The year has just begun, but it is already quite clear that Samsung is radically changing its smartphone game. For starters, its popular affordable lineup (Jay-series, on-series) will be replaced by a new M-series targeted at the millennium.
It seems that the South Korean giants are finally pushing themselves, and the Galaxy M20 is one of the first phones to follow the new philosophy. It is affordable, experience gets a customized version of UI software, and a new Exynos chipset too. But is it good enough? Can Samsung finally match the Chinese competition in terms of value and experience in the economical segment? Let us answer all such questions in our detailed Samsung Galaxy M20 review.
Before we go in details, lets see some specifications
|Model||Samsung Galaxy M20|
|Display||6.3″ Infinity-V display, 1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Processor||1.8Ghz Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset|
|Internal Storage||32GB/64GB (expandable up to 512GB)
Dedicated card slot
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo, Experience UI 9.5|
|Primary Camera||13MP (F1.9) + 5MP (F2.2, Ultra-wide)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, rear-mounted|
|Battery||5000mAh with fast charging|
|Price||Rs. 10,990- 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage
Rs. 12,990- 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage
What we get in box?
- Fast charger (15W)
- USB Type-C cable
- SIM ejector and documentation
Samsung doesn’t bundle headphones or Galaxy M20 protective case cover in the box.
Design and Build
The biggest change had already been ejected in the teaser, water-drop noch or, as Samsung puts it, Infinity – V Displays. Why is this a big thing in 2019? Well, because Samsung was the only big player who had opposed abnormally cut performances last year, but now has adopted the trend rather than enthusiasm.
The fascia of the Galaxy M20 is that which makes all the difference. The footnote at the Galaxy M20 is outlined by the smooth curves and has a clever face unlock animation to go with it. Bezels around the display, and even the lowest chin, which we usually see on affordable phones, are much less than that.
However, the shiny polycarbonate on the rear feels a little lacking. and cheap. The oval fingerprint sensor gives you a more effective scanning area, but it’s a bit closer to the top, and it takes some time to use it before it’s easily indexed to our index finger.
In addition, the Galaxy M20 is comfortable to handle solid and reasonably, especially for a phone that has a 5000mAh power unit.
- The Galaxy M20 looks enraged at the front but has a simple back panel. The handset looks solid and is comfortable to operate.
- The USB Type-C port is definitely the thing to save on an affordable Samsung phone.
- The Galaxy M20 also has a dedicated card slot.
- Audio jacks and speaker grills are present below.
- To hit the fingerprint sensor, you have to spread your fingers, but this is something we have a habit. Power button and volume rocker are kept appropriately.
Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is the first phone to be run by the Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset, which combines the 2x Cortex A-73 core with the 6x Cortex-A53 core. This is a 14nm chipset, and despite the nomenclature, it is a step below Exynos 7885 which uses phones like the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
Chipset is supported by 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a dedicated card slot. At this price point, we will not expect a configuration from the old Samsung
For real-world performance, Exynos 7904 comes behind snapdragon 660, but is still more powerful than Samsung, which Samsung offered the best of the J-series and performed the worst performance of the A-Series by the year before.
We did not face any major issue with day-to-day use, but high-end sports like PUBG did not work well. Casual Games worked fine.
Fingerprint sensor is fast and efficient and, like high-end Samsung phones, it can be configured only by swiping (instead of tap, tap, tap). Face unlock is as fast as you can see on Samsung’s best phone (which is still slow, but hopefully it’s more secure, what do you get from brands such as Oppo, Vivo, etc.)
The software that runs on the phone is the Android 8.1 Oreo-based experience UI. Samsung has confirmed that Android pipe update is coming soon. Experience UI has been optimized to work smoothly on low-end hardware on an M-series phone. Design and iconography are similar to the One UI. The software is stable, mature and enjoyable.
However, there are many affordable phones with DRM L1 certifications, but most of them still do not support HD streaming via apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The Galaxy M20 supports HD streaming on Prime Video but is not yet on Netflix (we estimate that support will be in upcoming updates). Strangely, there is no Samsung Pay Mini on the phone.
- Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset is an important step from what we saw on the J-series last year. It’s still one step behind Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
- Day-to-day use is fine, but heavy games do not go very well.
- Face Unlock and Fingerprint Sensor work well. You can swipe and register your fingerprints.
- All the customary sensors are present on the Galaxy M20 with ambient light sensor and magnetometer.
- The new experience UI borrows some features and cosmetic changes from a UI. The software has been well-customized and well-designed.
- The phone has a WDVIN DRM L1 certificate and it also supports HD streaming on Amazon Prime.
Samsung is using a regular TFT LCD panel (not an IPS LCD) on the Galaxy M20, but we could not find it in the case of quality. The colors are vibrant and well pop.
Samsung still does not provide the option to change display colors for its LCD display phone, but the default color calibration is quite good. If you prefer hot tones, you can also use the Blue-light filter.
At Infinity-V Displays, there is at least some glimpse of the organization. Clock and application icons are on the left and the system icon (such as OnPlus Phone) on the right side of the camera indent. If you’re thinking, there’s a space for the 3 to 4 app icon on the status bar and you can tap on it to see more. Samsung does not add an option to hide the notch, but now that the notches are well accepted, it should not be a peeve point.
- The TFT LCD display is of very good quality. The colors are vibrant and porous.
- The blue light filter is not hard yellow and if you prefer hot tones then it can be kept.
- There are no color presets to choose between. There is no alternative to hiding the nostrils.
Now talk about cameras. On the rear, the Galaxy M20 has a 13MP primary camera, with a 5MP secondary wide-angle shooter. In the front you get a 8MP selfie camera.
Naturally, there are specs to offer better competition, but how about the actual camera performance?
The primary rear camera sensor is a good performer. We managed to take well balanced shots in the proper lighting system, and Galaxy M20 performed slightly better than Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Realm A1. Radmi Note 6 is still the pioneer.
In low light, the Galaxy M20 can take quite good shots at times, but stability is hit.
The performance of the selfie camera proved to be a bit weaker.
Overall, the camera performance is flawed, but since competition in this regard is not very good, the rear cameras of the Galaxy M20 actually perform better or are comparatively better than most other popular options.
Battery, Connectivity and Audio
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a USB Type-C connector and supports fast charging – both are still extremely rare on affordable phones. Bundled chargers can also charge the Galaxy Note 9 faster, saying that Samsung is actually putting his best foot forward (total charge time is slightly more than 2 hours)
In addition, 5000mAh capacity ensures that you will not be able to charge fat loss during your day. Simply put, the battery mileage is fantastic.
The Galaxy M20 is a generic set of connectivity options but it is not missing dual-band Wi-Fi. We did not face any problem with the call. The audio output is quite decent through the mono loudspeaker below. Audio output via headphones is excellent.
- The handset supports USB Type C and Fast Charging. Fast charger has been bundled in the box.
- The battery mileage is awesome. Audio output is above average.
Conclusion: Worth to buy or not?
Samsung Galaxy M20 is a big leap as far as Samsung’s cheap phones go. It has a trendy Infinity-V display, provides solid battery backup, Dual includes the basics like VoLTE and HD streaming, is one of the rare few affordable phones with type-c port and fast charging support, and its competitive price is also.
There is a lot of value for consumers or millennia who buy from Tier-1 brand. At the same time, this is not the best camera or gaming phone in its class.