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Samsung Galaxy A71 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: Which One Is Better?

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

The Galaxy A71 may cost you a few bucks more, but considering its features, its opponent is the one you should pick.

It has more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB) and external storage. But the Mi 9T Pro adds better performance (+60%), a better display, better cameras, and a glass back.

Anything else?

The Galaxy A71 also gives you a larger (+0.4") display. But the Mi 9T Pro also features a telephoto lens (+41 mm).

However, any of them will do since they got similar scores.

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you ignore carrier offers, you can spare close to $15. You don't need to pay more to get more.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy A71 in 2021?

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is clearly worth buying in 2021, even if there are better phones out there. You can go for the OnePlus 8, but this one does hold a good battery life and tons of storage.

Is the Mi 9T Pro still worth buying in 2021?

The Mi 9T Pro was indeed released in 2019, but it still stands out, thanks to its good performance, good cameras, good battery life, and fast charging. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but that doesn't mean a phone like (again) the OnePlus 8 with better performance, more storage, more security updates, and more RAM isn't a better choice.

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

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Samsung Galaxy A71, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

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Introduction

In August of 2019, Xiaomi launched its Mi 9T Pro. The Galaxy A71, however, saw the light of day 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 Mi 9T Pro.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Release Date 2020, January 2019, August -1y.
OS Updates 3 years 1 year -2y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 scores the Mi 9T Pro 60% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. If you forget this number, you'll remember it every single day since day one.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy A71 isn't that smooth. It actually is below the average against similarly priced phones. About 32% below.

We can classify the Galaxy A71 as mid-range and the Mi 9T Pro as a lower high-end device.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
SoC Snapdragon 730 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 618 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 1609
2572
963
OS Android 10 and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and MIUI 10
Tek-Score
4.7
6.3
1.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A71 front transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro front transparent png

The Mi 9T Pro's display does stand out, but the Galaxy A71 is just as good.

If you're trying to keep your phone's display big, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the Galaxy A71. It really is enormous compared to most similarly priced phones.

Most similarly priced devices max at 723 nits, but the Galaxy A71 can only go 208 nits below that.

If a device can't go over 500 nits, it will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Now about the HDR feature:

Bearing in mind the Galaxy A71, 84% of its rivals can play HDR content, 90% have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display. But only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Concerning the Mi 9T Pro, as a reference, 79% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 93% have an AMOLED screen. Although, only 24% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Size 6.7
6.3
-0.4
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2400
1080x2340
-64800
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 392.81
409.08
16.27
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole No/Clean
Peak Brightness 515 nits
643 nits
128
HDR - HDR
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
8.3
0.5
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
4.0
6.5
2.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A71 back transparent png Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro back transparent png

If you value quality photos, you should know that the Mi 9T Pro is about 10 points above its rivals with comparable prices. And that's enough to beat the Galaxy A71 too.

About the Galaxy A71: DXOMARK gave this shooter a score of 81. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, it'll get 93** points. For an in-depth review, click here.

To put things in perspective: you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

PS: Dxo tested the Chinese variant of this camera. While it should be the same phone (K20 pro), it looks like its score should be about 101 and not 108.

About the Mi 9T Pro: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 104. By considering the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, we'll get to the final score of 118** points. You can click here to check it out.

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.

One can place the Galaxy A71 as mid-range while the Mi 9T Pro leans towards the upper mid-range.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Megapixels 64
48
-16
Aperture 1.8
1.8
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 2 1
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 93
118
25

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 12
8
-4
Aperture 2.2
2.4
0.2
Lens 12mm 53mm (2x zoom)
41
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Telephoto lens
Megapixels 5 13 8
Aperture 2.4 2.4 0.0
Lens 25mm 12mm -13
Lens Type Macro Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Lens Type Depth Sensor -
Score 12 14 2
Selfie Camera Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Megapixels 32
0 -32
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 26mm -
Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro vs.
Tek-Score
5.5
6.9
1.5

Who has the best frame?

None of them stands out, so just pick one.

The Mi 9T Pro is a little bit heavier: About 12 g. (0.47 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy A71 got 7.0, and that's another way of saying a pretty nice weight for its screen size. The Mi 9T Pro, in its turn, has 4.3, so nothing to state here.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, perhaps you should also consider the Galaxy S20 FE or the Galaxy A72.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Size 163 x 76 x 7 mm
(5.75 x 2.68 x 0.25 in)
156 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.50 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
5636
Weight 179 g. (6.31 oz)
191 g. (6.74 oz)
12
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism, Silver, Crush Black, Blue, and Pink Carbon black, Glacier blue, and Red flame
Screen To Body Ratio 87.49%
84.40%
-3.09
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.0 4.3 -2.7
Looks 6.6/10
8.5/10
1.9
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.3
2.2
-0.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A71 does have a bigger battery, with 4500 mAh, while the Mi 9T Pro only has 4000 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, you should get the same battery life with either device.

Just be aware that both of them also do overcome pretty much every phone out there. Do check our best-of listing.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, you can try it with the Galaxy S20 FE, for example.

Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the Mi 9T Pro's charger. Other devices from this price range rarely exceed 23 watts.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Capacity (mAh) 4500 4000 -500
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
85% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
71% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 72% left
75% left
3
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.5 5.6 2.1
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.2
Fast Charging 25w
27w
2
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.5
6.7
0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy A71 has about two times more storage.

The Mi 9T Pro, in its turn, has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You may already know, but you can get more RAM and more storage by picking any rival at that price range. They'd give you around 119Gb of storage and 7Gb of RAM.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, you'll find out that 64 GB won't be enough for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
RAM (GB) 6GB
6GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) No
Tek-Score
7.5
2.8
-4.8

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

The Galaxy A71 has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G. This allows you to get a version of the Galaxy A71 with an Exynos 980.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are the prices that we've come across recently:

Samsung Galaxy A71

Reference: $400

Samsung Galaxy A71

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Reference: $385

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

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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 Mi 9T Pro VS
Amazon - 1.47 -
eBay 1.48 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 6.3 (for the Galaxy A71) and 6.2 (for the Mi 9T Pro).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

If you can get along with the Snapdragon 730's performance, the A71 is a pretty solid choice.

Sizes apart, their displays aren't that different. The Mi 9T Pro does have Gorilla Glass 5, and that can make a difference, just like the telephoto lens that the A71 misses, but that's pretty much it.

Samsung does offer you double the internal storage and a Micro SD card if you opt for the A71, so if you want to avoid managing your files, that's something you should consider.

Pros Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
#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 3.5mm Jack
Cons Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
#1 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#2 Price MicroSD Slot
#3 Glass Protection Weight
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A71 Mi 9T Pro
Gaming Score
4.9
5.9
1.0
Tek-Score
5.62
5.67
0.05
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.

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"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.

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Rivals

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
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • OnePlusrival8
    $480
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $463
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e EX
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
    $429
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
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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.

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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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