The mid-range segment begins to receive its first contestants in 2020, and among them is the Samsung Galaxy A51, one of the new bet of the South Korean brand to continue revitalizing this section. Having found the right key, this terminal is an evolution of the very sold Galaxy A50, which is not bice to arrive free of changes and interesting news.
After harvesting a Remarkable success in 2019 with its new Galaxy A terminal line, Samsung returns to the load with the respective successors of the previously launched, repeating a strategy that has proven successful in terms of sales. The task is now clear: to continue expanding its number of clients and compete against the many and varied offer existing in the demanding segment of the middle part of the market.
Now, being enough is no longer enough to convince a respectable person who is overwhelmed by the infinite possibilities that reach the Asian territory, so Samsung has done an exercise of restiling with this Galaxy A51 which, although light, is notorious and appreciable compared to the previous Galaxy A50.
The bet continues to be the same as the one applied in the previous months, which is none other than to carry highly striking features some, even, before their flagships to these cheaper smartphones, also wrapping them in an aesthetic and colors focused especially on a young public. With this, Samsung seeks to find the desired balance between quality and price that its Chinese contenders presume and that has become the benchmark of the public when it comes to valuing a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy A51: a known format
As it has been taking place on previous occasions, the effort made by Samsung in giving this terminal a great look is remarkable, although the materials used in the rear is plastic, for example they are not among the most premium of the moment The result is a pleasant device in aesthetic terms and comfortable to hold once in hand, lightweight and manageable despite its dimensions.
In its front we find a completely clear front, with just a perforation to include the front camera (which serves as an unlocking method, despite not being as effective as a 3D sensor) and leaving almost all of its surface to its 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. Under it is also the fingerprint reader, a classic of this range and that, unfortunately, seems to have improved little or nothing compared to previous generations, being significantly slower and more erratic than that of many of the competition's terminals.
And it is a pity that it is, because the result is to have Two main methods of unlocking facial recognition and fingerprints that don't work perfectly in one of the most basic tasks of the day with a smartphone, such as access to it. Ideally, one will complement the other according to what situation, but in practice it is not always so.
In its lower part is a USB Type-C connector, through which the terminal battery can be filled with a capacity of 15W fast charge. Next to it, and although more and more manufacturers are presiding over it, there is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack connector.
Its rear part is clean of obstacles, except for a large rectangular photographic module. This is where Samsung meets one of the great promises of the Galaxy A range, along with the big screen, which is none other than to carry the photographic versatility to terminals focused on the public. With an appearance that aims to be constant throughout all the brand's smartphones throughout 2020, the view is irremediably moving towards this point.
Five proposals, but without optical zoom
We found in the back area four lenses, with a 48 megapixel main, a wide angle, one dedicated to macro shots and a depth sensor to help collect detail in the images with portrait mode. Options that offer a wide range of shooting possibilities that adapt to the different situations that one might encounter in the day to day.
There is no such thing as optical zoom of any kind, that both Samsung and other manufacturers seem to have reached the consensus that it is less attractive in the mid-range than other solutions.
When taking pictures, the overall experience is good and the images are correct in most situations; in great detail, controlling the light well, with more or less accurate colors as a whole. He will not vary Samsung's characteristic treatment of photographs, cooling those more warm tones and reducing detail in the case of people's skin, among others. It is the way in which the firm interprets the images and is not new, but sometimes it seems too artificial.
Night scenes or with poor luminosity are a major challenge, naturally, which is accentuated in the case of the wide angle, which collects less light and it shows in the results. However, the behavior is correct and the automatic HDR works very well even in complicated scenes, activating when necessary and, consequently, offering a more correct image without having to perform any specific action.
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In the change between lenses can also be seen color differences that break to some extent the uniform experience that one expects to obtain in any type of shot. However, the compendium of the photographic section offers a positive balance if what is sought is to have the aforementioned various shooting modes with the device that you always carry with you in your pocket.
Room for improvement
The phone's interior hides 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage, the proprietary Exynos 9611 processor and the One UI customization layer To move everything. The work done by Samsung in the latter over the months is noticeable and is one of the most comfortable, intuitive to use and pleasing to the eye of the many that take over the Android terminal market.
Along with options like Always on Display To show the time and notifications always on the screen or the night mode integrated in the system, both taking advantage of the AMOLED panel, the result is more than satisfactory in everyday use.
However, with the Galaxy A51 there is something, presumably in the software, that seems unable to perform its work in the most correct ways. In the day of use of the terminal It is common to find "jerks", slowing down animations and feeling slow at certain times. It is still curious, because it is not something that takes place within applications, even in the most demanding as video games, for example, but usually occurs when leaving them, when opening multitasking or when executing actions in a way fast (with more evidence if the gesture navigation system is used instead of the classic virtual keypad).
This is not the first time this has happened in a newly launched terminal and it is plausible to think that the company will solve it through a future update. Although it is an aspect that does not prevent the normal use of the terminal, the low fluid transitions impairs the sensation of speed and good performance that every new smartphone should offer.
Another notorious quality in a device especially focused on the consumption of content of any condition, but especially the audiovisual either play Fortnite or watch The Witcher on Netflix, it's the absence of stereo speakers. The use of its large screen would have been better, I think, with this quality added.
Finally, it is mandatory to mention that The 4,000 mAh of battery you have are enough to withstand a standard day of use but they do not give for too many extra boasts. If we abuse the camera, GPS or any somewhat demanding program with the autonomous we will find the need to go through the plug before the end of the day.