The new Galaxy A series targets a wider audience than the upcoming flagships and its real competition is the aggressively-priced premium mid-rangers coming out of China.
You can view the Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 as “vanilla” and “plus” models. Both feature Super AMOLED displays with 1080p+ resolution (20:9 aspect ratio) and a centred punch hole housing a 32MP selfie camera.
Around the back, there’s a new dedicated macro camera with a 5MP sensor – macro cams have been gaining popularity recently and allow for some new types of creative shots. It starts with the larger screen – 6.7” vs. 6.5”, though the actual difference in surface area is only about 6%. Besides that, there is a 12MP ultra-wide camera along with a 5MP depth sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy A71, it will be better for gaming, but it has an edge in the camera and battery departments as well. It starts with the larger screen – 6.7” vs. 6.5”, though the actual difference in surface area is only about 6%.
The main camera features a large 64MP sensor. For comparison, the A51 has a 48MP sensor (1/2”) and an f/2.0 aperture. There’s no OIS, but Samsung’s Super Steady feature can stabilize video. Though if you’re the type to shoot video, you should keep in mind that the A51 tops out at 1080p while the A71 offers 2160p/30fps.
The Galaxy A71 also has a more powerful chipset, Snapdragon 730, the Adreno GPU is noticeably faster than what’s in the Exynos 9611 chip of the A51. Both phones have a dedicated MicroSD slot to expand the onboard storage.
However, a bit of difference is the battery – the Galaxy A51 has a 4,000mAh cell that charges at 15W, the Galaxy A71 upgrades to 4,500mAh and 25W. The A71 also has an 8nm chipset (vs. 10nm), so it may have an even bigger battery life advantage than capacity suggests.