The affordable Samsung Galaxy A71 5G gets a US release date and killer T-Mobile deal
Samsung vaguely announced the impending US availability of no less than five Galaxy A-series mid-rangers back in April, and following the 4G LTE-only A51 and A01, the time has finally come to welcome the 5G-enabled A71.
Well, almost, as the 6.7-inch handset is still not technically up for grabs yet stateside, with official sales kicking off at T-Mobile, Sprint, and Samsung.com on Friday, June 19. The Galaxy A71 5G will then become available at later and as-yet-unspecified dates through AT&T and Verizon, as well as unlocked on Samsung's official US e-store and at "additional" carriers.
Specs, features, and recommended pricing
As confirmed more than a couple of months ago, the extra-large and unquestionably beautiful device is priced at a fairly reasonable $599.99 with a 6.7-inch "edge-to-edge" Super AMOLED "Infinity-O" display. That essentially means the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G comes with almost no screen bezels whatsoever, squeezing a 32MP selfie shooter into a tiny centered hole punch and the massive aforementioned panel into a surprisingly compact body.
Said premium-looking body is not made from actual premium glass, mind you, but as far as long-term durability and relative resistance to drops are concerned, combining a plastic back with a metal frame might prove a wiser choice on Samsung's part.
Coated in a snazzy Prism Cube Black hue, the Galaxy A71 5G packs a hefty 4,500mAh battery with 25W Super-Fast Charging support, as well as a more than respectable 6GB RAM count and 128 gigs of internal storage space.
While the "international" Galaxy A71 5G version comes with a Samsung-made Exynos 980 processor under its hood, the US model appears to share Qualcomm's increasingly popular Snapdragon 765G SoC with everything from the LG Velvet to the Nokia 8.3, non-Plus Motorola Edge, and most likely, the upcoming OnePlus Z and Google Pixel 5 as well. So, no, raw speed shouldn't be a problem, although you're obviously not looking at a true flagship here.
Galaxy A51, upgrading the primary shooter to a 64MP count while retaining the 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro lens, and 5MP depth sensor.That might be painfully clear in the imaging performance department, where the 5G-capable A71 is likely to suffer from many of the same shortcomings as the 4G LTE-only
Crazy good deals available from day one
Speaking of the A51, you may want to keep in mind the slightly humbler and smaller 6.5-incher is still set to arrive in a 5G-enabled variant of its own later this summer in case the Galaxy A71 5G doesn't feel affordable enough.
While we're on the subject of extreme affordability, we should mention that T-Mobile has just revealed its killer introductory Galaxy A71 5G deal.
That's right, the handset will be available straight off the bat at a 50 percent discount with a new line of service. You're looking at monthly bill credits amounting to a grand total of $300, which means you'll essentially be paying a measly 300 bucks all in all for a smartphone with low and mid-band 5G support in addition to all those other great specs and features detailed above.
Sprint customers are in for a nice surprise too, being able to score the 5G-equipped Samsung Galaxy A71 at $15 a month on a Flex Lease plan with no down payment required. And you thought the OnePlus 8 5G was cheap.
Obviously, it's not entirely fair to make this comparison against an absolute Snapdragon 865 powerhouse, but the general point stands - this is one heck of a bargain, and the Galaxy A51 5G will be even cheaper.