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Samsung Galaxy A71 Hands-On, Quick Review: Dawn Of A New Era

We check out Samsung’s new mid-range phone!

Before the highly-anticipated launch of the Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung brought its next-generation Galaxy A series to the Philippines first. The Galaxy A71 is our first look at Samsung’s new design language for its phones, retaining the Galaxy A70’s big screen while adding better hardware in the form of a new camera module and processor.

Galaxy Note 10+, is that you?

The A71’s aesthetic follows that of the company’s Galaxy Note 10+, at least on the front, as the phone uses a centrally-placed punch-hole display housing a 32-megapixel camera. The main difference between the two is that the Galaxy A71 has a flat display and no S-Pen stylus (if you want the stylus, then you should go for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite instead).

In terms of screen real estate, the Galaxy A71 has the same screen size (6.7-inches) and aspect ratio as the Galaxy A70, though it is a matter of preference if the Galaxy A71’s punch-hole display is better than the Galaxy A70’s U-shaped notch.

Like the Galaxy A70, you get an in-display fingerprint scanner, along with a USB-C port and a headphone jack.

Quad camera goodness

On the back, the Galaxy A71 employs the geometrical design found on the Galaxy A50s, giving it a unique look. The biggest change here is the rectangular camera module that houses four cameras: a 64-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and 5-megapixel macro camera.

While the Galaxy A71 gets an additional macro camera and a higher-resolution main camera compared to the Galaxy A70, we have to see if the Galaxy A71’s hardware upgrades translate to better photo and video performance. As far as features are concerned, the Galaxy A71 can record 4K videos for both rear and front cameras. In addition, the rear cameras have a Super Steady Video for improved stabilization.

As for the internals, the Galaxy A71 has 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage just like its predecessor, along with a more powerful Snapdragon 730G processor. The processor is similar to the one found on Galaxy A80, but has a higher-clocked GPU. Battery capacity remains the same with the Galaxy A70 at 4500mAh, along with 25w wired charging.

While we have a rough idea as to how the Snapdragon 730 performs, we still need to put the Galaxy A71 to the wringer to see how it handles popular game titles and how it fares with everyday use. On the software side, the Galaxy A71 comes with Android 10-based OneUI 2.0 out of the box.

The Galaxy A71 retails for Php 22,990. Pre-orders start on February 5, where customers can choose between a JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker or a store voucher worth Php 2,000. Both options come with two months of YouTube Premium.

Samsung Galaxy A71 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED Plus display, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB)
  • Quad rear cameras: 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera; 5-megapixel f/2.4 depth camera; 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera; LED Flash, PDAF, Super Steady Video, Live Video
  • 32-megapixel f/2.2 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging
  • Android 10 with OneUI 2.0

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