The affordable 5G smartphone-Samsung Galaxy A71 !

Regarding the Samsung’s Galaxy, there is no doubt it is full of exquisite phones, among those phones the affordable, mid-range is Galaxy A71 5G. This phone promises to deliver a better-than-average experience — including 5G — in a package that’s not only affordable but actually likable.

Aluminum frame
Plastic rear
162.3 x 71 x 9mm
6.7-in Super AMOLED Plus
2,400 x 1,080 FHD+
20:9 aspect ratio

Above are the appearance details of Galaxy A71 5G.

Galaxy A line has generated over the years and in 2020 that means it has a look and feel that’s distinct from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy A71 looks a bit like a brick and feels like one too — but in a good way.

The cell phone is big, with squared-off shoulders and feet. It boldly owns the rectangular obsidian slab that it is. It’s about the same size as the Galaxy Note 20, believe it or not.

Samsung placed the screen lock button and volume toggle on the right edge of the phone. These buttons worked well. The SIM tray is tucked into the top edge, and you’ll find a USB-C port, headphone jack, and speaker grille on the bottom edge.

Excellent, simple stuff here from Samsung.

The 6.7-inch great AMOLED Plus display looks quite good. The resolution is more than enough to flesh out the content you’ll consume on the screen. Everything looked bright, sharp, and color rich. You could tone things down a little through the settings if you wish. Viewing angles are significant.

It’s not 120Hz, Quad HD beast, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s all the screen most people will ever need.

Under the glass, an optical fingerprint scanner is hidden there. I found it was easy to train, but it was a bit hit or miss when it came to unlocking the phone.

As for the configurations:

  • Snapdragon 765G
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • microSD to 1TB
  • 4,500mAh lithium ion
  • 18W charging
  • No wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G may not possess the first-class chip aboard, yet it has the next best thing. The Snapdragon 765G is no slow and drives the phone well. We ran the common benchmarks and found it to consistently run better than about two-thirds of the catalog of devices in the databases.

Under the real situation, the phone felt snappy and fast. Not once did the phone ever feel bogged down or slow, and I saw no stuttering or lagging within apps or screen transitions. I tried several games, including Fortnite, and they all ran well, though not at the highest settings. The Snapdragon 765G is more than enough processor for this phone.

As for the aspect of battery, the 4500mAh power cell does a commendable job pushing the phone through more than a full day. Under standard use, the phone easily lasted for 1.5 days. Even on days that I cranked up brightness or played lots of games it managed to have 20% or more left in the tank at the end of the day. Screen-on time generally measured just under seven hours.

The phone supports 18W charging, which is adequate in this price range($400-599). In our tests, the phone charged to 43% in 30 minutes, 78% in 60 minutes, and took about 90 minutes to reach 100%.

Something about the camera

It’s marvelous to find that there is a quad-camera array on a such cheap phone, though I’d have preferred to see Samsung skip the macro and go with a telephoto instead. Otherwise, it’s a pretty standard setup.

The phone shoots binned-down 16MP images. You must manually select the full 64MP resolution if you want to use it. Otherwise you can shoot in several different aspect ratios, including the full 21:9 screen for that cinema-like scope. The app offers the usual sets of shooting modes, including pro, panorama, food, night, macro, super slow-mo, slow motion, and hyperlapse.

Samsung’s ultra-wide lens fires off shots at 123 degrees. There’s a little optical distortion visible in the photos, but it only adds to the ultra-wide effect. I like the drama possible with ultra-wide shots. At 12MP, the sensor does a reasonably good job. There’s a little more sharpening visible in the final results than the main camera, and the image is somewhat noisy. Last, darker regions are underexposed.

For me, there’s still confusing as to what reason the phone makers think people want macro cameras, but the A71 has one nonetheless. I found that getting the focus you want could be a bit tedious when shooting stuff such as flowers, but at least the results are colorful.

In summary:

At the current price of $444, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is an absolute steal. The phone offers a near-flagship experience for half the cost of devices such as the Galaxy Note 20 or S20 Plus. Samsung did a bang-up job crafting an appealing piece of hardware that covers the basics and then some. That said, we think the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a better phone even if it’s more expensive.