Samsung Galaxy M31s launched today (30/07/2020) in a very unSamsung like way in view of the pandemic situation.It may be Samsung’s key player in the mid-range segment as it boasts of some killer features.It is a developed version of the popular Samsung Galaxy M31
with changes rather developments in some key features.
Many are saying it to be Samsung’s answer to theOnePlus Nord.Maybe they are correct but the Galaxy M31s does not have 5G if that’s what you are searching for.It is priced well below the Nord and the specs promise good value for money.
The base model i.e the 6/128GB model is priced at 20499 INR(273$)/19499INR via Amazon and the top variant of 8/128GB at 22499INR(300$)/21499INR in Amazon.Now let’s take a review of the smartphone and then it will be clear if the Samsung Galaxy M31s is worthy enough.
DESIGN AND BODY
The phone features Premium Gradient look which on the first glance will feel like the Galaxy S20 series phone.Yes though the M31s features a plastic frame the look is premium and the feel on holding the phone is excellent.The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the phone is 9.3mm thick. The Samsung Galaxy M31s does not have any official certification for water resistance but you do not expect it from a phone of this price.
The fingerprint sensor is side mounted over the power button and here it is different from the Galaxy M31 which has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.Face unlock is also available as a means of unlocking.3.5mm jack for headphones is available which is very good.For a reminder the OnePlus Nord doesn’t support 3.5mm jack.Neither does it have option of expandable storage which the Samsung Galaxy M31s has in the form of a dedicated micro SD card slot along with the dual sim slots on the sim tray.
As you can see there is a rectangular quad camera module on the back and a tiny punch hole front camera.Bezels are very minimal even on the chin which enhances the look overall.
Here’ s where Samsung has very very rarely disappointed customers.In fact displays are a strong point of any Samsung phone.The Galaxy M31s is no exception and sports a 6.5″ Super Amoled Infinity O display.Infinity O means full screen display with a punch hole on top.Super Amoled ensures the vivid colours and an excellent immersive watching experience.
The display supports FHD+ resolution (2400×1080) and has 20:9 aspect ratio.The advertised screen to body ratio is >91% with~405ppi and a peak brightness of 420nits.
OS, PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
Samsung Galaxy M31s runs on Android 10 with OneUI 2.1 slapped on top.One UI with all its gestures and shortcuts is perhaps the best out there after stock Android and the only competition is from OnePlus’s Oxygen OS.The latest version is available here a d features like Game Space is also present.
Under the hood is the Exynos 9611 SoC same as that in the original M31.Here is my only complaint about this phone.Exynos is not as good as Qualcomm Snapdragon processors but Samsung prefers it and even houses it in flagships globally.Anyways it is not that the Exynos 9611 is not capable.It runs on 10nm technology and has an octacore processor (4×2.3GHz,4×1.7GHz).The GPU is Mali – G72 MP3.
It has two RAM variants of 6GB and 8GB both LPDDR4X and onboard storage of 128GB.The phone has a dedicated slot for micro SD card by which you can expand storage upto 512GB.
Samsung has nailed it here.The primary camera is a Sony IMX 682 sensor of 64MP f/1.8. There are 3 more cameras- the 12MP f/2.2 ultra wide sensor with 123° field of view,a 5MP f/2.4 macro sensor and a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor.Features like Live focus is present along with HDR and Panorama.
The highlight though is the fact that Samsung is calling it Intelli Cam.Why intelligent? Because it notifies you the ideal resolution when you are clicking a photo.And the most unique point is the Single Take feature available in high end Samsung flagships.
Single Take enables you to get a total of 10 photos and videos outputs with a single click of the camera.In photos filters, smart crop,best moments etc.and in videos original,hyperlapse, boomerang etc. are included.
4K videos at 30fps and 1080p @30fps can be captured and comes with gyro EIS for stabilization.
A tiny punch hole 32MP camera takes care of your selfies.Front Single Take,AR Doodles and AR Emojis are some of the features present.4k [email protected] can be captured along with slow motion videos.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
A monstrous 6000mAH battery is present in the Samsung Galaxy M31s similar to that of the M31 but this time it supports 25W fast charging which can charge from 0 to 100% 97 mins.Reverse charging is supported meaning you can charge another device using the phone as a power bank with help of the USB TYPE C to TYPE C cable present in the box.
Mirage Black and Mirage Blue are the colour variants available.
At Rs.21499 the Samsung Galaxy M31s is a pretty good deal.The camera specs is top end and easily ahead of the competition.I can go ahead and say it is better than the OnePlus Nord.Display is also superb.The only glitch is the processor which is actually quite capable in handling even high resolution games like PUB G but is below Snapdragon processors of same range in benchmark tests.
Besides that I can find no other lacking feature in this phone.Some of you may say that 5G is not supported but the fact is 5G is not going to be available at least for the next year.So if at all you compare it with the current competition Samsung’s brand value and the 64MP intelligent camera is more than good enough to entice you into buying this phone.Moreover the 6000mAH battery is a big bonus.
What do you think? Please let me know in comments.