Samsung is no stranger to low and mid-range smartphones with top-of-the-line performance, and Samsung’s M series along with Samsung Galaxy M40 stands to defend this claim. Released since the start of 2019, the M-series is a force to be reckoned with. The Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 were great releases. They boasted features resembling top-end smartphones such as bigger screens, longer-lasting batteries, better specs, and over-decent performance. It is not a far reach to say that the lineup has fulfilled its aim of challenging the Chinese smartphones companies at their own game (price range).
The Galaxy M40 is the M series’ latest mid-range smartphone. It comes with a lot of features packed in that have never been seen before at this price range. Let’s dive deeper into this phone and see if it really holds up the name of the M series lineup.
Design and features:
The M40 is the first of its price range to feature the Infinity-O punch-hole display, which has been a premium-only feature for quite some time now. The Infinity-O display adds a degree of character to the overall phone design. And how is the phone design? Pretty damn good, for the price point. Of course, it won’t come in the same premium build as the high-end or mid-high-range smartphones, but the reflective glass-like back with dual-tone finish makes the phone look pretty sleek and stylish. This glossy back design complements the overall design of the phone pretty well. The screen is a 6.3-super AMOLED one, with fullHD+ and pretty solid contrast and clarity. It comes at an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 following the recent trend with smartphone screen-to-body ratio. The Gorilla Glass 3 makes sure that you don’t damage or crack your screen with simple drops or scratches.
The phone also sports on-screen sound technology, which is pretty awesome. This removes the need for speaker holes, converting the screen of the phone itself into a full-fledged vibrating speaker. And the sound quality isn’t bad at all.
Following the trend of the M series smartphones, the M40 has gone pretty generous with the camera setup. The rear setup packs three lenses: a 32MP primary camera(f/1.7), an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP one with a depth sensor. This setup is supported by AI-powered auto-scene recognition software. Because of the aperture of the primary lens, the phone has no problem shooting crisp photos and videos in both high and low light situations. The ultra-wide and depth sensor lenses come in pretty handily as well.
On the front side, we have a 16MP punch-hole design camera making sure that your selfies end up stunning (and cute!). Due to the wide-angle mode of the camera lens, it is suitable for taking group selfies as well.
Physical specs and architecture:
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by the Snapdragon 675 chipset with 6 solid gigs of RAM and 128 GB of onboard memory. The memory is extendable up to 512 GB using the second SIM slot, which is a hybrid one. The processor is Octa-core with a Dual-core 2GHz and Hexa-core 1.7GHz Kryo 460 setup. For the GPU, it packs the Adreno 612. So, there is really no problem for people who are casual gamers seeking mid-to-heavy performance. However, for users who use heavy apps/ games for extended periods of time, heating might become an issue. Also, it is powered by Android Pie v9.0. This more-than-capable OS, along with various software enhancements, makes sure that all the tasks perform smoothly.
The phone boasts a large 3500 mAh Li-ion battery, which provides a solid 10hr normal usage timespan. That, in itself, is pretty amazing. It also supports fast charging through the fast-charger provided with its packaging which is capable of providing a full charge in around 2.5 hours. A fingerprint sensor is also included, which makes sure you don’t have to fiddle around with patterns or pins to unlock your phone in a rush.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy M40 packs decent features and specs for its price range. It is definitely one of the top contenders for mid-range smartphones and packs a ton of never-before-seen features in its range. The design is sleek and stylish; the glossy finish compliments the design pretty well. If the specs and features of the M40 are enough for your needs, it is definitely something to be considered as a serious choice. However, if you’re more into premium-looking designs with more sophisticated specs and performance, it might be worth investing a bit more into your smartphone pick.