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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Don’t call it a budget phone

Cheap phones are having a moment right now. While there have always been decent options in the sub-400 range, 2020 seems to be the year of the cheap phone, thanks in part to the ultrapowerful iPhone SE and the new Google Pixel 4a. But older series of phones, like the Samsung Galaxy A-series, have been around for years and have huge fan bases. In fact, thanks to Samsung’s strong brand name and carrier relationships, the A-Series, which includes the new 600 Galaxy A71 5G, is among the bestselling phone lines out there.

My review unit is the U.S. carrier 5G model, which has 5G support and a Qualcomm processor (not to be confused with the various international models).

As the most expensive device in the A series, the Galaxy A71 5G has more intense competition — which means that it has to offer some serious oomph in order to be worth buying. Does it truly compete? I put the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G to the test to find out.

Design

The elephant in the room here is the new Google Pixel 4a. Only a few early reviews of the Pixel 4a are out, but most suggest that the device offers a camera on par with the standard Pixel 4. That’s a flagship-level camera in a 350 phone. Don’t expect that on the Galaxy A71 5G, despite the fact that the phone is much closer to a flagship in price.

The macro lens is more or less useless on the phone, given the fact that it has a fixed focal length, and as such is extremely difficult to FOCUS on a subject. Even if you do get a good FOCUS, there’s not a whole lot of detail and colors are a little muted.

Despite the issues, you’ll find that photos are more than passable in most situations.

Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G was easily able to last a full day of even relatively heavy use, and we don’t anticipate anyone having any real issues with the battery life itself. The battery in the Galaxy A71 5G sits in at 4,500mAh, and by the end of a heavy day of usage, I still ended with around 30% to 40% left.

When you do eventually run out of juice, you’ll be able to charge the device relatively quickly too. The phone supports 25-watt fast charging, which will get the device 50% of its battery back in only 30 minutes. That’s pretty impressive.

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G sits in between truly midrange phones and flagships, coming in at 650 unlocked. You can get it for less depending on your carrier — for example, T-Mobile is offering the phone for 600. That’s actually not a bad price considering what you get — but there’s definitely some competition in the price range. The device is available from Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, and directly from the Samsung website

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Our take

With solid performance, a modern design, and 5G support, the Samsung Galaxy A71 is a great phone for the price. The fact that it has 5G support probably isn’t a reason alone to buy the phone, but it is an added bonus. The proliferation of new flagship-level budget phones, though, dampers some of the excitement around its value.

Are there any alternatives?

If you can spend an extra 50 to 100, you’ll get the OnePlus 8 — which offers better performance and an arguably more modern design.

Or, if you’re willing to make the switch, the iPhone SE performs better than any Android device, and costs just 400.

Then there’s the Pixel 4a, which probably won’t quite reach the same performance as the Galaxy A71 5G, but will offer a much better camera, a modern design, and more — all for 300 less than this phone.

Or if you’re looking for an affordable 5G phone, you might want to consider the Motorola One 5G over the Galaxy A715G.

How long should it last?

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G doesn’t really have an IP rating, so you’ll want to keep it away from the pool or bath if at all possible. The phone should last a good two years before needing to be replaced. The plastic back is much less likely to break compared to a glass back.

The Galaxy A71 5G offers a limited one-year warranty, but it really only covers manufacturer defects.

Should you buy it?

Yes, but only if you want a solid Samsung phone at 650 or under. Otherwise, you should consider spending more for the OnePlus 8, or save almost half of that money and get the Pixel 4a.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G Review – Flagship Experience 5G At Half Cost?

Sometimes, consumers just want a flagship and they don’t want to spend 1000 to get one. Enter, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G — recently sent to Android Headlines for review.

Now, this phone is ambitious, to say the very least. Samsung built the gadget with a goal in mind. And it’s the very goal listed above. Whether or not it accomplishes that goal is something else entirely. One could split the answer across two very clearly separate categories. Experience and hardware.

On the experience front, Samsung has done something special with the Galaxy A71 5G. It created a 5G-capable device that delivers a very top-tier experience in real-world use. On the hardware front, this is obviously not a flagship at all. And there are a few quirks where that shines through.

It would be easy to simply cycle through and list off highlights. It’s also easy enough to point out where this handset doesn’t quite live up to expectations set by the company’s lofty goal. But let’s take a deeper dive to find out just what this smartphone is like in day-to-day use.

Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G brings refined hardware design with a flagship bent

On the design front, Samsung builds this mid-ranger out of polycarbonates at the back and Gorilla Glass 3 at the front. And the frame material felt the same as that on the back during my review of the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. On paper, that doesn’t sound great. To be honest, it doesn’t sound great for any modern smartphone. But the design specs don’t give away too much either.

In-hand, the design feels like slightly-softened glass. Samsung seems to have reinforced the plastics to achieve that and the resulting experience is much better for it. The surface is smooth and the underlying prism effect protects against fingerprints or smudges. Dust and other particulates, of course, do still appear. But those are fairly easy to brush off.

Now, this phone is available in Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube Sliver, and Prism Cube Blue. Samsung sent me the Prism Cube Black variation. As the branding suggests and as shown in the images below, that’s a fairly straightforward high-sheen black. But it also does a great job of throwing bands from across the color spectrum, under the right lighting.

In reality, this design goes much further in terms of approaching flagship status too. Not only is the design seamless, in-hand. The ports are all snug and clicky, as are the buttons. The camera hump at the back, while a potential worry spot for some users, and although it does add an off-kilter look when placed screen-side up, shouldn’t present any problems either.

Not only does that protrusion help this phone hold up to its flagship aspirations — both in hardware components and aesthetics — it helps protect the camera. That’s because there’s an ever-so-slightly-visible lip around the edge. So the glass is never actually resting on anything.

The overall look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G are, summarily, extremely premium. Samsung has managed to ensure that every aspect follows its flagships’ standards. But it’s done so in a way that neither drives up cost nor takes too many shortcuts.

This Super AMOLED Display is engineered to impress without pushing the envelope

Moving around to the front, Samsung seems to have put just as much effort into this device’s display. Under review of the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, I never felt as though it wasn’t responding as I’d want it to. Better still, it’s bright enough, even at just 70-percent or so, to use outdoors on a bright and sunny day.

At 6.7-inches, there’s very little bezel around the panel either. What bezel Samsung did include is minimal and almost perfectly symmetrical. And the company didn’t waste that space, including an earpiece behind a thin sliver of a speaker grille at the top.

The phone’s size is going to be one of the biggest sticking points for some users, with many actively looking for smaller devices. And, of course, it’s that bezel that many users are going to take issue with. Most modern phone OEMs, including a number in the budget category, are aiming to eliminate bezels entirely.

The under-display fingerprint reader represents the only other complaint and this one is arguably the biggest. Not only does that seem less accurate than I’d expect. It often didn’t recognize my fingerprint at all. When it did recognize my print, it took a bit longer than I’d expect to open. Now, that wasn’t much more than a second. But a second is a long time compared to the fingerprint readers found in the vast majority of other devices.

Samsung offsets that, at least partially, via the use of a Super AMOLED Plus display panel. So contrast and vivid colors really do shine on this phone just as they do on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S-series. Because it set the resolution at 1080 x 2400, those visuals are crisp and clear at all times.

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G Connectivity is big for this Galaxy A71 but there are caveats

It goes without saying that 5G connectivity is a big part of what sets this phone apart from its non-5G counterpart. And, for Galaxy A71 5G there are two variations on that. Samsung sent me a review unit for the Galaxy A71 5G that works with T-Mobile’s network. It also works with other MVNOs. So I didn’t have access to and can’t speak to how this works with Verizon’s incomparably-faster, Ultra Wideband network.

