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The big day has arrived for owners of one of the world's most popular Android smartphones of 2020, as Samsung
continues its industry-leading software support tour de force
Commercially released more than a year ago with Android 10 out the box, the 6.5-inch Galaxy A51
has reportedly begun to receive its first-ever major OS promotion. The Android 11-based One UI 3.0 rollout is apparently underway in Russia
before undoubtedly spreading its wings to many other territories across Europe, Asia, and North America over the next few weeks.
This is the 4G LTE-only variant we're talking about here, mind you, although it's obviously safe to assume the Galaxy A51 5G
will also follow suit around the world sometime in the near future. Just like a number of recent Android 11 goodie packs
delivered primarily to high-end Samsung handsets
, this seems to be making its way over the air slightly ahead of schedule, further emphasizing the company's commanding lead in the software update field right now.
What's perhaps even more impressive to hear is that February security patches are heading out to the Galaxy A51
as part of this OS promotion. In other words, Samsung is essentially giving a mid-range model the full flagship treatment, which shouldn't be that surprising however when you consider the incredible global popularity of this particular mid-ranger.
Back in Q1 2020, the Samsung Galaxy A51 was ranked third overall among the world's top-selling smartphones
, behind Apple's iPhone 11
and Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8/8T only. While the Exynos 9611-powered device dropped a couple of places between last year's first and third quarter
, its sales numbers in the July - September timeframe still exceeded those of every single Galaxy S20
That's no small feat for a non-flagship with a trendy hole punch design, sizable 4,000mAh battery under its hood, and a grand total of four cameras slapped on its plastic back that you can normally buy for a fairly reasonable $400 unlocked in the US.