Samsung Galaxy A51 Review – Better than A50?

On January 29, 2020 Samsung launches its new Midrange smartphone – Samsung Galaxy A50. It was a great smartphone for the price in fact, it still is one of the best value for money smartphone from Samsung.

If you remember last year, Galaxy A50 was one of the highest selling mid-range phones of 2019. The company had already updated it with the Galaxy A50s but disappointingly it came with very few and insignificant upgrades and now we have another phone in the Galaxy 50 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy A51.

This time, there have been quite a few interesting improvements. However, the competition has gotten even tougher in 2020 due brands like Poco, Redmi and Realme. This is our detailed Samsung Galaxy A51 Review.

Box contents of Samsung Galaxy A51
Box contents of Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 Box Contents:

1. Samsung Galaxy A51 handset
2. 15W fast charger with Type-C cable
3. Standard Earphones
4. Sim ejector pin
5. Documentation and Quick Start Guide

Design and Build

Samsung Galaxy A51 Design and Build
Samsung Galaxy A51 Design and Build

So let’s start with the design. Compared to the A50, I found quite a few improvements here, first, the 3D holographic cut patterns look amazing and in terms of color choices, you have got options of white and blue variant.

Both looked very suiting, the cameras at the back also have a new look similar to that of Samsung galaxy S20 series.

You still get a plastic back frame here but, what I really like about this phone is how light it is, Galaxy A51 is really thin, light weight and comfortable to use.

So overall, I like the Samsung Galaxy A51 for its design and build.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Review: Display

Samsung Galaxy A51 display
Samsung Galaxy A51 display

Moving on to the display you know that I’m going to appreciate it, thanks to Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED panel and the centered punch hole cut out that makes the Samsung Galaxy A51’s display aesthetically pleasing.

Talking about the panel itself, it’s a big 6.5 inches display with 20:9 aspect ratio. The display quality is excellent as we’ve come to expect from Samsung. The colors are great and so is the contrast ratio.

Additionally, the Galaxy A51 gets a decent amount of brightness as well with almost no compromise. No matter if you are inside in a room or outdoor in a suuny environment, the display is bright enough.

Although it is still a regular 60 Hertz panel, navigating through the phone is quite Swift. There is the stated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the phone and I’m not going to lie you do have a few minor scratches on the screen.

So if anybody from Samsung is reading this, I want to give you a quick suggestion. Maybe you could include an inbuilt screen protector just like you do on your expensive flagship models. Honestly, that is going to help a lot now.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Review: Software

Samsung Galaxy A51 Software
Samsung Galaxy A51 Software Information

Talking about the software version, the Samsung Galaxy A51 runs on android 10? with One UI 2.0 on top.

This version of One UI is great, although there are not many visual differences. I did notice that this one is a lot smoother having said that there is still a slight hint of lag while navigating through the apps and multitasking.

That’s definitely because of the same old Exynos 9611 that’s powering it which is just a slight improvement over Exynos 9610 on the original Galaxy A50.

What’s even more unacceptable is how Samsung’s new Galaxy M21 with it’s much less going price shares the same chipset to the Galaxy A51. We have been consistently complaining about the company’s chipset selection in their A series of lineup. At this point I am really tired of it.

Samsung Pay on Galaxy A51
Samsung Pay on Galaxy A51

You are also getting full version of Samsung Pay in Samsung Galaxy A51, so you can put your credit card/ debit card info for easier transactions.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Gaming Performance

Samsung Galaxy A51 gaming performance
Samsung Galaxy A51 gaming performance

Samsung has not made any significant changes in terms of processor in Samsung Galaxy A51. They’ve used the Exynos 9611 SOC which is an upgraded version of its previous version (Exynos 9610).

Also Read: Exynos 9611 vs Snapdragon 712

Although you will not experience any lag while performing day to day tasks like scrolling social media, watching videos, playing games like candy crush.

When it comes to heavy gaming, the performance is similar to that of last year’s Galaxy A50. Graphic intensive games like PUBG run at an acceptable FPS mark in smooth graphics and ultra frame rates.

While Call of Duty is playable on high graphics and high refresh rates but as you push the Settings higher you get a ton of stutters and lags. Therefore with its under powering SOC the galaxy A51 is definitely not for gaming centric audience.