For Verizon, the company sells a Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW.

At least in the region that I was able to test the low-Band 5G, that wasn’t necessarily a great experience either. Of course, it bears mention that most of my testing was within the confines of a small neighborhood due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns. And 4G LTE connections from T-Mobile aren’t the strongest either.

When I tested speed, for instance, I noted 4Mbps from 4G. 5G offered a whole lot more speed at 11Mbps. But it was — when it stayed connected — a much better network to be on for a number of reasons. Not only did it enable quicker downloads. I noticed that latency on the network dropped significantly too.

For the bulk of my testing, that wouldn’t stay connected consistently though. And that’s likely down to a number of region-related reasons since when I traveled outside of my usual test zone 5G stayed on just fine. Switching between 5G and 4G LTE didn’t present a problem either. It was almost instant and call quality remained almost perfect — within reason — through a switch-over.

But the technology also, as noted in the battery segment, drained this phone’s battery extremely quickly. An hour of online gaming via Call of Duty: Mobile, for instance, dropped my battery by between 25- and 35-percent.

Setting that aside, Samsung did an excellent job on the rest of the connectivity for this device. Aside from dual-Band Wi-Fi 5 support, complete with Wi-Fi direct, and pass-through hotspot features, it includes Bluetooth 5.0. That’s stacked right alongside NFC support and support for just about every geolocation tracking technology currently in use.

The performance was on-point, as expected from a budget-flagship

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this smartphone, or any others in the mid-to-upper echelon of Samsung’s A-series, is performance. We’ll discuss in the next segment just how far Samsung goes with that because providing a flagship experience is obviously its biggest goal with this device. As this review shows, it almost succeeds with that for the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G in all respects.

But the biggest takeaway here is that outside of a few truly heavy tasks such as video editing and photo editing, this phone is an absolute beast.

I never saw any lag in any software from games to system-level apps to intensive apps such as those listed above. I did note that processing photos or videos in a dedicated media editor took a bit longer. And there was some discrepancy in multitasking compared to Samsung flagships.

The most prominent example of that is what happened when I opened up a chat application — in this case, I opened Telegram — and then also opened up the Google Play Store in split-screen mode. I then opened up Google Chrome in a floating window along with a few other apps. When I opened up a game next, the system stuttered and froze for a moment.

I saw a similar problem when using all of those apps and then opening up the Edge Screen tools Samsung includes on its smartphones.

Now, that’s not surprising at all. This isn’t a flagship phone. But it’s also easy to get lost in how-flagship like this phone is and forget that fact.

So, although the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G proves more than capable and can still accomplish all of that, it’s not going to stack quite up to the flagship level. With all of that said, it will come incredibly close. Especially for those who can’t afford or who don’t want to spend that much to buy a flagship. And it will match up for those who don’t need that kind of heavy multitasking.

With Galaxy S-level software features packed in to match

Now, this is a Galaxy-branded device and that already says quite a lot about the software. Summarily, there’s plenty of Samsung bloatware pre-installed and much of it is repetitive since it mimics Google’s own pre-installed services. But that also means that there’s a lot here to love.

For instance, Samsung’s Edge Screen toolbar was unendingly useful as always during my review of the Galaxy A71 5G. I primarily utilize the swipe-in-style toolbar for flashlight access and quick access to my most-used apps. So I was able to clean up my home screens and keep things minimal the way I like them.

Beauty and AR filters in the camera app are appreciated too. And those worked just like they do and almost as well as they do on Samsung’s flagships.

OneUI 2.1 is, in a word, fantastic. It may not be the slimmest Android 10 overlay around. Samsung pre-installs its own browser, email app, app store, and a ton of other apps. It also packs in Microsoft’s office apps. Linkedin, and a couple of others. Those from third-parties and a few made by Samsung can be uninstalled.

Conversely, everything feels very close to stock, serving as a testament to Samsung’s prowess with software. And, where things aren’t stock, they’re unendingly easy to figure out and use. But, of course, we’re here to talk about the experience.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G delivers the same features users have come to expect from Samsung’s OneUI. But it also manages to do so smoothly, without hangups. As noted above, the only place I noticed any latency was in intensive multitasking scenarios. Otherwise, everything is buttery smooth. I didn’t notice a single bug in the system-level apps, or in any of the plethora of settings or customizations.

The software, summarily, performed exactly as I’d expect a flagship to perform.

Don’t count on an all-day battery but Galaxy A71 5G does charge fast

Now, ordinarily, having a comparatively terrible battery life is a deal-breaker. But there are good reasons why, during my review, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G didn’t excel in this area. And, at least to some extent, that is going to be easily offset too. So it isn’t going to result in the automatic removal of a star from the rating here.

Getting down to brass tacks, this phone lasted a total of 5-hours and 53 minutes in my battery test. For this test, I left settings as they were out of the box for the most part. I didn’t turn on any power saving mechanisms, for example. I also didn’t turn off the always-on display and I kept 5G running. My screen brightness was, although set automatically, turned up quite high for most of the test because I used the phone outside.

Those factors undoubtedly contributed to lower-than-expected endurance as much as anything else. But, in later testing, I did turn off 5G in the deeper connectivity settings. That improved the battery immensely. And it shows that 5G is a big part of the problem so users will likely want to get ready for that as a new normal. If they want 5G connections, that is.

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For clarity, this phone spent 9-hours and 31-minutes on standby, for a total on-time of 15-hours and 24-minutes. 6-hours of standby drained approximately 4-percent from the total battery capacity. And, during my review, gaming killed the battery the fastest. I spent three hours and three minutes watching videos and streaming audio with the screen on. But I only spent an hour and six minutes of gaming.

I used the phone for 1-hour and 13-minutes making calls, messaging, browsing the web, and in other daily activities.

Samsung devices do come with a wealth of options for saving battery. Turning on Android 10’s dark mode, for instance, should go a long way toward extending the battery life. So the figures represented here should really be viewed more as an average with the above-listed usage and not as a maximum. This battery could easily have lasted longer. But most users won’t go beyond the pre-set settings.

On charging, however, this phone is definitely impressive. Albeit not as impressive as some other gadgets I’ve used. 15-minutes on the included Quick Charge charger resulted in no less than 31-percent of the battery being filled. And things really didn’t slow down from there for the first half of that. At 30-minutes the battery hit 60-percent. 45-minutes took things to 82-percent and I saw it hit 97-percent at the one-hour mark.

This phone charged up from completely drained in just about an hour and three minutes.

The audio was far better than expected here

Dolby Atmos, a dedicated equalizer, UHQ upscaling, and adaptive sound has all made its way over from Samsung’s flagship lineup. In theory, that should equate to a solid audio experience that doesn’t disappoint.

The same goes for Samsung’s built-in sound separation settings, also found in the Settings app, for ensuring multiple on-device audio sources can be played simultaneously. That’s through separate audio devices.

All of that works precisely as would be expected if this were a Samsung Galaxy S-series handset.

Speaker audio quality was, summarily, much better than I would have predicted for a more budget-friendly smartphone. So this smartphone should be a bit better for listening via the speakers alone.

Now, that’s not to say that my review shows the speakers to be a preferable means for listening with the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. It’s not going to be. Neither clarity nor the bass hits are going to be quite up to the level that would be needed for that. That’s not a huge drawback though.

