Samsung Galaxy A51 full review in English
This is the Samsung Galaxy A 51, the company's answer to the mid range smartphone market in 2020. Now, if you recall last year, right about the same time, I got the chance to check out the galaxy 850, which was this phone's processor. It had a beautiful display.
The battery life was also really good. And most importantly, it was priced at $350. In some cases, you were able to pick it up for $300, which was a steal, in my opinion. In fact, the 850 was one of the top selling smartphones around the world, competing against Apple's iPhones that conveys a strong message. Most people just don't care about having the fastest flagship smartphone, because, you know, they just want something basic.
They don't want a million features that brands use as marketing points. to sell their thousand dollar phones, the launch price of the 851 is $399. So it's a $50 Premium compared to the galaxy 50 when it was launched, but these phones can be picked up for less, depending on sales events, and all that kind of stuff.
So watch out for that. That being said, compromises had to be made by these brands to hit that price point. And that certainly affects the overall user experience. Some of the issues I had with 850 was the lackluster performance.
The cameras weren't the greatest, especially when compared to the pixel three, which was right up his alley in that price range. So has Samson addressed or have at least tried to improve some of those issues from the 850 with the 851.
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Alright, so from a physical aspect, they haven't made any major changes, you're still getting a plastic back with metal side railings and just like the 850. So it's not as scratchproof as glass backs, but it's less likely to crack like glass, which is a benefit.
If I were you, I just rock a case just to be safe, the display has received a bit of an upgrade. I mean, it's not substantial, but they made it look like a modern flagship smartphone. So they've expanded the screen by point one inches, eliminated the notch on the 850. And when with an infinity of design, or in other words, you get a punch hole camera.
They're also using the same amarilla display on the a 50 rockin the same resolution, I'll be you get extra pixels vertically because of that screen expansion. And that's it. Does it have a high refresh rate? No. Does it have support for HDR 10 plus video?
No. Does it even look good? Yes, absolutely guys, it's still a beautiful screen with great color vibrancy and deeper blacks. It looks just as good He flashes smartphone, and I appreciate the fact that it's still a flat screen without any curves. Look, the display is the most important factor of any smartphone.
And I'm glad Samson hasn't cut any corners here. Unfortunately, Samsung has still kept the single mono speaker and the bottom, which can easily be blocked with your finger when you're holding it in landscape mode. It sounds okay, it certainly doesn't get any louder. I would have preferred a dual speaker setup on the 851.
That would have been a nice upgrade over the 850. But we're not getting that with this phone. But on the positive side, we still get a headphone jack. Yeah, remember that guy? The 3.5 millimeter thingy. I'm glad that they've still kept it. The in display fingerprint sensor is still here. Unfortunately, just like the 850 I haven't had the best luck when it comes to unlocking the device successfully.
It refuses for like four times and then the fifth time it works out just fine. In some cases, it locks me out and it asked me to try in 30 seconds. So I have to force myself to use the swipe pattern which is the second way of unlocking the device. I mean It's I've had better luck with the pixel three a and of course, the S 20, which is much more expensive smartphone.
But I really want to know your thoughts about this. Would you rather prefer having a display or an in display fingerprint sensor on a cheap smartphone instead of a dedicated one at the back that's actually easily accessible. And something that actually works most of the time because I feel like this is certainly one of the areas that is like a hit or miss on a lot of mid range smartphones.
But I'm curious to know about your thoughts in the comments. As for the rest of the features, well, there isn't anything new compared to the a 50. They've still kept the microSD card slot for storage expansion, which I'm sure a lot of you would appreciate. There's no support for wireless charging, nor does it even have an official IP rating, which all makes sense because those certifications and tech cost money.
The specs are also pretty similar for the most part compared to the 850. So it has an Exynos 9611 versus the Exynos nine 610. But these SOC s are essentially the same Except for the fact that he can record high resolution video, they also have the same amount of RAM. Do note that in some regions, Samsung is offering six to eight gigabytes of RAM which should significantly help with performance.
Storage also remains the same. Battery size hasn't changed either. Perhaps my biggest frustration with this phone is the performance. Now I need to be completely transparent with you guys. As a content creator. I am fortunate to get my hands on the recent latest flagship smartphones, featuring the fastest specs and all the bells and whistles that come with the package. I'm also to an extent spoiled by the displays that come with higher refresh rate more RAM fast SOC s, etc.
And so the switch to the a 51 almost felt like I had to trade a Lamborghini for a Toyota Yaris. That makes sense basic things like launching Gmail, Spotify, YouTube, Instagram takes at least two to three seconds to load. That might not sound like a lot but I mean coming from a flagship smartphone. It is a lot to me person.
The animations are jittery, scrolling through Twitter, and my Instagram feed was really not that smooth as the page took a few seconds to catch up. If you use Google Maps extensively, you have to be really patient with the content to load up. Multitasking performance is also not the greatest. And there is a good reason for that. My sample comes with four gigabytes of RAM.
And my average usage is around three gigabytes, which really pushes the limits on this phone. Now there are a few workarounds to this, you could enable developer options for the settings and then reduce the animation speeds or completely turn it off, which should help the apps load instantly, and it should take away the jitteriness that you'll experience with this phone when you set it up out of the box. But keep in mind that content still takes time to load up. And it also doesn't help with memory management either.
