As promised, Samsung’s new A-series mid-range phones are here. Even if you’re not looking to buy one, they might give us an early taste of what Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S11 flagship will look like.
Both the new A71 and the A51 are visually very similar: On the front, there’s a large, AMOLED screen with a tiny chin and a centrally positioned punch-hole selfie camera on top. On the back, they feature a large, rectangular camera bump hosting four sensors and a flash.
Judging by the unofficial renders we’ve seen in November, this is pretty much exactly what the S11 is going to look like when it launches in February, the biggest differences being an extra camera lens on the back and curvier screen edges. The A51 and A71 have a distinct, angular pattern on the back called the “Prism Crush” which the S11 probably won’t have, either.
As for the A71 and the A51, they aren’t too shabby in terms of specs.
Being the more powerful of the two, the A71 has a 6.7-inch display with a 2,400×1,080 pixel resolution, an unspecified octa-core processor, 6/8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (plus a MicroSD slot), four rear cameras with a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 4,500mAh battery. It’s available in four “Prism Crush” colors: black, silver, blue and pink.
The A51 is slightly smaller, with a 6.5-inch display (same resolution), an equally unspecified octa-core processor, 4/6/8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage (and a MicroSD slot), four rear cameras with a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 4,000mAh battery. It also comes with the “Prism Crush” back pattern, but the available colors are black, white, blue and pink.
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Notably, the S11 is rumored to have a 108-megapixel main camera, and if it’s at least as good as the 108-megapixel camera on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (no reason why it shouldn’t, as Samsung made that sensor), it will be one of the most powerful smartphone camera systems around.
The A51 starts at roughly $350 in Vietnam, where it officially launched on Friday (via SamMobile), while the pricing for the A71 hasn’t yet been revealed.