Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 16,499 onwards

launchMar, 2020

46.8

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79.3

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Design

  • 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
  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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
  • 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

Camera

  • 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)

Battery

  • 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 Galaxy M31 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M31 feels low

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  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. Massive 6000mAh battery, upgraded camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Unbelievably compact for a smartphone that packs a massive 6000 mAh battery
    zeebiz.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. 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 »
  10. 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 »
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Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 64GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Virtual Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G72 MP3
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity6000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 15W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight191 gmHeavy
Thickness8.9 mmMedium
Width75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps; EIS
Secondary Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length
  • 1/2.8" Sensor Size
  • 0.8um Pixel Size
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes (Wireless)
FM RecordingYes
More
  • UFS 2.1 Storage

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