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Samsung Galaxy M40 review-Is It A worthy Galaxy M30 Successor?

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Samsung has launched yet another M-series device, the Galaxy M40 for the millennial in India. The model which is launched in India this week is essentially completing the set, now Samsung has M-series devices ranging from 8k to 20k starting with the Samsung Galaxy M10.

The new Samsung Galaxy M40 is a lucrative deal because of its ‘infinity-O’ display, that gets rid of the notch by punching a hole in the display and makes the perfect house for the front camera. The sole purpose of the Galaxy M series seems to dethrone Samsung’s rival Xiaomi as the budget segment leader. Galaxy M40 is a complete refresh budget segment Smartphone from Samsung that brings features like new triple camera, audio through display and punch hole camera.

Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung Galaxy M40

This new entrant in the Galaxy M Series looks promising on paper but is it actually a value-for-money Smartphone let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy M40 Quick Specifications
Display6.3 inches PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen
ProcessorQualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
Storage64 GB Internal/4 GB RAM
Camera32MP+8MP+5MP
Battery3500 mAh
SensorsFingerprint sensor,Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
OSAndroid Pie 9.0
Network ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth v5, 4G Volte, microUSB 2.0
Dimensions155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm
Price in India₹ 19,999
Our Verdict-7/10r-7
Samsung is offering a well-balanced phone with the Galaxy M40. It has respectable hardware performance, better primary camera and bigger display. However, for the price, it is tagged at, we expected it to be much better and is undercut by its own sibling, the Galaxy M30.
Pros:Cons:
Brighter displayPoor front camera
Ultra-wide lens offers better portrait picturesNo headphone jack
Good Samsung Experience UI

 

Samsung Galaxy M40-Design and display

Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung Galaxy M40 Design

Wrapped in a polycarbonate body, Galaxy M40 is offering an entirely new style with its gradient pattern and curved sides. The current model is available in shade of blue that looks luxurious; there are two colour variants available-midnight blue and seawater blue. The corners and the Samsung logo give a rainbow reflection that looks beautiful.

At the back, the rear panel is smooth to touch and the glossy finish looks attractive. There is the triple camera module at the right corner that has an accented silver ring. The most distinguishing factor of the Samsung Galaxy M40 is its punch hole for the front camera on top left corner of the screen. The M40 is an all-screen Smartphone just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy SE. But the screen has a punch hole which is a variable factor.

There is no 3.5mm headphone jack in the Samsung Galaxy M40 which makes it a concern for budget buyers but Samsung bundles USB Type-C headphones within the box, so it’s a relief.

The most interesting feature of the Galaxy M40 is the absence of earpiece which is why this Smartphone uses its screen as a speaker. Don’t worry you will not feel awkward at all while using the Smartphone for calls. You still get a dedicated microSD slot along with dual SIM slots.

Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung Galaxy M40 Display

 

Display

The Galaxy M40 has a 6.3inch display with very for the slightly thicker chin. You have maximum screen for you if you ignore the punch hole and it feels a lot less intrusive when watching videos and playing games. Even with a 6.3inch display, the M40 looks relatively compact in hand. You get a TFT LCD display which is full HD+ and offers a screen ratio of 90%. We were surprised that the M40 was not provided with AMOLED display as Samsung is known to be generous enough to include one even in a budget phone. The display is the same LCD panel used in the Galaxy M20.

We were impressed with the display performance and how well viewing angles were even with a tight budget. The Galaxy M40 has incredible sunlight legibility and maximum brightness. The colour reproduction, however, is not as impactful as the Galaxy M30, but it makes for a good movie-watching experience. Another benefit of buying the M40 is its Widevine L1 certified display. It means you will be able to watch true HD content on streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Samsung is trying to beat Xiaomi, Realme and Honor that are still to give certification to the displays on their budget phones.

