Samsung Galaxy A51, a Perfectly Balanced Mid-range Phone
When any consumer is asked what the top smartphone brand is, there are often two names that instantly come to mind, these two names are none other than Apple and Samsung. As the two sides of the modern smartphone spectrum, these manufacturers are without a doubt the greatest makers of IOS and Android phones respectively. With all the attention surrounding their flagships oftentimes, the midrange offerings of these brands can often be overlooked.
Looking to reinvigorate interest in their middle-class handsets and set the mobile tech. Community alight, Samsung has released the Galaxy A51; and if the Galaxy moniker is anything to go by then this device is sure to be a breath of cool, fresh air amongst the mid-level market competitors. As the subject of much praise in past years, the expectations are high for one of the latest installments in Samsung’s coveted “A” series of phones, fortunately, from the specifications available many reviewers and enthusiasts speculate that this is one handset that surely will not disappoint. These speculations seem to be right on the proverbial money as this piece of kit is equipped with a very distinguished Super-AMOLED display, as well as a Quad-camera assembly, and a respectable processor by mid-level standards. Consumers who have decided upon purchasing and making this phone their daily driver can expect to receive the phone in a pure white box with colorful Samsung branding and an outline of the phone’s colored wallpaper on the front. Shipping with the phone in-box is a 15W power adapter, as well as a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a SIM ejector tool, a flexible clear case, and to the delight of users everywhere, a pair of 3.5mm Samsung headphones. As a Galaxy device, the plethora of included accessories is the product of nothing less than the brand’s high-class standard.
- The device belongs to the premium Galaxy Samsung family
- The battery capacity is decent at 4000mAh
- The power supply supports 15W fast charging
- The phone uses the latest Android 10 software
- The software has received Samsung’s One UI 2.1 overlay
- Samsung offers four excellent color variants
- The quad-camera array offers decent performance
- The Super-AMOLED display is extremely colorful
- Despite being large the plastic composition makes the phone very light
- The plastic has been treated to resemble high-quality glass
- The onboard tray supports Dual SIMs and a MicroSD slot
- The phone has an embedded 3.5mm headphone jack
- The plastic composition makes the phone more vulnerable
- The display’s Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is only slightly scratch-resistant
- The Fingerprint scanner is not always very accurate
- The phone sometimes performs slower than the competition
A standard of aesthetic satisfaction
As with most of Samsung’s Galaxy devices, the Galaxy A51 retains a certain unique design that distinguishes it from the rest of its A-series brethren and mid-range competition alike. However, unlike other Galaxy devices which utilize an edge to edge screen, this particular handset utilizes a flat infinity edge display, the infinity edge design allows the front of the phone to have much smaller and inconspicuous bezels, though the additional screen space is only slightly larger, the lack of large bezels makes the phone’s face seem larger than it actually is. Housing all of the device’s internals is a plastic chassis that is curved on all edges and corners, these curves serve to make the phone extremely easy to wield despite its large size. As far as plastic phones go, when subjected to poor craftsmanship this material can often lead to cheap and flimsy devices that both look and feel cheap. Fortunately, Samsung made certain to manufacture its handset in a manner that makes it feel like a solid device in the hand; in terms of looks any user that lays eyes on this handset would be surprised to know that it is composed of plastic, this misconception is due in large part to the special high gloss coating that the handset bears on all its plastic components. The finish on the device was so impressionable it caused consumers to begin using the term glass-tic to define the hybrid plastic and glass appearance of the phone’s rear panel. Unfortunately as high-quality as the phone feels, the components are nowhere near as durable as a typical aluminum chassis and thus the A51 is highly susceptible to drops and scratches, because of this users should do well to avoid any serious trauma to their device as the slightest mishap could lead to a mangled rear panel or side bezels.
The stupendous Super-AMOLED media viewer
Unlike its IOS competitor, Samsung has always made use of AMOLED displays in all of its devices, this is because of a strong preference that Samsung has for maximum depth of color as opposed to the higher brightness and clarity offered by other display types. Unfortunately, the AMOLED screens on almost all of Samsungs phones are often found lacking in terms of overall brightness. Keeping this in mind, the Galaxy A51 was designed with a screen that not only carries an abundance of colors but also a high degree of brightness. Upon activation, the 6.5 inch AMOLED display on this handset comes to life with an explosion of colors to create a visual experience that is both beautifully vibrant and exceptionally clear.
The breathtaking clarity is a product of the smooth display and a 1080pi x 2400pi, FullHD resolution. All of these characteristics come together to create a media viewing experience that is comparable to many flagship specification devices and were it not for the lower resolution, this display would very easily qualify as a flagship-level display. Mobile Gamers will be thrilled to know that though the display resolution isn’t the highest in its class, this device renders games such as PUBG, COD, and Asphalt quite beautifully. For the average consumer, almost any time and place is a suitable time for media consumption and with this in mind, Samsung equipped the Galaxy A51 with a ridiculously high brightness of over 600nits, this means that whether users are strolling down a sunbathed sidewalk or laying in their beds at home, they will have no problem enjoying their preferred media be it games, shows, or movies.
