Samsung’s affordable mid-range 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is finally available from Verizon. Compared to other phones released in the past year, the $ 550 Galaxy A51 5G UW is one of the more affordable 5G phones right now: $ 900 cheaper than the (discontinued) Samsung Galaxy Z Flip originally, $ 250 less than the OnePlus 8 5G UW, and $ 100 cheaper than the Galaxy A71 5G UW.
The new Galaxy A51 5G UW comes in only one color, “Prism Bricks Blue”, which is actually a light pearlescent blue. Compared to the Galaxy A71 5G UW, the A51 5G UW has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and 128 GB of storage. Both phones also have the same 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 5-megapixel depth camera. But the A51 5G UW has a 6.5-inch OLED screen, making it slightly smaller than the A71 5G UW’s 6.7-inch OLED screen, plus a 48 megapixel main camera, while the A71 5G UW has a 64 megapixel main camera.
The Galaxy A51 5G UW, originally announced in April, will feature Verizon’s ultra-wideband 5G network and will add its low-band network when it arrives later this year. As my colleague Chris Welch noted in this 5G explainer videowhile Verizon’s high band is “lightning fast,” the coverage areas outside are blotchy and have almost no coverage inside. Verizon is expected to launch its low-band 5G network this fall.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G UW is on sale for $ 550 on Verizon’s website, but the company is offering a limited-time promotion to buy the phone for just $ 360 when you sign up for a new Unlimited plan.