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Samsung Galaxy M31s smartphone review – Galaxy phone with strong battery

Update in the mid-range. Bigger, more modern, more storage - this is how the update to the Galaxy M31 wants to present itself. But since the smartphone has the same components in the areas of the camera, battery, and performance, the differences should be small, right?
Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
Samsung Galaxy M31s

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is less than half a year old, and Samsung then releases the Galaxy M31s. It's not a real successor but rather a sibling model that is intended to convince with a somewhat larger screen and a slightly more modern design. In this way, the fingerprint scanner has moved to the side, and the front-facing camera is now hidden in a display hole and no longer in a notch.

Apart from that, much has remained the same: The same main camera as well as the same SoC as on the Galaxy M31 give little reason to expect any progress in these areas. Furthermore, there's the big battery with 6,000 mAh. The starting price for the Galaxy M31s is somewhat higher at 319 Euros (~$378) (priced currently in Germany at 311 Euros (~$369) with reduced VAT).

We'll now clarify who could still find the larger model to be the better choice and whether there are perhaps indeed greater differences between the sibling smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy M31s (Galaxy M Series)
Processor
Samsung Exynos 9611 8 x 1.7 - 2.3 GHz, Exynos 7 Series
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 405 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 111 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM, UMTS, LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/26/28/38/40/41/66), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.3 x 159.3 x 74.4 ( = 0.37 x 6.27 x 2.93 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix f/​1.8, phase detection AF, LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (camera 1); 12.0 MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 5.0 MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (camera 3); 5.0 MP, f/​2.2, depth of field (camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker on the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, headset, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.756 W/​kg (head), 1.365 W/​kg (body); FM radio, fanless
Weight
203 g ( = 7.16 oz / 0.45 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
319 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79 %
11/2020
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
203 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
80 %
07/2020
Samsung Galaxy M31
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
191 g64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.40"2340x1080
81 %
11/2020
realme 7 Pro
SD 720G, Adreno 618
182 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
80 %
08/2020
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
SD 765, Adreno 620
207 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.70"2520x1080
84 %
08/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
SD 765G, Adreno 620
192 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.57"2340x1080

Case – With a fancy color gradient

The Samsung Galaxy M31s has received a slight design update compared to the M31; it now has more modern features like a camera that's placed in a display hole and a fingerprint scanner that's hidden in the standby button on the side. The backside is also a bit more stylish: The black version shows a color gradient from light gray to black. Blue is available as another color variant, and this effect is also used here. The back is still susceptible to fingerprints.

At 203 grams, the Galaxy M31s is heavier than the M31. When looking at the dimensions, it's noticeable that the M31s is a bit thicker than its sibling, but despite it having a somewhat larger screen, it's even slightly less wide. The differences in size between the two models are hardly visible to the naked eye, though.

The case of our test device is relatively stable and can hardly be twisted. The smartphone is fairly suitable for small hands, but there are even more compact models.

Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy M31s

Size comparison

168 mm / 6.61 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 207 g0.4564 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs160.9 mm / 6.33 inch 74.3 mm / 2.93 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs159.3 mm / 6.27 inch 74.4 mm / 2.93 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs

Connectivity – Galaxy with good storage configuration

In Central Europe, the Samsung Galaxy M31s is only available with 6 GB RAM; internationally, a version with 8 GB RAM is sometimes also available. With its 128 GB of storage, the M31s is well equipped, but in its price range, that much storage space is no longer unusual.

A 3.5 mm audio jack is still available as well as NFC, so that mobile payment services can be used without any problems. The Samsung smartphone has two SIM slots, and the microSD slot is independent of these, so you can use dual SIMs and a microSD card simultaneously.

Top: Microphone
Top: Microphone
Bottom: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-C port, microphone, speaker
Bottom: 3.5 mm audio jack, USB-C port, microphone, speaker
Left: SIM and microSD slot
Left: SIM and microSD slot
Right: Power button with fingerprint scanner, volume rocker
Right: Power button with fingerprint scanner, volume rocker

Software – OneUI 2.1 with lots of bloatware

Android 10 is the basis for Samsung's OneUI 2.1. At least visually, it distances itself quite clearly from vanilla Android, but the operation is so similar in many areas that users switching from other brands should quickly get used to it. Our Galaxy M31s relies on security patches from September at the time of testing, so an update from Samsung is necessary as soon as possible here.