The processor that offers just enough performance
Being a member of Samsung’s A class of smartphones the Galaxy A51 is often compared to many alternative iterations including its elder brother the Galaxy A71. These comparisons usually highlight some very serious shortcomings in terms of performance, however, this is certainly no surprise as the A51’s elder model is equipped with a far better chipset. All things considered at its price point and given class this handset does well and gives a decent performance that still manages to meet most consumer needs. Housing Samsung’s very own Exynos 9611 system on a chip, this piece of kit is by no means a weak contender and by midrange standards, the Exynos chip is among one of the best mid-level processors available. This high-quality chip more than pulls its own weight as basic tasks are generally a breeze for this device, multitasking can sometimes lead to slower performance but this is nothing to fret over as the Galaxy A51 makes full use of its 6GB/8GB of RAM. Testing with Geekbench lead to scores of 1690 and 5540 for single-core and multi-core respectively, and when tested with AnTuTu the Galaxy A51 yielded a score of 151136. All of these numbers translate to a device that not only handles everyday calculations but also processes mobile games with respectable efficiency and only slight lag or latency.
Android 10 with a brand new face
Without a doubt, there is an undeniable fact that Samsung is one of the elite Android manufacturers in the global market; as such, the company has a long lineage of applying Google’s legendary software to almost every generation of its phones and in a sense, Samsung’s smartphones evolved nearly alongside google’s software.
As one of the latest generations of handsets to come from the South Korean manufacturer, the Galaxy A51 is equipped with Android 10 and a homemade overlay dubbed OneUI 2.1. Compared to its predecessors the new OneUI overlay retains all of the base Android functions and features with the welcomed addition of a built-in screen recorder as well as biometric security enhancements. Despite having the exact same software and interface as the Galaxy A71, this handset experiences notably more lag and screen stutters, this can be mitigated by deleting pre-installed bloatware however when pushed to its limits the software cannot help but show a few issues. This shouldn’t be a problem so long as users understand the fact that the phone does well given its respective classification as a mid-range smartphone.
The dual camera with two additional lenses
Having multiple cameras on a camera array does not always mean a smartphone will provide excellent shots, aside from the number of camera lenses, a good mobile phone camera should also have decent camera software and proper image processing. Unfortunately, the Galaxy A51 fails to tick a few of these features off but for all intents and purposes as a general subject shooter, the onboard quad-camera array just manages to suffice.
Despite being comprised of a 48MP Wide camera, a 12MP Ultrawide camera, as well as a 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth lens, this camera behaves very much like a dual-lens camera with the macro and depth lenses seemingly being added as more of an afterthought than an actual intended design. The front camera performs considerably better as selfies are very crisp and just detailed enough to make out subtle skin tone changes and light differences.
An abundance of power in a smaller package
Compared to the Galaxy A71, this piece of kit has a battery that is slightly smaller than its higher iteration with a total capacity of 4000mAh. Amazingly this smaller battery is hardly noticeable since for all intents and purposes the Galaxy A51 packs enough power to lasts almost a day and a half. This abundance of power is thanks in large part to the lower power requirement of the onboard processor as well as built-in power-saving features that can be toggled on and off to adjust the device to the user’s preferred specifications.
Upon testing the handset put out a respectable screen on time of about 14 hours and 11 minutes. Once users have finally drained the battery on their Galaxy A51 the built-in 15W fast charger makes short work of charging times allowing users more time to push the device to its limits.
4G and Extremely Capable
It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy A51 can only support up to 4G LTE connections, however, users who expect more should understand that enabling the device to support 5G connections would require a higher processor, as well as different software, all of which would raise the price of the handset considerably and essentially strip the Handset of one of its most favorable features. Fortunately, the handset makes up for this lack of capability with its up-to-date wifi connections and Bluetooth 5.0 connection meaning any Bluetooth capable device can be paired with this smartphone. When it comes to location services, the Galaxy A51 makes use of multiple global positioning satellites such as A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BDS, this allows users to roam just about anywhere without fear of losing their mobile connection.
The device that gives more than enough bang for its buck
Samsung has done well to fill the mid-level market with devices that are as capable as they are appealing. The Galaxy A51 is no exception to this trend and its release only serves to fuel the consumer’s interest in Samsung’s brand and rightfully so, with a wonderfully vibrant display, and a battery that packs more than enough power to meet the industry’s one-day charge rule, this piece of kit is sure to be another staple in this year’s selection of mid-range smartphones. Despite all this, if buyers are still skeptical of purchasing this device then the extremely affordable price point will certainly help in changing consumer’s minds.
June 29, 2020