Not only is this entirely common for smartphone speakers across all price categories. In fact, I’ve only ever found one smartphone that I would ever recommend for listening without headphones. This one isn’t it. But it does stand out among its counterparts in the price bracket.

Here, Samsung has also included both Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm audio jack too. Samsung isn’t forcing users to listen via an obnoxious USB-C dongle, let alone speakers. And the clarity and quality of Bluetooth are a cut above many competitors too.

This camera is great, just don’t use the scene optimizer

The camera in the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is, like everything else about this phone, meant to be at a flagship level. And it is, for the most part.

Now, typically, I’d do a basic rundown of features found in the camera software here but there’s quite a lot to talk about aside from that here. Under review, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G didn’t quite perform how I expected it to. The features are all there from macro and night modes to a 64-megapixel mode, beauty and AI filters, and a lot more. But there’s some discrepancy too.

Namely, those are mostly found in the AI-driven scene optimizer — represented as a swirling icon on the main camera UI. That really needs to be turned off here to get the best shots. Under scenes that had high variability in lighting, the tool appeared to brighten things up a bit too much. In one shot, shown in the camera samples I took via our Flickr gallery, it created a really weird outline around tree leaves and branches.

The latter artifact happened repeatedly when the sky was the backdrop. So users will want to turn off that optimizer via a tap — at least until Samsung fixes the software.

All other shots, with the exception of night mode, turned out great. Especially in macro and 64-megapixel mode. Under thorough testing, both of those specialty modes seemed to work almost flawlessly. So did the normal camera mode. Setting aside special features, color accuracy was spot on in every shot. The detail was high with no artifacts. And the camera both focused and captured quickly.

Night mode was another matter, with shots quickly becoming blurry with any motion as the light dimmed — even incrementally. At the lowest-light levels, the mode became unusable. But most users aren’t going to be capturing a lot of photos in near-darkness. So that’s not really a major caveat at all. And the photos really do speak for themselves.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G all it’s hyped up to be?

The question of whether or not this phone is worth the money is a resounding yes. Inarguably, it was already a great device on paper. But this review showed that isn’t all there is to the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G either. This phone genuinely does offer a flagship-level performance and features at half the cost of Samsung’s current top flagship.

Samsung didn’t cut corners. And there are still a few caveats that did exist in my test. Such as with the minor disappointments to be found in the camera’s Night Mode, battery life, and slower-than-expected in-display fingerprint scanner. Not one of those is really a deal-breaker with the exception of battery life. And that should improve with software updates as well as through battery-saving features and system-level Dark Mode.

The South Korean tech giant also set this phone’s price to match the capabilities. 599 is still a lot of money, especially in a global pandemic. But the cost feels more than worth it for what buyers get in return. There simply aren’t many devices on offer for the same money that offer a similar flagship experience. Let alone with next-gen mobile networking attached.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is, as a result, worth every penny of the asking price and more.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G Review

Andrew Hayward specializes in smartphones, wearables, Smart home tech, and video games. His work has been published by TechRadar, Macworld, and others.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

The Galaxy A71 5G is a sensible, well-rounded, 5G-capable mid-range phone, though it’s edged out by the Pixel 4a 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

We purchased the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.

The lines are blurring between mid-range and flagship phones as device makers attempt to create the most appealing combinations of features at varying price points. Google’s Pixel 5 is one such example, pairing flagship perks with a less-powerful processor. Samsung’s Galaxy A71 5G is another such device, one that looks and (mostly) feels like a top-end flagship phone but makes a few Smart tweaks to shave down the price point.

There’s a lot of competition in this space, especially if you push 100 higher or lower, but the Galaxy A71 5G could deliver the right mix of features for many prospective phone buyers. It’s not the fastest or fanciest phone around, but the large screen looks great, performance is still snappy, the battery lasts and lasts, and you can tap into 5G speeds. Just make sure you get a version tailored to your carrier, as the unlocked edition doesn’t support all 5G networks.

Design: Sleek and alluring

Just as the price point straddles the line between categories, so too does the build. Plastic backing is common for more affordable phones, and it’s here in a lone Prism Cube Black style that has a subtle prismatic effect on the back. It doesn’t look or feel cheap at all, however. And that curved plastic backing is paired with an aluminum frame that is weighty and sleek, giving the phone a more premium allure.

The A71 5G doesn’t have some of the visual flourishes—like a curvy frame or distinctive camera module—that help define Samsung’s top-end phones, but otherwise, there’s little here to give away the fact that this is a more modest handset. Given the large 6.7-inch screen, this is a sizable phone. Still, it’s both lighter and narrower than some phones with a screen this large (like Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max), and I found it pretty easy to handle for a huge phone.

Unlike Samsung’s pricier phones, however, the Galaxy A71 5G doesn’t have an IP rating for dust and water resistance, and there are no assurances that it’ll be fine after taking an unexpected dive into a puddle or bathtub. Tread carefully, as such. On the plus side, you do get a 3.5mm headphone port on the bottom, and those are missing from most flagships these days. The Galaxy A71 5G comes with a solid 128GB of internal storage, and you can boost that tally by inserting a microSD memory card.

Display Quality: It’s a big beauty

The Galaxy A71 5G has a bold and beautiful 6.7-inch Full HD (1080×2400) OLED panel, which serves up excellent contrast and deep black levels. It’s crisp and clear and solidly bright, although you don’t get the benefit of a faster 120Hz refresh rate seen on the Galaxy S20 and S21, which provides smoother transitions and animations. That’s a nice-to-have feature, though, and this is still a great screen for a phone this price.

We’ve seen cheaper phones with poor-quality screens this size, such as the LG K92 5G, but this is one of the most affordable phones that’ll get you a great, enormous display.

We’ve seen cheaper phones with poor-quality screens this size, such as the LG K92 5G, but this is one of the most affordable phones that’ll get you a great, enormous display. The in-screen fingerprint sensor is solidly responsive here, too.

Setup Process: It’s no big hassle

Setting up this Android 10-powered phone is very similar to setting up other recent Android devices. Simply hold in the power button on the right side of the frame to start up the phone, and then follow the on-screen prompts to get the phone ready to use. It’s a straightforward process that includes signing into a Google account, reading and accepting the terms and conditions, and choosing whether or not to copy data from another phone or a saved backup.

Performance: Pretty snappy

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM alongside, which is the very same setup as Google’s Pixel 4a 5G. Like that phone, the Galaxy A71 5G feels smooth and responsive the vast majority of the time, with only occasional hints of sluggishness here and there. powerful handsets with flagship-level chips tend to feel snappier and score higher in benchmark testing, but I didn’t feel disadvantaged while using the A71 5G.

In benchmark testing, the Galaxy A71 5G scored 7,940 in PCMark’s Work 2.0 test. That’s almost identical to the score from the LG K92 5G, which felt much more sluggish by comparison. The Pixel 4a 5G recorded a faster score of 8,378, meanwhile, but the phones feel similarly smooth and responsive in day-to-day usage.

The Galaxy A71 5G feels smooth and responsive the vast majority of the time, with only occasional hints of sluggishness here and there.

The Galaxy A71 5G does a solid job with 3D gaming, but it’s no high-end performer on that front. I played a bit of Fortnite, which is still available via Samsung’s Galaxy Store, and it ran decently enough but was choppy at times, with parts of the environment popping into view much closer than expected. The phone also got pretty warm during play. Still, it’s playable, and less demanding games will run perfectly fine. In benchmark testing, the A71 5G put up 18 frames per second in GFXBench’s demanding Car Chase demo and 60fps in the T-Rex demo, both of which are a step up from the Pixel 4a 5G.

