Samsung Galaxy A71 review: large screen and many cameras

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Samsung is not going to give the middle segment of the market to the torn young Chinese brands. On the contrary, the company is carefully honing the recipe for an ideal smartphone “for everyone and everyone”. Samsung Galaxy A71 is just one of those. It has everything that customers want: a productive filling, NFC, a lot of cameras and a practical case.

Samsung Galaxy A71

Infinity-O display and practical housing

The screen of the Galaxy A71 received an impressive diagonal of 6.7 inches and a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels. A similar display has already been found in the Galaxy Note10 Lite model, which we recently wrote about. The frames around the perimeter are thin, and the front is inscribed in the hole right at the top of the screen – Samsung calls this Infinity-O solution. Thanks to the Super AMOLED Plus matrix, you can admire the deep black color and rich colors. Color reproduction is easy to change in the settings to your liking. The display is flat, so there will be no problems with the selection and sticker of the protective glass. There is Always On Display function – notifications and time are displayed on the locked panel. The fingerprint scanner is built into the screen, it acts slowly, but the recognition accuracy is high.

The smartphone came to the review in a branded cover. Its feature is work with the aforementioned AoD. When closed, through the window in the front cover you can find out about incoming mail, missed calls or new messages on Facebook. The cover does not need to be opened for this.

Samsung Galaxy A71

The case of the Samsung Galaxy A71 looks glass, but this is only at first glance. Like the Galaxy Note10 Lite, it uses plastic, only stylized as glass. This solution has its advantages: the device weighs 179 grams, which is not enough for its dimensions.

The creators of the phone did not forget about practicality. At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. Yes, and a separate tray for two SIMs and a memory card is an excellent solution.

Samsung Galaxy A71

Many cameras plus stabilization

The main camera of the Samsung Galaxy A71 consists of four modules. The first received a resolution of 64 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.8. The Quad Bayer scheme is used, combining neighboring pixels into one to improve photosensitivity, so the standard shooting resolution is 16 megapixels. The second module is wide-angle, with a resolution of 12 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2. The third lens – 5 megapixels – is responsible for creating macro images. And finally, the last camera is needed to simulate the depth of field in portrait shots. The front camera received a resolution of 32 megapixels and optics f / 2.2.

The quality of shooting with the main lens is high even in difficult lighting conditions. Detailing is good, color reproduction is often close to real. Pleased with the work of HDR, the shadows are well-designed with differences in lighting or lack thereof. However, photos on additional modules do not always turn out to be of high quality. At a wide-angle lens, sharpness drops noticeably at the edges of the frame, and the portrait module sometimes incorrectly determines the boundaries of objects.

Shot in a room where street light is mixed with artificial light from lamps. The colors went a warm shade stronger than necessary, but overall the quality is good
Focus is specified manually. Well-designed lamp, visible small details
Shot on the main camera. Scene recognition function slightly added to the saturation of the picture
Switch to wide-angle lens. With it, even a simple plot can be made much more expressive.
The frame is shot on the main camera lens of the Samsung Galaxy A71. The quality is good, the colors are close to natural
Thanks to the wide-angle camera, it was possible to place several high-rise buildings on the photo at once, without changing the shooting point
So a wide-angle lens can handle indoor shooting
Smartphone automation at every opportunity engages HDR mode. This is not bad: in a cloudy city it’s easier to get a brighter and more expressive shot
The snow structure on the train cabin is clearly visible, the inscriptions are readable. Colors are saturated, but not excessively
Portrait mode has problems shooting objects. This shot is the best of the whole series, in the rest of the pictures the borders of the cup are blurred even more
After shooting in the “Live Focus” mode, you can change the blur effect in the settings. The result looks interesting
An example of a selfie on the front camera. The background is not overexposed, the focal length is good, but there are questions to detail – the structure of clothes and hair is partially lost

In the dark, night shooting mode saves. In the Galaxy A71, it is available not only on the main camera, but also on a wide-angle camera. The implementation is high-quality: the light sources from the lamps and neon signs are well designed, the sharpness is significantly increased.

