The Samsung Galaxy A series might slip under the radar for smartphone enthusiasts like you and me but there’s no denying the fact that Samsung sells a ton of these smartphones through their offline stores. So that’s why I decided to take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy A31 find out what the average offline consumer can expect from a smartphone in 2020. So lets start this Samsung Galaxy A31 Review.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Specifications
Before Jumping into the Samsung Galaxy A31 Review, let’s take a look at the specifications of this Device.
This Midrange Samsung smartphone comes with a 6.4inch Full HD Plus (1080×2400 pixels) , Super amoled, 60Hz display and there’s a U shaped notch on the display. This Dual-Sim Samsung smartphone comes with a 20: 9 aspect ratio.
The Galaxy A31 has a MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor. The only variant of the Galaxy A31 has been brought to the Indian smartphone market. It is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Support for microSD cards up to 512 GB is also available in this Midrange Samsung mobile.
The battery is 5,000 mAh and this device comes with 15 Watt Samsung Adaptive fast charging support and has USB Type-C Port for Charging.
Talking about camera setup, the Galaxy A31 comes with a setup of four rear cameras.
- 48 MP, f/2.0 (wide)
- 8 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
- 5 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
- 5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
A 20-megapixel sensor has been given on the front panel for selfies, which has got a place in Waterdrop Notch.
In the retail box of Samsung Galaxy A31, you are getting-
- A Samsung Galaxy A31 handset
- A Standard TPU Case
- Documentation and Paper work
- A 15W adapter
- Type-C cable
- Samsung earphones
- An ejector pin
Display and Design
Design wise the A Series hasn’t really changed much. We still have the plastic back with the gradient pattern with the A31, we now have a dual dome finish on top of it. There’s a rectangular camera pump to the left, with quad cameras and of course the prominent Samsung branding near the bottom.
Up front we have a large 6.4 inch screen with a u-shaped notch, Samsung calls this the Infinity U panel and in my opinion this is a standout feature of this phone it’s a Full-HD-PLUS, Amoled display and in true Samsung fashion we have deep inky blacks combined with vibrant punchy colors content on this. The bezel surrounding the A31 to the display is pretty thin, giving us an immersive experience.
Processor and Performance
Now moving over from the display to the performance section, we have a Mediatek Helio P65 chipset in here along with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, we even have room for expandable storage via a dedicated Micro-SD card slot.
Now if you were to compare the Helio P65 to a snapdragon chip i’d say it’s in the same as a Snapdragon 710 or 712. So even though the Helio P65 was launched back in 2019. The benchmark numbers puts it on par with a mid-range ship from almost two years back.
Basically what I’m trying to say here is that, the A31 can scroll through emails or serve social media just fine but don’t expect it to feel fast and snappy. There are no visible lags or frame drops but the combination of a 12 nanometer chip, emmc 5.1 storage with samsung’s one ui 2.0 means that things take their own sweet time.
Taking a look at gaming we have the Mali G52 dual core GPU in here, interestingly this is the same GPU as the one on the Realme Narzo 10, but it does come with a lower clock speed. As far as gaming goes we were able to get up to ultra frame rates at the smooth graphics setting in PUBG-Mobile. The Antutu Benchmark scores of Samsung Galaxy A31 is around 1,63,000.
The gameplay was quite smooth on the Samsung Galaxy A31. I didn’t feel any lags or frame drops however once we turned the detail level up to HD then we could only get the frame rate up to high and the gameplay had the occasionally jerky frames here and there.
Well, the performance here is quite a big upgrade from the exynos 7904 found on the samsung galaxy A30s. I still wouldn’t recommend the A31 for gaming or CPU intensive workloads.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Review – Software
Moving on to software, next we did mention that Samsung Galaxy A31 has one ui 2.0 running here that’s on top of Android 10. We have the usual samsung features – always on display, edge screen, a dark mode that looks fantastic thanks to this amoled panel.
We even have a smaller version of Samsung Pay, this is Samsung Pay Mini which allows NFC transactions, as well as online wallet based payments. No magnetic strip is available here which means no loading debit or credit cards onto the Galaxy A31. You are also getting the support of Widevine L1.
We also get NFC support thanks to Samsung pay Mini.
Samsung Galaxy A31 – Cameras
Now let’s quickly move on to the optics of the A31.
We have a 48 megapixel primary camera in here with a f 2.0 lens. It takes some lovely looking 12 megapixel shots. The colors are a bit on the punchiest side but other than that we had good details and the dynamic range is well preserved in shadows as well as highlights.
