Samsung launched the Galaxy M31 smartphone in the ‘M Series’ last week in India as the successor to the M30s with upgraded cameras, Android 10 out-of-the-box and 6GB RAM as standard. The details look great on paper. Is this phone worth Rs 500? 14,999? What compromises do you have to make in this phone? Let’s dive into the review to find out.
- Samsung Galaxy M31 Smartphone 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Version in Space Black
- 2-pin 15W (9V-1.67A / 5V-2A) fast charger
- USB Type-C cable
- Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information
Samsung Galaxy M31 Review
The new Galaxy M31 comes with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at around 402.6 PPI, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, similar to the M30 and M30s. The display looks bright, thanks to 420 nits of brightness, it offers good color reproduction and sunlight is also good, thanks to the AMOLED panel, it offers true blacks. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Like other Samsung phones, there’s a blue light filter that reduces eye strain by limiting the amount of blue light emitted from the screen, you can set it from sunrise to sunset and schedule it as you like. can arrange. You can change the font size and style and select apps that you want to use in full-screen aspect ratio. There’s also Dark Mode, which can be enabled by turning on Night Mode, which looks great on an AMOLED screen. The phone doesn’t have the DC dimming or low-brightness anti-flicker mode that some AMOLED screen phones in the price range have. I haven’t noticed any screen flicker issues at low brightness on the M30s.
It doesn’t have a notification LED, but an always-on display with a tap to show option that shows the AOD screen for 10 seconds after you tap the screen. You can also set a schedule. There are many options to choose from such as clocks, GIFs or you can download any AOD from the themes section.
The phone has a glossy plastic frame that feels a bit cheap, but it doesn’t easily slip out of your hand. On the right side, there is a power button and volume rockers. On the left side is a single tray with dual nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 512GB. At the bottom, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, loudspeaker grill and primary microphone.
It’s good that Samsung has provided dual SIM and microSD card slots while there are many phones that come with a hybrid SIM arrangement.
At the back, there is a quad camera module arranged in a rectangular array. Next to the camera module is the single LED flash, and next to it is the fingerprint sensor. Although the phone has a large 6.4-inch screen, it is compact to hold. It’s 8.9mm compared to the 8.8mm M30s and weighs 191g compared to the 188g M30s. The plastic back attracts fingerprints and smudges easily and is prone to scratches with daily use. Getting a case is recommended as Samsung doesn’t deliver in a box. Overall build quality is average compared to Samsung’s A-series phones. It’s not as splash-resistant as some phones in the price range.
It has Samsung GW1 ISOCELL bright sensor, 0.8μm pixel size and f/1.8 aperture, 8-megapixel rear camera with PDAF 123-degree ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, a 5D-megapixel rear camera. Is. sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 5-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The phone has a 32-megapixel camera on the front with Sony IMX616 sensor with f/2.0 aperture. There is Live Focus which uses a 5-megapixel depth sensor. You can also adjust the bokeh effect before or after the shot. There is a selfie portrait option for the front camera which uses software to blur the background. There is also a wide-angle option for the front camera.
Coming to image quality, daylight shots are good, and the camera captures good detail, creates well-exposed images with good dynamic range and detail, and adjusts dynamic range to HDR mode from the settings. It can be further optimized by enabling, which is automatically turned on. HDR when needed. Although the phone has a 64-megapixel sensor, the final output has a 16-megapixel resolution, which is common in phones with larger sensors.
The 32-megapixel front camera is good in most cases. Wide-angle mode captures images at 12-megapixel resolution after pixel binning, while Normal mode captures images at 8-megapixel. Software blur in live focus mode does not have good edge detection as it blurs some parts.
It can record videos in up to 4K resolution at 30 fps. Both the main and wide-angle cameras also have 1080p 30fps, but there’s no 1080p 60fps option, which is a limitation due to the processor. It can shoot slow motion at 720p at 240fps and there’s also Super Slow Motion, which shoots 8 seconds of video with 6 seconds of slow motion, and you can even add custom music for the slow motion portion. Lets do it. You can also enable EIS for 1080p videos. Video quality is good, and audio is crisp because it has a secondary microphone. Check out the video samples below.
Advanced features option includes games launcher for easy access to games downloaded from your play store and galaxy apps, smart popup view, smart capture, direct share, motion gestures like lift to wake, double tap to wake, Collects a space for smart. Stay, mute easily by placing your hand on the screen or flipping your phone face down, a one-handed mode that lets you easily use the phone with one hand, using the fingerprint sensor to open the notification panel and Finger sensor gesture to close, palm swipe screenshot capture, swipe to call or send messages. Panic mode lets you send an SOS message by pressing the power key three times more.
The Device Maintenance option lets you manage your device’s battery life, storage, RAM usage and security all in one place. Of the 128GB (UFS 2.1) in our unit, 111GB is free. Of the 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, about 5.5GB is usable and 3GB is free when default apps are running in the background. Since it has UFS 2.1 storage, we got a sequential read speed of around 487MB/s.
Apart from the usual set of utility apps and Google apps, the smartphone comes with Facebook app, Netflix app and Microsoft app OneDrive. When you’re setting up the phone, you get the option to install apps, which you can’t choose. As part of cost cutting, the Samsung Galaxy M series phones lack Samsung Pay, Samsung Pass, Secure Folder, Bixby Voice/Vision, Samsung Cloud, Kids Mode, Easy Mode and Samsung Knox.
The fingerprint sensor is on the back, like most Samsung phones. It unlocks the phone instantly just by placing your finger so you don’t have to press it. You can add up to 3 fingerprints, and adding a fingerprint is as easy as a few swipes. It has support for face recognition, which doesn’t work well in dimly lit rooms, if you wear hats, or use heavy makeup, but it’s quick to unlock the phone. . It also asks if you wear sunglasses and says, “If you wear sunglasses most of the time, wear them for best results.”
It is powered by the Exynos 9611 Octa-Core (Quad 2.3GHz A73 + Quad 1.7GHz A53) SoC, same as the M30s. Performance was smooth during day-to-day use, and enabling ‘Redos Animations’ from Settings further improves this, as it reduces the effects of on-screen movement, such as when apps open or close. Ram’s management was also good.
With the Mali-G72MP3 GPU, the gaming experience was good. PUBG works in HDR, but has frame drops. Other mid-range games were smooth without much frame drops. The phone doesn’t get hot during normal use, but it does get a bit hot while gaming. Check out some simulated benchmark scores below.
As you can see from the scores, it’s clear that the SoC is placed towards the end compared to other Snapdragon SoCs, and the Exynos GPU struggles in the scores, which we noticed during gaming if you play games at higher settings. are
The 6000mAh battery offers excellent battery life that lasts more than a day with heavy usage. It lasts about two days with average usage. I got about 8 hours of screen time during my usage with mostly using the camera and social apps over Wi-Fi and occasional 4G usage for 2 days. Adaptive Battery Saver and other options will let you extend battery life, but performance may suffer.