Despite having different features, both smartphones have Super AMOLED screens and support for fast charging. The S20 FE in the Snapdragon version can be found on Amazon for $699, while the A72 appears for $549.
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy S20 FE
|Specifications||Galaxy A72||Galaxy S20 FE|
|Launch||March 2021||November 2020|
|Screen||6.7 inches||6.5 inches|
|Screen resolution||Full HD+||Full HD+|
|Processor||Snapdragon 720G (octa-core up to 2.3GHz)||Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990|
|RAM||6 or 8 GB||6 or 8 GB|
|Storage||128 or 256 GB||128 or 256 GB|
|Memory card||MicroSD up to 1TB||MicroSD up to 1TB|
|Main camera||Quad Camera: 64, 12, 8, and 5 MP||Tri Camera: 12, 12, and 8 MP|
|Front camera||32 MP||32 MP|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Operating system||Android 11||Android 10|
|Dimensions and weight||165 x 77,4 x 8,4 mm; 203 g||159,8 x 74,5 x 8,4 mm; 190 g|
|Colors||Black, White, Blue, and Violet||Red, Lavender, Orange, Mint, Blue, and White|
Screen and Design
It is in the display that one of the first differences between the two phones appears. While the Galaxy A72 offers a 6.7-inch display, the S20 FE delivers slightly smaller proportions, with 6.5 inches. Another distinction appears in the refresh rate, which is 90 Hz on the A72 versus 120 Hz on the S20 FE. The higher rate should deliver more fluid images when viewing games or videos.
The resolution and type of panel are the same in both models: Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) and Super AMOLED. With this, they should be able to deliver images in vivid colors and with greater sharpness without consuming so much battery power. Samsung has long included excellent displays in its smartphones.
In terms of finish, the S20 FE has Gorilla Glass 6 as a differential, which should give greater protection against scratches on the screen. Both have a plastic back. The S20 FE is sold in naval (navy blue), white, lavender (lilac), mint (light green), red, and orange colors. The A72 comes in blue, white, black, and violet colors.
The design on the front of both phones is very similar, both with the selfie camera built into the screen. On the back, the A72 opts to bring the camera module only with a small relief and no frame. The S20 FE, on the other hand, highlights the lens in a black rectangle that contrasts with the rest of the phone.
The camera set also signals a significant difference between the two models. The Galaxy S20 FE, for example, distributes the triple camera lenses between main, with 12 MP, ultra-wide, also with 12 MP, and an 8 MP telephoto lens. The phone lags in terms of megapixels compared to some of the A72’s sensors, and it also has one less lens.
The Galaxy A72 arrives with four lenses. The main camera holds 64 MP, while the ultra-wide camera offers 12 MP for wide-angle shots. The last two sensors, the macro – for more detailed shots – and the depth sensor, deliver 8 and 5 MP respectively. Thus, this set tends to stand out both for the quality of the photos and for the possibility of clicks in more formats.
Both Galaxy phones take 32 MP selfies and record movies in 4K. Up to 3x optical zoom and optical stabilizer (OIS) can be found on both the A72 and the S20 FE. This should ensure the models have higher quality image magnification and sharp records.
Performance and Storage
The Galaxy S20 FE has two processor options: Exynos or Snapdragon. Initially, only the model with Exynos 990 had landed in Brazil and other regions of the world. However, the octa-core 2.73 GHz processor received negative feedback from consumers due to high temperatures, a factor that directly interfered with the phone’s performance. It is hardly recommended because of the many performance-related headaches.
The new version, this time with Snapdragon 865, outperforms the Exynos in benchmark tests like Geekbench, where the S20 FE scored 901 points with the Qualcomm chip versus 887 points with Samsung’s processor, with both in single-core mode.
The Galaxy A72 uses a Snapdragon 720G processor, also from Qualcomm. The chip in question is an octa-core that can offer speeds of up to 2.3 GHz, a specification that should give good performance in everyday tasks.
The S20 FE is offered in versions with 6 GB or 8 GB RAM. The Galaxy A72 comes with 6 GB.
When it comes to storage, the S20 FE stands out by offering two possibilities: 128 GB or 256 GB. Meanwhile, the A72 is sold in a single version with 128 GB. Both accept microSD cards of up to 1 TB.
The Galaxy A72’s battery may stand out in terms of capacity, as it guarantees 5,000 mAh, while the S20 FE has 4,500 mAh. This means that in practice, the first model should deliver 19 hours of internet browsing and 23 hours of uninterrupted video playback. The second can provide up to 14 hours of web browsing and 17 hours of video playback.
One of the factors that can negatively interfere with the battery life of the S20 FE is the 120 Hz refresh rate. Nevertheless, it is enough to disable the feature to obtain better results in this aspect.
Recharging of both devices is done via a 25 W charger that comes with the phones in their respective cases. The S20 FE, however, features Wireless PowerShare charging, a technology that makes it possible to recharge another device by proximity.
The Galaxy S20 FE comes with Android 10 on factory settings, can be upgraded to the next version, and should receive Android 13 in the future. The Galaxy A72 arrived months later, already uses Android 11, and should also run Android 12.
Present in both, Android 11 debuts native screen recording, scrollable screenshots, and bubble-shaped notifications. This version brings optimizations in the field of user privacy, giving unique permissions to apps installed on the phone.
Both Samsung models invest in features such as an under-screen fingerprint reader, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0, which is faster than the previous version. Therefore, both can perform payment by proximity and also dispense with a physical sensor on the frame to unlock the phone.
As for the differences, it is worth noting that the A72 also brings facial recognition as an alternative for those who do not want to use a fingerprint. In addition, it has the P2 headphone jack, a feature that was extinct in the S20 FE. It has been replaced by a USB-C input that can be used to charge your phone as well as to listen to music.
A brief difference between the two models is the water and dust resistance certification. While the A72 comes with IP67 – which guarantees dives of up to one meter deep for 30 minutes – the S20 FE opts for IP68, which offers resistance to dives of up to three meters for the same period.
Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy A72 arrived this year and is currently offered for $549 on Amazon. The Galaxy S20 FE is a 2020 model that is in the process of being renewed. It is also available for purchase for $699 on Amazon.
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