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Galaxy M51 Vs OnePlus Nord: Which is Better?

Samsung yesterday launched its new Galaxy M51 smartphone in India. The new phone comes with a big Super AMOLED Plus display, Snapdragon 730G processor, 64MP quad rear camera, 32MP selfie camera, and a big 7000mAh battery with 25W fast charging. Galaxy M51 starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB+128GB version.

At the same price point, OnePlus launched it’s much talked about OnePlus Nord smartphone last month. The Nord comes with features like a 6.4-inch Fluid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 765G processor, 48MP quad rear camera, 32MP dual selfie camera, and a 4115mAh battery. OnePlus Nord starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB+64GB version.

So, which one of these smartphones is better for you. Let’s find out in our Galaxy M51 Vs OnePlus Nord comparison!

Galaxy M51 Vs OnePlus Nord

Design: Plastic Vs Glass

Galaxy M51 comes inside a polycarbonate body that looks good. The phone has a plastic back panel and a plastic frame as well.

On the other hand, the Nord sports a glass back panel that too with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. However, it also has a plastic frame. Obviously, Nord is better in this regard.

Samsung’s phone is quite thicker and heavier because of a big battery. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. One hand feel of the phone is still alright.

The OnePlus Nord is a little bit slimmer and also lighter than the Galaxy M51. This makes it the one-hand feel of this phone feel a little better.

On the front, the phone looks similar to other Samsung phones with a single punch hole in the middle.

The Nord has a dual punch-hole display at the front. OnePlus also has an under-display fingerprint scanner.

Overall, OnePlus Nord has a better build and looks.

Display: Refresh Rate Matters?

The Galaxy M51 sports a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) Infinity-O type Super AMOLED Plus display. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The OnePlus Nord sports a 6.44-inch (1080 x 2400 pixels) Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

However, the main difference between the two displays is the refresh rate. OnePlus Nord comes with a 90Hz refresh rate display while Galaxy M51 still has a regular 60Hz screen.

Still, when it comes to comparison, Galaxy M51 looks more colorful with rich colors and more brightness. The refresh rate may not matter that much for a daily user.

Performance: SD 730G Vs SD 765G

The M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G 8nm processor with Adreno 618 GPU and paired with up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Its storage is also expandable up to 512GB via a micro SD.

The Nord is powered by the Snapdragon 765G 7nm processor with Adreno 620 GPU. It is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.1 storage. The storage is not expandable in Nord.

When we compare the performance, both chipsets are mostly similar in day to day usage. However, Nord is a slightly better performer and also has 5G support.

Software: One UI Vs Oxygen OS

The Galaxy M51 runs on Android 10 based One UI 2.1 on top. The new UI from the company is lightweight and offers a good user experience. However, there are a few bloatware related issues in the new UI.

OnePlus Nord runs the Oxygen OS, which offers close to stock Android experience. It comes with added customization options and feels light with less bloatware.

Main Camera: 64MP Vs 48MP

Galaxy M51 has a quad rear camera setup with a 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP 123° ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP macro camera.

OnePlus is using the same 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor from some mid-range phones. Other cameras include an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera.

When it comes to camera comparison, definitely Galaxy M51 offers better results.

Camera Sample

Selfie Camera: 32MP Vs 32MP+8MP

The M51 sports a 32MP Sony IMX 616 sensor f/2.2 aperture lens at the front. It offers good pictures with details.

For selfies, OnePlus Nord has a 32-megapixel Sony IMX 616 sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. This too offers good results, plus covers a wider area in selfies.

Selfie Sample

Though OnePlus Nord offers a wider area in selfies, still, Galaxy M51’s selfies are clearer when zoomed.

Battery & Charging: Bigger is Better

The M1 is powered by a 7000mAh battery with a 25W fast charger. It also comes with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable for reverse charging other phones.

OnePlus Nord is powered by a 4,110mAh battery with support for 30W Warp Charging.

Clearly, Galaxy M51 has a much bigger battery and thus a better life.

Connectivity: Want 3.5mm jack?

Galaxy 51 includes all the necessary connectivity features such as a triple (nano + nano + microSD) card slot, Dual 4G VoLTE NFC, and 3.5mm audio jack.

OnePlus Nord packs some special features like 5G with SA/NSA, NavIC, and Bluetooth 5.1. However, Nord lacks some important connectivity features like a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price & Availability

Samsung Galaxy M51 price in India starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB+128GB version and goes up to Rs. 26,999 for the 8GB+128GB version. It will be available via and Samsung online website starting from September 18.

OnePlus Nord price in India starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB+64GB model. The 8GB+128GB and the 8GB+256GB variants cost Rs. 27,999, and Rs. 29,999, respectively. However, the base model is not available yet.

Wrapping Up

So, coming to the conclusion of the Galaxy M51 Vs OnePlus Nord comparison, each phone has its own pros and cons. In Galaxy M51, you get a better camera and a much bigger battery and it is easily available too. Whereas, in OnePlus Nord, you get a better processor, better build, better UI and thus it becomes a value for money too. Still, it comes to your preferences, you are looking for a good camera, bright display, and a big battery, Galaxy M51 could be the right choice for you.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.