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Samsung Galaxy M31s vs OnePlus Nord: Which one should you buy?

Is the extra Rs 5,500 for the OnePlus Nord justified?

July 31, 2020 / 08:12 PM IST

Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy M31s in India. The Galaxy M31s is priced at Rs 19,499 in India for the base 6GB/128GB variant. While the Galaxy M31s is a great smartphone, it isn’t the only mid-range smartphone that recently debuted in the country.

So, we decided to take the Galaxy M31s and see how it fares against the OnePlus Nord, arguably India’s most popular mid-range smartphone. It is worth noting that the two phones are located at different price segments, with the OnePlus Nord costing over 5k more than the M31s. However, we will examine if you should pay the extra price or if the M31s is more than sufficient.

OnePlus Nord vs Galaxy M31s 
SpecsGalaxy M31sOnePlus Nord
ChipsetExynos 9611 (10nm)Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
Display6.5 inches FHD+ Super AMOLED, 60Hz6.44 inches FHD+ Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
RAM6GB / 8GB6GB /8GB / 12GB
Storage128GB64GB / 128GB/ 256GB
Rear Camera64 MP, f/1.8 + 12 MP, f/2.2 + 5 MP, f/2.4 + 5 MP, f/2.448 MP, f/1.8 (OIS) + 8 MP, f/2.3 + 5 MP, f/2.4 + 2 MP, f/2.4
Front Camera32 MP, f/2.032 MP, f/2.5 + 8 MP, f/2.5
SoftwareAndroid 10, One UI 2.0Android 10, OxygenOS 10.0
Battery6000 mAh, 25W Fast Charging, Reverse Charging4115 mAh, 30W Fast Charging
Price (Rs)19,499 / 21,49924,999 / 27,999 / 29,999

First off, the OnePlus Nord features a superior Snapdragon 765G SoC, which not only offers 5G connectivity but is leaps ahead in terms of raw performance. This gives the OnePlus Nord a huge advantage in performance.

In terms of optics, the camera setup on both phones is pretty much the same. Since we have not tested the Galaxy M31s, there is no way of knowing if it offers a better primary sensor, considering the main camera is about the only difference between the two phones. It is worth noting that Samsung has a higher megapixel primary and ultrawide camera. Although, OnePlus offers optical image stabilisation on its main camera.

For selfies, OnePlus has a primary and ultrawide camera, while Samsung gets a single selfie shooter. Both phones have their advantages here, with Samsung offering 4K video recording on the front camera and OnePlus adding an ultrawide camera to fit more into the frame.

Close

When it comes to software, both Oxygen OS and One UI are pretty much as good as it gets. The experience is only second to stock Android, and in some cases, even better. Battery tells a different tale, though, while OnePlus offers slightly faster charging, Samsung’s battery is much bigger.

If we had to pick one of the two phones, we’d have to go with the OnePlus Nord, despite the extra Rs 5,000. The Exynos 9611 chip is not the best performer for gaming, while the Snapdragon 765G is one of the best-in-class mid-tier chipsets. Moreover, the chip supports 5G if you are able to access a 5G network that is.

One more advantage we left out is the fact that the OnePlus Nord has a 90Hz refresh rate and support HDR10+ content. Both the OnePlus Nord and Galaxy M31s are pretty evenly matched in most areas, but in two areas (Display and Performance), the Nord manages to leap ahead. And yes, those are two very important areas.
Carlsen Martin
first published: Jul 31, 2020 08:12 pm

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