Samsung has finally launched its newest Galaxy M-series smartphone called the Galaxy M31s in India. The new smartphone comes in as an upgrade to the Galaxy M31 that was launched in February. The Galaxy M31s features 64-megapixel quad cameras, a 32-megapixel selfie camera and 6,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging support.
The company has announced the Galaxy M31s in two variants, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, with price starting at Rs 19,499. At this price point, the new entrant will compete against the Realme X2 and POCO X2 in India. Let’s see how the Samsung Galaxy M31s fares against these two options.
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: price in India
The Samsung Galaxy M31s comes in two configurations – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. These models are priced at Rs 19,499 and Rs 21,499, respectively. The smartphone will go on sale in India starting August 6th on Amazon.
The Realme X2 comes in four configurations – 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. These variants have been priced at Rs 17,999, Rs 19,999, Rs 20,999 and Rs 22,999, respectively. The smartphone is available from Flipkart, Realme.com, and in retail stores.
Lastly, the POCO X2 is priced at Rs 17,499, Rs 18,499 and Rs 20,999 for the 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB variants, respectively. The smartphone was out of stock on Flipkart for a while now, but is currently available.
While all three smartphones offer multiple configurations, the Realme X2 offers the highest number of options to fit all budgets and therefore bags this round.
Winner: Realme X2
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: display
Coming to the display, the Samsung Galaxy M31s features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution. Thanks to the punch-hole cutout on the front, the display offers a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent.
The Realme X2 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor and waterdrop notch. The FHD+ screen offers an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91.9 percent. The display is further protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Lastly, the POCO X2 ships with a larger 6.67-inch screen with FHD+resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Additionally, it’s the most affordable device right now to offer a 120Hz refresh rate.
Winner: POCO X2
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: performance and software
Coming to the performance, the Samsung Galaxy M31s is fuelled by Samsung’s Exynos 9611 processor. The smartphone comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of internal storage with a dedicated microSD card slot. On the other hand, both POCO X2 and Realme X2 are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC. Both devices also offer up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
As for the software, the Samsung Galaxy M31s boots One UI 2.1 based on Android 10. The POCO X2 also boots Android 10 out of the box, but with MIUI 11 on top. Lastly, the Realme X2 was launched running Android 9 Pie and Color OS 6.1, but has now received the Realme UI update based on Android 10.
Winner: POCO X2
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: cameras
In the optics department, the Samsung Galaxy M31s offers a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, accompanied by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. In the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
The Realme X2 features a 64-megapixel primary Samsung ISOCELL GW1 Bright sensor, which is backed by an 8-megapixel 119-degree wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Realme X2 also gets a single 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
Lastly, POCO X2 also has a 64-megapixel quad-camera setup with a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel sensor. The remaining setup is similar to that of the Realme X2. In the front, the POCO X2 gets a dual punch-hole cutout with a 20-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Winner: POCO X2
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: battery
Like all other Galaxy M series smartphones, the Galaxy M31s also comes with mammoth battery capacity. The new launch is equipped with a 6,000mAh battery, which offers fast charging speeds of 25W. The Realme X2 and POCO X2 ship with a 4,000mAh and 4,500mAh battery, respectively. While the former offers 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 and USB Type-C, the latter comes with 27W fast charging with Type-C.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Realme X2 vs POCO X2: verdict
While the Samsung Galaxy M31s misses out on performance, it brings with it a punch-hole AMOLED display and a mammoth battery with fast charging. However, on the basis of specs alone, the POCO X2 comes across as an all-round package, and with prices starting at Rs 17,499, is the more value for money offering.
|Samsung Galaxy M31s||6.5-inch IPS LCD display, Exynos 9611 chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, OneUI 2.1 on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 25W fast charging|
|Realme X2||6.4-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, Realme UI based on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging|
|POCO X2||6.67-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, MIUI 11 based on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 20MP + 2MP selfie camera, 4,500mAh battery, 27W fast charging|