Some bloatware apps are preinstalled on the smartphone; these can be partially uninstalled, with Netflix being the exception since it can only be deactivated. Other manufacturers like OnePlus have stated that the Netflix app is important to ensure HDR support on their phones. This can't be an argument with the Galaxy M31s, as the screen doesn't support HDR.

Samsung Galaxy M31s software
Samsung Galaxy M31s software
Samsung Galaxy M31s software

Communication and GPS – Many LTE frequencies

The Galaxy M31s offers several LTE frequencies, so you can use it in many countries worldwide to access mobile Internet. Our reception test delivered average results: There are definitely devices with higher reception quality.

When it comes to WLAN, the Samsung phone in combination with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router shows very similar values to the M31 and is, therefore, at class level. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite and the Motorola Moto G 5G are significantly faster. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Adreno 620, SD 765, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
666 (646min - 677max) MBit/s ∼100% +96%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
628 (545min - 662max) MBit/s ∼94% +85%
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
339 (294min - 351max) MBit/s ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
336 (282min - 350max) MBit/s ∼50% -1%
realme 7 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
329 (286min - 339max) MBit/s ∼49% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼43% -15%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
668 (618min - 677max) MBit/s ∼100% +123%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Adreno 620, SD 765, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
646 (590min - 656max) MBit/s ∼97% +115%
realme 7 Pro
Adreno 618, SD 720G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
332 (299min - 338max) MBit/s ∼50% +11%
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
300 (259min - 320max) MBit/s ∼45%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
297 (258min - 312max) MBit/s ∼44% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼41% -9%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø339 (294-351)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø300 (259-320)

Outdoors, it takes a little while until the accuracy of the location increases to about 5 meters. Moreover, not as many satellites are detected as with other smartphones.

To test the positioning's accuracy in practice, we get on our bikes and take the Galaxy M31s as well as the Garmin Edge 520 navigation device as a reference. The smartphone proves to be rather moderately accurate; it can follow the route well overall but is often a few meters off the track. For example, when crossing the bridge, we were floating over the river, according to the Galaxy M31s, while in real life, we naturally used the bridge. This makes the smartphone less accurate than its sibling model, and we can only recommend it for navigation when the data needed is not too accurate.

Garmin Edge 520 location – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 location – Overview
Garmin Edge 520 location – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 location – Turning point
Garmin Edge 520 location – Bridge
Garmin Edge 520 location – Bridge
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Overview
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Overview
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Turning point
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Turning point
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Bridge
Samsung Galaxy M31s location – Bridge

Telephone and call quality – Don't talk too quietly

Samsung has developed its own phone app that differs from the Android standard in some minor details, but it's very easy to use after a little getting used to. Both VoLTE and VoWiFi are supported, but you first have to activate calls via a WLAN connection in the settings.

As was already the case with the Galaxy M31, we don't find the earphone to be especially loud, so if it gets a bit louder around you, you might find it difficult to understand the other person. In addition, the person on the other end doesn't sound particularly clear, but their voice remains understandable. If you speak too quietly, your voice won't be recognized by the microphone. Call quality is quite similar via the speaker and the hands-free microphone.

Cameras – No hybrid zoom in the Galaxy M31s

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing wide-angle camera sample
Front-facing wide-angle camera sample

The camera equipment corresponds to that of the Samsung Galaxy M31, but the manufacturer felt compelled to update some details, though. In general, the camera equipment is not bad with its four lenses on the back. With up to 64 megapixels, the main lens also has a high resolution.

Usually, however, photos are only taken with a quarter of the resolution, i.e. 16 megapixels, because four pixels are always combined into one pixel, so that the light output can be increased. But if you want, you can also take extremely high-resolution photos.

The image quality of the camera is quite decent. With our flower subject, the software obviously tries to create a blur effect in the background to make the plant stand out more. But this only works properly if you take a closer look. Moreover, some areas look a bit blurred on photos of the surroundings. In low-light and high-contrast situations, the camera doesn't perform so poorly.

The wide-angle lens gained a few more megapixels, but in detail, pictures still look less accurate; the camera is suitable for snapshots, though.

You can only switch between the wide-angle and main lenses directly, since there's no hybrid zoom. The macro lens is only used in a special mode.

Videos with the main camera can be recorded at a maximum of 4K and 30 fps. Fortunately, the preview no longer stutters as was the case with the Galaxy M31. Samsung probably solved this with a software update. The video quality is decent overall.

