Mid-range cell phones are reaching the market more and more expensive. An example of this is the Galaxy A71, which arrived in Brazil in February for salty $ 200. If you stop to think that a few years ago that was the amount charged for a flagship, you might be asking yourself: is it worth going for the current middleman or is it better to invest in an older generation flagship? That’s what this comparison between the A71 and the S9 Plus will help you find out.



 The S9 Plus makes its advanced age clear when you look at its wide bezels. We live in the age of the notch, where manufacturers resort to any kind of appeal to try to deliver the best possible screen-to-body ratio. This is precisely the highlight of the A71. It has much thinner edges, but it sports a hole at the top of the screen. Does that bother you? The Korean mid-ranger is a large device and not everyone can be interested in it. The S9 Plus is more compact, but heavier. The A71 has a finish called “glastic”, which tries to deceive you looking like glass, but it is only plastic. with aluminum body and glass rear. O A71 tem acabamento chamado de “glastic”, que tenta te enganar parecendo vidro, mas é apenas plástico. The biometry of the S9 Plus is the traditional one and it’s located at the rear, but it also has an iris reader above the screen, if you want a safer alternative than facial biometrics. On the A71 we have the fingerprint reader on the screen itself, and it’s a little bit slower, but when you get the hang of it It even gets the Job done. As “premium” as the A71 tries to be, it does include some “treats” like water resistance or wireless charging, present on the S9 Plus. and if you’re interested, there’s still a heart rate sensor on the back of the old flagship to help with your physical activities. Thus, we give the first point to the S9 Plus for having better build quality and being more complete.


 Both have a Super AMOLED screen. The A71’s is larger and has a lower resolution. In terms of brightness and color reproduction, the S9 Plus takes advantage, but the curvature of the glass at the edges hinders visibility, especially in the sun, due to the excess of reflexes.


 In the sound part, we have only one speaker in the middle, limiting the multimedia experience with mono audio. The top of the line features stereo sound, optimized by AKG, with superior quality. This can also be felt when listening to music with the headset. If you want the best sound quality, go for S9. Here we give the S9 Plus two points for a better multimedia experience.


 On the software side, there are not many differences between the two. The oldest one arrived on the market with Android 8 Oreo, still with the old Samsung Experience interface, which has been updated to One UI with Android Pie. Currently, the S9 Plus is running Android 10 and will “die” in that version. The A71, on the other hand, hit the market with the latest version of the little robot and should be upgraded to Android 11 next year. Samsung’s modified Android responds a little better on the S9 Plus, but this is due to the more powerful hardware. Dark theme, Edge Screen shortcuts, and support for various gestures are present in both. The software flows a little better on the S9 Plus, but the A71 will still receive Android updates, then, we draw. 


Samsung always brings the Exynos variant of its flagships to Brazil, but on the S9 Plus decided to bet on the Snapdragon 845. Although it is already kind of old, it is still better than the Snapdragon 730 present in the A71, and this is evident in our multi-tasking speed test. We put several applications and games to be opened and reopened to measure which one is faster and also how is the RAM management in both. The S9 Plus was nine seconds faster and in daily use, you can really see this difference. But then you are thinking: this is not how you measure which one is faster but using synthetic tools benchmarks – well, even in AnTuTu it is better with a 10% advantage in the score. And in games, do we have a difference? They both run everything with the best possible performance, no matter which one they choose, if you are looking for a cell phone in this price range to play games, you can pick any of them. And we give the S9 Plus one more point for having better performance.


 It is now that the game begins to turn between the two. Samsung’s old flagships never stood out battery life and the S9 Plus is no exception. Can you spend all day out of the house without worrying about running out of cell phones? You can even, but you will have to take it easy with the device, reducing the brightness of the screen and avoiding too much use your camera or watch videos on YouTube. Having 1000 mAh more helps the A71 a lot, which even with half an inch more screen delivers superior autonomy. And the difference is not small, with a 40% advantage for the Samsung intermediary. And it takes less time to reload. Here we give double victory for the Galaxy A71.


 Which has a better camera? If you look at the rear of the A71 you might think that having four cameras guarantees better photographic experience than the S9 with just two. In a way, this is even true. If you just want to take good pictures in any kind of scenery, the S9 Plus is better for that. It delivers a better balance between colors, contrast, and brightness, and captures more details even if your sensor has a lower resolution. The most advanced hardware helps in better post-processing. On the other hand, the A71 has a wide-angle lens, which allows you to frame more people and scenery in photos. There is a dedicated macro camera that records close details in good quality and a sensor that helps in portrait mode. The S9 Plus has only a telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom. Here we will give each one point. Overall, the S9 Plus takes better pictures, but the A71’s camera is more versatile. The A71’s 32 MP front camera can also try to trick you. It doesn’t record more details than the most basic 8 MP on the S9 Plus, at least, not by default, since the software compresses the photo, resulting in a final image of 12 MP. The older model has a more aggressive softening effect, but this can be disabled in the settings. There’s also autofocus on the S9 Plus, which helps you get sharper photos, it doesn’t matter how far the phone is from your face. The portrait effect is similar in both and sometimes makes the wrong crop. You can choose the intensity of the effect and even leave the monochrome background. For selfies, the S9 Plus ends up being a little better, and with that, it gains one more point. 


Which is better for videos? Both record in 4K, but on the S9 Plus it is possible to shoot at this resolution at 60 fps with the rear, while the A71 is limited to 30 fps. In the front, the latest model takes advantage of filming with higher resolution. Both have good stabilization, efficient exposure control, and an agile focus. You can also use the wide-angle lens to shoot in 4K, but the quality is slightly lower and the colors are more washed. Still, it is better than the S9 Plus, which does not offer such an extra. When capturing audio, the top of the line is slightly ahead. As each has its advantages in the camcorder, both have a point. 


The S9 Plus was more expensive, but since its launch, the price has plummeted a lot. Currently, the two can be found for around $ 2,00. We could draw here, but as the A71 is more recent, its price will still fall in the coming months, always getting cheaper than the S9 Plus. For being more accessible, we give a point to the Galaxy A71. 


At the beginning of the video, I asked the question “is it worth going from the current middleman or is it better to invest in an old generation flagship?” After this comparison, I can clearly answer that it makes more sense to invest in an older top of the line phone. This does not mean that the A71 is a bad phone. it has a good screen, powerful sound (although mono), runs games well, the battery lasts a lot and it recharges fast and their cameras take good pictures. But paying almost the same you have a device with a better finish, screen even better, stereo sound, superior performance, and better cameras. The downside of the S9 Plus is that it will no longer receive updates from Android and its battery doesn’t last as long, besides the old-fashioned design. If these cons don’t matter to you, you can go for it that will make a better purchase. Take the opportunity to comment below: which do you think is the best purchase? I wrap up here, a big hug, and see you in the next videos. 

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