This is the Samsung Galaxy a51 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 a50 which was this fellas predecessor it had a beautiful display the battery life was also really good and most importantly it was priced at350 dollars in some cases you were able to pick it up for $300 which was a steal in my opinion in fact the a50 was one of the top-selling smartphones around.
The world competing against Apple’s i Phones 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 $1000phones the launch price of the a51 is 399 dollars so it’s a $50 premium compared to the Galaxy a50 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 remade by these brands to hit that price point and that certainly affects the overall user experience some of the issues.
I had with the a50 was thelackluster performance the cameras wearing the greatest especially whencompared to the pixel 3a which was right up its alley in that price range so hasSamson addressed or happy at least tried to improve some of those issues from thea50 with the a51 let’s find out after this of course their dark core RGB Prois a mouse for every type of gamer with 50 million braided armor on switcheslighting blink 2 side grips for better comfort a type-c connector with 50 hourbattery life and a three-way operation mode with course there’s a slipstreamhyper fast wireless technology check it out below alright so from a physicalaspect they haven’t made any major changes you’re still getting a plasticback with metal side railings just like the a50 so it’s not a scratch proof asglass backs.
But it’s less here to crack like glass which is abenefit if I were you I just Rock a case just to be safe the display has receiveda bit of an upgrade I mean it’s not substantial but they made it look like amodern flagship smartphone so they’ve expanded the screen by 0.1 incheseliminated the notch on the a50 and when with an infinity o design or inother words you get a punch hole camera they’re also using the same AMOLEDdisplay on the a50 rocking the same resolution.
I’ll be you get extra pixelsvertically because of that screen expansion and that’s it does it have ahigh refresh rate no does it have support for HDR 10 Plus video no does iteven look good yes absolutely guys it’s still a beautiful screen with greatcolor vibrancy and deeper blacks it looks just as good as a flash yoursmartphone and I appreciate the fact that it’s still a flat screen withoutany curves look the display is the most important factor of any smartphone andI’m glad Samsung hasn’t cut any corners here unfortunately Samsung has stillkept the single mono speaker at the bottom which can easily be blocked withyour finger when you’re holding it in landscape mode it sounds okay itcertainly doesn’t get any louder.
I would have preferred a dual speaker setup onthe a51 that would’ve been a nice upgrade over the a50 but we’re notgetting that with this phone but on the positive side we still get a headphonejack yeah remember that guy the 3.5 millimeter thingy I’m glad that they’vestill camped it the in display fingerprint sensor is still hereunfortunately just like the a50 I haven’t had the best luck when it comesto unlocking the device successfully it refuses for like four times and then thefifth time it works odd just fine in some cases it locks me out and it askedme to try in 30 seconds so I have to force myself to use the swipe patternwhich is the second way of unlocking the device.
I mean it’s I have had betterluck with the pixel 3a and of course the s20 which is much more expensivesmartphone but I really want to know your thoughts about this would yourather prefer having a display or an in display fingerprint sensor on a cheapsmartphone instead of a dedicated one at the back that’s actually easilyaccessible and something that actually works most of the time because.
I feellike this is certainly one of the areas that is like a hit or miss on a lot ofmid-range smart but I’m curious to know about yourthoughts in the comments ask for the rest of features well there isn’tanything new compared to the a50 they’ve still kept a microSD card slotfor storage expansion which I’m sure a lot of you would appreciate there’s nosupport for wireless charging nor does it even have an official IP rating whichall makes sense because those certifications and tech costs money thespecs are also pretty similar for the most part compared to the a50 so it hasan X notes 96 11 versus the X notes 96 10 but these SOC s are essentially thesame except for the fact that you can record high resolution video they alsohave the same amount of RAM do note that in some regions Samsung is offering sixto eight gigabytes of RAM which should significantly help with performancestorage also remains the same battery size hasn’t changed either perhaps mybiggest frustration with this phone is the performance.
Now I need to becompletely transparent with you guys as a content creator I am fortunate to getmy hands on the recent latest flagship smartphones featuring the fastest specsand all the bells and whistles that come with the package I’m also to an extentspoiled by the displays that come with high refresh rate more RAM fast s whosees etc and so the switch to the a51 almost felt like I had to trade aLamborghini for eight Toyota Yaris that makes sensebasic things like launching Gmail Spotify YouTube Instagram takes at leasttwo to three seconds to load that might not sound like a lot but I mean comingfrom a flash smartphone it is a lot to me personally the animations are jitteryscrolling through Twitter.
And my Instagram feed was really not thatsmooth as the page took a few seconds to catch up if you use Google Mapsextensively you have to be really patient with the content to load upmultitasking performance is also not the greatest and there is a good reason forthat my sample comes with 4 gigabytes of RAM and my average usage is around 3gigabytes which really pushes the limits on this phone now there are a fewworkarounds to this you could enable developer options through the settingsand then reduce the animation speeds or completely turn it off which should helpthe absolute instantly and it should take away the jitteriness that you’llexperience with this phone when you set it up out of the boxlet’s keep in mind that content still takes time to load up.