Switching to the 48 megapixel mode does get a sharper photos like we can better see the details but we do miss out on the dynamic range like the sky appears totally washed out and the details in the shadows of these leaves have been crushed.
Samsung has skipped on a dedicated night mode in here which means low light pictures turned out to be quite disappointing. You may have grainy images with washed out colors and you need at least some sort of indirect light source to get usable low light images out of the A31.
As far as the 8 megapixel ultrawide snapper, we have good looking photos but they seem to have a slightly warmer tone compared to the snaps taken by the primary camera samsung also lets us take Full-HD video using the wide angle lens.
Samsung Galaxy A31 performs good with 48 MP camera sensor. The details are comparatively better than other modes.
Now we have a quad camera setup in here which means that the last two sensors are a 5 megapixel macro and a 5 megapixel depth sensor. Samsung phones have a slider for the blur strength and we can even change the blur type as well as strength in post. As far as macros, well for a 5 MP snapper it pulls up some pretty decent looking shots.
Well the 20 MP snapper takes 8 megapixel shots by default. We can see that they kind of look soft, we can up the details by going full 20 MP but we lose out on hdr that means we can end up with fully blown out backgrounds. We also have a portrait selfie mode thrown.
One thing i must give samsung credit for is that they have a single button to turn off all beauty modes that’s super convenient.
As far as videos, we can capture up to 1080p 30 FPS. It’s usable footage but there’s a bit of shake and the details aren’t the best. There’s no 4k capture in here since that’s a limitation of the P65 chip but.
Samsung does include a very cut down version of their pro mode it’s only for photos so not videos. So overall once again the quad cameras here are quite a big step up from the A30s but i feel like Samsung could have done a bit more here at least added a night mode.
Battery Life and Charging
When it comes to battery life we have a 5000 mAh battery and it had no problems getting us through a day of moderate to heavy usage. One thing that I did feel though was that compared to other devices with similar 5000 mAh batteries, the idle drain on the A31 was a bit on the higher side.
This may be due to the older 12 nanometer Mediatek chip, but the fact that i had always on display turned on all the time. In this case it’s not really a deal breaker. ( Just something I thought I’d mentioned in this Samsung Galaxy A31 review)
As far as charging speeds, we still have the same 15 Watt fast charger from the A30s but the 25% bigger battery size. Means we get more hours out of the A31. Bigger battery does mean more weight but Samsung has still managed to keep the weight down to 185 grams that’s largely thanks to the polycarbonate build.
The 6.4 inch screen does mean that most people would end up using this device two-handed but the power button is nice and it is easy to reach the volume buttons.
Speakers and Audio
My only complaint here would be that bottom firing speaker it sounds a bit tinny, I wish it had a bit more depth to it. The 3.5 mm headphone jack though sounds great.
Talking about call quality, audio through the earpiece was nice and clear and the person at the other end had no trouble hearing us. Either speaking of audio we also have bluetooth 5.0 on board. Samsung is one of the last brands to still include a pair of basic earphones with their devices and they sound ok about what you would expect from cheap earphones and there’s support for FM radio on board too.
Biometrics and Security
As far as biometric security goes, we have an in-display fingerprint sensor in A31 and this is where Samsung has made a big leap forward. The sensor is much faster and way more accurate compared to the ones on previous mid-range A-series devices like the A70. We also have face unlock in here and in our time with the phone it worked quite well.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Price in India
The Samsung Galaxy A31 comes is only one variant which has been priced at Rs 21,999. You will get to see this phone with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. It is available in three color options- Prism Crush Blue, Black and White.
This mid-range phone will also be available online at Samsung Store, Flipkart. In the offline smartphone market, the sale of Samsung Galaxy A31 is already stated since June 4.
Final Words and Conclusion
Now there’s two ways we can look at the A31 one is to compare it to other phones in the online market. Well let me be clear that’s not one where the Samsung Galaxy A31 stands any chance. The Samsung Galaxy A50, the other Samsung’s Midrange smartphone priced at ₹15,499, is a smart option than Samsung Galaxy A31.
Samsung’s own M31 offers much of the same specs at a significantly lower price point but if we look at the offline market which is what this phone is originally marketed towards well then the A31 improves on the A30s on almost every aspect and at 22000 rs. offers a very well-rounded device from a tier one brand like Samsung,
So that was my thoughts on the Samsung galaxy A31 Review. Now i wanna know what you guys think, also if there are any of you who still prefer buying phones from the offline market what do you guys think of the A31? Are you tempted in picking one up for around 22000 rs.? Let us know by commenting below.