This is the review of the Samsung Galaxy M20. A new mid-range smartphone from Samsung and I’ve been actually testing this for quite a while now. I generally don’t recommend Samsung mid-range phones like the J series because I feel they are simply too overpriced for what they offer.
But it feels like with this M20, things are sort of changing now but again it’s not perfect and this review will focus on the device specifications and what you need to know.
That will give you an idea if the smartphone is a good one for you and here are the quick specs for the Samsung Galaxy M20.
- Platform: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Processor: Octa-core Samsung Exynos 7904
- GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
- Memory: 3GB/4GB RAM
- Colours: Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black
- Dimension: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm
- Weight: 186g
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display: 6.3-inch, PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels
- Screen Protection: –
- Rear Camera: Dual 13MP + 5MP camera, 1080p [email protected]
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
- Front Camera: 8MP camera, 1080p [email protected]
- Built-in Storage: 32GB/64GB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 512GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: 42.2/5.76 Mbps
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: LTE-A (2CA) Cat 12 600/50Mbps
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, wi-fi direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, v5.0 with A2DP LE
- NFC: –
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: USB Type-C 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: –
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: –
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: –
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 5, 000mAh non removable Li-Po battery
Design and Screen display.
Samsung has decided to finally use the dewdrop down notch design. Hence, the bezels are actually pretty small on this device and they are able to pack in a 6.3-inches screen.
Also about the screen quality on the Samsung Galaxy M20, It’s safe to say that the screen quality is actually good, Samsung hasn’t compromised on the screen quality. While it’s not an AMOLED screen, but it is as good as many of the other smartphones in this price range. In fact, I would say slightly better.
Generally, if you have seen other Samsung mid-range phones in the J series. You will notice that in terms of sensors, they skip a lot of them.
So there was scepticism with this one but I’m happy to say that all important sensors are present on this phone. For example, the compass sensor, and the gyroscope sensor is there as well.
Also, GPS actually works very well, I tested it with Google Maps and it worked fine.
Talking about the earpiece, the earpieces is located just around the notch. I would say and the earpiece quality was good, the call quality was good too. So no problems regarding that department.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Price.
This phone is priced at $156 to $186 and comes with 3 GB/4 GB of RAM. Notably, we have seen many phones with huge battery capacity in this price range but they don’t have fast charging or USB type-c.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 does have that. It has a massive 5000mAh battery. If you use the fast charger which it’s actually a 15W when it is completely drained from zero, it will take you almost about two and a half hours to charge it with the charger.
It is a good thing to see that Samsung provided fast charging on this phone and also you have USB type-c.
Now, let’s talk about the battery life on this one. As is having a 5000mAh battery, yes the battery life is good but again if we compare it with something else like the Zenfone Max Pro which also has a 5000mAh battery, it feels the Zenfone is giving slightly better battery life than the Samsung Galaxy M20.
This might be due to the software but having received two software OTA updates in the last seven days with this phone and I think there is one battery bug and hopefully, Samsung should solve it.
For many of you wondering whether the galaxy M20 has support for volte. Yes, it does support a volte, in fact, it supports dual volte even on sim – you have an option of enabling volte and by default, it is enabled.
The screenshots below show the standby time. It’s almost close to two days and with that, I was getting a screen on time slightly over five hours as you can see. Some might say this screen on time is not good but notice the standby time.
It might even improve after OTA update as I’ve told you there is slightly high idle battery drain if you use two Sims so hopefully, Samsung can fix it. So the battery life is good but again not as good as some of the other 5000mAh smartphones that we have seen.
But for most users, if you charge it every day it easily suffices you even if you are sort of a heavy user.
Moving to the processor on the Samsung Galaxy M20. It’s the new Exynos 7904 and this is also an octa-core processor but generally, most of the octa-core processors are divided into two parts.
One quad-core part is the most powerful one while the other is the power efficient one. But here with this Exynos 7904, what Samsung has done is instead of having a quad-core for what is a powerful course. it’s just dual core but again it’s a good one and it’s the ARM Cortex A73.
These are the powerful real core ones and the other six-core are based on the ARM Cortex A53. It still runs on the older Samsung experience UI, not the new one UI. But, for the most part, I would say I didn’t notice any lag.
For the sake of this review, the 4 GB RAM variant was used. RAM management has been done well on this device.
It retains most of the recent apps in the memory actually. It retains about last four or five apps in memory and that’s a good thing and also some apps like trueCaller etc they have to be in memory to work.
They don’t get booted out so the RAM management, at least, on the 4 GB RAM variant has been done well. You don’t have to worry about that
Let’s move to the cameras on the Galaxy M20. It has a beautiful setup and I like what Samsung has done. It has a 13 MP regular camera but the secondary camera instead of having just a dumb depth sensor like many of us other vendors are fooling us with for the dual camera setup.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a practical second camera which is actually a wide-angle lens and that’s a 5 MP shooter and the front-facing camera is actually an 8 MP shooter.
The camera performance is actually not bad on the Samsung Galaxy M20. But like most other mid-range smartphones, I would say don’t expect flagship performance obviously you won’t get that but the camera performance is good.
The M20 comes with the wide-angle lens so with that you can get some very different perspective of shots that is simply not possible if you don’t have a wide-angle lens and generally in this price range we don’t have smartphones that have a wide-angle lens camera.
The front-facing camera performance was also actually good. But again, if the lighting goes really low, it will struggle in artificial lighting like most other midrange phones.