THE Galaxy A71 is one of the last steps before the most expensive cell phones in the Samsung. It has the main features of a premium smartphone, such as a huge 6.7-inch screen, a large battery with fast charging and a domino lens on the rear, which includes a 64 megapixel camera with a wide aperture lens.
With retail prices of around R $ 2,000, the Galaxy A71 can represent a great savings compared to cell phones of the S and Note lines. But is it really a good buy? Do the cameras take quality photos? And performance? I’ve tested Samsung’s premium intermediary in the past few weeks and count my impressions in the next few minutes.
Galaxy A71 video review
Design and canvas
Of course, the Galaxy A71 has no metal frame or glass back as in the most expensive models, but Samsung did a good job of finishing the product. Even though it is almost all plastic, the design of the device makes a good impression, with everything well fitted, minimal edges around the screen and a beautiful pattern on the back, which reflects the light in a peculiar way and is very elegant in white.
The back with curved sides and the thin thickness helps with the grip, but does not work miracles on a cell phone so large that it is designed to be used with both hands always. The positives are due to the headphone jack, which remains firm here, in addition to the triple tray, which holds two operator chips and a memory card at the same time.
The Galaxy A71’s 6.7-inch screen has a 20: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels. The Super AMOLED Plus panel is only interrupted by a hole for the front camera, which is almost as small as that of the Galaxy S20. An optical fingerprint reader is hidden under the display and is quick to unlock the device.
I smiled when I looked at the Galaxy A71 screen for the first time because we finally reached the level where it is impossible for a normal person to point out defects on the screen. Yes, the brightness is a little weaker than on the most expensive Samsung phones and you lose the HDR10 +, but the view in the sun is excellent, the black is perfect, the volume of colors is great and the definition is impeccable.
The Galaxy A71 runs Android 10 with One UI 2.0, which puts the software experience on a par with the brand’s latest flagships. It is not new that I consider Samsung’s personalization the best on the market today, especially because of the positioning of the screen elements, well thought out for large cell phones; is a look with its own identity and better than Google’s pure Android.
Samsung’s software comes with a significant amount of pre-installed applications. In addition to the standard Google package, Samsung has the Galaxy Store, the personal assistant Bixby (still not supporting Portuguese while I was doing this review), its own browser and integration tools with other brand electronics, such as the Galaxy Wearable and the SmartThings. The partnership with Microsoft continues, as do the Office, OneDrive, Outlook and LinkedIn apps on Galaxy phones.
A novelty is the Edge Screen, which shows shortcuts to various applications and tools when you slide your finger from the edge of the screen. This feature came up on Samsung’s most expensive phones with a curved screen, and it’s nice to see that it’s gaining ground in the more affordable models. Other software features are the Samsung Pay payment system via NFC and the FM radio (unlike the Galaxy A51, the most expensive model does not have a digital TV).
I don’t know how far we are going to stop, but the Galaxy A71 has four cameras on the back. The main one has a resolution of 64 megapixels and comes with an ultrawide of 12 megapixels, a 5 megapixel macro camera and a depth sensor for the Dynamic Focus effect, which allows you to adjust the background blur after taking the photo.
The quality of the photos with the main camera is good. Brightly lit, the Galaxy A71 delivers photos with wide dynamic range, balanced exposure and great definition. The colors are very saturated and impress the eyes, but without reaching the point of disturbance. With ultrawide, the definition is slightly affected outside the center of the image, but the rest of the qualities remain.
In the dark, night mode manages to maintain good definition and color saturation without increasing both noise, both on the main camera and on the ultrawide. The balance in the exhibition pleases me a lot, even more in a smartphone that is not a top of the line. Only the sharpening filter, to increase the impression of sharpness, is a little too much, creating hard edges around objects.
And the 5 megapixel macro camera works well, see? It only shows its power when it gets very close to the subject in the photo, with a distance of three or four centimeters. Despite not having such a good dynamic range, it is a nice feature to record details that would not be possible with a standard lens.
Selfies are captured by the 32 megapixel camera and are of good quality. The definition is great, the colors please and the background blur feature is good, forgetting a few strands of hair in the middle, but making a cut until needed. My only criticism is due to the reinforcement in the contrast, which sometimes seems to me exaggerated, hiding information and darkening some color tones too much.
Hardware and battery
Inside, the Galaxy A71 is equipped with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of space and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 octa-core processor. It is a good set in theory that has proved to be very efficient in practice. The animations of the system were fluid at all times, the applications opened quickly and even heavy games ran with a good frame rate and great graphic quality.
Perhaps the most immediate comparison is with the Galaxy S9, which has been on the market for two years, but continues to be sold and has a similar price. Samsung’s top of the line 2018 has a superior chip, the Snapdragon 845, so it may be a better option for games or for those who want performance above all else, but perhaps the top-of-the-line experience is worse for another reason: battery, which on the Galaxy A71 is sensational.
The Galaxy A71’s battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh and lasts a long time, despite the huge screen. In my quarantine pattern, with three hours of video playback on Netflix, one hour of web browsing and 30 minutes of Asphalt 9, always on Wi-Fi and with maximum brightness, the battery went from 100% to 64%, which is a very good result and indicates that the Galaxy A71 should be able to withstand a whole day with free time for most people.
With a good battery life, the 25-watt charger was not even necessary, but it can be a quick help for those who play a lot on the phone or forgot to charge the device last night. Starting at 1% load, the plug adapter took only 1h24min to reach 100%.
Galaxy A71 worth it?
Valley. The Galaxy A71 delivers a great set without charging as high a price as a top of the line. It is that smartphone that falls above the magical category that I call “good enough for most people”. Samsung built a balanced device, which may not impress, but it doesn’t disappoint at all.
The performance of the Galaxy A71 is consistent, without gagging and sufficient even to enjoy playing. The screen is one of the best you’ll find on a device in this price range, with impeccable definition and great brightness and contrast ratios. Cameras take good pictures and even deal with the dark. And the battery is one of the strong points, with good life and fast charging.
The launch price of R $ 2,799 was very high, but the device won so many discounts at retail that it became interesting, below the range of R $ 2 thousand at the time of publication of this review. The value is significantly below the Galaxy S10 and even the Galaxy S10 Lite, but the quality is not reduced in the same proportion, which made the cost-benefit very attractive.
Samsung Galaxy A71
- Long-lasting battery that charges fast
- Performance consistency
- Convincing design and finish
- Well-designed interface
- Big screen with impeccable quality
- I don’t know, it could have protection against water, right?
- Wireless charging would be good too
- Screen: 6.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus, Full HD + (2400 × 1080 pixels), 20: 9 aspect ratio, Infinity-O notch
- Processor: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 up to 2.2 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB
- Storage: 128 GB, microSD support up to 512 GB
- Rear cameras:
- main: 64 megapixel, f / 1.8
- depth: 5 megapixel, f / 2.2
- macro: 5 megapixel, f / 2.4
- wide angle: 12 megapixel, f / 2.2
- Frontal camera: 32 megapixels, f / 2.2
- Drums: 4,500 mAh, 25 W fast charging
- Operational system: Android 10 with One UI 2.0 interface
- Connectivity: USB-C, connection for headphones, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0
- Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, brightness, compass, fingerprints on the screen
- Dimensions: 163.6 x 76 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 179 g