Samsung Galaxy M40
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About the Phone
Samsung Galaxy M40 has a beautiful look that will satisfy the Samsung crowd who has seen such a design in the premium phones of Samsung. It has a few pros and cons:
- The Samsung Galaxy M40 has a satisfying design that is sturdy and looks impressive.
- The phone comes with a punch-hole edge-to-edge display which looks futuristic and gives you a lot of screen space to work with.
- The performance of this phone is quite good, though it is not meant for gaming of intensive performance.
- The battery of M40 is fantastic as it can keep chugging for more than a day.
- The phone has a decent camera module which can click good daytime shots.
- There is no headphone jack.
- The phone does not have good cameras with low-light performance capabilities.
- The selfie camera of the Samsung Galaxy M40 is poor.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 comes with everything that you would expect from a mid-range phone, except for one thing – an excellent camera. The selfie camera is reduced, and the rear camera does not function well in low-light. If you are looking for a photography phone, it is not a good phone to go for. It is not a phone for selfie enthusiasts.
Samsung Galaxy M40 is a well-balanced phone which would please any mid-range user who wants the Samsung-branded phone in their palms. Priced at Rs 19,990, the Samsung Galaxy M40 is an upgrade of the M20 and acts as a decent all-rounder phone to go for. The Samsung Galaxy M40 is not a complete all-rounder, though. It fails to provide decent images in low-light situations, thereby scoring less in terms of photography. For regular performance, this phone is adequate and a capable model to opt for.
Samsung Galaxy M40 Price in India
Arriving as a major competitor to another smartphone brand, the Samsung Galaxy M40 smartphone gets slightly underpowered internals. Being set at a price tag of ₹19,990, the device comes with a single 6+128GB variant with Midnight Blue, Seawater Blue, and Cocktail Orange colour options to choose from. The Samsung Galaxy M40 smartphone although with a decent configuration, should definitely be given a second thought while buying it, especially considering what other brands are offering at similar price points.
The Samsung M40 arrives with a polycarbonate rear which has a gradient effect to it, delivering a premium look and feel. The phone can sit comfortably in your palms and will not dig into the skin. The rim is made of aluminium giving the phone a well-needed shine and sturdiness. The rear panel is smooth and has a camera model with a ring in it. On the front, you get a punch hole display, with the selfie camera nestling in the hole. Like the Galaxy S10 and SE, the edge-to-edge screen has the punch hole at the left corner. There are slim bezels around the phone with a slightly thick chin. However, while you might be impressed by the look of the phone, you have to be careful – the phone rear is prone to scratches and requires extra protection. It does not have a headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 comes with a 6.3-inch TFT LCD with full HD+ resolution. The screen-to-body ratio of this phone is about 90%, which is quite good. The M40 does not use AMOLED screen unlike many Samsung phone but uses the LCD screen that was used for M20. The brightness is decent, and the colours are rich though not as vibrant as an AMOLED display. The viewing is quite impressive even at maxed out brightness. A positive side is that it has Widevine L1 certification and so, you can watch Netflix and Amazon Prime content on this phone at high definition.
Samsung Galaxy M40 gets its power from the mid-range Snapdragon 675 chipset. It is paired with 6GB RAM. The Redmi 7 Pro uses the same chipset though it has a lower price range. The mid-range chipset is respectable at this price. It can perform multitasking smoothly, but if you push it too much, then you might find the phone starting to falter. The phone is okay for gaming, but hard-core gamers should not keep their expectations high. The phone can run PUBG in medium settings, but it does lag a little bit. On the other hand, Pocophone F1 is a much better phone if gaming is your thing. For regular users, the M40 will be enough.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 comes with a triple camera module on its back. It has a 32MP primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera which has a 123-degree field of view and a 5MP depth-sensing camera. The punch-holed display carries a 16MP selfie camera. Plus, the phone has an AI which helps in scene recognition. The camera can impress in natural light situations. You get punch colours which and well-saturated and looks good. However, there is a bit of lack of details. Depth-sensing is quite good and gives impressive edge detection resulting in praise-worthy portraits. However, tricky light situations can plummet the camera quality and produce grainy images.
The selfie camera also struggles in low-light. The problem with the selfie camera is the beauty mode where forced beautification will smoothen the skin and make the subject look artificial.
Samsung Galaxy M40 packs a 3500 mAh battery which is paired with fast charging. The phone was able to keep chugging for an entire day and a half with light use. It does not come with the power-hungry AMOLED screen, and so, the battery gets saved for a long time. If also comes with fast charging, taking about 90 minutes to charge from 0% to 100%.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is better than the M30, but that is not the only praise that an upgrade phone requires. It does come with a good processor and design, but it falters in two aspects, the camera and the display. Unusually, the phone does not feature an AMOLED screen, which is a speciality of Samsung. On top of that, the M40 falters in providing an excellent camera experience with the shots being mostly lacking details and have problems with exposure. Overall, the Samsung M40 is a mixed bag which while an upgrade does not stand tall among the competition it comes in. Unless you are a Samsung fan, it is not a recommended model.