Samsung Galaxy M20 Review

South Korean mobile maker Samsung had launched its Galaxy J-series with features like S bike mode earlier in the budget segment keeping in mind the younger customers. But at this price, other companies like Xiaomi used to provide bigger screen, powerful processor and more storage in the phone. This is the reason that Samsung has changed its strategy this time to introduce its new Galaxy M-series in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy M10 (Review) and Samsung Galaxy M20 have been launched under the Samsung Galaxy M-series. It is worth noting that Samsung first launched these phones of its Galaxy M-series in India. This means that the company is once again trying to establish itself in the market. The Galaxy M-series phones have seen a lot of change 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

Infiniti-V notch has got a place on the upper part of the front panel of the Samsung Galaxy M20 smartphone. The 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. The phone has a thin border at the bottom. The funny thing is that if you put the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 with each other, you will find that both are similar in appearance, only the Galaxy M20 has a bigger screen and thinner border. The earpiece has a place just above the notch in the frame.

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The phone also has an ambient light sensor but you will not see it. The proximity sensor is found on the left side of the notch. The Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 will be sold in Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black. The color of the review unit of 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.

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Despite being glossy, the back panel of the handset does not slip at all in the hand. Due to the 5,000 mAh battery in the phone, the weight of the phone may cost you a bit more. The Galaxy M10 is slightly lighter in weight than the Galaxy M20. This is because the Galaxy M10 has a battery of 3,430 mAh.

At the bottom of the Galaxy M20, you will find a USB Type-C port with a speaker grill. The main difference between the Galaxy M20 and the Galaxy M10 is that on the back of the Galaxy M20 you will get a fingerprint sensor for security. At the same time, fingerprint sensor is not provided in Galaxy M10. The 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom of the phone, the power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone, while the SIM-tray is provided on the left side.

Samsung Galaxy M20 specifications and software

The 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 last several years. But we have our first experience with the Acinos 7904. The benchmark score will reveal how this chipset will compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek.

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The 3 GB RAM / 32GB 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 battery of the phone is 5,000 mAh, the company says that with the handset you will get a 15 watt charger for fast charging. 10 minutes of charging the phone, the handset provides 3 hours of video and 11 hours of music backup.

The phone has dual rear camera setup. On the back side 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. The Samsung Galaxy M20 has an 8-megapixel front camera with F / 2.0 aperture for selfie enthusiasts. This Samsung brand phone comes with dual 4G VoLTE support. The retail box has only a 15 watt charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM-eject pin. Earphones, protective cases and screen guards will not be provided with the phone.

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You will definitely be disappointed to know that this phone runs on Android 8.1. But the thing to note is that after the phone update, this handset is now running on the January 2019 security patch. In this smartphone of Samsung brand, you will get to see many ads. The company’s new One UI is currently in beta phase, which is why this company’s handset has been launched with the Samsung Experience UI.

Samsung Galaxy M20 performance, battery life and camera

We did not face any problem on using the phone throughout the day. There was also no problem in running apps and light games. Sometimes the phone used to be slow due to the UI. Face recognition often took a second to unlock the phone, but the fingerprint sensor works faster.

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The screen is bright and crisp as well as its viewing angles are quite good. Video on the phone also plays quite well. Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG Mobile also work well on medium settings. During gaming, we found that the upper rear of the phone gets slightly warmer. The screen of the phone is quite large, due to this 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 talk of 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 is also achieved by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 or Snapdragon 636 processors. Has scored 1,315 and 4,094 respectively in single-core and multi-core tests. Graphics scores can be a bit frustrating. It was running at 22fps in the GFXBench T-Rex scene and only 7.1fps in the Manhattan 3.1 scene.

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Battery life is quite good. We started using the phone around 8 am. Even after photography and gaming sessions throughout the day, 60 percent battery was left in the phone till the 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 with lower battery capacity in this price segment provide better results.

The camera app can be used easily. The camera rapidly focuses focus on the subject. Just above the shutter button is the selector button for the choice of both cameras. The app remembers what you were using the last time, and in such a situation it does not open the primary camera when you open the app again. You will also find many stickers in the camera app. You can also buy the sticker by going to the Galaxy App Store.

Pro mode is not provided in the camera app, 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 that the results were quite good but not very detailed.

The point to note here is that Live Focus only works on the face. You will not be able to use it to give a depth effect in the picture of an object. You will get beautification mode in it but AI enhancement feature has not been given. Photo quality can definitely disappoint you a bit. The kind of sharpness and detail seen in photos in phones coming in the price segment of Rs 15,000, we did not see this in the photos drawn from Galaxy M20. The pictures taken during the day look good on the phone screen. One thing is good that all the photos have focus and color vibrant. The photo quality was also not very good when the secondary camera was used with wide angle. Low-light camera performance is less than average. The video made from the phone also came out fine.

Our decision

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 this price, Redmi Note 6 Pro (Review) of Chinese mobile manufacturer Xiaomi also provides similar specifications. Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and better battery life. Both Realme U1 (Review) and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Review) 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 may not be able to compete with a thorn in front of the merits of its counterweight handset but it will compete with all models.

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