Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M51 (6GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G 5G is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy M51 (6GB RAM) might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola Moto G 5G  Samsung Galaxy M51 (6GB RAM) 
Motorola Moto G 5G Samsung Galaxy M51
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Excellence Score
59.1
63.2
Value for Money Score
85.5
82.6
Price ₹ 18,999 onwards ₹ 22,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2020 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 385 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10 N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 750GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 619 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.7 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/2.0" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 118-degree ultra-wide lens; 1.12um pixel size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; macro camera; AF, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps, EIS 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72"; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, HDR f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 1 TB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.9 mmThick 9.5 mmThick
Weight 212 gmHeavy 213 gmHeavy
Width 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use N/A
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 7000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W TurboPower Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; NFC; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Moto G 5G is a handsome phone with a carbon fiber-esque texture at the back - the Moto G comes with impressive colour options (though, the glass-emulating glossy finish on the back feels cheap)
  • The front has a standard 2020 design with an almost edge-to-edge display, some thick bezels, and a modern punch-hole cutout for the camera
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Large 6.67 display IPS LCD display - it is a good display, the colours are bright, vibrant, and contrast is decent - consuming content on the display is enjoyable and there's added HDR10 compliance
  • Motorola continues to keep the software on it's phones clean, and simple - it's basically stock Android with a few useful Moto add-ons
  • Rapid, swift performance from the new Snapdragon 750G - the performance is very similar to the 765G and it handles everything you throw at it with easy, be it multi-tasking, or heavy games, all run smooth
  • Good triple camera setup at the back - a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera
  • The primary sensor captures detailed and crisp pictures in daylight conditions - the photos look close to natural conditions
  • The ultra-wide camera gives you a distortion-free wide perspective of the scene with a bit lesser detail than the primary camera
  • The macro sensor turns out pretty impressive images especially during daylight conditions
  • In low-light, the phone shoots decent photos and there's dedicated night mode to boost the performance further
  • The portrait mode works well, the subject separation is good and the background is smoothly blurred
  • Selfies from the 16MP front camera look good with bright colors and good contrast - portrait mode in selfies works well, with proper cutouts and decent level of background blurring
  • Overall, while the Moto G 5G might be lacking in numbers, Motorola has optimised the cameras well enough to take on competition and they perform on par with the phone in this price range
  • Call quality over the earpiece and via headphones is great
  • Loudspeaker is also decent
  • Very good battery from the 5000 mAh cell - it could easily last a day and half with regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 20W bundled charger in the box - it takes around 90 mins to charge the phone completely
  • The Moto G 5G is the cheapest 5G phone at the time of the launch in India - realistically, 5G is nothing more than a marketing gimmick at this time, it would take sufficient time for 5G to be available, there is currently no infrastructure - but you can consider it for future proofing
  • The Moto G 5G is an amazing phone in many ways - a clean Android experience with a fast and future-proof chip, ease of use, long battery life, and good cameras is a combination that many seek desperately at this price and it offers exactly that
  • However, if you want your phones to look a bit more trendy and you want faster charging, the Realme 7 Pro is a good option to consider
  • Sleek, classy design - the Galaxy M51 seems identical to the Galaxy A51, with a glossy polycarbonate back design - giving it a premium look
  • The front gets a new trendy look with a hole-punch display, similar to the Galaxy M31s
  • The phone feels solid in the hand - the 'glasstic back' offers better grip, and it is not as slippery as other phones with a glass back
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device
  • Punchy, vivid and massive 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display - the display is one of the best in class panels with great colour reproduction and viewing angles
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Dark mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this one
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black and looks great on the M51's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Very good performance from the Snapdragon 730G - the chipset and Samsung’s OneUI optimization could take anything that you throw at it, switching across apps, moving across the UI, multitasking, and opening multiple Chrome tabs, social media is a breeze - heavy games like Call of Duty run smoothly without any lag
  • Samsung has fixed the only major drawback it had in other M-series phones with average performance, and this time the Galaxy M51 has no issue taking on the competition in performance
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 12MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor + a 5MP macro camera - the Galaxy M51 carries the same camera setup as seen on the Galaxy M31s
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase the good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any mid-range phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The single take is a nice addition from the more expensive S20 series, it lets you capture multiple formats at once
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M51s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best
  • Mammoth, out of this world 7000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of heavy usage easily, making the Galaxy M51 the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 25W fast charging - the phone takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely, which is decent
  • The Galaxy M51 brings very good value as its big battery, powerful cameras, and expansive display all help make a solid argument in the device's favour - the phone's Snapdragon 730G SoC also ensures that M51 offers enough in terms of raw power to help it tackle most things you throw at it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No high refresh rate, while some competitor offer it
  • Though, phones like the Realme 7 Pro offer much faster charging in this price
  • The Galaxy M51 feels hefty at 9.5mm thickness and 213g weight - it is difficult to use for a longer duration for calls, streaming, or even gaming
  • The back of the Galaxy M51 is a fingerprint magnet - it can also get scratched easily since it is plastic
  • The display lags with a 60 Hz display, where competing phones like OnePlus Nord offer higher 90 Hz refresh rate
  • There's still great competition at this price and the OnePlus Nord has a lot up its sleeve with a newer processor, higher refresh rate display, and a best in class software
Expert Reviews
  1. A very easy recommendation for most people
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A well-balanced phone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Samsung Galaxy M51 packs in a massive battery, Super AMOLED panel and Snapdragon chipset, although the stand out feature here is the battery, it won't disappoint you in any aspect
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy M51 has grabbed a lot of attention because of its big 7,000mAh battery, and it really does deliver very good battery life
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Monstrous battery life, great display
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A satisfying phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The massive battery on the Galaxy M51 is a sure-shot advantage and other great features include a beautiful display, modern design, reliable cameras and decent performance
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. An all-round mid-range phone that M-series needed
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Its got all the battery you need
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
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