Samsung Galaxy M20 – Full Review: New 5,000 mAh Smartphone Contender?

The Galaxy M20 is the latest addition to Samsung’s mid-range smartphones. It landed in local online stores last March at an affordable price and with a new take on the display as well as a huge battery capacity. Read on below for our full review.

 

SAMSUNG GALAXY M20 FULL SPECIFICATION

Display 2340 x 1080 FHD+
Processor Octa-core Exynos 7885 @ 1.7 GHz
GPU Mali-G71
Memory 3GB RAM
Storage 32GB ROM expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD
Camera f/1.9 13MP + f/2.2 5MP Main AF Camera
f/2.0 8MP Rear Camera
FHD (1920 x 1080) @ 30fps
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Face Unlock Yes
Size 156.4mm x 74.8mm x 8.8mm
Weight 186g
Battery Built-in 5,000 mAh

 

DISPLAY

A lot of smartphones featuring the notch display was released last year but Samsung stood firm from adopting the design from which they also enjoyed mocking down with as their biggest US competitor, Apple had it on their iPhone X and other latest devices. But this time, Samsung has changed their mind and incorporated the notch display on their devices with a less intrusive “Infinity-V display” as they call it. It doesn’t really look like a V to us but rather a teardrop. Nonetheless, this provides a wider display area for the user and it also houses the front camera module and a small space for the earpiece speaker grill. It has 2340 x 1080 FHD+ TFT display making it good for movie watching. The display, no matter how less intrusive the Infinity-V display is, still gets in the way when watching movies in 19.5:9 aspect ratio as well as when playing games. You wouldn’t want to miss an important area from the screen just because of the notch. But good thing Samsung provided an option to turn on an illusionary black bar on the status bar that will hide the Infinity-V display.

 

DESIGN

 

On the front side of the Galaxy M20 is the Immersive Infinity-V display that also houses the camera and the earpiece speaker grill. At the back, there is the wide angle dual camera setup with the LED flash on the side. The fingerprint sensor is also located here. On the top, is a noise-cancellation mic. The SIM card and MicroSD can be placed on the tray which can be found on the left side of the M20. On the opposite side is where the volume rocker and the power button is located. The speaker grill, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack as well as another noise cancellation mic is found at the bottom of the device.

Looking at the Galaxy M20 from the front side gives a compact and premium impression, but it feels really different on its back as it uses plastic material with a very flat surface and rounded sides. We suggest using a good phone case if also gives you the same impression.

 

PERFORMANCE & BATTERY

With its huge 5,000 mAh battery, the Galaxy M20 didn’t fail in delivering what is expected. In terms of gaming over Wi-Fi, the Galaxy M20 managed to last for 8 hours. The Galaxy M20 has fast charging but we cannot test it as the review unit handed to us doesn’t include an original Power brick and cable and we do not want to compromise the result by using a third party charger. Rest assured that the Galaxy M20 charges from 0 ~ 100% faster than other smartphones with 5,000mAh battery but no fast charging.

 

CAMERA

For a mid-range smartphone, you get a wide angle dual rear camera set-up with AI-solution  that performs better than expected. See the photos below and be the judge of the Galaxy M20’s Camera performance.

 

VERDICT

Positioned in the mid-range category at an affordable price of Php 10,990 the Galaxy M20 performs better than other smartphones on its price range. The only downside is its overall design which we think could be tolerable for some. You can get the Samsung Galaxy M20 exclusively from different online stores such as Lazada, Shopee, Argomall, Abenson, and MemoXpress.

Pros:

  • FHD+ Display
  • 5,000 mAh with fast charging
  • Wide Angle Dual Camera set-up
  • Average camera performance

Cons:

  • Poor back design

Post Author: Patrick

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