In the last couple of years, Samsung has stepped up its game on the mid-range smartphones front, revamping its Galaxy A series for more budget-oriented consumers. Of all the smartphones in the Galaxy A series, though, none have stood out as much as the Galaxy A71 5G. With a price tag of $350, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is the company’s top-end mid-range handset, and with good reason.
To provide some context, Samsung first revamped the Galaxy A series back in 2019, with the introduction of the Galaxy A20, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy A70, followed by the innovative Galaxy A80 and flagship Galaxy A90 5G. However, given their higher price tags, both the Galaxy A80 and A90 5G didn’t receive successors, allowing Samsung to focus on the other more accessible handsets. What followed in 2020 was the Galaxy A21, A41, A51, and A71. But as the 5G trend took center stage in 2020, the demand for 5G-enabled smartphones grew, and out of that demand came one of the best, if not the best all-round phone in Samsung’s arsenal, the Galaxy A71 5G.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is powered by the Exynos 980 SoC or the Snapdragon 765G chipset if you go for the Ultra-Wideband version. The device sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus panel with a Full HD+ resolution. The phone also packs a 64-megapixel primary camera sensor with an f/1.8 aperture paired with a 12-megapixel ultrawide shooter, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. On the front, the hole-punch cutout houses a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. The Galaxy A71 5G also boasts a 4,500 mAh battery with a 25W fast charging support.
While the Galaxy A71 5G may not look like much on paper, it offers the best bang for the buck of any Galaxy phone in general, without compromising on the overall experience. Apart from the lack of an IP rating, the Galaxy A71 5G offers all the utility of the Galaxy S21 at nearly half the price. From the 5G chipset to a vibrant AMOLED display, the Galaxy A71 5G is more or less the complete package. Then there is the fact that both the Exynos 980 SoC and Snapdragon 765G are capable of handling any game easily with only a little compromise on graphics. Both chips can also handle multi-tasking quickly and easily.
The 4,500 mAh battery can easily hold out for a full day with plenty of screen-on time, while it also includes a fast-charging adapter in the box, unlike the flagship Galaxy S21. The A71 5G can also record video in 4K resolution (At 30fps rather than 60fps) on both the front and rear cameras. Sure, camera quality may fall short of the flagship Galaxy S21, but in bright outdoor light or with enough ambient light at night, the Galaxy A71 5G will deliver solid results on the main 64-megapixel sensor. All things considered, the Galaxy A71 5G seems like a watered-down Galaxy S21. What makes the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is the best all-round smartphone in Samsung’s lineup is its ability to compromise so little for nearly half the price of the flagship Galaxy S21.