Samsung has two new mid-range smartphones for US customers dubbed the Galaxy A51 5G and Galaxy A51 5G UW. Announced as incoming back in April, the new Samsung devices are engineered to offer the best flagship features. But each of those ships in a far less expensive package and budget-friendly internals to ensure great value.
As already noted, there are going to be two variants of this particular smartphone too. That's to account for the fact that Verizon actually offers a much speedier 5G experience. Built on a different technology than its competitors, the company started its low-range high band network before its nationwide low-band network. So a slightly different set of internals had to be used. Hence the "UW" — or, Ultra-Wideband — branding.
Here's what the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G and Galaxy A51 5G UW bring to the table
Now, the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, in both forms, will effectively be the same device as the previously launched standard Galaxy A51. So it's going to be packed with not just next-gen networking. But also a ton of flagship features on the software side via Android 10 and One UI.
For hardware, Samsung built its latest device around a 6.5-inch FullHD+ resolution, Super AMOLED Infinity-O display. That means sharper contrasts and deeper blacks alongside more vibrant colors. But it also means that the camera is front and center in a punch-hole at the top of the display itself.
Around the back of the handset, Samsung utilized a two-tone design with both featuring a special colorization to help hide fingerprints and smudges. And, in that back panel, there are no fewer than four cameras to offset the 32-megapixel selfie snapper. That's a 48-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel secondary camera for ultra-wide shots, and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. The fourth sensor is for depth and also comes in at 5-megapixels.
128GB of onboard storage is part of that package too, expandable via microSD card up to 1TB. As is a fast-charging battery.
Pricing and availability
For pricing, Samsung says the Galaxy A51 5G will be somewhat cheaper than the Galaxy A71 5G, which costs $599.99. In fact, it'll be $100 less expensive at $499.99 to start, when it becomes available starting on August 7 at Samsung.com. T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer the gadget from that date, with subsidiary Metro to follow shortly after. Verizon customers will be able to order the "UW" variant of the gadget from August 13.
Samsung says that details on other carriers and retailers will be forthcoming but hasn't provided any other details at this time.