Connectivity: Don’t get unlocked for Verizon

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is compatible with the most prevalent sub-6Ghz spectrum of 5G connectivity, but there’s a hitch: the unlocked edition, which we tested, does not work on Verizon’s 5G network. Verizon’s network currently features both sub-6Ghz (5G Nationwide) and faster-but-sparse mmWave (5G Ultra Wideband) connectivity, but you can’t even get the former to work on the unlocked Galaxy A71 5G. I tried! There’s a Verizon-centric version of the phone that supports all of the carrier’s 5G spectrum and sells for 50 more than the unlocked version.

I tested the unlocked Galaxy A71 5G on T-Mobile’s 5G network instead. The results can vary widely by location. When in my usual testing area just north of Chicago, I typically recorded download speeds between 50-65Mbps, which isn’t much faster than 4G LTE. However, when I tested in Chicago, I hit a peak download speed of 180Mbps on T-Mobile’s network. It’s still early days in 5G deployment, so depending on where you are, the benefits may or may not be very noticeable. But that should improve and become more consistent in time.

Sound Quality: Unexpectedly poor

Curiously, the Galaxy A71 5G doesn’t use the earpiece above the screen as a complementary speaker, so you only get audio playback through the bottom-firing mono speaker. As you might expect, then, the sound quality isn’t great. The A71 5G gets loud but sounds confined given the single, small speaker, and it’s pretty easy to cover up the speaker while holding the phone. The earpiece sounds just fine for calls, and a lot of other phones use their earpiece to create a stereo effect for music, videos, gaming audio, and more. Not this one, though.

Camera/Video Quality: Good, but no Pixel

The Galaxy A71 5G packs in four back cameras—three actively usable—on the back, headlined by a 48-megapixel main sensor. It’s joined by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor that simply aids the other cameras by capturing depth data.

For the most part, the 48-megapixel main sensor does a good job of capturing detail and delivering crisp results in strong lighting, although the results tend to be a little overly vibrant in very typical Samsung fashion. Lower-light results are a bit more hit-or-miss, as sometimes the camera struggles to strike the right white balance or capture the clarity of the moment, but the night shooting mode does a solid job of illuminating darker scenes for usable shots.

The ultra-wide camera doesn’t produce quite as detailed results but is good for landscape and group shots when in good lighting. And the macro camera feels like a gimmick here, as it often does on mid-range and budget phones that include it rather than an infinitely more useful telephoto zoom lens. It can capture close-up detail, but at 5 megapixels, the results aren’t great.

It’s a better-than-average mid-range camera setup, but the Google Pixel 4a 5G still beats it on nuance and consistency.

All told, it’s a better-than-average mid-range camera setup, but the Google Pixel 4a 5G still beats it on nuance and consistency. The Pixel 4a 5G is better able to contend with low or challenging lighting conditions and produces more natural-looking results, while its night photos do a much better job of minimizing noise, maintaining nuanced contrast, and avoiding over-brightening.

Battery: It keeps going and going

Even with that huge screen, the Galaxy A71 5G is a battery life beast. This sizable 4,500mAh routinely left me with 50% or more of a charge remaining by the end of the night, and with modest use, you can feasibly get two full days out of this phone. I wasn’t expecting such battery life resilience, but between the mid-range processor and 60Hz screen, it only sips away at that charge. There’s no wireless charging here, which is typical for sub-flagship smartphones, but it does offer speedy 25W wired charging via the included power brick.

Even with that huge screen, the Galaxy A71 5G is a battery life beast.

Software: Pretty smooth sailing

Samsung’s take on Android 10 is attractive and useful, thanks to many years of gradual iteration. It’s not as minimal and straightforward as Google’s own stock take on the operating system, but it’s nearly neck-and-neck when it comes to ease of use and visual appeal. As mentioned, Android feels pretty smooth on this mid-range processor, and while you might occasionally encounter an app that takes an extra beat to open or load, it’s nothing that’ll hold you back.

It’s unclear exactly when the Galaxy A71 5G will receive the Android 11 update, as of this writing, although Samsung has committed to providing its phones with three years of Android updates going forward. That hopefully means that it will eventually receive the Android 13 update, should Google maintain the typical annual release cycle.

Price: A solid value, but you have options

At a 600 list price, the Galaxy A71 5G is sandwiched in between rival options that offer either more/better perks for a little more cash or fewer/lesser features for a little less cash. It’s a very competitive space, but that’s ultimately good for consumers. The Galaxy A71 5G feels like a good value for the price, given the solid performance, great (and large) screen, premium-feeling build, and 5G support. And we’ve seen it marked down to 500 lately, which is even better.

Google’s Pixel 4a 5G is normally 499, but has a fully plastic shell for the frame and backing, and has a smaller 6.2-inch screen with a slightly less resilient battery. However, its dual-camera setup is more consistent and captures more nuance than the Galaxy A71 5G. Meanwhile, Samsung’s own overstocked lineup has the excellent Galaxy S20 FE 5G for just 699, and with that you get improved flagship-level performance, better cameras, a 120Hz 6.5-inch screen, and wireless charging in the mix. It’s a worthwhile upgrade if you can spare the extra cash, but if not, the Galaxy A71 5G is a compelling package on its own.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G vs. Google Pixel 4a 5G

As mentioned above, there are a couple of key differences between these handsets, which are otherwise very comparable. Both provide similar performance thanks to the Snapdragon 765G chip, have great Full HD OLED displays, and serve up 5G support.

The Pixel 4a 5G is a bit smaller and doesn’t look or feel quite as premium with its plastic backing shell, and the battery life—while very good—is not quite as long-lasting as the Galaxy A71 5G. However, it has a more consistent camera setup that is rarely thrown for a loop even in lower-light conditions, and better night mode shooting results as well. At a list price of 499, the Pixel 4a 5G is a super-appealing option and today’s best phone for under 500.

A nice alternative to flagships.

If you don’t want to spend top money on a smartphone but still want something that looks and feels darn close to a flagship, the Galaxy A71 5G is a great option. Like all mid-range phones, it skimps on a few bits: there’s no water resistance rating and the speaker quality isn’t great, plus the cameras are just below top-class. But with a stellar screen, epic battery life, solid performance, and 5G support onboard, this is a very nice sub-flagship smartphone.

The Galaxy A71 5G offers a lot, but there are better values out there

Tom’s Guide Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A71 offers a cheaper path to 5G service if that’s important to you, but otherwise it’s only a decent 600 phone. For hundreds less, the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE are better in almost every respect, save for battery life, while the OnePlus Nord is a much more well-rounded sub-500 5G option for those who can buy it.

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Solid performance
  • 5G support
  • Big OLED display

Cons

  • – Tons of bloatware
  • – Cameras are just decent
  • – No wireless charging
  • – Frustrating fingerprints sensor
  • – A bit pricey for what it is

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Price: 599 (unlocked and most carriers), 649 (Verizon) OS: Android 10 with One UI 2.0 Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2400×1080) CPU: Snapdragon 765 RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB Rear camera: 64MP main (ƒ/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2), 5MP macro (ƒ/2.4), 5MP depth (ƒ/2.2) Front camera: 32MP (ƒ/2.2) Battery: 4,500 mAh Battery life: 10:49 Size: 6.40 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches Weight: 6.53 ounces

Samsung’s cheap phones used to be so dull, you wouldn’t wish one on your worst enemy. Fortunately, the company has stepped up its game in the last year, and the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is proof of that. For 599, the A71 sits above the rest as the top dog of Samsung’s A-series lineup for 2020, and just as the name suggests, it can even connect to 5G networks.

