Samsung ushers in its 2020 Galaxy A lineup with the introduction of the Galaxy A51. The announcement confirms what we’ve learned through the leaks about the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A50. And it brings a lot of firsts to the company’s smartphone segment.
(Update, March 1, 2020: It’s now available in prepaid! Read Samsung Galaxy A51 with 5 cams, Android 10 priced in the Philippines.)
(Update, February 19: Postpaid, you say? Read Samsung Galaxy A51 now available through Globe Postpaid.)
(Update, February 18: Waiting for this? Read Samsung Galaxy A51 Philippine release set for April — source.)
(Update, January 29: Get ready, Philippines! Check out New Samsung Galaxy A series phones launching Feb 4 in PH.)
The back of the phone is the first to feature a quad-camera setup in an L-shape pattern. It’s also the first Galaxy phone with a macro camera, which is 5 megapixels. The Samsung Galaxy A51 pairs this with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 123-degree field of view, a 48-megapixel primary lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for bokeh shots.
Samsung revamps the Infinity-O display by placing the punch hole at the top center of the device. The cutout houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. And because of smaller bezels, the Samsung Galaxy A51 fits a 6.5-inch display into the tall and slightly narrow body of the Galaxy A50, which had a 6.4-inch panel.
The Galaxy A51 is also the first Samsung device to be powered by Android 10 with One UI 2.0 out of the box, months before the launch of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S11 series. But this isn’t the first time for the company to test out or bring new features to its midrange devices before its premium handsets.
Now, when it comes to its other specifications, it shares these features with the Samsung Galaxy A50.
You get either 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64GB or 128GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery with support for 15-watt fast charging, and an optical on-screen fingerprint sensor.
While the A50 runs on an Exynos 9610 processor and the A51 is powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset, the two chips have the same technical specifications.
Samsung calls the bodywork on the Galaxy A51 “3D Glasstic,” but it has that same prism-like crisscross pattern and gradient effect that changes its color depending on how light hits the handset. It comes in the colors Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Pink, and Prism Crush Blue.
The company will start selling the Samsung Galaxy A51 in Vietnam on December 27, with a starting price of ₫7,990,000, which is around P17,570 and $346. It hasn’t shared the pricing or release details for markets such as the Philippines at this time.
Samsung Galaxy A51 specs
- 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen
- Octa-core Exynos 9611 processor
- 4GB/6GB RAM
- 64GB/128GB storage
- Quad 48MP (main), 12MP (ultra wide), 5MP (macro), 5MP (depth) rear cameras
- 32MP (main) front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (under-screen)
- 4,000mAh battery with 15-watt USB-C fast charging
- One UI 2.0 based on Android 10
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