Samsung Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 announced (Update: 5G version in US)

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The Samsung Galaxy A51.

Update: January 16, 2020 (01:15 PM ET): According to SamMobile, Samsung could be gearing up a launch of a 5G-capable Galaxy A71 for both China and the United States. If true, this would make the Galaxy A71 not only the first in the A7 series to land Stateside, but also the first non-flagship 5G device from Samsung to go for sale in the US.

Additionally, Samsung could be launching a 5G version of the Galaxy A51 in China and the US, too.

SamMobile didn’t disclose its source for this information, so take these rumors with a big grain of salt for now. However, if true, it would be an exciting new development for 5G adoption here in the United States.


Original Article: December 12, 2019 (7:36 AM ET): The Samsung Galaxy A50 was one of the firm’s best mid-range phones of 2019, and it’s now announced a follow-up in the Galaxy A51.

The Galaxy A51 was announced in Vietnam earlier today and its design seems in line with recent leaks. That means a center-mounted punch-hole cutout, and a rectangular camera housing with four rear cameras.

Samsung’s new mid-range phone sports an unnamed octa-core chipset (four cores at 2.3Ghz and four at 1.7Ghz), 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM, and either 64 or 128GB of expandable storage. You’re also getting a 4,000mAh battery with 15W charging and a fingerprint scanner under the 6.5-inch FHD+ OLED screen.

Read: Here are the best cheap Samsung phones right now

The Galaxy A51 is no slouch in terms of photography, delivering a 32MP selfie camera and the aforementioned quad rear camera setup. Expect to find a 48MP f/2.0 primary camera, 5MP macro camera, 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 5MP depth sensor on the back.

Samsung’s latest mid-range phone is slated to arrive in Vietnam on December 27 for 7,990,000 Vietnamese dong (~$346). There’s no word on wider availability, but Samsung Vietnam is dishing out a Bluetooth headset and 10,000mAh power bank to customers who pre-order the device.

Samsung Galaxy A71 breaks cover

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It wasn’t the only phone revealed today, as SamMobile reports that Samsung quietly announced the Galaxy A71 today. The device has a similar design to the A51, featuring a center-mounted punch-hole and a rectangular quad camera housing.

Otherwise, the Galaxy A71 features a larger, 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen (with in-display fingerprint), an unnamed octa-core chipset (believed to be Snapdragon 730), 6/8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You’re also apparently getting a 4,500mAh battery with 25W charging.

Samsung’s device seems like a very versatile camera platform too, delivering a 64MP primary sensor, 5MP macro camera, 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP depth shooter. Selfies are handled by a 32MP camera within the punch-hole cutout.

There’s no word on pricing and availability unfortunately, but the listing means wider availability has to be around the corner.

What mid-range phone would you get? Give us your picks in the comments section!

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