Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A71 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB).

Samsung Galaxy A71  Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A71 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
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Excellence Score
57.6
68.6
Value for Money Score
63.2
59.7
Price ₹ 28,999 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1440x3040 pixels (~ 526 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP12
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 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
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 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 32MP 10MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel PDAF; Dual Video Call; 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 179 gmMedium 175 gmMedium
Width 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4100 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
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W 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 Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
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
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and zero bezels - with punch holes for the front cameras
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • The new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor also works well, and even with wet/greasy fingers - plus it's more secure than the 2D optical sensor on the likes of the OnePlus 6T, since it creates a 3D map of your finger
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Brilliant, killer display - the new quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s best display yet and arguably the best smartphone display yet, and absolutely immersive, with its all-screen design
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus’s panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10 Plus is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 5 cameras on the S10 Plus (3 rear + 2 front) pack quite some punch are are easily among the best on any phone available currently - taking the top spots along with the Pixel 3/XL and the iPhone XS/Max
  • The three cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), a 12-MP telephoto lens (f/2.4) with a 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10 Plus can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front cameras are great too, and give you the option of snapping a normal or wide-angle selfie, and you can apply all of the same Live Focus effects when taking portraits - though the overall image comes out a bit too smooth and over-processed compared to the Pixel 3
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Excellent battery life with a large 4100mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops - in battery tests it beats every other major flagship phone in recent times
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10 Plus to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus is easily one of the best Android phones money can buy, with a slick design, a gorgeous display, blazing fast performance, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, further improved cameras and extra-long battery life
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
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus is pretty large, and not really a one-handed phone - you will be shifting the device in your hand as you reach the Recent Apps button on the left side with your thumb (though it's still a bit easier to handle than the iPhone XS, because of being narrower, and lighter)
  • The punch holes for the front cameras can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • Overall, while the cameras on the Galaxy S10 Plus are right up there with the very best, they are still a shade behind the Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, in terms of low-light photography
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is strong competition though - while the S10 Plus is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, brighter display, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you should look at the iPhone XS
  • And if you prefer a easier-to-use-one-handed device, then the Galaxy S10 might be a better suited option
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. We'd happily recommend the Galaxy S10+ if you want the absolute best Samsung has on offer right now
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung wanted to create something remarkable for the Galaxy line's 10th anniversary, and for the most part, it succeeded
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Killer screen, triple cameras and battery life make Samsung's phone a hit
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S10+ continues Samsung's excellent track record as one of the best Android phone makers
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10+ is culmination of 10 solid years of cutting-edge smartphone work, that’s resulted into one of today’s most solid mobile devices
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you’re looking for the best Android phone available today, the S10 Plus is it
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung’s biggest and best phone at the moment..If you're after the do-it-all-smartphone, the Galaxy S10 Plus is for you
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The best Android flagship you can buy right now
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are in the market for a smartphone that stands tall among its peers, then the Galaxy S10+ is the one to pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are sleek, gorgeous, powerful, cutting-edge devices
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Worthy of your money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Galaxy 10 isn’t just a big step forward for Samsung, it’s a giant leap ahead of the competition
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Almost apex
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The closest an Android phone has been, to a perfect 10
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Absolutely sublime
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. The ultimate Android phone is here
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. The best big flagship available
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. We have a new king
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Close to perfection
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  21. The Galaxy S10 family of devices are fantastic phones with high-end features, but there aren't enough things here that are going to make this the must-have phone of the year
    cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
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  30. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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