Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51’s price in Kenya is 25,500 shillings. It runs on the Android v10 (Q) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa-core (2.3 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A73 + 1.7 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A53) processor. It runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611 Chipset. It has 4/6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Why you should buy Galaxy A51
- See the whole view on the Infinity-O Display
- Designed for a refined level of style and comfort
- Quad Cam lets you shoot with more perspective
Overview and Introduction
This is the Samsung Galaxy A51 sort of like the foot soldier of Samsung’s 2020 mid-range lineup. Last year is a series. Phones were competitive, but do we have the same amount of value this time around? Let’s find out in our galaxy A51 review. The galaxy A51’s design is no surprise if you’re familiar with Samsung’s phones, just like last year’s model, it looks similar to a Samsung flagship, but it’s made of plastic to cut costs. It even brings back the same finishes last year, which gives off a rainbow of colors in certain lighting. There’s a new texture underneath this time around to set it apart.
Other than that, the only major difference is the new L-shaped camera setup, which houses four cameras and the led flash. One thing that stands out to me is how slim and light this phone is not clunky at all, but you know, I was expecting something more flavorful from a phone called the A51 maybe there’s an Easter egg hidden somewhere, but if there is, I haven’t found it yet.
Galaxy A51 Display
One thing that is no surprise here is the trademark Samsung infinity display, it’s a 6.5-inch super AMOLED with a 1080P resolution and though it isn’t curved, it does have some slim bezels. Instead of a notch for the selfie camera, there’s a punch hole. It’s not unobtrusive, but it’s all right. The viewing experience on this screen is great with plenty of sharpness and of course contrast. Colors can be set accurately in the color settings and brightness is respectable.
You can get over 400 nits with a manual slider and around 630 nits in bright conditions with automotive toggled. There’s an always-on display that will show you the time and notifications when the phone is asleep and there’s an under-display fingerprint reader to wake up the phone with. It’s reliable but not the fastest around. For audio loudspeaker quality is decent, but this single speaker is nothing special.
There’s a 3.5-millimeter audio Jack on the Galaxy A51 for headphones and the quality here is great. There’s a lot of volumes and not a lot of distortion. We also get expandable storage on top of the 64 or 128 gigs built-in (Galaxy A80 also), so plenty of space for your tunes. The Samsung Galaxy A51 comes with Samsung’s latest One UI 2.0 over Android 10 some of the new features include a dark mode for your menus and a new set of gestures for navigation.
Here you swipe from the sides to go back rather than swiping from the bottom like before though the old options are still there if you want. You also have edge panels here which can be pretty handy. Swiping on the edge of the screen will bring you to a customizable space for shortcuts.
Internal and OS
At the heart of the A51 is Samsung’s new Exynos 9611 chipsets. It’s about on par CPU wise to the Snapdragon 660 but does worse in GPU tests. Samsung A51’s performance scores are lower than the majority of its competitors. It won’t let you down with everyday tasks, but I wouldn’t choose this phone if I were planning to do some heavy gaming. So then how’s the battery life? Well, the A51’s, Gordon endurance rating of 86 hours not bad, but less than last year’s model and nothing special for a mid-ranger these days.
Charging speed using the bundled 15-watt adapters. Again, not bad but not great either. We were able to charge from 0 to 35% in half an hour. The Samsung Galaxy A51’s, quad cameras are probably as big a change from last year’s model. (see Galaxy M11)
Galaxy A51 Camera
There’s a 48-megapixel quad bear main camera at 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras, a five-megapixel macro camera, and a depth sensor. In daylight, the main camera takes decent pictures. There’s good sharpness, wide dynamic range, low noise, and balanced colors, but we’re not fans of how the phone renders fine detail. You can shoot in the full 48 megapixels too, but these don’t give you much benefit and the file size is much larger. The ultra-wide-angle camera is quite capable of a mid-ranger.
Sharpness and dynamic range are both quite good. Making this a significant upgrade from last year’s model. Portraits taken with the main camera and that sensor are really good too. Subject detection and separation are excellent and the defocus background blur looks nice. The dedicated macro camera has fixed focus, so it’s a pain to get your subject in the focus sweet spot. If you get that right, the results can be pretty decent.
More camera features
Now under low-light photos, unfortunately, these aren’t great. They’re soft and noisy with washed-out colors. The dynamic range is decent for what it’s worth. Night mode gives you a sharper image with better definition in the shadows. The color rendition is the same though, and these come outcropped at eight megapixels. As you’d expect. (See Galaxy S20 Ultra)
The ultra-wide-angle camera doesn’t do a very good job in low lights. These photos are soft, dark, and noisy. Night mode helps a lot though and reduces a lot of the noise. You still end up with a pretty soft photo. The A51 has a 32-megapixel selfie camera and you’d expect 8-megapixel photos, but for some reason, they come out in 12 megapixels instead perhaps through upscale. We don’t mind though. Selfies turn out good with nice colors, a wide dynamic range, and plenty of detail. One feature you won’t find just anywhere is a 4K video recording from this selfie camera.
These videos look good with nice exposure though the stabilization isn’t great. The galaxy A51 can also record and up to 4K at 30 FPS with this main camera and ultra-wide camera. The footage from the main camera looks decent. The colors are accurate and the dynamic range is wide, but it does seem a bit over-processed.
The ultra-wide-angle camera colors are slightly washed out in comparison and the contrast is a bit lower. It does have a pretty good dynamic range too. Stabilization is only available when we’re recording in 1080P from the main camera. There’s a tendency for focus hunting, but stabilize footage from the ultra-wide is super smooth.
That’s the Samsung Galaxy A51, you get a beautiful and lightweight build, a brilliant AMOLED display, and a versatile set of cameras. Just looking at that as a pretty nice phone, but it does come up short in a few categories, which are pretty important for mid-rangers. Battery life and charging speed are good, but not great. The chipset is just okay. Overall, I would say that there are better options out there for a mid-ranger, but if you’re dead set on the Samsung and you don’t mind paying the premium, the A51 will get the job done.
A51’s Infinity-O Display optimizes visual symmetry. Now you can game, watch, surf, and multi-task without interruption on a 6.5″ FHD+ widescreen display—all powered by Super AMOLED technology. Enjoy a smartphone experience that minimizes the bezel and maximizes each inch of screen space. Source website.
See also Samsung Galaxy A71.
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