Samsung reportedly killed yet another smartphone which could be named Galaxy A74 5G because…? There’s not just a single reason for strategy changes, the decision seems pre-decided as Samsung always neglected Galaxy A7x smartphones as compared to the Galaxy A5x.
No doubt, the Galaxy A7x lineup of smartphones is more premium than the Galaxy A5x, but still, it got neglected by Samsung, and no one knows why. The company offers monthly security updates to the Galaxy A5x phones, but the Galaxy A7x are listed in the quarterly schedule, looks funny!
The Galaxy A7x became an “experiment smartphone lineup” for Samsung, for instance, Galaxy A72 was the first mid-ranger to use Telephoto lens, and the Galaxy A73 was the first to get a 108MP camera sensor. Introduced with A72, the telephoto sensor didn’t continue with its sequel.
Not that all, the Korean tech giant brought LTE, 5G and “s” variants of the Galaxy A52 smartphone, but the Galaxy A72 was not even featured 5G connectivity. Due to network compatibility, the Galaxy A72 utilized a downgraded processor compared to its younger sibling, and eventually, the A7x is dead.
The death of the Galaxy A7x seems pre-planned as Samsung started to streamline the Galaxy A5x phones. Let’s have a quick comparison of key specs:
Galaxy A51 vs Galaxy A71
- A71 had the lead
Samsung Galaxy A51 brought 6.5″ Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy A71 had an enhanced and larger 6.7″ Super AMOLED Plus display. Both devices feature the same 1080 x 2400 pixels display resolution along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
The Galaxy A51 packs a 48MP primary camera sensor, while the Galaxy A71 has an upgraded 64MP main camera. Other than main sensors, all other cameras of the A51 and A71 are the same including 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth and 32MP selfie shooter.
In AP department, the Galaxy A51 uses 10nm process based Exynos 9611 chipset [Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU] while the Galaxy A71 has 8nm-based Snapdragon 730 processor [Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver) and Adreno 618 GPU].
Galaxy A52 5G vs Galaxy A72
- And the destruction of A7x begins here!
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G brings 6.5″ Super AMOED display with HDR 10+ support and 120Hz display. On the flip side, the Galaxy A72 used a larger 6.7″ Super AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate and no support for the HDR10+ feature. Both have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.
Samsung again experimented on the Galaxy A72 by bringing an 8MP telephoto sensor (depth sensor ditched) for the first time in a non-flagship device. Other camera specs include 64MP main camera, 5MP macro camera and 5MP depth lens (A52 only) along with a 32MP selfie shooter.
The Galaxy A52 5G comes with Snapdragon 750G processor [Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570) and Adreno 619 GPU], while the Galaxy A72 uses Snapdragon 720G processor [Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver) and Adreno 618 GPU].
Galaxy A53 vs Galaxy A73
- Destruction of A7x continued with A73
With the Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73 smartphones, Samsung greatly reduced the difference in displays. The former features a 6.5″ Super AMOLED panel, and the latter features a 6.7″ Super AMOLED Plus screen. Other specs remain the same; 120Hz refresh rate, 800 nits brightness, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
In the Camera department, the Galaxy A73 faced radical changes including the arrival of 108MP main camera and the comeback of the depth sensor by ditching telephoto. The Galaxy A53 camera specs are quite similar to its predecessor, check camera specs of both phones below.
Galaxy A53 5G:
- 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7X”, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
- 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- 5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Galaxy A73 5G:
- 108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF, OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
- 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- 5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
The Galaxy A53 5G is equipped with 5nm-based Exynos 1280 (5 nm) application processor [Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) and Mali-G68 GPU].
On the flip side, the Galaxy A73 5G has 6nm-based Snapdragon 778G 5G chip [Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55) and Adreno 642L GPU].
Experiment failed, device dead
And finally, it looks like Samsung has done with its experiment on the Galaxy A7x series and found it unnecessary. The Galaxy S22 FE is reportedly dead, but rumors claimed that it’s still alive and coming at the Unpacked part 2 in the place of the Galaxy A74 smartphone.
Android Updates War: Google’s Game-Changing Move to Outshine Samsung
When it comes to Android updates, Samsung is leading the Android world. However, this could be the last day of Samsung’s leadership as Google is expected to double up its current Android updates support for Pixel smartphones launching today.
