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Samsung Galaxy A71 Review: The Premium Midranger

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Compared to other midrange smartphones, premium midrangers gets a more premium price. But that also comes with better camera hardware for videos, better screens, better design, better specs. Pinoy smartphone buyers have high expectations for these phones to justify the higher price tag. So what does the Samsung Galaxy A71’s Php 22,990 price tag meet our expectations? Let’s find out in this review.

Samsung Galaxy A71 specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Adreno 618 graphics
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 1TB
  • 6.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2400 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 64 MP, f/1.8 PDAF
    • 12 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
    • 5 MP, f/2.4, dedicated macro camera
    • 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • 32MP f/2.2 front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 25W fast charge
  • Android 10 with One UI 2.0
  • Price: Php 22,990

HARDWARE

The Ssmsung Galaxy A71 has a premium built. It has a metal frame but a plastic back. Samsung calls this “glasstic” because of its solid and glossy feel but with the durability of a plastic. You wont actually feel its plastic. A shiny chassis means this will attract fingerprints. Simply use the included soft case for added protection.

This is a big phone that houses a tall 6.7-inch AMOLED display. Its quite a challenge to use it with one hand but there are benefits of a large screen. Watching video content and playing games is more enjoyable with a bigger display. Not to mention that Samsung also makes one of the best displays for a smartphone.

SOFTWARE

Powering the device is a a Snapdragon 730G chipset. This is proven to be good workhorse and provides a great gaming experience. This is paired with 8GB RAM. So far overall performance is smooth and no lags.

Samsung’s custom skin, One UI, now on its second version, has come a long way from its previous Touchwiz user interface. We are actually loving One UI and its features. The only thing we think Samsung could improve is their battery optimization. More on that later.

CAMERA

There are four rear cameras which includes a 64MP main camera, a 12 MP ultrawide camera, 5MP macro camera and 5MP depth sensor. The main camera shoots 16MP photos by default through pixel binning. This means it combines individual pixels to make the file size smaller thus maintaining the detail from a 64MP photo. Macro and iltrawide shots are very good too. Night mode has improved a lot compared to last year’s model. The camera id also for aspiring vloggers because video from the main camera has stabilization features so hand held (no gimbal) vodeos are smooth.

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

Based on our past experiences woth Galaxy phones, we are not happy with its network signal and WiFi reception. We normally get weaker network and WiFi signal. Samsung has made the effort to improve this with their new models. Although we think Huawei still has the best in connectivity but the Galaxh A71 has a big improvement. Signal is more stable and that is evident on our apeed test. The improvement also benefits call quality too.

Like we mentioned, Samsung should improve its battery optimizations. With 4,500 mAh battery juicing up the phone, we got over 6 hours of screen on time based on our video loop test. That is no bad though we expect a bit more out of the battery. So we really think should have better power optimization on their next One UI version.

VERDICT

We highly recommend the Samsung Galaxy A71 especially if you are looking for a more premium phone but doesn’t want to spend as much as buying a flagship. It has a great screen, great build, good cameras, stable videos, decent battery life and also support for Android 10 and its next version.