Samsung is competing with its A-series lineup with a new model starting with the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 announced earlier this month. The Galaxy A51 is already priced in India at Rs. 23,999. To keep the series fresh and relevant, this new smartphone makes some frequent updates to the existing Galaxy A50 (preview).
According to Samsung, the Infinity O is the first phone in the Galaxy A51 series to feature a display and a macro camera. In addition to these notable features, it has several specifications, including its AMOLED display, processor and aesthetic design. There may not be much competition at this price level except Redmi K20 Pro (review) and Redmi K20 (review), which may be beneficial for
Samsung.Samsung Galaxy A51 design
The body of Samsung Galaxy A51 has a design similar to the Galaxy A50. We have an all-polycarbonate body, which is quite light at just 172g, and also very slim, with a length of only 7.9mm. The shiny body is prone to fingerprints but it is not much visible on our Prism Crush Black unit. The rear finish is also a bit slippery, but thankfully Samsung offers a case in the box.
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Samsung Galaxy A51 design
The body of Samsung Galaxy A51 has a design similar to the Galaxy A50. We have an all-polycarbonate body, which is quite light at just 172g, and quite slim, with a length of only 7.9mm. The shiny body is prone to fingerprints but it is not much visible on our Prism Crush Black unit. The rear finish is also a bit slippery, but thankfully Samsung offers a case in the box.
The buttoning is ergonomic, and on the right side, we have a tray of two Nano SIM cards and a MicroSD card. Below, we have the usual headphone socket, USB Type-C port and speaker grille. The Galaxy A51 has a familiar looking camera bump behind it, but now a fourth camera. The bump does not spread much, which is good.
The Galaxy A51 ships with common accessories, a 15W fast charger, a Type-C cable, a headset, a SIM card and a case.
Samsung Galaxy A51 specifications and software
Samsung is stuck with the same Aquinas 9611 processor as the Galaxy A50, which looks slightly weaker in 2020 and at this price. The Galaxy A5 1 is available with 6 GB or 8 GB RAM, and both variants have 128 GB of internal storage. There are regular sensors, and this phone also has a Widwine L1 certificate. The Galaxy A51 supports Samsung Pay, so you can use it for payment without connectivity.
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The software running out of the box on this phone is Samsung’s One UI 2.0, which is based on Android 10. The new version looks and feels similar to previous versions of the previous UI, which we have used before, but Samsung has made some twists to improve the user experience. Changing the wallpaper has become much easier now because the theme app has a dedicated menu for it instead of being redirected.
Samsung Galaxy A51 performance and battery life
The Galaxy A51 is very similar to the Galaxy A50 when it comes to everyday use. The thin and light element is what we really like. The interface was relatively quick to navigate, but not too fluid. There were some examples when we noticed a small break in system animation. Quality performance was good. In this case whether Qualcomm will get Snapdragon 660 or 665 SC. However, Samsung’s price for this phone is slightly lower.
In N-Tattoo, we got 1,86,220 points, while in the GFX Bench T-Rex test, we passed at 42 fps. The back of the phone gets slightly warmer when running the Gaming and Stressful app, but it never hurts. Thankfully, the Exynos 9611 SoC is quite capable of graphics. Pub Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legend both run with nice frames.
Samsung has used a 4,000 mAh battery for the Galaxy A5 1, and has posted an excellent runtime of 14 hours and 55 minutes in our HD video loop test. We were able to use it easily throughout the day, giving us enough energy for half a day. It is charging very fast there, and we managed to charge the battery 67% in an hour. It is relatively quick, but not as fast as others in this segment, such as the Redmi K20 Pro, which charges 80% per hour.
Samsung has added a new 5-megapixel macro camera for the three types of cameras on the Galaxy A50s. They include a basic 48-megapixel sensor. A 12-megapixel wide-angle camera; And there is a 5-megapixel depth sensor.
In One UI 2.0, little work has been done on the camera app, and now it has somewhat different looking icons. Most shooting modes are now integrated into the “More” menu, but you can add them to the main visual interface if necessary.
The main camera captures images over 12 megapixels by default, but you can shoot at full 48-megapixel resolution if necessary. This option is hidden in the aspect ratio menu. However, the items on the edges usually look a bit dull and the couch was relatively soft.
The wide-angle camera captures any view in the frame, but it distorts the barrel somewhat. Even after activating the “Ultra Wide Lens Correction” option, some shots still seem to be unnaturally wired. Images shot with this camera in low light look very dark and have poor detail. Night mode also does not help much here.
In a more dramatic way, the live focus mode blurs the background. The image quality is good and the in-depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent edge work. You can adjust the blur level here, but additional effects of this mode, such as spot color, etc. that we have seen on other Galaxy phones are missing.
Even the Samsung Galaxy A50s now offers a good price in its new price range. 19,990. However, if you are looking for something else for future proof, it makes sense to look for the Galaxy A51 instead of the Galaxy A50.