2020 was a remarkable year in Samsung’s history when the company extended Android updates support from two years to three. A few months later, the company extended the security support as well, totaling it to four years for flagship Galaxy devices.
In 2022, Samsung launched the Galaxy S22 series, which offers four generations of OS upgrades. In its announcement, the company listed all flagships launched in 2021 and later along with select Galaxy A series smartphones for 4 OS and 5 years of security patches.
With this decision, the South Korean tech giant surpassed Google’s support policy, which owns Android. To be noted, Tensor-powered Pixel smartphones come with three years of Android and five years of monthly security updates support.
Today, Google will launch the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. And as per the leaks, both phones will offer up to 7 years of software support, surpassing the longest support provided by Apple to its iPhones. Pixel 8 and later might be eligible for 7 major OS upgrades, which sounds a bit confusing.
There are speculations that there will be five major OS versions and 7 years of regular security patches and quarterly Pixel Feature Drops for the latest flagship smartphones. If it happens, it will force other Android vendors to further extend their support.
While Pixel phones are limited to support 3 major OS versions, Samsung is offering 4 generations of OS upgrades to cheaper Galaxy devices that costs approx $249. Samsung won’t take too long to beat Google yet again in terms of software support.
Let’s see, what Google has to offer to the Android world!
Here’s why Samsung apps start getting One UI 6 support ahead of official release
After One UI 5.1, we started hearing a lot of news, leaks, and rumors about the upcoming One UI 6. Recently, Samsung has also started releasing One UI 6.0 support for stock apps, starting with the Calculator app.
Looking at all this, we can expect that Samsung will provide this support to more apps in the future too. But the question is, why is Samsung providing One UI 6.0 support to its stocks apps before the official release? If you are thinking that by getting their support, you will get some new features in your apps, then it is not only the reason.
Samsung One UI 6.0 support can also bring new features for apps, but the main reason for this is something else. But what? The answer is that Samsung is going to release a new One UI update in the coming weeks or months and the company aims to make its stock apps compatible with that accordingly. Once the app is supported, the app will not stop working or get crash whenever the company releases that update for the smartphone.
A recent report revealed that Samsung’s stable Android 14 update will be available in October. This is the same time frame as last year’s UI rollout, with the latest Galaxy S lineup being the first to secure it. Meanwhile, beta activity is seeing an early start if everything goes as planned by the internals.
Still, for the time being, we can consider this information as a pinch of salt as the company has not yet announced any official timeline for One UI 6.0.
Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships
Nowadays, smartphones are being heavily used for gaming and photography. Accordingly, phone makers are focussing more and more on upgrading the imaging capabilities and performance of chipsets. So why not, Samsung should now bring battery upgrade to Galaxy flagships.
Battery upgrade should be the next aim
The recently launched Galaxy S23 Ultra brings a high-profile 200-megapixel camera, allowing users to capture lossless shots, even when cropped. With great collaboration between hardware and software, the new Samsung flagships offer peace of mind to consumers, when it comes to battery life.
In addition to camera lovers, people prefer buying a smartphone, which offers great battery life without compromising features and power specifications. In the same way, Samsung is reportedly working, and there’s still room for improvements in flagships battery life.
The Galaxy S24 Ultra could come with a new battery technology inspired by electronic vehicles. The company is considering stacked battery technology for smartphones, which will reduce the size keeping the same mAh and enhanced lifespan.
Since the stacked battery tech could leave more gap inside the phone, Samsung might not think about increasing mAh on flagship phones. Instead, the company may use an additional vacant area for upgrading other hardware elements and better placement.
The S23 Ultra even defeated the years-old leader iPhone in terms of battery performance, thanks to the “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” processor. Exynos 2400 is reportedly coming to the S24 series in certain markets, which re-creates concern about the phone’s battery life and performance.
That said, Samsung should focus on increasing premium Galaxy phones’ battery life so users can use them longer with a single charge. 45W fast charging is doing quite well, just improvements to battery life would prove as cherry on the cake.
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Poll Results: May 12, 2023
We ran a poll that received 106 votes from our readers’ community. Among all, about 70 percent of readers voted in favor of a battery upgrade instead of the camera, while 23.6 percent want both upgrades together. Meanwhile, 6.6 percent of voters still want Samsung to focus on flagship camera upgrade.
Instead of Camera, Samsung should bring battery upgrade to flagships #Samsung
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