New Samsung M Series Smartphones Launches in India
The Samsung M Series is intended to offer great specs for the budget and mid-range online phone buyers. The company wants to rival Xiaomi and Realme in order to gain market share. These are made in India mobiles, manufactured at the Noida plant by the company. For the uninitiated, Samsung is a South Korean company and is the number 2 mobile brand in India.
So far Samsung has launched 8 smartphones in the M Series – M10, M20, M30, M30s, M21, M31, M01, M11, and the M40.
Also, Read – Top 10 Made in India Mobiles Worth Buying
Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy M01s, M11, and the Galaxy M01 in the 8K to 15k price range.
Samsung Galaxy M01s
The Galaxy M01s has gone on sale in India for a price tag of Rs. 9,999. It is available in 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage configuration at offline and online stores.
The Galaxy M01s comes with a large 6.2 Inch display with HD+ 720 x 1520 pixels resolution. It is a TFT panel with a dewdrop notch.
The phone is made from polycarbonate and is available in Grey and blue colors.
Powering the device is the entry-level Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) processor. Additionally, it has a 650MHz, IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU that is decent to play modern Android games.
For imaging, the Galaxy M01s comes with 13 MP (primary with f/1.8 aperture) + 2MP (depth) cameras at the back, and there is also an 8 MP (f/2.0 aperture) front selfie camera.
The phone runs on slightly dated Android 9 OS along with the Samsung One UI. However, the M01s will likely get an Android 10 update.
The phone comes with Dual Sim support and has a triple card slot design to offer a dedicated micro-sd card slot.
The phone comes with Dolby Atmos technology, which gives a surround sound experience and has the Samsung Health app pre-installed.
It has a massive 4000 mAH capacity battery and likely comes with a 10 Watts Charger (unverified).
Other features include support for WIFI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.2, and a rear fingerprint scanner.
Lastly, It weighs 168 grams and has a 7.8 mm thickness.
Samsung Galaxy M11
The Samsung Galaxy M11 comes with 3 GB Ram and 32 GB of internal storage for a price tag of Rs. 10,999. The higher version comes with 4 GB of Ram and 64 GB of internal storage available for Rs. 12,999.
Samsung Galaxy M11 comes with a 6.4-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) display with a hole-punch design.
Powering the mobile is an Octa-Core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 450) and comes with up to 4GB of RAM.
Both Samsung M01 and the M11 comes with Dolby Atmos for superior audio quality and also has support for regional languages such as Hindi, Telgu and Marthi.
The phone has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 lens.
Also, there is a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture.
For selfies, it offers a punch hole 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens.
Furthermore, the Galaxy M11 comes with the microSD card support to expand storage up to 512GB. Additionally, it has a fingerprint scanner at the back.
Connectivity on the phone includes 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, Hotspot, and GPS/ A-GPS.
Also, there is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 5,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging.
Lastly, it weighs 197 grams and has 9.0 mm in thickness.
Overall, a decent mobile for daily usage at an affordable price.
Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung Galaxy M01 is the latest entry-level mobile from the Korean company. The Galaxy M01 is available in a single variant with 3 GB Ram and 32 GB internal storage for Rs. 8,999.
It is available in three color options – black, blue, and purple.
The M01 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1,560 pixels) display with a waterdrop-style notch and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
It runs on the latest Android 10 Os along with the Samsung One UI 2.0.
Powering the device is an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
It offers a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 setup
Also, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 and front LED flash.
The connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot’ Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS/A-GPS.
The M01 has a slightly smaller battery capacity (4000 mAH) than the M11 and unfortunately, it doesn’t support fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy M31s is the latest smart M series mobile. It is the successor of the Galaxy M31 and comes with some new features.
The phone is available in a Gradient pattern in Mirage Black and Mirage Blue with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Firstly, it comes with a 6.5 inches Full HD Infinity-O AMOLED display with a punch-hole in the center.
It has a resolution of 1080 * 2400 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and 420 nits brightness. The mobile has a fingerprint sensor and face unlock support.
The M31s weighs 203g and has a thickness of 9.3mm. Fueling the device is a huge 6000mAh battery with 25W charging support.
Notably, the processor powering the phone is Samsung Exynos 9611 Octa-Core with a clock speed up to 2.3GHz and has the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
It runs on the Android 10 Operating system along with the Samsung Experience software.
The phone is available in two memory variants of 6GB/8GB LPDRR4 RAM and 128GB internal storage space (expandable up to 512GB).
As far as the camera is concerned, it comes with 32MP (f/2.2 aperture) front camera for wide selfies and slowfies.
The Quad rear camera includes 64MP (f/1.8 aperture) main camera + 12MP (f/2.2 aperture) ultra-wide+ 5MP (f/2.4 aperture) depth sensor + 5MP (f/2.4 aperture) macro.
The main camera allows you to take a single capture with multiple outputs.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s is available at the price tag of INR 19,499 (6GB/128GB) and INR 20,499 (8GB/128GB).
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung has announced a new addition to the Galaxy family named Samsung Galaxy M21. Tagged as ” WattaMonster” the new Samsung Galaxy M21 is sure to display some impressive specs.