Now, as much as I'd love to say that specs don't matter on phones these days. It kind of does on the ad one because this phone is running Android 10 with Samsung's one UI and it's the exact same After experience as what you'll get with the s 20 s 20 plus and the S 20. Ultra.
Samsung hasn't made any software enhancements to make sure that the operating system runs efficiently on this little speck hardware. Think of it as a gamer. If you're looking to play the most demanding titles at the best highest possible frame rates to get a smooth experience, you would invest in an expensive GPU that's 500, perhaps even $1,000.
But if you play those most demanding titles on 100 to $150, GPU,
the I mean, you get the point I really think that software is the bottleneck on the a 51. Perhaps a lighter version of Android that's less resource hungry would yield a better experience. I would actually recommend picking up the 16 byte or a gigabyte variant if you can find one, because that should significantly help with performance or multitasking performance on this phone on the positive side battery life has been phenomenal on the 851 I had a great experience with the a 50 seems to continues with this smartphone.
You shouldn't worry about it. whatsoever, you can easily push this to maybe two days worth of views. And that to me is a win win. The last thing that I want to cover here is the camera performance. The a 51 comes with a quad camera setup. However, the only two cameras you'd actually care about is the 12 megapixel ultra wide angle and the 48 megapixel standard wide angle.
You don't get a telephoto lens, but there is a five megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode and a five megapixel macro camera. Let's start with the ultra wide. Something that you need to be aware of is that there's absolutely no focus control when you use this lens which is disappointing.
Thankfully, you can still adjust exposure and the images coming out of the sensor look pretty good. Mostly images lack detail and Samson applies that smoothing filter in post. Keep in mind, I have seen optimizer turned off and everything you're seeing here is shot in auto mode with HDR turned on.
I also noticed that the shutter lag was way too long. So if you're trying to take a photo, you have to stay stable for at least three seconds for it to process. It can get really annoying sometimes HDR is a hit or miss. In some cases, it works out really well. But I need to point out that the color science is completely out of whack. The tone shifts a lot towards magenta.
And the low performance is well, let's just say for 400 on the phone, don't expect too much. The main 48 megapixel light sensor is noticeably better on the one found on the a 50. There's good detail dynamic range and contrast. But like I said earlier, the colors are just not true to life. For the most part, in some cases, it tends to overexpose shots. But if you're patient enough with trial and error, you can end up with some pretty good results.
I've also noticed that Samsung has toned down the saturation on the recent phones. And I appreciate that. Here's an example of the weird colors it captures. So this is the charging cable for one plus devices. If you own a one plus device, you know for a fact that it's a vibrant red cable. But this phone for some reason thinks that it's pink I shot the same subject my pixel for for comparison to show you what it actually looks like.
hope you were able to take away something from that portrait mode or live focus is okay. I mean don't expect to be blown away because once again this sensor just can process colors accurately. The five megapixel macro camera was surprisingly really good. You can be really creative with this lens if you give it more light. It's way better than the two megapixel sensor we're seeing on other phones these days.
This is the front facing camera test on the Galaxy A 50 now one of the cool things about the Exynos 9611 CPU is that it can allow the camera to shoot at a high resolution and process that so as you can see, this is what it looks like. Dynamic Range is pretty terrible. It's obviously not close to what you'll get with the S 20 phones but it is possible alright so I switched over to the rear camera on the a 51 and it can shoot 4k which is nice and you can also use the wide angle lens to shoot video.
There's obviously no image stabilization footage is definitely going to be a little bit jerky. The dynamic range is pretty good. I'm impressed for what this phone can offer especially for the price point I'm also surprised by the microphone quality as well. It's it's surprisingly better than some of the flagships out there. But let me know what you guys think about the video quality in the comments. So here's the takeaway with the galaxy 851.
I think the only improvement I see over the 850 is the slightly improved camera performance. But you still have to be very patient with that. Because if you like having the flexibility to switch between ultra wide and wide angle, and if you absolutely don't care about colors, detail, contrast, low performance, then this phone meets that criteria. And let's not forget, if you value display the most on a smartphone, the a 51 should be on the top of your list because it is a gorgeous display.
For the price. I'm so blown away by that this is a basic phone that gets some of the essentials, right? And for most people, that's a selling feature. Unfortunately, when you look at the rest of the picture, things do tend to fall apart because the cameras are not that great and the performance is one of the biggest issues with a smartphone and Especially when compared to the pixel three A, which is about the same price.
It's a year old, and it still has phenomenal camera, software support and a really good display. There's also the iPhone SE which is the same price as the 851. And it has a great camera performance is rock solid, and most importantly, you get software updates for at least five years. Lastly, I should mention that the pixel four a is right around the corner and is rumored to be priced around $350.
If you're in the market for a mid range smartphone, you should probably take out a piece of paper and write down these five major factors that make a smartphone display camera performance software and battery life and then narrowed them down to your preference.
Because there are great options out there folks. I hope you were able to take away something from this article. I'll talk to you guys in the next one.