Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A71 5G last month and said that it would be coming to the US soon. The mid-range smartphone only supports sub-6GHz 5G, while Verizon uses mmWave 5G. That makes the South Korean firm’s phone incompatible with Verizon’s 5G network. However, the South Korean firm seems to be working on a new version of Galaxy A71 5G for Verizon’s network.
A new version of the Galaxy A71 5G (SM-A716V) passed through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications. The certification documents mention ‘Galaxy-A71-5g US VERIZON’ as the name of the device. This means that Samsung is most probably working on a version of Galaxy A71 5G that supports mmWave technology. This is similar to how the company released a version of Galaxy S20 5G for Verizon’s network with mmWave 5G compatibility.
mmWave 5G connectivity requires two antenna modules inside the phone’s body, and such antennas are currently found only in high-end and flagship smartphones. Most mid-range 5G smartphones that are being launched by various brands, including Samsung, only support the low-band sub-6GHz spectrum for 5G connectivity and they have comparatively lower data transfer speeds.
The Galaxy A71 5G will be priced at $600 in the US. The phone sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, a 64MP quad-camera setup, and a 32MP selfie camera. It uses the Exynos 980 SoC with 5G connectivity, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and has a microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 10 and comes with an under-display fingerprint reader and a 4,500mAh battery.