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Samsung Galaxy M40 Review

Samsung Galaxy M40Samsung recently introduced its latest M-series smartphones Samsung Galaxy M40. With this, Samsung is once again targetting the millennials with new design language. This is the first Samsung smartphone in this price range that is equipped with an Infinity-O display. This coupled with better hardware and improved design language, the company seems to be seriously looking at this segment. However, will it be a successful phone from Samsung? Lets's Know about this phone. The Samsung Galaxy M40 offers more of the same: A broader attempt to sell a good all-around package rather than one that focuses on one feature or another. The M40 brings a punch-hole design to an all-new price category and steps a notch above its contemporaries as far as design is concerned.

Design and Display
The Galaxy M40 breaks the monotony by introducing a display-hole design to this segment. The Infinity-O cutout, earlier seen on the Galaxy S10e, is just as impressive here and comes across as less jarring than a now old-school notch. The 6.3-inch display takes over most of the front with fairly minimal bezels on three sides. The chin along the bottom edge is a bit thicker but doesn’t come across as obtrusive. You might notice the lack of an earpiece along the top edge. The Galaxy M40 makes use of “screen sound” technology to convert the display area into a speaker. While I had no trouble hearing the caller on the other end of the line, the audio output sounded just a bit hollow and tinny.

If you happen to carry your phone in your hand all the time or spend a lot of time making phone calls and browsing the internet, you’ll know just how important hand-feel can be. The overall dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy M40 are sufficiently small to create the phone terribly comfortable to carry. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that this is perhaps the most comfortable device to use amongst the recent crop of Samsung smartphones. The sub-170g weight definitely helps here.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy A50, the M40 does not sport an in-display fingerprint reader. Instead, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is fast, it works just fine, and I doubt many will complain about it. Should you prefer it, there is support for face-unlock as well, though it was noticeably slower than using the fingerprint scanner.

The entire build of the phone is polycarbonate and it feels reasonably good. The buttons offer sufficient feedback, though they don’t feel quite as tactile as those on Xiaomi’s Redmi series. No, the phone does not have any official IP rating, nor is there any mention of a P2i coating, so you will want to be extra cautious when using your phone around water. The phone uses a gradient-style pattern in the polycarbonate. Instead of the more common top to bottom fade, the color shift pattern is all around the edges. All in all, while the Galaxy M40 wins out in the design department, it is clear that some compromises had to be made to get here.

It is no OLED panel, but the display on the Galaxy M40 is reasonably good. Color is nicely saturated and multimedia content looks great. The default tuning errs on the side of over saturation and this is far from the most accurate panel around. That said, it goes fairly bright and we measured peak brightness levels close to 420nits, making this a good choice if you find yourself using your phone outdoors a lot. Unfortunately, Samsung does not provide any way to switch to a more natural color tuning like on competing devices. The LCD panel also does not drop as dimly as Samsung’s own AMOLED-toting Galaxy M30. The black levels, too, do not come close to the latter, which is a bit of a shame given the premium pricing of the smartphone.

Camera
Multiple cameras area unit the flavour of the season and also the Samsung Galaxy M40 sports four of them. The three sensors on the back of the phone offer a high-resolution primary camera paired with ultra-wide and depth sensors. No, you won’t find a telephoto lens here. The camera does a reasonably good job at capturing images, though low-level details are often lost thanks to heavy noise reduction. That said, images look plenty good when viewed on the phone’s display.

At the back, the Galaxy M40 packs a triple-camera lens setup similar to Galaxy A70. It consists of a 32-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide (123 degrees) angle lens with f/2.2, and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 camera for depth. Sadly, there is no Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but you can shoot video up to 4K at 30fps and 720p slow-mo videos at 240fps.

For the front selfie camera, the Galaxy M40 uses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 lens, which is positioning on the left corner of the display. It is quite little and doesn’t look distracting on the display. Talking about its performance, it takes smart selfies and retains the natural skin-tone. The ‘Live Focus’ bokeh mode permits you to set the blur intensity, however the edge detection isn’t really good.
A definite issue with the Galaxy M40’s camera is its tendency to over-expose the setting. Images turn out brighter than they actually are and have a hint of over-sharpening around the edges. The wide-angle shots, in particular, end up brightening the shadow areas. This makes for a striking shot, but pixel-peeping reveals an increased amount of noise. The wide-angle camera lacks auto-focus capabilities and is best used for capturing landscapes or architecture. The camera doesn’t handle shooting into the sun well and it can, on occasion, lead to significant lens flares. You can take a glance at full resolution Galaxy M40 camera samples by following through to the link.

I am not impressed by the portrait mode on the M40. While the phone did a reasonable job at identifying the profile of the person, bokeh drop-off was very artificial-looking. Video capabilities on the M40 top-off at 4K at 30fps but the phone lacks any form of stabilization, which makes capturing stable footage an exercise in frustration.

Operating System
The Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI 1.1 layer on top. Over the years, Samsung has made significant strides in reducing visual clutter and bloat to make this a truly enjoyable take. The Galaxy M40 is Samsung’s 1st M series phone to come running android 9 Pie-based OneUI out-of-the-box. Previous, M series phones had android 8.1 Oreo and Experience UI 9.5. So it’s a welcome change. Samsung’s latest OneUI is one the great android overlay nowadays, and it worked smooth too. Having said that, I found couple of missing features in the UI, which are available on Samsung’s slightly premium phones. You can’t regulate the display hue within the M40 and nor do you have double tap to wake gesture. Not sure, if Samsung unseen those options on purpose. For a modification, Samsung has provided Qualcomm’s standard snapdragon 675 SoC within the Galaxy M40. The same was also incorporated in Galaxy A70, and M40 is the second smartphone for Samsung to use the chipset.

Storage and Ram
It comes with a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone uses hybrid SIM slot, which means you can either use two SIM cards (Nano-SIM+Nano-SIM) or one SIM card along a microSD card.

Conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is a smart phone that falls simply wanting excellence. It isn’t quite the perfect package, but it might be the phone for you if design excellence ranks higher than overall performance in your choices. Still, In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy M40 is one of the finest smartphones in its price range. The camera performance isn’t the strongest in its price range, however fairly smart overall. The phone is a delight for mobile gaming users and it offers the latest software experience out-of-the-box. What it misses is a 3.5mm audio port, but Samsung ships a USB Type-C earphones in the box.


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