Samsung Galaxy M40-Performance

The all-new Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor which is the most reliable choice for phones below 20,000. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also uses the same chipset but still is priced lower. There is 6GB RAM alongside 128GB internal storage.

The M40 performs respectably well in the context of its hardware configuration. You will not find any trouble using the phone for moderate tasks but if you try to reach an extreme level of multitasking, then the Snapdragon 675 fails and there are clear lag and performance issue. However, the smooth UI on the device makes it perform better and navigation feels effortless.

We analyzed the performance of the phone with PUBG Mobile as it is still the obsession of the millennial. You can play the multiplayer combat game at medium setting for optimum performance. But serious gamers are not going to like this phone so they can look for a better option. If you spend most of your daily time on social media apps, browsing the Internet, watching YouTube and messaging, then the Galaxy M40 will not disappoint you.

The Galaxy M40 runs Android 9 which is camouflaged with the Samsung Experience 9.5 UI. It is the same UI used in other M-series devices like the Samsung Galaxy M10. The phone comes preinstalled with apps like Dailyhunt, Amazon India, Facebook and Microsoft Apps suite along with Samsung essential apps. You can uninstall most of these apps to make space.

Samsung Galaxy M40-Camera

Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung Galaxy M40 Camera

The real selling point of the Galaxy M40 is its triple camera setup that is much more capable any other Galaxy M Smartphone. The primary shooter on the M40 is a 32MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture alongside an 8MP ultra-wide camera that offers 123-degree field-of-view and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the punch hole houses a 16MP shooter.

The camera on this Smartphone is powered by the classic Samsung scene recognition algorithm that makes it easier for newbies to take pictures. It auto-optimizes the shot after judging the scene. You get all the basic modes in the camera app like the hyperlapse, slow-motion, live focus and 4K videos.

The Samsung Galaxy M40 has primary 32MP sensor which impresses with its performance when clicking shots in daylight but struggles to take good pictures under tricky lighting. Comparatively, the Redmi Note 7 Pro camera offers better performance under low light conditions. If you like to get creative with the phone camera, then the 8MP wide-angle lens enables you to take unconventional shots. But we would like to point out that do not expect the camera performance to be anything like the triple camera setup of the OnePlus 7 Pro or the Galaxy S10. The problem of detail retention that was seen in the M30 remains in the M40 as well.

The regular pictures shot with Galaxy M40 come out to be saturated which makes them good enough for social media but there is a lack of clarity and detail. However, when taking portrait pictures the camera performs impressively with edge detection. Depth sensing is also remarkable in this Smartphone which makes it a better choice over Galaxy M30.

Now the real deal breaker is the 16MP selfie camera that offers sub-par performance and image optimization. If Samsung is trying to target the millennial with its 20K Smartphone, the selfie camera is expected to be high performance. We found the image processing by the software to be a major issue with the front camera. There is forced beautification which leads to artificial looking final shots.

Images taken with the Samsung Galaxy M40:

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Samsung Galaxy M40 Picture
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Samsung Galaxy M40 Picture

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Samsung Galaxy M40-Battery

Samsung is using a 3500mAh battery to power the M40 that supports fast charging and comes with a 15W adapter in the box. The charger can charge the phone from 0% to 100% within 90 minutes, which is quite impressive for a budget phone.

On a single charge, you can easily expect the Galaxy M40 to last for a day and a half, provided there is not much heavy usage like long hours of gameplay or watching videos.

Samsung Galaxy M40-Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy M40 is slated to be available at an MRP of Rs. 19,999 in India. You can buy this Smartphone in two colour variants-midnight blue and seawater blue from the Amazon India or Samsung stores.

Samsung Galaxy M40 a worthy buy?

The new Galaxy M40 is doesn’t offer anything new other than the 32MP primary camera, punch hole display and Snapdragon 675. Although the camera and software experience is a notch up in the M40 as compared to Galaxy M30, still it doesn’t justify the price hike.

Samsung should have done better by provided a bigger battery and better camera with this device.

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