Samsung launched the successor to the A50, not so long ago which if you remember, was highly criticized for being overpriced when it launched. Now, we have the A51 replacing the A50s. I’ve had a few days with the Galaxy A51 wherein I have built some impressions of it, so that is what I am going to share with you in this video. Let’s get started!
Samsung Galaxy A51 Specifications
- Body: 6.24 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches; 172 gm
- Display: 6.5-inches “Infinity-O” Super AMOLED panel
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Exynos 9611; 10nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB (expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card)
- Software & UI: Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
– 48 MP, f/2.0 primary shooter
– 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
– 12MP, f/2.2 super wide-angle lens
– 5MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
– Single LED flash
- Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 aperture
- Security: Optical Fingerprint-Scanner
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), MicroSD card, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BDS, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4000 mAh with 15W Quick Charge
- Colors: Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Blue, Prism Crush Pink
Okay, first things first, the design of it has taken me away. I would really like to know how does Samsung nails their designs like this. This one looks like a better version of the A50s. And this color, wow! And I am also quite impressed with the fact that the device is so light, thin and ergonomic at the same time. But don’t be mistaken by the looks of it, it’s not glass. Samsung calls it “glasstic“, but truly I think its plastic! The sides feel sturdy like metal, but I’ve not exactly been able to guess what it is.
Anyways, the 3D-holographic cut patterns look amazing. If you look at the back, you can see the cameras being placed in an L-shape which seems to be the design language Samsung will be following in many other upcoming phones. Aesthetically, you get all your buttons on the right while the left side is reserved for SIM tray and down below, you get a Type-C port, a speaker and our beloved headphone jack.
So, yeah, I had applauded the A50s design in my review and I love this one too.
What else I absolutely love about this phone is the front of it. This 6.5 inches Super AMOLED screen is exactly what I was looking for. There is a tiny punch hole at the center of it, which by the way, is smaller than the Note 10 Plus. And I like the fact that it looks non-existent. Anyways, the display is amazing. The colors, the contrast, those thin bezels, all add to the niceties of the display.
Software & UI
Now that I have been talking about the good things first, I would like to mention that the phone comes with Android 10 out of the box with One UI 2.0. And having used this Android skin, it’s hard to like any other. The UI is so easy to get used to and everything is just there, so easily reachable. It is actually designed for huge phones. And I must say that I really like the changes to it from the previous version of One UI. The transitions seem so much faster and smoother and the layout of items has been managed differently and for good. The camera UI looks better. Overall, it looks more colorful and managed. I have always complained about One UI being slow on budget and mid-range phones and I am happy that Samsung finally seems to have listened!
But I would like to clarify that the phone I used as a preliminary unit, so the experience might we better on the retail ones. Sometimes, you don’t get the final version of the software, so you might not get the final polished experience on the review units.
However, what Samsung is still pathetic at is the implementation of a faster fingerprint sensor. I really do hope they improve on this.
Okay, now its time to talk about the performance. And I have literally never seen Samsung give the most compelling chipset in their budget and mid-range lineup and the same is with the A51. You get the same old Exynos 9611 like on the A50s and that kind of makes me want to squint my eyes a little bit, considering the Galaxy A51 was supposed to be like an overall upgrade to A50s. Having said that, with the improved UI, you will get better performance than the A50s, for sure.
Getting to the cameras, I don’t want to give my final judgment based on the review unit I have. But as far as have tested, I can say that they are one of the best things about the phone. It looks like the optimization has been improved and you also get a new camera UI that looks more subtle than it was.
Anyways getting to the camera specs, you get the same primary lens, a 48MP one, then, you have an improved 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor as before and an additional 5MP dedicated macro lens.
The macro lens seems a bit better than the Realme’s and Redmi’s, just slightly so. I have clicked a few pictures from it and here they are, take a look and judge for yourself!
The primary lens works just as good. The colors on it are punchy and the details are on point. I clicked these samples on a clear sunny day, and wow, they look absolutely amazing. What I like about Samsung’s cameras is that they have the best optimization for the sky and greenery. Again, though these images look good, they might be better in the retail units which I will test and tell you guys in my full review.
As for now, these are the wide-angle images. They are sharp and have fuller colors. Just like the primary lens, you get nice colors in skies and greenery. And you can shoot portrait images from the wide-angle lens as well that helps add a little drama to them. Till now, I think, this is one of the best ultra-wide cameras on mid-range phones.
Now, let’s get to portraits. The A50s had good portrait imaging capability and the same goes here with the Galaxy A51 as well. The edge detection in portraits is fairly good. Under good lighting, you can get some truly amazing portraits like this one here. The camera does smoothen the subject’s skin a little bit, but the end result is good I must say.
The 32MP selfie camera works fine too.
It’s kind of similar to what was there on the A50s which I had liked and you get similar results from A51 as well. The software-based portrait selfies don’t have the best edge detection but look good for what its worth.
About the videos, you won’t find 60fps in the camera and you only get stabilization on the 1080p option. However, I haven’t had so much time with it to check them very well. So, I will leave it for the full review.
Battery-wise, you get the same 4,000 mAh battery on the A51 like that of the A50s. And with the energy-efficient 10nm processor and a Super AMOLED display, you can expect battery life similar to the A50s which gave me a full day’s use on moderate usage.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Price in Nepal, Availability
The official price of the Samsung Galaxy A51 in Nepal is Rs. 38,399, which is exactly the same as the Indian price (INR. 23,999). It is available for purchase in Nepal via offline retail shops.
So, if I had to give my final impressions on the Galaxy A51, I would complement Samsung for giving such a premium looking phone in the mid-range segment. Similarly, the display with the flagship-like punch hole and Super AMOLED panel looks very attractive. The UI has been upgraded for good and feels smoother and faster. Likewise, the cameras, as far as I have tested look promising too.
However, performance has never been Samsung’s strongest suit. Even though the Exynos 9611 is not a bad chipset, you can definitely get better performance in phones like Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme X2. So, I think the A51 is an overall good offering, but not the strongest in terms of performance.