Samsung Galaxy A71 Review

Editor Rating:          3.9 /5
Last Update 2020-01-21 Views 5017

Introduction

Samsung has started this year by announcing mid-range smartphones with a lot of impressive features and design. Samsung hits the various markets with new models in its A-series and Lite versions of some of its most popular flagships. Millions of peoples have liked recently launched Samsung A51 and A71 due to its big features, designs, and performance. The Samsung Galaxy A71 is one of the most interesting phone that offers several high-end features. There are two RAM options 6GB / 8GB with 128GB internal storage. Samsung A71 price is $450 for base model (6GB + 128GB) while 8GB RAM variant costs $500.

 

Design and Body Material

Talk about the Samsung A71 design, and it looks similar to Galaxy A51. It has just a slightly bigger display and notch size; otherwise, all design, including back camera setup is the same. It feels very slippery and impressive in hand with minimal bezels around the sides. Interestingly, Samsung has developed a new Prism effect for the rear of its latest A71 phone, which provides a gorgeous response for individuality. The Samsung Galaxy A71 measures 163.6 x 76 x 7.7mm and weighs 179g, which makes it relatively manageable to use.

On the right side, you'll get easy-to-reach power and volume keys, while on the bottom, there's a headphone jack alongside the 25W fast-charging USB-C port. You'll be able to buy the Galaxy A71 in a range of colors, including black, silver, blue, and pink. Like the sibling (Samsung A51), it also offers an in-screen fingerprint sensor, so you'll receive this device with a plane back without fingerprint space. The left bezel of the smartphone houses a dual SIM slot, and the AMOLED display is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for better protection.

Display

The Samsung A71 is more significant than the A51. Yes – it flaunts 6.7 inches Super AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. One thing is most impressive and noticeable; the Samsung A51 also has a Super AMOLED display, but the premium version A71 has a Super AMOLED Plus panel, which is thinner and lighter. The Super AMOLED Plus display also delivers a bright and colorful punch with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The Full HD+ resolution of the screen provides the right level of details on-screen, and you can comfortably watch Netflix on this device. Along with 393 PPI density, the Samsung A71 offers an 87.2 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy A71 also like a star when it comes to battery life. The Samsung A71 has a 4,500 mAh sizeable battery, which is bigger than Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (4,100 mAh) and Galaxy Note 10 Plus (4,300 mAh) batteries. The phone can support 25W for quick charging, and it takes up to 60 to 70 minutes for a full charge. In our testing, the Galaxy A71 achieved excellent results. We spend 13:24h time for web browsing, and it can do about 17:35h for watching videos. Samsung Galaxy A71 gets an overall Endurance rating of 103h.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy A71 runs the company's latest One UI 2 layer. Google's newly Android 10 Operating system overlaid with One UI 2 is pre-installed out of the box. There is an under-display fingerprint sensor that is very fast and more secure than the Face Unlock. The customized Android 10 OS has a sidebar and a one-handed mode for easy use. In the sidebar, you can add favorite apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and more. There is a Google navigations option that offers two modes – Navigation buttons and Full-screen gestures. The Samsung A71 also has a Dark Mode and Always-On display feature. In the Always-On display feature, you can choose different clock styles and font colors.

On the other hand, the phone also allows setting the time schedule to enable the Dark Mode automatically. In the Settings icon, it has various options such as Connections, Sound and Vibration, Notifications, Display, Wallpapers and Themes, Lock Screen, Biometric and Security, Accounts and Backup, Google, Advanced features, Digital wellbeing, Device Care, Apps, General Management, Accessibility, and Software Update. The Device care sub-menu shows the Battery settings and information, storage and memory management, and security features. It also has three power modes - Optimized, medium-power saving, and Maximum power saving. Tap on the Display icon, and you'll get many options like – Brightness, Adaptive Brightness, Blue Light Filter, Night Mode, Screen Mode, Font size and style, Screen Zoom, Full-Screen Apps, and Screen Timeout. There are some essential apps installed in the Galaxy A71, such as FM Radio, Facebook, Video Player, Audio Player, Gallery, and File Manager. Moreover, the App Power Management feature also has few icons – Notifications, Adaptive Battery, Put unused apps to sleep, Sleeping apps, Auto disable unused apps, and Disabled apps. Switch down from the top; you'll get Wi-Fi, Mute, Bluetooth, Portrait, Flight Mode, Flashlight, Power Mode, Mobile Data, Blue Light Filter, Mobile Hotspot, Location, and Smart View icons.

