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Galaxy A51 challenges iPhone SE on AT&T, Xfinity Mobile for $400

Samsung's midprice phone is racking up carrier partners in an effort to outsell Apple's cheaper new iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a 6.5-inch screen and four cameras.
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Samsung's challenger to the iPhone SE, the Galaxy A51, joins two new carrier networks on Friday for $400: AT&T and Xfinity Mobile. The 4G LTE A51 is already on sale at Verizon and Sprint, and it's available unlocked on Samsung's website. With the iPhone SE and Galaxy A51 coming in at the same price, Samsung hopes a larger screen and more cameras will lure buyers who want a budget option without sacrificing screen real estate. The iPhone SE, meanwhile, is positioned as a smaller iPhone with a 4.7-inch display.

The Galaxy A51 has a 6.5-inch screen, four cameras -- including a macro lens -- and even a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. (Check out both phones' full specs in the table below.) You'll be able to order the Galaxy A51 online, though some retail shops remain open. Preorders for Xfinity Mobile begin Friday, with a May 8 release date. Comcast's mobile network will also knock $100 off the price of any Galaxy A phone when you sign on to a new line of service.

AT&T and Xfinity Mobile are picking up the Galaxy A51 days after Samsung warned that the company's sales would "decline significantly" due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 3 million people around the globe.

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The Galaxy A series is new to the US, and is part of Samsun's strategy to bulk up its budget and midrange market at a far lower cost than its premium Galaxy phones. For example, the Galaxy S20 starts at $1,000 and the foldable Galaxy Z Flip sells for $1,380. The world's largest phone-maker announced the Galaxy A51 alongside five other Galaxy A phones, with the most entry-level of the bunch starting at $110. Samsung will also sell a 5G version of the A51 later this summer.

Read more: Why the Galaxy A51 is the iPhone SE for Android people

Galaxy A51 versus iPhone SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (4G) Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Display size, resolution 6.5-inch FHD AMOLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels 4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334x750 pixels
Pixel density 405ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.24x2.90x0.31 in 5.45x2.65x0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 158.5x73.6x7.9 mm 138.4x67.3x7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.07 oz; 172g 5.22 oz; 148g
Mobile software Android 10 iOS 13
Camera 48-megapizel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth sensing) 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K
Processor Samsung Exynos 9611 processor (Octa-core) Apple A13 Bionic
Storage 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 4GB Not disclosed
Expandable storage Up to 512GB No
Battery 4,000 mAh Not disclosed, but Apple claims it has the same battery life as iPhone 8
Fingerprint sensor In-screen Home button
Connector USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack Yes No
Special features 15W fast charging Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging
Price off-contract (USD) $400 (128GB) $399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £329 (128GB) £419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)
Price (AUD) Converts to: AU$635 AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)