Samsung Galaxy A51 is an affordable mid-range smartphone, priced at around $350 and it could be among Samsung’s most popular devices in 2020 for this market segment.
Made mostly from plastic, the Galaxy A51 is unbreakable, although it may scratch quite easily. On the right side, there are volume and power buttons, while the USB-C port on the bottom is for headphone jack and charging. One noteworthy feature is a camera bump on the back, while the front-facing camera is housed in a punch hole compartment.
The Galaxy A51 offers a 6.5-inch 1080p display with 20:9 aspect ratio. The colors are rich and sharp with great viewing angles. For protection against scratches, the display is covered with Gorilla Glass 3. With the Always-on option, you can get notifications and time without touching the display.
Built-in under the display, the fingerprint scanner should get the job done, although it doesn’t to be the responsive in the market. There’s a noticeable delay between the touch and the unlocking of the display.
Powered by Exynos 9611 SoC, the Galaxy A51 is far from being the most powerful in 2020. There are 4GB and 6GB versions of the phone. Even compared to more capable mid-range models, the A51 isn’t as fast and smooth. You may notice a few stutters when doing challenging tasks, but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. One big appeal is its 128GB of internal storage and microSD card slot to further expand the storage.
Compared to the Galaxy A50, the A51 has better cameras. The primary camera has 48Mp resolution, which can record 4k videos. It’s supported by a 5Mp dedicated macro lens, 5Mp ToF depth sensor and a 12Mp ultra-wide camera. The 32Mp front-facing camera should be ideal for casual social media uses. If you have a shaky hand, you can enable the Super Steady mode when recording videos. With this mode, a crop of 12Mp ultra-wide recording is used instead, which will reduce the video quality somewhat.
At just $350, the Galaxy A51 offers a good value for the money. It has a good battery life and beautiful AMOLED display. Its design is also elegant and thin, while the spacious internal storage allows you to install many apps. However, the stuttery performance can be bothersome when doing challenging tasks and the cameras are somewhat mediocre in the mid-range market segment.