The front-facing camera still has a resolution of 32 megapixels. The image is cropped a little bit by default, but it can be captured in full size if you wish, which Samsung then refers to as a wide-angle shot. The image quality is generally okay, but sharpness could be even higher in detail.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main lens - FlowersMain lens - SurroundingsMain lens - Low lightUltra wide angle

We can also simulate other lighting conditions in our testing laboratory like a very good illumination of our test charts, for example. Nevertheless, details on the photos taken with the Galaxy M31s look washed out, and contrast isn't perfect everywhere. At an illumination level of 1 lux, the image becomes very grainy, even if individual details are still visible.

ColorChecker
27.6 ∆E
46.1 ∆E
35.8 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
32.7 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
53.9 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
42 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
58.3 ∆E
37.2 ∆E
39.1 ∆E
59.6 ∆E
63 ∆E
47.4 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M31s: 39.63 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 63.03 ∆E
ColorChecker
22 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
19 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
14 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy M31s: 14.1 ∆E min: 1.45 - max: 26.85 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – On-site repairs in big cities

Samsung ships its smartphone with a charger, a matching USB cable, a wired headset, and a tool for opening the SIM drawer. Samsung doesn't offer any special accessories that can be purchased later.

There is a 24-month warranty. Samsung operates service centers in larger cities where you can have your smartphone repaired on the spot, and in some cities, there's even a Smart Repair Bus that can repair a device right in front of your door. Furthermore, a great thing about Samsung's website is that you can also see all-inclusive prices for many kinds of repairs.

Input devices and handling – Fingerprint scanner in standby button

The touchscreen can be used smoothly and works precisely, even in the corners and at the edges. Samsung uses its own creation as a keyboard app, but it works well and can be replaced by other apps if necessary.

The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the slightly recessed standby button on the right side of the device. This makes it easy to feel, and when you hold the smartphone in your hand, the thumb is automatically in the right position for right-handed users, and the index finger for left-handed users. The sensor detects placed fingers quickly and quite exactly, and it unlocks the smartphone without delay. You don't need to press the standby button for this, although you can.

Face recognition can also be used for quick unlocking; this method works well and quite reliably too. It's best to combine fingerprint and face recognition to cover special situations like usage in the dark or wearing gloves.

Portrait keyboard
Portrait keyboard
Landscape keyboard
Landscape keyboard

Display – AMOLED with good reproduction

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

In terms of width, the AMOLED display offers an extended Full HD resolution and shows quite similar values to the Galaxy M31, but the brightness is a bit lower in our tests. Nevertheless, the Galaxy phone can still get quite bright if the situation requires it. The brightness distribution is quite even at 95%.

571
cd/m²
585
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
584
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
583
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 601 cd/m² Average: 585.7 cd/m² Minimum: 1.87 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 584 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.09 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
98.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.084
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy M31
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.40
realme 7 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
LTPS, 2520x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.57
Screen
1%
8%
19%
22%
Brightness middle
584
622
7%
507
-13%
461
-21%
584
0%
Brightness
586
615
5%
508
-13%
458
-22%
583
-1%
Brightness Distribution
95
97
2%
97
2%
93
-2%
97
2%
Black Level *
0.52
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.09
2.25
-8%
1.88
10%
1.01
52%
1.17
44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.96
6.22
22%
3.63
54%
2.1
74%
2.95
63%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.2
2.7
-23%
2
9%
1.5
32%
1.7
23%
Gamma
2.084 106%
2.019 109%
2.338 94%
2.25 98%
2.231 99%
CCT
6512 100%
6810 95%
6665 98%
6701 97%
6341 103%
Contrast
887

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 125 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 125 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 125 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The AMOLED technology offers great advantages in regard to contrast, since the pixels can be completely switched off and thus, at least theoretically, an absolute black is possible. This also makes colors radiate more intensely. With the "Natural" preset, colors and grayscales are displayed relatively precisely; only with green tones do we notice a too high deviation. Consequently, you can't rely completely on the display when assessing print colors.

Unfortunately, AMOLED also has a big disadvantage: There is no backlight that can be dimmed, and therefore, the screen has to be switched off briefly every now and then to simulate a darker image to the eye. The Galaxy M31s does this at a frequency that oscillates around 125 Hz, which can be too low for some users and might lead to headaches. As a result, you should try the smartphone out at low screen brightness before you buy it. 