In terms of memory, there is either 4, 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage with a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Review

As for the fingerprint sensor, it is much faster and accurate than its predecessor and with the recent update it is gotten even better but despite this, it is nowhere near comparable to what the competitors are offering with their faster sensor.

But at the end of the day it gets the job done and you’ll get used to it pretty soon. Likewise the software based face unlock is ok too, but still isn’t the fastest.

Audio

The audio quality on this phone is okay. It has one speaker that gets the job done but I think Samsung should include a stereo setup at least in their upper series devices to make it more value packed and distinguish it from their cheaper M series.

Similarly, there is no problem that I faced with the 3.5 mm headphone jack and even in terms of quality the audio is loud and clear.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Camera Review

Samsung Galaxy A51 Camera Review
Samsung Galaxy A51 Camera Review

Let’s talk cameras and like the display, this one is equally amazing. You get a quad camera set up in here. There’s a 48 MP primary camera, a 12 MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 5 MP depth sensor and the final one is a 5 MP macro sensor.

Now talking about the primary camera, as we usually see on Samsung phones the, A51 gives an incredible amount of detail with decent dinamic range and punchy colors.

I was quite surprised to see how the Galaxy A51 is taking photos, just look at these images. The A51 produces quite eye catching colors especially the sky. In comparison getting to the night time images, the poco x2 images are better.

I had a very hard time distinguishing which one’s better but what’s definitely distinguishable are the images from the ultra wide-angle lens. Here the A51 takes the crown as it’s got the better of everything from.

Talking about macro shots, like I’ve been saying it’s just a gimmick and is very less practical. It’s not very useful though you can get some acceptable images with good lighting.

Similarly, the regular and portrait selfie images are also better on the Galaxy A51. With better colors details and sharper focus compared to the Poco X2.

Getting to the videos, though it supports 4k recording, it is limited to 30 FPS and lacks stabilization. You still get quite stable videos in 1080p. Like the photos, the videos have quite good colors and dynamic range and as expected from a Samsung phone. You also get the super steady mode, slow-motion and super slow-motion video modes.

Talking about the front facing selfie camera, there is a 32 MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture size. Like the rear camera, the front camera performance of Galay A51 is also very good. The ski tones are balanced, images are sharp and bright.

Front camera sample
Front camera sample

Battery and Charging

Now moving to the battery, there isn’t any upgrade from its predecessors, the 4,000 mAh battery performs similarly to the Samsung Galaxy A50 and A50s. It gives a solid one day battery life, the phone, can give you around 6 hours of screen on time which consisted of 2 hours of YouTube, about an hour of gaming, and over an hour social media usage.

Samsung Galaxy A51 battery

You are still stuck with the 15W fast charging which now can be seen on the budget Samsung phones. So it would have been much nicer if Samsung had included a 25W charging technology like the Samsung Galaxy A71.

With the 15W charger, it takes about one hour and 15 minutes for the Galaxy A51 to get charged from zero to hundred percent.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Price in India

The price of stating variant of Samsung Galaxy A51 (6GB RAM, 128GB Storage) is Rs 25,250 in India. The other variant of Galaxy A51 (8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) costs Rs. 27,999. in India. You can pick the Samsung A51 in four different color options – Prism Crush Black, White, Blue and Pink.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Review: Conclusion

Pros:

1. Compact and standout design.
2. Dependable battery life, 15W fast charging.
3. Super AMOLED display that is bright and have good colors.
4. Superb portraits, better than average closeups, good daylight image quality from all cameras.
5. Android 10 out of the box, One UI 2.0 has plenty going for it.

Cons:

1. Chipset isn’t much powerful.
2. Camera performance is lacking in low light.
3. No video stabilization in 4K, no 60fps mode in 1080p.

I got in a dilemma when I was thinking- “How I should give a verdict on the galaxy 51?” I kept on asking myself, who is this phone for and I think it is a perfect phone for a casual smartphone user who does not emphasize a lot on gaming and performance.

Someone like your sister who does not play games and just wants a stylish phone with a great display and great cameras.

If you are someone with a higher performance standard, then this phone is not the optimal choice for you. I think you should rather go with the Poco M2 Pro or the Motorola One Fusion Plus instead.

So that was our Samsung Galaxy A51 review, if you liked this, make sure to share this review.

Rahul

I live in Punjab. I am a student and I am currently studying at Govt. Sr. Sec. School (Nawanshahr) . I started blogging in February, 2018.

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