Samsung with its Galaxy M series plans to take over the reigns from Xiaomi when it comes to the budget smartphone segment, with the M20 being the flag bearer of this attempt.
First of all lets see toward the specifications of the device…
|Display||6.22” HD+ PLS TFT Panel, 1080 x 2340 pixels,|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core 14nm SoC|
|RAM||3/4 GB RAM|
|Storage||64 GB, expandable upto 512GB via microSD|
|Primary Cameras||Main Camera: 13MP AF, F1.9 + Ultra Wide: 5MP, F2.2|
|Secondary Camera||5MP (F2.0)|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Face Unlock Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor|
|Network and Connectivity||LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/(2.4/5GHz) Dual VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack, USB Type-C Port|
Design and Build Quality
So the overall design of the Galaxy M20 is pleasing but it’s not great when it comes to looks, or to put it another way, lacks personality. The front has a trendy teardrop notch, which the company calls Infinity-V. We are still not used to seeing a Samsung phone with a notch, but this one is far less intrusive than most notches in this price segment, which tend to be wide and large.In terms of ports,you get the headphone jack, dedicated slots for SIM and microSD cards, fingerprint scanner on the back and a USB-C port, which is still rare in this price range.
Now Regarding the slight but noticeable bugs – The fingerprint scanner here is a little annoying. First of all, it’s placed awkwardly. Secondly, it’s inconsistent. There’s no haptic feedback here, and sometimes it’s pretty fast, but sometimes it only detects the fingers on multiple attempts.
The teardrop notch design aka Samsung’s Infinity V display certainly looks beautiful, despite the limited functionality. If we ignore the bland back of the M20, and you will enjoy a beautiful looking smartphone. The modern front and the beautiful display complement each other well. Samsung has done a good job when it comes to the display on the Galaxy M20, and the notch-laden front design is fine too, but the average fingerprint scanner is a problem for sure when it comes to the exterior of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience 9.5 UI on top. App transitions are smooth, and we found no noticeable lags during normal daily usage. The Galaxy M20 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7904 64-bit which runs on eight ARM Cortex A53 cores. The processor welded to a Mali-G71 GPU and 4GB of RAM.
Normal gaming was a breeze while graphics intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Real Racing 3 ran on medium settings quite normally with no lags. However, gaming for longer periods means the phone’s core heat ups. However, any graphics intensive game will heat the phone. The Galaxy M20 withstood almost all basic apps, multi-tasking, and heavy browsing with up to 25 tabs at the same time.
Software performance on the whole for the Galaxy M20 is decent and comparable to most smartphones of today. We performed the Antutu benchmark test in which the Galaxy M20 scored 106,445. On the Geekbench benchmark app, it scored 1314 for single core test and 4101 for the multi-core test which proved its mid-range to affordable credentials.
We found the camera quality decent. The Galaxy M20 sports a 13-megapixel primary shooter with a second 5-megapixel for depth control. The 13-megapixel rear primary sensor gets an f/1.8 aperture with PDAF. The 5-megapixel shooter gets an f/2.2 aperture value and depth sensor as well.
I also took a few shots from the wide angle lens, and while the quality in wide angle photos isn’t very good, it results in some really cool shots, so it’s definitely good to have.
Daylight photos look decent. The composition looks good enough. We did notice an imbalance in whites with some photos looking overexposed. The Pro Mode is also available. However, only ISO, Exposure, and photo temperature are changeable. Other features of the camera include LED flash, panorama, and HDR. The M20 is capable of [email protected], and [email protected]
The selfie camera unit is an 8-megapixel unit with an HDR feature. Selfies in daylight look clear and composed enough. The front shooter gets HDR and is capable of [email protected] Camera features are good enough, and overexposed images usually are rare.
The M20’s has a massive 5,000 mAh battery lasts long.On an average usage the phone generally would be around 40 to 50% by the end of the day after being on 100 percent at the beginning, and on most days. The Phone charges pretty quickly. It has a 15W fast charger in the box that charges the Galaxy M20 from 10 to 100% in just 1 hour 50 minutes. It’s really great, because it’s a 5,000 mAh battery we are talking about. The Max Pro M2, which also has a 5,000 mAh battery takes 3 hours to get fully charged, so the M20 is definitely amazing on this front.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Connectivity
Lastly, let’s talk about the connectivity, where again, the Galaxy M20 will be considered ax a mixture of several aspects. So, the Galaxy M20 has dual 4G VoLTE support and it has the Widevine L1 license, so HD videos on apps like Netflix and Prime Video shouldn’t be a problem.
However, the problem here is, that the Galaxy M20 does not have support for 5GHz Wi-Fi. Though in today’s scenario in india it’s not a big deal in India but honestly, it’s something that is expected from every phone. Along with that Unlike in the past, where Samsung has cut costs by dropping sensors,this time also it is done so but this time they doesn’t dropped any of the major sensors. It has an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, the proximity sensor and the accelerometer.
To conclude here sre the Pros and Cons…
- Really nice display
- Great battery life
- USB Type-C charging
- Interesting wide-angle camera
- Plain, functional design
- Performance is a mixed bag
- Ads in Experience UI
- Bad photos in low light
- No support for 5Ghz Wi-Fi