As smartphones prices goes through the roof with Galaxy S20 ultra starting at $1399, and not everybody has a kidney to sell. So, for past few years the mid-range market has become popular, with many brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and many big boys like Samsung and Apple, too. As weird as it is to see Apple on that list, it’s true, back in 2016 they launched the iPhone SE, which was a mid-ranger at $400.
In 2020, this market is making the most profit than any other segment and Oneplus slowly drifting away from this but there are rumours of a Oneplus Z, stay tuned for that one, but for now let’s look at the options we have, first up, we have the Galaxy A51 which is priced at $400(25,250 INR) is a really good option.
The Galaxy A51 is a very 2020 looking phone, with a punch-hole selfie cam, quad cameras at the rear, fast charging and a great display.
Coming to the specs, the display is a 2400×1080 resolution FHD+ screen with 405 ppi and a 20:9 aspect ratio with a screen size of 6.5″. Under the hood we have the in-house Exynos 9611. A 4000 mah battery and in-display optical fingerprint reader. Now, cameras, it has a quad camera setup with 48mp main shooter(f/2.0), an ultra wide angle lens(f/2.2) with 123° of view, a 5mp depth camera(f/2.2) and also a 5mp macro lens(f/2.4) and 32mp (f/2.2) front camera. For video, we can record upto 4k@30fps and from the front 1080p@30fps. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In the other corner of the ring, we have the iPhone SE 2020, It has 4.7″ IPS LCD Super Retina Display with a resolution of 1334×750, 326 ppi, and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has only a single rear facing camera of 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS and a 7mp(f/2.2) selfie camera. For videos, it can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear and 1080@30fps from the front. It doesn’t have a headphone jack but it does stereo speakers. It also has the most powerful smartphones chip, the A13 Bionic, which is also used in the iPhone 11 series. If you want read the full review just click on the link here. iPhone SE 2020 Full Review
Now, stacking them up against each other, we see some pros and cons of each of these phones, so first talk about display and it’s a clear win for A51 as it has a 1080p AMOLED display whereas the iPhone has a 720p LCD display, so the everything is more clear, the blacks are deeper and colors are also bright and A51 also has a bigger display at 6.5″ compared to 4.7″ of the iPhone, which is personally too small for me, and the A51 is more 2020 with a punch-hole and minimum bezels but the iPhone has the big chunky bezels, which houses the Touch id, shouts old.
Coming to the cameras, you have more versatility of the Galaxy with quad rear cameras against just one on the iPhone, the specs are above if you wish read them, the photos are more or less are the same but there are some differences. The photos of flowers and food are better because Samsung offers a Scene Optimizer which makes the colors to pop out a bit more and make them over saturated, which is good but iPhone pulls ahead when cropping in, it has more details compared to A51(if you’re shooting in default 12mp mode) but if you shoot in that 48mp mode you get a bit more detail while cropping in.
Talking about video, both phones can shoot 4k but the SE can shoot upto 60fps and it also OIS which makes a huge difference in stability of the video, the A51 also has Super Steady mode but it’s totally depending on software to phase out the shake in a video but you can shoot in ultra wide angle mode which captures way more into your video.
With the 4k, you the a processor that can handle your videos and photos, so going under the hood, we have the Exynos 9611 in the Galaxy A51 and the most powerful chip ever the A13 Bionic in the iPhone SE and it more clear than a 8k video who is the winner in this department (sorry for the bad joke).
Let’s talk about the in-hand feel of these devices, Samsung says that the A51 has a ‘glastic’ back, which is a mixture of glass and plastic but it still feels cheap in hand whereas the iPhone feels more premium with the aluminium sides and glass back. iPhone SE 2020 also has IP68 water and dust resistance rating, A51 doesn’t.
Everyone today is concerned about privacy, the iPhone gives the same old Touch id which really secure but no face recognition whereas A51 here too gives you more versatility and gives an optical fingerprint reader and also a 2d face scanner, the Touch id is more secure than an optical reader but it’s nice to have options. Galaxy A51 also comes with faster 15w charging out of the box than a tiny 5w charger of the SE, it charge with 18w but you have buy that separately, it also have wireless charging which the Galaxy A51 lacks.
All that above is the hardware, the software is equally important, so the iPhone SE 2020 comes with iOS 13 and the Galaxy A51 comes with OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10.
Now, if you get into the Apple ecosystem but don’t want to spend a $1000 and also want a great in-hand feel, longevity, wireless charging, IP rating and that iOS experience but also don’t care about the way it looks, then buy it, you’ll not be disappointed but if you want that 2020 vibe in your phone, Android experience, a great display and don’t care about the wireless charging, IP rating, then get it. Personally, I would take the A51 because I want a up-to-date, high res display and I’m not a heavy user, so the Exynos 9611 would be fine for me.
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