Samsung Galaxy A51 – 51 Days of Use
The Samsung Galaxy A51 Released 2019, December 16, is mid-range device from the Samsung brand that hits a lot of the right spot in terms of build quality, design, performance and longevity. But how does the Galaxy A51 fair? Is it any good?
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- 6.5 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio)
- Screen Resolution – 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)
- 128GB Internal Storage + 4GB RAM
- 4000 MaH Battery
- 32MP Punch Hole Selfie Camera
- 48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Quad Rear Cameras
- Chipset – Octa-core Exynos 9611 (10nm)
- GPU – Mali-G72 MP3
- Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120fps; gyro-EIS
- Sensors – Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Technology – GSM / HSPA / LTE
- 4G Bands – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66
- 3G Bands – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- Speed – HSPA, LTE-A
- In-Display Fingerprint reader
- 3.5mm Headphone Port
- Bluetooth – 5.0, A2DP, LE
Build and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy A51 is an attractive smartphone, with a large screen dominating the front and an eye-catching ‘Prism’ design on the rear.
The A51 feels solid in the hand, and while it doesn’t ooze the same premium finesse of the S10 and Note 10 series, it certainly doesn’t come across as cheap. One thing the Galaxy A51 is missing, however, is an IP rating, which means it’s not officially water or dust resistant
Performance on the Samsung Galaxy A51 is decent with occasional stuttering. I would have loved to see a more powerful chipset than the Exynos 9611. However the A51 handles 3d heavy title gaming reasonable well at medium settings. Asphalt 9 and Shadow fight 3 which are two heavy titles, played smoothly.
App performance was average. When comparing the A51 with the A71, you could see how much smoother app opening and switching was.
Overall i’d score the Galaxy A51 a 7 out of 10 for performance.
Display, Video and Audio
The 6.5-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2400), Super AMOLED display is bright and colorful, with a good level of detail and it also boasts Samsung’s smallest ever pin-hole camera in the screen.
It shares the super-small camera cutout with the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, while the Galaxy A51’s bigger sibling (the A71) has a larger cutout.
While the screen is big at 6.5 inches, Samsung has kept the bezels super slim, which keeps the size of the handset down, and it’s possible to use the Galaxy A51 one-handed.
Those with smaller hands may still find it a little on the large size, and you’re getting an impressive amount of display real estate in the 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9mm, 172g frame.
Video playback was great producing beautiful colors and very good viewing angles. Images were sharp and crisp and the blacks were really deep. Audio was also great while listening via wired or Bluetooth headphones. However the external speaker wasn’t that great. It’s a single down-firing speaker and has no depth.
Camera and battery
The Samsung Galaxy A51 may be an affordable smartphone, but it doesn’t short-change you when it comes to its cameras.
On the front you get a 32MP camera – perfect for the selfie generation – while round the back there are four cameras housed in the large, black camera bump.
The main camera is a 48MP offering, and it’s joined by a 12MP ultra-wide (123 degree field-of-view) snapper, 5MP macro sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. This gives the Galaxy A51 great flexibility when it comes to photography, with the option of wide-angle shots, detailed close-ups and blurred backgrounds (a mode Samsung calls Live Focus).
I took a few images during my hands-on time with the A51 and results were generally good, although the quality wasn’t as good as the Galaxy A71 which has a more powerful main sensor, and more processing grunt under the hood.
There’s a 4,000mAh battery packed into the Galaxy A51, which is pretty sizable for a handset in this price range. And it’s a pretty good one day battery. I find myself having to charge every night as i’m left with between 10 to 15% of battery left.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 appears to get the mix right when it comes to features vs price point, and it’s a smartphone you should definitely keep an eye on. However i have one main issue with the A51 and that’s the price it goes for N110,000 ($261) this is N15k more that the Xiaomi MI Note 10 which offers a better CPU and GPU for lower.
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