Samsung Galaxy M40 was launched in India on Tuesday, becoming the latest offering in the company's Galaxy M-series of India-first smartphones. Priced at under Rs. 20,000, the Galaxy M40 competes with smartphones like the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro. It also competes with Samsung's own offering, the Samsung Galaxy A50, in terms of price and specifications. In this article, we see how the Samsung Galaxy M40 compares with the Samsung Galaxy A50 on paper, in terms of price, specifications, and features.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 price in India is set at Rs. 19,990 for its lone 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant. Launch offers include double data benefits for Reliance Jio's Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 prepaid plans, and cashback up to Rs. 3,750 on Vodafone or Idea recharges of Rs. 255. Airtel is also offering 100 percent additional data on the Rs. 249 recharge to Galaxy M40 buyers. It will go on sale from 12pm (noon) IST on June 18 via Amazon India and the Samsung India site.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A50 price in India was initially set starting at Rs. 19,990 when it was launched in March– the same as the Galaxy M40. But, it received a Rs. 1,500 price cut late last month, bringing its price down to Rs. 18,490 for its 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant and Rs. 21,490 for its 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant – the latter variant had been launched at Rs. 22,990.
The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android 9 Pie with One UI on top, just like the Samsung Galaxy A50. While the Samsung Galaxy M40 has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Infinity-O Display featuring a hole-punch cutout for the front camera, the Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Infinity-U Display with a notch for the front camera. Samsung hasn't detailed the display panel used on the Galaxy M40, but notes the implementation of Screen Sound technology to forego the earpiece, instead using vibrations on the screen to deliver audio. The Galaxy A50 features a Super AMOLED display.
While the Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC with 6GB of RAM, the Galaxy A50 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC, with 4GB and 6GB RAM options. There is 128GB of inbuilt storage on the Galaxy M40, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The Galaxy A50 has 64GB of inbuilt storage, also expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).
The Galaxy M40 features a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 32-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens camera. The Galaxy A50 has a similar triple rear camera setup, but with a 25-megapixel primary camera (with an f/1.7 lens) instead. It too has a 5-megapixel secondary camera with an f/2.2 lens, and an 8-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.0 lens. While the Galaxy M40 sports a 16-megapixel front camera, the Galaxy A50 sports a 25-megapixel front camera.
Both Samsung phones share similar connectivity options, including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. Both the Samsung Galaxy M40 and Galaxy A50 also sport a rear fingerprint sensor. While the Galaxy M40 runs off a 3,500mAh battery with 15W fast charging, the Galaxy A50 sports a 4,000mAh battery with the same fast charging tech. For now, Samsung hasn't detailed the exact dimensions of the Galaxy M40, it has revealed a thickness of 7.9mm, and a weight of 168 grams. On the other hand, the Galaxy A50 has dimensions of 158.5x74.7x7.7mm and a weight of 166 grams.
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|Model||Galaxy M40||Galaxy A50|
|Release date||11th June 2019||February 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||155.30 x 73.90 x 7.90||158.50 x 74.70 x 7.70|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3500||4000|
|Colours||Midnight Blue, Seawater Blue, Cocktail Orange||Black, White, Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.30||6.40|
|Resolution||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2340 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||-|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core (8x2GHz)||-|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||Exynos 7 9610|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512||512|
|Dedicated microSD slot||No||Yes|
|Rear camera||32-megapixel (f/1.7) + 5-megapixel + 8-megapixel||25-megapixel (f/1.7) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Front camera||16-megapixel||25-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n/ac||-|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||-|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|