CalMAN grayscales – "Natural" preset
CalMAN grayscales – "Natural" preset
CalMAN color accuracy – "Natural" preset
CalMAN color accuracy – "Natural" preset
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the smartphone performs quite well in strong ambient light thanks to its brightness boost. The contents remain legible for a long time, but direct sunlight should be avoided if possible.

The viewing angles are no cause for complaint.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – More power please

The Samsung Exynos 9611 is used again as SoC in the Galaxy M31s. We weren't really enthusiastic about this choice with the Galaxy M31: The SoC can't keep up with Qualcomm's mid-range SoCs in terms of processor performance, and it also needs more time for graphics calculations.

In everyday use, the system can be used without any stuttering as long as you don't put too much strain on it, but the fact is that other devices in this price range offer significantly more power.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1605 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1605 Points ∼85% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1249 Points ∼66% -22%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
1095 Points ∼58% -32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1293 Points ∼68% -19%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1565 - 1605, n=3)
1592 Points ∼84% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (259 - 5532, n=53)
1894 Points ∼100% +18%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1343 Points ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1345 Points ∼81% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1138 Points ∼69% -15%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
1022 Points ∼62% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1183 Points ∼71% -12%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1208 - 1345, n=3)
1299 Points ∼78% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 4789, n=57)
1658 Points ∼100% +23%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1387 Points ∼71%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1325 Points ∼68% -4%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
1798 Points ∼92% +30%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
1954 Points ∼100% +41%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1908 Points ∼97% +38%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1207 - 1387, n=4)
1310 Points ∼67% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼100% +41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
347 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
348 Points ∼52% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
570 Points ∼85% +64%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
596 Points ∼89% +72%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
673 Points ∼100% +94%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (345 - 349, n=4)
347 Points ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼84% +63%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5080 Points ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5587 Points ∼55% +10%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
10181 Points ∼100% +100%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
8756 Points ∼86% +72%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
7786 Points ∼76% +53%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (5080 - 5925, n=7)
5572 Points ∼55% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=551)
6067 Points ∼60% +19%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5777 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
6202 Points ∼45% +7%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
13821 Points ∼100% +139%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
9914 Points ∼72% +72%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8730 Points ∼63% +51%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (5777 - 6697, n=7)
6166 Points ∼45% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=704)
6655 Points ∼48% +15%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1972 Points ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2163 Points ∼75% +10%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2701 Points ∼93% +37%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
2802 Points ∼97% +42%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2893 Points ∼100% +47%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1972 - 2163, n=7)
2099 Points ∼73% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=203)
2656 Points ∼92% +35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1389 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1442 Points ∼45% +4%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2267 Points ∼71% +63%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
2844 Points ∼89% +105%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3198 Points ∼100% +130%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1320 - 1442, n=7)
1414 Points ∼44% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=203)
3067 Points ∼96% +121%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1487 Points ∼48%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1557 Points ∼50% +5%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2351 Points ∼75% +58%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
2814 Points ∼90% +89%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3130 Points ∼100% +110%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1442 - 1557, n=7)
1525 Points ∼49% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=203)
2710 Points ∼87% +82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1463 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2332 Points ∼67% +59%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3321 Points ∼95% +127%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3457 Points ∼99% +136%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3495 Points ∼100% +139%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1463 - 2332, n=7)
2115 Points ∼61% +45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼65% +56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1499 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1533 Points ∼43% +2%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2550 Points ∼71% +70%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3165 Points ∼88% +111%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3589 Points ∼100% +139%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1267 - 1533, n=7)
1488 Points ∼41% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼63% +52%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1491 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1659 Points ∼46% +11%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2689 Points ∼75% +80%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3236 Points ∼90% +117%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3605 Points ∼100% +142%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1390 - 1659, n=7)
1588 Points ∼44% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼58% +41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1402 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2308 Points ∼66% +65%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3263 Points ∼93% +133%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3512 Points ∼100% +150%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3492 Points ∼99% +149%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1402 - 2336, n=6)
2087 Points ∼59% +49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼62% +56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1995 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1993 Points ∼37% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3810 Points ∼71% +91%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4865 Points ∼91% +144%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5335 Points ∼100% +167%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1601 - 2021, n=6)
1873 Points ∼35% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼58% +55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1824 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2055 Points ∼42% +13%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3673 Points ∼75% +101%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4484 Points ∼92% +146%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4893 Points ∼100% +168%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1662 - 2074, n=6)
1903 Points ∼39% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼52% +40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1415 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2258 Points ∼66% +60%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3241 Points ∼94% +129%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3445 Points ∼100% +143%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3425 Points ∼99% +142%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1415 - 2258, n=7)
2084 Points ∼60% +47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼62% +52%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1436 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1478 Points ∼45% +3%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2384 Points ∼72% +66%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
2963 Points ∼89% +106%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3321 Points ∼100% +131%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1203 - 1478, n=7)
1422 Points ∼43% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼57% +32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1431 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1601 Points ∼48% +12%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
2533 Points ∼76% +77%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3015 Points ∼90% +111%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3346 Points ∼100% +134%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1342 - 1601, n=7)
1524 Points ∼46% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼54% +25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1390 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2195 Points ∼63% +58%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3247 Points ∼93% +134%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3498 Points ∼100% +152%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3452 Points ∼99% +148%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1390 - 2286, n=6)
