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Samsung launched the Galaxy A50 smartphone back in February 2019 and later launched the upgraded Galaxy A50s smartphone. Both the phones were popular in its segment and this year, Samsung has refreshed lineup with the Galaxy A51. Samsung Galaxy A51 is positioned as a mid-range smartphone and sports a modern Infinity-O Super AMOLED display, quad-camera setup, and more.


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Samsung Galaxy A51 specifications

• 6.5-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+  Infinity-O Super AMOLED screen
• Octa-Core (Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.7GHz) Exynos 9611 10nm processor with Mali-G72 GPU
• 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage, expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card
• Android 10 with Samsung One UI 2.0
• Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
• 48MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 12MP 123-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 5MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
• 32MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture
• In-display fingerprint sensor
• 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Dolby Atmos
• Samsung Pay
• Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9mm ; Weight: 172g
• Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC
• 4000mAh battery with 15W fast charging


Box Contents


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  • Samsung Galaxy A51 (6GB RAM + 128GB storage)
  • Protective Case
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger
  • USB Type- C cable
  • Earphones
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information

Physical Overview and Build Quality


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Samsung Galaxy A51 is a step up from the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A50s in terms of design and this time, the Galaxy A51 sports a centered punch-hole, replacing the U-shaped notch that was seen on the Galaxy A50 and this time, the Galaxy A51 has a new camera layout as well. The back is however still plastic, but has a Diamond finish and is refreshing. Having said that, it is a fingerprint magnet and it is recommended to use the bundled case.


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Coming to the physical overview, the volume rockers and the power button are located on the right, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, and the speaker grille are located on the bottom side. The secondary microphone is located to the top and the Dual SIM + microSD tray is located on the left side. The front houses the earpiece, sensors, and the centered punch-hole display, and the back houses the quad-camera setup in an L-shaped array along with the LED flash.


Although the back is plastic, the Diamond finish design is unique and produces a rainbow effect when it comes in contact under direct light. As mentioned earlier, the back is a fingerprint magnet, is slippery, but having said that, the build quality is solid and Samsung has done a good job in terms of the build.


Display


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The Galaxy A51 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Samsung is known for its great quality displays and the same is the case with the Galaxy A51. The display quality is very good with good sharpness and color reproduction. The colors are vibrant and saturated, and you can tweak the colors from the display settings if you are not a fan of saturated colors. It gets pretty bright outdoors and the viewing angles are good as well.


The display is not HDR compliant and this means, you cannot playback HDR videos. But, it is Widevine L1 certified and you can enjoy 1080p FULL HD content on Amazon Prime and NetFlix. There is no mention of the glass protection, but on the whole, the display quality is very good on the Samsung Galaxy A51 and no complaints here.


Camera


The optics on the Galaxy A51 is an upgrade from the Galaxy A50 and this time, there is a quad-camera setup in an L-shaped array that is housed in a square camera module. It is a combination of 48MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 12MP 123-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 5MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. The front-facing camera is a 32MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture.


Coming to the camera quality, the pictures taken with the 48MP primary camera in daylight conditions come out very well with ample detail and sharpness is on point. The colors are vibrant and the dynamic range is good as well. There is support for HDR in camera and it is recommended to keep HDR ON always. Moving on, the 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor does a good job as well, but there is a color difference in normal and wide-angle shots.


The macro sensor is a nifty addition and lets you get closer to a subject. However, the macro camera’s performance is strictly average and could have been better. Moving on, the front-facing 32MP clicks good selfies and the edge detection is on point in portrait mode. Furthermore, in the video department, the Galaxy A51 can shoot up to 4K videos, and it support for Super Steady mode. The footage turned out to be quite good with a decent amount of detail and it gets the job done.


Battery Life


Samsung Galaxy A51 packs a 4000mAh non-removable battery with support for 15W charging over USB Type-C. With casual usage, the battery lasts over a day and with moderate to heavy usage, it lasts around 17 hours. Thanks to the 15W adaptive fast charger, the Galaxy A51 charges quickly from 0 to 100%. Here’s a breakdown of the charging duration measured at different intervals.


• 0 to 50% : 38 minutes
• 0 to 100% : 112 minutes (1 hours and 52 minutes)


Conclusion


Samsung Galaxy A51 comes in a single 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option, is priced at Rs. 23,999, and is available on Samsung India e-Store, Flipkart, and Amazon.in. The A51 gets few things right like the great display, versatile camera setup, sleek design, and slim form factor. But it does not pack the power, considering Rs. 23,999 price point. One UI 2.0 is certainly clean and minimalistic, but on the Galaxy A51, the noticeable lag is a bit not up to the mark. Samsung’s own Galaxy M31 that costs Rs. 12,999 packs the same SoC. The pricing of the Galaxy A51 could have been competitive and considering this is positioned as a mid-range smartphone, Samsung could have packed in a powerful processor.


But having said that, there are a set of users who might like the other good aspects of the Galaxy A51 and it caters to them, and overall, it turns out to be a decent mid-range smartphone from Samsung.


Pros

  • Brilliant display
  • Sleek design
  • Good cameras
  • Android 10 out-of-the-box

Cons

  • Performance is not up to the mark
  • Battery life could have been better
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New colour Haze Crush Silver is best as it has matt texture and doesn't attract Fingerprints on back.
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