Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A31 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A50s (6GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A31!

Samsung Galaxy A31  Samsung Galaxy A50s (6GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy A31 Samsung Galaxy A50s
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Excellence Score
42.6
35.4
Value for Money Score
67.3
54.6
Price ₹ 19,879 onwards ₹ 24,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2020 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide Lens, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length, HDR
Internal Memory 128 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 8.6 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 185 gmMedium 166 gmMedium
Width 73.1 mmOk for one-handed use 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 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 Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (4G): Upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: Upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Upto 92 hrs, Talktime (4G): Upto 32 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; ANT+; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Looks slick, and reflects off the same iridescent rainbow-like effects at the back as the Samsung Galaxy A50 when caught against light, only this one, comes with a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - it's a head-turner no doubt
  • And while the Samsung Galaxy A50s bears a polycarbonate body, it doesn’t look cheap and sports a very premium “glassy” look overall
  • On the front is a sharp, modern panel with slim-bezels, and a U-shaped notch design (similar to Galaxy A50)
  • Facial recognition to unlock your phone works well
  • Beautiful 6.4-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a high 91.6% screen-to-body ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection
  • The screen looks sharp and bright, and being an AMOLED display, you will get deep black and vivid colors - sunlight legibility is also pretty good
  • Samsung's One UI 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 a Game Booster tool to the A50s to offer a better gaming experience
  • Other features include an intuitive gesture-based navigation system, and an option to wake up Bixby using the power button
  • Solid mid-range performance with the robust Samsung Exynos 9611 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660 and Exynos 9610) - the experience is pleasant and smooth throughout including with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Good thermal management too - the phone doesn't warm up quickly despite extended game play
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture
  • a second 5MP depth camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 8MP ultra-wide lens
  • The quality of the pictures from the primary camera is quite good during daylight and outdoors - the A50s handles high-contrast scenes well and adds the right amount of detail and vibrance
  • Night mode works reasonably ok for low-light situations and doesn’t add unnatural exposure to the scene
  • Portrait mode ("Live focus") works well too especially when capturing outdoor daylight scenes
  • Decent video recording performance with a dedicated 'super steady' mode which allows you to shoot decent “action” videos
  • Decent 32MP selfie camera - in daylight outdoor lighting, selfies clicked turn out quite clear (not so much is low-light though)
  • Overall, this is a fairly good camera setup for this price bracket (though not quite up to the level of the category leaders)
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The fingerprint sensor that sits beneath the display, is a tad bit slow
  • The phone is a smudge-magnet, relatively easy to scratch, and also slippery (so you will want to use a case)
  • This is however not the best performing phone in this price bracket - you will get better CPUs and stronger performance from Xiaomi and Realme phones
  • The camera app is a little bit slow to launch and there is a small shutter lag when capturing photos
  • As is right now the case with most mid-range phones, the wide-angle camera’s photos look fairly distorted, and details are soft
  • Low light performance could have been better, across the board
  • Volume levels of the speaker are a bit on the low side and could have been better - it's a little difficult to hear audio outdoors in a noisy environment
  • Although the phone supports 15W fast charging, but it only includes a 10W standard (non fast) charger - it takes over 3 hours for A50s to go from 0% to 100%
  • On the whole, the A50s, while a pretty decent phone by itself, will find the competition much more intense (than what its predecessor A50 faced) - unless you are a Samsung loyalist, you will want to look at the competition especially from the likes of Realme and Xiaomi
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Two steps forward, One step backward
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best mid-range Samsung phones yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Not a bad phone....but competition like Redmi K20, Nokia 7.2 will make it harder to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Experience with the Galaxy A50s is a mixed bag
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty attractive phone...but it becomes difficult to blindly suggest it, especially for its performance, given the competition (Realme XT, Redmi K20 Pro)
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Given its performance and pricing, and, of course, its considerable brand equity, Samsung could have another bestseller on its hands here
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The A50, but with a better camera
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Comes with its own set of hits and misses...but is still one of the better midrangers Samsung has made till date
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A good offering in the mid-range segment but faces a tough competition from rivals
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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