Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A31 is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A31.

Nokia 5.3 (4GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A31 
Nokia 5.3 Samsung Galaxy A31
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Excellence Score
32.5
42.6
Value for Money Score
71.9
70.4
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 Jun, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G52
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13 MP: f/1.8 aperture; PDAF, 5 MP: 13mm Focal Length; Ultra Wide, 2 MP: Macro, 2 MP: Depth Sensor, LED flash, HDR, panorama 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide Lens; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture f/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mmMedium 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 185 gmMedium 185 gmMedium
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 73.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Nokia 5.3 is a looker, with its sleek and nearly premium design - the polycarbonate back has a matte finish, that gives it a good grip
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back of the Nokia 5.3 is responsive and works fine
  • The Nokia 5.3 also has a dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Decent 6.55-in IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution - colour reproduction is good and so are the viewing angles
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by at least 2 years of guaranteed updates
  • Decent performer powered by the Snapdragon 665 SOC - it handles regular day-to-day usage with ease, calling, messaging, and social media apps are not an issue, and you can multitask between them quite easily - you can also run some heavy games like PUBG Mobile in its lower setting (though, this phone is not recommended for gamers)
  • Portrait shots taken with the Nokia 5.3 have good edge detection, and the camera app does let you set the level of blur before taking a shot
  • Selfies taken with the 8MP camera are decent in daylight and it does give you the option to take portraits - In low light, there is a slight dip in quality but it is still decent
  • Good battery life from the 4000 mAh battery - you will get a full day of battery life out of it
  • The competitions beats the Nokia 5.3 at every spec it has to offer, except the software experience and the guarantee to get updates for few years, but that can't be the only reason to buy this phone - If you are a heavy user or are looking to play a lot of games, you might want to consider more powerful and similarly priced alternatives such as the Realme 6i and the Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Decent looks, similar rainbow-like effects at the back as other Galaxy A series phone when caught against the light, and a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - the design is been overused by Samsung
  • While it supports a polycarbonate back, it still manages to look premium
  • Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, at just 185g, and 8.6mm in thickness
  • Sharp, bright 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution - its vivid colours make it a joy to stream content, while games also look great on the panel because of its high colour accuracy
  • There's Widevine L1 support by default, which makes streaming content in HD possible
  • Comes with Android 10 out of the box - Samsung's One UI 2 is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added some neat features including a Game Booster and an intuitive gesture-based navigation system
  • Decent quad camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle camera + 5MP macro camera + 5MP depth sensor
  • Under good light, the Galaxy A31's primary camera manage to capture detailed shots with good dynamic range - images are reasonably sharp, noise is also competently removed, colours are generally nice, and the phone strikes a good balance with saturation
  • The ultra wide-angle cam is decent at capturing more scene in the image (though, the quality is lower than the main camer)
  • Macro camera turns out quite good close ups - you can get a lot closer to your subject when using the macro camera and the sensor picks up a fair bit of detail
  • Very good portrait mode ("Live focus") - image quality is good and the depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent job of edge detection
  • Photos from the 20MP front camera looks very impressive - selfies have plenty of detail and look really sharp, colors are pleasing, the dynamic range is impressive for a selfie camera - Selfie portraits are a thing on the A31 and surprisingly impressive - subject separation with a single camera is hard to pull off, and Samsung has done a great job of it
  • Decent bottom-firing speaker - sufficient for personal listening
  • Good battery life from the 5000 mah battery - easily able to go well beyond a day on a single charge
  • Reasonable 15W fast charging - charges 67 percent in an hour (though, not as quick as others in this segment such as the Redmi K20 Pro)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Most competing phones offer an FHD+ panel at the price, which the Nokia 5.3 is lacking
  • Nokia 5.3 could use some more power, the competition offers better SOCs at this price
  • Average quad-camera setup - a 13MP primary camera, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, photos lacked dynamic range and fine grain was visible in the output on zooming in
  • Shots taken with the wide-angle camera are of a lower resolution, and these too are grainy
  • The macro camera is strictly average, and the subject needs to be well lit for shots to come out looking decent
  • Low-light shots are below average and do not have good detail - switching on Night mode improved brightness and sharpness, but photos remain grainy
  • The camera performance of the Nokia 5.3 isn't very good overall, and you can get better results from other phones at this price level
  • No fast charging - charging the phone completely takes close to two hours
  • The front has some thick bezels for the price
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor, as well as the facial recognition, are on the slower side
  • The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints
  • There's still some bloatware pre-installed, including third-party apps and some of Samsung's own apps such as Samsung Shop (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • Average performance from the MediaTek Helio P65 - it feels a bit sluggish overall, there's a persistent hint of stutter in the animations, and lag when switching between apps
  • No video stabilisation - video results are just average
  • Low light photos out of the Galaxy A31 aren't great - the main camera's output is soft and noisy, while the colors are relatively desaturated
  • Overall, while the Galaxy A51 offers good cameras, there are certainly better options available, such as the Redmi K20 Pro
  • The Galaxy A31 has hardly anything going for it - the middling SoC performance and underwhelming cameras do nothing to help, there are better options available from Xiaomi and Realme
Expert Reviews
  1. It isn't the strongest performer right now, and will fall further behind as other companies launch newer models
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The phone doesn’t impress with its hardware
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Recommended for the design and the Android experience that the smartphone has to offer
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  1. The A31 can stand on its own as a decent mid-ranger... but the competition is just brutal
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The middling SoC performance and underwhelming cameras are faults that are too glaring to ignore
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung Galaxy A31 is a decent smartphone... but it is facing competition in-house only, its M-series sibling the Galaxy M31 is a better and much affordable option
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An A-lister you should probably ignore
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
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