Samsung Galaxy A71 review

Samsung Galaxy A71-Samsung’s latest smartphone is the Galaxy A71, an affordable mid-range device with a 6.22-inch HD+ display, dual 12MP + 8MP cameras on the back, and a 24MP selfie camera. The phone has a 3,600mAh battery with fast charging support and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. It has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for your apps, games, photos, and videos.

Samsung continues to make a wide variety of phones designed for different types of users. The Galaxy A71 is a good example, as it caters to its target audience with a big screen, lots of cameras, and long battery life.

With this phone, TikTok users can take great quality videos and share them with their friends. Since they spend a lot of time on the app, they’re dependent on a phone that helps them get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Galaxy recently revealed the re-launch of their A-series, which is what had been carrying them to success these last few years. The Galaxy A40 has become the top seller in Europe and the UK so far. Samsung is looking to make a splash when 2020 rolls around and the Galaxy A71 is one of the phones leading into the new line-up. It’s just below the Galaxy S10 Lite but still offers some interesting features in addition to its sleek design.

Samsung’s launch of a new affordable option, the Galaxy A71, has been popular with users in recent months. It was out long enough to see some discounts and more price drops in the days leading up to Black Friday.

We had a firsthand look at the new Galaxy A71. While it has some impressive features and raises eyebrows in terms of specs and features, overall it’s a great choice for people on a budget. Here’s how you should approach buying one!

Samsung Galaxy A71 release date and price

The A71 has now started pre-orders in the UK and other countries are following soon. The appointment list is so chaotic though! I wonder if they’re launching it before the Galaxy S11 launch date.

The Samsung Galaxy A71 price is £419 (around $550, AU$800), making it competitive in the market for the features it’s offering. This should translate into equally strong contract deals as well, but we’ll have to wait to find out exactly how much they’ll be.

Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy A71 has an enormous 6.7-inch screen that dominates the front of the phone and is surrounded by thin bezels that make it good to hold in your hand.

Samsung Galaxy A71 design has a large 6.7-inch display on the front with minimal bezels around the side, which makes it better for those that would like something small but powerful.

The front-facing camera takes up more space on the A71 than it does on the cheaper Galaxy A51 – even though they’re the same lens. That’s down to the fact the Galaxy A71 uses a Super AMOLED Plus panel (vs Super AMOLED on the A51) which is thinner and lighter, but the trade-off is the camera cut-out needs to be a little larger.

It’s not an issue, but it’s a shame Samsung couldn’t get the smaller design in here too.

The Galaxy A71 measures 163.6 x 76 x 7.7mm and weighs 179g, which makes it relatively manageable to use. Those with smaller hands will still find it pretty massive though, and stretching your thumb to the top of the screen is a struggle – especially during one-handed use.

On the right, you’ll find easy-to-reach power and volume keys, while on the bottom there’s a headphone jack alongside the 25W fast-charging USB-C port.

Round the back and Samsung has developed a new Prism effect for the rear of its latest A-series devices (the A71 and A51), which provides a little bit of intrigue and individuality.

The Galaxy A71 will be available in a variety of colors, including black, silver, blue, and pink.

Shifting focus back to the display, and as we mentioned it’s 6.7 inches in size with a Super AMOLED Plus panel, which delivers a bright, colorful punch. 

It has a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400) which provides a good level of detail on-screen. You can comfortably watch Netflix on this device.

There’s a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display as well, plus the option to use face recognition to unlock the phone instead.

Camera and battery

One of the big party pieces for the Samsung Galaxy A71 is its good quality cameras. The front-facing, 32MP snapper produces high-quality photos, even in the slightly awkward lighting at the Samsung booth, which should satisfy selfie fans.

Round the back and the Galaxy A71 packs four cameras. The main sensor is a 64MP, f/1.8 offering, and from our brief test, it produced well-lit, detailed images.

You can fit more of your surroundings into the shot, however, by tapping an icon on-screen to switch to the 123 degrees, 12MP ultra-wide camera. Plus you also get 5MP macro and 5MP depth cameras for close-up shots and background blur effects (which Samsung calls Live Focus) respectively.

The camera is packed with new features for better photography. Modes like portrait mode and night mode can help you take the perfect picture effortlessly. You also get a live viewfinder as well as motion tracking, just to name a few of the new features they have.

The Samsung Galaxy A71’s 4,500mAh battery provides you with a lot of power. It outdoes the battery capacity in the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

We don’t know how long it’ll last for a single charge, but our hope is you’ll be able to get close to two full days before having to find a power outlet. We’ll be sure to put this to the test in our in-depth Galaxy A71 review soon.

Performance and specs

The Samsung Galaxy A71 has plenty of power under the hood. It has an octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM, which provides a better experience for those experiencing lag.

The device comes running Android 10, which felt fluid and fast under-finger, and you also get 128GB of storage to play with which, for many, will be more than enough. 

The Galaxy A71 also has a MicroSD slot with support of up to 512GB of cards, allowing you to save up on space.

Early verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A71 has plenty going for it, from its big screen and power to the feature-packed cameras and massive battery – this could well be a winning formula at an attractive price point.

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