Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A80 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy A71 might be a slightly better choice.

Samsung Galaxy A71  Samsung Galaxy A80 
Samsung Galaxy A71 Samsung Galaxy A80
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Excellence Score
58.0
54.3
Value for Money Score
63.7
64.5
Price ₹ 28,999 onwards ₹ 25,994 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Dedicated Macro camera, 5MP: f/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/240fps 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 32MP 48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR Rear Motorized Pop-up Camera used as front Camera, 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 9.3 mmThick
Weight 179 gmMedium 220 gmHeavy
Width 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use 76.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display fingerprint sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Crushingly beautiful 'Prism' design, as soon as the light hits the back, there is a captivating blast of colours - it's a stunning view for sure!
  • It is a pleasure to hold, handle, and use as a daily driver - the frame provides just enough grip to make it secure in hand, while the slim profile helps in keeping it pocket and one-hand friendly
  • It manages to stay quite slim and lightweight (by today's standards) - the Galaxy A71 is just 7mm thin and weighs 179g
  • Absolutely gorgeous, 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with a tiny punch-hole camera and a near bezel-less design - you get vibrant colours and perfect inky blacks, as well as good sunlight legibility
  • Video viewing and gaming experience on the giant display is an absolute delight - as far as media consumption goes, this is simply one of the best phones out there, period
  • Running the Galaxy A71 is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • There are many useful add-ons on board - like gesture navigation, and a great 'dark' mode
  • Samsung Pay makes the cut too, making this the cheapest phone to sport the full version of the payments app, which will be especially useful if your transactions largely rely on card payments
  • Good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 730 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, and super fast UFS storage - everything from daily use to complex games like PUBG is fairly smooth (add that to the ridiculously wide display, and all gamers are in for a treat)
  • Good quad-camera setup on the back with a primary 64MP sensor, a secondary ultra-wide 12MP shooter, a 5MP Macro and a 5MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from primary camera are good - detail is enough, dynamic range is very good, the colours are lively and saturated and the noise reduction works well
  • The new 12MP ultra-wide camera is a notable upgrade over the old 8MP shooter in the Galaxy A70s in both resolution and picture quality - there is more detail, better sharpness, the colours are punchy, and, of course, you can fit a lot more in the frame
  • The Galaxy A71 shoots good portraits, subject detection and separation are very good, and the blur looks just right
  • Low light photos are decent from both primary and ultra-wide cameras and the night mode helps further in getting more light and reducing noise
  • Good video recording performance with good detail levels, including some impressive slow-mo video recording with great stabilisation
  • Good front camera - the 32-megapixel sensor does a good job with nice colours and wide dynamic range, the details are quite good as far as selfie cameras go
  • The bundled in-ear earphones, when paired with Dolby Atmos, makes for a pretty good audio experience
  • The loudspeaker is decent (though not exceptional)
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500 mAh battery - it will comfortably last you a day or more, even with that large display
  • There is also fast charging on-board, with the included 25W charger it takes 81 minutes for a full charge
  • The Galaxy A71 is a good all-rounder and a tangible upgrade over the A70s - the large, beautiful Super AMOLED display + the big battery + Dolby Atmos support - make for an excellent media consumption device
  • High-quality build, metal frame, Gorilla glass front and back
  • Looks great with a large, 6.7-inch uninterrupted display without cut-outs or notches in the front, and a nice glossy glass back
  • Beautiful, immersive, near-bezel-less AMOLED display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy
  • Samsung’s One UI is clean and minimal and a huge improvement over previous Samsung software - it is, as of today, one of the best Android UIs out there
  • Powerful performance backed by the new Snapdragon 730G - everything from daily use to gaming is smooth - gaming performance is even a bit better than the similar Snapdragon 730
  • Good triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor
  • a wide-angle camera
  • and a TOF (time-of-flight) depth sensing camera
  • Photos taken during the day look good, with punchy colors
  • The wide-angle camera also does a decent job with minimal barrel distortion (though details are a bit soft)
  • The TOF sensor helps in producing a more realistic depth-of-field bokeh effect (Samsung’s also developed a video mode that takes advantage of this lens and the results are surprisingly good)
  • These same cameras are of course also used to shoot selfie photos/videos (through a unique pop-up + flipping action) - which means some really excellent selfies (much like the Asus 6Z which also utilizes a common camera set for standard pictures and selfie)
  • Good battery life with a 3700 mAh battery, that can power the device all day with no issue
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • In-display fingerprint sensor is neither the fastest nor the more accurate
  • Having said that, there are certainly even better performing competitors around, like the realme X2 Pro with it's top of the line Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU
  • The 5MP macro camera is average, it has fixed focus so getting the focus right is difficult and the final output isn't that great
  • Overall, for the price bracket, the camera package on the Galaxy A71 is good, but not the best - you will find better camera phones in the competition
  • Having said that, both realme and Xiaomi are bringing meaningful innovation to their phone, be it higher watt charging, smooth display or top of the line performance, things which are not seen in the Galaxy A71 - in their comparison, the Galaxy A71 get a little overshadowed
  • Bulky size
  • Not the most accurate/reliable/fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • No face unlock
  • Having said that, there are many competitors out there from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, and Xiaomi that provide the top-end flagship processors (Snapdragon 855) at this or lower price brackets - so the A80 isn't winning any performance wars
  • Low light images are not that great - the cameras struggle with both noise and poor dynamic range (night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • Video recording is on the jerky side even with stabilization on (and event that stabilization is only available till 1080p)
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism is on the slow side
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism also seems fragile, with some reports of it starting to fail for a bunch of initial users
  • No stereo speakers - many other phones in this price bracket now offer stereo speakers
  • Overall, the A80 seems like an overpriced phone that will tend to struggle to compete with other "budget flagships" from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, Xiaomi, and Huawei - it falls behind on account of not having a flagship processor, overall middling cameras, a fragile selfie camera system, and an iffy in-display fingerprint reader
Expert Reviews
  1. The Galaxy A71 is a tangible upgrade over the A70s... but it's neither cheap nor competitively priced
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy A71 offers everything you're looking for in a mid-range phone in 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Gorgeous display, nifty design at a premium
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Samsung Galaxy A71 does everything as well as its predecessor but hardly brings any true innovations to the table
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  5. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Tough sell
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s not much reason to pick the A80, at its current price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Baffling pricing, considering the competition
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A tad expensive, but the style quotient will steal the show....intended for the lifestyle crowd
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Very likeable and an ideal companion for those who often watch videos and films on their phones...but price is high for the specs on offer, so shop around if your heart isn't set on a Samsung phone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. Hard to recommend the Galaxy A80, given the competition
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. engadget.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  11. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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