We already knew this was coming – from all the leaks, rumors, and an official announcement from Samsung Vietnam last week. And yesterday, Samsung officially unveiled the next-generation Galaxy A51 which comes in all-new ‘L-shaped camera setup and a familiar display cutout. But upon closer inspection, this new smartphone from Samsung falls victim to the failures of the past. Am I being unfair? Let’s find out.
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
Galaxy A51 Overview
Design & Display
I know it, you know it; Samsung’s smartphones feature some of the best designs and display out there in the market. And there’s no way the Galaxy A51 would be a departure from that. It has a slim design that we’ve come to love from Samsung, with a mirror back and a vibrant diamond cutout design. The Galaxy A51 is one good looking phone. On to the colors, it comes in 4 variations of Prism Crush: Black, White, Blue, and Pink.
Now let’s get to the display which is as impressive as the design. Unlike the earlier renditions of the A50 series – the Galaxy A50 and A50s, this one has a slightly bigger 6.5-inches Super AMOLED display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. More importantly, Samsung is bidding farewell to the notch-design on the A51 as it boasts a tiny punch-hole cutout (“Infinity-O“) in the top center of the display that we saw in the company’s premium flagship: the Galaxy Note 10+. I gotta admit, it’s a lot cleaner than a notch.
Like with the front camera, Samsung is pushing the boundary on the Galaxy A51’s rear-camera as well. While the recent A50s only had three cameras on the back, the A51 takes it up a notch by including an additional macro lens. It has a quad-camera setup on the back in an ‘L’ shaped arrangement alongside the LED flash housed inside a rectangular module as we saw on the Galaxy M30s.
The primary shooter and the depth sensor are still the same 48MP & 5MP lens respectively, Samsung has managed to upgrade the wide-angle lens to a 12MP sensor with 123º field-of-view. Samsung is really pushing the A51 for its 5MP macro camera but I’m not really sure how frequent would an average user find himself shooting close-up images. Coming to the front, there’s the same 32MP lens, but with a slightly bigger f/2.2 aperture.
Performance & Memory
Well, well, well… if it isn’t the same old Exynos 9611. This is the same chipset that you get in the Galaxy A50 and the A50s. Why isn’t Samsung bothered with a chipset upgrade, I’ll never know! Your display is the best and your phone’s design is fairly appreciable as well, I get it.
But what’s the point of an AVERAGE smartphone experience on a big-bright display?
The Snapdragon 730 or the 730G would’ve been a better and deserving choice for a phone like this.
The Exynos 9611 isn’t totally useless either. You can perform regular tasks quite easily and the Mali-G72 GPU handles gaming requirements adequately as well. But the point is, there are better choices. On the memory end, the Galaxy A51 has a single 6/128GB configuration with expandable storage.
Despite featuring a slim design, the Galaxy A51 doesn’t compromise on the battery. Though it’s not bigger than the one we saw on its predecessors, the Galaxy A51 doesn’t have a smaller one either. There’s the 4000 mAh battery which should easily last an average user a day or more. However, Samsung is still sticking with the 15W Quick Charging which really isn’t on par with ones we’re used to in 2019.
Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy A51 comes with the company’s latest One UI 2.0 (based on Android 10) out of the box, which brings many improvements over the earlier versions of One UI.
Samsung Galaxy A51 Pricing & Availability
The Galaxy A51 will first launch on Vietnam for the asking price of VND7,990,000 (~NRs. 39,100) with the pre-order beginning from December 16th. The ones who pre-order will be eligible for Samsung’s A08C Wireless Bluetooth earphone and a 10,000 mAh power bank worth VND1,580,000 (~NRs. 7,730).
Samsung Galaxy A51 will also be coming to Nepal in January of 2020 though it’s local pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet. The Galaxy A51 is expected to cost Rs. 40,000 in Nepal.
Stick with us for further updates on its pricing and availability in Nepal.