Hey, what’s up, guys. I am reviewing here for GSM marina this is the Samsung Galaxy A51 sort of like the foot soldier of Samsung’s 2020 mid-range lineup. Last year’s A-series phones were really competitive but do we have the same amount of value the same around? Let’s find out in our Galaxy A51 review…
Samsung Galaxy A51 Review: A Mid-Range Star Smartphone in 2020
The Samsung Galaxy A51 design is no surprise if you’re familiar with Samsung’s phones just like last year’s model it looks similar to a Samsung flagship but it’s made of plastic to cut costs it even brings back the same finish as last year which gives off a rainbow of colors in certain lighting.
There’s a new texture underneath this time around to set it apart from other than that. The only major difference is the new l-shaped camera setup which houses four cameras and the LED flash one thing that really stands out to me is how slim and light this phone is not clunky at all. But you know I was expecting something more flavorful from a phone called the A51.
Maybe there’s an easter egg hidden somewhere but if there is I haven’t found it yet. One thing that is no surprise here is the trademark Samsung infinity display. It’s a 6.5 inch Super AMOLED with a 1080p resolution and though it isn’t curved it does have some really slim bezels instead of a notch for the selfie cam. There’s a punch hole it’s not totally unobtrusive but it’s alright the viewing experience on this screen is great with plenty of sharpness.
And of course, contrast colors can be set accurately in the color settings and brightness is respectable. You can get over 400 nits with a manual slider and around 613. It’s in bright conditions with auto mode toggle.
There’s an OS on display that will show you the time and notifications when the phone is asleep. And there’s another display fingerprint reader to wake up the phone with it’s reliable but not the fastest around for audio loudspeaker quality is decent but this single speaker is nothing special.
There’s a 3.5-millimeter audio jack on the A51 for headphones and actually quality here is great. There’s a lot of volumes and not a lot of distortion. We also get expandable storage on top of the 64 or 128 gig built-in. So plenty of space for your tunes the Galaxy A51 comes with Samsung’s latest 1uy 2.0 over Android 10 some of the new features include a dark mode for your menus and a new set of gestures for navigation.
Here you swipe from the sides to go back rather than swiping from the bottom like before. Though the old options are still there if you want. You also have edge panels here which can be pretty handy swiping on the edge of the screen will bring you to a customizable space for shortcuts.
At the heart of the A51 is Samsung’s new Exynos 96 11 chipset. It’s about on par CPU wise to the snapdragon 660 but does worse in GPU tests actually. The A50 one’s performance scores are lower than the majority of his competitors.
It won’t let you down with everyday tasks but I wouldn’t choose this phone if I were planning to do some heavy gaming.
So then how’s the battery life? Well, the A51 scored an endurance rating of 86 hours. An hour battery tests not bad but less than last year’s model and nothing special for a mid-range err these days charging speed using the bundled 15-watt adapters again not bad but not great either. We were able to charge from 0 to 35% in half an hour.
The Galaxy A51s quad cameras are probably as big a change from last year’s model. There’s a 48-megapixel quad bear main cam, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cam, a 5-megapixel macro cam and a depth sensor in daylight. The main cam takes decent pictures.
There’s good sharpness, wide dynamic range, low noise, and balanced colors but we’re not fans of how the phone renders.
You can shoot in the full 48 megapixels too but these don’t give you much benefit and the file size is much larger. The ultra-wide-angle camera is quite capable for a mid-range sharpness and dynamic range are both quite good making.
This a significant upgrade from last year’s model portraits taken with the main camera in that sense there are really good too subject detection and separation are excellent and the defocus background blur looks nice the dedicated macro camera has fixed focus. So it’s a pain to get your subject in the focus sweet spot.
If you get that right, the results can be pretty decent now under low-light photos. Unfortunately, these aren’t grades, they’re soft and noisy with washed-out colors. The dynamic range is decent for what it’s worth.
Night mode gives you a sharper image with better definition in the shadows the color rendition is the same though and these come outcropped at 8 megapixels as you’d expect the ultra-wide-angle cam doesn’t do a very good job in low-light.
Night mode helps a lot though and reduces a lot of the noise. You still end up with a pretty soft photo the Samsung Galaxy A51 has a 32-megapixel quad bear selfie cam and you’d expect eight-megapixel photos.
For some reason, they come out in 12 megapixels instead perhaps through upscale. We don’t mind though selfies turn out good with nice colors while the dynamic range and plenty of detail one feature you won’t find just anywhere is 4k video recording from the selfie camera.
The galaxy A51 can also record an up to 4k at 30fps with this main camera and ultra-wide cam footage from the main camera looks decent colors are accurate and dynamic range is wide but it does seem a bit over-processed.
The ultra-wide-angle cams colors are slightly washed out in comparison and contrast is a bit lower but is still alright. It does have a pretty good dynamic range to stabilization is only available when recording in 1080p from the main cam.
There’s a tendency for focus hunting but stabilize footage from the ultra-wide is super smooth so that’s the galaxy A51
You get a beautiful and lightweight build a brilliant AMOLED display and a versatile set of cameras. It is a pretty nice phone but it does come up short in a few categories which are pretty important for mid-range errs battery life and charging speed is good but not great. The chipset is just okay and probably the most important is the price. This phone is going to over 300 euros right now. It’s a lot especially since last year’s model was cheaper at launch.
Overall I would say that there are better options out there for a mid-range err but if you’re dead set on the Samsung and you don’t mind paying the premium the 8051 will get the job done thanks for watching guys and see you on the next one.