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The Samsung Galaxy A51 is a 6.5-inch smartphone with 4 cameras on the back, including a wide-angle lens, depth and macro camera. On the front, Samsung uses a remarkably small punch-hole for the 32 megapixel selfie camera. What is not small, however, is the built-in battery with quick charge function
Lovely, bright, AMOLED
Samsung announced the Galaxy A51 together with the A71 in 2020. Both are very similar, both in appearance and specifications. The biggest difference is of course the size. The A71 has a 6.7-inch screen, this A51 has to make do with a smaller 6.5-inch panel. Still big, but thanks to the thin screen bezels the overall size is not that bad. To keep the edges small, Samsung's uses its latest Infinity-O Display. This screen is characterised by its extremely high contrast with deep black tones, excellent visibility outside and the small hole-punch in the middle for the selfie camera. The used resolution of Full HD+ ensures sharp images. It is even sharper than on the A71, which is a bit more expensive.
Variety of cameras and lenses
Samsung has been putting a lot of effort into its Galaxy A models lately. It mainly revolves around the screen, the cameras and the battery. On the back of the Galaxy A51, we find no less than 4 different cameras. Quite a few and more than on other smartphones. The main camera, intended for every-day use, is equipped with a 48 megapixel sensor. This offers sufficient detail and also works reasonably well in the dark. This means you need the flash a lot less, which as a result makes your photos look more natural. There is also a 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens for wide landscapes or cityscapes, a 5 megapixel depth camera that allows you to add blur to portrait photos and a 5 megapixel macro camera. The latter is useful if you want to take extreme close-ups of insects or plants, for example
Main Samsung Galaxy A51 4G specifications
6.5 inch bright Infinity-O Display with sharp Full HD+ resolution
48 + 12 + 5 + 5 MP camera system (main, wide angle, depth and macro)
32 MP selfie camera with portrait mode
fast 4G internet on the go thanks to LTE support
Samsung Exynos 9611 processor at up to 2.3GHz + 6GB of RAM work memory
Space for 2 nano SIM cards and memory card (up to 512GB)
Selfies will have to be made with the 32 megapixel camera at the front. Despite the fact that this is a single sensor, it still recognises depth thanks to the help of artificial intelligence. This allows you to make backgrounds blurry so your selfies stand out just a little bit more. Inside the Galaxy A51 we find a 4000 mAh battery, enough to last the day. Unfortunately charging is not possible with maximum 25 Watt as with the A71, but with a slightly less 15 Watt. This is done with a USB-C cable because wireless charging is not included with the A51. What you do have is enough storage. The storage memory of 128 GB is nice and generous and also expandable. And with 6 GB of RAM memory, the Exynos octa-core processor keeps up with it all. So it won't feel slow at all.
Until recently, wireless charging was only predestined for ultra expensive smartphones. The crème de la crème, something you had to pay extra for. But times are changing and Samsung now wants to equip its affordable mid-range series with this handy feature.
The Galaxy A-series has been a big success for Samsung. For example, the Galaxy A51 was the best selling Android device in the first quarter of 2020. All the more reason for Samsung to give it some extra attention. That already happened when it received a big makeover in 2019. The plastic body was changed for metal, OLED screens were introduced and multiple cameras were used. And according to this Korean site Samsung will soon include wireless charging.
And that doesn't only apply to the more expensive Galaxy A models, but perhaps also to the cheapest ones. If true, this would make the battle for the mid-range segment quite fierce. Whereas equipping phones with wireless charging used to be a bit expensive, nowadays it can be much cheaper due to scaling up production. This also applies to the generally more expensive OLED panels and multiple camera sensors. The total cost should not make the phones unaffordable. We can expect the first Galaxy A phones with wireless charging somewhere in 2021. It is obvious that the successors to the Galaxy A51 and A71 will be the first to receive wireless charging.
Good for the consumer
Other manufacturers of so-called mid-range phones now have enough time to come up with an answer our their own. Expect a fierce battle in this price segment. In the end, this is good news for consumers. They will get more value for money and will have access to premium features that until recently were only available for the most expensive smartphones.