The Samsung Galaxy A71 was launched on December 2019 and is the top model of the Samsung A series.It is starting priced at 364.90$ on Amazon and it is a very welcome move to see Samsung producing a phone in that price range.It will be in direct competition with the Apple iPhone SE and the yet to come Google Pixel 4A.So the giants of the smartphone market will be competing at a price range which is not flagship level.
The Galaxy A71 was released in India on January 2020 and the top variant of 8GB RAM is priced at Rs.32999 on Flipkart.As I said it is the top model of the Samsung A series and has really cool specs to go with.If you are not into the category who only go for top premium specs then this is a phone you should look into.Yes you will find some with more good specs on paper but will not have the Samsung brand value.
I can assure you that in stead of spending 1000$ or more for a smartphone,if you are budget conscious,then the Samsung Galaxy A71 at a little under 400$ is a pretty good phone even after 5months after its release.Here are its specs which I think will validate my point.
DESIGN AND BODY
The Galaxy A71 comes with a glass front and plastic back and frame.The back though plastic does not feel like one.It even has a good grip and even reflects light.The prism shaped patterns on the back increases its beauty.
The phone is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is not waterproof.The absence of IP rating or waterproofing may or should not have been there.Anyways the plastic frame makes the Galaxy A71 pretty light and the phone is actually very thin.The back has an O shaped quad camera module and the front a punch hole.The power and volume rockers are on the right edge.
The dimensions are 163.6mmx76mmx7.7mm.It weighs 179g only.The light weight and just 7.7mm thick are a definite advantage for long usage duration.As you can see there is minimum bezels present and the display is slightly curved over the edges.
Nobody does it better than Samsung when it comes to display.The Galaxy A71 has a big 6.7″ Super Amoled display with 16M colours.The display is slightly curved over the edges and Samsung calls it the Infinity O display coz there are almost no visible bezels except for that small punch hole front camera.Amoled displays in general has bright colours sometimes a bit oversaturated,and this display is no exception.
The resolution is 1080×2400(FHD+) with ~87.2% screen to body ratio,20:9 aspect ratio and ~393ppi.The maximum brightness may reach 515 nits in bright sunlight according to GSM Arena.The always-on-display makes sure you can have a peek at the time or any notification even when screen is locked.
I already mentioned that display is curved at edges and you get an Edge panel as well.It may not be at par with the top end display of say the Samsung Galaxy S20 series but is definitely better in respect to its price tag.
OS,PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
The skin of the Galaxy A71 is OneUI 2 based on Android 10.OneUI 2 comes with features like Night Mode,Game Booster and customary Samsung gestures.There is no DeX mode which is only for premium phones.
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset the best in the midrange section until the arrival of the 730G.It has an octa core processor which clocks upto 2.2 GHz(2×2.2GHz Kyro470 Gold,6×1.8GHz Kyro470 Silver).The GPU is Adreno 618.
There are two RAM variants –6GB and 8GB with 128GB internal storage powered by UFS2.1.A dedicated micro SD card slot can expand your memory upto 1TB.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 comes with a quad camera module featuring a primary 64MP wide sensor(f/1.8),a 12MP ultra wide sensor(f/2.2) with 123 degrees field of view,a 5MP macro lens(f/2.4)and a 5MP depth sensor(f/2.2).You may miss a telephoto lens which again should have been there in place of the macro lens whose use in daily life is still a question to me.
The settings of the phone will be at 16MP and you will have to turn on the 64MP while shooting.Detailed crisp photos can be captured.Auto focus is present along with the customary HDR,Panorama and LED flash.The Portrait mode has good edge detection thanks to the depth sensor.Low light imaging may be a matter of little concern until you turn on the Night Mode which is really good and produces detailed night time images.
Maximum 4K videos at 30fps can be shot with the main camera and the ultrawide sensor as well.Obviously the ultra wide sensor will not provide same quality videos like the primary sensor but still 4K shooting capability will give you more options.1080p videos can be shot at 30/60fps with gyro EIS and slow motion videos of 1080pat 240/960fps.Remember the Steady mode is present with 1080p videos only.
The selfie shooter is a 32MP wide lens(f/2.2) with HDR.Selfie lovers should not have any problems with the image quality.4K videos along with 1080p videos can be captured at 30fps on the front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 has an under display optical fingerprint sensor another premium feature.2D Face Unlock is also present.
3.5mm jack is supported and provides good audio quality over headphones.A single speaker is present with the speaker grill at the bottom so be careful while holding the phone.Really dual speakers could have been provided.
Bluetooth,WiFi are present.NFC is also present depending on markets.USB Type C cable is supported.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
A very big 4500mAH battery powers the Samsung Galaxy A71 with 25W fast charging.With standard usage the battery easily lasts more than a single day which is really cool.
The phone comes in these colour variants-Prism Crush- Black,Blue,Silver and Pink.
The Samasung A series has you fully covered.If you wish to go for a low budget segment you have the Galaxy A31.In the middle comes the Galaxy A51 and then the top Samsung Galaxy A71 which is the best of the lot.
A pretty good processor,64MP camera module,a 32MP front camera,an excellent Amoled display makes me think why I should opt for a flagship device at such a high price.There are compromises you have to make like there is no wireless charging option, the screen refresh rate is customary 60Hz and there are faster processors present.But if you think in terms of budget then I think the above specs can be compromised with.
What do you think?Please let me know in comments.