Samsung Galaxy M40 is the latest addition to the new Galaxy M series. It is another phone that proves that Samsung is taking competition from Chinese smartphone brands seriously. It is no secret that the Kenyan smartphone market has been dominated by Chinese phone manufacturers. Phones from Chinese firms, the likes of Tecno, Huawei, and Infinix offer amazing value and come loaded with features that make them stand out. However, in 2019, Samsung decided to beat them in their own game.
If you are looking for an affordable phone with a powerful battery, you should consider Samsung M series phones. Samsung Galaxy M20 and Samsung Galaxy M30 are readily available in the Kenya market. Both phones pack massive 5000mAh batteries. The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, has a smaller 3500mAh battery. However, it has a host of attractive features that make it one of the best mobile phones in its class.
A brief look at Samsung Galaxy M40 specs
- 6.3 inches display
- 1080 x 2380 pixels display
- Snapdragon 675
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB onboard storage
- 32 megapixels back camera
- 16 megapixels front camera
- Android 9.0 Pie OS
Body, Design & Display
The Galaxy M40 has the same design and look of its M series siblings. When you take a look at them from a distance, it will be very difficult to differentiate the Samsung M40 and the M30. This does not mean that this phone is not better than its predecessor as far as design and looks are concerned. It has pseudo-glass finish and it is one of the best-looking phones in its price range. It is slim and has fancy curves that leave a lasting impression.
Unfortunately, the back of this smartphone is a fingerprint magnet. If you chose to buy, you should be prepared to wipe it occasionally. It is a fairly light phone, weighing in at 168g. This makes it pocketable and an easy phone to hold and use in one hand. It comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which you can use in conjunction with the face unlock feature to keep your phone secure. The volume and power buttons are on the right side.
Samsung Galaxy M40 does not have a 3.5mm jack. This can be a little disappointing to anyone who wants a phone with a 3.5mm port. Samsung eliminated this feature to create a slim phone.
The M40 does not have an earpiece. Instead, the smartphone utilizes Samsung’s screen sound cast technology. This technology converts the phone’s display into a speaker. Call quality is just as good as what you would expect from any good phone with the conventional earpiece.
Samsung M40 ships with 6.3 inches display with a punch-hole notch. Samsung calls this type of display “Infinity 0”. It is an IPS LCD display and has full HD+ resolution. You probably expected it to have a Super AMOLED display like the Galaxy M30 – however, the IPS LCD is really good and it’s not something that you should complain about. It is bright and displays accurate colors.
Hardware, software, and battery
Galaxy A40 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and has 6GB of RAM. It has 64GB in-built expandable storage. From these specs, it’s fair to expect nothing other than smooth operation when the phone is in us. This is a phone that can even handle the most intensive Android games.
It ships with a 3500mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. It’s disappointing that Samsung downgraded battery capacity. I was expecting it will pack a beefy battery with at least 5000mAh like the M20 and M30.
Samsung M40 runs on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Samsung’s One UI skin on top. The company’s UI has many improvements and little bloatware. It has a good number of interesting features including a theme store and gives the user the ability to use navigational gestures.
Samsung Galaxy M40 is equipped with a 32 MP f/1.7 primary lens paired with a 5 MP f/2.2 depth sensor and an 8 MP ultra-wide lens with 123-degree FOV. This is not bad, but not exciting enough because some of the competitors, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro which has a 48 MP sensor. Thankfully, pixels count is not the most important camera feature to look at when you are looking for a good camera phone. M40 captures images that are par with images captures by competing phones from other brands.
It is equipped with a 16 MP f/2.0 front camera for selfies and video calls. It has a screen flash which allows you to take bright selfies in low light areas.
Samsung M40 Pros and Cons
- Fantastic design
- Powerful chipset and 6GB of RAM
- Awesome cameras
- Average battery life
- Lack 3.5mm headphone jack.