My wife has been using Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, she likes the phone and enjoys the fine display and extra loud audio. Last week, the fingerprint sensor in the back started heating up, it was so hot, you can’t even touch it. Worried for the safety, I gave it for service to the local Asus service centre who are charging Rs.6200 to change the entire front-panel and circuitry.
While waiting for the Asus Max Pro to get repaired, I purchased a new phone for her – Samsung Galaxy M31s from Amazon India for Rs.19,500. I wanted something midrange with good camera, long battery life and a large display. In the last one year, we have a “Samsung” smartphone family: First I got a Samsung Galaxy M20 for an elderly relative, Samsung Galaxy M30 for my sister, and recently a Samsung Galaxy M30s for my son. Earlier I used to stay away from Samsung due to their bloated Android version and the inbuilt sub-standard Samsung apps for default features like Calendar, Mail and so on. Nowadays, their Android OS has become less cluttered and you can replace the default apps from Samsung to Google or Microsoft.
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Samsung Galaxy M31s
The phone’s specification was:
- Exynos 9611 Octa-Core
- Super AMOLED 6.5″ FHD+ display
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB Storage
- 64MP Quad Camera with Sony Sensor IMX682
- 6000 mAh Battery
- 25W in-box Fast Charger
- Dual SIM & Micro-SD slot
- USB-C Port & 3.5 mm Earjack
The phone is lovely, but a bit thicker and heavy compared to the Nokia 5.3 I purchased recently. The camera takes great photos including 4K videos. I like the fingerprint sensor embedded within the power button on the right side, in one action you can turn ON the device and perform biometric authentication as well. This is much more convenient than the hassle and delay that happens with the fingerprint that’s underneath the display in the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite I have.
The box comes with the phone, charger, and a USB cable. No earphones.