Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (6GB RAM) is a much better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (6GB RAM), if your budget allows for it.

Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (6GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy M31 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
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Excellence Score
40.8
72.0
Value for Money Score
75.6
65.7
Price ₹ 15,499 onwards ₹ 36,279 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2020 Jan, 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 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9810Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP18
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 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; 25mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; EIS 12MP: f/1.7 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 12MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 2x Optical zoom, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR f/2.2 Aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 8.7 mmMedium
Weight 191 gmHeavy 199 gmHeavy
Width 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use 76.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 4500 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; FM Recording; Noise Filtration S-Pen Stylus; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M30s, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which now packs a fourth camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 191 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-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 Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • 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 device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 8MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase 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 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 M31 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 15W fast charging
  • Samsung has seen success with the Galaxy M30s, so it didn't want to fix what isn't broken, they upgraded the RAM, put in a fourth rear camera, and preloaded Android 10 - if you don't care for benchmark scores and just want a device that covers the basics and has great AMOLED display, has great battery backup and has a versatile set of cameras, the Galaxy M31 will do just fine
  • Sleek, modern and sophisticated rear design, especially the Samsung's trademark “Aura Glow” variant which reflects all the colours of the rainbow depending on how the light hits the back (though, the red and black version are much more subdued)
  • The front also looks sharp and trendy with minimum bezels and only a punch-hole cutout for the front camera at the top centre
  • High quality build and premium in hand feel with glass on the front, a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back, and an aluminium frame in the middle
  • It wouldn't be wrong to say that the S Pen is the soul of the Galaxy Note range of phones: if you're buying the Note 10 Lite over S10 Lite, it must be because of the S Pen - apart from taking notes & handwriting recognition, the S Pen comes with its usual set of features like Air Command, Air Actions, doodle, remote control functions and snap photos via air gestures (though, some of the highlight features are exclusive to the proper Note10s)
  • The power button has three main actions : Bixby, powering off and launching the camera
  • Huge, vibrant 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a punch-hole cutout - expect rich colours and wide viewing angles, something we expect from a premium Samsung Galaxy smartphone - an ideal device to watch videos and play games on (though, the higher refresh rate is still missing which the OnePlus 7T offers)
  • The display gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use
  • Samsung's OneUI 2 on top of Android 10 is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimised for single handed use with most controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen - it looks clean, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • Solid performance powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset, be it running games, switching between apps or loading apps like Chrome or Facebook, the Note 10 Lite is a smooth performer - it can also handle heavy games like Call of Duty with ease
  • Very good triple camera setup - a 12MP primary, a 12MP ultra-wide and a 12MP telephoto lens
  • In daylight, the photos from the Note 10 Lite's primary camera are very similar to the ones you'd get from a proper Note 10 - level of detail is similarly good, dynamic range is wide and the HDR icon pops up every time it is needed, colour reproduction is likeable too
  • Ultra-wide camera is good too, it captures very good detail with fairly wide dynamic range - if you know a bit or two about composition, you'll have a great time playing with the ultra-wide mode (though, the quality is not as good as the primary shooter)
  • The telephoto camera takes nice pictures too and gives you a 2X optical zoom to play around with
  • The Note 10 Lite surprises with its low light photo capabilities - low-light images show excellent colour preservation and dynamic range, recorded detail is very good and noise is reasonably well controlled - Night mode further improves the quality, bringing out specifics that weren't there in the regular Photo mode - in fact, and that's more than a little surprising, this Lite version can give the Note 10 a run for its money in main camera Night mode (the low light performance is not as good with the other two cameras though)
  • Very good portrait or Live Focus mode - let's you shoot with both telephoto and main camera and images come out nice with good subject separation
  • Decent 32MP front-facing camera - it gets you Instagram-worthy shots with colours on point and nice and wide dynamic range
  • Decent Portrait selfie mode - subject recognition is fairly decent
  • Video quality out of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is very good overall, the phone captures plenty of detail, colours are rendered nicely and are true-to-life with excellent stabilisation, thanks to the Super Steady mode
  • Overall, very good versatile cameras, if not up to flagship standard - cameras hold on its own and give the competition a run for their money
  • With a 4500 mAh capacity, the Note 10 Lite is one of the most long-lasting smartphones in the premium mid-range segment - the phone can run for two days on a single charge of moderate use
  • Very Fast charging with the included 25W charger - it can top the phone from 0% to 100% in 82 minutes
  • The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is well worth considering if you're looking for a stylus inside a great all-round phone, but you would rather not pay the heavy price of the Note 10 - the Galaxy Note 10 Lite gives you the S Pen, latest software, and some of the best image quality from a non-flagship device
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M31's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the POCO X2 and the Realme XT are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M31 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M31 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme X2 will still offer you more bang for your buck overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the POCO X2 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
  • Slow and laggy in-display fingerprint sensor, nowhere near a good, nearly-instant optical sensor found in, say, a OnePlus 7T
  • It can still prove to be an uneasy phone to hold for those who prefer smaller and compact phones
  • At 199g, it feels hefty too
  • No certified IP Rating for water and dust resistance
  • Having said that, it's a two year old chip seen in Note 9 and not as snappy as the other top performers like the ROG Phone or the OnePlus 7T
  • There's no stereo speaker action on the Note 10 Lite
  • For anyone who wants better performance and doesn't consider the S Pen to be of much use can look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite or OnePlus 7T
Expert Reviews
  1. If you don't care for benchmark scores and just want a device that covers the basics and has a great battery, the Galaxy M31 will do just fine... though, not the best bang for the buck
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Improved cameras, more RAM and the battery is just as reliable as before
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The combination of simple looks, lightweight design, capable quad cameras and perhaps above all the insanely long battery life makes the Galaxy 31 worth the money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone that gives you long-lasting battery life, then Galaxy M31 is meant for you... not for power users though
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Unbelievably compact for a smartphone that packs a massive 6000 mAh battery
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Massive 6000mAh battery, upgraded camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Perfect fit for the folks who aren't into gaming
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You can go for Galaxy M31 if you want a reliable battery, an immersive display and camera-centric features packed in a handset... but it's no powerhouse
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Despite being good enough for now, the Galaxy M31 just doesn’t enthuse the kind of confidence that would see it being considered in the same breath as more powerful devices from Redmi and Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Samsung Galaxy M31 is a reliable smartphone that makes use of a great AMOLED display, has great battery backup and has a versatile set of cameras... but you’ll be better off choosing the POCO X2 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro if you like gaming
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  15. techpp.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is well worth considering if you're looking for a stylus inside a great all-round phone
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 10 Lite has something else on offer, the core Samsung experience at a fraction of a flagship's cost
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the most exciting offering by Samsung for people to try out the stylus life
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite will appeal to someone who wants the Note experience without paying full price for it
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Excellent S-Pen experience at 30% lesser price!
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you plan to use S Pen everyday, only then get Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite tries to create a perfect balance between super-premium and affordability
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is doing a brilliant balancing act of the price and user experience
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Only for those wanting s pen on a budget, others look elsewhere
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite emerges as an option with its good display, increased productivity on offer and a niche user experience... but the performance is not that good for price
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung couldn’t have priced this device any better and at this rate, it’s an absolute steal
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The killer feature of the Note 10 Lite is the S pen which brings in features not found elsewhere, while still being about as powerful as the 7T and a somewhat better camera set
    thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The perfect phone if you want to look important without spending a bomb
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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