Samsung Galaxy A71 review
The best of Samsung from £23pm
The Samsung Galaxy A71 has a more than ample 6.7” Full HD+ Infinity-O Display. The screen resolution equals 1,080x 2,400 pixels, and the Infinity-O indicates that there is a small hole in the display for the camera lens.
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Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen technology produces true-to-life colours. The screen fits into a shell that is 7.7mm thick and weighs in at 179g. The body comes in several different pastel colours and these have a dynamic pattern; Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush Blue, and Prism Crush Silver.
Streaming, gaming, and multi-tasking are handled with ease thanks to the fast octa-core 2.2GHz processor with 6GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
Smart Switch and biometric security
The Galaxy A71 is easy to set up with Smart Switch bringing over your existing content, accounts, and passwords. There is a lot of available memory at 128GB, and the microSD card slot (512GB) lets super-users expand this further.
Security lets you take your pick between the on-screen fingerprint sensor and face recognition. There is no doubt that these are premium options, so thank you Samsung.
One UI and a host of features and apps
The Samsung Galaxy A71 uses Samsung’s own One UI user interface, which is based on Android. One UI is fantastic because it brings the interactive elements on the screen to the bottom. This means easy one-handed use where you do not need to stretch to tap buttons etc.
Apps include Samsung Health and Samsung Pay, along with Bixby:
Bixby Vision – This feature uses the camera to translate restaurant menus or to search online, for example, furniture that you see in a shop window.
Bixby Routines – This feature automates many of the processes you might do in your typical day. This might mean turning on Night Mode in the evening to reduce blue light or starting your music when you get in your car.
Samsung Knox is pre-loaded and offers extra security in a world of cyberthreats. The multi-layered security protects against malware and other threats.
Game Booster on the Samsung Galaxy A71 is essentially a dedicated interface and menu, for your gaming experience. Frame Booster smooths out graphics to create life-like motion, while also optimising the battery, memory, and temperature, through pattern learning.
Camera & Video
Samsung goes all out with four camera lenses on the Galaxy A71, which are arranged in an L-shape on the back of the phone. The resolution of the main lens is amazing at 64 MP. The other lenses include:
5MP depth lens – This lens is central to getting professional-like results. Live Focus effects let you add character to your photos with Bokeh Blur blurring the background and reducing unwanted background noise.
5MP macro lens - Capture ultra-fine detail, close up, and add a natural background blur to make the subject pop.
12MP ultra-wide lens – The 128o degree field-of-view is the same view as that of the human eye. In comparison, a standard wide-angle lens only has an 81o degree field-of-view. Samsung has added a bit of AI that recommends the ultra-wide lens when appropriate and the camera automatically switches to this.
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Super Steady Video removes hand shake and even compensates if you are walking or cycling. You can record super high-quality 4K video or record Slow Motion footage at HD resolution.
The 32MP selfie camera on the Samsung Galaxy A71 has selfie focus to gently blur the background.
A full tank that seems to last for ever
The Galaxy A71 from Samsung has a really fantastic battery. The 4.500mAh battery has 25W Super-Fast Charging and provides up to:
- 16 hours internet
- 24 hours video playback
- 107 hours music playback
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Written by: Michael Brown