Here comes Samsung with its A-series line-up along with its brand new models. Which are starting with Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 which was already announced. The Samsung Galaxy A51 has already been launched in India. This phone is also bringing up some of the updates to the current Galaxy A50s. In order to keep the series fresh and relevant. According to Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy A51 is the first phone among the series to sport an Infinity-O display and a macro camera. The phone has many of the same specifications as its predecessor which includes its AMOLED display, processor, and design aesthetic.
The new Samsung Galaxy A51 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9611 SoC. It also has an Infinity-O hole-punch display and four rear cameras. When we talk about the Samsung Galaxy A51 design. It has a similar design to that of the Galaxy A50s. we are going to have an all- polycarbonate body. Which is fairly just 172g and quite slim too. The phone measures about 7.9mm in thickness. The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints but they are not too visible on our Prism Crush Black unit.
The finish of the rear is a little slippery too but Samsung provides a case in the box. The phone has essentially a single hole in the upper middle of the display which is similar to what we saw on the Galaxy Note 10+ which is worth Rs 70,000. It is pretty appreciable that having a hole-punch display gives the phone premium look which made Samsung change the design of the body.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 is available with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and both variants have a 128GB of internal storage. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-fi 802.11av, Bluetooth 5, GPS,NFC and FM radio. The usual sensors are present and this phone has Widevine L1 certification. The Galaxy A51 supports Samsung Pay so that you can use it for contactless payments.
The software running on this phone is out-of-the-box, which is Samsung’s one UI 2.0 which is based on Android 10. The new version looks and feels similar to previous versions of One UI that we have used before. Samsung has made some tweaks to improve the user experience. There is a dedicated menu where you can easily change the wallpaper as there is a dedicated menu for this, instead of getting redirected to the Themes app. The other little changes include the positioning of permission access notifications from the app which now show up at the bottom of the screen instead of the middle. The ‘Device care’ sub-menu has a new look too. Apart from that the battery usage can also be tracked for the past seven days.
The Galaxy A51 uses the super AMOLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution which produces punchy colors and good sharpness. It looks striking from the front, all thanks to slim bezels all around.
Samsung has also added some India-specific features to the Galaxy A51 such as the ability to organize your SMS messages in the form of visual cards, multilingual predictive typing, and smart crop which claims to detect the most relevant part of a screenshot and lets you crop feature works best if there is an image within the screenshot.
Regarding button placement on the phone, it is ergonomic, on the right side we are going to have a tray for two Nano-SIM cards and a micro SD card. At the bottom, it has been provided with a usual headphone socket, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille. The back of the Galaxy A51 has a familiar-looking camera bump but now we are going to have the fourth camera as well. The bump doesn’t protrude too much which is good.
The Samsung galaxy A51 ships with the usual accessories which are a 15W fast charger, a Type-C cable, headset, a SIM eject tool, and a case. It has used a 4000mAh battery for the Galaxy A51 and is posted a decent runtime of 14 hours and 55 minutes in our HD video loop test. We would easily manage to get a full day’s worth of regular use with enough power left over to get us through another half day.
The phone has got the fats charging and we can manage to charge the battery to 67 percent in an hour. Charging it completely would take a little more than two hours. We cannot say that the phone can charge so quickly as the Redmi K20 Pro which charges up to 80 percent in an hour.
There were some instances when we noticed a little lag in the system animations. Benchmark’s performance was decent along the lines of what a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or 665 SoC would achieve. We got a score of 1,86,220 points while in GFXbench’s T-Rex test, we managed 42 fps. At graphics part Exynos 9611 SoC is pretty competent. PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 both ran well with good framerates. The in-display fingerprint sensor takes a while before it authenticates you and unlocks the phone which is the same with facial recognition.
The main camera captures oversampled 12-megapixel photos by default but you can shoot at the full 48-megapixel resolution if needed. Moreover, Samsung has added a new 5-megapixel macro camera to the three types of cameras that were on the galaxy A50s and they include a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera and 5-megapixel depth sensor. The camera app has been actually reworked now a bit and now has slightly different looking icons. In the “MORE” menu, most of the shooting modes are clubbed together, but you can add them to the main viewfinder if needed.
The Galaxy A51 can shoot video at up to 4K but without any stabilization. You will be getting stabilization at 1080p but there is a noticeable shimmer effect when walking about. This shimmer effect is amplified in low light and looks jarring. You can also use the ‘super- steady’ shooting mode which uses the wide-angle camera to record video.
The front 32-megapixel camera captures 12-megapixel or 8- megapixel oversampled shots depending on the perspective you choose. Shooting modes include Pro, Panorama, food, Hyperlapse, Super slow-mo and slow-motion which we have obviously seen before on Samsung phones. You can access the Bixby vision and AR Emojis through the camera app. The Galaxy A51 also supports AR doodle which we first saw on the Galaxy S10 series.
According to Samsung, the galaxy A51 has already been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 23,999.
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