Although there was heavy snowfall, the camera performed well at night. Distinguishable small building details, lights and lights do not glare
Automation successfully fulfills more complex scenarios. Despite moving objects, the lubrication at night is small
Night mode is also available for wide-angle cameras.

One of the features of the smartphone’s camera is the presence of a proprietary electronic stabilization system. The best effect is achieved when recording on a wide-angle lens in Full HD resolution:

And so the gadget shoots videos in Full HD on the main camera. Electronic stabilization enabled:

The maximum video resolution on the Samsung Galaxy A71 is 4K at 30 frames per second. The clarity is high, but it is no longer possible to programmatically stabilize the picture:

User friendly interface

The smartphone runs on the Android 10 operating system with the One UI 2.0 proprietary shell installed on top. The interface makes a good impression at a glance: large icons, a convenient grouping of settings, a minimum of pre-installed programs. Even the Google Drive app needs to be downloaded if there is a need for it. This approach will be appreciated by fans of a clean shell without visual trash. At the same time, the interface has many useful options. For example, you can turn on the side lighting for notifications, activate a dark theme, set scripts for the side key, set the mode for using the gadget for children, or start recording from the screen. There is an NFC module for contactless payment lovers.

Samsung Galaxy A71

Fast, productive

Some Samsung models operate on the basis of Qualcomm processors, and not on branded Exynos chips. So the Galaxy A71 is equipped with the well-known Snapdragon 730 in combination with the Adreno 618 graphics. The amount of RAM is 6 gigabytes. The filling is typical for the middle price category; it is enough for smooth and quick work in most tasks.

Check the hardware capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy A71 in games. The resource-intensive PUBG offers high picture settings and goes without any problems, although sometimes there are frame skips in battles and delays when loading textures. But in World of Tanks Blitz manages to hack on a maximum chart with stable 60 fps. With most releases, the phone has no difficulties.

Samsung Galaxy A71

What about the battery?

The battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh is responsible for autonomy. The figure is far from a record for a device with such a large screen. However, the Galaxy A71 managed to show itself from the best side. Turning to the numbers, a run in the PCMark Battery Life benchmark with 50 percent brightness set to the eye showed 12 hours and 32 minutes of autonomy. In the video playback test at half the brightness of the display, the phone lasted as long as 20 hours – this is a worthy result. In daily work, the smartphone withstood the day with an optimized power mode. A whole day of communication in two messengers, watching a couple of videos on YouTube, reading news on the Internet, actively taking pictures – and by the end of the day 32% of the charge remained.

New Samsung supports fast charging power of 25 watts. The speed by today’s standards is not a record: the mobile phone charges from 18 to 35% in half an hour. You cannot recharge the battery wirelessly.

Samsung Galaxy A71


Super AMOLED Plus, 6.7 ”, 2400 × 1080, 20: 9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 CPU
GPU Adreno 618
6 GB
128 GB
4500 mAh
main – 64 megapixels (f / 1.8) +12 megapixels (f / 2.2) + 5 megapixels (f / 2.2) + 5 megapixels (f / 2.4), front – 32 megapixels (f / 2.2)
separate slot for 2 SIM and memory card, NFC, 3.5 mm jack, sub-screen fingerprint scanner

Test results

Single-core 544
Multi-core 1775
up to 20 hours of video playback, 12 and a half hours in PCMark Battery Life
Samsung Galaxy A71


Samsung Galaxy A71 is a pleasant device to use. It has a good screen, the main camera takes high-quality pictures, there is enough power reserve for any tasks. It is especially pleasing that the manufacturer did not forget about pragmatism: there is a contactless payment module, a headphone jack and a triple slot for SIM and microSD. The plastic case can be attributed to the pluses: the smartphone is not as heavy and fragile as it might seem.

Savings are, but not significant. There are no stereo speakers and moisture protection, the quality of shooting for additional modules is poor. But this is not a flagship, and competitors with similar hardware are doing the same. The phone turned out to be successful and will suit a wide range of users.

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