This is not going to be a technical review because I am not much into technology. This is my First Impression of the phone as a basic user.
Starting at Rs. 18,499 online, the M31s has two new features compared to its predecessor – the Infinity-0 display and the Single Take Camera.
The Look: I purchased the phone in Mirage Blue color and I like the overall glossy and blending smoothly from blue to metallic look. The back is plastic and the screen is Gorilla glass but since its glossy it leaves behind a lot of smudged fingerprints.
Screen: The 6.5 inch Infinity-O display is quite a treat to the eyes for a quality audio-video experience. However, some videos need to be stretched a little to fill the whole screen.
The screen has a hole-punch camera at the top center but I did not find that distracting at all!
Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner: The Fingerprint scanner is coupled with the Home button and is mounted at the side below the volume buttons. It is easy to reach for.
There is an option for face recognition, but I am yet to try that.
Battery: I started using the phone from 6th April and I must say I am pretty impressed with the battery life, as I had to charge my phone just for 1 hour in the morning and was able to use it for two full days.
Having said that, I am not a gamer so I don’t use my phone for long hours. Also, using the various camera modes causes the battery to drain.
Reverse Charging: The phone came with a charger and it is of Type C. The phone has a unique reversible charging feature – which means my phone can basically be used as a power bank to charge other Type C devices.
Modes: What I like about the phone is that there a lot of modes to help save up your battery life. In addition to the Power Saving mode, we have custom Work Time, Me Time and Bed Time modes which allow you to select what apps would be used for that time and all the other apps get disabled. This also allows you to focus on your work or have a peaceful sleep.
There is an Eye Comfort Shield, a Dark Mode.
There are also options for Parental Controls and App and Screen Timers.
Apps: The phone comes with preinstalled Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon Prime, Phone Pe, Cred and a few other apps. I would have preferred if there was an option during setup that allowed me to select the apps I want instead.
Camera: The phone has a quad camera at the back which is one Primary camera, a wide angle lens, a macro lens and a depth camera.
I am very happy with the photo quality. Even in low light, the Night mode gives well-lit photos.
The selfie camera auto adjusts to a wide angle depending on the number of people in the frame.
There are also a lot of other modes to try, to name a few:
There is a AR doodle feature and a Pro mode which allows you to enable custom settings for your phone.
Coming to the Single Take feature. It prompts you to shoot a video from different angles and as output offers atleast 5-7 photos and videos with pre-applied filters like reverse, boomerang, black n white, fast forward, zoom, in addition to the original video.
For my budget and considering that I mainly use my phone for photos and videos, the Samsung Galaxy M31s is very decent. Also, the overall look is premium and it fits in my pockets!!