Hey guys, what is up? So, I recently talked about Samsung’s A8s, the first phone with a hole in the screen. Slowly, Samsung is starting to evolve, and now, they have introduced their first phones with a notch in the Samsung Galaxy M Series.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is a mid range phone in the M Series that will give you some of the best features any mid range phone should have, from its screen to the battery and the cameras. You should truly have a great time using this device.
Besides the M20, there’s also the M10 and M30, not sure if I’ll be reviewing all of them, but we’ll see as time goes.
Right now, I’m just waiting on the S10 to officially get released so I can do what I do.
This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy M20.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Experience UI 9.5 with Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- 6.3 inch 1080 x 2340 PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) CPU
- Mali-G71 MP2 GPU
- 3GB / 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
- 8MP Front Camera
- 13MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 5000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
You get a really basic design when you’re looking at the front of the phone, besides the fact that there is a Dewdrop Notch here, you won’t be getting anything else that’s fancy.
The Notch houses the selfie camera and an earpiece for calls is just above it.
Bezels are really slim here, the bottom has its bezel a little thicker though, I guess that just balances how the phone looks if the Notch gets covered when gaming or streaming videos.
The color models the phone comes in are Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.
Turning over to the back you also get a not so fancy look. Although you may think the back is made out of glass because it reflects light really well, what you’re really getting here is a Polycarbonate material.
It feels great when held, and that’s because the edges of both sides in the back are curved to connect to the screen of the phone.
One thing you will have to bother about is the fact that this phone is a fingerprint magnet, especially if your hands are oily. This happens both at the back and at the front. So you may have to constantly wipe them off.
If you have dry hands, well, congrats.
On the back you get the vertical placed dual camera with a LED flash right below.
Right beside the camera is the Fingerprint scanner. Oddly, the scanner has been lifted up a bit. Maybe it is this way to help you “detect” it better or it’s just a design thing, I’m not really sure.
At the top of the phone, well, not a lot happening, you just get a microphone, probably for noise cancellation.
The right side of the phone has the volume and power buttons. What’s odd here is that they are very close to the top of the phone, not sure how people with small hands are going to react to that. Anyway, moving on.
The left side of the phone has the SIM and Memory card slot. You’re not getting a “you can either use an SD card or a SIM card in one slot” bullshit here. Memory cards have their dedicated slot.
Finally, at the bottom, you get a speaker, a USB Type-C, another microphone that should be for phone calls and audio recording and a 3.5mm Headphone Jack.
Knowing that Headphone Jacks are slowly going away just gives Samsung a plus for keeping it for us on the Galaxy M20.
The weight of the phone is 186g. Might sound a bit heavy for a mid-range device, but that’s just cause the battery is something to be happy about. We’ll talk about the battery down the road.
Something about the phone that’s worth mentioning is that it can withstand occasional drops without cracking or getting scratches. Not something I would recommend you doing, but I’m just letting you guys know that yeah, the phone is strong.
You’re really getting a basic design with this phone, and just like the A8s, there’s no “wow” factor. The fact that you don’t get a notification LED on the Galaxy M20 is also very disappointing.
But overall, the design is good. If you’re the type that needs a very eye-catching phone, I’d say, either get a case for the phone that makes it look a little more of your taste, or just look for something else entirely.
I wouldn’t recommend looking for something else right now though, this phone has some other impressive things to talk about besides just the overall design. Let’s keep going.
The display on the phone is quite good. Since the M20 isn’t really fancy on design, you do get a better display experience.
The M20 comes with a 6.3 inch FHD+ screen. Large enough to give you a really nice experience when streaming or gaming. For a mid range phone, I really don’t think there should be a lot of complaints about screen size.
What there has been some complains about though is the panel. You get a PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen here. Although, AMOLED panels are better, TFT panels are also quite good. I’m not even going to talk about LCD panels cause they are different in their own way.
With a TFT panel, you will be getting some deep blacks, not as black as an AMOLED, but, you will be impressed. AMOLED’s are mostly used on premium phones anyway.
The screen resolution on the M20 is 1080 x 2340 pixels, pretty fantastic here I must say, this aids that FHD+. You also get a screen to body ratio of 83.6%.
Although colors come out accurate and punchy, some viewing angles will not give you accurate colors. This is because of the TFT panel the phone comes with. I don’t think you will be getting the phone to view the screen from the sides, anyways.
The phone gets really bright outdoors, sometimes a little too bright indoors. There’s been reports that the auto-brightness gets a little funny.
You may get an intensely bright screen indoors all of a sudden on the phone. Maybe this can be fixed with a software update, I’m not really sure but it does happen. Manually reducing the brightness can fix this, but constantly changing brightness levels can be exhausting.
Best just leave it on auto-brightness.
Overall, you will be getting a really nice display on the phone, colors come out accurate and punchy, you won’t be missing a lot of detail on this screen as everything looks sharp. Usage outdoors under direct sunlight is also very impressive.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has some pretty nice cameras. The camera app itself has a lot of options to choose from that will make your picture-taking experience nice.
On the front of the phone is the selfie camera. It is an 8 Megapixel camera. Besides just taking pictures, you also get to use it to unlock your phone using the Face Recognition feature.
The camera takes really nice pictures in daylight, giving you good colors, a lot of detail and you won’t be getting a lot of noise.
The selfie camera does struggle in low light conditions, you won’t be getting a lot of detail here and color accuracy is not very impressive. The shots also come out a bit noisy. This is common in most mid range phones anyway.
The selfie camera records videos in 1080p at 30 frames.
