Samsung today announced its new and updated Galaxy M31s budget smartphone, which is the successor to the currently available Galaxy M31 and comes with new hardware over the previous model. The smartphone has been priced at ₹19,499 ($260) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant and ₹21,499 ($287) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Both variants of the smartphone will go on sale in India from the 6th of August on Amazon India.
The Galaxy M31s looks similar to the older M31 but features a slightly different overall design because it goes with a hole-punch or Infinity-O display instead of the drop notch and gets two new colours - Mirage Black and Mirage Blue. The new Super AMOLED Infinity-O display features a taller 20:9 display aspect ratio and is also slightly bigger at 6.5-inches.
Inside, there is the same Exynos 9611 chipset that is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The rear camera gets a slight upgrade with a new 12MP ultra-wide camera, while the 64MP primary camera now features a Sony IMX682 sensor instead of the previous Samsung GW1 ISOCELL sensor. The 5MP macro and 5MP depth camera remain the same as does the front-facing camera that retains its 32MP sensor but now sits inside the centered hole-punch cavity instead of a display notch. Samsung also added the ‘Single Take’ camera feature that lets you click Gifs, photos, and videos with a single tap and is usually found on more high-end devices in the brand's smartphone range.
The large 6000mAh battery remains the same as on the M31 but now features 25W fast-charging and the handset is powered by Samsung’s custom OneUI with Android 10 as the base.