Galaxy M40, launched in June 2019, is the latest smartphone from Samsung. The mid-range phone is priced at INR 19,990 for 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage option. The device comes in two color options: Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue. The smartphone is exclusively available for sale on Amazon India and Samsung website. On the other hand, Redmi Note 7 pro (see Review) was launched in February 2019. The smartphone is priced at INR 13,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, and INR 16,999 for 6GB variant. The phone comes in Nebula Red, Neptune Blue and space black color option, and is available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com. Let’s find which phone rules the mid-budget segment.
Design and Display:
The Samsung Galaxy M40 (see Review) comes with a Punch-Hole display, which is a great move by Samsung for phones under Rs 20,000. The rear panel on Galaxy M40 is made of polycarbonate plastic with glossy finish, which attracts fingerprints and smudges. The back panel comes with a gradient finish which looks premium and stylish. Samsung has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on Galaxy M40. It is not a great move by company, because most of the users come to expect it on phones in this segment.
Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a glass-sandwich design that exhibits a look more premium than the Galaxy M40. The front and rear panel of Note 7 Pro is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2340 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, and Corning Gorilla Glass Protection. It has an LCD display instead of a Super AMOLED screen like the Galaxy M30, but it still looks great with vivid colors and excellent viewing angles.
Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS in-Cell display with water-drop notch design, 2340 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Both phones offer a great display, but Samsung Galaxy M40 is slightly ahead with good amount of brightness levels, rich colors and great viewing angles.
Performance and Software:
Samsung Galaxy M40 and Redmi Note 7 Pro are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC. We find both devices giving similar performances on loading apps, multitasking and casual gaming. Both phones are able to handle heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 equally well on high resolution settings.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android pie with optimized One UI on top, while Note 7 Pro runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. The overall performance on Samsung Galaxy M40 was better than Redmi Note 7 Pro. Additionally, Samsung’s One UI offers less bloatware compared to MIUI.
Samsung Galaxy M40 features a triple rear camera setup, with a 32MP primary lens with f/1.7 aperture, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. It also has a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.
On the other hand, Redmi Note 7 pro sports a dual camera setup, packing a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.79 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor. For front, it has a 13MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Both smartphones can capture excellent shots from front and rear camera, but Redmi Note 7 Pro comes out better thanks to its Sony IMX 586 sensor.
Battery and Connectivity:
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is fueled by a 3500mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. The Redmi Note 7 pro packs a much larger 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support. Both smartphones come with a face unlock feature, and a fingerprint sensor on back panel.
The Samsung has opted for Sound On Display technology, that means the entire display acts as a speaker, which is quiet rare in this price segment. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 5, and a USB Type-C port on both devices. However, Redmi Note 7 Pro fulfills the expectations with a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR Blaster.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 comes with some great features such as, great design, attractive punch-hole display and a triple rear camera setup. It offers a cleaner software experience with optimized One UI. But it is the Redmi Note 7 pro which comes out providing more value for your money, with its glass design, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 48MP rear camera and a larger 4000mAh battery.