The sub-Rs 10,000 price bracket has seen a lot of action in the past few months, with several phone makers announcing new devices in this segment. The most recent entry was the Realme C11, which was announced earlier this week for a price tag of Rs 7,499. On Thursday, Samsung silently launched its new entry-level, sub Rs 10,000 smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy M01s in India. At first glance, the Galaxy M01s – clearly – seems to be an updated variant of the Galaxy M01. Things, however, aren’t as straightforward as you might have thought. While the M01s shares a lot of traits and features from the M01, it also has a few omissions that compel us to think if it’s really an ‘upgrade.’ In Samsung’s defense, though, they haven’t claimed that the M01 is an upgrade to the M01 – but that isn’t that what you’d think looking at the addition of the ‘s’ to the model number.
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications, pricing, and other aspects of the new Galaxy M01s.
Samsung Galaxy M01s: Price in India, availability
The Samsung Galaxy M01s comes in a single variant in India at launch that gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The price of this variant has been pegged at Rs 9,999. This makes it just Rs 1000 more expensive when compared to the Galaxy M01. The phone is available via Samsung dealers and leading e-commerce platforms. You have the option to buy the Galaxy M01s in two color options; Gray and Light Blue.
Samsung Galaxy M01s: Specifications, features
The first thing I noticed when I glanced at the spec sheet of the Galaxy M01 was the display size. The M01 was a relatively tiny phone by today’s standards with its 5.7-inch display. The M01 gets an upgrade in this department and now boasts of a larger 6.2-inch PLS TFT panel with HD+ resolution (720 x 1520 pixels). Note that only the screen size has changed here. The rest of the display specifications remain the same.
The Samsung Galaxy M01s comes powered by the Mediatek Helio P22 chipset (MT6762). This is a relatively old chipset (dating back to 2018) but is quite similar to the Snapdragon 439 chipset that the older M01 used. There should not be any noticeable performance difference between the two. The Galaxy M01s comes in a single variant that gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone is dual SIM ready and has a dedicated microSD card slot as well.
Moving on to the camera, the Galaxy M01s retains the dual-camera setup that we saw on the M01- albeit with slight changes. The primary 13MP rear camera now has a wider f/1.8 aperture lens as compared to the f/2.2 lens on the M01. The secondary 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture remains unchanged. One minor change I noticed was that the digital zoom range on the M01s is lower (4x) when compared to the M01 (8x). But digital zoom is something we always recommend staying away from. The M01s gets an upgrade as far as the front camera is concerned and uses an 8MP, f/2.0 setup here as opposed to the 5MP, f/2.2 setup that we saw on the M01. We can, therefore, conclude that the M01’s camera hardware is objectively better than that on the M01.
One major feature addition to the Galaxy M01s is the availability of a fingerprint scanner. The M01 – in case you weren’t aware – did not come with this option. This is a welcome upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy M01s Software, other features
In a rather strange decision, Samsung has decided to ship the Galaxy M01s with Android 9. You do get Samsung’s OneUI running on top – but this decision has left me perplexed – especially considering that the M01 came preinstalled with Android 10. I am hopeful, though, that the M01s would get an official update to Android 10. There are some other software additions on the M01s, though, including support for Dolby Atmos and the Samsung Health app. Like the M01, the Galaxy M01s gets a 4000mAh battery with no support for fast charging.