Samsung Galaxy M10 or M20 : Worth to Buy?

SAMSUNG GALAXY M10 OR M20 WORTH TO BUY?

India is fast outgrowing the sub-Rs 10,000 segments, at least that’s what one recent report would have us believe. And while it may not be the most conclusive report, we can tell from the products that get the biggest hype – the fluid mid-range segment ranging from Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 in pricing, more or less. But Samsung is convinced the sub Rs 10,000 segment still has legs and is hedging its bets with the Galaxy M series.

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At first glance, the M10 fits that label but Samsung has priced it enticingly. Starting at Rs 7,990, the Galaxy M10 competes with the Realme C1 (2019) and the Redmi 6in India. The 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at Rs 8,999 in India. Both those phones are serious competition with Realme’s momentum and Redmi’s market standing. Does the M10 have enough to give them a tough fight? Let’s find out:

Samsung Galaxy M10 Specifications

Before we get started on our initial experience with the M10, here’s a look at the specs:

Display6.22” HD+ PLS TFT, 720 x 1520 pixels
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7872 hexa-core 14nm SoC
RAM2/3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD
Battery3,400mAh
Primary CamerasMain Camera: 13MP AF, F1.9 + UltraWide: 5MP, F2.2
Secondary Camera5MP (F2.0)
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Face Unlock Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Network and ConnectivityLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/(2.4/5GHz) Dual VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, headphone jack

There are some notable omissions such as the lack of a fingerprint sensor, which does make the M10 seem less appealing. And we’ll see if it that impacts user experience negatively.

Samsung Galaxy M10: What’s in the Box

The M10’s retail package is rather spartan. The box doesn’t look like it contains much and that’s pretty much true, but it’s also expected given that this is a budget phone. This is what you get inside the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy M10 smartphone
  • 1 x USB Type-A to Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x 5V 1A Charging Adapter
  • 1 x Ejection pin
  • User Manuals

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Samsung Galaxy M10: Design and Build Quality

The Galaxy M10 has two stark design qualities that seem incompatible and half-thought at first glance. Let’s start with the front, which has that trendy teardrop notch, which the company calls Infinity-V. It’s the first time we are seeing a Samsung phone with a notch and it is less intrusive than most notches in this price segment. The screen to body ratio of the M10 is a healthy 81.6 % which is higher than the Realme C1 and Honor 9N, both phones with notches in this price range.

The notch holds the 5MP front camera, which is also used for face unlock. There is the so-called chin and it’s pretty thick, relative to the top and sides. I don’t quite love the look, but it’s definitely a step above the competition.

That modern look is in stark contrast to the polycarbonate rear as I mentioned at the beginning of this section. The overall look of the rear seems years old, thanks to the lack of a fingerprint sensor. The only thing that hints at this being a 2019 phone is the dual 13MP+5MP (ultra-wide) camera module, which has become oh-so-common even in the budget segment. We have the Ocean Blue variant of the phone and the glossy plastic back doesn’t really have a premium feel. It’s a budget phone and it definitely feels like one as far as the back is concerned.

Samsung Galaxy M10: Performance and Software

The Galaxy M10 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7872 hexa-core 14nm SoC with 4 x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and 2 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 cores. For GPU, the chipset has the Mali-G71 MP1.

Samsung Galaxy M10: Battery Life

Another key focus area for Samsung with the M10 is the battery. Samsung has packed in a 3,400 mAh battery, which falls short of what some of the competition offers – Realme C1, for example, has a 4,230 mAh battery. The Galaxy M10 should ideally provide all-day usage, and the smaller battery pack is likely to reduce the weight of the phone. At 160 g, it’s already on the heavy side so the weight must surely have been a consideration on Samsung’s part.

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Things Bad In Samsung Galaxy M10-:

  • Bad
  • Dated processor
  • Pre-installed bloatware
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Slow charge
  • Bad Performance

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Samsung Galaxy M20 First Impression

Samsung’s budget smartphones haven’t really been exciting, since forever, but that’s about to change. Samsung has launched the new Galaxy M series of smartphones, and well, we have the Galaxy M20 here, so let’s take a look.

The higher-end of the two new phones is the new Galaxy M20. I know, there’s also the Galaxy M10, but the Galaxy M20 is the more exciting of the two. The Galaxy M20 starts at Rs 10,990 for the version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 12,990.

Before we dive into how the Samsung Galaxy M20 performs in everyday situations and whether it’s worth the hype, let’s take a look at the specifications of the phone.

SAMSUNG M20 RESPONSE

Samsung Galaxy M20 Specifications

The M20 will compete against the likes of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India, and here’s what it brings to the table in terms of hardware:

Display6.22” HD+ PLS TFT Panel, 1080 x 2340 pixels,
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7904 octa-core 14nm SoC
RAM3/4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD
Battery5,000mAh
Primary CamerasMain Camera: 13MP AF, F1.9 + UltraWide: 5MP, F2.2
Secondary Camera5MP (F2.0)
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Face Unlock Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Network and ConnectivityLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/(2.4/5GHz) Dual VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack, USB Type-C Port

So these are the specs and here’s our video with our first impressions of the Galaxy M20. Scroll below to read our thoughts on the phone too

Things Bad in Samsung Galaxy M20-:

Dated software

The new Galaxy M20 runs the dated Android 8.0 Oreo, which is a letdown given that Android 9 Pie is already out for months and has been rolled out to many smartphones. While Android Oreo isn’t a bad operating system, but if the company is planning to take on the dominant Chinese rivals, it needs to upgrade its software front as well. The software also comes with some bloatware, which could hamper the performance of the phone in the long run. The company is expected to roll out the Android Pie update for the new phone in August, but making it available out-of-the-box would have been a different experience altogether.

Underwhelming camera

Samsung M20

The Galaxy M20 comes equipped with a dual rear camera that comprises a 13MP + 5MP sensors along with an LED flash. The 13MP is the primary lens, while the 5MP sensor allows you to capture ultra-wide shots at 120-degree angles compared to the normal 78-degree angles seen on other smartphones. We were pretty disappointed by the camera performance of the device. The images captured in good lighting conditions came out decent but lacked details. The images also show some noise and fall short of the dynamic range and sharpness. The wide angle shots also looked a bit grainy. For low light photography, the Galaxy M20 wouldn’t be a good option. The images lack details and sharpness which is a bit disappointing.

Bad fingerprint reader placement

The Galaxy M20 features a fingerprint sensor housed on the rear panel of the phone. But due to the large form factor of the phone, we often found ourselves reaching out for the fingerprint sensor. It feels a bit uncomfortable and if you are someone who has small palms, you wouldn’t want to go through this process to unlock your Galaxy M20. The sensor is fast and reliable most of the time, but we noticed that the scanner failed to register the fingerprint and we had to re-tap it unlock the device. As an alternative, the company also provides an option to unlock the device through face recognition, but we all know that isn’t as reliable as the fingerprint scanning.

The X factor

\Aggressive pricing With the new Galaxy M20, Samsung might hit the right chords with budget-conscious users in India. Starting at a price of Rs 10,990, the Galaxy M20 is probably one of the most aggressively priced Samsung devices till date. As the company aims to go head-to-head with the already dominant Chinese brands and re-claim its throne in the Indian market, the Galaxy M20 seems like the best way to kickstart proceedings. