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The Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A31, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM)!

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Excellence Score
42.6
49.1
Value for Money Score
70.4
72.7
Price ₹ 17,999 onwards ₹ 18,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide Lens; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72"; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture f/2.2 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.6 mmMedium 9.3 mmThick
Weight 185 gmMedium 203 gmHeavy
Width 73.1 mmOk for one-handed use 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 6000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; FM Recording; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent looks, similar rainbow-like effects at the back as other Galaxy A series phone when caught against the light, and a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - the design is been overused by Samsung
  • While it supports a polycarbonate back, it still manages to look premium
  • Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, at just 185g, and 8.6mm in thickness
  • Sharp, bright 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution - its vivid colours make it a joy to stream content, while games also look great on the panel because of its high colour accuracy
  • There's Widevine L1 support by default, which makes streaming content in HD possible
  • Comes with Android 10 out of the box - Samsung's One UI 2 is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added some neat features including a Game Booster and an intuitive gesture-based navigation system
  • Decent quad camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary sensor + 8MP wide-angle camera + 5MP macro camera + 5MP depth sensor
  • Under good light, the Galaxy A31's primary camera manage to capture detailed shots with good dynamic range - images are reasonably sharp, noise is also competently removed, colours are generally nice, and the phone strikes a good balance with saturation
  • The ultra wide-angle cam is decent at capturing more scene in the image (though, the quality is lower than the main camer)
  • Macro camera turns out quite good close ups - you can get a lot closer to your subject when using the macro camera and the sensor picks up a fair bit of detail
  • Very good portrait mode ("Live focus") - image quality is good and the depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent job of edge detection
  • Photos from the 20MP front camera looks very impressive - selfies have plenty of detail and look really sharp, colors are pleasing, the dynamic range is impressive for a selfie camera - Selfie portraits are a thing on the A31 and surprisingly impressive - subject separation with a single camera is hard to pull off, and Samsung has done a great job of it
  • Decent bottom-firing speaker - sufficient for personal listening
  • Good battery life from the 5000 mah battery - easily able to go well beyond a day on a single charge
  • Reasonable 15W fast charging - charges 67 percent in an hour (though, not as quick as others in this segment such as the Redmi K20 Pro)
  • Sleek, classy design - the Galaxy M31s seems identical to the Galaxy A51, with a glossy polycarbonate back design - giving it a premium look
  • The front gets a new trendy look with a hole-punch display, a first for the M-series
  • It has good ergonomics and feels comfortable to hold and operate
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device
  • Vivid, crisp and punchy 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Dark mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this one
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black and looks great on the M31s' AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the phone is good for basic operations
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 12MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor + a 5MP macro camera
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase the good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The single take is a nice addition from the more expensive S20 series, it lets you capture multiple formats at once
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M31s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best (that title crowned to the POCO X2)
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 25W fast charging - the phone takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely, which is decent
  • Consider the Galaxy M31s for its vivid display, capable optics and stellar on-battery time
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The front has some thick bezels for the price
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor, as well as the facial recognition, are on the slower side
  • The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints
  • There's still some bloatware pre-installed, including third-party apps and some of Samsung's own apps such as Samsung Shop (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • Average performance from the MediaTek Helio P65 - it feels a bit sluggish overall, there's a persistent hint of stutter in the animations, and lag when switching between apps
  • No video stabilisation - video results are just average
  • Low light photos out of the Galaxy A31 aren't great - the main camera's output is soft and noisy, while the colors are relatively desaturated
  • Overall, while the Galaxy A51 offers good cameras, there are certainly better options available, such as the Redmi K20 Pro
  • The Galaxy A31 has hardly anything going for it - the middling SoC performance and underwhelming cameras do nothing to help, there are better options available from Xiaomi and Realme
  • The Galaxy M31s feels hefty at 9.3mm thickness and 203g weight (though, it's worth it for the 6000 mAh battery it packs)
  • However, it is an old chipset and heavy gaming and multi-tasking are taxing for the phone - the POCO X2 and the Realme 6 Pro are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M31s
  • Look elsewhere if performance and gaming capabilities are your primary deciding factors - the phones like Realme 6 Pro and Redmi X2 are better equipped to meet your requirements in the performance segment
Expert Reviews
  1. The A31 can stand on its own as a decent mid-ranger... but the competition is just brutal
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The middling SoC performance and underwhelming cameras are faults that are too glaring to ignore
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung Galaxy A31 is a decent smartphone... but it is facing competition in-house only, its M-series sibling the Galaxy M31 is a better and much affordable option
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An A-lister you should probably ignore
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Galaxy M31s gets a fresh look, the new Infinity-O AMOLED display, and faster charging with a higher capacity bundled charger, just the processor remains the same old
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Best M-series smartphone yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy M31s gives a premium impression, good enough to give tough competition to the OnePlus Nord
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy M31s gets you the right combination of battery-friendly performance with a dash of style and the convenience and comfort of an AMOLED display... just don’t game on it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Samsung Galaxy M31s is a capable smartphone that would have been an all-round package if it had a better processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Buy it for the display and battery life
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  15. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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