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Samsung Galaxy M31S review: What you need to know
Nothing, Samsung or otherwise, has used a battery as big as this. Even the Lenovo P2, which has been sitting at the top of our battery life hierarchy since its release, “only” had a 5,100mAh battery.
What else has the Galaxy M31S got going for it?
Well, it has a 6.4in Super AMOLED display, is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage and it runs Android 10. It also has four rear cameras, the main 64-megapixel snapper accompanied by an ultra-wide, macro and depth sensor.
Samsung’s Galaxy M lineup of phones is constantly changing and improving, more so than any other smartphone lineup in the company’s repertoire. And it makes sense: The M series was designed to take on Samsung’s Chinese in the budget segment, and like those Chinese rivals, the Korean giant has to keep iterating and bringing out new phones to stay relevant.
The latest phone Samsung has to offer in the M series is the Galaxy M31s. It has a couple of attractive new features such as an Infinity-O display and 25W super fast charging, and that’s in addition to everything that made the Galaxy M31’s spec sheet so good, like a 64MP quad-camera setup and a 6,000 mAh battery.
The Galaxy M31s has the same ‘glasstic’ construction as its siblings, but Samsung has opted for a gradient finish at the back this time around to make the phone stand out. Thanks to the heft that you expect from phones with 6,000 mAh batteries, the plastic doesn’t feel cheap in the hand. The M31s basically uses the same build materials as and looks similar to A series phones like the Galaxy A51, which isn’t a bad thing unless you want all your phones to have glass on the back.
Also similar between the Galaxy M31s and A51 is the 6.5-inch Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. Except for the position of the front camera notch, not much has changed in practical terms. You still get an amazing viewing experience thanks to the deep blacks, vivid colors, and wide viewing angles, along with somewhat higher maximum brightness from what I could notice.
In addition to the Infinity-O display, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor has also made its way to the M series for the first time. And with the fingerprint reader mounted in the power button, it’s more convenient to use than rear-facing fingerprint sensors. This is the perfect implementation, and you’ll feel the same if you decide to purchase this phone.
Galaxy M31s camera
While the M31s has a newer 64MP main camera sensor than the M31, However, there are two features that separate the M31s from the pack, and that’s Single Take mode and a full-fledged Pro mode
Single Take is a One UI 2.1 feature and so it should make its way to the Galaxy M31 and Galaxy M21 with the Android 11 update, but right now, it’s only available on the M31s and the most thoughtful camera mode Samsung has conceived in recent memory. When you press the shutter button in Single Take mode, the camera takes a series of photos and videos, including photos with various filters and boomerang and hyperlapse videos.
It’s great for situations where you don’t want to choose between taking a photo and shooting a video, like a birthday celebration or when your pet is doing something cute. Surprisingly, the M31s is very quick at processing all the photos and videos it shoots in Single Take mode, but it’s almost as quick as it is on Samsung’s flagship phones.
As far as Pro mode is concerned, the Galaxy M31s lets you control the camera’s shutter speed, which is something Samsung has only just started offering on its affordable phones. Basically, you can now take matters into your own hands if the automatic shooting mode doesn’t work for you. Having a full-fledged Pro mode is particularly useful for low-light shots. Night mode is great for automatically getting higher-quality nighttime photos, but by controlling the shutter speed and ISO values of the camera, you can get even better results.
For ultra-wide photos, the M31s has a 12MP camera, which is the highest-resolution ultra-wide camera of any M series phone yet. The 12MP sensor enables slightly higher detail in ultra-wide shots compared to the 8MP sensor Samsung used previously, at least when you zoom in. However, the depth, macro, and selfie cameras remain the same as those on the M31.
Battery life on the M31s is as amazing as it was on the M31 (nearly two days with light use and a full day with heavy use), but faster charging makes a world of difference. You no longer need to wait almost two hours and a half for the phone to attain full charge. That happens in a little less than 100 minutes now, and an hour of charging can comfortably get you through the entire workday thanks to the large battery capacity. In case you’re wondering, yes, you do get a 25W charger in the box.
Galaxy M31s software.
The M31s runs Android 10 with One UI 2.1 out of the box. Well, it’s the Core version of One UI 2.1 so you miss out on some features, but the important ones, such as Quick Share and Music Share, are present, in addition to everything you get on the M31. Quick Share lets you quickly share files over Wi-Fi with other Galaxy phones running One UI 2.1, while Music Share enables your friends and family to play music on a Bluetooth audio device that’s connected to your phone, without having to connect to that Bluetooth device themselves.
Unfortunately, you still don’t get to use Samsung Pay
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