Samsung Galaxy A51- Expert review

First of all, Samsung Galaxy A51 has been launched in India but only in one variant.

Samsung revamped the entire Galaxy A series last year to become more competitive in the mid-range segment of the market.

It is one of the most highly anticipated budget handsets of the 2020. It comes in affordable mid-range handset with a few features borrowed from the firm’s flagship range. 

The Galaxy A50 brought the optical fingerprint sensor, so the Galaxy A51 introduces the macro camera to Samsung’s smartphones, they just don’t stop innovating.

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TABLE OF CONTENT

  • VERDICTS
  • BUILD
  • DISPLAY
  • CAMERA
  • PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY
  • PROS AND CONS
  • PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

VERDICTS

Above all its a mid-range smartphone with a big screen, big battery and plenty of photography features.

It’s slim, ergonomic and fabulous looking, has a remarkable display, and awesome software.

Our Main peeve points are the chipset, which stills falls short from a gaming perspective, also the not so fast charging.

It also offers quite premium and unique, even compared to the specs-heavy online exclusives.

Despite its not so great pricing, it will appeal to those looking for a polished experience.

BUILD

Samsung Galaxy A51 is an attractive smartphone, with a large screen dominating the front and also an eye catching ‘Prism’ design on the rear.

Galaxy A51 got a pack of total of four cameras on its back.

While the screen is big at 6.5 inches, Samsung has kept the bezels super slim that is 7.9mm profile and a circular punch hole , which keeps the size of the handset down. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and speaker are all positioned at the bottom.

There is a thing the Galaxy A51 is missing, however, is an IP rating, which means it’s not officially water or dust resistant.

This phone is available in 4 different color yet – black, white, pink and blue.

It has a 6.5-inch, and it also GOT Samsung’s smallest ever pin-hole camera in the screen.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

There are only three physical button on body –they are placed on the right side of the frame, like they were on its predecessor. However, if you press and hold the power button when the phone is on, it will launch Bixby.

Also, there is no pre-installed protector on the display.

Overall, in terms of the aesthetics, the Galaxy A51 is a very solid mid-range offering.

DISPLAY

Above all it got Super AMOLED display is bright and colorful, with a good level of detail.

It uses an Infinity-O panel on the smartphone with an aspect ratio of 20:9.

Galaxy A51 has a sharp and agreeable full HD panel, we can choose to opt between ‘Natural’ or ‘Vivid’ color profile and also fine-tune the white point.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

With OneUI 2.0 also has an awesome dark mode and an awesome display, even more Outdoor visibility, under direct sunlight, is fine as well.

It pumps out exceptional OLED displays without breaking a sweat, it is not a flagship-quality panel but you’d be hard-pressed to find a competing device with other devices which almost better.

There is also an Full HD+ (1080 x 2400), Super AMOLED display is bright and colorful, with a good level of detail and it also boasts Samsung’s smallest ever pin-hole camera in the screen.

CAMERA

The Galaxy A51 gives you such a good bang for the buck when it comes to the cameras.

Samsung also includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor; a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera; and a 5-megapixel depth sensor and that also includes a 12-megapixel camera in front.

The portrait mode may not be able to quite match the rear multi-cam setup and isn’t as proficient along the border between subject and background.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

PHOTO

More about 48-megapixel pixel binned lens:

Above all, this lens is capable of clicking some really impressive shots during the day, with a good amount of detail and accurate colours.

This lens also helps elevate the low-light performance of the camera, it comes so handy when it comes to close-ups.

More about 12-megapixel wide-angle camera:

It has strong ultra-wide lens with an impressive 123-degree field of view.

Because of the decent amount of pixels on it, the images clicked using the lens also come out sharp with a good amount of detail.

More about 5-megapixel depth sensor.

This camera is counted in press materials.

Selfie Camera:

The images turn out okay in the end with nice colors and wide dynamic range. The detail is quite good as far as selfie cameras go too

Selfies generally weren’t very clear. Skin tones were smoothened a bit too much and shots ended up looking a little dull overall. Details were good in low light, but with a slight lack in sharpness.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

VIDEO

Galaxy A51 records video up to 4K30, with all of its standalone cameras while it doesn’t do 1080p at 60fps.

With the 2160p videos it get a bit of 48Mbps, while 1080p makes do with 17Mbps, and those numbers are the same for both cams.

Stabilization isn’t available in 4K, but the A51 wills stabilize 1080p footage from both of its rear cameras, and the Super steady mode was a bit of a disappointment as it clocked at 25.5fps as opposed to a steady 30fps.

PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY

Navigating the interface was relatively quick, but it didn’t feel very fluid.

Even more there was a little lag in the system animations. Also, its performance looked decent with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or 665 SoC would achieve.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

SPECIFICATION

  • Body: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), polycarbonate back and frame.
  • Screen: 6.5-inch Super AMOLED, 20:9, FHD+ (1080x2400px), 405ppi.
  • Rear camera: Primary: 48MP, 1/2″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, 26mm equiv. focal length, f/2.0 aperture. Ultra wide angle: 12MP, 1.12µm, 13mm, f/2.2. Macro: 5MP, 25mm, f/2.4. Depth sensor: 5MP, 1/5″, 1.12µm, f/2.2. LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 32MP, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, 26mm, f/2.2. 1080p@30fps video recording.
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611: octa-core CPU (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
  • Memory: 4/64GB, 4/128GB, or 6/128GB versions, UFS 2.0; dedicated microSD slot for up to 1TB expansion.
  • OS: Android 10; Samsung One UI 2.0.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh, 15W charging.
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB-C; 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader, single bottom-firing loudspeaker.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

This device comes with the latest Android OS version: Android 10 and One UI 2.0.

There is also a 64GB or 128GB of internal storage – again, it’ll vary by region – plus a microSD slot supporting cards up to 512GB in size. You will also find a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display, also there is the option for face recognition as well.

Working on 10nm FinFET process the chipset consists of four Cortex-A73 cores with clock speeds up to 2.3GHz for performance-intensive tasks and four Cortex A-53 cores clocked at up to 1.6GHz.

Above all Exynos 9611 SoC also has embeds the same ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU from its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

However, it still has a good enough chipset for gaming and performance-oriented tasks.

Games also run fine on the device, with titles such as PUBG running smoothly on medium to high setting.

There are also features like the Smart Crop and Multilingual typing, both of which are quite good at what they promise to do.

BATTERY

Galaxy A51 has the same 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast wired charging as the Galaxy A50

If you are not using it intensively, so the battery can easily last you just under two days, particularly if you have just one SIM in the phone.

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

It would be better if only Samsung had enabled 25W fast wired charging on the device. Also the battery to charge completely from 0-100 percent in around two hours.

PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Above all its Compact and light for the display size.
  • Nice battery capacity and also standout design.
  • Super AMOLED display that’s plenty bright and good with colors.
  • Good cameras, also excellent for close-ups
  • Android 10 out of the box, One UI 2 has plenty going for it.
  • Can easily handle high-end games like PUBG well

CONS

  • Not so fast in charging.
  • Chipset isn’t as powerful as competitors.
  • Camera performance is lacking in low light.
  • Lack with video stabilization in 4K, no 60fps mode in 1080p.
  • Also Speaker could have been better

PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

Finally, Samsung Galaxy A51 has been released on 29th January 2020.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 price, so it will be at an affordable £329 (around $430, AU$630) SIM free, around the world.

While in India it has been launched at Rs 23,999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

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