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Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: Which to Pick?

author Luis Silva (February 2021 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The Galaxy S21 Plus will cost you more, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

You'll get better performance (+93%), better glass protection, a better display, better cameras, water-resistance, and a glass back. But with the Galaxy A71, you can get external storage.

Are there other things worth mentioning?

The Galaxy S21 Plus also gives you a higher refresh rate display, better peak brightness, optical image stabilization, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB). But with the Galaxy A71, you can also get a headphone jack.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S21 Plus?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, you'll have to spend approximately $599 more.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy A71 in 2022?

The Samsung Galaxy A71 isn't the most cutting-edge device in 2022, but it's still a powerful phone. You can go for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, but this one does hold a good battery life and tons of storage.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy S21 Plus in 2022?

If you like Samsung, the Galaxy S21 Plus is a pretty solid choice, even in 2022. I like its good performance, good battery life, excellent glass protection, and 8K recordings. Although you can also check the OnePlus 9 Pro.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they stack up against their rivals, and how the industry is scoring their specs.

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In January of 2021, Samsung started selling its Galaxy S21 Plus, while Samsung's Galaxy A71 hit the stores one year sooner.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy S21 Plus compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

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Device Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Release Date 2020, January 2021, January 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S21 Plus 93% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. Speed isn't everything, but in this case, it's a lot!

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy A71 is way under the average if you consider related-priced phones. While the average sits at 2260, this one is 29% below them.

It's safe to say that the Galaxy A71 can be tagged as mid-range and the Galaxy S21 Plus more like high-end.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
SoC Snapdragon 730 Exynos 2100
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G78 MP14
Geekbench 5 Score 1609
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 11 and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A71 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy S21 Plus has the best screen, and it wins by a significant margin.

Most phones from this price range average at 673 nits, but the Galaxy A71 stays at 158 nits below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it isn't your best option for HDR content and outdoor readability. Speaking of HDR content:

If you're leaning towards the Galaxy A71, 79% of its rivals can play HDR content, and 89% have an AMOLED screen.

Considering the Galaxy S21 Plus, as a reference, 84% 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 S21 Plus
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
883 nits
HDR - HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A71 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus back transparent png

Be aware that the Galaxy S21 Plus's picture quality is, on average, 58% above other competitors with comparable prices. And the Galaxy A71 isn't good enough to win this battle.

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. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the Galaxy S21 Plus: DXOMARK evaluated this camera, and here's the score: 123. And by adding its wide-angle lens, that score goes up to 137. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Winding it up, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 92% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the Galaxy A71 more as mid-range and the Galaxy S21 Plus more as a high-end.

If you take optical zoom seriously, you should consider other options like the Galaxy Note 10 Lite or the Galaxy A72. But that won't fully satisfy you either because cellphones like the Galaxy S20 Ultra are at a whole new level.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
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 S21 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 12mm 29mm 17
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Regular
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 14 2
Selfie Camera Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus vs.
Megapixels 32
Aperture 2.2
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus vs.

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S21 Plus does stand out because of its glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy A71 weighs 179 g. (6.31 oz), while its sibling is 21 g. (0.83 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, the "weight to display size" score of the Galaxy A71 is 7.0, which suggests a pretty nice weight for a 6.7 inches display. The Galaxy S21 Plus, in its turn, has 4.6, so nothing to state here.

The Galaxy S21 Plus truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. That should be for up to 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Body Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Size 163 x 76 x 7 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.25 in)
161 x 75 x 7 mm
(5.68 x 2.65 x 0.25 in)
Weight 179 g. (6.31 oz)
200 g. (7.05 oz)
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink Phantom Black, Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, Phantom Red, Phantom Gold, and Phantom Pink
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.0 4.6 -2.4
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?

The Galaxy A71 does have a battery capacity of 4500 mAh versus the 4800 mAh of the Galaxy S21 Plus. But according to GSMArena's tests, there's no real difference between them.

Just be aware that both of them also don't have many rivals at any given price range. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4800 300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
84% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
70% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
74% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 2.9 3.6 0.6
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 25w
Wireless Charging No 15w
Reverse Charging No 4.5w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Internal (GB) 128GB
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) No

*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.

The Galaxy A71 has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. The 5G variant of the Galaxy A71 has an Exynos 980.

Features Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Network LTE (also available in 5G) 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes No

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Samsung Galaxy A71

Reference: $400

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Reference: $999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

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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 S21 Plus VS
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eBay 1.02 1.15 0.13
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. They're in the ballpark of 6.1 for the Galaxy A71 and 6.9 for the Galaxy S21 Plus.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Stand Out?

What can the Samsung Galaxy A71 give you that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus can't:

- More affordable

- Front glass

- External storage

- A headphone jack

What can the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus give you that the Samsung Galaxy A71 can't:

- Better performance (+116%)

- Better peak brightness

- Higher refresh rates

- Better glass protection

- Better display


- Better cameras

- Water-resistant

- Front and back glass

- Wireless charging

- Reverse wireless charging

- More RAM (8GB vs. 6GB)

Pros Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Battery Life Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 MicroSD Slot Battery Life
#6 3.5mm Jack Fast Charging
#7 Wireless Charging
#8 Glass Protection
Cons Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
#1 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#2 Price Weight
#3 Glass Protection 3.5mm Jack
#4 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score Galaxy A71 Galaxy S21 Plus
Gaming Score
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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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

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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
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • OnePlusrival6T
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • OnePlusrivalNord
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
  • OnePlusrivalNord 2

 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini

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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