Between its massive 6.7-inch AMOLED display, 4,500-mAh battery that lasted nearly 11 hours in our battery test and respectable overall performance, there’s much to like here, as you’ll find in our Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review. Unfortunately for Samsung, the race for the best unlocked phone has never been tighter than it is now, with the Pixel 4a, iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord locked in contention for top honors. All three of those handsets are also considerably cheaper than the A71 — relegating Samsung’s latest midrange contender to also-ran status, rather than a first-tier choice.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G costs 599 — so long as you buy it unlocked or through ATT, T-Mobile or US Cellular. Verizon offers the A71 as well, though it’s a version called the Galaxy A71 5G UW that’s been customized to connect to Big Red’s millimeter wave-based 5G network. That Verizon variant tacks on a 50 premium, bringing the price up to 649.

No matter where you buy your Galaxy A71, you’ll get 128GB of built-in storage alongside 8GB of RAM. Storage is expandable with the use of a microSD card. All A71 devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor.

A word on the Galaxy A71’s 5G support. Excusing the Verizon-specific UW version, the A71 5G connects to sub-6GHz 5G networks. These towers offer service that is faster than existing 4G LTE, though not by a profound margin. ATT and T-Mobile now classify their 5G networks as “nationwide,” though coverage is still quite spotty. Using our ATT model, I wasn’t able to pick up 5G in a Pennsylvanian suburb. Your mileage may vary.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Design

Don’t let its relatively modest price fool you — the Galaxy A71 5G is a big phone, owing to its 6.7-inch display. Minimal bezels encircling the panel help keep the footprint trimmed as much as possible, but can’t save the fact that the A71 is actually harder to use one-handed than the taller-yet-more-slender Galaxy S20 Plus.

Fortunately, the A71 is made a little less cumbersome by its curved back, which once again utilizes the same “glastic” material as on the Galaxy A51. Samsung has treated this plastic in such a way that it does feel more solid and substantial than plastic on midrange phones typically is, but our Prism Black unit still has a semi-reflective iridescent pattern on it that looks a little chintzy. The A71’s not ugly or not overwhelmingly cheap-feeling — but it’s still quite a ways away from the glass and metal of flagships.

The front-facing camera on the Galaxy A71 5G is housed in a center-mounted hole punch with a slender earpiece just above it. However, as I soon found out listening to Spotify on the A71, this earpiece does not double as one of the phone’s stereo speakers. The lone speaker is on the bottom edge, next to the USB-C port, meaning it can be very easily covered by your palm especially when gaming. I prefer to hold big phones by cradling the bottom with my pinky, and so I naturally obscured that bottom-firing speaker every time I picked the A71 up. It was a bit annoying, to say the least.

The A71 does not support wireless charging, which is a bit surprising given that this phone only costs 100 less than the iPhone 11, which can charge wirelessly. Also unlike the iPhone 11 or Samsung’s recent Galaxy S-series models, the A71 is not rated water resistant at any level. Neither feature is unreasonable to expect from a device costing more than 500; nevertheless, they’re both absent on the A71. At least Samsung didn’t nix the headphone jack.

Like many other phones these days, the A71 bakes its fingerprint sensor into the display. And although that might seem like a luxury for midrange buyers, this scanner can be so stubborn to use that it had me longing for the days of rear-mounted capacitive sensors on Android devices. There’s certainly a learning curve to figuring out how the placement at which the A71 best reads your fingerprints, though even after I thought I’d figured that out, I still found myself reapplying through trial and error on some occasions.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Display

The Galaxy A71 features one of Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels, with a full-HD resolution spanning 6.7 inches. Because of the relatively low pixel count for the size, jagged edges of text, icons and graphics are a bit more readily apparent than on big phones with quad-HD panels, though that’s somewhat forgivable for this price.

The A71 also lacks a fast-refresh panel, like you get on the 90Hz OnePlus Nord or 120Hz Galaxy S20. This isn’t a massive nor surprising loss, again considering the price, though high refresh rates are appearing in cheaper and cheaper phones, and OnePlus has broken the 500 barrier with the new Nord. The A71’s screen feels pretty run-of-the-mill by comparison.

That said, this isn’t a poor display by any means. It gets reasonably bright, topping out at 481 nits under our light meter. It also delivers strong hues, particularly if you opt for its Vivid color profile. The trailer for the upcoming Christopher Nolan film, Tenet, showcased the A71’s impressive dynamic range as I watched flashes of sunlight glint off waves crashing up against a coastal Mediterranean town.

Indeed, the A71’s panel can display a vast range of colors, as it rendered 200.3% of the sRGB color space in our testing. If you find that too saturated, you can always step down to the Natural color profile for a bit less pop. Meanwhile, the A71’s Delta-E color accuracy score of 0.33 is a bit behind the Pixel 4a (0.29) and further back from the iPhone SE (0.20). (Numbers closer to zero are more accurate.)

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Camera

On the back of the Galaxy A71 are four cameras: a 64-megapixel wide-angle lens, 12MP ultra wide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth sensor. Three of those, apart from the 64MP primary camera, are the same as what you’ll find in the Galaxy A51 I tested back in May; the only notable upgrade here is that main lens, which uses pixel binning to produce optimized 16-MP images.

Overall, the A71’s photography is serviceable, if not stunning. Comparing it to our top cheap camera phone, the new Pixel 4a, the A71 certainly delivers a brighter shot here though I wouldn’t necessarily say it looks better. There’s some detail missing in the white fringes of the flower’s petals. The Pixel’s camera picks up these specular highlights, which conveys a sense of texture and depth. Samsung’s chronic insistence on banishing shadows and contrast doesn’t help in that regard, either.

A similar comparison using a different flower, this time against the iPhone SE, yielded similar results. Apple’s imaging tech churns out astonishing detail here, thanks to processes like Deep Fusion, which leverages the power of the iPhone SE’s A13 Bionic chip to combine many exposures into one before picking out the sharpest aspects of each. The A71 can’t convey the petals’ texture with the same stunning granularity even as it plays up the highlights, and the natural bokeh of the background is less consistent and exquisite as well.

You could argue that the A71’s primary appeal to photographers, then, will be the plethora of perspectives it offers, rather than the individual quality of any of its four lenses. That’s a position I’d agree with, as neither the iPhone SE nor the Pixel 4a features secondary ultra wide and macro lenses designed for shooting expansive landscapes or Hyper close-ups. Granted, I’m not sure anyone really needs a macro camera — the A71’s does indeed let you capture images from mere inches away, though the quality isn’t anything that would cause me to beg for one in my next smartphone.

Additionally, the computational photography on display in Samsung’s midrange devices still can’t compare with what’s offered in Google’s more affordable alternative. The A71’s Night Mode clearly loses here to the Pixel 4a’s Night Sight, which was able to capture an image that was simultaneously less noisy and more visible than anything Samsung’s device could muster. The Pixel can also paint more definition and color in the highlights on the house’s siding and through the window, contributing to a more balanced shot overall.

