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Samsung Galaxy A31 – Another Win for Samsung!

Staff Writer / 29-09-2020 / Samsung galaxy a31

Samsung has had massive success with its Galaxy A-series, which launched in 2019. To keep following up on that success is not easy, but Samsung seems to keep doing it. No exception to this trend is the new Samsung Galaxy A31, the little sibling of the A51 and successor to last year’s popular A30.

Under the Hood

The A31 packs a punch beneath its exterior with a Mediatek Octa-core processor which is more than sufficient for everyday use. It is backed by 4BG of RAM and 128GB of onboard memory, expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card. Apps run smoothly without any noticeable lag, but it’s definitely geared to casual gamers.

Screen and Body

The most obvious external feature of the A31 is that its heavier than other smartphones in the mid-tier category. Even though it’s taller than most devices, it’s still comfortable to hold and navigate with your thumb. It’s quite slim at just 8.6-mm thick but is 159.3-mm tall and 73.1-mm wide. Expect a large 6.4-inch Infinity-U display with a wide aspect ratio which means your screen is filled with rich, beautiful visuals. It is available in two striking colours - Prism Crush Blue and Prism Crush Black.

Four Camera Setup

The A31 is very similar to the A51 with its rear four-camera setup. The main lens is a 48MP camera for crisp images at any time of the day or night. It has the 8MP Ultra Wide camera which captures a 123-degree field of view. The 5MP Macro camera is perfect for highly refined close-ups and the 5MP Depth camera with its Live Focus allows you to take pictures where the subject stands out, leaving the rest in a slight blur. Selfie lovers would find it difficult to resist the A31’s 20MP front-facing camera that captures high-resolution photos.

Beast of a Battery

The battery is probably the reason for the extra weight and height of the A31 because Samsung paired this device with a whopping 5,000 mAh battery. The average user may get two-days worth of usage on a full charge or three-days if they use the phone sparingly. This is the same battery Samsung uses on their flagship devices.

Other Features

As always, security is a major factor with smartphones. The Galaxy A31 has an on-screen fingerprint scanner which recognises your unique fingerprint to grant you access to your device.


The Samsung Galaxy A31 is a great mid-tier smartphone with some flagship features thrown in for good measure. The battery life and display alone make the A31 an irresistible option.


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The Hisense Infinity H50 Lite – Loaded Performance

The Hisense Infinity H50 range hit South African shores in April and has been making waves ever since. The latest edition is the Infinity H50 Lite. This device is the smallest in the series – the H50 and H50 Zoom being its predecessors – but it remains big on providing superior performance and style. Under the Hood The Infinity H50 Lite holds its own against other Android devices in its price range. The smartphone is powered by an Octa-core engine with a MediaTek chipset, a Helio P70 CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage capacity – all factors that increase the phone’s smooth operational aspects. The device comes loaded with Android 10 straight out the box. Screen and Body With a 6.55” HD+ O-Infinity display, this smartphone is proudly 84% screen – a major plus for anyone who wants a phone that doubles as a video streaming and gaming device. The H50 Lite fits comfortably in hand and the design is not at all hampered by the largely plastic body and frame. The glass front adds a sleek touch and the iridescent colour options, including a deep green and blue which enhance the high-end feel of the smartphone. The speaker is located at the base of the phone and comes equipped with a nifty noise cancellation feature. Camera Quad camera capabilities are the norm right now and the H50 Lite is no exception. The phone boasts a 2 MP macro lens, a 2 MP depth camera, 5 MP wide-angle camera and 48 MP HD main camera that come together beautifully to create clear and colour-intense images. The bokeh effect is also active here, ensuring faces and people really stand out in a pic. The 16 MP front-facing camera’s beauty mode ensures the perfect selfie every time by reading and adjusting to the environment. Battery The Lite is powered by a 5100 mAh battery so expect longer usage times. Fast charging is possible thanks to the MediaTek Pump Express 2.0, which drastically reduces charging times. Verdict If you’re in the market for a device that doesn’t compromise on style or performance – even on a budget, the Hisense Infinity H50 Lite could be the one for you!