Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ

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Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
Samsung Galaxy M51Rounak Jain / Business Insider India
  • The Galaxy M51 is Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone, featuring a massive 7,000mAh battery.
  • It sports a clean and minimalist design, but the big battery capacity means it’s a bit on the thicker side.
  • The first impressions suggest that this could be a new mid-range winner for Samsung. Read on to find out more.
Samsung is stepping up the heat this year with the launch of several 'value for money' smartphones across different price segments. The new Galaxy M51 is the latest in this line, offering a monster 7,000mAh battery. Essentially, it should mean you have to charge your phone once every two days or so. I spent some time with the device, and here are my first impressions.

Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 price in India starts at ₹24,999 for the 6GB variant and ₹26,999 for the 8GB variant. It comes in two colours – electric blue and celestial black. It goes on sale on Amazon and Samsung’s online store starting on September 18.

Samsung Galaxy M51 – what’s under the hood?

Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
Samsung Galaxy M51 display.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy M51 features a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display and has a punch hole that houses the selfie camera. It is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset and has up to 8GB of RAM.
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Storage-wise, Samsung has used UFS 2.1 technology, which should ensure that the M51 remains fast. It has 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
The quad camera setup on the Galaxy M51.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

On the back, there are four cameras, with a 64MP primary camera with a Sony sensor. In the front, there’s a 32MP camera for selfies and video calling.

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The key selling point of the Galaxy M51 is its massive 7,000mAh battery. It supports 25W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M51 design – ‘glasstic’ is the way to go?
Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
Samsung Galaxy M51 punch-hole notch.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The Galaxy M51 has a no-fuss utilitarian approach when it comes to design. There’s not much going on the front – there’s just the display with the punch hole notch and fairly thin bezels.

The back of the phone, too, is mostly barebones. There’s the camera module with four cameras and the Samsung branding on the bottom. However, it’s the material that Samsung has used that stands out somewhat.

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Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
Samsung Galaxy M51 back panel.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The back of the phone is made of a material called ‘glasstic’ – a combination of glass and plastic. It helps the phone maintain durability while still looking good. While most of us use phones with cases these days, I found that the Galaxy M51 does not need a case/cover.

Thick and heavy, but small price to pay for a long battery life

Samsung Galaxy M51 first impressions – this could be the new battery champ
Samsung Galaxy M51 right side.Rounak Jain / Business Insider India

The massive 7,000mAh battery means that the M51 is considerably thicker and slightly heavier when compared to other mid-range smartphones. If you want long battery life, this is a fairly small price to pay.

The Galaxy M51 comes with a 25W fast charger in the box. It can charge the phone from 0-100% in 115 minutes.
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First impressions

The Galaxy M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G chipset. The unit I’m testing has 8GB of memory. In the time I’ve spent with the device, it felt snappy and smooth. It’s too early to say anything about battery endurance or camera abilities. For that, stay tuned for my full review in the coming days to find out if this battery monster is worth buying.

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