UPDATE: As promised, the powerful Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW is now up for pre-order on Verizon's official website starting at $15 a month with a new line of unlimited service. That amounts to an almost unbelievably affordable $360 after 24 monthly installments and a $289.99 discount reflected in bill credits offered for the duration of your two-year "contract."
But believe it or not, you can save an additional $150 in the form of an e-gift card sent within 8 weeks of your order if you port in an existing phone number from a different carrier. Meanwhile, Samsung's official US e-store can bring the $649.99 MSRP of the Verizon-exclusive Galaxy A71 5G UW variant down to as little as $479.99 with an eligible device trade-in, which is definitely better than nothing but still far from what we'd call an earth-shattering launch promotion.
Keep in mind that the "Prism Bricks Black" handset is scheduled to start shipping on July 16, and some of Verizon's introductory deals could expire at that point. Our original story follows below.
The race for who can sell the cheapest 5G-enabled smartphone is on, and although it doesn't look like the Galaxy A71 will be able to compete with the OnePlus Nord, Moto G 5G Plus, TCL 10 5G, or the company's own Galaxy A51 5G and A42 5G variants, the upper mid-range 6.7-inch device is set to become Verizon's most affordable Ultra Wideband soldier in just a few days.
Expected out for a couple of months now, the aptly named Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW is officially official today, looking at a July 16 commercial debut following a pre-order start this Thursday, July 9. Priced at $649.99, the mmWave-equipped version of the Snapdragon 765G value flagship exceeds the MSRP of the low and mid band-only model available on T-Mobile and AT&T by 50 bucks.
Incredibly enough, that small premium covers the extra support for improved download speeds on Big Red's super-limited 5G Ultra Wideband network, as well as a nice upgrade from 6 to 8 gigs of RAM. And yes, unlike the Galaxy S20 5G UW variant, the A71 5G UW also retains the microSD card slot of non-UW configurations.
In case you're wondering, Verizon's Galaxy A71 is a solid $150 more affordable than the OnePlus 8 5G UW, although the latter packs a significantly faster Snapdragon 865 processor while sporting a smoother 90Hz 6.55-inch AMOLED display too. For what it's worth, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G does offer a little bit of additional screen real estate while adopting a premium (ish) design of its own.
It's important to point out that the budget-friendly 5G handset comes with an (arguably pretty) plastic back, as well as a large 4,500mAh battery under its hood and a grand total of four rear-facing cameras including a 64MP primary shooter.
If you hurry, you can also get multiple decent Galaxy A71 5G UW deals, starting with a monthly installment discount from $27.08 to a measly $15 online and $20 in brick and mortar stores. You'll need a new line of service on a Premium Unlimited plan to take advantage of that particular offer, while existing customers can shave up to $250 off the phone's retail price by trading in an eligible device. Finally, all official cases and screen protectors will be available at a 25 percent markdown during the pre-order period, i.e. between July 9 and 16.