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Samsung Galaxy M20 Review : Huge Battery Power and Best Value for Money

Samsung Galaxy M20 Review – The Samsung Galaxy M20 smartphone has recently been able to attract the attention of consumers, especially the...

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Review – The Samsung Galaxy M20 smartphone has recently been able to attract the attention of consumers, especially the middle segment. The Galaxy M20 is one of Samsung’s new smartphone to compete with Chinese smartphones that offer high specifications at competitive prices. The presence of the Samsung Galaxy M20 is expected to maintain the middle segment so that it is not taken with the presence of Honor, Realme, Xiaomi, Asus, and so on.

This Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with a battery capacity of 5000mAh and is equipped with the new Exynos 7904 SoC. What is offered by the Galaxy M20 is considered to be competing with competitors.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Design

The Galaxy M20 carries the latest design, it is almost without a bezel and without the Home button, and a small notch above the screen. By Samsung, this design is named Infinity V.

The back of the Galaxy M20 is made of polycarbonate with a glossy finish, so it is somewhat slippery when held, Even though it uses plastic material, this Samsung Galaxy M20 feels pretty solid and doesn’t feel cheap. After using for approximately two weeks, the rear casing of the Samsung Galaxy M20 was easily scratched. This is seen by the number of fine scratches even though we have used it carefully.

Samsung embeds a dual camera on the rear body. The camera is on the left end of the rear body with LED Flash. Furthermore, still in the back body, there is a fingerprint scanner with an oval shape. Unfortunately, the placement is a bit too high so that sometimes it doesn’t fit right when the user places a finger behind the smartphone.

Samsung provides three places intended for Dual-SIM and one dedicated slot for microSD. Also, the Galaxy M20 already uses a USB Type-C port, and The Galaxy M20 also supports Dolby Atmos audio.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Screen

The Galaxy M20 has a screen 6.3 inches with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and has a fairly wide aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. Unlike many of Samsung’s flagship smartphones have equipped with AMOLED or Super AMOLED screens, this device carries the type of TFT PLS screen. As a result, colour is not as sharp as a colour output on Super AMOLED screens.

The Samsung Galaxy M20 has been supported by Widevine L1 certification, which means it has met the requirements for streaming HD from Netflix. With this large and sharp 6.3 screen, it will be more fun to enjoy your favourite movies in high resolution too!.

For information, Widevine is one of the digital rights management (DRM) platforms, which serves to prevent piracy of videos that are on streaming services. Widevine protects video content with three levels of security named L3, L2, and L1. Well, devices that have streaming capabilities must be certified to meet the L1 specifications to enjoy HD video content on streaming services such as Netflix.

On the Samsung Galaxy M20, the front side of this smartphone has a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, earpiece, front camera hole, full HD + 2.5D screen, without the presence of capacitive buttons below the screen. This Galaxy M20 phone has adopted the on-screen button.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Performance

The performance of the Galaxy M20 is supported by the Exynos 7904 ( 14nm ) processor, and it also has an Octa-core CPU (2x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) and Mali-G71 MP2 GPU, which is multitasking and capable of saving power. Samsung combines that’s a processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, RAM Capacity and internal storage is depending on the region. The Samsung Galaxy M20 is installed with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

Samsung Galaxy M20 uses the Samsung Experience 9.5 interface that makes operations similar to Samsung One UI. The appearance of the Samsung Experience 9.5 interface used by the Galaxy M20 is quite comfortable to use. Lock screen, Homescreen and App drawer buttons that can be accessed by swiping up on the screen. The customization option provided by the Samsung Galaxy M20 is quite complete, which allows us to set widgets, wallpapers, themes, and so on. We can also remove the app drawer if needed. Samsung also provides a collection of wallpapers and themes that can be downloaded on Galaxy Themes.

We also conducted benchmark testing with the AnTuTu Benchmark application. As a result, the Galaxy M20 scored 107,240 points.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 -Antutu Benchmark Score

About the battery, Samsung embed a large capacity battery of 5,000 mAh. Not only promises long durability, this battery has also been supported by fast charging and is claimed to be fully recharged in just 145 minutes (using the default charger)!.

Read alsoSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review 2019

Samsung Galaxy M20 Camera

One of the advantages of the Galaxy M20 is the camera. Because Samsung embeds two cameras with 13MP aperture f1.9 sensor and ultra wide-angle 5MP aperture f2.2 lens, this second sensor is intended for taking bokeh photos. Furthermore, for the selfie camera, Samsung provides the Galaxy M20 with an 8MP aperture f2.0 sensor. For video recording, the primary camera and selfie camera are capable of recording up to a resolution of 1,080 pixels.

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Our experience, when used to take pictures at sufficient light or daytime conditions, the shots are quite good and sharp. The resulting colour is quite natural. We also use smartphones to take photos at night; we still see some noise, especially when the image is enlarged.

Likewise with the results of selfie shots that we think there are no significant problems. Those who like selfies can still get good photos during the day.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Specification

Specification Description
Body Dimension:
156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm (6.16 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)

Weight:
186 g (6.56 oz)

SIM:
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type:
PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:
6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)

OS Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5
Chipset and CPU Chipset:
Exynos 7904 (14 nm)

CPU:
Octa-core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU:
Mali-G71 MP2

Card Slot and Memory Card Slot:
microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)

Internal:
64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

Main Camera 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/3.1", 1.12µm, PDAF

5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)

Features:
LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video:
1080p@30fps

Selfie Camera 8 MP, f/2.0

Features:
HDR

Video:
1080p@30fps

Sound Loudspeaker : Yes

3.5mm Jack : Yes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Dolby Atmos sound

Connectivity WLAN:
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth:
5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS:
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Radio:
FM radio, RDS, recording

USB:
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery

Fast battery charging 15W

Samsung Galaxy M20

8.8

Design


8.5/10

Features


8.8/10

Performance


9.2/10

Value for Money


8.9/10

Camera


8.8/10

Pros

  • Dual cameras are capable of capturing pretty good photos.
  • 5000 mAH battery and fast charging
  • USB type-C Port
  • The Samsung Experience 9.5 interface is comfortable and user-friendly UI.

Cons

  • The fingerprint scanner sensor on the rear body is a bit too upward
  • The screen is still LPS TFT, not Super AMOLED
  • There is no smart Samsung Bixby Home assistant


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