OnePlus Nord continues to be a very disruptive offering in the mid-range segment, but other OEMs have now started matching up with viable alternatives. Samsung’s Galaxy M51 (review) is a close contender that gained instant fame for its massive 7000mAh battery.

So, how does the actual experience compare? Let’s stack the Galaxy M51 against OnePlus Nord in a detailed comparison and find out.

Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Specifications and Price

Model Samsung Galaxy M51 OnePlus Nord
Display  6.7-inch, AMOLED, 1440 x 2400 (full HD+), Gorilla Glass 3 6.44-inch, AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixels, hdr10+, 90Hz, Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Snapdragon 730G with Adreno 618 GPU Snapdragon 765G with Adreno 620 GPU
Storage 128GB UFS 2.1; Dedicated card slot (512GB) 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB UFS 2.1
Software Android 10, OneUI 2.0 Android 10, Oxygen OS 
Rear camera 64MP, f/1.8 (primary Sony IMX682), PDAF12MP (ultrawide-angle)5MP, f/2.2 (depth sensor)5MP (macro) 48MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide, PDAF, OIS8MP (ultrawide-angle)5MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor)2MP, f/2.4 (macro)
Selfie camera 32MP, f/2.0 32MP + 8MP, f/2.0
Fingerprint sensor Capacitive (side-mounted) Optical In-display sensor
Battery  7000mAh, 25W fast charging 4115mAh, 30W fast charging
Colors Celestial Black and Electric Blue Blue Marble, Gray Onyx
Price ₹24,999 for 6GB + 128GB
₹26,999 for 8GB + 128GB
₹24,999 for 6GB + 64GB
₹27,999 for 8GB + 128GB
₹29,999 for 12GB + 256GB

Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Design and Display

Samsung Galaxy M51 is naturally bigger and bulkier compared to the Nord. That’s because it houses a significantly bigger battery. Nevertheless, Samsung has done a remarkable job with the design.

The Galaxy M51 doesn’t feel outright bulky, has uniform bezels around the screen (even at the bottom), and feels distinct. The side-mounted fingerprint reader works great for us as well.

Having said that, the OnePlus Nord is slimmer and more convenient to handle, especially when put in a case. None of these two phones have an actual glass back, but the Nord at least has a metal side frame. The Nord also has a newer Gorilla Glass version which should hopefully shield it better against drops (Gorilla Glass 5 vs Gorilla Glass 3).

When it comes to the display quality, the basics are well covered on both of these phones. Galaxy M51 and OnePlus Nord, both have AMOLED screens and we are quite happy with the color tuning on these panels.

The Nord additionally has HDR10 support and a 90Hz refresh rate. It must also be mentioned that the Galaxy M51 screen is bigger and has a relatively less intrusive notch.

Also Check: 10 OnePlus Nord Alternatives to buy in India in 2020

Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Performance and Software

OnePlus Nord is one generation ahead when it comes to the chipset. To have the current generation chipset surely seems advantageous, but Yes, the practical usage difference between the two phones is not very noticeable.

Both phones have UFS 2.1 storage and LPDDR4x RAM and can handle demanding loads with aplomb. The Nord is additionally available in a 12GB RAM, 64/256GB configuration. The Galaxy M51, on the other hand, has a dedicated microSD card slot. If we talk about the base variants, the Galaxy M51 offers comparatively more storage while asking for the same price.

Which software you’d prefer is a subjective matter. If you ask us, we are more inclined to side with Samsung’s OneUI. Besides, the OxygenOS on OnePlus will evolve into an OneUI like interface with the next update.

Since it’s important to Indian consumers, we’d like to highlight a minor difference in call recording on these two phones. The OnePlus Nord has Google’s default dialer, and thus call recording works with a notification prompt that is audible to both caller and receiver. The Galaxy M51, on the other hand, has seamless call recording and auto-call recording options.

We’d be remiss not to mention that OnePlus phones enjoy remarkable community support and the Nord is likely to be updated to Android 11 faster.

So, when it comes to performance and software. These two phones are well matched.

Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Camera and Battery

The primary camera on both phones can take great images in daylight. The Galaxy M51 has more pixels (64MP vs 48MP), but photography on phones these days is more about image processing software.

The camera software on neither of the two phones isn’t inclined to shoot natural images. We prefer the Galaxy M51 a tad more.

When it comes to other cameras – Macro, depth sensor (portrait mode), and a wide-angle camera, the Galaxy 51 performs better. Thus out of these two, the Galaxy M51 has a more versatile camera.

And about the battery. Yeah. The Galaxy M51 wins hands down. The Nord has relatively faster charging (30W vs 25W), but that really doesn’t gain it much leverage. If battery is your priority, the Galaxy M51 is the way to go. The 7000mAh battery can easily last for 2 days or more, which is significantly better mileage than what you’d get on OnePlus.

Also Check: Reasons to buy and to not buy OnePlus Nord

Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Which one is better?

Both the OnePlus Nord and Galaxy M51 are great mid-range phones with their distinct strengths and limitations. The Nord should be a better buy for consumers who prioritize slim design and the Galaxy M51 should be the obvious choice for consumers who value battery convenience and Samsung branding.

Points in favor of OnePlus Nord

  • Slightly faster chipset
  • more fluid 90Hz display refresh rate
  • Easier handling
  • 5G Ready

Points in favor of Samsung Galaxy M51

  • Better battery experience
  • More internal storage for the base variant
  • A more versatile camera system
  • Auto call recording support
  • Audio jack and SD card slot


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