Even though the A71 features a 32-MP front-facing camera, the selfies it takes don’t necessarily seem any sharper to me than what the iPhone SE delivers. As it turns out, that’s because the Galaxy uses pixel binning through the front lens as well, though I can’t say that’s done anything for this Portrait Mode selfie of yours truly. My skin tone is totally washed out through Samsung’ shooter, even though both pictures you see here were taken outside on a sunny afternoon. Additionally, I’m floored by the detail the iPhone SE lends to my shirt — intricacies of the fabric that the A71 glosses over. At least Samsung’s device fared slightly better with the bokeh, especially around my hair.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Performance

Inside the Galaxy A71 5G is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor, which is also appearing in other moderately-priced 5G phones these days. (The new OnePlus Nord uses a similar 765G chip better optimized for gaming.)

In the A71, the Snapdragon 765 is tied to 8GB of RAM, delivering great overall performance — even if its showing in benchmarks is markedly short of Qualcomm’s faster 8-series silicon.

Whether browsing the web, working on Google Docs or generally thumbing around Android, the A71 handles basic tasks with ease and gives away nothing in performance to more high-end phones. It’s only when you play a game that the Snapdragon 765’s limits are tested.

Arcade racer Asphalt 9 ran smoothly enough at its default medium graphics option, though frame rates decreased steeply when I ratcheted the experience up to a more demanding setting, and the back of the device started to heat up as well. You can dabble in serious gaming with the A71, but avid players ought to look elsewhere for the best gaming phone.

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Overall, though, the A71’s performance is sufficient. When I reviewed the 399 Galaxy A51, I came away amazed how often that phone could be so easily flummoxed by routine situations, like unlocking and launching apps. The A71 isn’t plagued by those hiccups at all, and I’d much more confidently recommend it for that reason.

The A71 holds its own in benchmarks, scoring 1,796 points in the multi-core portion of the system-wide Geekbench 5 test. That’s a bit faster than the Pixel 4a, which topped out at 1,647, though unsurprisingly far off the mark compared to 865-powered phones like the OnePlus 8, which reached 3,387 points — never mind the 3,226 score of the A13 Bionic-powered iPhone SE.

In terms of graphics performance, the A71 was less than half as quick as the OnePlus 8, recording 551 frames at 8.6 frames per second in GFX Bench’s Aztec Ruins Vulkan test for high-tier devices. The OnePlus 8 recorded 1,322 frames at 21 fps.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Battery life and charging

The 4,500-mAh battery inside the Galaxy A71 lasted an average of 10 hours and 49 minutes in Tom’s Guide’s custom battery test, where the device endlessly loaded web pages over a mobile connection while set to 150 nits of screen brightness until running out of juice.

That’s a shade behind the OnePlus 8 (11:04) and iPhone 11 (11:20), but still good for a sub-600 phone and ahead of the average smartphone. The Pixel 4a and iPhone SE, two sub-400 phones we love, managed just 8:55 and 9:18, respectively.

Not only does the Galaxy A71 last longer on a charge than the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE — it charges faster, too, with an included 25-watt adapter that reaches 60% in just 30 minutes. Fast charging can be rare to find on cheaper handsets (and even more expensive ones, as the iPhone 11 only comes with a slow 5-watt brick), so it’s nice to see Samsung include the best available charging tech for the A71 in the box.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Software and special features

Samsung’s One UI 2.0 front end is based upon Android 10, and appears in the Galaxy A71 pretty much unchanged from how it looks and feels in the company’s pricier Galaxy S and Note models.

One UI adds some useful features, like the ability to take scrolling screenshots and create secure, password-protected folders, though it can also be a bit overwrought. The sleep/wake key, for example, which you’d typically expect to power off the device when held down, simply brings up Bixby by default. You can change this in the settings, though it’s a maddening trend of Samsung phones that continues in the A71.

There was also a glut of pre-installed apps on our ATT unit. I counted 25, spanning everything from ATT services to Amazon, Pluto TV, HBO Max, Final Fantasy XV and Monopoly. To make matters worse, much of this software appears in the daily briefing page to the left of the home screen, leading to a never-ending scrolling list of updates from apps like Giphy and PopSugar that read more like tabloid clickbait than genuinely useful news and information. There’s simply too much going on, and you get the sense it’s all been done to serve Samsung and its partners first, and the user second.

Again, many of these apps and design decisions that make One UI somewhat cumbersome to navigate can be turned off or adjusted. But I really wish Samsung was more proactive in giving users control and choice over which apps to install and which cards to include on the daily feed right out of the box. After all, 600 isn’t an insignificant sum of money — for that price, I think a customer deserves to have a bit more say in what’s on their phone, and they shouldn’t have to rummage through options and menus to get it.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review: Verdict

If your upper limit to spend on a phone is 600, you could do much worse than the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. For less than you’d spend on an iPhone 11, you’re getting a huge and dazzling AMOLED display along with 5G connectivity and great battery life.

The problem for the A71 is that today there are a handful of much cheaper phones that exceed it in key areas. The Pixel 4a has a much better camera, way less frustrating and bloated software and similar performance for 250 less. The iPhone SE has the fastest mobile chipset on the planet that can run circles around the A71 and will last you many years longer; it also has a better camera, wireless charging and water resistance, and it too is 200 cheaper.

Then there’s the OnePlus Nord — for those in countries where OnePlus sells it, anyway — which equals the A71 in many respects. It has the same number of cameras on the back, the same CPU inside and even supports 5G. But the Nord is better designed and better equipped with flagship features, like a 90Hz display, even though it comes in roughly 100 under the A71.

You may be noticing a theme here. If the A71 5G cost 500 instead of 600, it’d be hard to turn down. But it’s a bit too pricey for what it is. Flagship smartphones may be getting progressively more expensive, but a select few phone makers are delivering the finest cheap phones we’ve ever seen. The Galaxy A71 5G, respectable though it is, is neither here nor there.

Samsung Galaxy A71, análisis: una enorme pantalla y equilibrio para un gama media ambicioso

Poco a poco Samsung ha ido colando sus smartphones de la gama A como equipos completos, contenidos en precio y muy atractivos visualmente. El nuevo Samsung Galaxy A71 es el mejor ejemplo de todos.

Este enorme smartphone de casi 7 pulgadas estrena cámara cuádruple al tiempo que mantiene su grandes argumentos de compra como son la pantalla o el diseño llamativo. En Xataka ya lo hemos probado a fondo.

Ficha técnica del Samsung Galaxy A71

OLED de 6″ FHD, 21:9 (2.520 x 1.080 píxeles) Gorilla Glass 6

Snapdragon 730 Octa Core (Dual 2.2GHz Hexa 1.8GHz)

128 GB MicroSD hasta 512 GB

64 MP f/1.8 5 MP f/2.4 macro 12 MP f/2.2 gran angular 5 MP f/2.2 profundidad

4.500 mAh Carga rápida 25W

Android 10 Samsung One UI 2.0

4G Dual SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 USB-C Minijack

Sensor de huellas bajo la pantalla

Samsung Galaxy A71. Smartphone de 6.7″ FHD (4G, Dual SIM, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM, Cámara Trasera 64.0 MP 12.0 MP (UW) 5.0 MP (Macro) 5 MP, Cámara Frontal 32 MP) Color Plata [Versión Española]

Ligero y cómodo en mano pese a su gran tamaño

El Samsung Galaxy A71 ya no es el terminal más grande la compañía. Ese logro ha quedado para el Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Pese a ello, las 6.7 pulgadas del nuevo gama media de nivel de los coreanos queda marcado a nivel de diseño por su alargado formato y gran diagonal.

Pese a esa enorme pantalla, la práctica ausencia de marcos alrededor de ella y la anchura contenida hacen del Samsung Galaxy A71 un smartphone cómodo de manejar aunque grande. De frente llama poderosamente la atención su panel AMOLED con protección Gorilla Glass 3, pero no hay diferenciación ahí.

