Samsung is bolstering its A-series lineup with completely new models, you start with the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51, which it announced earlier this month. The Galaxy A51 was already launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 23,999. This new smartphone brings some iterative updates to the present Galaxy A50s (Review) to keep the series fresh and relevant.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy A51 is one of the first phones in the series to sport an Infinity-O display and a macro camera. Aside from these highlight features, it has most of the same specifcations as its predecessor, including its AMOLED display, processor, and design aesthetic. There isn’t any lot of competition as of this price level, apart from the Redmi K20 Pro (Review) and Redmi K20 (Review), that could be an edge for Samsung.
So, is this new lower mid-range offering worth taking into consideration over the existing competition? Let’s have a look.
Samsung Galaxy A51 design
Your body of the Samsung Galaxy A51 includes a similar design compared to that of the Galaxy A50s. We’ve an all-polycarbonate body, which is rather light at only 172g, and quite slim too, measuring just 7.9mm thick. The glossy body is susceptible to picking right up fingerprints but they’re not too obvious on our Prism Crush Black unit. The final of the trunk is just a little slippery too, but thankfully Samsung offers a case in the box.
The biggest change may be the Infinity-O display, which we’re seeing for the very first time on a Galaxy A-series phone. It’s essentially an individual hole in the upper middle of the display, similar from what we saw on the Galaxy Note 10+ (Review). Samsung might possibly not have changed the look of the body an excessive amount of, but having a hole-punch display does give this phone reduced look, which we appreciate. The Galaxy A51 runs on the Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution, which produces punchy colours and good sharpness. It looks striking from leading, because of slim bezels throughout.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 looks classy and doesn’t weigh much
Button placement is ergonomic, and on the proper side, we’ve a tray for just two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. In the bottom, we have the most common headphone socket, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille. The trunk of the Galaxy A51 includes a familiar-looking camera bump, but there’s now a fourth camera. The bump doesn’t protrude an excessive amount of, which is good.
The Galaxy A51 ships with the most common accessories, which certainly are a 15W fast charger, a Type-C cable, a headset, a SIM eject tool, and a case.
Samsung Galaxy A51 specifications and software
Samsung has stuck with the same Exynos 9611 processor as the Galaxy A50s, which in 2020 and as of this price, feels a lttle bit weak. The Galaxy A51 is available with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and both variants have 128GB of internal storage. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC, and Radio. The usual sensors can be found, and this phone also offers Widevine L1 certification. The Galaxy A51 supports Samsung Pay, so that you can make make use of it for contactless payments.
The software running upon this phone out-of-the-box is Samsung’s One UI 2.0, which is dependant on Android 10. The brand new version looks and feels similar to earlier versions of One UI that people have used before, but Samsung has made some tweaks to increase the user experience. It’s now a whole lot better to change the wallpaper as there’s a dedicated menu because of this, rather than getting redirected to the Themes app.