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Samsung M51: Mid-segment all-rounder powered with 7000 mAh battery

Richa Kapoor

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The all new Samsung M51, a mid-range smartphone, is altogether ‘new’, unlike the others from the series which are merely an uplift from their predecessors. The highlight of this device is the industry first — 7000mAh battery. Some other exciting additions in the device are full HD+ resolution, quad camera module (64MP main lens), and Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Chipset.

Design

The design of the M51 is kept simple and minimalistic. Just like the others in the M Series, this too gets a plastic body and a glass-like cover on the back. You would need a cover on it if the finger marks bother you. You get a rectangular rear camera module. The design for a camera module in smartphones started to get unique over the period, so it is more of a personal preference if you like the rectangular set up or not. It does not bulge out nor does the rear look overstuffed with the lens. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass and a punch hole screen. Personally, I like the simplicity of the M51 design which might look a bit boring to a few.

Display

The Galaxy M51 sports a 6.7-inch screen of a full HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. Though the screen is flat, it has a curved glass on top making it easy to use, especially with gesture navigation. The bezels around it are minimal and even the most prominent bottom bezel is thinner than those in other phones in the segment. The display has a punch hole at top-centre for the front camera. The screen of the device is good and very responsive. The colour is bright and vivid. Viewing from all angles was easy and uninterpreted. The punch hole on the screen might bother gamers a bit. HDR is available only for YouTube videos and not for other OTT platforms.

Performance

The Galaxy M51 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G system-on-chip, paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone boots Android 10 operating system-based OneUI 2.1 Core. Performance wise, the M51 is satisfactory. Multi-tasking is easy and seamless. For the budget, the device’s performance is up to the mark. Day-to-day usage with a couple of hours of content consumption was easy on the device.

Battery

The Galaxy M51 ships with a 7,000 mAH battery, the biggest in terms of rated capacity currently available on any smart- phone. This is a major highlight of the device. Especially nowadays, when we are most of the time on our smartphones. The device lasts easily for 2 days with over normal usage as well. As for its own charging, it supports a 25W fast charger (in-box accessory), which refills a completely drained battery to 100 percent in around two hours.

Camera

Galaxy M51 gets a rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, coupled with an f/1.8 lens. Sat next to it is a 12-megapixel ultra- wide-angle lens that brings with itself the promise of 123-degree field-of- view, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, there is a 32-megapixel lens. The similar 64MP main lens was earlier witnessed on the Galaxy M31s and just like that this one also gives you images as per your requirements. Daylight photography on all Samsung devices is a delight and the M51 is no different. The images obtained are appealing and colour reproduction is accurate. The ultrawide lens just like the main sensor helps obtain images which are beautifully detailed and not blurred. The depth sensor works well too. The front camera is a good 32MP lens which helps obtain good selfies worth social media posts without filters. All in all, the camera department leaves me delighted and happy with the results.

Verdict

Priced at Rs 24,999 for the base 6GB RAM variant, the Galaxy M51 can easily be called an all- rounder device from Samsung. The device comes with a capable battery and camera setup. M51 performance is also at par. It is for sure quite a simple look- ing device which might be a let- down for a few consumers. The device is competing with the likes of Oppo F17 Pro, One Plus Nord & Realme 7 Pro. Keeping the competition in mind the looks might be something where the M51 might lag a bit but the other departments, the device is a pure winner.

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THIS HAND-HELD DEVICE CAN READ CANCER BIOMARKER

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A team of Canadian researchers has created a prototype for a hand-held device to measure a biomarker for cancer like a blood sugar monitor, paving the way for home-based cancer monitoring and improving access to diagnostic testing. The device could be used in a medical clinic or at home, all without lab work, greatly simplifying the process for testing blood for cancer’s signature. This is how it works. A user would mix a droplet of blood in a vial of reactive liquid, then place the mixture onto a strip and insert it into a reader. In minutes, the device would measure an antigen that indicates the degree to which cancer is present. The prototype has been designed to monitor prostate specific antigen (PSA) and the technology can readily be adapted to measure other markers, depending on the form of cancer or other chronic disease, said the study appeared in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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LG RELEASES WORLD’S 1ST ROLLABLE TV FOR RS 64 LAKH

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LG Electronics on Tuesday released the world’s first rollable TV in South Korea at a jaw-dropping price of $87,000 (about Rs 63.9 lakh) as the tech giant aims to target high-end consumers amid the pandemic. The company said overseas launch schedules of LG Signature OLED R have not been fixed yet due to the Covid-19 situation in each country, reports Yonhap news agency. LG said the product, which uses flexible OLED display that leverages self-lighting pixel technology, is designed to deliver a differentiated user experience to high-end consumers and strengthen its position in the premium TV market. The 65-inch TV model named RX is highlighted by its screen that rises from a box and can be rolled up inside. Depending on how much the screen has rolled up inside the base, it provides three different viewing options for users to design interior space. LG’s rollable TV was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the United States last year. The world’s top OLED TV maker originally planned to launch the rollable TV in 2019, but its mass production has been delayed due to OLED display supply and yield rate issues.

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NOKIA INTRODUCES 2 FEATURE PHONES WITH 4G IN INDIA

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, on Tuesday launched two new feature phones—Nokia 215 and Nokia 225—with 4G connectivity in the India market. The Nokia 215 comes in cyan green and black colour options and will be available online starting October 23 and at retail outlets starting November 6 for Rs 2,949. The Nokia 225 in classic blue, metallic sand and black colour options will be available online starting 23 October and at retail stores starting 6 November for Rs 3,499, the company said in a statement. Nokia 215 4G and Nokia 225 4G feature 2.4-inch LCD displays. Both the phones feature a 3.5mm audio jack, Wireless FM Radio, an MP3 player, and a flashlight. Nokia has added the class Snake game on both the phones. The primary difference between the two phones lies in the optics. While Nokia 225 4G features a VGA snapper on the back, Nokia 215 4G doesn’t come with any camera.

