Samsung Galaxy A41 review: 6.1-inch compact


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Samsung has firmly decided to make its line of smartphones as extensive as possible and cover as much as possible

potential audience. As a result, there are really many models and it is very easy to get lost in them. Moreover, the difference between the nearby smartphones in the lineup is usually very small. Most recently, the new representative of the A-line Samsung Galaxy A41 went on sale. The model clearly does not aim at the title of best seller, this place is taken by the Galaxy A51. The logic is rather to offer a more compact option. After all, both neighboring models received larger screens. And in general, finding a compact smartphone is now very difficult. Let's see what else is interesting Samsung Galaxy A41.

  1. What is it and what is interesting?
  2. What does the Samsung Galaxy A41 look like?
  3. How good is the screen?
  4. What are the unlock methods?
  5. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  6. What about the interface?
  7. How good are the cameras?
  8. In the dry residue

What is it and what is interesting?


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According to the characteristics and appearance of the Samsung GalaxyA41 turned out to be very close to the Galaxy A31 already visited us. The main differences affected the diagonal of the display, dimensions and weight of the smartphone. Also, the hero of today's review received a smaller battery and lost one of the additional rear cameras. The screen can not be called small: the size of the diagonal is 6.1 inches. But compared to most modern smartphones, this is not so much. A Super AMOLED panel with FullHD + resolution and a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera of 25 MP is used. The internals are similar to the Galaxy A31: an eight-core MediaTek Helio P65 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot. The rear camera received 3 modules: the main one at 48 MP, with phase detection autofocus, ultra-wide-angle at 8 MP and a depth sensor at 5 MP. Abandoned the macro camera. Dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC for contactless payment are present, a smartphone running Android 10 with One UI 2.1 shell works. The battery in the smartphone is 3500 mAh with a fast 15 W charge.

What does the Samsung Galaxy A41 look like?


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Most current A-line smartphones are veryare similar to each other and they can be distinguished only with close study. Usually the difference is in small details and size. So with the Samsung Galaxy A41: outwardly, it is very similar to the Galaxy A31, but significantly more compact in size. The front is an absolutely standard set: a protective glass with slightly rounded edges, a screen with rather thin frames around the perimeter, a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera and a slot for the earpiece above it.


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The rest of the case is made of glossy plastic. There are no surprises in the location of the control elements. Power and volume buttons on the right side.


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On the left is a tray, you can install two SIM and a memory card in it at the same time. A good tradition in low-cost Samsung models.


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Upstairs is an optional microphone. At the bottom, everything is also unchanged. Type-C, standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone and external speaker:


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As with all current A-Series models, the rearThe smartphone’s cover is made of glossy plastic with curved side edges for a more comfortable grip. A geometric iridescent pattern is also present. This case looks good, but the backdrop itself is easily soiled and will probably quickly get covered with small scratches if you wear a smartphone without a bumper. There are enough colors: there is black, white, blue and red.


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All main camera modules and LED flashplaced in a black rectangle in the upper left corner. Standard constructive move for modern smartphones. I am glad that the camera unit practically does not protrude above the body of the smartphone.


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Samsung Galaxy A41 looks modern, but notespecially original. It will be quite difficult to distinguish it visually from the A-line neighbors, and even a number of similar smartphones from other manufacturers. But its main charm is its compact (by today's standards) dimensions and weight: 149.9 × 69.8 × 7.9 mm, 152 g. The smartphone is really convenient to use, including quite comfortable performing most operations with one hand on the go, which now boasts not many smartphones.

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How good is the screen?


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Samsung Galaxy A41 has 6 installed.1-inch Super AMOLED-display with a resolution of FullHD + 2400 × 1080, aspect ratio 20: 9. The pixel density is about 431 ppi. Visually, the screen makes a very good impression: the picture is juicy, the viewing angles are maximum. The stock of brightness is not bad, in the summer in the sun the information remains readable. In the settings (in addition to the basic pieces) there is a blue filter, a dark interface theme and Always on Display. The screen has two color display modes: “natural” and “saturated”, in the latter you can adjust the color temperature.


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In the “natural” mode, the maximum screen brightness was 391.958 cd / m². Color rendering is generally good, there is a slight bias towards cold shades, and the color gamut is close to sRGB:


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In “saturated” mode, the maximum brightness is very slightly above 398.38 cd / m². At the same time, the color rendition is less natural, the bias towards the blue is more noticeable, and the color gamut is much wider than sRGB:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Samsung Galaxy A41
398.38
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Samsung Galaxy A31
409.143
0

Samsung Galaxy A71
384.283
0

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
398.897
0

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
0

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

Samsung Galaxy Note9
340.32
0

What are the unlock methods?


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Samsung Galaxy A41 uses a set ofoptical sub-screen fingerprint scanner and face recognition system of the owner. Face recognition works quite quickly and accurately in good light. The fingerprint scanner is not the fastest: recognition errors are minimal, but the delay is noticeable. I think it should get better with firmware updates.


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

Stuffing Samsung Galaxy A41 almost completelycoincides with that of the Galaxy A31, with the only difference being that only the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory eMMC 5.1 is available. Perhaps in the future there will be a 6/128 GB version, but so far there is no information about it. The smartphone has a rather modest eight-core MediaTek Helio P65 processor. It is manufactured according to the 12-nm process technology and includes two ARM Cortex-A75 cores with a frequency of 2 GHz, six ARM Cortex-A55 cores of 1.7 GHz and a Mali-G52 2EEMC2 graphics accelerator with a frequency of up to 820 MHz. The solution is quite modest in performance, which is confirmed by benchmarks. A stress test showed that performance with a long peak load can drop to 88%, which is absolutely not critical. I was glad that at the same time the smartphone case remains cold.


