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Meet Samsung Galaxy M51 - The phone with biggest battery capacity in PH yet!

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The Samsung Galaxy M51 is known to be the device equipped with an enormous battery that will probably mean an insane battery life.
Meet Samsung Galaxy M51

Meet Samsung Galaxy M51

Samsung seems to beef up this device with the right choices on paper. It has a fairly large 6.7-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm’s capable Snapdragon 730G chipset, a 64MP Sony IMX682 primary camera sensor, and a 7,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support. Sounds very nice, right? But have what it takes to stand out from the midrange crowd? Let's find out!

Note that we won't have the unboxing portion of this device since Samsung only loaned us the unit itself.

The first time I handled the Galaxy M51, it feels chunky. I guess that's because I was used to trying slimmer devices so I thought it's too bulky for convenience. But over time, I get over that it weighs 213 grams since there's not much effect on its ergonomics. I can still do one hand operations like texting and taking selfies, with much greater care of course.
Fancy gloss finish at the back
Fancy gloss finish at the back

The Galaxy M51 has a ‘glasstic' back panel, made of glossy polycarbonate material. The loaned unit from Samsung is in Black color and it looks good until I touched it. It picked up fingerprint smudges so easily. However, I like how the light bounces back on this phone's back.
Top view
Top view

There is a microphone on top of the Galaxy M51. 
Bottom view
Bottom view

Meanwhile, the bottom area houses the single firing speaker, another microphone then the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Left side

On its left side, you can find a SIM tray and memory card slot. 
Right side
Right side

The right side contains the volume rocker and the power button that acts as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. It's fast and responsive and I had no problem with its location since it's positioned just right.
Super AMOLED screen
Super AMOLED screen

The M51 comes with a 6.7-inch full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED display protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Aside from its immersive quality, the screen offers good visibility even under direct sunlight. Moreover, it has a balanced color reproduction and nice contrast so it's awesome for watching video clips on YouTube or streaming series on Netflix. Even the viewing angles are pretty great.

Gorgeous Super AMOLED display!

My only main concern here is that it only has a 60Hz refresh rate while another recent mid-range smartphones already have 90Hz. But then again, I must say that the overall quality of its screen is excellent. Most of those 90Hz and above panels are made out of lower- LCD, this one is using AMOLED.

Inside this Samsung device is the 2.2GHz 8nm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor, Adreno 618, It also features 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and a beefy 128GB memory that is expandable to 512GB through the microSD card slot.
AnTuTu and GeekBench scores
AnTuTu and GeekBench scores

When we run the benchmark testing, the device was able to reach high scores. In Antutu it got an overall score of 276,925. On the other hand, the phone scored 547 on the single-core and 1,784 on multi-core.

Respectable speed!

The mid-range chipset delivers well in graphics performances that, while not quite reaching the level of the fastest devices in this price class but not that bad either. With this, the smartphone does the job greatly in everyday operation. There's no stuttering even with demanding apps running in the background.

Playing games like Call of Duty and PUBG is not a problem with this phone. You can max out the graphic options in COD and experience quite a few frame drops. I tried sticking to the default settings of the game and it resulted in smoother gameplay. 

For battery, Samsung equipped this with a 7,000mAh with 25W fast charging support. 7,000mAh is the largest from any smartphones in the Philippines yet.
PCMark Battery Benchmark
PCMark Battery Benchmark

In our usual PCMark battery benchmark test, the Samsung Galaxy M51 lasted for 15 hours and 8 minutes. And using it as a secondary phone for browsing social media, emails, a bit of casual gaming, it was able to meet my needs for the entire day. 

Good battery life with fast charging support!

I even used it for calling someone for an hour and play some music for also an hour but there's still about 20 percent left on its battery.

However, my issue here is we've seen plenty of handsets with smaller 5,000 to 6,000mAh batteries with better battery life than this device.

Hopefully, Samsung can optimize its battery efficiency better in future software updates to reach the maximum potential of its 7,000mAh battery.

Charging from 10 percent to 100 percent is just about 1 hour and 30 minutes. That's quite fast.
Rear cameras of Galaxy M51
Rear cameras of Galaxy M51

There's a total of four cameras in this handset: a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro lens, and 5MP depth sensor.  Its camera features are the following:  LED flash, Live Focus, HDR, Single Take, slow-motion videos, hyper-lapse, panorama, pro mode, and the night mode.