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GIONEE LAUNCHES BUDGET SMARTPHONE FOR RS 5,499

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Smartphone maker Gionee on Tuesday launched a budget device Gionee F8 Neo for Rs 5,499 in the ongoing festive season. The device is available in three colours—blue, black and red. “Gionee products are going to be developed by the team based in India. The company is also committed to locally manufacture all its products in the country. In the smartphone category, Gionee intends to provide an unadulterated UI and UX to the consumers,” the company said in a statement. The smartphone comes with a 5.45-inch LCD display and a 3000mAh battery. The device is powered by an Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM+32 GB ROM feature (expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card). The device is equipped with a single rear camera of 8MP and a 5MP front selfie shooter. The handset is also loaded with features such as face unlock, slow motion, panorama, night mode, time-lapse, burst mode, QR code, face beauty and more.

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OPPO A33 WITH 90HZ DISPLAY, TRIPLE CAMERA LAUNCHED

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Chinese smartphone maker OPPO on Wednesday launched ‘OPPO A33’ with a 90Hz refresh rate display and triple camera set up in India. OPPO A33 will be available for sale at Rs 11,990 for the 3+32GB variant across both Flipkart and mainline retail outlets. Consumers can also avail 5 per cent Cashback applicable from Kotak Bank (Credit Card EMI/Debit Card EMI), RBL Bank (Credit Card EMI & Non-EMI), Bank of Baroda (Credit Card EMI) and Federal Bank (Debit Card EMI). The smartphone features a 6.5-inch punch-hole screen with 90Hz refresh rate support. The device packs an AI triple camera set up on the rear of the phone, including a 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro lens. The smartphone also has an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. The device comes equipped with a large 5000mAh battery paired with 18W fast charge that can get you through the day until the evening on just a single charge. In addition, OPPO A33 comes with ColorOS 7.2 with an aim to increase the day-to-day usage efficiency by giving fast and smooth experience.

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GALAXY WATCH 3 BLENDS FASHION WITH FITNESS

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is one of the best Android smartwatches that I have come across so far. A watch with the right blend of fashion and fitness, it comes with a dazzling design, a vivid display, and features like a blood oxygen tracker.

While the blood oxygen feature can measure and track oxygen saturation over time, the 120 home training programs help you track workouts at home. Besides its fitness and wellness purposes, the design is also an attraction. Samsung has stuck with a traditional circular shape for the display, with a rotatable raised bezel that enables you to physically cycle through on-screen menus.

ACTIVITY AND FITNESS

The most integral part of a smartwatch is its fitness features. The Galaxy Watch 3 offers multiple fitness options: running, walking, swimming, cycling, rowing, elliptical workouts, and dynamic workouts. It detects when your workout starts and ends, which is always helpful when you are trying to monitor your fitness.

Samsung has also equipped Watch 3 with stress tracking, which takes into account peak heart rates and suggests breathing exercises too. In the latest update, the watch also gained SPo2 monitoring, which allows you to monitor blood oxygen levels. However, to test this, you’ll have to be extremely stable as even a slight shake will result in the test being aborted. The watch also has a women’s health section for monitoring menstrual cycles and its effects on the wearer’s fitness.

Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is thinner, lighter and smaller than its predecessor, but gets a bigger screen. The watch is comfortable to wear even while sleeping.

The traditional round dial looks sleek and beautiful. The beige strap with my review unit made the dial stand out even more. The display is bright and easy to read in all types of light, be it indoor or outdoor. To the right of the smartwatch, there are two buttons. The bottom one acts as a power button and is also customizable to perform tasks with a long press and double click. It also acts as a home button. The button at the top is for going ‘back’. For navigating through the UI, the user will have to use the rotating bezel, the buttons and the touchscreen – all of which works flawlessly. 

The watch is available in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm. The core features are the same in both the models, with just a few minor differences in the specifications. 

Performance

The Galaxy Watch 3 is powered by Exynos 9110 chipset and runs on Samsung’s Tizen software. The chipset is loaded with 1GB of RAM (as compared to the 1.5GB RAM on the LTE version of the original Galaxy Watch). The watch is preloaded with several apps and third-party apps can be downloaded from the Galaxy store or the Tizen store. Apps load as quickly as expected and moving between multiple apps is also an easy task.

The smartwatch comes with e-SIM support too. As of now, only Jio and Airtel are supported, but Samsung has said that it will add more carriers soon.

Battery

After a full charge, the Watch 3 let me have a total usage time of one-and-half days. There is a battery saver option but that takes away most of the smart features and leaves you with only the phone and SMS apps to use. However, you can also manually select the apps that you want to receive push notifications from and avoid other notifications on the watch, helping you save more battery.

VERDICT

The Galaxy Watch 3 can be an easy choice for you if you are looking for good specs along with dazzling design. The price and the battery may be disappointing for a few, but on every other ground, this watch is a true winner.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available in two sizes. The 41mm variant is priced at Rs 29,990 for the Bluetooth version and at Rs 34,490 for the 4G one, and will be available in the colours, Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver. The 45mm variant is priced at Rs 32,990 for the Bluetooth model and at Rs 38,990 for the 4G variant, and will come in Mystic Black and Mystic Silver.

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