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In everyday use, criticalPerformance problems are not observed, although the shell and the launch / operation of heavy applications can not be called lightning fast. The smartphone is in no hurry. Although the Galaxy A41 was used after long-term use of flagship smartphones, there may be a habit factor. Modern games work, but at minimal graphics settings. At the same time, Call of Duty simply does not allow you to install higher, but it works stably and smoothly. PUBG Mobile allows you to set high settings, but playing them is not too comfortable: FPS subsidence and rare friezes are felt. On lower matters, of course, things are better.

The smartphone is equipped with a dual-band Wi-Fi module802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, FM tuner and NFC for contactless payment. Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo. In a word, the Samsung Galaxy A41’s wireless interfaces are in perfect order, there is everything you need. Everything is standard in sound: there is one external speaker, a 3.5 mm headphone jack is present.

The battery at 3500 mAh is responsible for autonomy,There is support for fast charging 15 watts. A smartphone without a kit came to us, so it is not possible to say how long it will take to charge from a native PSU. The battery capacity is far from record, but a day without recharging the smartphone can stand without problems. Without games and with more modest use, you can get a day and a half. Standard indicators. To increase the operating time, you can use energy-saving modes.

What about the interface?


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Samsung Galaxy A41 runs on Android 10 withproprietary shell version of One UI 2.1, which has been repeatedly described in our many reviews of current Samsung smartphones. Including the aforementioned Galaxy A31. The shell is comfortable, well-designed and crammed with all sorts of additional little things. Organization of the workspace is standard: applications and widgets on desktops plus a separate application menu that can be disabled. There is also a simple mode with large icons.


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Settings and options for navigating the system:


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Application manager, dual-window mode, the ability to open the application in a window or minimize it to a shortcut:


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Standard Edge sidebars with all sorts of useful little things:

A set of branded applications:


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How good are the cameras?


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Samsung Galaxy A41 received a triple rear camera. It consists of a 48 MP main module with f / 2.0 aperture, 26 mm EGF and phase detection autofocus, 8 megapixels ultra wide angle with f / 2.2 aperture, no autofocus and 5 MP depth sensor for blurring the background. Almost the same set we saw in the Galaxy A31, but the hero of today's review lost the fourth macro module. The maximum video resolution is FullHD, there is no stabilization. Frontalka - 25 MP, f / 2.2. The camera application is extremely easy to use: fewer modes than in more advanced models. No night mode, super slow motion, Hyperlapse and more. In the main modes there is a photo, video and portrait mode, in the additional ones - Pro (with manual settings), Food and Panorama. If desired, they can be moved to the main slider.


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The main camera is very goodsnapshots in most situations. Automation works well, including the automatic HDR mode. The detail and realism of color reproduction at a very good level when it comes to scenes with adequate lighting. Noise is already visible in the evening photos, but overall, also not bad. Although a separate night mode would not be out of place. Original photos can be viewed here.


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Features of most wide-angle camerasSamsung smartphones in this case also take place. First of all, this applies to autofocus, or rather its absence. Daytime photos look very decent. Evening quite a lot of noise:


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With blurring the background, the smartphone copes adequately.


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Video smartphone can write in FullHD 30 frames per second without stabilization:

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In the dry residue

Samsung has a very extensive A-line of smartphones. Galaxy A41 in this line is positioned by the manufacturer primarily as a compact, lightweight and convenient model. In this aspect, the smartphone is really good and stands out from other representatives of the line, which are equipped with 6.4-inch and larger screens. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy A41 boasts a very decent quality screen, a full set of up-to-date wireless interfaces, including NFC with contactless payment support, separate trays for two SIM-cards and MicroSD, as well as the traditionally convenient proprietary shell One UI 2.1 on the current version of Android 10 . On the other hand, the cost slightly overshadows the situation. 7400 UAH. In this category there are a large number of interesting competitors, and the same Samsung Galaxy A51 costs only 600 UAH, but the characteristics are significantly more interesting.

5 reasons to buy a Samsung Galaxy A41:

  • nice AMOLED display;
  • compact sizes and convenient design;
  • A complete set of wireless interfaces, including NFC;
  • separate connectors for 2xSIM and MicroSD;
  • convenient shell One UI 2.1 on Android 10.

2 reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy A41:

  • the processor would be more powerful;
  • There are strong competitors in the same price category (including the Galaxy A51, which is very close by price).

Samsung Galaxy A41

A compact mid-priced Android smartphonesegment, with a 6.1-inch FullHD + AMOLED screen, a teardrop-shaped cutout for the front camera, an eight-core MediaTek processor, a triple main camera, a 3,500 mAh battery and a plastic case.

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Technical specifications Samsung Galaxy A41

Display
Super AMOLED, 6.1 inches, 2400 × 1080 (20: 9 aspect ratio), 431 ppi

Housing
dimensions: 149.9 × 69.8 × 7.9 mm, weight: 152 g

CPU
64-bit eight-core MediaTek Helio P65 (12 nm): 2 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 + 6 × 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55, GPU Mali-G52 MC2

RAM
4 GB

Flash memory
64 GB, microSD

Camera
48 MP, f / 2.0, 26 mm EGF, 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8µm, PDAF; 8 MP wide-angle, f / 2.2; 5 MP f / 2.4 depth sensor; video: FullHD 30 fps; front camera: 25 MP f / 2.2

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, FM

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
3500 mAh non-removable, fast charge 15 W

operating system
Android 10 + One UI 2.1

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
optical screen fingerprint scanner


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