Is Samsung Galaxy A71 Better Than Galaxy A51? A Comparison

Since its launch back in 2014, the Galaxy A series has seen six generations in total till this moment. The youngest generation of Samsung Galaxy A smartphones – which is the 6th – currently comprises 11 devices in total; with the Galaxy A51 and A71 along with their 5G models being the big guns in there. The Galaxy A Quantum is there too but I only see it as the A71’s replica. That’s why I’m writing the Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Galaxy A51 article.

Basically, naming conventions give us an idea of a device’s status on it’s “bloodline”, so you already know that the Galaxy A71 is better than the A51 after all. That, however, is a piece of not-so-interesting information. Except you have an idea of what makes it a better device. That’s what this article aims to address.

Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Galaxy A51
Galaxy A51

Both the Galaxy A51 and A71 were announced in December 2019 but while the former came out a few days after the announcement, the latter wasn’t released till January this year – about 5 weeks after the announcement.

Talking of shape, both phones look alike on the outside – front, sides and back – and are in fact made the same materials (glass front, plastic frame and plastic back). The only visible difference is found in the size. At 6.7-inches, the A71 is 0.2 inch bigger than the A51 which is 6.5 in size.

The difference in size isn’t a big deal in my opinion. Especially since both phones sport the same display features. The difference in size caused a drop in the A71’s pixel density but I doubt it’ll be noticed. They both feature Super AMOLED displays with 1080 x 2400 resolutions and are both protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

These phones are literally chinless (or bezel-less) at the edges and the bottom bezel is reduced to the barest – one of the tiniest we’ve seen to be honest. The display is unhindered except for the punch hole at the center-top which houses the front-facing camera: 32 mega pixels for both phones.

Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Galaxy A51
Galaxy A71

Probably the major difference in these phones appers in the platform on which they operate. Sure enough, they both sport Android 10 with UI made fresh with One UI 2. However, while the Galaxy A51 features the proprietary Exynos 9611 chip which makes use of ARM’s Cortex CPUs, the Galaxy A71 comes with Snapdragon 730 (Global market) and Snapdragon 730G (Philippines) from Qualcomm.

That Qualcomm’s Snapdragons are better than Samsung’s Exynoses is an established fact. One of the reasons for this is because Qualcomm improves on ARM’s Cortexes to produce their Kryo Gold and Silver while Samsung stick with ARM’s CPUs as they were made. Beyond this however, previous users have complained of high temperature on Exynos-powered devices.
Note however, that this depends on how heavy its duties with you are.

The A51’s CPU specs are 4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 while A71’s CPU specs are 2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver. The difference between the Snapdragon 730 and 730G is simply the fact that the latter is clocked higher than the former and it support a higher resolution. Hence, its gaming nature. The A51 and A71 feature Mali-G72 MP3 and Adreno 618 GPUs respectively.

One more area where the A71 shows its superiority is in the battery. While it sports a 4,500 mAh built-in battery along with 25W power delivery fast charging, the A51’s battery is 4,000 mAh and although it features the fast charge tech as well, it’s 10W lower. Neither of these phones support wireless charging nor are they water proof. Keep them away from water as much as possible.

Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Galaxy A51
IMG: Euromoney

Moving on, we have the camera coming next. Both the bigger phone and the smaller phone sport 4 lens each for the rear camera but one has more than the other. For the A51, the lenses are
48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
while for the A71, the lenses are
64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
The only difference is in the main lens and while it may not be a really big deal, it’s not a small deal either.

While both phones have the capacity to record 4K videos at 30 frames per second, the A71 goes further to add 1080p@30/240 frames per second and 1080p@960 frames per second.

For both the A51 and A71, the fingerprint sensors are under the display, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC (market dependent fro A71), FM Radio and USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible connector with OTG support, GSM, HSPA and LTE but no 5G. The 5G models are released separately.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 comes in 4 memory variants which are
64GB + 4GB RAM,
128GB + 4GB RAM
128GB + 6GB RAM
128GB + 8GB RAM
while the Samsung Galaxy A71 come in just 2 memory variants which are
128GB + 6GB RAM
128GB + 8GB RAM
These memories are expandable by use of micro SDCards through dedicated slots provided for that purpose.

These phones are mid-range smartphones and as such are not very expensive. If you love 6.7 inches phones, a huge mega pixel and want a slightly better performance, you can pick the A71’s 6GB + 128GB on Amazon at USD365. If not, you can save $95 dollars and pick the A51’s 6GB + 128GB at USD270 instead. On Jumia though, you can get them at NGN173,000 and NGN135,000 respectively. You can also call or Whatsapp 08147229644 (JosephOlu) to get them from us.

Despite all the specs and features listed above, it all comes down to affordability and choice. Both phones are mid-range smartphones and maybe they’re a bit expensive when compared to some other brands with close specs (the new Infinix Note 7 for instance). But that’s what you get when you buy from Samsung. The prestige and all.

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