Under Samsung Galaxy M-series Samsung Galaxy M10 ,review) and Samsung Galaxy M20 has been launched. It is worth noting that Samsung has first launched these phones of its Galaxy M-series in India. This means that the company is once again trying to establish its dominance in the market. The Galaxy M-series phones have seen a lot of changes in design and specification. There is no doubt that the company has launched these smartphones to compete with companies like Xiaomi, Honor, Realme and Asus.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Design
The Infinity-V Notch has got a place on the upper part of the front panel of the Samsung Galaxy M20 smartphone. Galaxy M20 has a 6.3-inch display with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. Looking at the current trend, Samsung has given curved edges in this handset. There is a thin border on the bottom of the phone. The funny thing is that if you put the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 side by side, you will find that both look similar, only the Galaxy M20 has a bigger screen and thinner border. The earpiece has got a place in the frame just above the notch.
The phone also has an ambient light sensor but you will not see it. The proximity sensor has got a place on the left side of the notch. The Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 will be sold in Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black colors. The color of the review unit of the Galaxy M20 we have is Ocean Blue. Samsung has not said what material has been used to make the rear panel, but it seems that it is made of plastic.
Despite being glossy, the back panel of the handset does not slip in the hand at all. Due to the 5000 mAh battery in the phone, the weight of the phone may feel a bit high. The Galaxy M10 is slightly lighter in weight than the Galaxy M20. This is because the 3,430 mAh battery has been given in the Galaxy M10.
At the bottom of the Galaxy M20, you will find a USB Type-C port along with the speaker grille. The main difference between the Galaxy M20 and the Galaxy M10 is that you will get a fingerprint sensor for security on the back of the Galaxy M20. On the other hand, the fingerprint sensor is not given in the Galaxy M10. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom of the phone, power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone and SIM-tray on the left side.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Specifications and Software
Samsung Galaxy M20 is equipped with the new Exynos 7904 processor and Mali G71 GPU. The company has been using the same processor in many of its models for the past several years. But this is our first experience with the Exynos 7904. Benchmark scores will reveal how this chipset will compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek.
The 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage variant of Samsung Galaxy M20 will be available for Rs 10,990. Its 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage variant costs Rs 12,990. The screen resolution of the phone is 1080X2340 pixels. The phone’s battery is 5,000 mAh, the company says that with the handset you will get a 15-watt charger for fast charging. Charging the phone for 10 minutes, the handset provides 3 hours of video and 11 hours of music backup.
The phone has a dual rear camera setup. On the back side there is a 13-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.9 aperture. With this, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with F / 2.2 aperture will work in Jugalbandi. For selfie lovers, Samsung Galaxy M20 has an 8-megapixel front camera with F / 2.0 aperture. This phone of Samsung brand comes with dual 4G VoLTE support. The retail box only has a 15W charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM-eject pin. Earphones, protective case and screen guard will not be provided with the phone.
You will definitely be disappointed to know that this phone runs on Android 8.1. But it is worth noting that after the update received on the phone, now this handset is running on the January 2019 security patch. You will get to see many ads in this smartphone of Samsung brand. The company’s new One UI is currently in beta phase, which is why this handset of the company has been launched with Samsung Experience UI.
Samsung Galaxy M20 performance, battery life and cameras
After using the phone throughout the day, we did not face any problem on any side. There was no problem running apps and light games either. Sometimes the phone used to slow down because of the UI. Face recognition sometimes took a second to unlock the phone, but the fingerprint sensor works fast.
The screen is bright and crisp as well as its viewing angles are also very good. Videos also play very well on the phone. Asphalt 9:Legends and PUBG Mobile also work properly on medium setting. During gaming, we found that the upper rear part of the phone gets a bit hot. The screen of the phone is quite large, due to which you may have some difficulty in using the phone with one hand. Due to the weight of the phone, the grip may also have to be adjusted several times.
Now let’s talk about the benchmark score. The performance of the phone in this segment is quite good. The Exynos 7904 chipset has scored 107,540 in the Antutu benchmark. The same score has also been achieved by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 or Snapdragon 636 processor. Scored 1,315 and 4,094 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. Graphics scores can be a bit frustrating. It clocked 22fps in the GFXBench T-Rex scene and just 7.1fps in the Manhattan 3.1 scene.
Battery life is quite good. We started using the phone around 8 in the morning. Even after a day of photography and gaming sessions, the phone had 60 percent battery left till evening. In our HD video loop test, the handset gave a backup of 12 hours and 53 minutes, which was quite disappointing. This is because other phones in this price segment with less battery capacity offer better results than this.
The camera app is easy to use. The camera quickly focuses on the subject. Just above the shutter button is the selector button for selecting both the cameras. The app remembers the last thing you were using and in this case, when you open the app again, it does not open the primary camera. You will also find many stickers in the camera app. You can also buy the sticker by going to the Galaxy App Store.
The camera app doesn’t have a Pro mode, so you can only control metering, exposure compensation, ISO and white balance. With the help of Samsung Mall integration, you can take a picture of anything and search it on the online store. We found the results to be good but not very detailed.
The thing to note here is that Live Focus only works on the face. You won’t be able to use it to add a depth effect to a picture of an object. You will get beautification mode in it but AI enhancement feature is not given. The photo quality can definitely disappoint you a bit. The kind of sharpness and detail in the photo are seen in the phone coming in the price segment of Rs 15,000, we did not see this in the photo taken from the Galaxy M20. Photos taken during the day look good on the phone’s screen. One thing is good that all the photos have vibrant focus and color. The photo quality was also not very good when the secondary camera was used with wide angle. Low-light camera performance is below average. The video made from the phone also came fine.
We have reviewed the 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage variant of Samsung Galaxy M20. The price of this model is Rs 12,990. At the same price, China’s mobile manufacturer Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro (review) also provides accessories specification. Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and better battery life. Realme U1 (review) and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (reviewBoth the handsets come with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. We found in our tests that both these handsets come with powerful processors and better battery life. The Galaxy M20 might not be able to give a tough competition to the features of its rival handsets, but it will compete equally with all the models.