Samsung Launches New M Series To Attract Online Buyers
Samsung J Series has been quite popular for many years in India/Globally. But now the company wants to change the sub-brand and create a new identity.
The new M Series is intended to offer great specs for the budget and mid-range phone buyers. And in the process want to shed the poor image of Samsung budget phones.
Samsung Galaxy M40
After the successful launch of M30, M20, and M10, now the company has launched the 4th mobile in the M series.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is a premium mid-range phone that comes with a punch hole display and powerful Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core Processor.
The Galaxy M40 comes with superior specs in comparison to the M30 and is also slightly expensive.
Samsung Galaxy M40 Launch Date and Price
Mr. Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Samsung Mobile India, already told us the price is going to be close to Rs. 20,000 and it turns out true.
The Galaxy M40 comes in a single variant with 6 GB Ram and 128 GB internal storage – Price Rs.19,990.
You can buy it from 18th June 2019 from Amazon or Samsung India store online. The phone will not be available for offline purchase.
Galaxy M40 – Specs and Features
The mobile comes with a punch hole display which we have seen on the flagship phones from the brand (S10, S10 Plus).
There is a single hole cut out at the front side, which houses a 16 Megapixel selfie camera.
Samsung is calling it Infinity-O-display and it will offer full view experience to users looking for a bezel-less design.
The phone is made from poly-plastic and comes in two attractive colors – mid-night blue and Seawater blue.
Powering the phone is the blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core processor and Adreno 612 GPU.
We have already tested the performance of SD 675 on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is highly capable and crazy fast for the day to day usage and gaming.
Further, it comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4X Ram and there is 128 GB internal storage which is expandable to 512 GB using a micro-sd card slot (Hybrid Sim Slot).
No Earpiece at the Top
Another key highlight of the Galaxy M40 is the presence of “Screen Sound” technology. The M40 doesn’t come with an earpiece but the sound vibrations come from the display panel.
To recall, Samsung has showcased the “Sound on Display” technology in 2018 and the Galaxy M40 is the first phone to use it.
This is exciting news for the mid-range buyers as finally, Samsung is looking forward to bring some new innovation in this range.
Usually, Samsung mid-range phones are poor cousins of the flagship devices.
But considering the cut-throat competition from Realme and Xiaomi, Samsung is getting some cutting-edge tech to mid-range devices.
No Headphone Jack
Unfortunately, The Galaxy M40 lacks a headphone jack and instead comes with a USB type C Port. However, Samsung is offering a pair of free type-C headphones in the box.
Additionally, the M40 comes with Dolby Atmos for superior audio quality and even has Widevine L1 support.
This looks strange since Samsung, unlike other companies, is still offering the headphone jack on its premium devices.
Battery, OS, Display and More Features
The Galaxy M40 comes with a 3500 mAH capacity battery which is significantly smaller than the 5000 mAH capacity battery on the M30.
But there is a 15 Watts Fast Charger to ensure that you can quickly top it up.
Further, there is Samsung One UI and Android Pie as the OS on the device.
Samsung One UI is slightly better and refreshing than the Samsung experience software we have seen on the older Samsung mobiles.
Galaxy M40 sports a large 6.3-inch TFT LCD display with a Full-HD+ (2340 x 1080p) resolution.
While a lot of Samsung Mobiles come with the Super AMOLED panel.
Here we can see some cost-cutting as Samsung has bundled an inferior display.
It offers Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 91.8% screen to body ratio and is the first phone in the sub-20k price range to offer a cut out front camera.
The phone has Face unlocking support and even comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back side.
Cameras – Triple Rear and Cut Out Front Cameras
Let’s get to the good part, it comes with triple rear cameras.
There is a 32 megapixel (f/1.7) main lens, alongside an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide angle lens with a 123-degree angle, and a 5MP (f/2.2) depth sensor.
There is 4K video recording support, EIS, Super Slow motion upto 240 FPS.
Aforementioned, the front camera offers a 16 MP lens and has an f/2.0 aperture.