El diseño del Samsung Galaxy A71 llama la atención tanto por delante como por detrás. Y pesa muy poco.

Sí que la tenemos en la parte trasera. Aunque lo puede parecer por el mimo con el que se ha trabajado, esa zona del Samsung Galaxy A71 está fabricada en plástico y no en cristal. De ahí por ejemplo que no tengamos carga inalámbrica en este teléfono. O que su peso sea tan reducido para su tamaño.

En estos días usando el Samsung Galaxy A71 a diario, si no miras su ficha técnica, no es sencillo para el consumidor acertar con el material en que efectivamente está fabricada la parte trasera de este terminal. Quizás la pista clave haya que buscarla en el marco, también de plástico y donde es más evidente el uso de este material.

Sin embargo, para el día a día, me parece un acierto esta elección porque permite que el peso del Samsung Galaxy A71 sea de solo 179 gramos, lo que facilita su manejo. Y se agradece. Otro asunto es que el consumidor acepte sin reticencias que por el precio oficial superior a 450 euros, se mantenga el uso de policarbonato por muy bien que esté el acabado.

El acabado del Samsung Galaxy A71 es de plástico tanto en trasera como en el marco, algo que en un smartphone por encima de los 400 euros cuesta aceptar

Y es que, a nivel estético, el tratamiento de la parte trasera del Samsung Galaxy A71 efectivamente hace pasar a esta zona como fabricada en cristal. El acabado es brillante y con un patrón curioso y llamativo en los cuatro colores en que podemos adquirir este nuevo teléfono líder de la gama A del fabricante.

Esa parte trasera presenta una ligera curvatura ya típica en los smartphones de cierto empaque y que, junto con las formas redondeadas de las uniones entre diferentes partes, le dan al terminal suavidad al tacto y la vista.

Lo que llama la atención, además del patrón según el reflejo de la luz, en la parte trasera del Samsung Galaxy A71, es el módulo de la cámara, nada disimulado, con forma rectangular y de generoso tamaño para albergar el sistema de cuádruple cámara que estrena este Samsung Galaxy A71 dentro de esta familia de gama media.

De la parte de conexiones, este Samsung Galaxy A71 cuenta con los botones de encendido y control de volumen en el lateral derecho, ambos bien situados para su alcance con gestos naturales, y el puerto USB-C de cara en el marco inferior, flanqueado por un solo altavoz (otro detalle mejorable en este margen de precio) y, sorpresa, un puerto de auriculares pese a que el grosor del terminal es de menos de 8 mm.

Pantalla SuperAMOLED: una garantía para disfrutar a lo grande

Un valor seguro de los terminales Samsung a partir de cierta gama es la pantalla. En este Samsung Galaxy A71, el panel SuperAMOLED de 6.7 pulgadas es su elemento más sólido frente a la competencia.

Esta pantalla ofrece una resolución correcta para esta gama: 1080×2400 píxeles, lo que nos da como resultado una densidad de píxeles que roza los 400 ppp, por lo que la nitidez que obtenemos tanto para el día a día como para la fotografía o vídeo es más que suficiente.

El formato de la pantalla es de 20:9, muy panorámico, lo que es óptimo para el consumo de contenido de redes sociales, web o vídeo nativo. El panel SuperAMOLED ofrece un brillo alto, alrededor de los 400 nits. Con el contraste “infinito” de la tecnología OLED, su visibilidad en exteriores es correcta. Y en interiores, la calidad del panel SuperAMOLED es enorme por contraste y profundidad de los negros.

Los modos de color disponibles para personalizar la experiencia con el panel del Samsung Galaxy A71 son dos. El que venía por defecto nada más encender el terminal, el modo natural, no tardamos en cambiarlo por el más intenso, con el que ajustando algo la temperatura, conseguimos finalmente una reproducción de color equilibrada con la intensidad y experiencia para todo tipo de situaciones.

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Este Samsung Galaxy A71 ofrece un alto porcentaje de ratio pantalla/cuerpo, cercano al 88%. Es gracias a los reducidos marcos pero también a la elección del “agujero” como sistema para mantener la cámara secundaria físicamente en la pantalla.

En la parte inferior de la pantalla contamos con el lector de huellas integrado, no de tipo ultrasónico sino óptico. Su velocidad efectiva de funcionamiento tiene un poco de margen de mejora y no nos transmite la fluidez que considero necesaria para un terminal de este precio (y con la tremenda y feroz competencia de hoy en día). En todo caso, complementada con el reconocimiento de rostros, el Samsung Galaxy A71 podemos concluir que ofrece un solvente sistema de reconocimiento biométrico.

Para la identificación biométrica lo mejor es combinar el lector de huellas en la pantalla con la identificación de rostros

Por último hay que citar el modo de “pantalla siempre activa”, un clásico consolidado y completo en la gama de equipos de Samsung. Bastantes opciones, de las que más en el mercado, sin que el terminal vea afectada de manera notable su autonomía.

Buena configuración hardware

Si en acabado hemos tenido alguna duda en lo que respecto con el precio que pagamos por este Samsung Galaxy A71, con la configuración hardware se borran todas ellas y tenemos que decir que estamos ante un terminal que cumple muy bien.

Primero lo vemos sobre el papel. El procesador es un Snapdragon 730 de ocho núcleos que viene muy bien acompañado de configuraciones de memoria RAM de 6 y 8 GB. Y como espacio de almacenamiento interno contamos de serie con 128 GB que además podemos decidir ampliar con tarjetas microSD de hasta 512 GB.

Con esta base, el rendimiento del Samsung Galaxy A71 en nuestras habituales pruebas sintéticas queda así:

Otras pruebas nos han dejado cifras de 2455 para Slingshot Extreme y de 3532 para Slignshot. En Geekbench 5, este Samsung A71 obtuvo 544 y 1683 puntos en las pruebas de uno y varios núcleos respectivamente.

Si pasamos a la experiencia real en el día a día con el terminal, esas cifras quedan refrendadas en una fluidez total para la gama del terminal, incluso con buen rendimiento en juegos algo exigentes. Tan solo hay que hacer parada técnica en algunos momentos muy puntuales donde hemos apreciado algo de tirones pero que enlazamos directamente con una optimización en camino de Android 10 con la interesante capa Samsung One UI 2.0 sobre ella.

En el apartado de conectividad, este Samsung Galaxy A71 tiene Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac y sí, radio FM.

Gran autonomía para un gran terminal

El Samsung Galaxy A71 sigue la estela de su modelo correspondiente de la generación anterior y su batería, con capacidad de 4500 mAh, es uno de sus elementos destacados y de los que presumir. Veamos si lo hace también en el día a día y no solo sobre el papel.

Con un uso habitual del Samsung Galaxy A71, hemos mediado más de 7 horas de pantalla y superado el día y medio de uso sin problemas

En nuestra prueba de casi dos semanas usando el Samsung Galaxy A71 como terminal principal, con el uso habitual que damos al teléfono, centrado en notificaciones, algo de juego, música en streaming y mucha red social y correo, la batería nunca nos ha dejado tirados antes de bien entrada la mañana del segundo día de uso sin cargarlo. Incluso los fines de semana, con algo menos de actividad esporádica y más continua con juegos, por ejemplo, hemos podido mantener desde el sábado por la mañana hasta el lunes a primera hora sin necesidad de realidad una carga en el terminal.

