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The realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM)  realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M31s realme Narzo 20 Pro
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Excellence Score
49.1
57.7
Value for Money Score
72.7
89.4
Price ₹ 18,499 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Sep, 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 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.05 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio G95Ranked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G76 MC4
RAM 6 GB 8 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 + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
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"; 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 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Video: [email protected]/60, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 32MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.3 mmThick 9.4 mmThick
Weight 203 gmHeavy 191 gmHeavy
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash 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, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 65W Dart Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes, 65.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; FM Recording; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Charming, fresh rear design - the Narzo 20 Pro features a shimmery V-pattern on the glass-like plastic rear back, which gives it a premium look
  • The front is identical to the Realme 7 with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Even though it uses plastic for the frame and back panel, the Narzo 20 Pro feels well-built and sturdy
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Narzo 20 Pro gets the same large 6.5 inches IPS LCD as the Realme 7 - it can get very bright, and colours are nicely saturated
  • The display supports up to 90Hz refresh rate which makes for a smooth experience - games that support 90Hz displays, like Alto's Odyssey, are particularly enjoyable to play
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Rapid performance from the new MediaTek Helio G95 chipset - the SOC performs similar to the Helio G90T with an updated GPU, so apart from smooth regular usage, you would be getting a boost in your gaming sessions
  • Decent quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 48MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The main camera produces sharp images, deep colours, all of which are certainly more than good enough for quick posting on social media
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look decent - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - The selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Videography is smooth and largely nondescript - it can record up to 120fps slo-mo
  • Very good battery life from the 4500 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Best is class 65W SuperDart Charging - you get 70 percent in just under 20 mins, which is really helpful in most cases and insane for this price
  • The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is a good overall mid-range smartphone, it's a good enough refresh with its larger battery - overall performance is very good, battery life is excellent, and best is class 65W charging is something to consider Narzo 20 Pro when buying a new phone
  • If you prefer a phone is really good cameras, you can skip the Narzo 20 Pro and rather go with the Realme 7, which offers better cameras and similar other specs
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The Narzo 20 Pro is fairly thick at 9.4mm and heavy at 191 g
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
  • Overall, the cameras on the Narzo 20 Pro aren't bad at any means, but they aren't the best, which is expected from Realme
Expert Reviews
  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 »
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  16. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A good phone for gaming, but not photos
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Competition undershadows the Narzo 20 Pro
    moneycontrol.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good phone, but the competition is better
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
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