Samsung Galaxy M11 smartphone review


  1. Contents of delivery
  3. Positioning
  4. Design, dimensions, controls
  5. Display
  6. Battery
  7. Memory, chipset, performance
  8. Communication capabilities
  9. Camera
  10. Software – features
  11. Impressions

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

Contents of delivery

  • Smartphone
  • Charger (fast charge 15W)
  • USB Type cable
  • Clip for SIM tray
  • Instructions

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Dimensions and weight 161.4 x 76.3 x 9 мм, 197 грамм
Body materials Plastic
Display 6.4 inches, 7200×1560 pixels (19.5: 9), PLS TFT, 268 ppi, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating system Google Android 10.0, OneUI 2.0
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (14 nm technology), eight Cortex A53 cores up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 506
Memory 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM (free 21.1 GB), eMMC 5.1, microSD memory card up to 512 GB
4/64 GB option
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
Сеть 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
3G: 850/900/1900/2100
4G: B1/B2/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28; 4G TDD LTE B38/B40/B41
Dual SIM, nanoSIM (not combo slot)
Navigation GPS / GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo
Sensors and connectors USB Type C (USB 2.0), OTG
Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
Rear fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Main camera 13 (f / 1.8) + 2 MP (f / 2.4, depth of field sensor) + 5 MP (f / 2.2, wide angle), LED flash, FullHD video recording
Front-camera 8 MP (f / 2.0), no autofocus
Battery Li-Ion 5000 mAh, talk time up to 34 hours, video playback up to 18 hours, LTE battery life up to 16 hours 
Degree of protection no
Colours black, turquoise, purple
Sound FM radio
Payment System Samsung Pay, Google Pay 
SAR Head SAR: 0.52 W / kg 
Case SAR: 0.99 W / kg (European Test Method)

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Samsung has consistently moved to dominate the smartphone market, with budget phones and then smartphones being a big help. People bought budget devices, and after a year or two they chose models of the middle segment. But at some point, the production cost of such devices became extremely high against the background of Chinese companies, the latter improved the quality and made their smartphones no worse. It turned out that when buying a budget model from Samsung, you paid almost twice as much for the same characteristics as the Chinese one. The presence of a proprietary shell, which is a cut above the Chinese versions of Android, did not mean so much in this segment, people wanted to get the minimum cost for the device.

Starting in 2019, Samsung changed its policy, began ordering the development of basic models from ODM manufacturers, that is, they took the very Chinese models and improved them under their supervision. The savings happened due to the fact that the production itself is located in China. These are foreign factories, and they achieve efficiency by saving on assembly costs, read workers. Apple has exactly the same approach for the entire lineup, Samsung has only entry-level models. By loading Chinese factories with large orders, Samsung also achieves savings on components, and in the end the price of the devices is at the level of other similar proposals, adjusted for the company’s brand. But there is no longer any difference in cost, as it was before. For buyers, the cost efficiency of such solutions increases.

But there are also certain drawbacks – from the point of view of components, these are completely different solutions, everything is built on the basis of the original model that was created outside of Samsung. For example, in the Galaxy M11, this is a different fingerprint sensor (no worse, just different), a different set of cameras, the absence of a number of sensors standard for Samsung’s native smartphones (the geomagnetic sensor is a prime example). But all this is leveled by the fact that you get OneUI, this software is a cut above anything that can be found in this price segment from other manufacturers, including Huawei / Honor. Of course, to a certain extent this is a matter of taste; nevertheless, the simplicity and consistency of Samsung’s software is obvious.

Most Galaxy M11 buyers will never know it is an ODM model, buyers choose Samsung brand, price sensitive. This is the entry-level model in the M-series, and the line itself focuses on good value for money. And here we come to the conclusion that the Galaxy M11 fully meets the needs of such buyers. Another thing is that the target audience often does not choose a smartphone on their own, they follow the advice of the sellers. As you know, the entire M-series is focused on online sales, minimal marketing, however, is found in federal retail. Considering that Samsung deliberately limits the circulation of models in the M-series, trying to reorient customers to the A-series, this does not create any problems.

In my opinion, the Galaxy M11 is a good choice when you want Samsung software, a big battery and don’t want to overpay for your choice. This is a budget device with all the advantages and disadvantages that follow from this, it can and should be considered only within its price group.

Design, dimensions, controls

The model is available in three colors – black, turquoise and purple.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

The body is made of plastic, it is matte, no gloss or additional protective layer. We see such cases in a lot of inexpensive Chinese smartphones, they proved to be wearable, well withstanding long-term operation. Turquoise and violet colors are unusual for this price group, so they are worth paying attention to.

The layout of the controls is typical for any Samsung smartphone, it is also worth noting that there are two microphones at the ends (the Chinese usually do with one in this segment). At the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, at the bottom there is a speaker and a 3.5 mm jack. On the right side there is an on / off key (you can customize your functions on the button), as well as a volume rocker.

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On the left side there is a slot for SIM-cards and memory cards. It is not combined, which is not bad.

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The back panel is rounded, the device cuts into the hand a little, the smartphone is wide. Dimensions – 161.4 x 76.3 x 9 mm, weight – 197 grams. The model is for men, the case will be even larger, of course, if you use such an accessory.

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The build quality is excellent, there are no complaints about it. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and can be easily found.

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The reaction time is insignificant, unlocking is fast. Face unlocking is standard, it works perfectly.

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The technical characteristics of the screen are as follows: 6.4 inches, 7200×1560 pixels (19.5: 9), PLS TFT, 268 ppi, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The front camera is embedded in the screen, the display itself has noticeable frames, although due to lamination and in the off state, this is not visible. Of course, the bezels here are not as huge as on the iPhone 11, but they are still noticeable, especially when compared to other smartphones from Samsung.

