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Review: Samsung Galaxy A73 5G

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Samsung’s Galaxy A Series of smartphones are known for flagship-like features at a very affordable price point. The Galaxy A Series includes the A53 and the A73 – the good folks at Samsung sent the Galaxy A73 for review. So let’s get on with it.

The Galaxy A73 comes in a very neat-looking design and the overall build quality of the device is commendable. On the front, you get a 6.7-inches Super AMOLED Plus display offering a refresh rate of 120Hz. You also get 800 nits of brightness, an 87% screen-to-body ratio, and a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels. The aspect ratio is rated at 20:9, with a pixel density of 393-PPI.

The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The left edge of the device is flush, while the right edge has the volume rockers and the power button. On the top edge you get a noise-cancelling microphone and a dual SIM slot, while on the lower edge, you get the USB Type-C port, a speaker grille, and a secondary noise-cancelling microphone.

The dual SIM slot can be used to expand the internal storage by using one of the slots to insert a microSDXC card. On the top of the display is where you will find the 32MP front-facing wide-angle camera that offers an aperture of f/2.2. It also features HDR functionality and can shoot 4k videos at a frame rate of 30fps and 1080p videos at a frame rate of 30fps.

Turn the phone around and you come face to face with the quad-camera setup. Now this includes the 108MP main wide-angle lens offering an aperture of f/1.8, with PDAF and Optical Image Stabilisation. You also get a 12MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2, a 5MP macro lens with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 5MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. The rear cameras can shoot 4K videos at a frame rate of 30fps, and 1080p videos at a frame rate of either 30fps or 60fps.

Speaking about the internal specs, the A73 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, which as mentioned before can be expanded by inserting a microSDXC card. In addition, the Galaxy A73 also comes with a feature called RAM Plus which allows you to expand the RAM by up to 8GB!

This is particularly useful when you are using a memory-intensive application such as a video editing tool or even a game. The phone is powered by a huge 5000mAh battery which lasted almost 1.5 days on a single charge. The phone also supports 25W fast charging, though no charger is included in the box.

The A73 weighs around 181 gms and is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance. The phone is available in three different colour options – Gray, Mint, and White. We received the grey variant for this review.

Overall performance is very smooth thanks to its strong specs sheet. Playing games felt butter smooth and day-to-day smartphone usage was pleasant. A big thumbs up, especially if you are looking for a pocket-friendly smartphone that does not cut corners when it comes to performance.

The cameras are a major plus point on the Galaxy A73 5G. The quad-camera setup really does its job, even under trying conditions. In terms of photography using the A73, we ended up with images with lots of details. The colours were excellent and the shots looked sharp. Night shots looked brilliant, too. The videos also turned out pretty good.

In terms of software, the A73 runs on the Android 12 operating system with One UI 4.1 running on top of it. Samsung is also promising 4 major Android OS updates and 5 years of security patches for the Galaxy A73, which is huge.

For a price of AED 1,999, the Samsung Galaxy A73 comes across as a very solid smartphone, with good specs, excellent performance, and a very good set of cameras. If you are looking for a dependable mid-range smartphone that does not cut corners in the performance department, the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 1999

Samsung Galaxy A73 5G AED 1999
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

Speaking about the internal specs, the A73 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, which as mentioned before can be expanded by inserting a microSDXC card. In addition, the Galaxy A73 also comes with a feature called RAM Plus which allows you to expand the RAM by up to 8GB!

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

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Key Highlights:

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