Video recording with the selfie camera is okay, what you are not getting here is Electronic Image Stabilization. But even without it, videos come out clear, the exposure can be a little bit all over the place, but overall, you won’t be disappointed.
Coming to the rear camera, what you’re getting here is a 13 Megapixel Main Shooter and a 5 Megapixel Wide Angle Lens.
The main shooter also shoots in wide angles but not as good as the 5 Megapixel lens.
Pictures come out really detailed on the main shooter, color accuracy is good, there’s not a lot of noise and the dynamic range is average.
Portrait mode is also very impressive and the edge detection isn’t something to complain about either.
In low light, the camera is okay. Images come out with less color accuracy and a bit noisy but overall, you won’t be missing out on a lot of detail.
Recording videos with the Main Camera is quite better than the selfie camera, it does suffer from Image Stabilization and sometimes focusing gets hard.
The good part is you get decent color accuracy, a lot of detail and the exposure is not terrible.
You can record videos in 1080p at 30 frames as well.
Unlike most mid range phones that have a second lens for depth, the M20 actually has a Wide Angle lens. The 5 Megapixel Wide Angle lens does a really good job. Colors are punchy and a bit warmer and details are also very good.
It also does its job of taking wide-angle shots without a problem, this will also give you a different perspective on each shot as well by covering a lot of area.
The cameras on the M20 do really well overall, the camera app also offers some features such as Stickers, Live Focus, Panorama etc.
Images come out okay, not as great as flagships but well, it is worth its price.
Features and Performance
This phone offers a lot. Some aspects are not really impressive and others are, but as usual, it all comes down to personal preference.
The simple things such as call clarity, internet speed and audio quality are all good.
The audio from the speaker is loud but it’s better if you get a pair of headphones for music or anything else cause that’s how you get the best sound experience.
The fingerprint scanner is accurate and reliable, what it isn’t though is the fastest. Scanning takes about a second, it’s not that bad but it isn’t great either.
The face unlock feature is quite good, being that it’s 2D, it isn’t really safe. I wouldn’t really recommend using this. It is quite fast but suffers a lot in low light.
The Galaxy M20 runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo), a little disappointing, but there will be a 9.0 (Pie) update eventually. Being an older Operating System, Samsung added the Experience UI 9.5 to give you a… you guessed it, nice “experience”.
With Experience UI you get some nice features such as Lock Screen Stories, which brings up articles about things you like when your phone is locked.
You also get the chance to do a lot of customization with the Experience UI, like changing your Icon Pack and size.
There’s the option to run two apps at once using the Split Screen mode, with it you can do things like browsing the internet on Chrome while watching videos on YouTube.
There are a lot of other features that come with Experience UI, but I won’t be talking about all of them.
Under the hood, you get a Exynos 7904 Chipset, an Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) CPU and a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
Gaming isn’t really a great aspect of this phone, to run games smoothly, you will have to play them in a medium or low settings.
Heavy gamers will definitely have an issue with this phone, but average gamers will just think the phone plays normal.
It is understandable though, because the chip on this phone isn’t one of the best. For a fantastic gaming experience, it will be better to just go for a better phone, probably one of the latest flagships.
During heavy gaming, the phone has been reported to get a very warm, at this point, you as the user will feel like you’re putting the phone through hell. Literally.
Playing less heavy and demanding games will give you a lag free experience and overall, long hours of gameplay.
Besides gaming, overall usage like starting up apps tends to be really fast. You won’t experience any issues like lags using apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram etc.
This is the only part where this phone takes a fall, in my opinion.
RAM and Internal Storage
There’s a 3GB of RAM model and a 4GB of RAM model. Both will give you a great time with multitasking, apps will most likely not get terminated even when they get too many.
If you can afford it, I would recommend going for the 4GB of RAM model. With time 3GB of RAM will not be good enough. Phones with that amount will definitely get slower with time.
Internal storage options are two, the 32GB and the 64GB.
The 32GB of internal storage is only supported by the 3GB of RAM model and the 64GB of internal storage is supported by the 4GB of RAM model.
Both models can be expanded using a MicroSD card of up to 512GB. With that, you’ll have enough room to put all the media files you want. The best part is, you don’t have to give up one of your SIM cards just to expand.
The battery on this phone is excellent for a mid range phone, it is a non-removable 5,000mAh Li-Po battery.
You will get over 3 days of use on light to moderate use. Heavy users can get more than a full day of use before needing to charge.
When the phone’s battery eventually gets drained, you will be able to charge it up to 100% in a little over 2 hours. So yeah, it supports fast charging.
Considering that it’s a 5,000mAh battery, that is very good.
This can be done using the charger that comes with the phone, it is a 10W charger, but Samsung says the phone can be charged with a 15W charger as well.
Overall, battery life is an excellent aspect of this phone, you will not be disappointed if you go for this phone, if battery is your main focus.
You get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G and WiFi for internet speeds.
You also get Bluetooth V5.0, GPS, USB 2.0 Type-C and an FM radio as well.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy M20 around $150.
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
For a mid range device, I can say this phone really takes a solid stand. Only section it suffers in is gaming, but that’s for really demanding games.
The battery is great, the cameras are good enough and the display is really good. Having a Headphone Jack is also a plus.
You won’t be getting a really elegant design on the phone, but for its price, I say Samsung did a good job on this one.
Maybe Samsung is only good with Flagship devices, but they’re doing their best for mid range phones as well.
Well, that’s my review for the Samsung Galaxy M20. Tell me what you think about the phone in the comment section, don’t forget to like and also share with your friends.
I hope I was able to help someone know more about this phone.