Galaxy A51 Review: Samsung\'s Mid Range Smartphone That Delivers Everything You Expect

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Samsung has started off the year with products that perfectly fit with Indian buying habits and the first smartphone to arrive is the Galaxy A51. While the company has launched two other smartphones i.e. the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 lite, we will be talking about those in separate reviews. However, Samsung has started to make smartphones in 2019 that did not come with a hefty price tag and packed with features. The Galaxy A51 sure fits that mould and we have been using the smartphone for a while to figure out what's good and bad about the smartphone. 

Design

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The previous model came with Samsung's Infinity-U display, however Samsung has now opted to use a punch-hole display for the Galaxy A51. Samsung calls it the Infinity-O display that is being used in other Samsung Galaxy devices as well. The punch hole is at the top center of the display, similar to the Galaxy Note 10 where it houses the front-facing camera. It also allows the smartphone to have a slimmer top bezel for a better viewing experience. 

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The Galaxy A51 also uses the same material as the Galaxy A50 for the design at the back. It does have a plastic feel to it but also gives the glass material feel. It does not feel cheap or plasticky in any way and gives a more premium vibe that Samsung is known for on their flagship smartphones. There is also a slight curve at the back of the smartphone which helps in the overall ergonomics of the smartphones. 

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At the back, the first thing you will notice is the rectangular module that houses different camera sensors. The module isn't too jarring and blends in well with the overall design of the smartphone. The type-c port, headphone jack and the speaker grille are all positioned at the bottom of the smartphone. The three buttons are all placed on the right side of the phone i.e. the lock button and the two volume rocker buttons.

Overall, the Galaxy A51 looks like a premium smartphone that stands out from the rest of the crowd in the same price segment. It comes in three colours i.e. Prism Black, Prism White, and Prism Blue. 

Display 

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The Galaxy A51 comes with a 6.5-inch Infinity-O Super AMOLED Full HD+ display, with 1080×2400 pixel resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. It is slightly taller than the Galaxy 50 and is flatter than the usually curved displays Samsung is known for. Being a Super AMOLED display, it isn't obvious at the same level as flagship smartphones but is the best sAMOLED display you will come across in this price range. The display is capable of deep blacks, vivid colours and excellent viewing angles if you use your smartphone for consuming videos. Similar to the Galaxy Note 10, the punch-hole display does not interfere with the overall viewing experience. 

The Galaxy A51 also comes with Widevine L1 support out of the box, which means you can stream content on OTT services at fullHD resolution. The display also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor that is used for unlocking the smartphone. The unlocking speed has drastically improved since Samsung first introduced the feature on their phones last year. 

Performance 

The Galaxy A51 is powered by Samsung's Galaxy Exynos 9611 processor which is not necessarily an upgrade since it was being used in the A51 as well. The processor is coupled with 6GB of RAM which is more than enough to carry out daily tasks on the Galaxy A51. Since the processor is based on four 2.3GHz Cortex-A73 cores, it will be able to handle games like PUBG at the highest setting easily. 

However, being a mid-range device, do not expect the processor to be future proof as it is still a mid-range device that has slight performance issues. For power users, you will notice some lag or stutter if you over-exert the smartphone by throwing multiple heavy applications its way. Having said that, the smartphone is not bad at handling the usual everyday applications and did not disappoint us when compared to other smartphones in the same price bracket.  

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The Galaxy A51 is also the first smartphone by Samsung that comes with One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 out of the box. It is a much cleaner, refined and more stable version of One UI that we got to test in the beta in late 2019. It comes with new features such as an in-built screen recorder, new gestures, and the ability to take slow-motion selfie videos. One UI 2.0 is based on Android 10, and you get new features such as focus mode, better privacy and location controls plus some other nifty features you can discover in the settings. Overall, One UI 2.0 is probably one of the best Android skins you can use today and it has been well optimised for the Galaxy A51. 

Camera

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The marquee feature of the Galaxy A51 is the camera arrangement at the back of the smartphone It's the first thing you notice when you look at the phone and rightly so. The Galaxy A51 has a 48-megapixel f/2.0 primary and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide f/2.2 camera that has a 123-degree field of view. It even has a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth camera for taking portrait images and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera.

The main wide lens uses pixel banning technology to output 12MP photos. Pixel banning is a process that allows to have more accurate exposure and capture more details in one superpixel. This is the most common method used by smartphones today. 

When looking at the overall picture quality, the final output is sharp with accurate colours and better daylight photography performance. Low-light imaging has also improved from its predecessor, but do not expect it to match the quality of flagship Samsung smartphones. The ultra-wide lens also does a good job of capturing images with its extensive field of view. This time, however, there is a slight bump in resolution, thanks to the 12 MP sensor. 

The newest sensor in the camera module is the 5-megapixel macro lens which can be used to capture images from up close for accurate details. It can be used to capture images of flowers or food where the composition of your image consists of subjects with minute details. You will need to get very close to the subject in order to activate the autofocus. 

Here are some camera samples below from the Galaxy A51:

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The Final Say 

If you've always been looking for a Samsung Galaxy smartphone that isn't too heavy on the pocket and is value for money, you will be happy to use this smartphone as your daily driver. It performs right up there with all the mid-range smartphones available today and offers better photography performance than them. It has an amazing Super AMOLED display that is great for viewing movies and TV shows. Priced at Rs 23,999, it makes a compelling choice for customers who are looking for a value for money smartphone.

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