2079 Points ∼59% +50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼58% +45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2011 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2020 Points ∼35% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3655 Points ∼63% +82%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4654 Points ∼80% +131%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5832 Points ∼100% +190%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1468 - 2092, n=6)
1944 Points ∼33% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼43% +25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1829 Points ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2056 Points ∼44% +12%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
3556 Points ∼76% +94%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4401 Points ∼94% +141%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4693 Points ∼100% +157%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1595 - 2110, n=6)
1958 Points ∼42% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼46% +17%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
13103 Points ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
20128 Points ∼99% +54%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
20000 Points ∼98% +53%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
20156 Points ∼99% +54%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
20429 Points ∼100% +56%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (13103 - 20393, n=6)
18907 Points ∼93% +44%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=824)
15851 Points ∼78% +21%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
21688 Points ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
25160 Points ∼36% +16%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
53689 Points ∼77% +148%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
62756 Points ∼90% +189%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
69506 Points ∼100% +220%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (15971 - 25625, n=6)
23092 Points ∼33% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=822)
28668 Points ∼41% +32%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
18932 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
23836 Points ∼53% +26%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
39066 Points ∼86% +106%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
42735 Points ∼94% +126%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
45304 Points ∼100% +139%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (16738 - 24052, n=6)
21849 Points ∼48% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=822)
21990 Points ∼49% +16%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
28 fps ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
36 fps ∼38% +29%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
86 fps ∼91% +207%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
95 fps ∼100% +239%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (28 - 48, n=7)
39.1 fps ∼41% +40%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼50% +71%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
25 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
32 fps ∼43% +28%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
75 fps ∼100% +200%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
60 fps ∼80% +140%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (25 - 44, n=7)
35.1 fps ∼47% +40%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼43% +29%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
17 fps ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
18 fps ∼36% +6%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
50 fps ∼100% +194%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
49 fps ∼98% +188%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (17 - 26, n=7)
20.4 fps ∼41% +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼57% +68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
15 fps ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
19 fps ∼35% +27%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
44 fps ∼80% +193%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
55 fps ∼100% +267%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (15 - 24, n=7)
19.9 fps ∼36% +33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼43% +56%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 fps ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
16 fps ∼42% +60%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
33 fps ∼87% +230%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
38 fps ∼100% +280%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (10 - 16, n=7)
14.7 fps ∼39% +47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼60% +128%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
8.9 fps ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
14 fps ∼42% +57%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
29 fps ∼88% +226%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
33 fps ∼100% +271%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (8.9 - 14, n=7)
13.3 fps ∼40% +49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼62% +128%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5.6 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5.7 fps ∼44% +2%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
11 fps ∼85% +96%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
11 fps ∼85% +96%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
13 fps ∼100% +132%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (5.5 - 8.3, n=7)
6.01 fps ∼46% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼90% +109%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
3.6 fps ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
3.6 fps ∼42% 0%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
6.9 fps ∼81% +92%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
7.5 fps ∼88% +108%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8.5 fps ∼100% +136%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (3.5 - 3.6, n=7)
3.56 fps ∼42% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼97% +129%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
9.2 fps ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
9.4 fps ∼45% +2%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
17 fps ∼81% +85%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
18 fps ∼86% +96%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼100% +128%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (8.8 - 9.7, n=7)
9.26 fps ∼44% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼83% +90%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
7.8 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 fps ∼42% +28%
realme 7 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, Adreno 618, 8192
18 fps ∼75% +131%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
21 fps ∼88% +169%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
24 fps ∼100% +208%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (7.8 - 10, n=7)
9.66 fps ∼40% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼84% +158%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
6.4 fps ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 fps ∼48% +56%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
19 fps ∼90% +197%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼100% +228%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (6.4 - 10, n=7)
9.43 fps ∼45% +47%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼72% +138%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5.5 fps ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
9.1 fps ∼51% +65%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
16 fps ∼89% +191%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
18 fps ∼100% +227%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (5.5 - 9.6, n=7)
8.53 fps ∼47% +55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼74% +144%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
152185 Points ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
187087 Points ∼58% +23%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
279244 Points ∼86% +83%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
318669 Points ∼98% +109%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (152185 - 187087, n=7)
175473 Points ∼54% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=140)
325304 Points ∼100% +114%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
884 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
1456 Points ∼100% +65%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1462 Points ∼100% +65%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (10 - 1202, n=7)
620 Points ∼42% -30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=754)
836 Points ∼57% -5%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2141 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2168 Points ∼42% +1%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4697 Points ∼90% +119%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5201 Points ∼100% +143%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (2127 - 2168, n=7)
2149 Points ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=754)
2591 Points ∼50% +21%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1291 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1775 Points ∼31% +37%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
4775 Points ∼84% +270%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5683 Points ∼100% +340%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (1291 - 2122, n=7)
1706 Points ∼30% +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=754)
1948 Points ∼34% +51%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2839 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
4699 Points ∼70% +66%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
6745 Points ∼100% +138%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
6069 Points ∼90% +114%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (2839 - 4978, n=7)
4361 Points ∼65% +54%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=754)
3553 Points ∼53% +25%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1623 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
649 Points ∼16% -60%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620, 4096
3845 Points ∼94% +137%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4094 Points ∼100% +152%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
  (634 - 2191, n=7)
1418 Points ∼35% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=754)
1823 Points ∼45% +12%

