Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M31s (8GB RAM) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB

Samsung Galaxy M31s (8GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 128GB 
Samsung Galaxy M31s Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
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Excellence Score
55.7
74.1
Value for Money Score
72.8
61.5
Price ₹ 20,499 onwards ₹ 42,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 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 6.5 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 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 N/A Super AMOLED, Always-on display, HDR, Punch-hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 640
RAM 8 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 + 12MP + 5MP
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/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; Dedicated Macro Camera, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 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 128 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 9.3 mmThick 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 203 gmHeavy 186 gmMedium
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
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, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W 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 NFC; 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
  • Clean and simple design - manages to look and feel like a high-end device (though, it uses a 'Glastic' polycarbonate back)
  • The front looks striking and modern, thanks to the single punch-hole 'Infinity-O' panel with very narrow bezels and a thin chin at the bottom
  • Relatively light-weight at 186g for a phone this big
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & face recognition are quick at unlocking the phone
  • Excellent, crisp and bright 'Super AMOLED+' display with Full HD+ resolution - it excels at producing punchy colors and has good viewing angles
  • The panel also supports HDR 10+ and Widewine L1, which makes the S10 Lite an absolute delight to stream HD movies and shows on popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar and Netflix
  • Samsung's second generation of its One UI based on Android 10 is one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for large modern displays (like this one)
  • Apart from facilitating fluid animations and gesture controls, the UI also brings support for Samsung’s ecosystem of apps and services, including Bixby (Vision, Lens Mode, Routines), the full version of Samsung Pay and Samsung Health - there’s also support for the defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox
  • Blazingly fast, power packed performance with the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855 - the device is arguably even more powerful than the company’s current flagship Note 10 and S10 series - opening apps or loading a game, the phone feels snappy, and even heavy-duty games such as PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty run at the highest graphic settings on the device
  • Very good triple camera setup - at the heart of its above par optics performance is a 48MP primary lens + a 12MP ultra-wide lens + a 5MP macro lens
  • For all intents and purposes, the primary lens is the star of the show here - it is capable of clicking some stunning shots during day time - the shots produce impressive levels of detail and dynamic range, under well-lit situations, putting this camera at least on par with the flagship devices from Samsung
  • Low light performance is equally capable of surprising the user - shots come out looking crisp and with a good amount of detail and colour accuracy, this might be because of the Super Steady OIS which helps save low light shots which would have otherwise been ruined by a slight movement of the hand
  • There is also a wide-angle and a macro-lens - both perform quite well during situations where the lenses are fed with enough light, the images look vivid and capture accurate colours and details - the two cameras provide the user with extra framing options which are high in quality
  • Portrait mode or Live Focus works well, with good edge detection, detail and colours - you can change the background bokeh effect for some interesting results
  • The 32MP front camera captures 8MP oversampled photos, which look good, with punchy colours and good amounts of detail - Live Focus is available here too, so you can play around with different bokeh effects - the front camera is pretty capable under artificial light too
  • Video quality is also good and the Super Steady mode help in recording very smooth videos
  • Overall, the Galaxy S10 Lite offers very capable cameras and the image quality on par with other phones in this price segment
  • Brilliant battery life, thanks to the optimised OneUI and the flagship Snapdragon 855 - on moderate use, the S10 Lite will easily give a day and a half’s worth of use
  • Very Fast Charging with the impressive 25W Charger (and support for an insane 45W Fast Charging), it tops up the phone’s battery to the brim in about 70 minutes
  • The Galaxy S10 Lite represents great value for money, something that you won’t generally get to hear about Samsung’s devices too often - from the cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
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 back panel is quite glossy and hence a fingerprint and smudge magnet
  • The display remains at 60 Hz refresh rate while the competition has moved to more futuristic 90 or 120 Hz displays like the ones in the OnePlus 7T and the ROG Phone 2
  • It is slightly more expensive than its closest competitor, the OnePlus 7T, which offers high refresh-rate display, a more premium glass and metal body, stereo speakers, a telephoto camera, and a more current processor - also, the base variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 is also available at similar price, and offers much better gaming features
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 »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. It's a great phone... but not particularly competitive at its launch price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s nothing "lite" about the S10 Lite, it has the hardware of a 2019 flagship and it certainly holds its own as an upper-tier phone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's nice to have a good option from Samsung in this segment after a long time... but the price is on the higher side
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy S10 Lite is every bit a premium flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The price is just right for the S10 Lite
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S10 Lite is a mighty competitor in the affordable flagship segment and for someone looking for a power-packed phone from a big brand, the S10 Lite is a no brainer
    telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. One of the highly recommended options in its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The S10 Lite is fast, good looking, has a wonderful screen and takes great pictures
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S10 Lite is the best value-driven flagship Samsung has launched to date
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S10 Lite at its price is just terrific value
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. While the Galaxy S10 Lite may not be the best Galaxy S10 model, it does have the most stamina. This makes the lack of a few features easy to overlook
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  13. At its price, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. If you are a Samsung loyalist and don't want to spend Rs 50,000 on other S10 series devices, the S10 Lite emerges as a satisfactory option
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The S10 Lite is definitely among the best value-driven flagships from the Samsung stable to have launched in the country
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. From its cameras to the battery and overall performance, the phone impresses every step of the way, making it one of the best buys in the smartphone market right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes highly recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. cnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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