Samsung had announced the Galaxy A51 5G and the Galaxy A71 5G for the US market last month. However, the phones haven’t gone on sale yet. Yesterday, it was revealed that the South Korean firm could be developing a custom version of the Galaxy A71 5G for Verizon’s network with support for mmWave 5G. It now appears that the phone could use a Snapdragon SoC instead of Exynos 980.
A new report from XDA Developers claims that the variant of the Galaxy A71 5G that is going to be launched on Verizon’s network could use the Snapdragon 765 processor. This Qualcomm chipset supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz versions of 5G connectivity. It explains how Samsung planned to add mmWave 5G connectivity to the Galaxy A71 5G so that it could work with Verizon’s 5G network.
A database that lists all devices that support Verizon’s online services includes the Galaxy A71 5G with the codename ‘samsung_a71xq.’ The ‘x’ in the phone’s codename means it features 5G connectivity, while ‘q’ reportedly means that it has a Qualcomm chipset. Moreover, the Snapdragon 765 (or the Snapdragon 765G) is the only mid-range chipset from Qualcomm that supports mmWave 5G via an integrated modem.
A variant of the Galaxy A71 (SM-A716U) also appeared in Geekbench’s database with a Qualcomm chipset. Usually, Samsung releases smartphones in the US with the same base specifications, so it is possible that the US unlocked and carrier versions of the mid-range phone would carry the Snapdragon 765 processor as well. It is being reported that the phone would be launched in late June or early July 2020.