Samsung Mobile on Tuesday September 1 raised the bar once again on its smartphone batteries by introducing the midrange Galaxy M51.
The M51 ships with an enormous 7,000 mAh battery – which is 1,000 mAh more capacity than the brilliant Samsung Galaxy M31 and M21 models that quickly sold out during the month of August, as sources told 254news.co.ke.
The Galaxy M31 is therefore capable of lasting three days between charges and owners of the Galaxy M51 can probably expect similar battery life.
The M51 also comes with a 6.7inch Super AMOLED Plus display, one that is a few inches bigger than the increasingly popular budget Galaxy A21s and one that is pushing it close to the 6.9inch Galaxy Note 20 in terms of screen size.
It carries a 1080 x 2340 screen resolution, which is the same resolution as the M31 and only marginally worse off than the 1,080 x 2,400 resolution of the Note 20.
The M51 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, which is expected to give a performance edge over the M31, although it will be some way behind the flagship devices.
On the camera front, it has a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, a 5-megapixel macro and a depth sensor to support live focus. The front-facing selfie camera is 32-megapixels, with support of 4K video capture, but only at 30 frames per second.
The Galaxy M51 also has a headphone jack, type C port and a side mounted fingerprint scanner, as compared to other models that sport a back mounted fingerprint scanner. The presence of the headphone jack allays fears of the absence of the hardware item with future Samsung releases aimed at cutting costs of hardware items.
It can do fast charging upto 25W which is touted as necessary to fill up the huge battery. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.0 skin on top of Android 10.
The phone will going on sale in Germany first, at a very respectable price of $429 (Ksh 46,460.70), with expectations of going on sale in other European markets.
In terms of the Kenyan market, it is a matter of ‘wait and see’. It is however expected not to debut in Samsung stores within the country and certified phone shops will likely put it on sale first, as they did with the M21 and M31 models.