En horas de pantalla, hemos superado de media las siete horas y media, una cifra considerable para la diagonal de este dispositivo. No estamos ante una autonomía asombrosa pero sí que queda por encima de la media de manera clara.

El buen comportamiento del Samsung Galaxy A71 a nivel de autonomía se complementa correctamente con la carga rápida. Para este menester Samsung coloca en el interior del paquete un cargador de 25 W que nos completa la batería desde el 5 al 100% (con conectividad y notificaciones activas) en poco más de 70 minutos. Para alcanzar el 50%, en una urgencia, solo emplea 28 minutos.

Android 10 a los mandos del Samsung Galaxy A71

El Samsung Galaxy A71 llega al mercado a lo grande también en el apartado de software. Nada más sacarlo de la caja podemos disfrutar de Android 10, eso sí, aderezado por el nuevo Samsung One UI 2.0, la capa de los coreanos para sus terminales Android.

Esta capa no sufre grandes cambios respeto a la del año pasado a nivel estético más allá de pequeños retoques que afinan la apariencia de elementos y algunos controles de la interfaz que son importantes en terminales de este tamaño.

El toque de Samsung sobre Android 10 queda del lado de extras como el panel Edge, muy afinado y completo para poder mantener usuarios en su ecosistema

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También tenemos una herencia interesante de la gama más elevada de Samsung: el panel Edge. Sus posibilidades y personalización nada tienen que ver con ese extra tímido de hace unos años y si lo incorporas a tu rutina de manejo del terminal, resulta bastante práctico.

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El resto de novedades están asociadas irremisiblemente a las que trae ya de por sí Android 10. En la experiencia de uso con el Samsung Galaxy A71, lo más relevante es todo lo que tiene que ver con los gestos de control de la interfaz del terminal, que Samsung por fin recrea de manera completa. Y acertada. También el modo oscuro o mayores controles de privacidad y de gestión del tiempo y uso del terminal Android.

Cuatro cámaras listas para disparar

El Samsung Galaxy A71 se estrena en la gama media de nivel del fabricante coreano ni más ni menos que con cuatro cámaras. En concreto hablamos de cuatro sensores, el principal de 64 MP. Lo complementa un sensor de 12 MP (gran angular), un sensor de profundidad para trabajar el modo retrato (enfoque dinámico) y un sensor de 5 MP para el modo macro.

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De esta configuración hay un detalle a valorar: la elección de un sensor para el modo macro a costa de dejar por el camino algún tipo de teleobjetivo, a priori mucho más atractivo mediáticamente. Dado que por defecto, el sensor principal toma las imágenes a 16 MP y para las imágenes a 64 MP hay que ir a una opción en concreto, hacer zoom con este Galaxy A71 no está entre las posibilidades directas ni óptimas.

La interfaz de la cámara es rápida y cómoda de usar. No hay nada especialmente diferente respecto a lo habitual, y podemos escoger entre los modos colocados en carrusel. La interfaz de carrusel admite alguna personalización de los modos, de manera que podamos mantener en primer plano aquellos que solemos usar más. En Mi caso ocurre por ejemplo con el panorámico.

De la cámara del Samsung Galaxy A71 sorprende tanto el sensor principal de 64 MP como la elección de un objetivo macro en vez de un tele

El modo Pro tiene presencia en ese carrusel, pero lo que podemos hacer con él no se corresponde a lo que uno esperaría. Solo podemos modificar la medición, la sensibilidad, el balance de blancos y la compensación de la exposición, pero nada de velocidad de obturación, por ejemplo. Tampoco permite la toma de imágenes en RAW.

En cuanto a la calidad de imagen del sensor principal del Samsung Galaxy A71, el fabricante ha optado por la polivalencia controlada sobre la excelencia. Con buena luz, las fotografías que obtenemos mantiene un buen nivel de detalle, el ruido está muy bien controlado y el rango dinámico y color son muy correctos en la mayoría de las situaciones.

Como hemos adelantado, las imágenes que obtenemos con la cámara principal son de 16 MP. Para aprovechar todos los MP de ese sensor hay que escoger el formato 3:4 (Alta), que nos deja las anheladas fotos a 64 MP, aunque los resultados son menos interesantes de manera global que las adaptadas a 16 MP.

El HDR, que puede seleccionarse solo desde las opciones generales de la cámara y no desde la pantalla principal, hace un buen trabajo pero ya sobre un rango dinámico amplio.

Cuando pasamos a hacer fotos con poca luz con el sensor principal, la calidad global decae en nitidez (aunque ruido contenido) y el modo noche, con efecto controlado y nada exagerado, puede ayudarnos pero a veces a costa de añadir una nitidez que resulta artificial.

Una grata sorpresa del Samsung Galaxy A71 la hemos encontrado en el objetivo gran angular. Son imágenes de 12 MP con una buena nitidez y nivel de detalle, sin grandes errores que nos dificulten tomar fotografías con esta cámara. Su activación es directa en la interfaz y el cambio, rápido.

Por la noche, con poca luz, los resultados del gran angular ya no son tan destacables, especialmente por la pérdida de detalle, y conviene recurrir también al modo noche en ciertas situaciones más complicadas.

El tercer sensor por importancia en este Samsung Galaxy A71 es el dedicado a la profundidad y con ello destacar especialmente en el modo retrato. La tolerancia de este modo de disparo, llamado enfoque selectivo, es amplia, y Samsung nos permite gestionar la cantidad de desenfoque de fondo, la cual posteriormente podremos alterar. Sin que el desenfoque de fondo sea especialmente notable, el corte entre planos sí que es bastante preciso.

El cuarto y último sensor es el que más nos ha sorprendido por su presencia. El modo macro no es un habitual en los smartphones cuando depende de un sensor para él solo, pero en este Galaxy A71 así ha querido Samsung que sea. Si es un tipo de fotografía que sueles hacer, te gustará porque ofrece buenos resultados aunque hay que ser muy preciso con la distancia de enfoque, que está a unos 3 cm del objeto.

El sistema de cámaras del Samsung Galaxy A71 se complementa con un gran sensor para la cámara secundaria. Los 32 MP tiene su propio modo en el disparo con la cámara selfie pero por defecto las imágenes que obtendremos son de 12 MP.

El Samsung Galaxy A71 permite la grabación de vídeo con calidad 4K, aunque en ese modo, complementado por el de 1080p, no está disponible uno de los extras interesantes de este terminal: la estabilización de vídeo. El modo de vídeo replica los pros y contras que hemos visto en el modo de fotografía, tanto para los vídeos en condiciones de luz favorables como las escenas nocturnas.

las siguientes muestras están grabadas en 4K, 1080p y cámara lenta respectivamente, 1080p sin estabilizar y estabilizado, y a continuación, 4K y 1080p pero de noche.

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El smartphone más ambicioso (y caro) de la gama media de Samsung es una digna evolución de la familia A que poco a poco se va consolidando como una opción a tener en cuenta si nos gusta el ecosistema Samsung y no queremos/podemos acudir a su gama S.

El Samsung Galaxy A71 presume de una enorme pantalla, de gran calidad como es garantía en estos dispositivos de nivel de Samsung, y un diseño que resulta cómodo y atractivo visualmente aunque queda en el borde de la exigencia del uso de un material más acorde con el precio que pagamos por el equipo.

Esa experiencia alrededor de la pantalla, con un buen rendimiento aunque falto de optimización a nivel de software, la comocidad de uso y una correcta autonomía, contrastan con el nivel global de las cámaras, que se quedan solo en correctas cuando en esta gama/precio, un usuario ya espera ir más allá de lo elemental.

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