What makes a great midranger? A bright and crisp display, capable cameras and a large battery paired with a power-efficient chipset, perhaps. That’s exactly what Samsung is thinking with the Galaxy A31, which is the latest Galaxy A-series member to arrive at our doorstep.

Based on looks alone it might be easy to mistake it for another recent Galaxy A-member – the A41 and a closer comparison reveals plenty of similarities.

The Galaxy A31 actually brings a larger 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, an extra 5MP macro camera to go along with the 48MP primary and 5MP ultrawide shooters and a beefier 5,000mAh battery. Those are some serious advantages for the A31 and a clear example of the convoluted naming policies that Samsung is bringing in the A-series.

Samsung Galaxy A31 in for review

The unit we got is in the Prism Crush Blue colorway and comes with an interesting back gradient finish with shifting colors. The retail package contains a clear TPU case, wired earphones, USB-C cable and a 15W charger. The build of the A31 is plastic throughout and the back panel does bring a slight flex which doesn’t feel quite satisfying.

Samsung Galaxy A31 in for review

Comparing the A31 to its predecessor the A30s we find a taller 20:9 aspect ratio and slimmer Infinity-U notch. The MediaTek Helio P65 sits at the helm paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

On paper, the Galaxy A31 has all the makings of a solid midranger but we’ll leave the conclusions for after the full review is completed.

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