The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is coming to Verizon likely with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765

Back in April, Samsung announced that they’re bringing the Galaxy A01, A11, A21, A51 5G, and A71 5G to the U.S. The Galaxy A71 5G and A51 5G are essentially the same as their LTE counterparts, the late 2019 Galaxy A71 and A51, but they pack upgraded processors and modems to support 5G connectivity. When Samsung announced the A51 5G and A71 5G for the U.S., they didn’t specify which carriers they would launch on, what price they would be available at, when they would go on sale, and what exact processors they’ll pack. In South Korea, both devices feature the Samsung Exynos 980 SoC, but Samsung devices sold in the U.S. usually don’t have Exynos processor. Now, thanks to information from multiple sources, we know a bit more about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A71 5G.

First and foremost, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G has just been certified by the Bluetooth SIG. More interestingly is the fact that Samsung has submitted certification for a custom version of the device for Verizon.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G for Verizon

Along with this, we examined a publicly accessible database that lists upcoming device models that will support Verizon’s online services. The database listed a device called “samsung_a71xq” coming to Verizon. The most interesting part of the code-name is the “a71xq.” A71 is, of course, the model number for the Galaxy A71. “x” means it’s a 5G device, in this case. Finally, the “q” means it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

We speculated that this chipset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 or 765G because it’s the only upper mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with an integrated 5G modem. (There’s little to no chance these devices would have the much more expensive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 just for 5G connectivity, especially since that chipset has an external modem which would have resulted in some shifting of the internal components of this device.) Indeed, Samsung’s FOTA testbed and a few Geekbench listings corroborate that the U.S. Galaxy A71 5G will have the Snapdragon 765 processor.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G Geekbench
Geekbench Build Number 300x97 1
Samsung Build Numbers A71 300x128 1

We’re well aware that Geekbench listings can be fabricated, but that’s why we’re only using it as corroboration. Plus, we can verify that the build number submitted along with the Geekbench listing is legitimate, something which is very hard to accurately fake. We can tell that these tests were run on a carrier model, non-Verizon, device. Samsung generally releases all models with the same base specifications, so it is expected that the U.S. Unlocked, U.S. Carrier, and Verizon models will all have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. The main difference between the Verizon and unlocked/carrier models will likely be the addition of mmWave antennas in the former to support Verizon’s Ultrawide Band (mmWave) 5G network. This will likely increase the price, but it allows for connecting to Verizon’s ultra-fast 5G network (that few have access to).

Samsung Galaxy A71 Forums

Through this FOTA testbed, we were also able to get an approximate release date. The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, both non-Verizon carrier and unlocked models, should be launching in late June to early July. I am personally very excited to use this device once it comes out. With potentially the same chipset and pricing as the upcoming Google Pixel 5, the Galaxy A71 5G may be a tough competitor.

Galaxy A71 5G Galaxy A51 5G
Display 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
Infinity-O Display (1080×2400) Infinity-O Display (1080×2400)
Camera Rear Quad Camera
Main: 64MP, F1.8
Ultra Wide: 12MP, F2.2
Depth: 5MP, F2.2
Macro: 5MP, F2.4
Quad Camera
Main: 48MP, F2.0
Ultra Wide: 12MP, F2.2
Depth: 5MP, F2.2
Macro: 5MP, F2.4
Front Selfie: 32MP, F2.2 Selfie: 32MP, F2.2
Body 75.5 x 162.5 x 8.1 mm, 185g 73.6 x 158.9 x 8.7 mm, 187g
AP Octa Core (Dual 2.2GHz + Hexa 1.8GHz) Octa Core (Dual 2.2GHz + Hexa 1.8GHz)
Memory 6GB / 8GB RAM 6GB / 8GB RAM
128GB Internal Storage 128GB Internal Storage
MicroSD Slot (up to 1TB) MicroSD Slot (up to 1TB)
Battery 4,500mAh (typical), 25W Super Fast Charging 4,500mAh (typical), 15W Adaptive Fast Charging
Biometrics On-Screen Fingerprint On-Screen Fingerprint
Color Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube Sliver, Prism Cube Blue Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube White, Prism Cube Pink

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