Samsung just launched its mid-range Galaxy M31s in India. It is an incremental upgrade to the Galaxy M31 launched earlier this year. The phone comes with a bigger screen and improved cameras. The Galaxy M31s starts at Rs 19,499, which is a bit lower when compared to the Rs 24,999 price of the OnePlus Nord. Both the devices have their own specialities and will appeal to different set of consumers.
We will find out which smartphone id better in terms of price and specs if we compare Samsung Galaxy M31s vs OnePlus Nord.
OnePlus Nord vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Comparison
|Specifications||Galaxy M31s||Oneplus Nord|
|Display||6.5 inches, FHD+||6.44 inches, FHD+|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED, 60Hz||Fluid Amoled, 90Hz|
|Software||Android 10, One UI 2.0||Android 10, OxygenOS 10.5.4|
|CPU||Exynos 9611||Snapdragon 765G|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP3||Andreno 620|
|Front camera||32 MP, f/2.2 (wide)||32 MP, f/2.5 (wide)|
8 MP, f/2.5 (ultrawide)
|Rear camera||64 MP, f/1.8 (wide)|
12 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
|48 MP, f/1.8 (wide)|
8 MP, f/2.3 (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|Battery||6000 mAh||4115 mAh|
|Charging||Fast charging 25W||Fast charging 30W|
|Fingerprint sensor||ide-mounted||Under display, optical|
|Starting Price||₹ 19,499||₹ 24,999|
Samsung Galaxy M31s box contents:
1. Samsung Galaxy M31 handset
2. 15W fast charger
3.USB Type-C Cable
4. Quick Start Guide and Warranty information
Oneplus Nord box contents:
1. OnePlus Nord handset
2. Warp charge 30T adapter
3. Type-C cable
4. Transparent case
5. SIM ejector
6. Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information
Design and Build
The OnePlus Nord obviously costs a lot more than the Samsung Galaxy M31s so it’s obviously going to be better from the M31s in a lot of areas and one of them is the design.
From a distance, both of them look equally good and you could go either way with the design but the Nord’s all-glass approach does lend it a more premium in-hand feel.
The M31s in comparison makes use of polycarbonate which isn’t the end of the world but it does feel a tad less luxurious as compared to Oneplus.
I also like the Oneplus Nord’s marble blue color which makes it stand out. That’s not to say that the Galaxy M31 mirage black gradient is any less attractive. But between the two I’d go for the Oneplus Nord.
If you’re talking about looks, the Oneplus Nord is a considerably lighter phone as compared to the M31s and it’s narrower too. The Nord base 184 grams, the Galaxy M31s tips the scale at 203 grams.
So it goes without saying that the Nord will be more comfortable to use over extended periods you might have to get used to the phone’s flat slippery back which isn’t as grippy. But a simple case would solve the trick.
Speaking of which, while the Oneplus Nord comes with a bundled case, the Galaxy M31s doesn’t. So make sure you order one if you plan to go with the M31s.
Also this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Oneplus Nord comes with corning’s gorilla glass 5 on the back but the M31s does not because it’s constructed out of polycarbonate.
You’ll also find the volume rocker positioned at a more reachable position on the Oneplus Nord, whereas on the M31s it’s positioned a bit too high for my liking.
Samsung could have done a better job here, I like how every Oneplus phone gets an alert slider which allowed me to switch through different sound profiles.
That being said, the Oneplus Nord doesn’t come with expandable storage however the Galaxy M31s does comes with the SD card slot, allowing you to expand the memory of the phone.
This is a major win for Samsung here, but not quite big as this next one.
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Oneplus Nord: Display
The Oneplus Nord comes with a 6.44 inch fluid amoled display with a punch or notch present towards the left-hand side. It’s a dual console launch actually because this phone actually comes with a dual selfie camera setup.
Samsung Galaxy M31s on the other hand comes with a centrally aligned punch hole launch and this also comes with a 6.5 inch super amoled display.
