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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
performance Samsung Exynos 9611 Octa core
storage 64 GB
camera 64+8+5+5 MP
battery 6000 mAh
display 6.4″ (16.21 cm)
ram 6 GB
Launch Date in India March 4, 2020 (Official)

Key specs

front camera 32 MP
battery 6000 mAh
processor Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611
display 6.4 inches
ram 6 GB
rear camera 64 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 5 MP

Special features

other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor position Rear
fingerprint sensor Yes

Multimedia

audio features Dolby Atmos
fm radio Yes
audio jack 3.5 mm
loudspeaker Yes

Performance

chipset Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611
graphics Mali-G72 MP3
processor Octa core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
architecture 64 bit
ram 6 GB

Design

width 75.1 mm
weight 191 grams
build material Back: Plastic
thickness 8.9 mm
height 159.2 mm
colours Black, Blue

Display

display type Super AMOLED
aspect ratio 19.5:9
bezelless display Yes with waterdrop notch
pixel density 403 ppi
screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass v3
screen to body ratio calculated 83.92 %
screen size 6.4 inches (16.21 cm)
screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
touch screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch

Storage

user available storage Up to 49 GB
internal memory 64 GB
usb otg support Yes
expandable memory Yes Up to 512 GB

Camera

camera setup Single
settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
camera features 8 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
image resolution 9000 x 7000 Pixels
sensor Exmor RS
autofocus No
shooting modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
resolution 32 MP f/2.0 Primary Camera(26 mm focal length, 2.8″ sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size)
physical aperture F2.0
optical image stabilisation No
flash No
video recording 1920×1080 @ 30 fps

Battery

user replaceable No
talktime Up to 48 Hours(4G)
type Li-ion
quick charging Yes Fast, 15W
capacity 6000 mAh

Network Connectivity

wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi features Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes v5.0
volte Yes
usb connectivity Mass storage device, USB charging
sar value Head: 0.383 W/kg
nfc No
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 1 4G 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 size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
sim 2 4G 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
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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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