Whatever the rest of 2020 brings, one thing is for sure: Samsung really wants you to buy a 5G phone. After launching the all-5G Galaxy S lineup earlier this year, Samsung will start selling the A71 5G on Thursday at a starting price hundreds of dollars lower than the cheapest S20.
The Galaxy A71 is one of the first phones to use the Snapdragon 765G processor, which is a lower cost alternative to the expensive 865 powering flagship Android 2020 phones. Qualcomm’s latest mid-range system will deliver significantly more speeds over last year’s 700 series phones with better energy efficiency. And just like the non-5G A71 was released in the international market earlier this year, the rest of the specs aren’t too bad either:
- Size: 6.39×2.97×0.31in
- Display: 6.7 inches Full HD + OLED
- Processor: Snapdragon 765G
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Front camera: 32MP
- Rear camera (quad): 64GB wide + 12MP ultra wide + 5MP macro + 5MP depth
- Battery: 4500mAh
It’s basically a cheaper Galaxy S20 + with a lower resolution display and a slower processor that’s half the price. And you get a new design, too, with a beautiful two-tone back cover, just like the old Pixel phones. It doesn’t seem to have wireless charging, though, even though it offers 25W fast charging with the included power adapter.
But the real benefit is the 5G modem. Since it’s built into the chip, the battery life will be decent and the mobility speeds will be great, at least when they’re available. Currently, the A71 5G is exclusive to T-Mobile and Sprint, so it only supports sub 6Ghz network. T-Mobile’s 5G coverage, however, is much wider than Verizon’s, so Samsung is clearly making a game of popularity. Samsung says the phone will come to Verizon and AT&T “later this summer”.
The Galaxy A71 will be available for purchase starting Friday, June 19 at T-Mobile and Sprint stores and Samsung.com for $ 600.