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OPPO A31 overview: bringing premium technology to the entry-level segment

OPPO has a penchant for equipping its smartphones with high-end specifications while granting them value for money. That tradition has been continued by the OPPO A31, which happens to pose a huge challenge to its contemporaries with its attractive features. Its design is also something that will attract potential buyers. We got a chance to check out the device, and here’s what we think of OPPO’s latest A-series smartphone.

Power-packed

To start with the key features of the OPPO A31, let’s take a look under the hood and check out some impressive reasons that make the A31 stand out in its segment. The OPPO A31 is available in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB memory and 6GB RAM + 128GB memory. Despite that, OPPO has granted the device a microSD card slot that doesn’t compromise the dual SIM slots. This microSD card can be used to extend the storage with 256GB of additional memory. Moreover, the OPPO A31 packs a powerful MediaTek Helio P35 chipset at its heart.

Sleek design, immersive display

The next thing you’ll notice when you hold the OPPO A31 is how sleek it is. At just 8.3mm thin, this handset exudes a sense of premium-ness through every inch. Its 180gm weight is also a contributing factor to this, as is the tall 20:9 aspect ratio of its screen that makes it perfect for one-handed use. The rear surface holds a 3D back cover, which adds to the phone’s attractive appearance. Plus, a fingerprint scanner is also present on this rear surface.

Coming to the front of the device, it’s highlighted by a 6.5-inch 1,600 x 720 pixel HD+ display. This panel features a waterdrop display to house the front camera, which is 31.4 percent smaller than its predecessor, and this allows the phone to boast of an 89 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Multi-purpose cameras

A trio of cameras have made their way onto the back of the OPPO A31. This assembly includes a 12MP main camera and a couple of 2MP cameras. The AI-enabled 12MP camera is perfect for capturing great images in all lighting conditions. It also features the new Dazzle Colour Mode, which uses a colour-mapping algorithm to render expressive and vivid images under poor lighting conditions. Several AI beautification features have also made their way into the A31, allowing the device to recognize skin colour, age and other factors to make slight changes accordingly. Video enthusiasts also have something to smile about, as the Soloop Intelligent video editing feature has landed on the device.

The 2MP macro lens that accompanies the main snapper excels at clicking macro shots. With such an apparatus, you can get as close as 4cm to your subject to capture the minutest of details. Now shoot photos of insects and flower petals with ease. As for the third camera, it’s a 2MP depth sensor that helps in adding stunning bokeh effects to your shots. The front snapper is an 8MP unit that can take sharp, detailed selfies. Moreover, this device also sports a face unlock system which is the cherry on top.

Designed to Function #BeyondTheOrdinary

ColorOS 6.1.2 is the software of choice for this phone. OPPO’s proprietary skin is built on top of Android 9.0 Pie, and offers a number of additional features like navigation shortcuts that help you tread the user interface in a smooth and fast manner. You also get a Cycling Mode, which turns off notifications while you’re riding a bike. An incredibly unique feature is the Music Party mode, which allows several phones to join the same LAN created by a Wi-Fi hotspot to play the same song synchronously. Nestled inside the A31’s body is a 4,230mAh battery that guarantees all-day usage. Besides, the phone features a few battery saving options that can come handy in dire situations. Such a massive battery enables the device to last for hours, even after continuous usage.

Value for Money

The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 11,490 and will go on sale from February 29th 2020. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 13,990 and will reach Indian shores very soon. Moreover, the OPPO A31 also will be available across all offline and online stores and customers can also avail a 5 percent instant cashback using their Yes Bank credit card for EMIs. Benefits of non-EMI options on e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart are also available.

For its asking price, the OPPO A31 offers excellent bang for your buck. It’s a powerful handset with capable cameras, a great design and excellent memory.

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