Next Samsung Galaxy M40 review: A unique display but Galaxy A50 offers a lot moreThe Galaxy M40 offers an Infinity-O display that is unique to this segment, a Snapdragon 675 chipset and a 32MP triple camera setup. But it also lacks an AMOLED display and a headphone jack. At Rs 19,990, is the Galaxy M40 worth your money?advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 10:04 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy M40 is priced at Rs 19,990 and will go on sale on Amazon India.The Galaxy M40 offers an Infinity-O display but lacks an AMOLED panel.It is powered by a snappy Snapdragon 675 chipset, but lacks a headphone jack.The Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 have been successful in India, allowing Samsung to sell over 2 million units since the launch of the series earlier this year. Reason? These phones have offered impressive designs and hardware at prices competitive enough to make even brands like Xiaomi and Realme worry. The Galaxy M40 is the fourth phone in the Galaxy M series, and Samsung hopes to maintain that aggressive run.The Galaxy M40’s defining feature is its Infinity-O punch-hole display, which is a first for this segment. It also packs a mid-range Snapdragon chipset and a 32MP triple camera setup. But all of this comes with a few trade-offs – no AMOLED panel, no headphone jack and a smaller battery compared to previous Galaxy M phones. Do these sacrifices hurt the Galaxy M40 with a price of Rs 19,990? We try to find out in our Galaxy M40 review.Galaxy M40 DesignThe front side of the Galaxy M40 gets a new Infinity-O display, which is a first for a Galaxy M phone. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy M40 gets a small circular hole on the top corner of the screen to house the selfie camera. This solution removes the need for a notch in an attempt to minimise distraction while viewing the display.Compared to the Galaxy M30, the bezels around the Galaxy M40 are thinner, so you get more screen real estate. The screen is 0.1-inch smaller than the Galaxy M30, but you won’t be able to tell the difference. The Galaxy M40 also offers a slightly smaller form factor and a slimmer profile with a thickness of 7.9mm, which makes it feel great in hand. At 168 grams, the Galaxy M40 is also delightfully lightweight.advertisementThe rear panel of the Galaxy M40 looks similar to other Galaxy M phones, but still manages to look fresh thanks to two new gradient finishes – Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue. The unit I received for review was in Midnight Blue, which offers a dark blue hue almost throughout the face of the panel, while the curved edges give off a lighter shade of blue. It’s almost like a dual-tone effect, which looks really nice. The Seawater Blue offers light blue gradience that also looks quite attractive and would be my pick between the two. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is extremely quick to enroll your fingerprint. The triple camera setup is vertically placed on the top left corner. The power and volume buttons on the right side are easy to reach and so is the fingerprint sensor. All of this is to say that the Galaxy M40 offers good ergonomics.Samsung has taken a bold decision by omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy M40, which is unlikely to go down well in a segment that still sees love for the jack. The removal of the port doesn’t seem to offer any benefits as the battery capacity is smaller compared to the M30 and the phone isn’t as slim as the Galaxy A50. Samsung has tried to make up for it by offering Type-C earphones with the box. The Galaxy M40 supports a hybrid SIM slot and offers a single speaker grille on the bottom.To further reduce the top bezel, Samsung has removed the earpiece and has opted for an On Screen Sound tech which essentially means sound is delivered from under the display. The quality of this under display earpiece is quite average and lacks a certain clarity that a traditional earpiece delivers.Galaxy M40 DisplayThis is where things get tricky. While on the one hand Samsung has offered a segment-first punch-hole display, which looks unique, the company has also made a tradeoff. Instead of offering a Super AMOLED display like it did with the Galaxy M30, Samsung has used an LCD panel for the Galaxy M40. While Samsung displays are generally some of the best in the business, an LCD display is still an LCD display and will not offer the kind of richness, colour depth and appeal that an AMOLED panel offers. Right off the bat, you can tell that the colours on screen look a little pale and washed out on the Galaxy M40 as opposed to the deep and bright colours on the Galaxy M30’s display. Blacks are not as deep and dark as one would have liked, which is particularly disappointing considering One UI comes with a system-wide Night mode that looks fantastic on AMOLED display.That said, the Galaxy M40’s 6.3-inch FHD+ display still offers excellent sharpness with clear texts and sharp videos. It looks great for an LCD panel, that’s for sure. It also helps that the phone comes with Widevine L1 certification, which means you will be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in true HD quality. Viewing angles and brightness levels even under peak sunlight are great as usual.advertisementGalaxy M40 Performance and SoftwareApart from the punch-hole display, another feature Samsung is boasting about is that this is the first Galaxy M phone to run on a Snapdragon chipset. The 2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM is enough to make sure the Galaxy M40 runs smoothly for most day-to-day tasks. It is a reliable processor as we have seen it work effortlessly with the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well.Out of the box, the Galaxy M40 feels quite snappy as one would expect. Apps are quick to open and load times are fast as well. Scrolling through the UI is swift and touch response is good. The chipset is capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on medium graphics without any slowdown or jitters. That being said, consumers who are serious about mobile gaming and want to play at max graphics settings at this price may want to consider the Poco F1 instead. Notably, the Galaxy M40 is the first in the Galaxy M series to ship with Android Pie out of the box. On top of Pie, you get One UI which is Samsung’s custom software that is really well optimised and adds to the smooth user experience. You get features such as system-wide Night mode and a redesigned interface that focuses on making one-handed usage easier. You do get a few preloaded apps like Prime Video, Amazon, Dailyhunt and Helo, all of which can be uninstalled.it should also be noted that there are some One UI features that are not present on the Galaxy M40 such as the blue light filter and Bixby Home page that offers customisable cards for relevant daily information. It is unclear why these features are missing, but Samsung may add them with future updates.The phone offers an internal storage of 128GB, which I feel is sufficient for downloading and storing music, photos and movies offline. But if you feel that’s not enough, you can expand it further up to 512GB using a microSD card. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is quite snappy and mostly accurate. Face unlock is present, but it isn’t as fast indoors and definitely not under low lighting conditions. The in-box Type-C earphones sound decent enough especially with Dolby Atmos enabled. But if you have a better pair of wired earphones lying around, you will need to use a Type-C to 3.5mm dongle to make things work, which is a bit of work.Galaxy M40 CameraThe Galaxy M40 is yet another phone in Samsung’s portfolio to offer triple rear cameras (that includes a wide-angle lens). Triple camera setups have become a staple in 2019 as brands look to offer versatility. The Galaxy M40’s camera setup on the Galaxy M40 includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, which is similar to setup on the more expensive Galaxy A70. Up front, the M40 gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera housed within the cutout.advertisementThe 32MP main camera aims to offer great clarity and detail. However, one should note that the camera shoots in 12MP resolution by default. You can switch to full 32MP by changing the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 3:2H, but the difference in picture quality is barely understandable. You also won’t be able to use auto HDR while using the full 32MP mode. During daytime, photos look sharp and detailed (as long as you don’t zoom into the photos) although there is a lack of contrast.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy M40 has a fast autofocus and shutter speed, which means you won’t be getting a lot of blurry photos in daylight. The same cannot be said when you’re shooting indoors or in low-light as photos often come out looking soft and blurry. Without a dedicated Night mode (long-exposure mode), low-light shots just cannot compete with what the Redmi Note 7 Pro or Realme 3 Pro offer.You can easily switch to the wide-angle lens with a tap of the button, which is always a useful mode to capture landscape shots. The 8MP sensor is decent enough to capture wide-angle shots in daylight, but don’t expect a lot of clarity. The rear and front cameras get Live Focus support so you can adjust background blur in real time. For the rear camera, bokehs look decent as long as the blur effect isn’t kept at high levels. There is decent subject separation although colours reproduction isn’t the best. The 16MP selfie camera is average at best as colours look washed out and facial features look smooth. Skin tones and the blacks of hair don’t look natural, which is strange as the Galaxy M30 delivered better results while offering a similar 16MP sensor. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A50’s 25MP front camera offers sharper selfies. As for videos, the main camera on the Galaxy M40 lacks any form of stabilisation, so don’t expect clean and jitter-free videos. The camera supports recording up to UHD (3840×2160) resolution.Galaxy M40 BatteryThe Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 offered large 5,000mAh batteries, so it comes as a surprise that the Galaxy M40 packs a smaller 3,500mAh capacity. That’s quite a downgrade and it comes as no surprise that the Galaxy M40 won’t last beyond a full day usage. With basic tasks like messaging and social media browsing through the day, you should be left with around 30 per cent in the tank by bedtime. Throw in some gaming and video streaming and you should expect the battery to drain faster during the day. Notably, the Galaxy M40 offers a good standby time, so you’ll most likely find yourself charging the phone in the morning.The Galaxy M40 supports fast charging and you get a 15W charging brick with the box that takes around 100 minutes to charge from zero to 100 per cent.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy M40?The Galaxy M40 is a sweet addition to the Galaxy M lineup, but one cannot deny that Samsung has cut quite a few corners with this one. The reason Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 worked is because they offered a robust set of features at aggressive prices.The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, misses an AMOLED display, drops the headphone jack and chops down the battery, which are some serious downgrades for its price of Rs 19,990. The best parts about the Galaxy M40 is its Infinity-O display which is a unique offering in this segment paired with a snappy and lag-free Snapdragon 675 chipset and One UI out of the box. But it’s easy to see that the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 offer more for less. Both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 sport stunning AMOLED displays, large batteries and decent set of cameras. More importantly, you also get a headphone jack with them and a better selfie camera with the Galaxy A50.Samsung has made sure consumers get a Samsung phone at every price bracket, so the options out there are plenty. While the Galaxy M40 offers some neat feature, it is ultimately undone by Samsung’s own Galaxy A series. With a great Galaxy A50 in the fold, it’s hard to find a place for the Galaxy M40.Samsung Galaxy M40 review7.5/10ProsInfinity-O displaySmooth performanceOne UI out of the boxConsNo AMOLED displayNo headphone jackBattery could have been betterGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy M40
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