This is what you will notice straight away – the design of this Galaxy A51. Yes it does have that signature A-Series look only that this time there are a few twists here and there. First, see the back panel of this phone. It is made out of glastic (that it a mixture of glass and plastic) but what strikes you the most is the prism pattern it has. I think the Pink option expresses this pattern better. I think in blue you will also love it. A nice implementation here by Samsung at lease to get away from the obvious.
Another thing. Galaxy A51 comes with a quad camera set up which I shall look into with interest later on in this review. In keeping with the design we see a new L-shaped orientation of the same right at the top left corner. This is new and I am guessing in an attempt to test people’s reactions Samsung effected this here.
Come now Samsung do not be afraid. Also there is that LED flash on the back panel and all these are within the boundaries of a rectangular model in vertical orientation. To be honest, since the cameras here are actually great I do not think you will mind this at all. But let us not get too ahead of ourselves here.
There is yet another thing going on with the design of Samsung Galaxy A51. Namely, the cut out. Yes Samsung has now officially brought this high end in display notch to the mid section. A move many will surely appreciate. Only that (not a disclaimer) this time the cut our has been placed at the top center and it seems to me it has infringed the display estate just a little bit. Only slightly. The hole punch is fast becoming a thing smartphone makers are fast adopting. It would be nice if we all kept with the trends. Now just to wrap this up let me mention this phone has a 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9 mm dimension and weighs about 172 grams.
Galaxy A51 Performance
After the design of this phone you shall meet next with its various performance abilities. But I want to commend Samsung for having the latest software update installed in Samsung Galaxy A51. That is Android 10.0 and One UI 2. That is right against all internal odds Samsung Galaxy A51 runs Android 10.0. The same is also powered by an Exynos 9611 (10nm) chipset and an Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU. If you wish to get yourself a smartphone with an enormous internal storage and decent memory then you can also take comfort in this one. For it has an expandable internal storage of 128GB, this with 6GB of RAM.
Camera and Display
What then is the advantage of having such a brilliant display panel of such a complete (so far) smartphone? A Super AMOLED 1080 x 2400 pixels touchscreen with 405 ppi density and Coring Gorilla Glass 3 protection? Also, do not forget it has that nice touch of a cut out I mentioned earlier in this review under Design. Well, beside the obvious fact that this display will give allow you crisp content viewing, you will also get to see how immaculate all the camera lenses here work. How fine and how keen to detail they all are. By the way, under the display panel of the A51 is where the fingerprint scanner lies – cool.
That L-shaped camera module on the back consists of a main 48 MP, f/2.0 wide shooting lens, a 12 MP f/2.2 ultra wide shooting lens, a 5 MP f/2.4, wide dedicated macro camera and another 5 MP lens with f/2.2 aperture and which is in this case a depth sensor. Dear how can I even begin to explain how satisfying the images here are ?
How can I? Keep in mind there is also a 32 MP f/2.2, 26mm wide shooting selfie camera within that hole punch. Yes that is correct, 32 MP. I choose to let these numbers speak for themselves. Video recording however is just 1080p@30fps. I say however because 4K would be fitting here. By the way that dedicated macro camera allow you to get really really close to your subject. I think those who make use of this camera lens will surely appreciate it.
Finally Samsung decided to grow up. Other years the cry was the batteries of Samsung phones but recently we have seen great improvement. Inside Samsung Galaxy A51 is a non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery that is recharged with fast battery charging 15W. Decent capacity this to ensure long hours until another charge session is required.
Features of Samsung Galaxy A51
|Launch||Release 2019, December|
|Body||Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9 mm Weight: 172 gBuild: Front glass, plastic body
Colour: Prism, Crush Black, White, Blue, Pink
|Display||Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize: 6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Platform||OS: Android 10.0; One UI 2Chipset: Exynos 9611 (10nm)CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
|Memory||Storage: 128GB 4GB RAMmicro SD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)|
|Main Camera||Quad Camera: 48 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultra wide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (wide), dedicated macro camera
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensorFeatures: LED flash, panorama, HDRVideo: 1080p@30fps
|Selfie Camera||Single Camera: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µmFeatures: HDRVideo: 1080p@30fps|
|Network||Technology: GSM, HSPA and LTE Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Comm||WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LEGPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
NFC (market dependent)
|Battery||Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh batteryFast battery charging 15W|
|Sound||Loudspeaker: Yes3.5mm jack: YesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Misc||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|