Performance and benchmarks

The Samsung A71 is the best mid-range phone that offers a Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 730 Chipset. The SoC is developed on an 8nm Octa-core processor, and there is an Adreno 618 GPU. The SDM 730 Chipset has an Octa-core processor with 2x Kryo 470 Gold cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and 6x Kryo 470 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Read out the Samsung A71 benchmark scores.

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core) (Higher is Better)

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) (Higher is Better)

Overall AnTuTu scores (Higher is Better)

Rear Camera Setup

One of the big improvements for the Samsung Galaxy A71 is its camera. Just like the Samsung A51, the Galaxy A71 has an L-shaped quad-camera setup on the rear panel for photography. The primary camera is a 64MP with f/1.8 aperture joined by a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, f/2.4 dedicated 5MP macro shooter, and an f/2.2 5MP depth sensor. The main 64MP sensor has 26mm (wide), 1/1.7", 0.8µm, and PDAF, while the ultra-wide sensor f/2.2aperture, 13mm (wide), 1.12µm pixels. In the camera app, there are many options such as Pro, Live Focus, Photo, Video, and Super Slow motion.

The More option in the Camera app provides many options for photography such as Pro, Panorama, Macro, Food, Night, Super Slow-mo, Slow Motion, and Bixby vision. Tap on the Camera settings, and you'll get Scene Optimizer, Hold Status Button too, Save Options, Rear Video Size, Front Video Size, High-efficiency video, HDR, Grid Lines, Location tags, Camera modes, shooting methods, Quick launch, and Watermark. In the Pro Mode, you can choose ISO (in the 100-800 range), exposure compensation (-2/+2EV in 0.1EV steps), and white balance. The captured images by A71 are very amazing and beautiful with Dynamic range and best color accuracy. The Portrait mode is also providing good images with natural skin tones at blur background.

On the other hand, the ultra-wide sensor has also captured beautiful images, but it can't provide many details in night time. The portrait camera can capture shots as close as 4cm. The Samsung Galaxy A71 records 4k videos at 30fps while Full HD videos at 30 and 240fps. It can also record slow-motion videos at 960fps.

Front Camera

The centered punch-hole brings a 32MP immersive camera for taking selfies and live video recording. The front-facing, 32MP snapper has f/2.2 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", and 0.8µm pixels and produces high-quality shots with better color accuracy and dynamic range. It can record Full HD videos at 30fps. The HDR, Panorama, and Portrait modes are also available in this phone for best selfie experience. The Portraits selfies are softer than regular selfies, and the subject separation is mostly good.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Big FHD+ Super AMOLED display

64MP primary sensor

Sizeable 4,500 mAh battery

The under-display fingerprint sensor is very quicker

Cons

The ultra-wide sensor can't work well in the night time

You can't record 4k videos at 60fps

No water resistance

No wireless charging

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is one of the best smartphone that offers a big 6.7 inches Super AMOLED display, L-Shaped 64MP quad rear camera setup, and a massive battery with 25W fast charging support at a reasonable price. If you want to purchase the best design and camera phone, we recommend Samsung A71 because it touches the flagship phone's category with its impressive features and performance.

Alternatives

As for the 64MP quad-camera setup, you can buy Redmi Note 8 Pro that offers 6.53 inches big IPS LCD, MediaTek G90T Chipset, 4,500 mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, 20MP selfie shooter and a 64MP quad-camera setup. No doubt, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has low-end features than Galaxy A71, but it cost only $200 for 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM (while A71 costs $450 for 6GB +128GB). On the other hand, the OPPO A91 is also a better alternative to Galaxy A71. The A91 has a 6.4 inches Super AMOLED display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB ROM, a quad-camera setup, and an under-display fingerprint sensor. The OPPO A91 costs $285 price for 8GB of RAM and 128GB ROM while Galaxy A71's 8GB + 128GB variant is available for purchase at $500. The OPPO A91 surely costs less than Galaxy A71, but it has a 48MP primary sensor instead of a 64MP main sensor. As per your choice, if you haven't much need for a 64MP L-Shaped quad-camera setup and want to save money, then you can buy OPPO A91.

Related: Samsung Galaxy A51 full detailed review.

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