Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

By Gizbot Bureau
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I have been using the all-new Samsung Galaxy M31s as my daily driver for some time now. Despite heavy usage which involves hours of video playback, gaming, photography, calling, and social media, the mid-range smartphone hasn't failed to impress even once. I can confidently say that it is no less than a flagship phone which usually costs as much as three times of the asking price of the Galaxy M31s.

Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

Leaving no stone unturned, the Galaxy M31s brings the industry-leading 64MP Intelli-Cam quad-lens rear camera, best-in-class 1080p AMOLED display and a humongous battery that easily lasts for two days on one full charge. The power-packed spec-sheet also translates to unmatched real-life performance. Let's find out how Samsung designed the perfect mid-range smartphone for masses.

Design That Smartly Covers All Basics

The Galaxy M31s has the most functional mid-range smartphone design that feels sturdy while maintaining high-level of ergonomics. Despite packing a giant 6,000 mAh battery cell, the Galaxy M31s feels comfortable to hold in one hand. The sturdy built of the Galaxy M31s feels long-lasting and is complemented by a premium dual-tone finish. The smartphone also meets all your basic requirements by equipping a 3.5mm audio jack, Type-C charging port, and a triple-slot SIM card tray that allows you to use two active nano 4G SIM cards and a microSD card to expand the built-in storage.

Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

Best-In-Class Display For Work And Play

Samsung has mastered the art of producing displays for its smartphones and it reflects even in the mid-range Galaxy M31s. The massive 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O panel is by far the best display we have seen on a mid-range device. The tall 20:9 aspect ratio panel with FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) offers an impressive 405 PPI pixel density resulting in crisp content delivery.

Most importantly, you can stream high definition content across streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Videos, thanks to the Widevine L1 certification. The best-in-class 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio along with the high-resolution support makes the Galaxy M31s the perfect mid-range smartphone for media consumption. The screen is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Camera Hardware (Rear Camera)

64 MP, f/1.8, 0.8µm, PDAF

12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide)

5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
Video Recording 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
Exclusive Camera Features

Single Take (Get up to 10 photos and video outputs with just one take)

My Filters (Create Up to 99 Filters)

Video Switch (Shoot Seamlessly With Front & Rear Camera)

Night Mode

Night Hyperlapse

Super Slow-Motion (480fps)

Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

64MP Intelli-Cam Is A Photographer's Delight

If you are an avid photographer like me, you will find it difficult to stop yourself from clicking pictures on the Galaxy M31s. The phone's 64MP Intelli-Cam quad-lens camera brings game-changing features like the 'Single Take' mode that makes it possible to capture up to 10 discrete photo and video files with just one tap. Find a subject, press the shutter button and let the Galaxy M31s camera work its AI wizardry. The Single Take mode captures up to 7 photos and 3 videos including:

• Up to 3 best moments

• Up to 2 smart crops

• Up to 2 still images with Samsung Camera Filters

• Original Video

• Hyperlapse Video

• Boomerang Video

Another exclusive and highly useful feature is 'My Filter' mode that lets you create and save customized presets to give a quick retouch to your shots. You can create up to 99 filters and save them in the camera app itself which can be applied at any point of time to create artistic looking images.

Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

Excellent Image And Video Quality

The Galaxy M31s sports a quad-lens rear camera featuring a massive 64MP sensor which uses the latest Sony IMX682 sensor. The bright f/1.8 aperture on the Sony sensor produces bright images with best-in-class clarity and color reproduction. With the bigger sensor and good software optimization, the Galaxy M31s also ensures excellent low-light and night photography. It even records Nightime hyperlapse videos to help you shoot stunning star trail videos.

The primary sensor is accompanied by a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle sensor with industry-leading 123-degree field-of-view, a 5MP macro sensor with 4cm distance for close-up shots and a 5MP depth sensor to create pleasing bokeh. For selfies, the Galaxy M31s offers a 32MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The Galaxy M31s can also record crystal clear 4K videos (both front and rear), time-lapse videos, and super slow-motion videos at stunning 480 fps.

Hardware And Software Performance

With the powerful 10nm Exynos 9611 chipset and 6GB/8GB RAM, the Galaxy M31s feels zippy and super responsive. It ensures smooth multitasking and gaming performance even while playing the most graphics-heavy games such Call Of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, and Injustice 2. The user experience is further enhanced by Samsung's in-house One UI skin running atop the latest Android 10. It is packed with useful software features and maintains the highest level of privacy and security features.

Why Samsung Galaxy M31s Is Our Top Pick In The Sub-20K Price Bracket?

Two-Day Battery Life And 25W Fast-Charger In The Box

Samsung has wonderfully addressed the most basic need with the Galaxy M31s. The smartphone draws power from a massive 6,000 mAh battery cell that can easily last for two days even with heavy usage. And when you manage to exhaust the battery somehow, the bundled 25W fast-charger in the box refuels the big battery cell from flat to 100% in about 90 minutes. The Galaxy M31s is also smart enough to make good use of its resources. You can use the phone as a reverse charging device to refuel wearables and even a phone with lower battery cell capacity. How cool is that!

Price and Availability

If you have been waiting for an all-round performer in the budget price, the Galaxy M31s is exactly that. It is a complete smartphone with everything a power user needs for a no-compromise all-day round performance. The smartphone is available at Amazon.in and Samsung.com at a very affordable price-point. You can buy the 6GB/128GB variant at Rs. 19,499 and the 8GB/128GB variant at Rs. 21,499.

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