Hands On: Samsung Galaxy A71 Review
Samsung has stacked smartphones in all price segments from affordable to A-grade. Speaking of A, their A-range of phones, albeit mid-range, packs some serious punch to give you the feel of premium. The latest issue of this series is the Galaxy A71, which was launched earlier this week.
Compared to its predecessor (yup, considering both A70 and A70s), this one brings a better processor, the latest software flair, and a bit different camera suite. All these in a slimmer, lighter and looker profile.
But in a year, the competition has also gotten ferocious. So, even though in-depth scrutiny is required to tell you where this Samsung newbie stands in contrast, here I am with my fresh and raw thoughts after a short stint with the device. In case you are thinking about upgrading, this should help you make your mind.
This is Smartprix’s initial impression of Galaxy A71. Let’s get to it! Uh um, first a glance at the spec-sheet and in-box incumbents:
Samsung Galaxy A71 Specs
|Model||Samsung Galaxy A71|
|Display||6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, FHD+ resolution|
|Processor||Snapdragon 730 octa-core|
|Software||One UI 2.0 (Android 10)|
|Rear Camera||64MP (f/1.8)+ 12MP Ultrawide (f/2.2)+ 5MP depth sensor (f/2.2)+ 5MP Macro unit (f/2.4) quad cameras|
|Front Camera||32MP (f/2.2)|
|Battery||4500mAh, 25W Fast Charging|
|India Price||Rs. 29,999|
Samsung Galaxy A71 Box Contents
- Mobile Phone (Duh!)
- Earphone (Ooh)
- Charging Adapter
- Double-sided USB Type-C cable (Aha!)
- Ejection Pin
- Case (Thank you)
- User Manual
Samsung Galaxy A71 Design and Display
Dayum, in this day and age where every phone is getting big and bulky, this one’s a slim beauty! At just 179g, A71’s easy to pick, carry around and manage with one hand. The flat display, slightly curvy base and the plastic body make it easier to wield.
To the right, you have both the volume rocker and the power key. The buttons are tactile. The left houses a sim cum SD-card tray. At the bottom, there is a mono speaker, USB-C socket and audio jack.
The phone comes in three colors viz Blue, Black and Silver. Ours is the last one. The phone’s refractive surface glimmers a varied array of prismatic colors. A trend well inculcated.
Back to the front, you get a large 6.7-inch expanse with negligible rims and a punch hole. The dark circles around the hole makes it look a tad wider than the one on Note 10+. Yes, it is sAMOLED with FHD+ resolution, and as you get what you expect – pleasing, bright and fairly accurate visuals. There is DRM L1 certification for HD streaming on OTT apps. Even though it skips HDR10, you can still enjoy certain HDR content on Youtube.
You can unlock the phone using Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint scanner. Both are fast but could have been faster.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Performance and Experience
As you unlock the device, you are welcomed by One UI 2.0, Samsung’s software based on Android 10. Our unit had the latest January Security update. It’s good to see such punctuality especially with the TouchWiz days in hindsight. It’s a lively and well-thought-out UI. But it isn’t without shortcomings.
- For starters, upon the first boot, you get a horde of notifications (some persistent) asking you to install apps. Sorry Sammy, I already have about 30+ apps lined up for download on Play Store and Galaxy Store.
- There are minor hiccups while navigating through the UI and scrolling in some apps.
- If only there was an option to tweak the iconography. Nah, the Galaxy Theme store doesn’t cut. Something more granular, please! Overall, the UI could do with a bit more customization options. (Hint: Nova or any other 3rd party launcher)
Rest, I rawr the Android 10 goodies like gesture navigation (which is restricted to default launchers for now. Ugh thank you Google!), force resizable windows, privacy measures, etc.
You get the reliable Snapdragon 730 at the foundation along with 8gigs of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable). In my initial go, the phone carried itself well (save for the aforementioned software hiccups). Be it fast-paced battle royal in Erangel or defying physics and Asphalt-ing, everything was smooth!
More on the frame counts, heat-dissipation, benchmark standings, memory management, etcetera will be tested during the course of my full review.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Camera
Galaxy A71 borrows the 32MP front camera and 64MP primary rear shooter from the Galaxy A70s. The latter uses its proprietary ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor and outs 16MP shots thanks to 4-in-1 pixel binning. Within the camera app, you get an option to ramp the full potential of 64 megapixels. If the photos were straight-up good, this mode slightly boosts the details.
The rest of the quartet includes a 12MP wide-angle, 5MP depth, and a 5MP macro camera. So, compared to its precursor, this one has got a bigger ultrawide sensor, a new macro snapper and FHD slow-mo videos at 960fps.
The camera app offers an easy to sail interface and features a bevy of things to try out. So, I’ll be spending more time with the A71 optics before I pass on our verdict. Here are a few samples for the time being.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Camera Samples
Samsung Galaxy A71 Audio, Battery and Connectivity
The basic ingredients of a mobile audio experience are here for sure like the 3.5mm jack, a generic earphone (within the box), an average-sounding speaker unit, Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth 5.0 LE and a built-in FM Radio app.
It has the laundry list of sensors and connectivity thingies. I had no trouble hearing over calls through an earpiece as well as Bluetooth earbuds.
Samsung hasn’t recessed on the battery life either. as A71 bears a 4500mAh biggie. You are likely to get a long-mileage as advertised. It comes with a 25W fast charger which tops off the phone in an hour and a half. Decently quick.
Speaking of which, here’s my quick take on the phone.
Samsung Galaxy A71 First Impression
It might or might not come as a surprise to you that the top-selling Samsung phone of Q3 2019 was the Galaxy A10. Other A-series phones had also done well both critically and financially. The reason is also apparent as they bring value without the flagship-y price tag. Having used the A71 for some time, I do see the reason.
The phone has promising internals and refined design DNA. Samsung has somehow managed to keep this mid-range offering packed yet petite. However, just like its form factor, the competition also leaves a slim space for it to shine. Now, an area that can make all the difference is the cameras, something which demands serious testing from our end.
Ergo, your question of whether it has what it takes to be your next buy will be answered soon in our full review. And here goes the phone through the wringer.