And it alsodoesn’t help with memory management either now as much as I’d love to saythat specs don’t matter on phones these days it kind of does on the a51 becausethis phone is running Android 10 with Samsung’s one UI and it’s the exact samesoftware experience as what you’ll get with the S 20s twenty plus and the s 20ultra Samsung hasn’t made any software enhancements to make sure that theoperating system runs efficiently on this little speck hardware think of itas a gamer if you’re looking to play.
The most demanding titles and the besthighest possible frame rates to get a smooth experience you would invest in anexpensive GPU that’s 500 perhaps even $1000 but if you play those mostdemanding titles on 100 to $150 GPU the I mean you get the point I really thinkthat software is the bottleneck on the a51 perhaps a lighter version of Androidthat’s less resource hungry would yield a better experience I would actuallyrecommend picking up the six key byte or a key buy variant if you can find onebecause that should significantly help with a performance or multitaskingperformance on this phone and the positive side battery life has beenphenomenal on the a51 I had a great experience with the a50 same storycontinues.
With this smart phone you shouldn’t worry about battery lifewhatsoever you can easily push this to maybe 2 days worth of use and that’s meis a win-win the last thing that I want to cover here is the camera performancethe a fifty one comes with a quad camera set however the only two cameras you’dactually care about is the 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle and the 48 megapixelstandard wide-angle you don’t get a telephoto lens but there is a 5megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode and a 5 megapixel and macro camera let’sstart with the ultra wide something that you need to be aware of they saidthere’s absolutely no focus control when you use this lens which is disappointingthankfully you can still adjust exposure and the images coming out of the sensorlook pretty good mostly images lack detail and Samsonapplies that smoothing filter in post keep in mind.
I have seen optimizerturned off and everything you’re seeing here is shot in auto mode with HDRturned on I also noticed that the shutter lag was way too long sotrying to take a photo you have to stay stable for at least three seconds for toprocess it can get really annoying sometimes HDR is a hit or miss in somecases it works out really well but I need to point out that the colorscienceis completely out of whack the tone shifts a lot towards magenta and thelower performance is well let’s just say for a phone a telephone don’t expect toomuch the main 48 megapixel light sensor is noticeably better on the one found onthe a50 there is good detail dynamic range and contrast but like.
I saidearlier the colors are just not true to life for the most part in some cases ittends to overexpose shots but if you’re patient enough with trial and error youcan end up with some pretty good results I’ve also noticed that Samsung has toneddown the saturation on the recent phones and I appreciate that here’s an exampleof the weird colors it captures so this is the charging cable for oneplusdevices if you own a oneplus device you know for a fact that it’s a vibrant redcable but this phone for some reason things that it’s pink I shot the samesubject on my pixel for for comparison to show you what it actually looks likehope you were able to take away something from that portrait mode orlive focus is okay .
I mean don’t expect to be blown awaybecause once again this sensor just can’t process colors accurately the 5megapixel macro camera was surprisingly really good you can be really creativewith this lens if you give it more light it’s way better than the 2 megapixelsensor we’re seeing on other phones these days this is the front-facingcamera test on the galaxy a50 now one of the cool things about the Exynos 96 11CPU is that it can allow the camera to shoot at a high resolution and processthat so as you can see this is what it looks like dynamic range is prettyterrible it’s obviously not close to what you’ll get with the s20 phones butit is passable alright so.
I switched over to the rear camera on the a51 andit can shoot 4k which is nice and you can also use the wide-angle lens toshoot video there’s obviously no image stabilization footage is definitelygoing to be a little bit jerky the dynamic range is pretty good I’mimpressed for what this phone can offer especially for the price point I’m alsosurprised by the microphone quality as well it’s it’s surprisingly better thansome of the flagships out there but let me know what you guys thinkabout the video quality in the comments so here’s the take away with the galaxya51 I think the only improvement.
I see over the a50 is the slightly improvedcamera performance but you still have to be very patient with that because if youlike having the flexibility to switch between ultra wide and wide angle and ifyou absolutely don’t care about colors detail contrast low-light performancethen this phone meets that criteria and let’s not forget if you value displaythe most on a smart phone the a51 should be on the top of your list because it isa gorgeous display for the price I’m so blown away by that this is a basic phonethat gets some of the essentials right and for most people that’s a sellingfeature unfortunately when you look at the rest of picture things do tend tofall apart because the cameras are not that great and the performance is one mybiggest issues with the smartphone especially.
When you compared to thepixel 3a which is about the same price it’s a year old and it still hasphenomenal camera software support and a really good display there’s also theiPhone SC which is the same price as the a51 and it has a great camera theperformance is rock-solid and most importantly you get software updates forat least five years lastly I should mention that the pixel forays rightaround the corner and it is rumored to be priced around $350 if you’re in themarket for a mid-range smartphone you should probably take out a piece ofpaper.
And write down these five major factors that make a smart phone displaycamera performance software and battery life and then narrow them down to yourpreference because there are great options out there folks on that notethank you so much for watching I hope you were able to take away somethingfrom this video stay safe it’s been responsibly myfriends and I’ll talk to you guys in the next one.