Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: Worth It ?

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Samsung launched the new Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 smartphones in the new ‘M Series’ in India last week. The South Korean company is a household name when it comes to mobiles, a familiar name with a tremendous brand recall but the last couple of years the company has been fighting off stiff competition in the budget smartphone segment. Impressively, they still manage to be on the top rankings in spite of new challengers to its thrown. That speaks volume of its brand pull. With the launch of the Galaxy M20 and the M10, Samsung has proved it can strike back but have they delivered?

Galaxy ‘M20‘ is priced at Rs 12,990 for the 4GB+64GB variant, while the 3GB+32GB variant costs Rs 10,990. A sweet spot as far as volumes are concerned and a segment that sees the maximum action in the Indian Smartphone industry.

Box Contents
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • SIM Ejector Pin
  • Samsung Galaxy M20 smartphone in Ocean Blue color
  • 2-pin 15W (9V-1.67A / 5V-2A) fast charger

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The new Galaxy M20 comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Infinity V display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at about 409 PPI, aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of about 84%, better than most other mid-range Samsung smartphones. Even though this uses TFT LCD screen, the display looks bright, offers good color reproduction and the sunlight legibility is good as well, however it can’t match AMOLED displays that offer better color reproduction and true blacks. However, you can’t expect AMOLED screen in the price range. The phone doesn’t have Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and the company doesn’t say if the phone comes with any kind of hardened glass for protection against scratches.

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Samsung has shied away from the trends of the season like the gradient paint job or choice of metal or glass,  rather they have opted for functional design while also helping itself with some cost-cutting. The design is not an eye turner but how it compensates for the lack of flamboyant design, is the inclusion of USB Type-C port which is still a rare find in this segment.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Specifications

The Galaxy M20, features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) Infinity-V-notched display, the Exynos 7904 SoC with 3/32GB (Rs 10,990) or 4/64GB (Rs 12,990), dual 13MP/5MP rear cameras and an 8MP selfie shooter, and a massive 5000mAh battery. Both phones support storage expansion up to 512GB and face unlock for authentication, though the Galaxy M20 adds in a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well.

The M20 accomodates two SIM and also has a dedicated slot for microSD card. The phone supports dual VoLTE. So you can have two VoLTE SIMs active.

M20 Software
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Experience UI

Samsung has stuck to the Experience UI instead of the One UI they have recently introduced. Out of the box currently it runs on Android Oreo 8.1 but Samsung says they will push the Pie update soon. The UI is feature rich and offers game mode, one handed mode, finger gesture action on fingerprint sensor to quickly access notification panel, split windows, direct call that connect upon lifting the phone close to your ear, easy mute to mute incoming calls and alarms by turning your phone face down. The fingerprint sensor is not the fastest but works well without any false reading. The face unlock is a mixed bag. While there is no app lock feature by default, you can head over to Galaxy app store and download S-secure app for the feature. FM Radio is available.

Performance and Benchmarks

It is powered by the new Exynos 7904 octa-core 14nm processor in the Galaxy M20 It has two bigger ARM Cortex-A73 CPUs clocked at 1.8GHz power core and the six smaller ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs are clocked at 1.6GHz per core. It has Mali-G71 MP2GPU and has support for LPDDR4x memory. As you can see the scores, it is clear that the new SoC is better than the Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 632 and Snapdragon 450 SoCs that some offer in the price range, however the Snapdragon 636 has a slight edge over the Exynos 7904 since it uses of four Kryo 260 that has custom ARM Cortex A73-based cores.

Talking about the real world experience, the performance is smooth, but the gaming performance is just fine and not exceptional since this has Mali-G71 MP2GPU that is not powerful compared to Adreno 509 or Adreno 512.

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Battery

Moving on to the battery performance, Samsung Galaxy M20 ticks the right box when it comes to battery by including a massive 5000mAh battery. To compliment it, the 15 watts charger can fully charge the phone in 2 hours. If you are heavy Smartphone user or someone constantly on the move, the big battery on this phone would be a life saver. You can easily  expect a 1.5 days with a single full charge on medium use.

Camera Performance
  • Rear main: 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8″, 1.12μm, PDAF
  • Rear secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/6″, 1.12μm
  • Selfie: 8 MP, f/2.0

The ultra wide is a commendable inclusion in this segment. It has Auto mode, Panorama, Pro, Beauty as well as Pro mode to adjust ISO, Shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure manually. It also has AR stickers that lets you add stickers.

The 8-megapixel front camera is decent when there is enough light. Since there is no flash on the front, you can’t expect good indoor performance. Again the software blur in the live focus mode struggles to detect the edges.

Conclusion

Overall, the Galaxy M20 is a clear winner for Samsung at competitive starting price of Rs. 10,999. It has a good display with minimal bezels, huge battery, USB Type-C with fast charging, ultra-wide angle lens that you don’t find on any other phones in the range, and decent performance for the price. Average low-light camera performance and the plastic body are the things you have to compromise. As I had mentioned earlier, it is recommended to get a case. Samsung doesn’t promise when the phone will get Android Pie update since its flagships have started getting the update recently.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy M20 will go on sale on Amazon.in and Samsung online shop at Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and Rs. 12,990 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version.

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