Even when surfing the Internet, performance is only enough for middle or bottom places among our comparison devices. If you access or scroll websites, you need to take into account that there will be waiting times.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.232 Points ∼100% +82%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
48.568 Points ∼97% +76%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=214)
42.4 Points ∼84% +53%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (27.5 - 30.6, n=7)
28.2 Points ∼56% +2%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
27.807 Points ∼55% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chrome 86)
27.632 Points ∼55%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
93.643 Points ∼100% +81%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
88.457 Points ∼94% +71%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chrome 86)
51.681 Points ∼55%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (47.5 - 51.9, n=7)
50.4 Points ∼54% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=648)
49.6 Points ∼53% -4%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
47.5 Points ∼51% -8%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.7 runs/min ∼100% +74%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
45.2 runs/min ∼89% +55%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=195)
44.8 runs/min ∼88% +53%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chome 83)
29.4 runs/min ∼58% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chome 86)
29.2 runs/min ∼58%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (26.6 - 30.5, n=7)
29 runs/min ∼57% -1%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
78 Points ∼100% +39%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
76 Points ∼97% +36%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=285)
70.8 Points ∼91% +26%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
56 Points ∼72% 0%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chrome 86)
56 Points ∼72%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (46 - 57, n=7)
53.4 Points ∼68% -5%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
18556 Points ∼100% +74%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
16302 Points ∼88% +53%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chrome 86)
10687 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
10434 Points ∼56% -2%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (7442 - 10687, n=7)
9667 Points ∼52% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=817)
8268 Points ∼45% -23%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=843)
9569 ms * ∼100% -99%
Average Samsung Exynos 9611 (4332 - 6212, n=7)
4863 ms * ∼51% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M31s (Chrome 86)
4800 ms * ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
4786.2 ms * ∼50% -0%
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Chrome 83)
2764.2 ms * ∼29% +42%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
2602.2 ms * ∼27% +46%

* ... smaller is better

The Galaxy M31s is also slightly slower than its competitors when reading and writing to microSD cards, but the differences aren't big enough to actually be relevant in everyday life. When it comes to the internal storage, on the other hand, you can probably feel a difference in speed when reading and writing files, and the Galaxy M31s lags behind the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G or Motorola Moto G 5G Plus again.

