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Samsung Galaxy A71 vs S20 in 2021: Is The A71 Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (August 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy S20 comes at a higher price, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It comes with better performance (+64%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, water-resistance, and a glass back. But the Galaxy A71 adds better battery life.

Anything else?

With the Galaxy S20, you'll also get a higher refresh rate display, better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 6GB). But the Galaxy A71 will also give you a larger (+0.5") display and a headphone jack.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, you'll have to spend approximately $297 more.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy A71 in 2021?

The Galaxy A71 isn't the perfect smartphone, but there aren't many better phones for this budget. Sure there are other devices like the Galaxy S10, but this one does hold a good battery life and tons of storage.

Is the Galaxy S20 still worth getting in 2021?

If you like Samsung, the Galaxy S20 is a pretty solid choice, even in 2021. You'll love it for its excellent glass protection, tons of RAM, and 8K recordings. But keep an eye on the OnePlus 8 Pro too.

Read on and find out more about them, how they fare against their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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If you can't decide between the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy S20, then you're at the right place.

Samsung introduced its Galaxy S20 model in March 2020. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy A71 started to sell in January 2020.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy S20.

The weight of each section

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Device Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Release Date 2020, January 2020, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

As for performance, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S20 64% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Even if you don't value a smooth device that much, be aware of that difference, as it will be very noticeable.

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy A71 is way under the average against similarly priced phones. About 32% below.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy A71 can be tagged as mid-range and the Galaxy S20 as a lower high-end.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with the Adreno 650 GPU) and the Exynos 990 (with the Mali-G77) are market-dependent. Click here for more info.

There's a performance increase of about 15% on the 865 for the Galaxy S20.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
SoC Snapdragon 730 Exynos 990
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G77 MP11
Geekbench 5 Score 1609
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 10 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A71 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 front transparent png

The Galaxy S20 has a better display, and it wins by a significant margin.

If you're into big displays, there aren't many devices to consider besides the Galaxy A71. There are just not that many choices in its class.

Most similarly priced devices average at 723 nits, but the Galaxy A71 stays at 208 nits below that.

Usually, anything below 500 nits will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. About HDR content:

About the Galaxy A71, you should know that 84% of its rivals can play HDR content, 90% have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display. However, only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the Galaxy S20, just so you know, 92% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Size 6.7
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
Refresh Rate 60hz 120hz 60
Dots per Inch 392.81
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 515 nits
814 nits
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A71 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S20 back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Samsung Galaxy S20 has a more dependable camera.

About the Galaxy A71: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 81. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 93** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

Last (but not least), all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the Galaxy S20: DXOMARK's gurus must be rating this camera shortly. Knowing them, it'll get about 121* points. By adding its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 133** points.

Winding it up, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. That said, only 4% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the Galaxy A71 as mid-range while the Galaxy S20 leans towards the high-end.

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so it might be time to consider smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10 or the Oppo Find X2 Neo. Or you can go crazy because smartphones like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra aren't too good to be true anymore.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So when I find one such shooter, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Megapixels 64
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 2160 4320 2160
Score 93

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 12mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Megapixels 5 12 7
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 25mm 13mm -12
Lens Type Macro Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 12 12 0
Selfie Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20 vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20 vs.

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the Galaxy S20 is a better choice based on its weight, glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy A71 is 16 g. (0.56 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 163 g. (5.75 oz). But because screen size also matters, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy A71 got 7.0, meaning a pretty nice weight for its display size. Having said that, the Galaxy S20 has 7.4, which is pretty nice too.

You can drop the Galaxy S20 into the water, up to 1 to 3 meters deep. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's freshwater in standby mode only.

Body Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Size 163 x 76 x 7 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.25 in)
151 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.33 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
Weight 179 g. (6.31 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, and Aura Red
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.0 7.4 0.4
Looks 6.6/10
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

At 4500 mAh, the Galaxy A71 is the owner of the biggest battery, while the Galaxy S20 only features 4000 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the former is the winner here.

One more thing about battery life on the Galaxy S20: it is way below the typical values of its competitors. It lasts 9% less than the average on these tasks.

Just be aware that the Galaxy A71 is also beating most smartphones. Actually, it may even be on our top 10 list.

The Snapdragon 865 also has better battery efficiency (about 10% more screen-on-time) when you compare it to the Exynos 990.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4000 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
76% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
59% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
60% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 5.3 1.9
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 25w
Wireless Charging No 15w
Reverse Charging No 9w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy A71, unless you don't care about a headphone jack.

You can find these two in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy A71 with an Exynos 980. Similarly, the 5G variant of the Galaxy S20 features 12GB of RAM.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best deals on some major online stores:

Samsung Galaxy A71

Reference: $400

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy S20

Reference: $697

Samsung Galaxy S20

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20 VS
Amazon - 0.73 -
eBay 1.48 0.91 -0.57
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.3 (for the Galaxy A71) and 7.0 (for the Galaxy S20).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S20 Stand Out?

The Galaxy A71 indeed is a fantastic device. But... (yes, there's a "but" here) it's so close to those flagship phones that one should wonder if saving some bucks is the best choice here. If you ask me, I'd strongly consider the S10 instead, unless, of course, you don't bother spending what some seller is asking you for an S20.

Having said that, here's what you don't get with the A71:

-Groundbreaking performance (especially if you can go for the Snapdragon version),

-A perfect, well-protected display, with lots of nits, DPIs, HDR10+, and a refresh rate of 120Hz,

-A considerably better camera,

-A lighter, premium, IP68 device,

-An almost lame battery life that has wireless and reverse charging,

-and 12GB of RAM.

But at least you get to keep the headphone jack.

Pros Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 MicroSD Slot Fast Charging
#6 3.5mm Jack Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
#1 Wireless Charging 3.5mm Jack
#2 Price Price
#3 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
Global Score Galaxy A71 Galaxy S20
Gaming Score
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.


"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.



As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.

 Samsung Galaxy A71 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • OnePlusrival7
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • OnePlusrival7T
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
  • OnePlusrival8
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • OnePlusrivalNord
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro

 Samsung Galaxy S20 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 U.EX
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Ultra
  • HuaweirivalP40 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • SonyrivalXperia 1 II
  • XiaomirivalMi 11

Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.


About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.

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