Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 hands-on at CES 2020

It’s that time of year again and Samsung’s next generation additions to their mainstream Galaxy A series smartphones, dubbed the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 are slated to land in Malaysia sometime in the near future.

Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71

They’ve already been launched in Vietnam on the tail end of last year but we managed to get a gander at them at CES 2020. Both Samsung phones are now riding a massive charm offensive spearheaded by the likes of BLACKPINK as they have their own unique #danceawesome jingle, complete with hashtags for the Gen-Z crowd along with a unique set of dance moves to go with it.

Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71
The Galaxy A51 and larger Galaxy A71 side by side at CES 2020

There’s not long to wait till both phones launch in Malaysia and Samsung Malaysia’s website already has both phones listed including what colour variants will appear in Malaysia though there is no price tag for either phone as yet. Here’s how both phones stack up and our initial assessments when we took them for a spin on the showroom floor at CES 2020.

There’s no final word on launch date or price yet for both the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 in Malaysia as yet but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we get updates.

Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is intended as the successor to last year’s Galaxy A50s and features a modest series of updates in regards to the display and rear camera array while being slightly heavier and thicker by 0.2mm.

Galaxy A51

The Galaxy A51 has a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a punchhole cutout in the upper centre quadrant of the phone for the 32-MP F/2.2 selfie camera, which is 0.1-inches larger than its predecessor which had a U-shaped cutout for the selfie camera which has the same specifications.

Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71
The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 in Prism Crush Blue

Both the Galaxy A51 and the slightly older A50s run on the 10nm Exynos 9611 octacore processor. In Malaysia, the Galaxy A51 will ship with 6GB RAM and 128GB of expandable memory via a triple card slot (2 SIM cards + 1 microSD card).

The rear quad-camera array for the Galaxy A51 is housed in a rectangular shaped housing and noticeably has an improved ultrawide camera and the addition of a new macro camera for close-up shots versus the older A50s. You get a primary 48-MP F/2.0 camera, a 12-MP F/2.2 123-degree angle ultrawide camera, a 5-MP F/2.4 macro camera and a 5-MP depth sensor. The front 32-MP selfie camera is identical for both phones. Other mod-cons include an under-display fingerprint reader, NFC and Samsung Knox security

In terms of battery capacity, both have a 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging via a USB Type-C port. There’s no price yet but the Galaxy A51 is slated to ship in three colours –  Prism Crush Blue, Prism Crush Black and Prism Crush White. The finish itself looks rather classy and is made of glasstic so it feels light and has a premium looking finish akin to glass.

Check out the Galaxy A51 at its official page here: https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-a51-a515/SM-A515FZBWXME/

 

Samsung Galaxy A71

 

The Galaxy A71 is aesthetically similar to the smaller A51 but upscaled in size and power with more powerful hardware all around to offer a phablet sized experience at a commensurately lower price tag than the higher end Galaxy S-series and Note series phones.

Galaxy A71 front

The phone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display that has a small punchhole for the 32-MP selfie camera as well as an under-display fingerprint reader. Under the hood, the phone comes with a Snapdragon 730 CPU paired up with 8GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage via a triple card slot (2 SIM card + 1 microSD card) and it also has NFC as well as Knox security like its smaller sibling.

The rear quad camera array is similar to the Galaxy A51 save for the primary camera which has been upgunned to a 64-MP F/1.8 camera versus the smaller A51’s 48-MP F/2.0 camera. The ultrawide camera, macro camera and depth sensor are otherwise identical to that of the Galaxy A51.

Galaxy A71 rear

Keeping it juiced is a large 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging via a USB Type-C port. In Malaysia, the Galaxy A71 ships in three colours – Prism Crush Silver, Prism Crush Black and Prism Crush Blue. The chassis is also done up in glasstic so it has properties akin to the A51, with a light carry weight and a mirrored finish that bears up to casual inspection. No word on price or exact launch dates yet but we’ll keep you posted.

Check out the Galaxy A71 at its official page here: https://www.samsung.com/my/smartphones/galaxy-a71-a715/SM-A715FZBEXME/

 

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