The display specs might seem quite similar on paper at first but one big difference between these two phones is that while the Oneplus Nord comes with a 90hz screen which means that the display on this phone refreshes at 90 times per second.
The one on the Samsung Galaxy M31s refreshes at 60 hertz. If you ask me then having used the M31s for over a week and the Oneplus Nord for even longer, I would pick the screen on the Nord over the M31s .
It’s not just the fact that the screen on the Oneplus Nord refreshes quicker that plays a big role but unlike the M31s the Oneplus Nord can also stream shows from netflix at HDR whereas the M31s can only play back videos in HDR from youtube.
Also, while the Nord’s peak brightness is at 1000 nits, the M31s maxes out at 600 nits. So be it browsing through your social media feeds using the phone outdoors or just watching movies, the Nord clearly has an edge over the Samsung Galaxy M31s.
But let me assure you that the display on the M31s is no slouch either and for the price. You’re getting one of the nicest displays there, it’s plenty sharp, has excellent viewing angles and it comes with a tinier notch.
Meaning you can get a more immersive experience while watching movies on the phone. Also owing to its lesser refresh rate you won’t find a lot of color shifting issues on the screen of the M31s.
But in a dimly lit room at exceptionally low brightness, you will notice the black turn slightly brownish or greenish on the Oneplus Nord.
I’d prefer the one on the Oneplus Nord because I can’t go back to using a phone with a 60hz screen.
Now let’s talk about protection. So, with the Oneplus Nord you’re going to get corning’s gorilla glass 5 on the display and it also comes with a pre applied screen protector
Whereas with the Samsung Galaxy M31s you’ll get corning’s gorilla glass 3. So while the one on the Samsung Galaxy M31s is going to be better at preventing scratches, the Oneplus Nord should in theory be better at ensuring that your phone survives an accidental drop.
The Oneplus Nord is only the second smartphone in the country to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and as for RAM, this phone gets up to 12GB of LPDDR4X memory and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage which isn’t expandable.
As for the Samsung Galaxy M31s, this phone comes with samsung’s in-house Exynos 9611 octa-core processor which has been mated with 6GB of 6GB LPDDR4X memory and 128GB of storage. You can also pick up the phone with 8GB RAM.
The storage here is UFS 2.1 as well, also, this phone does let you expand the storage via a microSD card.
I won’t beat around the bush at all, if you’re thinking about buying one of these two phones and performance is a priority for you then just get the Oneplus Nord.
It’s much better at keeping apps in memory has slightly faster upload times and is better for intensive tasks like editing a video on apps like twitter or gaming.
Even in benchmarks, you can clearly see that the Oneplus Nord has higher scores when compared to the Samsung Galaxy M31s.
One thing that the M31s has going for it though is that it can run pubg on HDR and ultra but that’s kind of pointless as the gaming experience is really bad on those settings.
The Oneplus Nord currently can’t do HDR and ultra but the gaming experience on HD and high was still quite good on the phone.
With the settings turned down to smooth and extreme, you’ll still come across a few hiccups here and there so for all intents and purposes get the Oneplus Nord if you are at all serious about getting them chicken dinners.
Both these phones are on Android 10, however you’re going to get a custom UI skin on both the M31s and Nord.
In the case of the Galaxy M31s, you’re going to get OneUI 2.1 whereas with the Oneplus Nord, you’re going to get the company’s OxygenOS.
It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to compare one custom skin to the other as some people will like OneUI more than OxygenOS os and vice versa.
But if you ask me, then i’d go with Samsung’s OneUI. It comes with better customization options and secondly it also offers a premium experience.
It has all the stable android features like a dark mode, navigational gestures, blue light filter, screen recorder, etc.
So it’s not a bad UI, in fact it even one-ups OxygenOS by offering features like a smart pop-up mode.
So it’s in no way inferior to OxygenOS and it’ll all boil down to which skin you like more. I should point out that both the phones come with the latest google security patch, so security wise both the devices are up to date.
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Oneplus Nord: Camera comparison
The Samsung Galaxy M31s has seen the most improvement in the camera department and this phone comes with a sony IMX682, 64MP sensor at the back which is the main sensor on this phone.
