Samsung recently launched the Samsung Galaxy M31 smartphone in India. The price point the device is kept at puts it right into competition with the likes of smartphones like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme X2. If you are planning on buying a mid-range smartphone and are confused as to which one to go for, you are in the right place. Today, we will compare the Samsung Galaxy M31, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Realme X2 smartphones and try to find the best one amongst the three. The comparison will be based on the respective prices of the three devices, the specifications, and the features. So, without waiting any further, let’s jump right into the comparison of the Samsung Galaxy M31, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Realme X2 smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Price in India
Let’s start our comparison with the pricing of the three devices that we are comparing today. The Samsung Galaxy M31 smartphone is launched in India in two memory variants – the one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage is priced at Rs 15,999 and the one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 16,999. The company, however, has tried to delight potential customers with an introductory offer during which the base variant can be purchased for Rs 14,999 and the 128GB version can be purchased for Rs 15,999.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, comes in three variants in India – a 6GB/64GB storage variant, priced at Rs 13,999, a 6GB/128GB variant, priced at Rs 15,999, and an 8GB/128GB variant, priced at Rs 17,999. The Realme X2 is also available in three variants in India – 4GB/64GB variant, priced at Rs 16,999, 6GB/128GB variant, priced at Rs 18,999, and 8GB/128GB, priced at Rs 19,999.
When it comes to the price, the 6GB/64GB memory variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will cost you the least.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Display
The Samsung Galaxy M31 flaunts a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 1,080 x 2,340 pixel resolution, 411 ppi pixel density, and 60Hz refresh rate. The Realme X2 comes with a similarly sized display. The panel is also Super AMOLED, but it supports DCI-P3 color gamut. Lastly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro sports the largest display out of the three devices that we are comparing – 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 1,080 x 2,340 pixel resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate.
When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the tallest display out of the three, but one has to keep in mind that it has an IPS LCD panel. In case you are a fan of AMOLED displays, I would suggest that you opt for either the Realme X2 or the Samsung Galaxy M31.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy M31 comes powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 9611 chipset, which is coupled with either 4GB of 6GB of RAM. The Realme X2, on the other hand, runs on the gaming-centric Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, which is paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM. Lastly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with the MediaTek G90T processor, which is also aimed at providing mid-range gaming capabilities. The processor is coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM.
When it comes to processing power, the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme X2 take the lead owing to a more potent processor. Add to that the fact that the Samsung Galaxy M31 does not come in an 8GB RAM variant. If you want more RAM in your device, I would suggest that you go for either the Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme X2. Well, that makes two devices to choose from. Maybe the next paragraph would help make things a little bit easier.
Let’s talk about the software now. The Samsung Galaxy M31 runs on Android 10 out of the box, with One UI 2.0 on top. The Realme X2 runs on the now-dated Android 9 Pie, which comes with ColorOS 6 baked on top. Yes, there is a beta update available for the Realme X2 devices, which brings the newly unveiled Realme UI to the table, but the stable build of the Realme UI is already confirmed to introduce adverts to the Realme ecosystem, something you would want to keep in mind before buying. Lastly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 out of the box. Though not officially confirmed, the device is likely to be updated to Android 10/MIUI 11.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy M31 comes with a large 6,000mAh battery, which has provision for up to 15W of fast charging. The Realme X2, on the other hand, features a much smaller 4,000mAh battery, but it features a much faster charging solution as well – it comes with a 30W VOOC charging support. The Redmi Note 9 Pro appears to be the middle-man here as it has a 4,500mAh battery and an 18W fast charging capability.
When it comes to the battery, the Samsung Galaxy M31 has the largest battery capacity amongst the three devices that we are comparing, but the Realme X2 has the fastest charging speed. The choice would boil down to personal preference in this regard.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Camera
Coming to the cameras of the devices, all three devices flaunt a quadruple rear camera setup with a 64MP primary unit. The Samsung Galaxy M31 has a 64MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.2 + 5MP, f/2.2 + 5MP, f/2.2 camera combination at the back and a 32MP, f/2.0 selfie snapper. The Realme X2 flaunts a 64MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.3 + 2MP, f/2.4 + 2MP, f/2.4 rear camera setup and a 32MP, f/2.0 front camera. Lastly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro boasts a 64MP, f/1.9 + 8MP, f/2.2 + 2MP, f/2.4 + 2MP, f/2.4 rear camera setup and a 20MP, f/2.0 front camera.
When it comes to the camera, one should keep in mind that megapixel count is not the only thing one should consider. Still, if we talk about on-paper specifications, the Samsung Galaxy M31 and the Realme X2 smartphones take the lead here.
Samsung Galaxy M31 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme X2: Verdict
All three smartphones that we have compared today come with value-for-money specifications and features. But, as said, we have to declare a winner here. When it comes to choosing the best amongst the three, the Samsung Galaxy M31 takes the lead here in terms of a better display, a better overall camera setup, the latest Android OS, and the largest battery.