Making sense of Samsung’s Galaxy A and M series models gets harder by the month, as new models are earned with minor refreshes, but don’t always fall into line in a logical order. For instance, the recent Galaxy M21 (Review) was basically a Galaxy M30s (Review) with a different selfie camera, but going by the model names, you can’t really make that connection.
Although some models in the A and M series have slight overlaps in pricing, there’s still a comparatively clear distinction between your series themselves. In most cases, most models in the A string generally have better finishes and fancier features such as for example in-display fingerprint sensors, as the M series prioritises low prices.
Today, we’ll be testing Samsung’s new Galaxy A31, which, in some recoverable format, should succeed the Galaxy A30s. When compared to latter, the brand new model offers a fourth rear camera, a bigger battery, a higher-resolution display, full support for Samsung Pay, not to mention an increased price tag. Obtainable in simply a single configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 21,999, does the Galaxy A31 deserve an area in our coveted set of top phones under Rs. 25,000?. Let’s take a glance.
Samsung Galaxy A31 Design: Been there, seen that
Even though the look of the Galaxy A31 isn’t accurately fresh for a budget Samsung device, I really do like the fact that it is slim and light. The all-polycarbonate body feels quite strong but it does grab fingerprints easily. The telephone includes a noticeably thick chin below the screen, and an Infinity-U cutout at the very top for the selfie camera.
There’s an enormous SIM tray on the left, for just two SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and a speaker are in the bottom. The trunk features Samsung’s Prism Crush pattern, which we’ve the blue variant. This phone can be obtainable in back and white trims. The quad-camera cluster at the trunk is a rectangular module and doesn’t bulge outward much.
Overall, the Galaxy A31 was comfortable to use every day in this review. It’s just a little wide, and achieving the the surface of the display isn’t easy and simple, but One UI has gestures to greatly help with this. After seeing many phones in the series with the same pattern on the trunk, the design has began to feel just a little boring at this time. The box contents are pretty standard too: there’s a silicone case, a charger, a USB cable, and a headset.
The Samsung Galaxy A31 includes a Super AMOLED display
Samsung Galaxy A31 Display: AMOLED never disappoints
The Galaxy A31 includes a sharp 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED display. I came across it to become more than sufficient regarding brightness, even in the daytime. Colours were somewhat too rich for my taste in the default ‘Vivid’ mode, but this is often toned down in the settings. The display is flat, without the curves on the sides, but there are no sharp edges either so performing gestures is not a problem.
There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor, which isn’t extremely swift but works well so long as you give it a company press. The time taken up to wake the screen, combined with the fingerprint animations, get this to whole process feel somewhat laggy. I relied on face recognition, that i found to be quicker. The always-on display has basic customisations including the capability to show what song is playing, and a selection of different clock styles.