As for the assistant cameras on the back, you get a 12MP wide angle lens and a 5MP macro sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. For selfies, this device gets a 32 MP sony IMX616 sensor up front.
As for the Nord, this phone comes with a sony IMX586 sensor on the back, that is the main 48 MP shooter that you get with this phone.
You also get an 8 MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5 MP sensor, 2 MP macro sensor. For selfies, this phone gets a dual selfie camer, you’ll get a 32 MP front facing camera and an 8 MP wide angle lens.
Before I talk about that I’d like you all to understand how the two phones process images.
So firstly with the Oneplus Nord, you’ll hear me talk a lot about how the colors in the shots look natural. That being said the phone also darkens the shadows of the dark parts in a photo to make the scene appear more dramatic.
The M31s on the other hand offers superior detail in almost every single situation, however plays up the colors in the photo.
On the flip side the phone does a good job at bringing out the details from the shadow. So you’ll basically see more of the surroundings in all the M31s shot.
Now let’s start the comparison by talking about the white shot of a garden.
The Nord’s photo is undoubtedly processing colors better whereas the M31s is boosting the greens. A good example is the grass or the sky which has retained its grey shade in the Nord’s photo.
If you zoom into the image then you’ll notice that the M31s’s shot is sharper than the Nord’s photo and that there’s noticeable noise in the north shore towards the left hand side.
Also the bushes behind the decorative fountain and the leaves of the tree on the top right of the frame appear dark on the Nord’s photo.
But the M31s shot brings out details from these parts of the photo too. The M31s has an edge when it comes to the details. There’s quite a lot of graininess in the Nord’s shot but the M31s photo is as crispy.
When it comes to the details, the only difference I could tell was that the M31s was boosting the colors.
If you ask me is that the Nord would always blotch up the reds and the pinks which is evident from this next close-up of the pink flower.
If you zoom in to the center, then you’ll see that the M31s actually has better definition as compared to the Nord’s shot.
Ultra-wide and Macro lens
In a similar fashion the wide angle and macro images were much much better on the M31s.
If you look at the wide angle sample then you will find much better corner details on the M31s photo with better definition in the leaves and the trees and more sharpness towards the center of the frame too.
The Oneplus Nord’s wide angle photo on the other hand could definitely use some work and I didn’t like it at all.
Same goes for the macro images which looked incredible from the M31s’s 5 MP shooter, but Nord’s 2 MP lens captured less details.
The highest shot from the two phones have similar result and here, the M31s’s 64 MP shot was much superior to the Nord’s 48 MP shot.
As an example, if you zoom into the center and look at the water tanker on the top of the house adjacent to mine, then you will be able to read the text on the M31s shot much better as compared to the Nord.
That being said, the colors are once again better on the Oneplus Nord’s photo.
As for selfies, the Oneplus Nord received quite a few updates till now and I can confirm that the selfies look much better than they did before.
When compared to the selfie camera of M31s, you’ll notice that the Nord’s selfie has a more natural skin tone and fantastic detailing around the cheeks.
The M31s selfie while also good, has an orangish tinge on the skin which doesn’t look very good.
Same goes for the portrait shots which look great on the two phones. The Nord offered a cleaner cut out around the hair.
You can click wide angle selfies with the Nord which will come in handy once the lockdown finally left and you can socialize with your friends.
In low light situations, the images from the two phones without their respective night modes was about the same in terms of visibility and sharpness.
The M31s outputted a more pleasing scene with the night mode enabled and even tackled lens flaring is also better.
Same goes for the low light selfies too which when clicked with the screen flash enabled, gives a more pleasing result with a lot less noise on the M31s.
In terms of videos, the Nord has a clear edge over the M31s, as it not only can shoot in 1080p 60fps from the rear camera but also in 4k 60fps from the fronr.
Now the M31s on the other hand limits the frame rate to 30 fps on both the back and the front cameras.
