noticeable loss in detail when compared side-by-side. But for a phone under Rs. 50,000, the Galaxy A73 with the performance of its main camera has impressed us.
The same can be said for the 8MP ultra-wide, which also impressed us with good color reproduction and detail. The 5MP macro camera is also decent as long as there’s sunlight; it can’t match the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s 5MP macro camera. Video recording performance is good, but not as good as the iPhone SE: it can record up to 4K at 30fps only. There’s OIS, but the stability isn’t the best we’ve seen on a phone in this price range. This is good enough for casual video shooting, but not for content creators.
The 32MP front-facing camera gets you going again, delivering bright, natural-looking selfies with loads of facial detail. Selfies don’t look as natural as those on the 2022 iPhone SE, but most of you would be happy to skip manual editing for social media purposes.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G Battery Life
With its 5,000 mAh battery, the Galaxy A73 typically lasts a full day with an average of 30 to 40 percent charge to spare. Note that this scenario was possible without hour-long gaming sessions and without videos. Under the most generic of circumstances, you can easily take advantage of the Galaxy A73’s battery for a full day. There’s support for 25W fast wired charging and if you get the compatible charger, you’ll have to wait almost 1.5 hours for the battery to fill below 10 per cent. This is painfully slow compared to iQOO and Xiaomi’s 20-minute charging heroes.
The Samsung Galaxy A73 5G with all its pros and cons has left us surprisingly impressed! Unlike the Galaxy A53 5G, this one performs as expected under normal circumstances. Despite sticking with the Snapdragon 778G for another year, the A73 remains fast and fluid. Good camera performance adds to its appeal, as does the vibrant screen. The rest is on par with the competition, but there’s certainly room for Samsung to show it can do better. For someone looking for just a good Android phone, the Galaxy A73 ends up being an easy recommendation.
And when you look at the Apple iPhone SE 2022 in the same price range, the Galaxy A73 with its vastly superior screen, longer battery life and versatile cameras ends up being more appealing to the eyes. With 4 years of operating system and 5 years of security support, it’s also a strong argument for longevity.
The concerns stem from the competition it faces from its Android brethren. For similar or lower prices, smartphones like the iQOO 9 5G, Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G, alive V23 Pro 5G and Xiaomi 11T Pro are far superior in most aspects. In terms of extreme specs alone, these phones leave the Galaxy A73 5G in the dust. With a 20-minute full charge, truly flagship performance, and slightly better cameras, the iQOO 9 and Xiaomi 11T Pro will always be the popular choices. In fact, the Oppo Reno 7 Pro is also not far behind with its cameras and could make the A73 bite its nails.
Then why? Why the Galaxy A73 at Rs. 41,999? The simple answer is your quality user experience that comes immediately. That One UI software offers a wholesome smartphone experience comparable to iPhones most of the time. And when you look at it as a package, the Galaxy A73 5G doesn’t miss a beat. It may not have the muscles to brag openly, but it’s the most sensible purchase for those who want a serious smartphone. Give it a try before settling for one of those iconic killers.
Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
- smooth performance
- good cameras
- animated screen
- IP67 certification
- Not-so-premium build
6.7-inch 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED display
5000mAh, 25W wired charging
A 4.1 user interface in Android 12
108MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP