Samsung has always been consistent in delivering mid-range phones with their typical average layout. Their phones aren’t as fancy as Xiaomi’s or Realme’s when it comes to components underneath. But last year’s Galaxy M30s was a little different than the rest. It swept the floor with its large battery; which made it stand out when put against the others.
Well, since Samsung is upgrading all its mid-liners at the start of 2020, the M30s seems to be getting a slight upgrade as well. Continuing their bizarre naming convention, Samsung launched the Galaxy M31 in India about a few days ago and that same model is making its way to Nepal in a couple of days.
After having studied Samsung’s pattern for a while, I really think that the M31 will be launched alongside the M21 by this week. Now then, does the M31 bring in any new spicy updates? Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy M31 Overview: Beauty Without a Brain?
The level of similarities that you may find in between the Galaxy M31 and its forerunner is really baffling. Expect for the L-shaped camera layout, there’s technically no difference in the design department at all. Even the oval-shaped fingerprint scanner is the exact same, which makes the M31 kinda dull when put against gradient-filled competitors.
The 6.4” Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1080p holding an Infinity-U cutout is identical as well. But since it’s a display from Samsung, I don’t really mind even if it was repeated. The pixel density is around 411ppi and the peak brightness is about 420 nits, if you were wondering.
“Beauty Without Brain”. This title seemed a bit weird, didn’t it? But it won’t be as weird when you realize that underneath the M31 uses the same Exynos 9611 chipset. I know it’s a bit harsh, but come on Samsung at least try to bring it up a notch! Thankfully, the processor has a 6GB RAM and 64/128GB internal support; which kind of balances the whole phone.
Samsung M31 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel
- Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels); 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~411 ppi density)
- Chipset: Exynos 9611; 10nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- RAM: 6GB with 64 / 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable using SD card)
- UI: Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
- 64MP, f/1.7 primary shooter
- 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens with 123º FOV
- 5MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
- 5MP, f/2.2 macro sensor
- Single LED flash
- Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
- Battery: 6000 mAh with 15W fast charging
Samsung M31 Price in Nepal: TBD
Alright, those were the only boring aspects of the device. An improved quad camera array centered around a 64MP f/1.7 is what I call interesting! The ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor uses Pixel binning technology to render final images at 16MP that bring out more life every photo you take. Aside from the primary sensor, the 8MP ultrawide, 5MP depth and 5MP macro camera are pretty great assistants. Reverting to the front, there’s a 32MP f/2.0 sensor; which is pretty decent upgrade.
And now let’s move on to star of the show. The M31 houses a 6000mAh battery underneath that powers the entire device. The endurance of this device is pretty insane but there’s a price for everything.
While large battery backup reduces the anxiety of charging the phone again and again, but fast charging is crucial for moments when you haven’t charged the phone at all. The 15W standard charger rids you of that freedom.
Samsung Galaxy M31 Price in Nepal, Availability
If you’re someone who uses their phone all the time, the M31 is a must have. So, what the status on the phone arriving to Nepal? Well with the intel that we’ve got, we’re pretty sure that the M31 will be made available in Nepal by this week if there’s no interference from Coronavirus. The phone’s already hit stores in India so it’s only a matter of days before it arrives in Nepal.
About the price, the M31 is marked at INR 14,999 for India. When converted, and after adding in a few hundred bucks, that’s roughly around NPR 30,000; which is just reasonable for this phone. In fact, it’s way more than what you bargain. Why’s that?
Well, for that let’s check out this comparison between Redmi Note 8 Pro and Galaxy M31.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro
There’s a lot of differentiating characteristics in between the M31 and Redmi Note 8 Pro even though they lie in almost similar price segments. The design section, I’m going to hand it over to the Note 8 Pro. The slight transitions in between the colors give it a classy look that I really appreciate a lot. The Galaxy M31 completely takes over the display department though. AMOLED screens are more vibrant, bright and better in every aspect.
Moving on, the Note 8 Pro houses a gaming-centered Helio G90T that’s far better in terms of overall performance. On the camera front, both the phones are on equal footing, there’s no telling which is better until they’re tested on the field.
The battery front is where M31 takes a huge lead. The 6000mAh battery is just way large than the 4500mAh capacity on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. However, the 18W fast charger on the Note 8 Pro makes a lot of difference when it comes to overall.
So, that’s it. I guess there are some rooms that can be improved for the Galaxy M31. The processor and fast charging are areas that require attention from Samsung. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do let us know in the comments down below.
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