Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy M20 review. For all of 2018, Samsung has been sitting in the sidelines, silently observing while brands like Xiaomi, Realme, Asus and Honor have been running the show in the lower midrange segment. Cut to 2019, and it looks like Samsung has a solid plan in place, one that has already worried its competitors.
So by now you all probably know that I’m talking about newly launched Samsung Galaxy M20, the phone that is made for the millennials. I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy M20 as my primary device and Is this what the Millennial wants? And that’s what I’m going to find out in this review of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy M20. So let’s get started-
Design & Build
The Samsung Galaxy M20 looks very plain from the rear is an indisputable fact, a tough curved polycarbonate shell wraps around the internals of the phone.
Coming back to the rear, no pun intended, this polycarbonate shell is a smudge magnet. The phone cannot keep body oil at bay.
The fingerprint scanner sits on the rear and is at an easy to reach position, and it is slightly raised so you can get a feel for it easily without looking at the back. The scanner is reliable and reasonably accurate but not the fastest one out there that said it is extremely faster to register your fingerprint by merely swiping down a few times. There is also a Face Unlock option but it doesn’t work in the dark, nor it is very secure. It unlocked my face with my eyes closed even when I had switched off faster recognition.
While the phone is chunkier side tax to the massive 5000 mAh, I liked the weight distribution and the overall handiness. Thanks to the slim bezels and the 19.5 by 9 aspect ratio of the display.
The phone is not very wide, a couple of people thoughts that the Galaxy M20 was a very compact phone, and I agree with that sentiment to add to that I inadvertently dropped the phone a couple of times and not so much as a scratch was registered on the back of the front. I think that the M20 is one very sturdy build smartphone.
The power button and the volume rockers are on the right edge, and they offer excellent tactile feedback when pressed. There’s also a mic on the top, the SIM card tray on the left side has individual slots for two SIM cards and a single micro SD card none of that Hybrid slot. At the bottom, Samsung gives users a USB Type-C port. This is an entirely unheard of feature in this price range at least until now.
Flanging the type-c port on the sides is the mono speaker and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Here is one missing feature is the notification LED. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy M20’s design is exceptionally functional it’s not a very eye-catching device, but I have no complaints.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a 6.3-inch TFT LCD panel on the front, and this panel has a display resolution of 2340 by 1080p which is full HD plus. There is a strong perception among the tech community that TFT panels are inferior compared to IPS LCD. You could not be more wrong, they’re not necessarily inferior, but both the panels have their advantages and disadvantages.
Now with the TFT panel, you get the very high contrast ratio that looks good because it presents a very deep black level. It is almost as good as an AMOLED not precisely like an AMOLED but it is pretty, and that is probably the reason why Samsung has gone for TFT panel.
The colours are not as punchy as an AMOLED panel, but it is reasonably accurate. The overall colour temperature even in the whites is pretty neutral. The Panel is also plenty crisp, and at maximum brightness, it is easily legible under direct sunlight. It is also brighter than most phones in this price range.
There are a few issues with the display though. Firstly, the oleophobic coating, if it exists just like the rear, is not very useful as keeping body oils at bay on the front. I was wiping the screen after every five minutes of usage thanks to all the smudges.
Secondly, when you tilt the display at a slight angle, you will see the colour temperature shift to a warm yellow. This is a characteristic of TFT panels and there’s not much Samsung can do to fix that.
And finally, the palm rejection is not very effective, and it is doubly annoying because of the slim bezels. I would continuously swipe down the notification panel or trigger the home screen customisation mode because of this problem.
Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with the dewdrop notch, and Samsung has called this dewdrop to notch the infinity V display.
The videos are played on the Galaxy M20, and M20’s display looks crisp bright and detailed. Not many phones in this price range can offer this level of fidelity. During my testing, I could play videos on YouTube and Prime video in Full HD. On Netflix the wasn’t the case, but it is just a matter of Netflix updating the software I wouldn’t worry too much about this.
Another reason why the multimedia performance on the M20 is great is that the phone supports Dolby Atmos sound for smartphones while the setting doesn’t work for music playback left and right channel stereo. I can tell you this if you’re watching movies. The Atmos setting can come in handy in heightening the viewing experience.
The phone also supports AptX Bluetooth streaming codec. I found the music listening experience using the 3.5mm jack and the wireless headphones to be extremely pleasing. Now coming to the mono speaker at the bottom it is not very loud, but it is crisp and sounds very loud.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo, you know in 2019 that is a bit of let down because I want all the smartphones that launched in 2019 to go with at least Android Pie. This version is running Experience UI 9.5 and it, and it is a refined version of experience UI that I’ve used still did, and that makes me forget about the Android Pi update.
The thing about experience UI is that it now asks you if you want to install third-party apps or not. You can choose to opt out so definitely an advantage.
On this new experience UI, 9.5 Samsung has added lock screen stories. This is on by default, and you have to go into settings to switch it off. Like the name suggests lock screen stories essentially showcases a bunch of articles based on your topic preferences. I didn’t see any ads as such on the screen, so that’s good.
