Samsung launched the Galaxy M31 earlier this year as the first phone in the series to feature 64MP quad-camera setup. It will be soon succeeded by Galaxy M31s, which will be the first device in the series to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Ahead of it, Samsung is rolling out July 2020 security patch for the Galaxy M31 with build number M31FXXU1ATG2. This update brings RCS support for Vodafone Idea and even adds Glance, a content-driven lockscreen wallpaper service that promotes stories from the internet.
Galaxy M31 is considered to be an alternative for people who don’t want to invest in smartphones from Chinese brands in India. My dad bought this phone (6GB + 64GB) in March and since then, it has received multiple security patches including the one which bricked some units.
As months passed by, I began to notice slight lags here and there. Last week, while my dad was in a Zoom meeting, the device prompted overheating and exited the app. On top of that, the company has been adding new ways to monetize via system updates like the Discover feature in the app drawer and the newly added Glance, which is found on handsets from most Chinese OEMs. Thankfully, both of them can be disabled.
Anyway, though the Samsung Galaxy M31 is a good phone for casual users, it does have monetization issues (advertisements) like phones from Xiaomi and Realme. However, they can be turned off easily when compared to software on devices from other companies.
Having said that, the degradation of the performance of Exynos 9611 in just a few months is a big concern. It is worth noting that even Galaxy S20 Ultra with Exynos 990 has similar issues. The South Korean tech giant must really work on to improve its in-house silicon for smartphones.
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