Samsung Galaxy M40 quick review: A solid addition to the Galaxy M series
The Galaxy M-series has seen a lot of success in India since its debut earlier this year. Samsung has launched three successful phones under this lineup that includes the Galaxy M10 (Review), Galaxy M20 (Review) and Galaxy M30 (Review) that have been lauded for offering attractive displays along with good hardware at affordable prices. The company has sold over 2 million units already, and it plans to keep the pace going with the Galaxy M40.
The Galaxy M40 definitely looks like a great addition to the Galaxy M family considering it comes with an Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera setup and a Snapdragon 675 processor, among other things. All of this comes at a price of Rs 19,990 in India, which sounds pretty competitive. I spent a brief amount of time with the Galaxy M40 and here are my first impressions.
The front side of the Galaxy M40 gets a new Infinity-O display, which is a first for a Galaxy M phone. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy M40 gets a small circular hole on the top corner of the screen to house the selfie camera. This solution removes the need for a notch in an attempt to minimise distraction while viewing the display.
The rear panel of the Galaxy M40 looks similar to other Galaxy M phones, but still manages to look fresh. This is because the curved glasstic panel comes in two brand new colours that look mighty attractive. The Midnight Blue colour, which I have received for review, offers a really dark blue hue almost throughout the panel, but the curved edges give off a halo-ish prism effect, which looks really nice. The Seawater Blue is a light shade of blue that also looks quite attractive.
There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is extremely quick to enroll your fingerprint. The triple camera setup is vertically placed on the top left corner. The curved panel makes it easy to grip the device and the phone is delightfully lightweight at 168 grams. At 7.9mm thickness, the Galaxy M40 offers a sleek and slim form factor as well. The power and volume buttons on the right side are easy to reach and so is the fingerprint sensor. All of this is to say that the Galaxy M40 offers good ergonomics.
Samsung has taken a bold move by dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy M40. Consumers in this segment still believe in the headphone jack and wired earphones, which is why Samsung is trying to compensate for it by offering Type-C earphones with the box. The Galaxy M40 supports a hybrid SIM slot and offers a single speaker grille on the bottom.
The Galaxy M40 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity-O display. This is the first phone in its segment to get a punch-hole display, which is quite exciting to see. The bezels on the top and sides are extremely thin. Samsung managed to reduce the top bezel by eliminating the earpiece. The Galaxy M40 employs an on-screen sound technology, which means sound is emitted from under the display. We will check out the call quality via this solution in a detailed review.
Unlike the Galaxy M30 which offers a Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy M40 uses a TFT LCD panel. Nevertheless, the display still looks great with vibrant colours, good viewing angles and brightness levels. In our in-depth review, we will test how the 1080p resolution performs for videos and games. It is also worth noting that the Galaxy M40 is Widevine L1 certified so you will be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video in true HD resolution.
The Galaxy M40 is also the first Galaxy M phone to get a Snapdragon processor. It is powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset which is paired with 6GB of RAM, which sounds like a good amount. There is also 128GB of storage onboard, which can be expanded further via a microSD card (up to 512GB).
Out of the box, the Galaxy M40 feels quite snappy as one would expect. Apps are quick to open and load times are fast as well. Scrolling through the UI is swift and touch response is good as well. In our review, we will talk about how the phone performance during intensive usage like running a bunch of apps during the day and playing graphic intensive games.
Notably, the Galaxy M40 is the first in the Galaxy M series to ship with Android Pie out of the box. On top of Pie, you get One UI which is Samsung's custom software that offers some neat new features such as system-wide Night mode and a redesigned interface that focuses on making one-handed usage easier. You do get a few preloaded apps like Prime Video, Amazon, Dailyhunt and Helo, which can be uninstalled.
A number of Samsung phones this year have come with triple camera systems that more often than not includes a wide-angle camera and the Galaxy M40 is no different. The camera setup on the Galaxy M40 includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Up front, the M40 gets a 16-megapixel sefie camera housed within the cutout.
With this triple camera system, Samsung is promises sharp and clear images using the main camera with the ability to easily switch to wide-angle for landscape shots. We will have more to say about the camera performance in our full review.
While past Galaxy M phones have typically offered large 5,000mAh batteries, the Galaxy M40 comes with a 3,500mAh capacity. It will be interesting to see how the battery holds up with an optimised One UI software and a power efficient Snapdragon 11nm-based Snapdragon 675 chipset. The M40 also supports fast charging and you get a 15W charging brick with the box.
The Galaxy M40 looks like a solid addition to the already popular Galaxy M series. With an Infinity-O display, 32MP triple camera setup and Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Galaxy M40 offers plenty of exciting features for a price just under Rs 20,000.