Samsung has recently launched its new smartphone under M-series, dubbed as Samsung Galaxy M40. The phone comes in Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue color options. The device is priced at Rs 19,990. Galaxy M40 is available for sale on Amazon and Samsung website.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is the first smartphone from company in this price bracket that offers an Infinity-O punch-hole display. The device comes with a better hardware and great design. Let’s find out in our Samsung Galaxy M40 review whether the smartphone can be a strong contender under Rs 20,000 or not?
Samsung Galaxy M40 Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy M40 comes with a refined design at front side as compared to other M-series smartphones. The smartphone is compact and light weight as compared to Galaxy M30 and it is not much slippery for single handed use. The rear panel has a gradient finish with frame reflecting the light blue color. The back panel is made of polycarbonate plastic body which attracts fingerprints and smudges very easily.
The left side houses the hybrid SIM tray which supports two nano-SIMs or a Single SIM and microSD card. Samsung has omitted the 3.5 headphone jack on Galaxy M40 and they are offering a Type-C earphone in the box. The company has also removed the earpiece and opted for Sound On Display technology which means the entire display acts as a speaker. The phone comes with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and triple camera setup is placed at top left side at back panel. Overall the phone looks premium and stylish in hand.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O LCD display with punch-hole design, screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, 480nits brightness, and a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The company chooses a PLS TFT LCD instead of Super AMOLED display, which was present in Galaxy M30. But it’s not a deal breaker as the display offers vivid colors and great sharpness. It has great viewing angle and brightness levels even under direct sun light.
Samsung Galaxy M40 Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC along with Adreno 612 GPU. The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. We did not face any lag during day to day usage, app switching, and multitasking.
The chipset is capable of running graphic intensive games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on high graphics without much lags and shutters. The Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI. It comes with many preloaded apps like Prime video, Amazon India and Daily Hunt, which thankfully can be uninstalled.
Samsung Galaxy M40 Camera
The Galaxy M40 has a triple rear camera setup featuring a 32MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens with 123 degree field of view, and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone comes with 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calls.
The triple rear camera of Galaxy M40 captured clear and crisp pictures during day light conditions with great amount of details and natural colors. The picture taken in low light was just average with lack of details. The 8MP ultra wide angle sensor is decent enough to capture wide-angle shots, and 5MP depth sensor also does a great job.
The 16MP front camera shoots above average selfies during various lighting conditions, but Galaxy M30 delivered better results with the same 16MP front camera. The camera can record great UHD and Full HD videos, but it lacks any kind of stabilization. Super Slo-mo feature works decently well.
Samsung Galaxy M40 Battery and Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is backed by a 3500mAh battery with 15W fast charging support, which easily lasted a full day of usage. Connectivity feature include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port.
Samsung Galaxy M40 is a one of the best devices under Rs 20,000. The high points are the new features brought by Samsung, like Sound on Display technology and punch-hole display. Galaxy M40 has a good display but it is not punchy as Super AMOLED display in other A-series and M-series smartphones. The device performance though makes it feel better as compared to other Samsung smartphones in its segment. So overall, it is a welcome new entry in this price range.