The Samsung M series devices in the past couple of years have been one of the best mid-range to premium devices in the sub Rs 20,000 segment. The series has played an instrumental part in bringing Samsung’s overall numbers up and staying in the top 5 smartphone makers in India.
Soon, the company will be launching the Galaxy M51 in India. With this launch, Samsung will be moving a step ahead in the price ladder and we expect it to be slightly more specced and priced above the Galaxy M31 series.
The Samsung Galaxy M30 and M31 series are extremely popular in India and the company added a new device called the Galaxy M31s. The key highlight of the series is the massive battery and the AMOLED screen, which is a great combo for the masses. With the upcoming Galaxy M51 device, Samsung will try and replicate the same success they’ve enjoyed with the M30/M31 series but with a slightly more premium price.
Just ahead of the India launch, the device was announced in Germany and now, we have all the specs as per the German Samsung site.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new mid-ranger by Samsung
- When will it come? September
- What price? Under Rs 30,000
Samsung Galaxy M51 expected price and launch date in India
The device is in the news for a long time now. First, the device was expected to launch in the month of June and then, due to the production issues, the launch was pushed ahead and now, it looks like Samsung is finally ready to unveil the Galaxy M51 in India. We are expecting the launch of the device in September first half.
As far as the pricing is concerned, the device is expected to sit above the Galaxy M31s line-up, which means the price of the base variant of the Galaxy M51 might start around Rs 25,000 and go all the way up to Rs 30,000. Since the devices are most likely ‘made in India’, we can expect some aggressive pricing. With this price point, Samsung will take on the likes of OnePlus Nord, Realme X3 series, and Redmi K20 Pro.
In Germany, the device is available for pre-order at € 360 which is around Rs 31,400. The Samsung Galaxy M51 will be available on Amazon, just like the other M series devices. The teaser for the same is already live on Amazon.in.
Design and Display
The Samsung M series has followed the same design language over the years with a polycarbonate body and different colours including a couple of gradient finishes on the back. With the Galaxy M51, you get a similar design language. It comes with a glossy back and is available in two colour options Black and White.
The Samsung Galaxy M51 packs in a 6.67-inch display. It is a Super AMOLED screen with Infinity-O panel which means there is a centred punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The refresh rate here is set at 60Hz, although we’d have liked to see a Samsung device with 90Hz in the mid-range segment.
According to previous reports, the device will have a resolution of 2,340 by 1,080 pixels. It is said to have a pixel density of 386ppi and 420 nits brightness, which is similar to the Galaxy M31s. Further, the device is said to come with 8.5mm thickness and weight of around 213 grams.
Performance is one thing that the M series always had issues with. Samsung was opting for its own Exynos SoC or going for under-powered/outdated chipsets from Qualcomm. They both resulted in a slow performance which affected the user experience.
In Germany, the Galaxy M51 is available in one configuration, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal with microSD card slot for additional storage. However, in addition to the variant, in India, we can expect the device to come with 8GB RAM. There is also the Samsung Knox security feature that’s built-in to the handset.
There is still no clarity on the chipset of the Galaxy M51 even though the device is launched in Germany. The site only mentioned “Octa-core” and nothing more. The chipset inside still remains a mystery here. It could be Snapdragon 730/730G chipset or the in-house Exynos SoC.
The Galaxy M51 comes with a quad-camera set-up with a 64MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture. The primary camera is followed by a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro lens. For selfies, the phone is said to feature a 32MP shooter. The camera specs are pretty much similar to the Galaxy M31s here.
It also comes with a bunch of shooting modes such as Live focus, background blur for selfies, and more.
Battery and charging
Battey capacity and battery life have always been a plus point for the M series. With the Galaxy M51, Samsung is taking that to the next level. The Galaxy M51 features a massive 7,000mAh battery. This is a jump for M series standard 6,000mAh capacity. On the charging front, the device comes with support for 25W fast charging technology via Type-C interface.
Apart from the above-mentioned specs, the Galaxy M51 comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner along with face unlock feature. It runs on OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10.