Today, we look at Samsung’s new Galaxy A31 on paper, Galaxy A30s should be upgraded. Compared to the previous model, the new model comes with a fourth rear camera, a bigger battery, a high-resolution display, full support for Samsung Pay and of course a higher price tag. The phone is available in only one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Its price is Rs 21,999. Will Galaxy A31 be able to make it to our list of top smartphones under Rs 25,000? let’s watch.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Design
Even though the design of the Galaxy A31 isn’t quite fresh compared to other models coming to Samsung devices, I liked that it is slim and light. The phone feels strong in an all-polycarbonate body but its back easily catches fingerprints. The phone has a thick chin at the bottom of the screen. There is a cutout on the top of the display for the selfie camera.
The left side houses a large SIM tray for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port and a speaker are at the bottom. The back has Samsung’s prism crush pattern, in which we have a blue color variant for review. This phone is also available in Black or White colours. There is a quad-camera setup at the back, set in a rectangular module and it doesn’t protrude much, which is a good thing.
Overall, the Galaxy A31 was comfortable to use on a daily basis during this review. It’s a bit wide and can’t be said to be easy to reach at the top of the display, but One UI has some gestures to make it easier. After seeing several phones in this series with the same back pattern, we are now starting to find the design a bit boring. Box contents include a silicone case, a charger, a USB cable and a headset.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Display
Galaxy A31 has a sharp 6.4-inch full-HD + (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED display. I found it to be more than adequate in terms of brightness, even in broad daylight. The display is flat, but there are no sharp edges, so using gestures is not a problem. There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor, which isn’t very fast, but it works well as long as you don’t press it with pressure.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Performance
Its performance is a big issue. Samsung has used the MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core chipset and I wouldn’t have bothered with this processor if it were in a smartphone under Rs 10,000, but I can’t be happier with the inclusion of this processor in a smartphone of Rs 21,999 . even Galaxy M21 In this also the company has used Exynos 9611 chipset, which is also very less priced.
Samsung’s One UI 2.1 based on Android 10 also feels a bit sluggish overall. When I was switching between apps, there was a constant lag in the animations. One UI comes with lots of shortcuts, themes and gestures for customization. There’s also Dolby Atmos, but only for wired and wireless headphones.
The Galaxy A31 supports Google’s Widevine L1 certification, which means video streaming apps can play content in the display’s native resolution. The single speaker gets quite loud but the audio quality is average. Simple games run well, but heavy games like Asphalt 9: Legends or PUBG Mobile run on light graphics. When I played games for a long time I found that the phone started heating up.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Cameras
The four cameras on the back of the smartphone include a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth camera, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The aperture of all cameras is not that impressive, even the main camera comes with just f/2.0 aperture. The front camera comes with a 20-megapixel sensor.
In this, you get Samsung’s ‘Scene Optimizer’ AI engine and the option to save photos and videos in HEIF and HEVC formats. The main sensor captures decent looking pictures in good light. Photos are captured as 12-megapixel shots by default, but you can shoot at full 48-megapixel resolution if needed. In low light, noise is reduced, but it does reduce detail. Close-up shots were also better in good light with good details and colours, but the slightest movement caused the shutter lag to blur the photo.
The wide angle camera offers comparatively weak detail and HDR is not as effective as the main camera. Details are poor in low light and there is no night mode to improve them.
Live Focus works average. In this, the amount of background blur can be set manually before taking the photo. The macro camera works well even with close-ups.
The selfie camera captures 12-megapixel photos by default. However, you can also shoot at full resolution. Selfies usually come out usable when shooting outdoors in broad daylight. Skin tone feels a bit warm. The camera struggles to capture good details in low light and you will often get soft textures and weak details in this.
Overall, the Galaxy A31’s cameras are very weak and they lack many features that you will find in many phones under this price.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Battery
If we talk about the best feature included in the Galaxy A31, then it will be its battery life. The 5,000mAh battery lasted 18 hours and 11 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is pretty good. Even with regular use, I was able to easily last more than a day on a full charge. It has 15W fast charging, so you can charge the battery up to 50 percent in an hour, but it takes more than two hours to fully charge.
Verdict: Who is the Samsung Galaxy A31 for?
I Galaxy A31 I was struggling to find a good reason to call it the best, and I can honestly say that I can’t find any reason in it. Looks like Samsung made it Galaxy A50s And Galaxy A51 launched to fill the price gap between Battery life can be said to be the only great feature of this phone, along with it is good build quality and display.
However, the below-average chipset and underpowered cameras are some of the flaws that you simply cannot ignore after paying more than Rs 20,000. Even if its price drops, there are still more powerful feature-laden options in the market like Samsung’s own Galaxy A50s and Galaxy M31 or phones from Realme and Xiaomi.