Samsung has finally launched the new Galaxy M-series in India for ₹7,990 and ₹10,990 starting off with the new Galaxy M10 and the Galaxy M20 in India. Both the new devices are first to launch with Samsung’s new Infinity-V display, and are targeted at “Budget range” in India.
Samsung Galaxy M20
This is the new Galaxy M20 and it’s a pretty striking looking smartphone at least from the front.
Design : Front is bezel less and chin is pretty small too. Back reminds you a usual budget Samsung smartphone with plastic flat design. It’s not attractive enough as compared to Redmi Note 7, Asus Zenfone Max M2. There is no notification LED that’s the sacrifice Samsung made with infinity-V design.
Fingerprint Scanner : Fingerprint scanner on the back which seems fast enough but so far it’s been little akward to use because of its higher positioning.
Sim Tray :Triple slots for dual nano sim + microSD.
Ports : There is headphone jack at the bottom and the Type-C port that is super impressive.
Performance : M20 packs new EXYNOS 7904 octa-core processor (3/4GB RAM) (32/64 Storage). In single core EXYNOS 7904 are comparable to the Snapdragon 636 but in the Multi core it fall behind.
Gaming : Gaming performance has been fine as our team play Asphalt 9 and PubG Mobile. The default graphic settings of PubG mobile is Medium.
Android Version :M20 comes with the optimized Experience UI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1.0(Oreo).
Samsung Features :There is no Bixby or Samsung Pay.
Face Lock : Face unlock which works pretty well and shows cool effects around the notch while unlocking the phone.
Gestures : Experience UI 9.5 also features navigation gestures from One UI which works fine.
Game Tool Feature : There are game tool features which brings various shortcuts you can use while gaming to record the gameplay, take screenshots, lock navigation buttons and do a lot more.
Camera : Primary Sensor 13MP (f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.2) Ultra wide sensor with all samsung camera mode available. When it comes to video recording the phone doesn’t support 4k video recording which is weird as processor has support for it. The secondary camera comes with 8MP (f/2.0) with Portrait Mode.
Battery : It’s impressive M20 packs with massive 5000mAh battery which last’s couple a days with ease. Also there is fast charging support on board with bundled 15W fast charger in the box which is super impressive.
Lastly, few things to note that M20 has dual VoLte support and there is Widevine L1 licence for HD playback in apps like Netflix, Amazon prime.
Specifications – Samsung Galaxy M10 & Samsung Galaxy M20
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy M10||Samsung Galaxy M20|
|Display||6.2″ HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels) LCD display,|
Water drop notch (Samsung called Infinity-V display) with dragon tail pro glass.
| 6.3″ FHD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels) LCD display;|
Water drop notch (Samsung called Infinity-V display) with dragon tail pro glass
|SoC|| Exynos 7870; 14nm;|
| Exynos 7904; 14nm;|
2x Cortex-A73 + 6x Cortex-A53
|RAM & Storage|| 2GB+ 16GB;|
3GB + 32GB
| 3GB + 32GB;|
4GB + 64GB
|Up to 512GB through dedicated slot||Up to 512GB through dedicated slot|
|Battery||3,400 mAh|| 5,000 mAh;|
Quick charging up to 15W with included charger
|Dual SIM||Yes; Dual 4G VoLTE||Yes; Dual 4G VoLTE|
|Rear Camera|| Dual:|
13MP, f/1.9 + 5MP ultra wide lens
13MP, f/1.9 + 5MP ultra wide lens
|Android Version||Samsung Experience UX v9.5 on top of Android 8.1Oreo||Samsung Experience UX v9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Pricing||₹7,990 (~$112) for the 2GB+16GB variant; ₹8,990 (~$126) for the 3GB + 32GB variant||₹10,990 (~$155) for the 3GB + 32GB variant; ₹12,990 (~$183) for the 4GB + 64GB variant|
|Availability||February 5, 2019 from Amazon.in and Samsung.com||February 5, 2019 from Amazon.in and Samsung.com|
Samsung Galaxy M10
The new Samsung Galaxy M10 and Samsung Galaxy M20 features the same overall design. But with differences in screen size and other key internals to provide for a wider price coverage. As is obvious, the M10 is the lower-specced version within the siblings, competing against the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi series, while the M20 offers some more over and above the M10 and competes against the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series.
A small disappointment with the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 is that the devices comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, underneath Samsung Experience UX v9.5. This is a missed opportunity for Samsung, as a launch with Android 9 Pie could have been a very good marketing point, especially at this segment. The Galaxy M10 also does not feature a fingerprint scanner anywhere on the device.
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