What makes a great midranger? A bright and crisp display, capable cameras and a large battery paired with a power-efficient chipset, perhaps. Thats 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.
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 doesnt feel quite satisfying.
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 well leave the conclusions for after the full review is completed.