Samsung Galaxy A40
Here is yet another addition to the Galaxy M line of Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy M40. Some of the other models include Galaxy M10, M20 and M30. Be rest assured more will follow. This is an interesting mid-range smartphone because it clearly borrows its design language from the Galaxy S10 which is a flagship smartphone. I will tell you more about this later. Below is a list of the features it has.
Samsung Galaxy A40 Features
- Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
- Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
- Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
- Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology
- 6.3 inches
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (~409 ppi density) resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified)
- 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
- microSD, up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot)
- Primary camera: 32 MP, f/1.7, 0.8µm, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm, PDAF
- 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
- 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- Selfie camera: 16 MP, f/2.0
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
- Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging 15W
- Colors: Seawater Blue, Midnight Blue, Cocktail Orange
Design and build
That O-display one the front panel of Galaxy M40 makes you think you are looking at a Galaxy S10- best believe that. And anything that resembles an S10 is just splendid. This front panel is of Corning Gorilla Glass protection and is a 98cm2 area. The corners are slightly curved and giving it a comfortable feel in the hands, and the plastic back has this reflective surface. There is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner on the back just below Samsung branding, both to the bottom right of the triple camera setup with flash in vertical orientation. In case you are wondering about the volume rocker and power button then you will find those on the right-hand side.
Display and camera
Let me mention that this is among the display panels in the market today on an almost bezel-less phone- neat. It is PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen with an 85% screen-to-body ratio. I wonder why Samsung did not use an AMOLED panel. This is how you will know, the PLS is noticeably harsher. The 1080 x 2340 pixels (~409 ppi density) resolution on its 6.3 inches sees it have small pixels hence clear pictures- also considering the ppi density. Viewing angles here are great and outdoor visibility is also bearable.
Turning to the cameras the primary camera has three lenses. The first is a 32 MP shooter. This is the main lens and it is well supported by two other lenses namely an 8 MP ultrawide shooter and a 5MP depth sensor. Video recording is 4K here, that is 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
There is a selfie camera on the front and you cannot miss it. It is a 16 MP, f/2.0 lens that shoots 1080p@30fps videos. It is a decent lens that shoots beautiful selfies and nice videos.
You will love this. Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android 9.0 (Pie) with Samsung’s interface One UI.
A Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) and an Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) CPU are on board with an Adreno 612 GPU for handling the graphics. It is a mid-tier smartphone this as you can see.
You get 128 GB internal storage with 6 GB RAM or 64 GB with 4 GB RAM. Each has support for microSD internal storage expansion up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot). If I could advice, I’d say go for the greater version, the 6GB model- especially for heavy users like gamers and such.
Now we can turn our attention to the battery performance. Sealed within is a non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery. You have access to fast battery charging 15W with the provided charger. By the way you will also appreciate that this phone has USB Type C port- every phone in 2019 should really.
I think this is an improvement of the earlier Galaxy M smartphones. Until we see another, it remains the finest choice of them all. With emphases on the build, camera and platform performance, Samsung Galaxy M40 could be the one of the best and most affordable mid-range smartphones available now. I definitely recommend this one.
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