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Unfortunately, choosing a TFT screen makes it impossible to implement AlwaysOn Display, this function is not here. The screen itself is bright enough, pleasant color reproduction, but it is far from the standard AMOLED screens in terms of color gamut and brightness, which are used even in entry-level models from Samsung.

The screen settings are typical, you can change the color settings.

The screen remains readable in the sun. The brightness is enough to read the message. It is impossible to talk about comfortable work in the sun for a long time, the screen is inferior to those in the models of the middle segment. But it is understandable, this is a budget device.

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The smartphone has a built-in 5000 mAh Li-Ion battery, it supports fast charging, and such a 15W charger is included.

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It is wrong to estimate the operating time on the basis of the nominal battery capacity, it is always a wrong way. In real life, the operating time directly depends on the chipset, its operating speed, the quality and characteristics of the screen. And if in models with AMOLED screens Samsung has a noticeably longer battery life, in this device it is typical for devices of this price.

On average, you can get two days of use with an average load (4-4.5 hours of screen time). With a fairly noticeable load, this will be one day (6.5 hours of screen operation). For the target audience, this is enough for the eyes. In some use cases, the device will drain faster, for example, when transferring large files over the LTE network. But I emphasize that this is an unlikely scenario for those who buy such models.

The full charging time of the battery is about 160 minutes. Up to 50% charging takes about 70 minutes.

Memory, chipset, performance

The Samsung M11 used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset (14 nm technology), eight Cortex A53 cores with a frequency of up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 506. A budget chipset that lacks stars from the sky. The interface is fast enough and responsive, which is good for this class of devices. Look at the synthetic test results.

The basic version of memory is 3/32 GB, memory cards up to 512 GB, this is enough for most users of such a device. Built-in eMMC 5.1 memory, which limits the operating speed, is a bottleneck for this unit, keep that in mind.

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Communication capabilities

The Galaxy M11 has single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4.2, but NFC (Samsung Pay / Google Pay) is present, which is already good.

From the point of view of navigation, everything is typical (GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS / Beidou), a cold start on city streets takes 2-3 seconds, navigation accuracy is good, but the antenna is clearly inferior to the Galaxy M21 – in urban conditions it is almost imperceptible.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review


The camera interface is familiar from other Samsung models, but there are no additional visual effects, only the most necessary (one more greetings from the ODM manufacturer).

Front camera 8 MP (f / 2.2), bokeh effect, various additional effects, no autofocus. Look at an example of a picture, everything is familiar here and at the level of other models.

The main camera module consists of three lenses.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

Let’s take a look at some examples of photos and videos, this is a very basic camera with basic capabilities. However, you don’t expect anything else from the model of this class.

Sample video (MP4, 75 MB) >>>

Software – features

The model is originally based on Android 10 and OneUI 2.0, that is, this is the latest version of the interface, which in the literal sense can be called one of the best both in terms of flexibility of settings and capabilities, and in other points.

A few words about the multimedia capabilities of the device. It has a built-in radio with the ability to record programs. The headphones act as an antenna.

Standard applications are represented by a calculator, file manager, voice recorder and other applications that are necessary for comfortable work out of the box. There are minor differences from native Samsung models, for example, you can assign gestures to the fingerprint sensor. But in general, this is exactly the same software.


The connection quality does not raise any questions, the call is loud enough and, if I may say so, bright and shrill. The vibration alert is average.

The cost of the Galaxy M11 is 10 rubles, it opens the M-series lineup. This device reminded me in its capabilities of last year’s Galaxy A990, in which the battery capacity was increased, the cameras and the body were slightly changed. That device has a 10 mAh battery, which looks like a completely different story. But the price has already dropped, and you can find the A3400 for 10-8 thousand rubles. And here we can say that if you are not critical of the operating time, the presence of the latest version of Android and OneUI 9, then this model will be welcome. For calls, messengers it is enough for the eyes.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

On the market there is a huge number of models that act in this segment, Honor 10 Lite immediately comes to mind, its price is 10 rubles (but in the company store they immediately give a discount of 990 rubles), however, there is an old version of Android, but who is it will stop for an apparatus of this level? The microUSB connector will probably not be such a big limitation either. The model is comfortable, on this parameter at the level of the Galaxy M1.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

Another model is the Honor 9A, which has simpler specifications, but it is quite capable of competing with the Galaxy M11. If you like the Xiaomi brand, then the Redmi 8 (3/32 GB) is worth a look. The characteristics are close to the device in question, but the old version of Android, which is not critical. The price is 9-10 thousand rubles.

As you can see, there is plenty to choose from, and the models of the previous year are often more profitable in cost, although the characteristics are plus or minus comparable. You still will not get a fundamentally different camera quality, battery life. What comes to the fore is how important the trouble-free operation of the software and its quality are. Many buyers in this segment are indifferent, just as it does not matter what kind of Android they have, how often they receive updates, and whether they receive them in principle. So, the Galaxy M11 is for those who want good software, a well-known brand and a fresh device. If you’re looking for a low-cost solution, then the Galaxy M21 is worth a look, it is fundamentally different for the better in most specifications. But the price is 5 rubles higher, which is noticeable.

Samsung Galaxy M11 (SM-M115F / DSN) smartphone review

The market has a lot to choose from when buying a budget device. Probably, you need to ask yourself how long you will use it, for what purposes you need it. And what are you willing to put up with, and what is important to you. And then the choice will not be so difficult.

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