Today we will test Samsung’s new Galaxy A31, which on paper should be an upgrade to the Galaxy A30s. Compared to the previous model, the new model comes with a fourth rear camera, a larger battery, a high-resolution display, full support for Samsung Pay and of course a higher price. The phone is only available in one configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory. It costs 21,999 rupees. Will the Galaxy A31 be included in our list of top smartphones under Rs 25,000? to watch.
Samsung Galaxy A31 design
Although the design of the Galaxy A31 is not quite fresh compared to other models coming in Samsung devices, I liked that it is thin and light. The phone feels strong in a fully polycarbonate case, but its back easily captures fingerprints. The phone has a thick chin at the bottom of the screen. At the top of the display there is a cutout for the selfie camera.
On the left side there is a large SIM tray for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port and speaker are at the bottom. The back has a pattern on the prism of Samsung, in which we have a blue color for review. This phone is also available in black or white. At the back there is a setting with a quadruple camera, placed in a rectangular module and does not protrude much, which is good.
Overall, the Galaxy A31 was comfortable for everyday use during this review. It’s a bit wide and can’t be said to be easy to reach at the top of the display, but the One UI has some gestures to make it easier. After seeing several phones from this series with the same model on the back, we are now starting to find the design a bit boring. The contents of the box include a silicone case, charger, USB cable and headphones.
Display on Samsung Galaxy A31
Galaxy A31 has a sharp 6.4-inch Full HD + (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED display. I found it to be more than adequate in terms of brightness, even in broad daylight. The display is flat but has no sharp edges, so using gestures is not a problem. It has a built-in fingerprint sensor, which is not very fast, but works well, as long as you do not press it with pressure.
Samsung Galaxy A31 performance
Its implementation is a big problem. Samsung uses an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 chipset and I wouldn’t be dealing with this processor if it was in a smartphone under Rs 10,000, but I can’t be happier with including this processor in a smartphone with Rs 21,999. Even in the Galaxy M21, the company used the Exynos 9611 chipset, which is also very cheap.
Samsung’s One UI 2.1, based on Android 10, also feels a bit slow overall. When I switched between applications, there was a constant lag in animations. A user interface comes with many shortcuts, themes and custom gestures. There is also Dolby Atmos, but only for wired and wireless headphones.
The Galaxy A31 supports Google’s Widevine L1 certification, which means video streaming apps can play content in native display resolution. The single speaker becomes quite loud, but the sound quality is average. Simple games work well, but heavy games like Asphalt 9: Legends or PUBG Mobile work on light graphics. When I played games for a long time, I found that the phone started to heat up.
Samsung Galaxy A31 cameras
The four cameras on the back of the smartphone include a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth camera and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The aperture of all cameras is not so impressive, even the main camera only comes with an aperture of f / 2.0. The front camera comes with a 20-megapixel sensor.
This gives you Samsung’s Scene Optimizer AI engine and the option to save photos and videos in HEIF and HEVC formats. The main sensor captures good-looking photos in good light. Photos are taken as 12-megapixel photos by default, but you can shoot at full 48-megapixel resolution if needed. In low light, noise is reduced, but details are reduced. Close-ups were also better in good light with good detail and color, but the slightest movement caused the shutter speed to blur.
The wide-angle camera offers relatively poor detail and HDR is not as effective as the main camera. The details are very bad in low light and there is no night mode to improve them.
Live Focus works on average. The amount of background blur can be set manually before taking the picture. The macro camera works well even when shooting close-ups.
The selfie camera takes 12-megapixel photos by default. However, you can also shoot at full resolution. Selfies usually come in handy when shooting outdoors in broad daylight. The skin tone feels a little warm. The camera struggles to capture good detail in low light and you will often get soft textures and weak details in it.
Overall, the Galaxy A31’s cameras are very weak and lack many of the features you’ll find in many phones at this price.
Samsung Galaxy A31 battery
If we talk about the best feature included in the Galaxy A31, then this will be its battery life. The 5000 mAh battery lasts 18 hours and 11 minutes in our HD video cycle, which is quite good. Even with regular use, I was able to easily last more than a day on a full charge. It has a 15W fast charge, so you can charge the battery up to 50 percent per hour, but it takes more than two hours to fully charge.
Sentence: Who is the Samsung Galaxy A31 for?
I was trying to find a good reason to call the Galaxy A31 the best and I can honestly say that I could not find one. Samsung seems to have released it to fill the price gap between the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A51. Battery life can be said to be the only great feature of this phone, along with it’s good build quality and display.
