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 M40
Price Rs. 17,999
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is more powerful and a better phone if you have a slightly higher budget. It’s ideal for gaming and you can easily play games like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile on this phone.
The 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 purchases.
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 Galaxy M30
The Samsung Galaxy M30 is the best seller on Amazon India currently and has got a price cut that makes it more affordable for buyers. The 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage version is available for just Rs. 12,999 after the recent Rs. 2000 price cut.
Launch Price for the 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. The processor, software, and battery capacity is the same on both the devices.
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 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.