Notifications show up on display in a small pill under the clock. You can hit the pill to pull down the notification shade halfway to see what it contains.
The Experience UI 9.5 is extremely malleable, and you can change the icon pack, the icon size, the size of the grid and a whole lot more.
Samsung has also added gestures for good measure. The network settings and the clock on the top bar are pulled down, and they load the notch when you pull down the notifications panel.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a Dual camera set up on the rear with the 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.9 aperture lens and a secondary 5-megapixel f/2.2 camera. Interestingly Samsung offers a feature-rich experience similar to its flagships, for example, you get a Live focused mode, Panorama, HDR, Few stickers and small features like swipe up to switch on the selfie mode comes in handy. The camera app is easy to get accustomed to and use.
As for the picture quality, the M20 captures a vast amount of details when you shoot wide landscape shots. The colour temperature is pretty accurate and in our camera comparison that the M20 had a far better wide shot compared to the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro.
Moreover, you also have a dedicated wide-angle lens that can take a wider field of view. Samsung has tried its best to keep the colour processing similar to the primary camera, but I did find some inconsistencies once in a while.
What I like about Samsung use of a wide-angle lens is that in the default gallery app. It gives you the option to do shape correction. This helps reduce a barrel distortion by a lot, and the software does a frigging great job.
In close-up shots, the Galaxy M20 tends to boost colours, but the details are still present what I particularly like about the M20 camera is a great live focus mode the level of depth, the blur the edge detection are all very well done. The dynamic range by default is not very impressive, but the HDR mode can fix that for you quickly.
In low-light, the Galaxy M20 does a great job with the exposure and lacks in a decent amount of light for the picture to look good. But the software does of aggressive noise correction in indoor shots and less the noise be in darker portions in the night shots. I still like the pictures, but the M20 might not be the best low-light camera in this price range.
Coming to the selfies for the 8-megapixel camera they’re already at best. I think the other phone Likes the Redmi, Realme, Honor and the Mi A2 of far more detailed selfies.
As far as video recording goes, the M20 lacks image stabilization, but the pictures quality and the colours are pretty good.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy m20 takes excellent pictures in its current state, but it is just probably a couple of software updates away from being completed camera in this price range.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with a brand new mid-range chip that is Exynos 7904, and this is a system on chip is based on a 14nm fabrication process. The eight cores on the Exynos 7904 included two Cortex A73 chips clocked at 1.73GHz each and 6 Cortex A53 chips clocked at 1.53GHz each. The chipset has a Mali-G71 GPU for graphics as well.
I’ll review of the M20 had 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and if you want more storage, the card slots accept SD cards of up to 500GB capacity. There is also a low variant that comes with 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
So, I also ran a regular sort of benchmarks on the phone, the phone scores around 107000 in AnTuTu just around the Snapdragon 636 processor. And in Geekbench test, it scored around 1300 in the single-core test and 4000 in the multi-core test, again very close to the Snapdragon 636.
I also played a little bit of PUBG, and it ran smoothly only in balanced with medium FPS settings. If you are a heavy gamer a phone with Snapdragon 650 or Kirin 710 might be better suited for you, but for casual games, the M20 will be great.
In daily usage, I found the phone to be extremely responsive. The animations on experience UI 9.5 are slightly, and that could make the phone seem slow, but I didn’t face a single lag.
As for the call quality, the Samsung Galaxy M20 has an incredibly clear sound from the earpiece. I had actually to reduce the volume a couple of levels during calls. It laches out to network even in areas of congestion. My only concern with the Galaxy M20 is that it doesn’t support 802.11 ac standard which means that it won’t support 5GHz WiFi networks.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with the 5000 milliamp-hours battery. This is the most substantial battery we’ve seen on a Samsung smartphone to date, and as expected the battery performance is excellent. I consistently got more than 6 hours of screen on time on heavy usage.
The phone supports fast charging, Samsung claims that the M20 supports 15-watt fast charging, but you get a 10-watt charger in the box. Using this charger, I managed to charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 2 hours and 10 minutes. This is an excellent fast charging speed for a 5000 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a great battery life, it has a crisp display, the performance is not too bad, and the Camera is also updated away from being good.
Yes, there could be issues with the Galaxy M20, but those are not necessarily deal breakers.
I know it’s still not perfect the design seems rather bland and there’s still Oreo onboard with leaks suggesting that the Pi releases will come in August, but that’s a great phone. At least Samsung is making an effort unlike the J series, and that is commendable.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Samsung Galaxy M20||Coming Soon||Rs. 10,990|
|Samsung Galaxy M20||Coming Soon||$ 160.00|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|Released||5 February 2019|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.4mm x 74.5mm x 8.8 mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||PLS TFT, 2340x1080p, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 PPI density)|
|CAMERA||Rear||13 MP, f/1.9, PDAF
5 MP, f/2.2, Depth Sensor
|Front||8 MP, f/2.0|
|Features||LED flash, Panorama, HDR|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Experience 9.5, Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Chip||Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 1.8GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|External||microSD, up to 512 GB|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wifi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS and Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker and 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 5000 mAh|