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Samsung Galaxy A71 review

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Quick verdict: Samsung boils down the essential greatest hits of its flagship Galaxy lines into the Galaxy A71.

  • Large, great display
  • Good cameras
  • Good battery life
  • Slow fingerprint sensor
  • 5G variant costs quite a bit more
  • No wireless charging

128GB

Internal storage

64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP

Rear camera

4,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones

6GB

Memory (RAM)

Details

Display

Resolution
1080 x 2400px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
32MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
163.6mm x 76mm x 7.7mm

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
128GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Samsung Galaxy A71
Finder score: 4 How we score our reviews

Samsung has greatly simplified its phone ranges in recent years. At the very top end, you get the Galaxy S and the Note series, as well as the foldables. Where you used to get a confusing range of A series, J series and more, there's now just the A series, which represents Samsung's entire value-focused market. The Galaxy A71 sits on the upper tier of Samsung's mid-range pricing – or just below the true premium range, depending on your point of view – but you do get quite a lot of phone value for your money.


Design

Design

  • The 6.7-inch display stands out at this price point
  • Punch hole camera
  • Headphone jack is still present
Samsung Galaxy A71

Camera

Camera

  • Quad lens camera works acceptably
  • Macro lens isn't strong
  • Low zoom
Samsung Galaxy A71

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 730 plus 6GB RAM works well
  • Triple SIM+microSD slot is great
  • Fingerprint sensor is slow
Samsung Galaxy A71

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4,500mAh battery runs well
  • USB C charging, but no wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy A71

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A71?

Finder score: 4.0

The Galaxy S20 line and upcoming Galaxy Note 20 lines remain Samsung's flagships and get the best that Samsung has to offer, but it's great to see a more affordable phone come out of the South Korean giant that distils most of those features without too many compromises. There's certainly a market segment that doesn't like large phones, and if that's you, then the Galaxy A71 won't suit you.

Everyone else should definitely give it consideration, however, because Samsung's put a lot of really nice tech into this particular phone, and even in the very competitive mid-range space, it does a good job of standing out for all the right reasons.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $749 | RRP $899 for 5G capable model

Where to buy


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Specifications

Display

Resolution
1080 x 2400px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
32MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
163.6mm x 76mm x 7.7mm

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
128GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

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