The rear cameras produce bright and vibrant images that are enhanced to appear pleasing. With this, we also get details in the pictures and that's a good thing. The ultra-wide mode captures a good amount of area without distortion and changes in the color. Its macro lens is a bit tedious to use but it was able to get some nice quality close-up shots. 

Rear Camera Samples

Daylight normal

Daylight ultra-wide
Daylight ultra-wide

Daylight with artificial lighting
Daylight with artificial lighting

Zooming on the subject
Zooming on the subject

Highlights natural color of the ingredients of the ramen
Highlights natural color of the ingredients of the ramen

Indoor shots under good lighting conditions were also superb in terms of contrast and sharpness of details. Sometimes the camera over sharpens images or the colors are too saturated but we got a lot of details. I think that’s what most consumers expect from their phone’s camera.
Indoor normal
Indoor normal

Indoor zoom shot
Indoor zoom shot

Indoor ultra-wide shot
Indoor ultra-wide shot

Indoor shot with the flowers as subject
Indoor shot with the flowers as subject

Night mode is a big help during dim indoor lighting conditions. The images are still sharp, have nice contrast and color reproduction because of this camera function.
Using Night Mode to emphasize the colors of the subjects

Focusing on the lamp as subject
Focusing on the lamp as subject

This midrange also gets the Single Take feature, which clicks multiple images and videos to get the best shot. The feature has been adapted from the high-end Galaxy S20 series and works efficiently. This is pretty handy when the subject is constantly in motion or you are in a hurry to take a shot.

The Galaxy M51 records pretty good 1080p videos. Videos recording in 4K at 30fps and in 1080p at 30fps came out great in daylight. 

Samsung’s Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) solution works well and it is perhaps helpful for smoother video performance. Also, the phone can record videos even in fairly challenging lighting conditions. 
32MP front camera for selfie

There is a 32MP front camera that sports a lot of shooting features like single take, portrait, ultra-wide for group shots, and even night mode.

It's nice that the selfie camera is also flexible since it features multiple functions like the main camera has. Upon checking, it sports a single take, wide-angle, night mode, and live focus. I also like the fact that you can adjust the level of blur for the live focus mode since it gives the user a sense of control.

Selfie Camera Samples

Daylight selfie
Daylight selfie

Indoor selfie in a well-lit room
Indoor selfie in a well-lit room

Indoor selfie inside a restaurant

Colors are pretty accurate, and the skin tone of the subject does not look washed out. There might be a filter going on but it's not too much like other Android devices. It somehow managed to make our complexion smoother than actual. 

There's no complaint here except the fact that the wide-angle is not extensive enough. But then, we're still lucky to have this feature.
Normal selfie

Wide angle selfie that is great for group shots
Wide angle selfie that is great for group shots

Selfie with Night Mode
Selfie with Night Mode

In this case, I like how the Night Mode illuminated my selfie in this dim coffee shop. 

The rest of the features

One UI 2.1 interface
 One UI 2.1 interface

The Samsung Galaxy M51 runs on One UI 2.1 core based on Android 10. For me, the OS is clean and smooth. I did notice a lot of issues and more often than not, the usage is convenient. It also helps that it offers a complete system-wide dark mode, additional themes. The settings page looks quite refreshing with neatly organized icons and categories.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 connects wireless thru WiFi, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. It supports FM Radio, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, and Dual SIM. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, face unlocks, a speaker, and two microphones.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Specs

Display: 6.7-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 393 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 8nm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.2 123-degree ultra-wide-angle + 5MP f/2.2 macro + 5MP f/2.2 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.2
Battery: 7,000mAh w/ 25W fast charging
OS: Android 10 w/ One UI 2.1
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, USB-C, Colors: Black, White
Price: PHP 19,990

Quick Thoughts

Solid build and specs
Solid build and specs

As a mid-range smartphone that cost almost PHP 20K, the Samsung Galaxy M51 brings a lot to the table.

Even though it looks simple on the outside, it has an excellent build and a super-looking Super AMOLED panel with great viewing angles allowing us to can enjoy watching favorite series.

While it isn't the fastest in class, it has the largest battery capacity for the price.

We think that this is the device to buy if you want your battery to last long and not a fan of frequent charging. It is also equipped with reliable cameras that can capture decent photos and selfies.

All in all, this device won't disappoint.

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