As for the quality, the rear camera sample looked much better on the Nord as it has slightly better stability and the phone also captured the audio much better.
Also there was visible focus jumping on the M31s video. So if you’re more about shooting videos than clicking photos, the Nord is definitely the way to go.
Biometrics and Security
Now both the phones are neck to neck when it comes to biometrics and with the Oneplus Nord you’re going to get an in-display fingerprint sensor whereas with the Samsung Galaxy M31s, you’re going to get a side mounted fingerprint sensor.
The fingerprint sensors on both the phones are really really good and you can unlock the M31s and the Oneplus Nord under 1 second.
But what I noticed though was that the Nord took a fraction of a second more to get me into my home screen. It’s not a deal break or anything but it’s worth pointing out.
Similarly, while both the phones come with facial recognition, I found the one on the Oneplus Nord to be better. It is quicker and more reliable in low light situations.
Both the phones come with all the necessary sensors including an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor and an electronic compass.
If you’re going to rely on cellular connectivity quite a lot, then you would be glad to know that both the phones offers excellent network coverage on LTE’s post paid connection.
The call quality is also great on both the phones and I didn’t come across any issues of call drops on either of the two handsets.
Audio and Voice
Unlike the Nord, the Samsung Galaxy M31s does come with the headphone jack which is still very important to a lot of peeps.
So I’m glad that Samsung didn’t admit this and while we’re on the subject of audio, I’d like to point out that while the Oneplus Nord and the Samsung Galaxy M31s both shipped at over the bottom firing mono speaker.
The one on the Oneplus Nord gets a tad louder, so while the M31s scores big on convenience thanks to its 3.5 mm port. It loses some points owing to its tinny sounding speaker.
When it comes to the USB type-c ports and both the models come with the USB 2.0 interface. So you should see similar data transfer speeds here.
That being said the haptic feedback on the Oneplus Nord is leaks ahead of what you get with the Samsung Galaxy M31s.
In fact the note has the best haptics under ₹30,000 and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy your time typing long messages and drafting scripts on the phone.
Battery and charging
Battery life wise, the Samsung Galaxy M31s absolutely crushes the Oneplus Nord. This phone offers a screen on time of around 7 hours.
The Oneplus Nord on the other hand offers a screen on time of only 5 and a half hours. This shouldn’t be all that surprising because the Samsung Galaxy M31s actually comes with a 6000 mAh battery.
Whereas the Oneplus Nord has only 4,115 mAh battery. One thing I would like to add though is that while the Oneplus Nord comes with full support for gcam, you won’t get the same on the Samsung Galaxy M31s.
So down the line, if you do slap a Gcam mod on the Oneplus Nord, you can expect its camera quality from the daylight photos to improve significantly.
That being said, the Oneplus Nord comes with faster 30W charging to boot which refuels the phone in just 55 minutes.
The M31s on the other hand comes with the 25W charging which charges the phone from zero to 100 percent in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Oneplus Nord vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Price in India
The Samsung Galaxy M31s comes in 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage options. The base 6GB RAM variant is priced at ₹19,499 while the 8GB RAM variant is priced at ₹21,499.
On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord comes in a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant which is priced at ₹24,999, an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant priced at ₹27,999, and lastly a 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model priced at ₹29,999.
Samsung Galaxy M31s vs Oneplus Nord: Conclusion
like it or not, the Samsung Galaxy M31s actually brings a lot to the table for its price including a better camera setup as compared to the Oneplus Nord and much better battery life too.
Also, this phone comes with a headphone jack, something which the Oneplus Nord omits.
So if you prioritize better cameras and superior battery life over everything else, you just stick with the M31s.
But if you want a much more premium design, much better performance, better haptics, a more versatile video camera and a much more premium looking design then, I’d say go with the Oneplus Nord.
It is much more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy M31s but justifiably. That wraps up this Samsung Galaxy M31s vs OnePlus Nord conparison.
Do let me know in the comments below which of these two phones would you buy. Would you go for the M31s or would you go for the Oneplus Nord?