Galaxy M31s & Galaxy M31 comparison: which one to go with?

Galaxy M31s vs Galaxy M31

Earlier today, Samsung launched its much-awaited budget smartphone dubbed Galaxy M31s in the Indian market. The smartphone ends up bringing some key additions to the lineup. We’re talking about features such as 25W fast charging, premium build quality, new Sony 64MP rear sensor, and reversible charging. Furthermore, there are two small camera features namely Single Take and Night Hyperlapse. Both these features were only available on the pricer smartphone until now.

With the launch of Galaxy M31s in India, there is a solid chance that you might be confused between the s-variant and the original and cheaper Galaxy M31. Is it worth spending extra on these extra features? Well, find out for yourself in this brief comparison.

Galaxy M31s vs Galaxy M31: Price, Variants, Availability

Galaxy M31s India price

The newly-launched Galaxy M31s comes in two variants – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB with the price tag of INR 19,499 ($260) and INR 21,499 ($286) respectively. It comes in two color options as well namely Mirage Black and Mirage Blue. You can get the device starting from August 6.

The older Galaxy M31, on the other hand, comes in three variants – 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, and 8GB+128GB options. The price for all these variants are as followed – INR 16,499 ($220), INR 17,499 ($233) and INR 19,499 ($260). It comes in non-gradient Black and Blue color options and is already up for grabs.

Extra price for gradient and premium design!

Unlike the predecessor, the Galaxy M31s has some key design changes. Instead of the regular good old Blue and Black colors, you will now see the gradient options. Furthermore, the brand is claiming that the device indeed brings premium build quality to the users. Another key difference is the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the back. Well, it has now shifted to the side underneath the power key. Lastly, you will notice a different camera module layout i.e. an L-shaped camera setup on the back.

Galaxy M31s has a slightly larger punch-hole display

The all-new Galaxy M31s comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with an Infinity-O design. Well, it is Samsung‘s fancy way of saying a display with a punch-hole cutout. The original Galaxy M31, on the other hand, features a 6.4-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED display.  Both the devices come with Gorilla Glass 3 layers for added protection.

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Since the former comes with a punch-hole cutout, it has a 91% screen-to-body ratio while the latter has a lesser 84.1% ratio. With that said, the difference is very minor between both the devices in terms of display.

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A new ultra-wide camera on the M31s

Galaxy M31s

Even if you consider cameras, the difference between both the devices is on the slighter side. Both the devices share the same 64MP primary sensor, 5MP depth, and 5MP macro lens. However, the difference lies in the ultrawide camera sensor. With the Galaxy M31s, you will get the higher 12MP lens while the original M31 has an 8MP sensor. For selfies, both share the 32MP front snapper capable of 4K video recording.

There are two additions on the software side though. The new s-variant comes with the Single Take and Night Hyperlapse which you will not find on the predecessor.

Faster charging on the new s-variant!

While both the devices run on the same 6,000 mAh battery capacity, the difference lies in the charging capabilities. The Galaxy M31s comes with the support of 25W fast charging while the original stays at the traditional 15W charging.

According to the brand, the s-variant will take around 97 minutes to completely charge from 0-100%. This is a huge improvement since the predecessor takes around 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to do the same. With the newer device, you also get Type C to Type C cable that you can use for reverse charging. Even though it is a small addition, it can be nifty for many users out there.


Although both Galaxy M31s and Galaxy M31 share most of the internals with each other, you do are getting some extra features by paying extra, of course. Sadly, there is no 64GB variant for the Galaxy M31s smartphone which would have made it a better deal for many buyers out there. With that said, if you’re looking for better build and faster charging, then you can go ahead and shell out those extra bucks.

By doing that, you will also get an improved ultrawide lens, few nifty camera additions, and of course, the trending punch-hole cutout design. The gradient color scheme, no doubt, looks pretty good when compared with the single-tone color of M31. On the other hand, if you can compromise with faster charging and better build, then you should give Galaxy M31 a try.

Although we tried to compare all the key aspects of the device, if you think we have missed anything, then please do let us know in the comments down below. You can also share your opinions on both the devices.


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