Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Galaxy M31: how different are the two phones from each other?

Samsung Galaxy M31s was launched in India a few days ago as an incremental update to the Galaxy M31

Highlights
  • Samsung Galaxy M31s has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs 19,999
  • The Galaxy M31 is currently available starting at Rs 17,499
  • Both phones come with sAMOLED displays, 6,000mAh battery and 64MP quad cameras

Samsung Galaxy M31s has been launched in India as an upgraded version of the Galaxy M31 from earlier this year. The Galaxy M31s comes with a host of new features while some specifications remain similar to its predecessor. Those eager to buy the Samsung Galaxy M31s will undoubtedly be curious on whether the phone is a major upgrade over the Galaxy M31 or not. So, here’s a quick look at how similar and different the two phones are from each other.

Samsung Galaxy M31s comes with a new design

The Samsung Galaxy M31, to recall, offers a 6.5-inch FHD+ sAMOLED Infinity-U display with a waterdrop notch. The new Samsung Galaxy M31s, on the other hand, gets a punch-hole display. In fact, it is the first Galaxy M phone to launch with a sAMOLED Infinity-O display. The phone offers FHD+ resolution and standard 60Hz refresh rate much like its predecessor. 

The rear panel on the Galaxy M31s offers a gradient colour finish in grey and blue combination. The Galaxy M31, on the other hand, comes in solid blue and black colour options. Notably, while the Galaxy M31 featured a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy M31s sports a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Same battery, but faster charging

The Samsung Galaxy M31s features the same 6,000mAh battery as seen on the Galaxy M31. This suggests the phone should deliver the same two-day battery life promise as its predecessor. A major upgrade this time around is with regards to fast charging. While the Galaxy M31 featured 15W fast charging support, the upcoming Galaxy M31s will support faster 25W fast charging. This will notably be the first Galaxy M phone to support 25W fast charging as well.

Upgraded cameras with Intelli-Cam features

The Samsung Galaxy M31s comes with similar 64MP quad-camera setup as the Galaxy M31, but the sensors used are slightly different. The new Galaxy M31s uses the Sony IMX682 sensor and comes with what the company calls “Intelli-Cam” features. Intelli-Cam offers smart features like Single Take which allow you capture multiple photos and videos with just one tap and Smart Wide Selfie that automatically detects if there are multiple people in the frame and switches to the wide-angle selfie mode. The regular Galaxy M31 does not come with Intelli-Cam features.

Chipset remains the same

What hasn’t changed between the Samsung Galaxy M31s and Galaxy M31 is the chipset. The new model uses the same Exynos 9611 processor as its predecessor. This is paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Performance-wise, you’re likely to get similar results from both the phones. The Exynos 9611 is a capable chipset that is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on high graphics and frame-rate settings by default.

How are the Samsung Galaxy M31s and Galaxy M31 priced?

The Samsung Galaxy M31s price in India starts at Rs 19,499 for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The 8GB + 128GB model is priced at Rs 21,499. The smartphone comes in Mirage Blue and Mirage Black colours and will go on sale on August 6th. 

The Samsung Galaxy M31s is available at a lower starting price of Rs 17,499 for the 6GB + 64GB variant. This option can be found on Amazon for even lower at Rs 16,499. Meanwhile, the 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB variants are priced at Rs 18,499 and Rs 20,499.