Samsung Galaxy M31s Hands-On Review: Price and Specs

Samsung Galaxy M31s

The is the latest in all too similar phones from Samsung. It is the upgraded Galaxy M31, identical to that of the M21, and upgraded to the M30. All these phones are very similar, almost identical with some bits switched around, and have all been introduced over the course of one year.

So what’s the situation with the Galaxy M31s? Well, it seems despite the overwhelming similarity on paper, the Galaxy M31s seems to have a different body this time around, even though it oddly doesn’t look all that different at first glance. Yet, there are enough changes here that need to go through a fine-toothed comb. These changes do subtly change the way you use the phone, so they aren’t insignificant.

But as mentioned before, the Galaxy M31s is very similar to the other two phones, especially the M30s, in terms of hardware specifications. The display, the chipset, the memory and storage configuration, most of the cameras, and the battery are all identical across these models. This means if you already own a Galaxy M30s, then you really aren’t missing out on much with the Galaxy M31s.

Samsung Galaxy M31s specs

Body: Glass front, polycarbonate back and side frame
Screen: 6.5-inch, 19.5:9, FHD+ (1080 x 2400px), Super AMOLED
Rear camera: Primary 64MP, f/1.8 aperture; Ultra wide-angle: 12MP, f/2.2 aperture; 5MP f2.4 Macro camera; 5MP depth sensor; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording
Front camera: 32MP, f/2.2 aperture
Chipset: Exynos 9611: octa-core CPU (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
Memory: 6/128GB or 8/128GB UFS 2.1; dedicated microSD slot
OS: Android 10; Samsung One UI 2.1
Battery: 6,000mAh, 25W charging
Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB-C; 3.5mm audio jack
Misc: Side-mounted fingerprint reader, FM radio

But Galaxy M31s may be an enticing offer for those who do not own any of these phones. We have a large AMOLED panel, a lot of different focus cameras, and an absolute battery behemoth. Yeah, the Galaxy M31 is less costly than phones like one Plus Nord and the Google Pixel 4a, for example, a higher-resolution display or the most popular Snapdragon chipset.

So you can spend your hard-earned cash on the Samsung Galaxy M31s in this respect? Let’s find out. Let’s figure it out.

Samsung Galaxy M31s Hands-On Review

Design

The Galaxy M31s has a pretty similar design, not just to the recent M-series phones but also most of the 2020 smartphones by Samsung. This includes things like a centrally located hole-punch camera on the top of the display and camera cluster in the top left corner of the back of the phone.

Software

The Galaxy M31s runs on Samsung One UI 2.1 based on Android 10. Our review unit was running the July 1 security patch at the time of publishing.

Performance

The Galaxy M31s runs on the Exynos 9611 chipset, which has an octa-core CPU (4x 2.3GHz Cortex-A73 cores + 4x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53) and Mali G72 MP3 GPU. Our review unit had 6GB of memory and 128GB storage but there is also a variant available with 8GB memory.

Pros

  • Great display quality
  • Massive battery with fast charging
  • Decent 64MP main camera

Cons

  • Slow and outdated Exynos chipset
  • Only 60Hz display
  • Mediocre ultrawide camera
  • Excessive pre-installed bloatware with aggressive attempts to install even more
  • Plasticky design

Price

The price for the new Samsung Galaxy M31s is yet to be announced and we will keep you updated when the price is announced.