- Analysis by KJ David
Samsung(')s 2019 Galaxy A71 is a photography-first smartphone (just like the A51, with which it entered the market) whose biggest pro is a premium four-lens camera that brings to mind Phonerated(')s list of the best phones for photography. Its main lens is a flagship-class 64-megapixel f/1.8-aperture sensor, while the sub-lenses include a 12-megapixel wide angle cam for scenic shots of up to 123 degrees, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.
On the flip side, its cons include a two-cluster eight-core engine that peaks at only 2.2GHz , whereas a lot of the leading eight-core smartphones available at the time of this specs-based review clocked in at over 2.5GHz. Just like the A51, its hardware pros and cons include a passable 6GB RAM and a 128GB native memory , the latter of which could have been doubled to at least 256GB, although it does offer a 512GB memory card slot.
Screen-wise, even though the A71(')s phablet-class 6.7-inch 20:9 Super AMOLED facade is among Samsung(')s widest phone screens when it came out, we cannot help but wish that it went for a QHD-1440p resolution, instead of settling for a 2400 x 1080 (Full HD) sharpness only.
Going back under the hood, the Galaxy A71 feeds off a 4500mAh battery infused with a 25W fast-charging system. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner as well as the Samsung KNOX security software.
Another thing that could make a difference is its 32-megapixel front-facing camera , which sits right on the display, eliminating the need for a dedicated notch atop the screen. Its color options include Blue and Silver (the fancier official color names were not revealed by Samsung as we were writing this) and it runs on Android 10 out of the box.
So, when it comes to pros and cons, the Samsung Galaxy A71 makes for a solid choice for shoppers looking for a wide-screen photography-first Android.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung A71
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