Should You Buy the Galaxy M40?
The Galaxy M40 comes with much better specs that Samsung was offering in the last couple of years in this price range.
Thanks to tough competition from Xiaomi and Oppo (Realme), finally Samsung is offering what buyers wanted in the first place.
Pros – Galaxy M40
- Cut out front camera
- Fast Snapdragon 675 Processor
- A good amount of Ram and Storage
- Dolby Atmos and Widewine L1 support
- Decent software and Android Pie
Cons – Galaxy M40
- Lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- No Dedicated micro-sd card slot.
- Lack of Super AMOLED Display.
Samsung Market Share in India
The Korean company has slipped to number 2 position due to declining sales in the sub 20K market which nearly accounts for 70% of the total sales.
This is where the new M Series comes in, to take on the rivals and win back the market share.
To recall, the J series did well in the retail due to EMI options and brand loyalty.
However, online buyers are a different breed. They explore everything in detail – watch videos, and read blogs like mine.
Of course, there were too many flaws in the J Series- missing sensors, poor specs, and a much higher price than rivals.
I guess you know that Samsung has less than 2% market share in China and Koh, Dong Jin (Samsung CEO) doesn’t want that to happen in India.
The company will continue with the J series in the retail market, but the new M series is available to purchase on Amazon.in or Samsung website currently.
Samsung is in a very similar position like Vodafone-Idea in India, they don’t want to cut the prices. However, Xiaomi and Realme have forced them to do it. Similar to what Jio has done to its rivals.
Samsung M Series Launch, Controversies, and Rivals
Moreover, the brand launched the M Series on Tuesday, 5th February in India and as per the company they have sold an unprecedented number of devices in the first sale.
Notably, in case you were trying to buy and missed it, you can buy them, in next sale, on Amazon or Samsung official website on 7th February.
Alright, before we dive into the specs, let’s talk a bit about the changing face of marketing.
Samsung is stepping in the shoes of Xiaomi, Realme, and Asus with the new marketing strategy.
The executives (Mr. Arjun E-commerce Marketing Head) from the brand are appearing on different Youtube Channels like Technical Guruji, C4ETECH and others to market the phone. In fact, Samsung is also helping sponsor fan meets for Youtubers.
Samsung is Sponsoring Fan Meets for Several Youtubers – Let Money Do the Talking
— Samsung Mobile India (@SamsungMobileIN) February 3, 2019
Samsung has done tie-ups with channels and websites in the past. But they have not sent executives to market the phone on popular Youtube channels before. This is unlike Samsung.
You may have seen Madhav Seth (CEO of Realme) or the folks from Xiaomi or POCO on some channels before but not from Samsung.
Samsung is learning fast. They know that they will have to adapt not only with the product but also with promotion if they want to stay relevant in this fiercely competitive market.
They also flew popular Youtuber Technical Guruji from Dubai to India for the launch of M-Series. Of course, the brand wants the 11 Million Subscriber reach of Mr. Guruji and why not.
Everything is fair in love and war.
— Gaurav Chaudhary (@TechnicalGuruji) January 27, 2019
Realme did the same and had him roped for the promotion of their phones. While all this is good, Xiaomi CEO (Mr. Manu Kumar Jain) is unhappy about this.
Brands are equally responsible for creating this scenario when they showered huge money to certain Youtuber in India they did this to themselves- things have now gone out or control and backfired – same will happen with Samsung and Realme its matter of time. https://t.co/YQuT3mhC5B
— Candytech (@AskCandytech) January 30, 2019
He questions about the integrity and neutrality of tech YouTubers being part of brand campaigns such as these.
Of course, I read many comments from Guruji fans saying “Bik Gaye Guruji” and all the negativity.
But considering the unbiased image that is created by Technical Guruji, a lot of fans are upset about such collaborations for monetary gains, according to comments on the Youtube Channel of Mr. Guruji.
Also, Xiaomi is taking pot shots at Samsung for using a TFT display in the M Series phones.
— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) February 4, 2019
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung has launched the Galaxy M30 in the Indian market on 27th February and will go on sale from 7th March 2019 on Amazon India and Samsung official website. The Samsung M30 goes against the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Price for Samsung Galaxy M30
- 64 GB Storage and 4 GB of Ram – Price Rs. 14,999
- 128 GB Storage and 6 GB Ram – Price Rs. 16,999.
Notably, the phone is available in black or blue color options.
Key Specs and Features
The M30 comes with a large 6.4 Inch Super AMOLED Display with FHD+ (2220*1080) resolution with the water drop notch. The phone runs on the Samsung Experience v9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS.
Further, Samsung has said that the phone will also get the latest Android Pie update soon but has not given any specific dates.
The Samsung M30 runs on the Exynos 7904 SoC, along with 4 GB or 6 GB of DDR4X RAM. Disappointingly, it is the same processor that comes with the Samsung Galaxy M20.
It is an Octa-Core Processor that comes with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz and comes with Mali-G71 MP2. It is slightly slower in comparison to the Snapdragon 636 or the Snapdragon 660.
Just to mention, it is no match for the Snapdragon 675 used in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Aforementioned, it comes with 64/128 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 512 GB using the Micro-sd card (offers Dedicated Micro-sd card).
The phone offers a massive 5000 mAH battery similar to the M20. Additionally, Samsung is offering a 15 Watts Charger with the Galaxy M30 which offers fast charging support.
For photography, the M30 comes with a triple rear camera and has 13MP (Primary) + 5MP +5MP (Depth Camera) rear cameras.
Notably, the third camera on the M30 is just a 5 Megapixel shooter for wide angle shots, but it is not going to capture great details and is more gimmicky addition by Samsung.
The primary 13MP camera comes with an RGB sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, while both secondary cameras have an f/2.2 aperture.
Also, it will come with an improved 16-megapixel selfie camera to entice selfie clickers.
Additionally, the M30 has USB Type C Port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Further, the phone comes with face unlock support as well as have a rear fingerprint scanner.
Lastly, Samsung was boasting about the Widevine L1 support on the M30 that enables you to stream HD content from Amazon Prime or Netflix.
Samsung M30 Vs M20
- M30 Offers Full HD Super AMOLED Display Vs M20 Offers TFT Panel FHD Panel.
- M30 Offers Better 16 MP Selfie Camera Vs 8 MP on the M20.
- Triple Rear Cameras Vs Dual Rear Cameras.
Frankly, the triple cameras are gimmicky on this phone, the real upgrade is the display and the front selfie camera. Processor, software and battery capacity is the same on both the devices.
The lower variant with 2 GB ram and 16 GB of internal storage for the M10 costs Rs. 7,999 and the 3 GB ram and 32 GB storage version is available for Rs. 8,990. Not bad.
Both the M10 and M20 looks same from the front side and comes with the new waterdrop display that we have seen many phones like the Oppo F9 Pro.
On the rear side of M20, there is a fingerprint scanner while the M10 has bland back, without a fingerprint reader.
Both the devices are made from poly-plastic similar to other mobiles in this range.
Powering the M10 is the Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 7870 Processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz. Regarding benchmark performance, it lags behind the Snapdragon 625 used in many phones in the sub 10k price range.
For Gaming, we have the Mali-T830 MP1 GPU.
The mobile comes with Dual rear cameras with 13MP + 5MP sensors at the back with f/1.9 aperture. There is no OIS or EIS present on both devices, and it can record 1080P videos only.
For selfies, there is a 5 Megapixel front shooter that comes with f/2.0 aperture.
The phone comes with a large 6.22 Inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with a water drop notch. The screen has a TFT panel instead of the more expensive IPS LCD seen on rival devices.
The phone boasts of 90% screen to body ratio panel along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Battery Life and OS
The Samsung M10 comes with a 3400 mAH capacity Li-polymer battery. The phone also supports fast charging.
