The Samsung Galaxy A73 is the slimmest “A” series phone Samsung has ever released despite a 5000 mAh battery tucked in. The box comes with the phone, the sim card injection tool, and a type C to type C cable (I guess we’re no longer execting the charging brick anymore).
The Galaxy A73 gets close to a flagship experience as possible, it comes packed with features that are commonly seen in flagship phones, and all of this at a non-flagship price. In some regions like Nepal and India, you can get it together with Samsung buds at a discounted price.
The A73 is powered by Snapdragon 778G which is simply less powerful for a phone in this class. (Really Samsung? you can literally get a 778G-powered device that costs less than half as much).
In my opinion, Samsung should have used Dimensity 1200 or Snapdragon 870, but if you don’t game heavily the 778G should be fine.
It runs on Android 12 based on UI 4.1 right out of the box. Just like Samsung’s flagship phones, they also guarantee four years of major Android updates and five years of security updates on the Galaxy A73.
The phone should age better over the years at least in theory, but I am not sure just how well the snapdragon 778G will hold up in 2026 as apps and Android itself gets more resource hungry. Will the snapdragon 778G be able to keep up? the test of time will tell.
But keep in mind that both the back panel and the frames here are still plastic made and it does feel quite light too although the phone does not feel cheap.
It is quite a tall phone so handling the galaxy A73 single-handed is a bit of a struggle for someone with small hands.
It comes in a bunch of fun color options, Gray, Mint, and White. Besides looking cool Samsung has also ensured better durability here since the galaxy A73 is IP67 rated against dust and water damage.
Another thing that Samsung does really well is the display, here the Galaxy A73’s 6.7 inches super AMOLED plus screen is a total visual treat, everything from colors, contrast, and brightness levels are top-notch.
It also supports HDR playback on streaming platforms like Netflix so the media consumption experience on the Galaxy A73 should be very good. The display refreshes at 120HZ and it isn’t adaptive like in the flagship phones.
It has a set of stereo speakers that deliver balanced audio with nice mids and highs.
The screen also hosts an in-display fingerprint sensor underneath which is fairly fast enough for Samsung standards. The fingerprint sensor is located low like in Oneplus 9 Pro so you might strain a little bit before getting used to it.
Now to the cameras, this is the first time Samsung has used a 108-megapixel sensor in its non-flagship phones, even though it is commonly used on mid-range phones from Xiaomi and Realme.
Based on a few samples taken, Samsung has gone with a relatively toned-down color processing here, as a result, images from the primary camera look close to natural with plenty of details and a nice dynamic range.
The ultra-wide shots are subject to minor color shifts. Samsung has skipped on a telephoto lens this time, if you remember the Galaxy A72 featured an 8-megapixel 3X telephoto camera, there’s now a 5-megapixel depth sensor and the usual 5-megapixel macro lens.