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    Is the Samsung Galaxy M40 Good Enough to Beat Redmi Note 7 Pro?

    Samsung has been aggressive this year when it comes to launching new smartphones in India. The company has already launched a handful of Galaxy A and Galaxy M devices that have crowded up the budget to mid-range segments. Samsung is clearly taking the fight to companies like Xiaomi and Realme this year, and the Galaxy M40 is the company's latest attempt to do so.

    The Galaxy M40 has been launched in India priced at Rs 19,990. For its price, the phone touts a punch-hole display, which is a first in this segment, along with a triple camera setup and a Snapdragon 675 chipset. Given the specs, the biggest competitor to the Galaxy M40 is a phone that costs much cheaper, namely the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

    Design and display:
    The USP of the Galaxy M40 is its Infinity-O display. This is the first time we are seeing a phone with a hole-punch display in the sub Rs 20,000 segment, which is pretty exciting. The Galaxy M40 offers a large 6.3-inch FHD+ screen and minimal bezels all around for a high screen ratio. While not an AMOLED panel like the Galaxy M30, the LCD display on the M40 still looks great with rich colour reproduction and excellent viewing angles.

    The rear panel on the Galaxy M40 is not glass but rather curved plastic with a glossy finish to make it look like glass. It comes in two attractive colours - Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue.

    The Redmi Note 7 Pro is easily a more premium-feeling phone as it comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.The glass back panel is also offered in an attractive Aurora gradient finish. It also gets a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch, but in terms of display quality it looks like the Galaxy M40 has the edge.

    Headphone jack:
    Samsung has made a pretty questionable decision to axe the headphone jack from the Galaxy M40. There is no official reason behind the move and it is quite surprising considering the company retained the 3.5mm port even on its flagship Galaxy S10 line. Moreover, the affordable segment is still very much attached to the headphone jack, so consumers might not take to this positively. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, meanwhile, does offer a headphone jack.

    Camera:
    The Galaxy M40 offers a triple camera setup that includes a 32MP main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. Clearly, Samsung wants to offer more versatility here by allowing users to quickly switch between different shooting mode.

    If the Galaxy M40 is about versatility, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is about raw performance. It's highlight is that it sports a 48MP Sony IMX 586 main camera, which is currently the biggest trend in the market. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also gets a secondary 5MP depth camera, but the main camera is what makes it the camera phone.

    We are yet to compare the cameras side-by-side, but Samsung will have a tough time taking on the Redmi phone as far as camera performance goes as one also has to keep in mind that the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a dedicated Night mode, while the Galaxy M40 does not.

    Software:
    Both the Galaxy M40 and Redmi Note 7 Pro run on Snapdragon 675, which means you are likely to find similar performance between the two when it comes to loading apps, using multiple apps during the day and playing games. But the performance also depends on the software and the Samsung phone gets an edge by offering Android Pie with an optimised One UI on top.

    One UI is a great new custom software by Samsung as it brings some neat features like system-wide dark mode and a redesigned interface for easier one-handed usage, both of which are not found with MIUI. Samsung's One UI also offers far less bloatware and ads compared to MIUI.

    Battery:
    The Galaxy M40 houses a 3,500mAh battery, which is noticeably smaller compared to the Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20, both of which offer 5,000mAh capacities. It is also smaller compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which packs a 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has already proved that it offers a great battery life, but we are yet to test the performance of the Galaxy M40. Suffice it to say that the 3,500mAh battery does not instill any confidence.

    The Samsung Galaxy M40 as a standalone product looks great. It's offers an attractive punch-hole display and a versatile triple camera setup. It also comes in a sleek and appealing form factor and a cleaner software experience.

    But the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a lot of bang for the buck by offering a disruptive 48MP camera and a large 4,000mAh battery along with a premium Gorilla Glass rear panel. All of this at prices more affordable than the Galaxy M40. We will be out with our Galaxy M40 review in a few days where we will tell you whether the Galaxy M40 is worth buying for its price.

    • General
      Sim Type
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Dual Sim, GSM+GSM (Hybrid Slot)
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Dual Sim, GSM+GSM (Hybrid Slot)
      Dual Sim
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      Sim Size
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Nano SIM
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Nano+Nano SIM
      Device Type
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Smartphone
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Smartphone
      Release Date
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      June 12, 2019
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      February, 2019
    • Design
      Dimensions
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
      Weight
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      168 g
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      186 g
    • Display
      Type
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Color IPS LCD screen (16M)
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Color IPS LCD screen (16M)
      Touch
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, with Multitouch
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, with Multitouch
      Size
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels
      Aspect Ratio
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      19.5:9
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      19.5:9
      PPI
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      ~409 PPI
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      ~409 PPI
      Screen to Body Ratio
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      ~ 91.8%
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      ~ 81.4%
      Notch
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, Punch Hole
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, Water Drop Notch
    • Memory
      RAM
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      6 GB
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      6 GB
      Storage
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      128 GB
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      128 GB
      Card Slot
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, (Hybrid Slot), upto 512 GB
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, (Hybrid Slot), upto 256 GB
    • Connectivity
      GPRS
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      EDGE
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      3G
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      4G
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      VoLTE
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      Wifi
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, with wifi-hotspot
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, with wifi-hotspot
      Bluetooth
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, v5.0
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, v5.0
      USB
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, USB-C v2.0
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, USB-C v2.0
      USB Features
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      USB Charging
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      USB on-the-go
      IR Blaster
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
    • Extra
    • Camera
      Rear Camera
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       32 MP f/1.7
      8 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)
      5 MP f/2.2 (Depth Sensor) with autofocus
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       48 MP + 5 MP with autofocus
      Features
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Panorama, HDR
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      HDR, Panorama
      Video Recording
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       2160p @ 30fps UHD, 1080p @ 30fps FHD
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       4K @ 30fps UHD
      Flash
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, LED
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, Dual LED
      Front Camera
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       16 MP f/2
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       13 MP
      Front Video Recording
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       1080p @ 30fps FHD
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
    • Technical
      OS
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Android v9.0 (Pie)
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Android v9.0 (Pie)
      Chipset
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
      CPU
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      2 GHz, Octa Core Processor
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      2 GHz, Octa Core Processor
      Core Details
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      GPU
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Adreno 612
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Adreno 612
      Java
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       No
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       No
      Browser
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes, supports HTML5
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, supports HTML5
    • Multimedia
      Email
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      Music
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      Video
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       MP4/WMV/H.265
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
      FM Radio
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes, with FM Recording
      Document Reader
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       Yes
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Yes
    • Battery
      Type
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      Non-Removable Battery
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      Non-Removable Battery
      Size
      Samsung Galaxy M40
      3500 mAh, Li-Po Battery
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
      4000 mAh, Li-Po Battery
      Fast Charging
      Samsung Galaxy M40
       15W Fast Charging
      Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM + 128GB)
       Quick Charge 4
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