There is Android Oreo 8.1 OS along with the Samsung Experience 9.5 UI.
There is Dual Sim 4G VOLTE support, and it even comes with a dedicated micro-sd card slot. Further, there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and for charging and data transfer it uses a micro-USB port.
The phone is available in the ocean blue and charcoal black color options.
Lastly, it weighs 163 grams and has 7.7 mm in thickness.
The M20 is a more powerful device and is getting more attention from Samsung fans.
The phone is available in two versions:
- M20 With 3 GB Ram and 32 GB internal storage – Price Rs. 10,999.
- M20 With 4 GB ram and 64 GB internal Storage – Price Rs. 12,990.
Powering the device is the Samsung Exynos 7904 Octa-Core processor, based on 14 Nm Manufacturing process.
The processor comes with 2 Kryo Cores with a maximum clock speed of 1.8 GHz, and there is a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU present for gaming.
Overall the performance is decent, but it is slightly slower in comparison to the Snapdragon 636 or the Snapdragon 660 found in many phones in the sub 15k price range.
However, you can easily play games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 and Modern Combat on this device with ease.
There are Dual rear cameras with 13 MP + 5 MP with f/1.9 aperture. The camera lacks support for 4K videos, EIS or OIS.
The front camera on the M20 is slightly better in comparison to the M10 and comes with an 8 MP sensor in place of 5MP.
Overall the cameras on the M20 and M10 are underwhelming and are probably the weakest point in otherwise good phones.
The M20 comes with a better display with 6.3-inch screen size and a 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
The sad part is it is also a TFT panel and misses on the Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Battery and OS
Also, there is fast charging support, and it comes with a 15 Watts charger to ensure you can charge the mammoth battery rapidly.
Similar to the M10, it also runs on the Android 8.1 along with the Samsung Experience UI 9.5.
Samsung may take its own sweet time to update these devices to the latest Android Pie.
The company has not given any definite date for the OS updates.
Another surprising feature is the presence of USB type C port on the M20, making it one of the most affordable phones having this feature.
The phone comes with Dual Sim, Dual VOLTE Support and you can add a micro-sd card to the dedicated slot to expand the storage.
Lastly, we get face to unlock as well as fingerprint unlock support on the M20.
Verdict Should You Buy the Samsung M10 and Samsung M20
So, let’s look at the M series in all fairness and beyond Specs and hype. They are not perfect, as is the case with any smartphone.
The biggest cons according to me are underwhelming cameras, lack of Corning Gorilla Glass support and slightly slower processors in comparison to the rivals.
Also, Samsung is slow to roll out updates. We may get the Android Pie in a couple of months but let’s forget about Android Q.
Let’s look at some of the positives, Samsung is a superb brand and has a large after-sales service network.
The phones come with great battery life, and overall display and design are modern.
A lot of people actually love the Samsung UI and experience, and these are the best phones if you wish to upgrade to a Samsung phone from an earlier generation.
I would especially recommend getting the M20 due to better FHD+ display, 5000 mAH battery, and fast processor.
Of course, there are several excellent choices available in the market in the sub 15k price range, can explore this article to know more.
Double Data & Exclusive Sale For Jio Subscriber
Telecom giant JIO has partnered with Samsung to bring a special delight for the Jio users. They can buy the Galaxy M20 and M10 for On February 22 exclusively.
The sale starts at 12:00 pm and buyers can purchase the phone from My Jio App or Jio.com. If You are not a JIO subscriber the next sale is on February 26th.
Also, adding to the surprise is the double data offer that JIO is offering to the M10, M20 Buyers, who have bought the phone on or after 5th Feb.
How to Get JIO Double Data Offer on Samsung M10 and M20?
The double data offer is not related to the exclusive sale offer and gives a saving worth Rs. 3110.
The buyer must to do a recharge of Rs. 198 or 299 on or after 5th Feb. Offer end date is 5th May and double data benefit is given in the form of 10 vouchers till June 2020.
It is a very exciting offer in case you are planning to buy the M10, M20.