So if a 6000mAh battery, super AMOLED display, 48M Triple camera impress you, be sure to avail this monster piece on 23 March, 12 noon. The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Raven Black colors.
Now let us discuss its detailed specs for better clarity about the phone.
Launch Date and Availability
Samsung Galaxy M21 is expected to release on March 23 and will be available at Amazon on a price of ~Rs 12,999 via online sale starting at sharp 12 pm.
So, to keep a reminder, right away go to Amazon and click on Notify Me to stay updated about the launch.
Design and Display
The phone comes with a glass front in a plastic body and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The thickness of the phone is about 8.9mm and its weight is around 188 grams. It comes with a rear fingerprint scanner also sports fast face unlock. The phone is dual-sim and a dedicated MicroSDXC dedicated slot.
The screen is 6.4″ Super AMOLED FHD+, Infinity-U Display with 1080 x 2340 pixels screen resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and ~403 ppi density.
The phone has superfast LPDDR4x RAM with 4 and 6 GB Memory capacity. For the internal storage, M21 has 64 and 128GB of memory options (UFS2.1) with expandable capacity up to 512 GB via a dedicated MIcroSDXC slot.
Powering the Galaxy M21 is the Octa-Core Exynos 9611 processor with 10nm fabrication and has a clock speed of 2.3 GHz. The GPU adhered to is Mali-G72 MP3.
For the Operating System, it is fuelled by the latest Android version i.e. Android 10.0 based on OneUI 2.
The monster phone houses a triple camera on the rear that comes with HDR and LED Flash.
The main camera is 48 MP wide lens with f/2.0 +8 MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 + 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The main camera also sports PDAF and the video recording is available a max 4k Recording.
For the front, the selfie camera is a 20 MP wide lens with HDR and video recording capacity of 1080p@30fps.
M21 boasts a massive 6000mAh Li-Po battery that is enough to keep your battery charged for more than one day. Also, it comes with a 15W fast charging support.
So if you are looking for a mid-ranger Galaxy phone, you should grab this one and as we unleash the M21, we will bring you hands-on review with all pros and cons.
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung has today launched the new Galaxy M31 the successor of the Galaxy M30s that was launched last year.
The new Galaxy M31 comes with 64 MP primary rear camera, 32 MP front selfie camera, and a massive 6000 mAH capacity battery.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy M31 comes in two variants – 64 GB storage and 6 GB ram – Price Rs. 15,999 and the 6 GB / 128 GB storage variant will cost Rs. 16,999. The company is offering an introductory discount of Rs. 1000 to buyers and you can get the base variant for Rs. 14,999.
However, it is not clear till when they will offer a discount or if it will be the permanent price.
Besides, you can purchase is starting 5th March 2020 from Amazon or Samsung’s official store.
Notably, the M series phones are available online only and not sold in the retail stores.
Specs and Features
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy M30s the M31 uses the Exynos 9611 Octa-Core processor and comes with the Mali G72 MP3 GPU.
Aforementioned, it has 6 GB DDR4 ram that is sufficient for gaming and day to day tasks.
It runs on the latest Android 10 Os along with the Samsung One UI skin on top of it.
The M31 has a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Infinity-U Super AMOLED Display that offers great multimedia and gaming experience.
The key highlight of the M31 is the Quad-camera set up of 64 MP( Primary Sensor – Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor with f/1.8 aperture)+ 8 MP (Ultra-wide)+5MP(Macro)+5MP(Depth Sensor).
The camera features include – Night Mode, Super Steady Mode, Live Focus and super slow-motion videos.
What’s more, the M31 comes with a 32 Megapixel selfie camera that can record 4K videos and even take images with background blur.
The company has even tied up with Parineeti Chopra for the promotion of the M31.
Considering the hyper-competition, Samsung is not leaving any stone unturned to battle the rivals – Realme and Xiaomi in the Indian market.
Another highlight feature of the Galaxy M31 is the massive 6000 mAH capacity battery that comes with fast charging support (15 Watts Fast charger).
Furthermore, the M31 has USB Type-C Port, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Dual Sim and micro-sd card support, rear fingerprint scanner and modern connectivity options.
SPECS FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY M31
- Design – Glass front within a plastic body frame.
- Display Size and Type- 6.4” Super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 Aspect Ration; 411 ppi and 1080*2340p screen resolution.
- Performance– Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9611 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
- Ram – 6 GB
- Operating System- Android 10.0 based on Samsung One UI.
- Camera – Quad camera (64+8+5+5 MP) with LED Flash and HDR.
- Selfie Camera- 32 MP front camera with HDR.
- Battery Life- 6000mAh Li-Po battery with 15W fast charger.
- Storage- 64/128 GB internal memory expandable up to 512 GB via MicroSD.
- Connectivity- Dual Sim (4G, LTE, Volte)
- Fingerprint Scanner – At the back.
- Thickness – 8.9 mm
- Weight – 191 grams
- Port – USB Type-C
- Audio – 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Price – Rs. 14,999
Pros – Huge battery, Super AMOLED large display, Android 10 and the Samsung One UI.
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.
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.