Samsung Mobiles India launched its best offering in the sub- ₹19,990 range in the form of the Samsung Galaxy M40smartphone. It is the fourth smartphone in M-series and, so far, the most powerful and premium. It comes in two colours—Midnight Blue and Coral Blue and sports a punch-hole display. But is that good enough to take on the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Vivo Z1 Pro, Moto One Vision and even its own cousin, the Galaxy A50? Let’s find out:
The Samsung Galaxy M40 carries forward the glossy back legacy of the M-series, but looks a lot better than its other siblings. It feels premium to hold and fits comfortably in the hand. The button placement is great but the tactile feedback isn’t satisfying.
At the front, it is lit by a 6.3-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 2340×1080. The display looks good when compared to the competition—a crisp, vibrant panel with saturated colours. I personally would have a loved an AMOLED display, but this makes the cut in this price segment. Talking of cuts, the smartphone has a hole-punch notch to accommodate the 32MP front facing camera. This also lends the smartphone a resemblance to Samsung’s affordable flagship Galaxy S10e. Although this is still a workaround to get a full edge-to-edge display, it looks good and doesn’t come in the way.
The Galaxy M40 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The smartphone is consistently snappy and suffers from very few stutters. There’s always plenty of memory on tap just in case you are having a day that requires multitasking. It’s good for casual gaming, so don’t expect to play PUBG on high graphics—it will run smoothly only on medium.
The smartphone runs Samsung’s new One UI based on Android Pie. I like the UI sans the childish icon packs. I like how Samsung has tried to bring everything down the screen where your thumb normally rests, be it the Settings menu or gestures to pull down the notification bar.
At the back, the smartphone has a triple camera setup comprising a 32MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.7 and PDAF. Accompanying this is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with a 12mm lens as well as a 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera clicks good pictures in well lit scenarios capturing ample details. Be warned though, it’s a Samsung sensor, so you will often end up high colour saturation, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The wide-angle camera struggles even if the lighting is a little bit off, but it can capture some interesting shots if you’re shooting during the daytime.
Things start falling apart at night time, as there’s no night mode. So you’ll have to deal with unusable images if you’re not careful enough without a flash. Surprisingly, the AI kicks in aggressively to capture some good-looking sunset shots.
Overall, keeping the lack of optical firepower during night-time photography, the Galaxy M40 is a great phone for its price. Do I recommend this smartphone? Yes. But the Chinese have also spoilt us for good, as the year-old flagship from Xiaomi, the Poco F1, is now selling for roughly the same price as the Galaxy M40. Sure, it doesn’t look as good and has that massive notch that might be an eyesore for many, but it does come with a more powerful chipset. It doesn’t spoil the party for M40 though, you just have to get your priorities straight and figure out whether you want more power or a good-looking media consumption device.