Samsung Galaxy M31sSamsung Galaxy M31realme 7 ProMotorola Moto G 5G PlusXiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
4%
9%
17%
54%
12%
-35%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
59.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
60.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
64.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
65.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
10%
59.7 (8.4 - 72.4, n=39)
0%
51.4 (1.7 - 87.1, n=552)
-14%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
73.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
74.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
86.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18%
87.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18%
75.6 (13.4 - 88.3, n=39)
3%
69.2 (8.1 - 96.5, n=552)
-6%
Random Write 4KB
117.1
152.4
30%
129.1
10%
119.3
2%
138.47
18%
114 (18.2 - 290, n=69)
-3%
39.3 (0.14 - 319, n=918)
-66%
Random Read 4KB
105
128.9
23%
159.8
52%
138.14
32%
156.45
49%
144 (92.6 - 239, n=69)
37%
62.3 (1.59 - 325, n=918)
-41%
Sequential Write 256KB
318.4
221.7
-30%
198.1
-38%
180.21
-43%
476.87
50%
241 (182 - 511, n=69)
-24%
136 (2.99 - 1321, n=918)
-57%
Sequential Read 256KB
490.3
489.5
0%
520.6
6%
885.34
81%
979.54
100%
768 (427 - 999, n=69)
57%
358 (12.1 - 2037, n=918)
-27%

Games – 30 fps at low settings

Performance may not always be enough for playing games at a smooth 30 fps at very high settings. PUBG Mobile only really runs smoothly at low settings. The racing game Aspahlt 9: Legends isn't necessarily known for good performance, but it still achieves a smooth 30 fps on powerful devices, but on the Galaxy M31s, you have to put up with frame-rate drops. We measure frame rates with the software from GameBench.

The touchscreen and the position sensor, on the other hand, don't cause any problems; games can be controlled smoothly and reliably with them.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
0102030405060Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.1.0: Ø47.2 (34-55)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.1.0: Ø30.8 (7-38)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 2.5.3a: Ø28.9 (22-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 2.5.3a: Ø29 (21-31)

Emissions – Decent sound

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

We can't detect any excessive heating on the Galaxy smartphone case. 40.9 °C (~106 °F) as the maximum temperature rise after prolonged load is indeed noticeable but not critical. If you don't put any load on the device or only very little, no heat increase is noticeable on the case.

We can check how the system's performance develops under prolonged load with the GFXBench battery test. It can be observed here that significant drops in performance occur repeatedly; the system then tries to provide its full performance again, but performance drops considerably again shortly afterwards. So you can't rely on full performance availability for longer activities.

Max. Load
 38.7 °C
102 F
35 °C
95 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
34.8 °C
95 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 38.5 °C
101 F
35 °C
95 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
31.6 °C
89 F
34.4 °C
94 F
38.4 °C
101 F
31.3 °C
88 F
34.5 °C
94 F
40.9 °C
106 F
31.1 °C
88 F
33.7 °C
93 F
38.7 °C
102 F
Maximum: 40.9 °C = 106 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.4 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.9 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

We were actually already happy with the speaker sound of the Galaxy M31, but the sound of the Galaxy M31s is even more linear and doesn't sound as high-pitched as its smaller predecessor. As a result, you get a decent sound system for a mid-range smartphone, even when the mono speaker obviously can't work miracles.

The 3.5 mm audio jack on the bottom edge and Bluetooth 5.0 bring a clear audio signal to external devices.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.843.52537.538.33129.3294031.934.45037.836.16329.128.68019.522.110019.92112516.527.616014.839.420013.142.425012.547.331510.854.640010.560.250014.862.56301466.280013.466.7100013.570.6125012.172.4160011.774.220001271.5250013.170315013.574.9400014.568.1500015.468.1630016.368.6800016.968.31000017.867.41250018.461.41600019.264.5SPL66.569.771.626.682.7N20.725.524.90.853.1median 14median 66.7Delta1.98.636.836.139.940.831.935.138.934.143.736.629.835.325.925.926.326.324.925.521.627.41934.918.942.618.149.416.654.916.256.714.960.81565.715.671.814.973.714.97215.673.814.670.414.268.314.166.414.460.814.662.714.966.915.272.415.464.415.749.26470.627.581.715.825.3147.9median 15.4median 62.72.111.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy M31sSamsung Galaxy M31
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy M31s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy M31 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 63% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life– Convincing endurance

