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Sony Xperia 10 II vs. Samsung Galaxy A51: Comparison of mid-range phones

How does the Sony Xperia 10 II compare to the Samsung Galaxy A51 - the most popular mid-range smartphone at the moment? We'll take a look at the two affordable cell phones with you.

Mid-range smartphones with OLED displays

Both the Sony Xperia 10 II and the Galaxy A51 have an OLED display with 16 million colors. The resolution is comparable (both Full HD +): Sony offers slightly more here (2520 x 1080 pixels vs. 2400 x 1080 pixels). However, this is due to the longer aspect ratio of 21: 9, while the competitor offers 20: 9.

Since the display of the Xperia 10 II is also noticeably smaller (6 inches vs. 6.5 inches), image content on the Sony smartphone tends to look sharper. In addition, its display is a little better protected (Gorilla Glass 6 vs. Gorilla Glass 3). A big advantage of the Galaxy A51, on the other hand, is that the display edges are much narrower thanks to the mini notch.

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Galaxy A51 or Sony Xperia 10 II: Which smartphone is faster?

In terms of performance, both devices are on a similar level. With the Snapdragon 665, the Sony Xperia 10 II actually offers the somewhat faster chipset and it usually does a little better in benchmarks. However, some tests also confirm that the Galaxy A51 with its Exynos 9611 has a slightly better performance. In practice, however, hardly anyone will notice the difference.

The main memory is the same size with 4 gigabytes of RAM. There is also a tie in terms of internal memory with 128 gigabytes each, so that there is space for a number of songs, pictures and videos on both phones. If, contrary to expectations, the storage space should run out, you can expand it via a microSD card. Both the Galaxy A51 and the Xperia 10 II have a corresponding slot for this.

In both cases, you get a mid-range smartphone that is well equipped for everyday tasks. For power users, the manufacturers have other devices on offer, for example the Galaxy S20 or the Sony Xperia 1 II.

Galaxy A51 and Sony Xperia 10 II in camera comparison

At first glance, the Galaxy A51 is clearly ahead in this discipline. Its quadruple camera is composed as follows:

  • Main lens: 48 megapixels
  • Ultra wide angle: 12 megapixels
  • Macro: 5 megapixels
  • Depth sensor: 5 megapixels

In contrast, there is the triple camera of the Sony Xperia 10 II:

  • Main lens: 12 megapixels
  • Tele: 8 megapixels, 2x optical zoom
  • Ultra wide angle: 8 megapixels

The camera specs of the Galaxy A51 read more spectacularly. However, you shouldn't overestimate the higher resolution and the additional lens. Especially because the number of megapixels says little about the actual quality of a camera. After all, even some top models like the iPhone 11 Pro Max only offer a 12 MP camera.

Both smartphones snap decent pictures and the setup of the Sony Xperia 10 II is a bit more flexible thanks to the telephoto lens. Because the lens enables an optical zoom, which the Samsung cell phone lacks. Both devices are absolutely suitable for Instagram photos. On the other hand, we advise very demanding photographers to look around among the best camera smartphones 2020.

Battery, quick charge function, headphone jack and Co.

In terms of battery capacity, the Galaxy A51 with 4,000 mAh offers a little more than the Sony Xperia 10 II (3,600 mAh). However, its larger display should also require more power. So you should get through the day equally well with both devices. In addition, the smartphones can be charged comparatively quickly. The Xperia 10 II supports 18 watt fast charging, the Samsung Galaxy A51 at least fast charging with 15 watts. Both are quite respectable for mid-range smartphones.

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The fingerprint sensor is located under the display on the Galaxy S51, and on the Xperia 10 II it is integrated into the power button. Fortunately, both smartphones have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Android 10 is preinstalled as the operating system. However, the Xperia 10 II collects plus points here: While Samsung puts its user interface One UI 2.1 on top of the operating system, Sony relies on an unchanged operating system, so-called “Stock Android”.

Conclusion: Sony Xperia 10 II or Samsung Galaxy A51?

Both smartphones are among the most recommendable representatives of the middle class. Which is the better choice for you depends on your priorities and personal taste. The more modern design, the larger display and the lower price speak in favor of the Samsung Galaxy A51. The Sony Xperia 10 II is a bit faster, better processed and comes with stock Android. In addition, the Japanese should be more interesting for individualists. Because while the Galaxy A51 can be found everywhere as one of the best-selling smartphones, Sony's Xperia smartphones are no longer as widespread as they used to be.

Which smartphone appeals to you more? The Sony Xperia 10 II or the Samsung Galaxy A51? We look forward to reading your thoughts in the comment section. It's best to read our hands-on reports on the Galaxy A51 and the Xperia 10 II beforehand.