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Samsung’s Galaxy A series and M series are getting overcrowded and the company isn’t stopping anytime soon. Samsung has added another phone in the already congested Galaxy M series. Galaxy M31- The company’s first phone of 2020 in Galaxy M-series is now launched globally which would have arrived in Nepal by now sans COVID-19 lockdown. The handset is improved and redesigned variant of last year’s M30 and M30s with a much-updated camera. It also comes with OneUI 2 on top of Android 10 out of the box while packing a massive 6,000 mAh battery. Galaxy M30s is still one of the popular handsets in Nepal.
The Galaxy M31 comes with significant improvements over the Galaxy M30 and M31. The new phone comes with an improved camera with a 64MP sensor alongside 3 other sensors. The phone also packs a humongous 6000mAh battery which is expected to last for almost two days. There are tiny other upgrades which we will discuss in the detailed segment below.
In the design front, there is not much upgrade over the previous Galaxy M30s. It seems hard to differentiate between the Samsung Galaxy M30s and the Galaxy M31 from the front. M31 comes big 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch at the front which holds a tiny front-facing camera. The Infinity U display with thin bezels makes it look beautiful. eek and sits right above the display in the frame of the smartphone. There isn’t a quite distinguishable change to the phone from its predecessor. We can see some changes while looking at the back in the camera module with the addition of the fourth camera.
While it comes to the display, it is similar to that of the Galaxy M30s as well. It ships with a big 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. For protection, Samsung has added the dated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which helps the device from picking scratches. The display seems to have a good viewing angle even at the outdoors.
The Galaxy M31 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9611 SoC and this is also taken from Galaxy M30s. Unlike, Galaxy A41, which has got MediaTek SoC, M31 got a home-brewed Exynos 9611. It is based on an octa-core processor – 4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53. The chipset is coupled with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB of storage or 128GB of storage. Don’t worry you’ll get an expandable storage option up to 512GB with an external SD card.
For the software, the phone runs on recently launched OneUI 2.0 on top of Android 10. The software is similar to what we have seen on the recently launched Galaxy Note10 Lite and Galaxy S20 series phones.
Samsung Galaxy M31 cameras are improved as compared to that of M30s. There are four cameras at the back and a single selfie camera at the front. There is a 64-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture. Although it is a 64MP shooter, the final shots are binned to 16MP shots by default. Don’t worry you still have an option to the shooter at full resolution by selecting the 64MP shots on the menu.
The second lens is the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view(FOV) having an aperture of f/2.2. The third and the fourth sensors are depth sensor and macro sensor. There are a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 5-megapixel macro camera that sits in a rectangular camera bump at the back. For the selfies, there is a 32MP shooter at the front which is capable of shooting 4K videos and even have HDR. While it comes to the camera app, it is the same as we find in other previous Samsung devices.
Another big highlight of this smartphone is its huge battery that is expected to last more than a day or even for two days on a single charge. For this, Samsung has embedded a massive 6,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging. For this huge battery, 15W charging speed doesn’t seem to be fast enough so Samsung should rethink this in the next editions. There is a USB Type-C fast charger in the box and also a 3.5mm jack on the device.
The phone has dual SIM compatibility with 4G support on both SIM cards. There is also a fast fingerprint scanner at the back.
M31 will be available in two color variants of Ocean Blue and Space Black. While it comes to storage, there are two variants of the smartphone – 6/64GB and 6/128GB. The price of Galaxy M31 in India is set at Rs. 15,999 for 64GB variant whereas the latter one costs Rs. 16,999. We can expect this device to arrive soon in Nepal. The expected price of Galaxy M31 in Nepal is Rs. 29,999 for 6/64GB variant whereas Rs. 31,499 for the 6/128GB variant. The device would have launched earlier but delayed due to COVID-19.
Galaxy M31 is certainly a lifesaver while it comes to the battery. It is overall a good phone which aims to compete with the phones like Redmi Note 8 Pro, Vivo S1 Pro, Honor 9X, Oppo F15, and others. It will certainly be in the list of best phones under Rs. 30000 in Nepal as well.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out the latest price of Samsung phones in Nepal as well.