Jul 24, 2020 Reviews
Samsung was mainly known for its Galaxy S and Note series for a long time, but recently they’ve gotten plenty of attention for their A series, as it’s probably the first that another Samsung series actually took the attention away from their flagship models. The A series are great in some aspects, but slightly fall off in others. In the end, it’s all about what the user prefers and wants in their choice of smartphone. Now the latest addition to the A series is A31, which falls around the 40,000 PKR price point, and is a commendable competitor in that price range. Let’s take it for a review and see if it’s worth the price or not.
There are several things to like about the A31, and the first thing that would come to notice is its display quality. Samsung is known for making the best display panels in the market, and that has reflected in the A31 as well. The super AMOLED screen on the phone is bright, punchy and sharp - all that you’d want in a smartphone screen. At 411 pixels per inch, with a 6.4” screen size, it’s one of the best, if not the best screen on a smartphone at this price. The AMOLED display also allows Samsung to install an in-display fingerprint scanner as well.
Another positive of this phone is the cameras on the device, as you get a quad camera setup, in the same S20 type square-ish camera module. You get a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro lens, and finally a 5MP depth sensor as well. Samsung is known to take pretty pictures, and the same can be seen on the A31, with detailed pictures and decent dynamic range being consistent throughout your shooting adventures. The ultra-wide is usable as well.
The battery situation in here is great as well, with a 5000 mAh battery cell inside that will take you through a day with ease. When your battery does run out, you have 15W fast charging available on board, which isn’t the best-in-class, but it’s still decent to say the least.
The first thing to notice that makes the phone feel cheap is its build quality. The A series is notoriously known to use lower quality materials for its phones, and that shows well and good here in the A31 as well. Plastic has been used all over the phone, which results in the phone feeling cheap, but also causing creaking at times. In comparison, the Redmi Note 9 series all have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, and it falls in the same price segment as the A31.
Another disappointment in the A31 is its performance, as the Helio P65 is definitely below par when compared to some of its peers. You’ll be able to glide through day to day tasks, but if you want to game ever so slightly, then it will be made pretty difficult on the A31, as the processor just isn’t powerful enough. If Samsung used the Snapdragon 720G, then this would’ve been one of the best phones in the market at this price.
Go for it if you don’t mind the less powerful processor - because the build quality can be forgiven because barely any phone has an AMOLED display at this price, so it’s an exchangeable feature. If you need a phone for basic tasks, then go for the A31!