In this Samsung Galaxy A71 review, I will tell you about the pros and cons of this phone and I will tell you everything else that you need to know.
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Samsung Galaxy A71 Introduction:
This is Samsung’s second mid-range phone for 2020, the Galaxy A71 is the successor to last year’s Galaxy A70.
The Galaxy A71 is a beautiful bezel-less phone that has an attractive display screen with a punch-hole camera at the top of the display screen and four cameras on the back.
This phone comes with the Android 10 operating system with One UI on top. The punch-hole camera on the Galaxy A71 is smaller than the notch on the Galaxy A70.
The Galaxy A71 also has a higher count camera, newer processor, newer Android operating system, and One launcher.
This phone does not have an official IP water resistance rating, so it’s not waterproof, none of the phones in the Galaxy A line are waterproof.
Nevertheless, the Galaxy A71 comes with a massive 4,500 mAh battery and fast charging technology.
This phone features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, this processor is known to perform well in the new mid-range phones. So if you enjoy gaming on your phone, you will appreciate this phone.
The Galaxy A71 features a 64MP camera which is becoming more popular in the Smartphone industry and there is also a 5MP macro camera.
The smaller punch-hole at the top of the display screen is much appreciated, however, an HDR10 certification would have been icing on the cake.
It would have been nice if the macro camera had an autofocus feature because it’s not very useful without it, nevertheless, this phone has quite a few great things going for it.
What’s Inside The Samsung Galaxy A71 Box?
- The Phone
- 25W charger
- USB-C cable
- SIM ejection pin
- A pair of in-ear Samsung headphones
Samsung Galaxy A71 Design:
The Galaxy A71 comes equipped with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen that’s made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the frame and the back panel of the phone are made from polycarbonate.
The display screen has 1080p resolution with rounded corners.
The teardrop notch from the Galaxy A70 has been replaced with a punch-hole 32MP camera that’s slightly smaller.
The display screen on this phone is flat, it doesn’t have the curved edges that we normally see on premium Samsung Phones.
There’s an ambient light sensor that’s located under the display screen and the earpiece speaker grille is nicely engraved between the bezel and the display screen, so it’s difficult to see it.
There is no LED notification, however, the Galaxy A71 offers the Always-On Display feature. However, enabling this feature will negatively affect your battery life.
For authentication, there is an optical fingerprint scanner that’s built into the display screen. This is not the fastest fingerprint scanner by any means but it manages to get the job done.
The Galaxy A71 is available in black, blue, silver, and pink. When you turn the phone over, the back panel of the phone looks and feels like glass because it has a nice gloss to it and when it comes in contact with direct sunlight you will see a variety of colors and shades.
There’s a quad-camera setup on the back panel of the phone, and there’s a little bit of a camera bump as a result of this.
Nevertheless, these cameras consist of a primary camera, an ultrawide camera, a macro camera, a and depth-sensing camera, and of course, there’s an LED flash.
The glossy plastic frame that holds the Galaxy A71 together is not slippery as you would expect it to be with the glossy finish that it has.
Located on the left edge of the phone there’s a tri-card tray for two SIM cards as well as a memory card.
On the right edge of the phone are the volume buttons and the power button, on the bottom edge of the phone is the 3.5mm headphone jack, the USB-C port, and the speaker grill.
The Galaxy A71 is a big phone, however, it’s relatively thin and lightweight, the dimensions of this phone are 163.6 mm x 76 mm x 7.7 mm and it weighs 179g. So it’s a little thinner and lighter than its predecessor from last year.
The Galaxy A71 is a nicely designed phone and it’s extremely easy to handle.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Display Screen:
The display on the Galaxy A71 is the same as the display screen on the Galaxy A70. However, the Galaxy A70 has a teardrop-shaped notch that houses the selfie camera while the Galaxy A71 has a punch-hole design.
This phone features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen that has rounded corners and a punch-hole camera selfie camera.
The resolution of the display screen is 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and it has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a pixel density of 393ppi.
This display screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, there is no HDR10 certification so you will not be able to watch premium HDR content.
The display screen is relatively bright, it maxes out at 410 nits of brightness, but the Adaptive Brightness feature can increase the brightness up to 515 nits.
The color reproduction on this display screen is excellent, the Galaxy A71 accurately reproduces different colors depending on the content and the display mode that’s selected.
Android 10 And One UI 2
The Galaxy A71 is Samsung’s second phone that uses Android 10 out of the box along with Samsung’s latest custom One UI 2.0 on top.
It’s great that the newer model phones are being released with the latest software. One UI 2.0 isn’t much different from the original One UI.
The Galaxy A71 comes with Edge screen, before the release of this phone, this feature was previously reserved for the flagship phones.
It was usually presented with the curved edge display screens but things have changed.
The Edge screen and all the features that come with it have made their way to the flat-screened Galaxy A71.
Edge panels is a customizable feature that gives you quick access to actions, tools, apps, and more, you can access this feature with one swipe from the side.
You have the ability to choose what side the handle will be located on, and you can adjust the position along the edge of the phone.
You will also find a feature called Edge lighting in the Edge screen sub-menu. This is a feature that gives you the ability to light up various types of peripheral glow notifications, there are lots of options and styles to choose from.
Gesture navigation is also available on the Galaxy A71, you can choose between the brand new One UI 2 set of actions or you can choose the original One UI gesture navigations instead.
The One UI 2 is very much like the native Android 10, if you swipe-in from either side for ‘Back’ and swipe-up from the bottom for the task switcher or Home.
With the original One UI’s gestures, you must swipe up from three different areas on the bottom of the display to accomplish what the buttons on-screen before them used to do.
If you prefer not to deal with gestures, then you can use the standard on-screen nav bar instead.
The Galaxy A71 also has a Dark mode which uses the skins from One UI 2 in black and shades of dark grey, this mode also uses the dark modes of the apps that are supported by it.
This includes the in-house apps as well as the Google suite. When it comes to biometrics, the Galaxy A71 has an optical fingerprint scanner as well as a camera for face detection, but this is a basic camera.
As I stated earlier in this review, the fingerprint scanner on this phone isn’t the fastest, but it gets the job done.
I like the look and feel of One UI 2 because it creates a good user experience.