This is Samsung Galaxy A51, a sort of foot soldier of Samsung’s 2020 mid-range lineups of last year’s. The A-series phones were really competitive and was among the best selling Samsung phones of last year.
Every phone has compromises, and an $400 Galaxy A51 has more compromises than most. You have to choose what you care about most, for example, the iPhone SE and, Apple picked caring about the processor and the camera, instead of caring about having a big screen and getting rid of the big bezel.
What are Samsung’s priorities for the Galaxy A51?
Well. The Screen, camera & battery life are the priorities for the A51.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A51 REVIEW
The Galaxy A51 design is no surprise, if you’re familiar with Samsung’s phones and it’s just like last year’s model. It looks similar to a Samsung flagship phone but made of plastic to reduce cost.
It has the same finish as last year which gives off rainbow of colors in certain lighting with a new texture underneath to set it apart.
The only major difference is the new L-Shaped camera setup which houses four camera’s and the LED flash. One thing that really stands out is that it’s slim and lightweight.
The trademark Samsung infinity display, a 6.5” Super AMOLED with a 1080p resolution and though it isn’t curved display, it have some really slim bezels.The selfie cam is a punch hole which’s not totally unobtrusive.
The viewing experience on the screen is great with plenty of sharpness and contrast. Colors can be set accurately in the display settings. Brightness can get over 400nits with a manual toggle and around 613nits in auto-mode toggle.
The OS has an always ON-Display which will show you the time and notifications when the phone is asleep and there’s an under-display fingerprint reader to wake up the phone ( it’s reliable but not the fastest ).
The A51 has a single speaker and loudspeaker quality is decent. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones and actually quality is great with a lot of volume and not a lot of distortion.
STORAGE & PERFORMANCE
There’s an expandable storage on top of the 64GB/128GB inbuilt, so plenty of space for your tunes. The Galaxy A51 comes with Samsung’s ONE UI 2.0 over Android 10 which comes with new features include:
- A darkmode for your menus.
- A new set of gestures for navigation.
- A swipe from the sides to go back/forward rather than swiping from the bottom like previous version.
At the heart of the A51, is the new Exynos 9611 chipset ( which is about on par to the snapdragon 660 ) but is worse in GPU tests which is lower than the majority of his competitors.
Thou the Exynos 9611 won’t let you down on everyday tasks but I wouldn’t choose this phone for some heavy gaming. The battery life scored an endurance rating of 86hrs on battery tests. The charging speed is 15watts and was able to charge from 0% to 35% in ½hrs.
The A51 has a Quad camera’s which is probably a big change from last year’s model.
- 48 Megapixel Quad Main Camera.
- 12 Megapixel Ultra Wide-angle Camera.
- 5 Megapixel Macro Camera And
- A Depth Sensor.
In daylight, the main camera takes decent pictures with good sharpness, wide dynamic range, low noise and balanced colors.
The ultra wide-angle camera is capable for a mid-range sharpness and dynamic range which is a significant upgrade from last year’s model.
Portraits photos with the main camera are really good, subject detection and separation are excellent. The focus background blur looks nice.
The dedicated macro camera has fixed focus so it’s quiet hard to get your subject in the focus.
In low-light, photos are unfortunately aren’t the best. They’re soft, noisy with washed out colors, dynamic range is decent for what it’s worth.
With night mode activated, it gives you a sharper image with better definition in the shadows.
The A51 has a 32 megapixel selfie cam and you’d be expecting good photo. The selfies turn out good with nice colors with dynamic range and plenty of detail.
The main Camera can record videos up to 4k at 30fps with this main camera and camera footage looks decent, colors are accurate and dynamic range is wide. The Selfie camera doesn’t support 4K but 1080P
The Galaxy A51 is beautiful, lightweight build, a brilliant AMOLED Display and a versatile set of camera’s. Looking at a nice phone like this, it does fall short in a few categories which are pretty important for mid-range like battery life, charging speed and the chipset.
The most important is the price which is going for over €300.
Overall I would say that there are better options out there for a mid-range phone but if you’re dead on Samsung fans you can buy the A51.