The budget and mid-range smartphone segment will have you spoilt for choice!

There are so many options to pick from in these categories, with Xiaomi and the recent-entrant, Realme offering some of the best smartphones. And since there is so much opportunity in these segments, earlier this year, Samsung announced its new India-first M-series in India. We have seen three devices in this series till now — M10, M20, and M30 .

While the Samsung Galaxy M10 is priced up to Rs 8,990, the Galaxy M20 is priced up to Rs 11,990, the Galaxy M30’s price goes up to Rs 17,990.

Now, Samsung has announced the fourth smartphone in this series — the Galaxy M40.

The Samsung Galaxy M40 features Snapdragon 675 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, a triple camera setup at the rear, a 16 MP selfie sensor, a 6.3-inch display, and a 3,500 mAh battery.

While on paper, the Galaxy M40 has fantastic specifications, it has a bunch of competitors that are priced just slightly over and below its own price tag. So in the sub-Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 segment, which one is the best pick? Here’s a detailed specification comparison of the Galaxy M40 with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro , Poco F1 , and the Nokia 8.1 .

SmartphoneSamsung Galaxy M40Nokia 8.1Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProPoco F1
Display Size (inch)
Resolution (pixels)1080 x 23401080 x 22801080 x 23401080 x 2246
Pixel Density (PPI)409408409403
Dimensions(mm) 155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9154.8 x 75.8 x 8159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8
Weight (gm) 168180186180
SIM TypeDual Nano SIMHybrid Dual SIMHybrid Dual SIMDual Nano SIM
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz)2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver2×2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
GPUAdreno 612Adreno 616Adreno 612Adreno 630
RAM6 GB4, 6 GB4, 6 GB6, 8 GB
On-Board Memory128 GB64 GB64, 128 GB64,128, 256 GB
Expandable MemoryYes, up to 1 TBYes, up to 400 GBYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 512 GB
SensorsFace Unlock, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass,
Primary Camera32 MP, f/1.7, 8 MP, f/2.2, 5 MP, f/2.212 MP, f/1.8, 13 MP48 MP, f/1.8, 5 MP, f/2.412MP f/1.9, 5 MP f/2.0
Optical Image StabilizationYesYesNoNo
Camera ArrayTriple-cameraDual-cameraDual-cameraDual Camera
Autofocus SystemPhase detection autofocus
Secondary Camera16 MP20 MP13 MP20 MP
Video Capture[email protected], [email protected][email protected], [email protected] (gyro-EIS)[email protected][email protected], [email protected] (gyro-EIS), [email protected]
OS VersionAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie (Android One)Android 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
AI (Smart Assistant)Bixby, Google AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle Assistant
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LEv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
Fingerprint ScannerYes, rearYes, rearYes, rearYes, rear
3.5mm jackNoNoYesYes
RadioFM RadioFM radioFM radioNo
USB TypeType-C 1.0 reversible connectorType-C 1.0 reversible connectorType-C 1.0 reversible connectorType-C 1.0 reversible connector
USB StandardUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
Battery (mAh)3,50035004,0004,000
Fast chargingYesYesYesYes
ColoursMindnight Blue, Ocean BlueBlue, Silver, Steel, Copper, Iron, SteelNebula Red, Neptune Blue, Space BlackRosso Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black
Prices in India Rs 19,990Starting Rs 19,999Starting Rs 13,999Starting at Rs 20,999


Of the four phones we compared, the Galaxy M40 definitely stands out when it comes to the rear camera. In this lot, Galaxy M40 is the only one that features a triple-camera setup at the back. For selfies though, Poco F1 and Nokia 8.1 have a better 20 MP sensor. Galaxy M40 and Poco F1 are also the only two devices that feature Face Unlock.

When we look at the RAM and chipset combination, while the Galaxy M40 has a fantastic processor, Poco F1 may still steal the cake with the Snapdragon 845 and 8 GB of RAM.

And when it comes to the software, while all these phones run the latest Android operating system, Nokia 8.1 offers a better deal with stock Android.

Essentially, for its design, performance, camera, and the sheer excitement of the punch-hole selfie camera, the Galaxy M40 makes for a great buy. But if you are still looking for more performance-heavy device, then you can look at Poco F1, and Nokia 8.1 for the stock Android experience.

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