However, the chipset below average and the cameras with insufficient power are some of the disadvantages that you simply can not ignore after paying more than 20,000 Rs. Even if the price drops, there are still more powerful options on the market, filled with features such as Samsung’s own Galaxy A50s and Galaxy M31 or phones from Realme and Xiaomi.
OnePlus 10RT to come with 50MP camera, 120Hz display, seen here ahead of launch
According to the recent report, OnePlus 10RT may be launched in India soon. The smartphone is said to have been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification database. Citing a tipster, the report gives information about some specifications of the smartphone. The OnePlus 10RT camera specifications were reported earlier with the same model number. The OnePlus 10RT may get a 50-megapixel primary sensor with a triple rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
According to a report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. According to an earlier report by 91Mobiles, a new OnePlus smartphone is likely to be launched in India soon. The smartphone has been spotted with model number CPH2413 as approved in the BIS India certification database. A previous report suggested the same model number for the OnePlus 10RT.
OnePlus 10RT expected specifications
A report by 91Mobiles has shared some of the specifications of the OnePlus 10RT, citing tipster Mukul Sharma. For color options, this smartphone can be available in black and green color options. As a display, it can get an AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. This triple rear camera setup is expected to come as a camera setup. As for the memory, it can be offered in two variants like 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB internal storage. As an operating system, it can run on OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12.
The previous report on the OnePlus 10RT said it will come with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.88 aperture with an 84.4-degree field of view and optical image stabilization. It is said to have an 8-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.25 aperture and 119.7-degree field of view. The third rear camera on the OnePlus 10RT is expected to come with an f/2.4 macro lens along with a 2-megapixel lens. It is said to feature a 16-megapixel Samsung S5K3P9 camera with f/2.45 aperture, 82.3-degree field of view and EIS.
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iQoo Neo 6 Review: A Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!
iQOO Neo 6 Price in India
The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs 29,999 in India, which comes with the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. Its top model comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 can be purchased in Dark Nova and Cyber Rays colors.
iku neo 6 design
The iQoo Neo 6 phone is a rebranded model of the iQoo Neo 6 SE that was launched in China earlier this year. Neo 6 is a large smartphone in terms of dimensions and weighs 190 grams. The phone has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole design at the top for the selfie camera. Display bezels are thin. The frame of the phone is made of plastic and is kept flat on top and bottom.
iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter that sits near the secondary microphone on the top. At the bottom there is a slot for a USB Type C port, a speaker and a SIM tray. The back panel is made of plastic with curved sides. The phone is quite comfortable to hold. Its right side is narrow and carries a thin power button and volume rocker.
The dark new color of the phone looks quite elegant. It has a gradient finish that shows a mixed shade of dark blue and bright blue. If you want a flashier phone, then you can also check out its Cyber Rage variant. The phone’s camera module will grab your attention. It has a two-tiered design on which the Neo branding is placed, which is seen separately.
The company has also provided a transparent case inside the phone box. The back panel has a matte finish, so fingerprints don’t fall off so easily. You also get a USB Type C to 3.5mm audio adapter, which is a good thing.
iQoo Neo 6 Specifications and Software
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC is provided in iQoo Neo 6 which is the most powerful processor for this price range. The Mi 11X competes directly with this phone, which has a similar chip. iQoo says it has included a liquid cooling system in the phone to keep the processor cool.
The Neo 6 has a Full HD Plus E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 360Hz touch sample rate that can go up to 1200Hz in some games. The display is also HDR10+ certified and its brightness is 800 nits. iQoo has also provided stereo speakers in the Neo 6, but the phone does not have an IP rating.
This iQoo phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, dual 4G VoLTE and five satellite navigation systems. You don’t get NFC in this. iQoo Neo 6 has a 4700mAh battery and supports up to 80W fast charging. You also get a compatible charger in the box.
Talking about the software, it runs on Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12. The company has promised two years of Android updates and 3 years of security updates with the phone. Its user interface is almost similar to Vivo X80 which I reviewed recently. Too bad I have the same experience with bloated software in this as well. Some applications may be uninstalled. The browser keeps sending spam notifications throughout the day which is quite annoying.
iQoo Neo 6 performance and battery life
iQoo Neo 6 has a powerful processor and there is no lag in the phone even with prolonged use. I had its 12GB variant on which I could multitask, switching between apps very comfortably. I didn’t see any apps reloading at any point. The phone has an extended RAM feature and can use up to 4GB of system memory as RAM.
