Samsung Galaxy A31 Is One Of The Perfect Phone


Making sense in the models of the series Galaxy A and M from Samsung becomes more and more difficult when new models are introduced that are minors with refreshments, however, these do not always agree in a logical order. For example, the very new Galaxy M21 (review) was essentially a Galaxy M30s (review) with a different selfie camera, but going by the model name, it is impossible to establish this connection.

While some A and M series models have slight price overlaps, there is still a relatively clear distinction between the series themselves. In general, most A-series models tend to have better finishes and more sophisticated features such as fingerprint sensors on the screen, while the M-series prefers low prices.

Today we will test the new Samsung Galaxy A31, which on paper should succeed the Galaxy A30s. Compared to the latter, the new model offers a fourth rear camera, a larger battery, a high-resolution display, full support for Samsung Pay and, of course, a higher price. Available in only one configuration with 6 Gb of RAM and 128 Gb of storage for the Galaxy A31 deserves a place in our coveted list of the best Rs-enabled phones. Let’s take a look.

Samsung Galaxy A31 design: been there, seen that

Even if the design of the Galaxy A31 is not really fresh for a budget Samsung device, I like the fact that it is thin and light. The body, made entirely of polycarbonate, is quite sturdy, but it easily recognizes fingerprints. The phone has a noticeably thick chin under the screen and an infinite cutout at the top for the selfie camera.

There is a huge SIM tray on the left, for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port and a speaker are located at the bottom. The back shows the Prism Crush pattern from Samsung, whose Blue variant we have. This phone is also available in white back and trim. The group of four cameras on the back is a rectangular module and does not swell much to the outside.

Overall, the Galaxy A31 was convenient to use during this review. It’s a bit wide, and reaching the top of the screen isn’t the easiest, but a user interface has gestures to help with that. Having seen many phones of the series with the same pattern on the back, the design at this point began to feel a little boring. The contents of the box are also quite standard: there is a silicone cover, a charger, a USB cable and a headset.

Samsung Galaxy A31 screen: AMOLED never disappoints

The Galaxy A31 has a Super AMOLED display with Full HD + with 6.4 inches (1080×2400 pixels). I found it more than enough in terms of brightness, even during the day. The colors were a little too rich for my taste in the standard “Bright” mode, but this can be mitigated in the settings. The screen is flat, without curves on the sides, but there are also no sharp edges, so performing gestures is not a problem.

There is a fingerprint sensor on the screen that is not very fast but works well as long as you give it a solid print. The time it takes to wake up the screen, as well as the fingerprint animations, make this whole process a little slow. I generally relied on facial recognition, which I found faster. The always-lit screen has basic adjustments such as the ability to show which song is playing and a choice of different clock styles.

Performance of the Samsung Galaxy A31: quite disappointing

Despite its decent build quality and good display, its performance is a big problem. Samsung used the MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core SoC, and I would have no problem with it on a phone. Compared to the Galaxy M21, which uses the Exynos 9611 and costs much less, the Galaxy A31 is slower in most popular references.

Samsung’s One UI version 2.1, based on Android 10, also looks a bit slow overall. There is a persistent suspicion of stuttering in animations and lag when I moved from one application to another. That didn’t hinder use too much, but having to wait for that extra second or two for things to happen is not an experience I expect for this price. A user interface itself is quite feature-rich with lots of shortcuts, themes, and gestures to play with. There are also Dolby Atmos, but only for wired and wireless headphones.

The Galaxy A31 supports Google’s widevine L1 certification, which means that video streaming apps can play content with native screen resolution. The single speaker gets quite loud, but the audio quality is strictly average. Simple games work well, but heavier titles like Asphalt 9: Legends or even PUBG Mobile worked with reduced graphics settings. The gameplay was bearable, but they didn’t look as good as they should. I also noticed a little heating when I played games for long periods of time.

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