The Samsung Galaxy M31 review: Another compelling budget galaxy phone
- Great Battery Life
- Versatile camera setup
- Good performance
- Back with plastic
- Average low light camera performance
Samsung has started putting a lot of effort into making some really good budget phones on top of its existing stellar flagship phone. In particular, the M-series offers some pretty good offers for those who don’t want to open up a lot of money on smartphones.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy M30s last year, we were shocked to see how competitive the company is in the price of the phone. The M30s immediately make the Galaxy A50 look very expensive, and rightly so: In addition to the in-display fingerprint sensor and better-looking design, the Galaxy A50 was pretty much the same phone as the M30s, with only a significantly smaller battery.
Samsung could have just highlighted the 6,000 mAh battery on the M30s, but that didn’t happen. The Galaxy M30s had the new Exynos 9611 processor under the hood, 48MP triple camera setup at the back and a beautiful 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel at the front. Samsung galaxy m31 In fact, Samsung told us at the Galaxy M31 launch that cameras, battery life, and display are the most important factors for young people nowadays, and those are parameters that are concentrated when designing the Galaxy M31.
Design & Build Quality
The Galaxy M31 has a polycarbonate body and I would say it looks more or less similar to the Galaxy M31 that came out before this phone. Samsung has decided to stay away from the attractive pattern and texture in the back as we have been looking into most of the budget phones by Chinese manufacturers.
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The Galaxy M31 looks very basic with absolutely no pattern or texture at the back. Depending on how you like your phone, it can be a deal-breaker for you. I personally like the back-design of phones like Honor 9X and Realme 5 Pro, so I found the M31 very “soft” for lack of better word.
As for the build quality, the Galaxy M31 is a solid device. This packs a 6,000 mAh battery which is why it’s got a good amount of weight and feels pretty solid while holding it in your hands. The quad-camera setup at the back makes it look a bit stylish. There is also a capacitive fingerprint scanner at the back, which is something that we don’t see more often these days. Samsung galaxy m31 I personally have more than the display scanner in the kind of physical capacitive sensor on the phone, so I would like to see more of this, please!
Overall, I would say that the Galaxy M31 is a very well made phone. I really hope Samsung has decided to do something more exciting when it comes to the design of future M Series phones.
The Galaxy M31 features a 6.4-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED display on the front and is one of my favorite features of the phone. It’s without a doubt, one of the best displays I’ve seen on a phone in this price range and I don’t expect anything less than Samsung.
It has great viewing angles, deep blacks and punchy colors, which makes it look just as good as the ones you get on the high-end flagship phone, if not better. But I should say that the bezels around the display can make an eyesore. Samsung galaxy m31 This is not something to complain about on this price range, but I think there is certainly some room for improvement.
But for media consumption, the M31 is perfectly fine. In fact, I really enjoyed using phones to watch movies, TV shows and play video games. I can’t stress enough that this is one of the displays I’ve used in this price clause.
The Galaxy M31 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 chipset. This is the same chipset you get on the Galaxy M30s, Galaxy A50s and more. It’s safe to say that the Exynos 9611 is probably the chipset that you will find in most of Samsung’s budget phones.
The Exynos 9611 is a tried and tested SoC and it’s very good at handling a mid-range phone. So the M31 runs smoothly for day-to-day use with no lag or little to stutter. The software is still a little bit for this SoC, so you can see some hiccups when switching between apps. You get 6GB of RAM on the 128GB variant of the phone along with 64GB. I haven’t had to face any issues with multitasking.
The gaming performance of the phone is also quite good. I was able to run titles like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9 without any issues. Unless you’re pushing the graphics in games, you should be perfectly fine. I suggest tweaking the graphics settings before jumping into the game.
The phone runs Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI 2.0 on top. The one I found on this phone isn’t baked with all the features, but it’s good enough. The Galaxy M31 does not support features like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pay Mini, but you get stuff like Bixby Vision in the camera app.
The Galaxy M31 plays a quad-camera setup and it is one of the cheapest phones to offer 64MP shooters at this price point. The quad-camera setup includes a 64MP shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and two 5MP sensors for depth and macro shots. The pictures taken during the day with good light turned out to be really good. Each image with a nice dynamic range has plenty of details.
Portrait images were also on-point with good edge-detection and focus. And with a little bit of effort, I think you can take some really images in low light conditions too. Here, check out the camera samples below –
One of the marquee features of the Galaxy M31 is its 6,000 mAh battery. A lot of manufacturers have pursued their game when it comes to battery life, but I would say Samsung has done a pretty good job. Let’s just say that the Galaxy M31 can last a very long time on the same charge.
Even if you’re pushing the phone to your limit, you’ll have a hard time hitting the phone in a day. And with a not-so-heavy usage, you can also squeeze two days. Yes, that’s good.
The Galaxy M31 also supports 15W charging. I mean, it’s a big battery charging speed so fast that doesn’t help much, but now it’ll take you about two and half hours to fully charge the phone from a dead state. Samsung galaxy m31 So I would say you should consider charging the phone overnight or planning your day accordingly.
The Final say
The price of Samsung Galaxy M31 is Rs 14,999 for the base variant with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. At that price, you’re essentially getting a phone with an exceptionally good performance, kickass battery life and a versatile set of cameras. The performance is very good and I think it provides good value for money.
So if you’re on the market to buy a good budget phone and don’t want to go with mainstream phones by Chinese manufacturers, then the Galaxy M31 is definitely worth considering.