Samsung is promoting its A-series with new models, starting with the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51, which it announced earlier this month. The Galaxy A51 has already been launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 23999. This new smartphone provides some repeat updates to the current Galaxy A50s (review) to keep the series new and relevant.
According to Samsung, the $23,999 Galaxy A51 is among the first phones in the series to offer the Infinity-O screen and macro camera. Apart from these highlighting features, it has many of the same specifications that preceded it, including an AMOLED screen, processor and aesthetic design. There is not much competition at this level of price, other than Redmi K20 Pro $24,999 (review) and Redmi K20 (review), which may be an advantage for Samsung.
So, is this new mid-range offer worth thinking about the current competition? Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Design
The Samsung Galaxy A51 chassis has a design similar to that of the Galaxy A50s. We have a multi-carbon body, fairly light at only 172 grams, also extremely thin, and only 7.9 mm thick. The shiny body tends to capture fingerprints but is not visible on our Prism Crush Black module. The finish of the back is a little too slippery, but luckily Samsung provides a case in the box.
The biggest change is the Infinity-O screen, which we see for the first time on the Galaxy A-series. It’s basically one slot at the middle top of the screen, similar to what we saw in the Galaxy Note 10 + $69,998 (review). Samsung may not have changed the design of the body much, but having a perforated screen doesn’t give this phone a distinct look, which we appreciate. The Galaxy A51 uses a Super AMOLED panel with full HD, which produces great colors and a good unit. It looks amazing from the front, thanks to the thin edges everywhere.
Place the buttons comfortably, and on the right side, we have a tray for two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. At the bottom, we have the usual headphone jack, a USB C-type port, and a speaker network. The back of the Galaxy A51 has a familiar camera malfunction, but there is now a fourth camera. The bump doesn’t stand out much, which is good.
The Galaxy A51 comes with the usual accessories: a fast 15W charger, a Type C cable, a headset, a SIM card output tool and a case.
Samsung Galaxy A51 specifications and software
Samsung has suspended the same 9611 Exynos processor as the $16,990 Galaxy A50s, which in 2020 at this price has become a bit weak. The Galaxy A51 has a 6GB or 8GB RAM capacity, both of which have 128GB of internal memory. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC, and FM radio. Galaxy A51 supports Samsung Pay, so you can use it for contactless payments.
The software that runs on this phone outside the device is Samsung One UI 2.0, which is based on Android 10. The new version looks and looks like the earlier versions of One UI that we used before, but Samsung made some tweaks to improve the user experience. Changing your screen background is now a lot easier because there’s a custom menu, instead of redirecting you to themes.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Samsung one UI 2.0 applications are highly polished and android-based 10
Other small changes include locating access notifications for permissions from apps, which now appear at the bottom of the screen instead of the middle. The “Device Care” submenu also has a new look; Switch the lamp.
There are still some pre-installed bloatware software, including third-party apps and some Samsung apps such as Samsung Shop, but most of them can be uninstalled. Samsung has also added some features for India to the Galaxy A51, such as the ability to organize your SMS messages in the form of optical cards, multilingual predictive writing, and Smart Crop, which claims to discover the most relevant part of a screenshot and gives you its economy with a single click. We found that Smart Crop works best if there’s a picture inside the screenshot.
Samsung Galaxy A51 performance and battery life
The Galaxy A51 is very similar to the Galaxy A50 when it comes to everyday use. The slim and light shape factor is something we really liked. The movement between the interface was relatively fast, but it was not very liquid. There were some cases when we noticed some delays in the animation of the system. The standard performance was decent; Despite the price Samsung requires for this phone, this is a bit frustrating.
At AnTuTu, we got a score of 1.86220 points, while in gfxbench’s T-Rex test, we managed 42fps. The back of the phone appeared fairly warm when playing games and running cumbersome apps, but it didn’t happen uncomfortably. Thankfully, Exynos 9611 SoC is pretty competent in graphics. PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends worked well with good frames.
Samsung Galaxy A51 fingerprint sensor in Samsung Galaxy A51 is a bit slow
Biometric authentication works well but is a bit slow. The fingerprint sensor on the screen takes some time before it authenticates you and unlocks the phone, which is the same story with facial recognition.
Galaxy A51 supports Dolby Atmos but only if you have connected wired speakers. The sound quality is strictly moderate with assembled headphones, but this phone looks better with a higher score than headphones after the market. The lower speaker is not high but enough for personal listening. The screen is one of the best aspects of this phone. The brightness is very good and the colors look lively, making watching any content very enjoyable.
Samsung used a 4,000 mAh battery for the Galaxy A51, and deployed a decent run time of 14 hours and 55 minutes in a high-resolution video loop test. We have easily managed to get regular use for a full day, with enough power to take you to another half day. There’s a fast charge, and we were able to charge the battery to 67 percent in an hour. It took a little more than two hours to fully charge. It’s relatively fast, but not as fast as others in the industry like the Redmi K20 Pro, which charges up to 80 percent an hour.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Cameras
Samsung added a new 5-megapixel macro camera to three types of cameras that were present on the Galaxy A50s. They include a 48MP primary sensor; a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera; and a 5MP sensor.
The Galaxy A51 can shoot video at speeds of up to 4K, but without any stability. Video quality is not bad if it is shot under good lighting, but in low light, the clips are grainy and the details are weak. You get stability at 1080 pixels, but as a result, there is also a noticeable bright effect when walking. Continuous autofocus is also a bit slow. This glossy effect is amplified in low light, and looks fickle. You can use the “very hard”” shooting mode, which uses a wide-angle camera to record video. Stability is better, but the details are weaker.
The 32-megapixel front camera captures 12-megapixel or 8MP shots, depending on the perspective you choose. The selfies were generally not very clear. Skin tones have been softened a lot, and the shots ended up looking a little holistic. The details were good in low light, but with a slight lack of sharpness.
Other shooting modes include Pro, Panorama, Food, Hyperlapse, Super slow-mo and Slow motion, as we’ve seen before on Samsung phones. You can access Bixby Vision and AR Emojis through the camera app. The Galaxy A51 also supports the AR Doodle, which we first saw in the Galaxy S10 series.
Samsung launched the Galaxy A51 at a slightly higher price than the Galaxy A50s (review) when it first appeared. For this extra money, you’ll get a fourth rear camera, a more modern perforated screen and more RAM. Currently, Samsung has launched only 6GB variant in India, at the price of Rs. 23999. However, the company’s website mentions the existence of an 8GB RAM option, but this seems not yet available.
Energy users will immediately argue that Redmi K20 Pro (Review) offers much better performance for just RS. 1000 more, and has the same amounts of RAM and storage – and it won’t be wrong. Redmi K20 Pro gives you a premium processor, HDR display, more distinctive materials and better cameras. If you’re going to play a lot, then yes, the Redmi K20 Pro will be the most logical option. In fact, for a little less money, you can also get the Redmi K20 (review), which is also very capable.
However, there is something very endearing about the Galaxy A51, and although it is not priced large, it will attract those looking for a polished experience. You can get Android 10 out of the box, a thin and light body, a Samsung Pay, a solid battery life, a screen that’s clear enough, and of course the Samsung brand. We would have preferred a stronger processor at this price;
Even the Samsung Galaxy A50s is now offering good value at its new initial price Rs. 1990. However, if you’re looking for something more proof of the future, it makes sense to skip the Galaxy A50s and move to the Galaxy A51 instead.