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Samsung Galaxy M31 review and specifications

The newest addition to the Galaxy M series comes with a powerful 64MP Quad Camera, a long-lasting 6,000mAh (typical)1 battery, and vivid super AMOLED Display.

“The Galaxy M series has proved extremely popular around the world and its newest addition, Galaxy M31, is set to continue that success” said Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice-President of Samsung UK & Ireland. “The M31 brings innovation to where people want it most; a beautiful display, powerful camera and huge battery life; and all this at a very accessible price point.”

Galaxy M31 sports a 64MP quad-camera setup, capturing stunning pictures with depth, detail, and definition. The device features an 8MP Ultra-Wide lens along with a 123-degree field of view allowing users to capture the world as they see it. It also has a dedicated 5MP Macro Lens for close-up shots of objects that you love and a 5MP depth lens for amazing portrait shots with live focus.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Specifications

Summary

Price in India₹ 16,999
performanceSamsung Exynos 9611 Octa core
storage64 GB
camera64+8+5+5 MP
battery6000 mAh
display6.4″ (16.21 cm)
ram6 GB
Launch Date in IndiaMarch 4, 2020 (Official)

Key specs

front camera32 MP
battery6000 mAh
processorSamsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611
display6.4 inches
ram6 GB
rear camera64 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 5 MP

Special features

other sensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor positionRear
fingerprint sensorYes

General

quick chargingYes
operating systemAndroid v10 (Q)
sim slotsDual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
modelGalaxy M31
launch dateMarch 4, 2020 (Official)
custom uiSamsung One UI
brandSamsung
sim sizeSIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
network4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensorYes

Multimedia

audio featuresDolby Atmos
fm radioYes
audio jack3.5 mm
loudspeakerYes

Performance

chipsetSamsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611
graphicsMali-G72 MP3
processorOcta core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
architecture64 bit
ram6 GB

Design

width75.1 mm
weight191 grams
build materialBack: Plastic
thickness8.9 mm
height159.2 mm
coloursBlack, Blue

Display

display typeSuper AMOLED
aspect ratio19.5:9
bezelless displayYes with waterdrop notch
pixel density403 ppi
screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
screen to body ratio calculated83.92 %
screen size6.4 inches (16.21 cm)
screen resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
touch screenYes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

Storage

user available storageUp to 49 GB
internal memory64 GB
usb otg supportYes
expandable memoryYes Up to 512 GB

Camera

camera setupSingle
settingsExposure compensation, ISO control
camera features8 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
image resolution9000 x 7000 Pixels
sensorExmor RS
autofocusNo
shooting modesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
resolution32 MP f/2.0 Primary Camera(26 mm focal length, 2.8″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size)
physical apertureF2.0
optical image stabilisationNo
flashNo
video recording1920×1080 @ 30 fps

Battery

user replaceableNo
talktimeUp to 48 Hours(4G)
typeLi-ion
quick chargingYes Fast, 15W
capacity6000 mAh

Network Connectivity

wifiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi featuresWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
bluetoothYes v5.0
volteYes
usb connectivityMass storage device, USB charging
sar valueHead: 0.383 W/kg
nfcNo
network support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gpsYes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 14G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim sizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
sim 24G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

Verdict

Samsung has seen success with the Galaxy M30s, so it didn’t want to fix what isn’t broken. What the company has done is upgraded the RAM, put in a fourth rear camera, and preloaded Android 10. The Galaxy M31 does not feel like a completely new device, but more like an update to the Galaxy M30s.

The Exynos 9611 is capable but we wouldn’t have complained if this phone had a more powerful processor to fend off the competition. The upgrades make this phone slightly better and more versatile, but it isn’t a significant step up.

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