Continuing with the constant drumbeat to which Samsung is subjecting the mid-range in recent times, the South Korean firm adds one more notch to its catalog this 2020 with the Galaxy A71, a terminal that focuses primarily on the group of users who, within the mid-range, are looking for something beyond the merely essential. With this objective, and that of differentiating itself from the rest of the brand’s proposals, comes a handset that expresses like no other the current spirit of the firm for this segment.We recently spoke of the Galaxy A51 as one of Samsung’s proposals for the content section of the market, and the Galaxy A71 is but its big brother, as was already the case last year with the A50 and A70 models. In this context, there are two facts that can be anticipated and that are fulfilled with the new generation of smartphones: both share several aspects, but also have several points in which they differ enough to make it more worthwhile to bet on one or the other, depending on the profile of each user. They have a lot of similarities because the current strategy of cohesion within the firm demands it, where all – or almost all – the terminals manufactured by the brand have a number of common aspects that make them recognizable to the general public. At a time when there are more and more smartphones from all sorts of brands and manufacturers, those with the Samsung logo printed on them can still be differentiated from the rest more or less clearly by their aesthetics. It was one of the intentions of the brand when it announced that it would give more weight to its mid-range and that it would even bring features to this market segment before its flagship phones. A cohesive look and feel across the board and its portfolio to deliver a better experience, which in the case of the Galaxy A71 is clearer than ever.
Galaxy A71: more of everything
Of the Samsung Galaxy A71 it should be noted that, what you will notice first, is that it differs from its little brother in a notoriously palpable fact: the size. If the company’s terminals are already used to not being too restrained in dimensions, in this case it was not going to be less. Its front houses a AMOLED panel of 6.7 inches with no more interruption than the hole in its upper part, drilled to allow the housing inside of the camera intended for selfies. A well-calibrated screen, with a small “chin” in its lower area, which is perfect for the consumption of videos or any type of multimedia content, both in terms of size and quality. And while it is true that this is not a small smartphone, it is no less true that both the finishes and its overall weight make it not uncomfortable to hold and even to use with one hand. Without being, naturally, the most compact on the market, the overall feel it manages to offer is certainly good in general terms. This is helped by the fact that the frame (where we can find a 3.5 millimeter jack connector and a USB Type-C port at its bottom) is made of plastic, as well as its back. In the latter, only one element stands out: its quad-camera module, very similar to that of the A51 but whose main sensor increases to 64 megapixels.
The photographic section continues to be, as it has been in recent times, one of the fundamental pillars when focusing attention on the construction – and subsequent marketing – of smartphones. It is exemplified in the Galaxy A71 with its four rear lenses, which allow you to take pictures in wide angle, with a macro mode or with better depth thanks to a sensor dedicated to it exclusively. There is, however, no telephoto lens that provides optical zoom to take enlarged shots without losing detail along the way. The Galaxy A71’s photographic configuration is as follows: Front:
- 32 MP f/2.2
- Main: 64 MP f/1.8
- Wide-angle: 12 MP f/2.2
- Macro: 5 MP f/2.4
- Deep: 5 MP f/2.2
Broadly the same as seen in its smaller sibling. The overall performance is good and the options to play with to get pictures are multiple, in an exercise to give the user as many tools as he needs to get the best shot at a given time. Still, Samsung’s treatment and processing make the colors obtained, especially in people or warm areas, somewhat different from what one sees in reality. This is a house style that one is more than used to, but it is still relevant, especially if one comes from a smartphone from another manufacturer. https://phonireview.com/wp-content/uploads/620f47bb5bce5.jpg https://phonireview.com/wp-content/uploads/620f47c2d90f0.jpg https://phonireview.com/wp-content/uploads/620f47cb4d1aa.jpg Despite the above, it is a camera that does not disappoint and that, for the mid-range of the market, manages to give a good balance between quality and shooting options. In low light situations is where it suffers a little more, especially in the wide angle, but a measured use of this -and together with the night mode- should solve the problem in most cases. https://phonireview.com/wp-content/uploads/620f47d24bd6f.jpg
A smartphone for all day
If we talk about user experience with the Galaxy A71 is necessary to highlight one of the aspects that, for some reason, were not present in the Galaxy A51 at the time we could test it in Hipertextual. It is that error in the fluidity of the device, by which the animations and transitions between applications offered a response that sometimes was not optimal. In this model, internal improvements, in the form of Snapdragon 730 (although it is not the latest Snapdragon 765) and 6 or 8 GB of RAM – depending on the model-, make an appearance, resulting in greater fluidity and speed. To have an almost perfect day-to-day with the device contributes greatly its 4,500 mAh battery, which will be more than enough to reach the end of the day without having to go through the charger even if the day has been demanding. The bigger the device; the bigger the battery -or so it should be-, and Samsung has made remarkable use of this quality in the Galaxy A71, which also enables fast charging at 25W. Despite all the above, and the fact that the quality of the Galaxy A51 is sufficiently superior to recommend its purchase, it is still possible to miss some improvements to the Galaxy A71. Chief among them, a faster fingerprint reader. It has become a recurring plea, but it is essential that the unlocking of the device, if you bet on a method such as including the sensor under the screen, does not worsen the experience that was being achieved so far. Again, in this case it is so, being somewhat slower and erratic than that of terminals of its most direct competition. To ask, it would have been nice to also find a certain rating of resistance to dust and water, for what may happen in the daily use of the terminal; as well as a stereo speaker. The reason remains the same as always: in a smartphone very focused on multimedia consumption and with a screen that lends itself to it, getting a more powerful result in the sound section never hurts.
Overall, the Galaxy A71 is a good device that reaffirms that Samsung is on the right track with the Galaxy A range. With a careful design, features that make it competent in the current market and, most importantly, a daily use experience that leaves good feelings, whoever buys it will not be disappointed with what the terminal offers. To begin with, it is possible that the initial price of it may be an obstacle when measured against rival smartphones, but its fluctuations will soon make it not be too much of a problem.