Samsung Galaxy M31s with Exynos 9611 and 6000mAh battery launched in India
Samsung seems to have found a formula that works in the early mid-range segment with the Samsung Galaxy M30 that was launched back in February 2019. The decent reception to the phone prompted Samsung to follow it up with the Galaxy M30s in September 2019, which really cemented the phone’s place for itself in a very crowded segment. The Galaxy M31 came around in February 2020, and since there wasn’t a whole lot to fix, to begin with, it remained at a decent spot. While we are still a full month and more away from September, Samsung has decided that it’s time for a refresh. Meet the new Samsung Galaxy M31s, the latest in one of Samsung’s popular smartphone lineups.
Samsung Galaxy M31s: Specifications
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy M31s|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|SoC||Samsung Exynos 9611|
Mali G72 MP3 GPU
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor|
|Android Version||Android 10 with OneUI|
The Samsung Galaxy M31s follows largely along with the same formula from its predecessors, but we do see hints of stagnation on the device now. For instance, the Exynos 9611 was also present on the Galaxy M30s and M31, and we see it yet again on the M31s. The camera setup on the device is also similar to the M31, but the main sensor is different and there is a bump up in MP count on the ultra-wide camera.
We do see a move over to the side-mounted fingerprint scanner though, as well as a hole-punch display instead of a waterdrop notch. The device also has a somber gradient design on the glasstic back that is more visually appealing than the simpler designs of its predecessors.
Samsung is heavily leaning into the software prowess on the camera with features like Single Take that we have seen on the S20 series and more recently, on the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71. Other camera features include the ability to flip cameras while recording, smart selfie angle, night hyperlapse, and the ability to create your own filters.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy M31s will be available on Amazon India and Samsung.com in Mirage Black and Mirage Blue colors. The 6GB + 128GB variant will cost you ₹19,499 (~$260), while the 8GB + 128GB variant will cost you ₹21,499 (~$286). Sales begin on August 6, 2020.
This is a marked increase from the Galaxy M31 which had introductory pricing of ₹15,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant, and which can still be purchased for ₹17,499 after accounting for recent tax hikes.