Samsung Galaxy A51 review: Feature-rich camera phone

Samsung Galaxy A51 review: Feature-rich camera phone

Samsung, earlier this week launched the new Galaxy A51 in India. It is said to be the successor of the Galaxy A50s, which made its debut in September 2019.

The new Galaxy A51 comes with big upgrade over the predecessor in terms of photography hardware.

Prior to the launch, DH received the review unit of the Galaxy A51. I have been using it for close to a week and here's my thoughts about the Samsung's new phone.

Design & display
Our Galaxy A51 review unit is a Black Prism Crush model and looks gorgeous. It flaunts a glossy shell on the back with visually appealing patterns. When looked from different angles, it reflects psychedelic colourways similar to the Galaxy Note10 series.

Samsung Galaxy A51 (DH Photo/Rohit KVN)

Also, the company offers transparent TPU cover, which not only retains the visual appeal but offers protection from accidental falls. Even it offers a very satisfying tactile feel when using the power button and volume rockers.

On the front, the company has incorporated a 6.5-inch full HD+ super AMOLED screen with Infinity-O design. Like Samsung's premium Galaxy S series phones, the Galaxy A51 offers true full view experience with minimal distraction to watch multimedia content on the big screen.

It has a small spec on top, which houses the front camera. Everything else is a fully functional display. I had a good time watching high-resolution videos and browsing social media websites.

Even in the bright sunny conditions, I didn't feel stress on my eyes while viewing contents on the screen.

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Samsung's Galaxy A51 houses Samsung's proprietary Exynos octa-core chipset backed by Android 10 OS with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and a massive 4,000mAh battery.

During normal day-to-day chores such as opening an app, switching multiple apps, loading camera playing videos, taking photos, browsing the net, answering calls, the device worked smoothly without any fuss. When playing games on Asphalt 9, the phone did get warm, but it was never out of my comfort zone.

Asphalt 9 Legends series game on Samsung Galaxy A51 (DH Photo/Rohit KVN)

On AntuTu benchmarking app, the Galaxy A51 scored an impressive 1,83,487 and on Geekbench 5.0, it got 263 and 1123 on single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.

As far as the battery life is concerned, it was able to consistently lasted through the full day with more than 20% juice left before I could retire for the bed.

Another interesting thing about the Galaxy A51 is that it comes with 'Made for India' Alive feature set. The first one is the Useful cards, wherein the phone can intuitively identify messages that are most useful to the user and organise them neatly in the form of visual cards such as Reminders and Offers (from e-commerce sites).  

With Finder feature, users can be able to search for content across entertainment, e-commerce, food and travel domains available within popular apps installed on their phones. Also, the keyboard now comes with multilingual prediction capability as well. 

There is another interesting feature--Smart Crop. It helps the user to create visually appealing screenshots.  With simple easy steps, users can save, share or edit the most relevant part of the screenshot.

As far as security is concerned, the face-recognition feature works flawlessly in the natural light condition but struggles in the night. Thankfully, the in-screen fingerprint sensor comes to the rescue here. It works with less FRR (False Rejection Rate).

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As mentioned before, the biggest upgrade in the Galaxy A51 is its photography hardware. It houses a quad-camera module featuring --one primary 48MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle 12MP sensor, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro snapper on the back.

Samsung Galaxy A51 camera sample (DH Photo/Rohit KVN)

Samsung's Galaxy A51 takes pretty good snaps in bright sunny environments and in dark with controlled light conditions as well. In the portrait mode too, the camera does a fine job of separating the subject's outline with the background.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Night Mode sample (DH Photo/Rohit KVN)

On the front, the Galaxy A51 houses a 32MP selfie camera. It takes pretty decent selfies and offers a bouquet of filters and editing options to play with.

Samsung Galaxy A51 camera sample (DH Photo/Rohit KVN))

 Yes, there is AR Emoji, where you can take a selfie and create funny and lively animated faces, worth using as a DP and also sharing on social media platforms and instant messages.

AR Emoji feature on Samsung Galaxy A51 (DH Photo/Rohit KVN)

Final thoughts:

Over-all, Samsung's Galaxy A51 is a decent mid-range phone. The one aspect I liked the most about the Samsung phone is the camera hardware and have to say, it is one of the best in its class (under Rs 30,000).

The new Galaxy A51 comes in Blue, White, Black Prism Crush colours and will be available from January 31 onwards for Rs 23,999.

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