Samsung’s Galaxy M series has been one of the best selling smartphone series of the year so far. And the company seems to be in no mood to slow down. Which is why, hot on the heels of the M10, M20 and M30, now comes the M40. And well, while it does belong to Samsung’s M series, it is quite unlike some of its predecessors. So what makes the M40 different? Well, here are seven points noting about Samsung’s latest M series warrior:
A smaller, and NOT an AMOLED display, but on with sound!
The Samsung Galaxy M40 rather surprisingly comes with a smaller display than the M30 – 6.3 inches as compared to 6.4 inches. Yes, both of them have the same resolution – full HD+ – but rather remarkably, while the M30 had a Super AMOLED display, the M40 has a LCD one. It seems bright and colourful enough, but we can see some people being disappointed by this. A redeeming feature for it, however, is the fact that it literally doubles up as a speaker as the phone comes with Screen Sound technology. That’s certainly a first in this price segment!
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
Another major change in the M40 is the processor. While the previous devices in the M series were powered by Samsung’s own Exynos processors, the M40 comes with the rather powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chip, which was seen in the Redmi Note 7 Pro. This makes it easily the mot powerful device in the M series. It also comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, which is expandable using a memory card, although you would have to give up one of the SIM card slots for it,
Triple camera on the back, punch hole in front
The M40 comes with a very powerful triple camera set up on the back. The main sensor is a 32 megapixel one with a large f/1.7 aperture, while the other two cameras are a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens (with 123 degree field of view). That is a very impressive set up of cameras, but the selfie camera might end up getting more attention simply because it comes in a punch hole notch in the top left corner, making it the first device in the series to have this feature. It is a 16-megapixel snapper, just for the record.
One UI comes to M series
In software terms, the Galaxy M40 comes with Android Pie. But there is a spin on this as well. While the previous M series devices came with Samsung’s Experience UI, the M40 comes with One UI right out of the box. This is a cleaner, less cluttered interface and also has much lesser bloatware than Experience UI. Basically, the M40 will be a lot simpler to use out of the box as compared to its predecessors.
And not quite a massive battery
The Galaxy M30 had surprised us with its battery life, thanks to a massive 5000 mAh battery. Well, the M40 is going to have a tough time matching that, as it comes with a relatively smaller 3500 mAh battery, although it does have support for fast charging and has a 15 W charger in the box. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 is supposed to Gbm good at managing battery but we doubt if even with that the Galaxy M40 will be able to match the M30 in that department.
A slightly routine design, minus an audio jack
The punch hole in the display aside, the M40 largely follows the Galaxy M design template, and comes in two shades of blue – a darker Midnight Blue and a lighter Seawater Blue. The display dominates the front and the back is carbonate, although with a glossy finish that will tend to pick up smudges. The back also has a fingerprint sensor and a the triple camera set up, with one sensor being outlined slightly. The phone is 7.9 mm thin and at 168 grammes, not very heavy either. It is compact enough but will not win design awards or attract attention like crazy. And we are really surprised how even with such a design, Samsung could not find space for a 3.5 mm audio jack!
A price that might seem…high?
At Rs 19,990, there are some who might think the Samsung Galaxy M40 is slightly on the expensive side, especially when you consider that it has no AMOLED display and a smaller battery than the Galaxy M30, which is available for Rs 14,999. Yes, the M40 does have a better processor but then the likes of the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are offering similar processors at a much lower price. The M40 will be depending on its cameras and processor to pull clear of its competitors. Whether it does so will be revealed in the coming days.