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Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: An Impressive Budget Smartphone at Great Price

Samsung has very smartly stepped in the mid-range smartphone market and have slowly made a place of its own. The company has launched a bunch of mid-range phones, which packs some amazing hardware components and software applications and the performance is quite commendable. So far, we have seen that medium budget smartphones in India are ruled by Motorola and some Chinese companies like Redmi, Oppo, Honor, Vivo, RealMe etc. Now Samsung has emerged as a strong competitor in this market. The M series of Samsung is quite a competition for budget smartphone manufacturers.

Galaxy M20

Design

In this article, we are reviewing the Samsung Galaxy M20. Before delving into the technical specifications and its analysis, let’s talk about the looks of the phone. The smartphone looks impressive, although we cannot say, it is the best looking handset in this range. The front looks promising with the camera being placed with elegance, but the back side may disappoint you. If you have been expecting a metal or glass rear, like that found in Redmi, Honor, etc., then you will not be very pleased with the looks of the M20. The phone is sized very optimum, and it fits into the hand. You can hold it, use with with comfort and can use it for daily purpose, as the back is plastic and you do not need to be any extra cautious. The water drop top notch is very appealing and soothing to eyes. Samsung calls it Infinity Display. Except the back side, the device looks pretty convincing.

Galaxy M20

Unboxing

The unboxing won’t impress you much, as it comes only with a 15W fast charger, a SIM ejector and a user manual inside the box.

Display

The display in one word, is vibrant, colorful and a treat to the eyes. The PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, has 16M color and screen resolutions of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density). The resolution for a 6.3 inch screen is a good option. You are bound to like the hue, brightness and contrast of the screen. The smart theme for Samsung keeps changing the lockscreen, every time you press the power button. The humongous collection of stock images is the cherry on the cake.

Dimension

As mentioned before, the phone size and weight are optimum. Users can hold it and use it with maximum ease. Its dimension is 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm (6.16 x 2.93 x 0.35 in) and weighs

Hardware

Galaxy M20 packs some amazing hardware components. The device is powered by Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm) core processor, out of which 2
Kryo 260 Gold cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz and 6 Kryo 260 Silver cores are clocked at 1.6 GHz. Samsung always uses high quality metal chips and hence, the problem of overheating, short circuit is never obvious. The GPU included in this phone are Mali-G71 MP2 and it is optimized for gaming. Samsung, during the announcement of this phone mentioned that the phone is suitable for playing PUBG Mobile. Even though it was a marketing strategy, but yes, if you play games, you won’t experience any problem of lagging.

Galaxy M20

Storage

There are two variants of the Galaxy M20 in terms of storage. Either you can choose a 64 GB, 4 GB RAM combination or a 32 GB, 3 GB RAM combination. You can make your choice based on the type of work you do with your smartphone. If you do not play hardcore games, and just use the smartphone as a mode of entertainment, then a 3 GB RAM would be more than sufficient. If you use the smartphone quite extensively and throughout the day, then a 4GM RAM would be an ideal option to choose. The memory is expandable up to 512 GB via Micro SD cards.

Galaxy M20

Camera

The cameras are well suited for the budget and captures great photos both indoor and outdoor but in optimum lighting. The specifications for the primary camera are 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8″, 1.12μm, PDAF and 5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultra wide), 1/6″, 1.12μm. Low light photography is not very convincing, but, you cannot expect that in a medium range smartphone. The selfie camera is 8 MP with video recording at 1080p@30fps. Here are some sample snaps taken with the device.

Galaxy M20
Indoor Photography, Optimum Lighting
Galaxy M20

Indoor Photography, Optimum Lighting
Galaxy M20

Indoor Photography, Very Low Lighting
Galaxy M20
Outdoor Photography, daylight condition
Galaxy M20

Outdoor Photography, daylight condition

Battery

Users will be awestruck to find the battery, that has been packed into the phone. It is a non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery and it supports fast charging. It comes with a fast charger of 15W. The charge retains for long hours. We have used the device and on a single charge with moderate use, the charge lasted for more than a day.

Operating System

Galaxy M20 runs Android Oreo 8.1

Others

The phone supports 4G LTE. The SAR values are 0.25 W/kg (head)  and   1.59 W/kg (body) respectively.

Conclusion

After using the handset for some time, it has been observed that the smartphone is a great option for people looking for an almost perfect budget phone. It is priced at around Rs. 11,000 INR – Rs. 13,000 INR based on the variants, seller, etc. The device has absolutely negligible lag, no problem of overheating noticed so far.

Debaleena
A blogger with a zeal for learning technology. Enchanted to connect with wonderful people like you.
https://www.techentice.com

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