Energy consumption

Despite it having a little more screen area, the Galaxy M31's power consumption is even a bit lower than that of the M31. When doing a class comparison, however, it still requires rather slightly more energy than other smartphones.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.4 / 2.2 / 3.4 Watt
Load midlight 6.3 / 8.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy M31s
6000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M31
6000 mAh
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
Average Samsung Exynos 9611
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-8%
1%
11%
9%
32%
Idle Minimum *
1.4
1.6
-14%
1.5
-7%
1.5
-7%
1.173 (0.9 - 1.6, n=7)
16%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
36%
Idle Average *
2.2
2.3
-5%
2.1
5%
2.2
-0%
2.28 (1.7 - 4.24, n=7)
-4%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
20%
Idle Maximum *
3.4
3.7
-9%
2.9
15%
2.9
15%
2.86 (1.8 - 4.34, n=7)
16%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
40%
Load Average *
6.3
6.7
-6%
6.7
-6%
4.4
30%
5.97 (5 - 6.99, n=7)
5%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
35%
Load Maximum *
8.9
9.4
-6%
9.2
-3%
7.2
19%
7.83 (6.3 - 9.4, n=7)
12%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
31%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

A very powerful 6,000 mAh battery makes the Galaxy M31s a long-distance runner. In our Wi-Fi test, it lasts 21:49 hours and could, therefore, absolutely manage two complete 8-hour workdays without charging. Under full load, however, there are smartphones that last longer with significantly smaller batteries. So if you usually don't demand so much from your smartphone, you'll get very good runtimes.

Charging with a 15-watt charger does, of course, take some time; Samsung could have easily added a few more watts here.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
40h 39min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
21h 49min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
23h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 19min
Samsung Galaxy M31s
6000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M31
6000 mAh
realme 7 Pro
4500 mAh
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
Battery Runtime
1%
-29%
-37%
-6%
Reader / Idle
2439
2456
1%
1549
-36%
1683
-31%
H.264
1416
1432
1%
581
-59%
1403
-1%
WiFi v1.3
1309
1324
1%
931
-29%
914
-30%
884
-32%
Load
319
326
2%
252
-21%
448
40%

Pros

+ numerous LTE frequencies
+ quite color-accurate AMOLED display
+ hardly heats up
+ decent speaker sound
+ fixed prices for repairs
+ very long battery life

Cons

- partly inaccurate positioning
- comparatively low performance
- PWM flickering
- a lot of bloatware
- outdated security patches
- blurriness in camera pictures
- throttles under prolonged load
- slow charging

Verdict – Some highlights, little power

In review: Samsung Galaxy M31s. Test device provided by:
In review: Samsung Galaxy M31s. Test device provided by:
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Like its sibling model, the Samsung Galaxy M31s isn't perfect; it offers somewhat too little performance for its price range, and the camera could be improved in some areas too.

The very large battery, however, and the resulting good runtimes under low and medium load are a strong argument for Samsung's mid-range phone. The relatively color-accurate AMOLED display is naturally also a great thing, and we also like the dedicated microSD slot as well as the the fairly extensive support of LTE frequencies. The mono speaker is not a hi-fi sound system, but it doesn't do a bad job for a mid-range smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy M31s offers highlights with the long battery life and the strong AMOLED display. More power would've been good for the system, though.

On the other hand, the positioning system isn't very accurate. Moreover, Samsung has installed a relatively large amount of bloatware on the system and hasn't really kept its smartphone up to date with security patches, at least at the time of testing.

The smartphone leaves a mixed impression. The Galaxy M31s doesn't really disqualify itself for a purchase in any category and can even stand out in some areas such as battery life. However, there's also strong competition in this price range that offers more performance and partly even modern 5G mobile radio.

Samsung Galaxy M31s - 11/17/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
46 / 70 → 66%
Weight
88%
Battery
93%
Display
88%
Games Performance
14 / 64 → 21%
Application Performance
54 / 86 → 63%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
72 / 90 → 80%
Camera
58%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-11-19 (Update: 2020-11-19)
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Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile
When I was 12, the first computer came into the house and immediately I started tinkering around, taking it apart, getting new parts and replacing them - after all, there always had to be enough power for the current games. When I came to Notebookcheck in 2009, I was passionate about testing gaming notebooks. Since 2012, my attention has been focused on smartphones, tablets and future technologies.