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Samsung Galaxy A31 now retailing for Ksh27,999 in Kenya, comes with a 5000mAh battery

Samsung’s “A “series lineup continue to gain traction with some interesting combinations of basic functionality and a mid-tier price tag. We’ve grown font of the series and always looking out for the next sequel, no wonder we’ve been so eager to get hold of the latest Samsung Galaxy A31. However, the same cannot be attested to power users out there who are more concerned on the next superior Samsung that’s hanging just around the corner – the Galaxy note 20. And for a good reason, Samsung has always had a diverse offering that you’d easily find all types of consumers looking forward to their next announcement.

In one of our recent editorial pitting the Nokia 5.3 against a cheaper alternative – the Tecno Spark 5, we had a taste of HMD’s quad-camera setup that interestingly offered more than enough and stood head-high with a reasonable price tag. The difference in prices is so obvious that we highly doubt consumers will see value in the Samsung Galaxy A31 unless they’re just going for the brand. That’s not to say Samsung Galaxy A31 is any less attractive within the mid-tier segment, it’s just slightly overpriced in comparison, something that might stand in the way for many consumers.

For Samsung fans, price shouldn’t be a hindrance though, the Galaxy A31 still has lots of love to offer if you fall within its intended niche. The model we had for our editorial is the Galaxy A31 SM-A315FZKVXFE which brings the dual SIM capability to users and packs 4GB RAM. It falls short of what some models of the Nokia 5.3 are offering, something we struggled to accept but there’s lots of things to love on the display panel

A brilliant screen makes us forget where Samsung Galaxy A31 fails

Some say, the display panel makes or breaks a device which is partly true. It’s one component you’ll mostly likely use for the lifetime of your device. The Galaxy A31 packs a brilliant display, showing-off some of Samsung’s impressive innovations in modern history – a FHD+ Super AMOLED panel. Samsung calls it Infinity-U Display that stretches as far as possible only giving way for a minimal notch at the top to accommodate an impressive 6.4 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel.

A large battery that will last a day or two

Samsung put a large battery in this model that we expect to last long enough even for gamers. It’s one of the few models on the market that hit the 5000mAh mark. For that capacity, Samsung Galaxy A31 will most probably survive through the day even under strenuous conditions such as streaming or gaming, and if you start running low, plug in and power up with 15W Fast Charging.

A quad camera setup

Of all the magic that Samsung put on the Galaxy A31, we were not really amazed by the rear camera setup considering a quad setup has become a mainstream must have feature for the mid-rangers, even cheaper alternatives like the Spark 5 has it.  We were therefore just a bit moved but not shaken since lots of effort still has to go in for that impressive shot. We get a 48 Megapixels main camera, 5 Megapixels Depth camera, 8 Megapixels Ultra-wide camera and a 5 Megapixels Macro camera, there’s a detailed editorial on the different camera setups you should have a look.

Samsung Galaxy A31 Specifications

BODY DIMENSIONS159.3 x 73.1 x 8.6 mm (6.27 x 2.88 x 0.34 in)
 185 g (6.53 oz)
 Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
SCREENSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
 6.4 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)
 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)
PLATFORMAndroid 10, One UI 2.0
 Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz & 6×1.7 GHz)
MEMORYmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
 5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
 LED flash, panorama, HDR
 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA20 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
 1080p@30fps
COMMUNICATIONWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
 5.0, A2DP, LE
 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SENSORSFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
 Fast charging 15W
COLORSPrism Crush Black, Prism Crush Blue, Prism Crush Red, Prism Crush White

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