Samsung Galaxy M51 launched in India with Snapdragon 730G and a 7,000mAh battery
It can be argued that this year’s lower and upper mid-range smartphone launches in India don’t have the same value proposition as last year’s launches. Higher taxes coupled with price increases generation over generation has meant that 2019 was better for consumers looking for the most bang for the buck. However, that hasn’t stopped vendors such as Xiaomi, Samsung, and Realme from releasing new phones. Samsung’s Galaxy M series was a hit last year, coming after years of lowly efforts in the mid-range price spectrum. This year, Samsung has refreshed phones such as the Galaxy M30s with the Galaxy M31 (hands-on) and then the Galaxy M31s (review). While last year’s Galaxy M lineup was completed with the Galaxy M40, this year, Samsung has so far not released a successor to the Galaxy M40, instead releasing a higher-targeted phone with the Galaxy M51 (there was no Galaxy M50 last year). The Galaxy M51’s unique feature is the presence of a 7,000mAh battery, but it’s no slouch in some other respects too. Samsung launched the phone in Germany at the end of August, and now the phone has made its way to India.
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy M51|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|Front Camera||32MP, Sony IMX616 sensor|
|Android Version||Android 10 with One UI 2.1|
Samsung Galaxy M51: 7,000mAh battery with Snapdragon 730G
The USP of the Samsung Galaxy M51 is its monstrous 7,000mAh battery. To put it simply, it’s the first phone launch in India to have such a huge battery capacity, which is something that was previously seen only in some niche phones in China. The Galaxy M51 is the logical progression from the 5,000mAh battery of the original Galaxy M30 and the 6,000mAh battery of the Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M31, and Galaxy M31s. It’s a notable achievement, especially when considering that Samsung has been able to keep the weight at a relatively bearable 213 grams. Of course, the battery capacity is not the only determinant of battery life, but all other factors being constant, a phone with a higher battery capacity will have better battery life than a phone with a smaller battery capacity. 25W fast charging means that charging time will be as low as 110 minutes from 0 to 100%, according to Samsung.
It’s also good to see Samsung using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC instead of using its own inferior mid-range Exynos chips. In terms of performance, buyers will get the same performance as Snapdragon 720G-powered phones, which are available for much lower price points. The OnePlus Nord’s Snapdragon 765G SoC is also a step higher. However, the choice of the Snapdragon 730G does represent that the Galaxy M51 is Samsung’s most powerful phone in this price segment yet.
Other notable features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that is said to unlock the phone in 0.21 seconds, as well as a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display (sadly, with a 60Hz refresh rate). The camera setup of the phone is identical to the Galaxy M31s in terms of hardware.
Samsung Galaxy M51: Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy M51 will be available in two variants in India: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. The 6GB RAM variant costs ₹24,999 ($340), while the 8GB RAM variant slots in at ₹26,999 ($368). The phone will be available in Electric Blue and Celestial Black colors.
The first sale of the Galaxy M51 will be held at 12 PM on September 18 through Amazon, Samsung Shop, as well as select retail stores. A ₹2,000 discount for users buying the device with HDFC Bank cards is available if they buy the phone through Amazon during the days of September 18-20.
We have the review unit of the Galaxy M51, so stay tuned for our review to be published in the coming days.