Introduction

The Galaxy A71 5G made its debut in mid-June 2020, roughly six months after the LTE-only Galaxy A71 had hit the scene. And although both smartphones are very similar on the most part, the newer Galaxy A71 5G has a different chipset to facilitate the next-gen network technology.

Interestingly, the Galaxy A71 5G comes in two flavors depending on which 5G network it’s supposed to be tied to. Verizon’s model received special treatment and it’s called the Galaxy A71 5G UW to reflect the internal hardware changes made to support the carriers Ultra Wideband 5G network. But regardless of whether or not it carries the UW suffix, the Galaxy A71 5G is Samsung’s most powerful non-flagship 5G-enabled phone to date – at the time of release.

Design

On the most part, the Galaxy A71 5G looks very much like the LTE-only model. It has a similar L-shaped quad camera setup and similar overall dimensions, but it’s not a carbon copy of the earlier model.

Samsung had managed to make the Galaxy A71 5G’s top and bottom bezels – as well as its profile – a bit thinner, even though the Super AMOLED Plus display has the same dimensions as before. The Galaxy A71 5G measures 162.5 x 75.5 x 7.1mm and weighs 185 grams.

To make it easier for customers to differentiate between the LTE and 5G Galaxy A71 at a glance, the latter variant features a different color pattern. It’s a two-tone color combination called Prism Cube instead of Prism Crush. Depending on the market, the Galaxy A71 5G can be acquired in Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube Blue, and/or Prism Cube Silver.

The Galaxy A71 5G has an Infinity-O display design and it carries the side key and volume rocker on the right edge.

Specifications

Once again, the Galaxy A71 5G shares many hardware characteristics with the LTE Galaxy A71, but instead of the Snapdragon 730 SoC, the 5G model carries the Exynos 980 chipset coupled with a Mali-G76 MP5 graphics chip. On the other hand, the Galaxy A71 5G UW for Verizon is equipped with the Snapdragon 765G SoC and an Adreno 620 GPU.

The Galaxy A71 5G has 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD by up to 1TB. The phone features an in-display fingerprint sensor and it’s equipped with a USB-C port as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.

Other specs include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC connectivity. The internal components rely on a 4,500mAh battery rated for up to 15 hours of internet usage time over LTE. The unit benefits from 25W fast charging.

Display

The Galaxy A71 5G has the same display as the LTE model. It’s a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus panel with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9.

The panel has an Infinity-O cutout in the center and it’s flat, unlike the curved ‘edge’ displays that have been employed by many of Samsung’s flagship phones over the past few years.

Camera

Samsung has fitted no fewer than four cameras on the back of the Galaxy A71 5G. The quad setup consists of a 64MP wide sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide f/2.2 unit, a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens, and a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor.

The rear-facing combo is capable of recording videos at resolutions of up to 3840 by 2160 at 30 frames per second. It can also record slow motion videos at up to 480fps. On the other hand, the Infinity-O center cutout accommodates a generous 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

Software and Features

The Galaxy A71 5G ships with Android 10 out of the box, meaning it will be eligible for two major Android OS updates up to Android 12. Software features include the Bixby Virtual Assistant as well as Bixby Routines, but the phone lacks support for DeX.

Availability

Samsung first released the Galaxy A71 5G in mid-June 2020. The phone was initially launched in the USA through mobile carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, but it was later adopted by both AT&T and US Cellular. Verizon’s Galaxy A71 5G UW is scheduled to hit the shelves by the end of the summer. In the USA, the device carried a launch price of $599.

The Galaxy A71 5G was also released in Thailand in July for the price equivalent of $630. Availability continues to expand into additional markets.

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