I enjoyed watching videos on the phone’s AMOLED display. Stereo speakers make the experience even better. The refresh rate is high, so scrolling is smooth in apps and menus. The company has set the Smart Switch refresh rate as the default. It runs at 120Hz most of the time at this setting.
iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is quite reliable and never gets damaged during use. FaceUnlock also works in a similar way. The phone scored well in benchmarks. Its AnTuTu score is higher than the OnePlus Nord 2 with 729,331 points. In Geekbench 5, it scored 983 and 3074 points in single and multi-core. In the GFXBench graph, it scored 50fps in the Car Chase test. Users who want good performance, this phone will not disappoint in terms of results.
I played Call of Duty: Mobile on it, which by default was running on very high graphics and had the frame rate set to high by default. I played the game for 20 minutes in which the battery dropped by 5%. The phone didn’t heat up, which explains its liquid cooling capability.
I loved the battery performance of this phone and it lasted comfortably for one and a half days. In the HD video cycle test, the phone lasted 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is quite impressive. Its 80W fast charger charged the phone 83% in 30 minutes and the phone was fully charged within 50 minutes.
iQOO Neo 6K camera
The iQoo Neo 6 features a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary lens with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 116-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is very easy to use and looks similar to the Vivo X80 app. The main camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default, but you can click full-resolution photos if needed.
His daylight landscape photos were accompanied by detail and subjects were easily recognizable even from a distance. Words written on distant buildings can also be read. AI optimization is available in the phone which improves the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide camera has a wider field of view and gets the same color profile as the main camera.
The phone takes close-up photos with clear and full details. This creates a natural bokeh effect between the background and the subject. Edge detection was good in portrait mode. The macro camera also captured extremely close-up shots.
The phone proved to be very fast when shooting a low-light scene, for which it held the shutter open for a long time. Thanks to this, the image was captured with a clear and detailed picture. In very dark areas, the phone itself suggested switching to night mode.
The phone’s sensor captures the selfie in full resolution. The app adds a beautification filter by default, but it can also be adjusted or disabled if needed. In daylight, the skin tone is accurate to the photo. In low light, the screen flash is activated automatically for better results. Edge detection was good in selfies taken in portrait mode and the level of background blur was also adequate.
Its primary rear camera can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Its selfie camera can also shoot videos at this resolution and frame rate, which is rare. Footage was fairly stable in daylight, but motion in low light was a bit shaky. The camera app has a dual video mode so that the main and selfie cameras can record videos at the same time.
If you are looking for a 30k budget smartphone then you can keep this phone high on your list. The phone’s performance is pretty good, as you’d expect from a device with a Qualcomm chip. The promise of Android and security updates makes it future proof. In my opinion, its base 8GB variant seems better value for money.
I don’t have many complaints about it other than the pre-installed bloatware on the phone. If you pick up the phone for video recording purposes, then be aware that it doesn’t perform as well in low light.
If you want pure software, you can look at the Motorola Edge 30. If you can’t compromise on performance, go for the Mi 11X and OnePlus Nord 2, which are good alternatives in the same price range.
Nokia G11 Plus budget Android smartphone introduced with 50MP camera
HMD Global introduced its budget Android smartphone to the market a few months ago under the name Nokia G11. The company has sold millions of smartphones so far. Now the company has announced the new model of this smartphone, Nokia G11 Plus. However, the addition of the Plus to this Nokia smartphone isn’t really an upgrade over the original model when it comes to specs.
Nokia G11 Plus features and specifications
Talking about the features and specifications, the Nokia G11 Plus features a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. Talking about the processor, the company has not yet said which processor is in this phone, but it could be the 1.6GHz octa-core Unisoc T606 SoC.
In terms of storage, the smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that supports expandable storage up to 512GB. Talking about the camera setup, a dual camera setup is given on the rear side of the smartphone which houses a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. At the same time, an 8-megapixel camera is placed on the front of this smartphone for selfies and video calls.
Talking about the operating system, this smartphone runs on the out-of-the-box Android 12 operating system. The company has confirmed that this phone will get the operating system upgrade for 2 years and security update for 3 years. Talking about battery backup, it will get a 4000 mAh battery. Talking about the color option, this smartphone comes in two color options like Charcoal Gray and Lake Blue.
Talking about the price, as of now the company has not revealed the price of Nokia G11 Plus but the price of this smartphone is expected to be around $150 ie. around Rs 11,842 in Indian currency. Speaking of availability, it will soon be available for purchase in select regions.
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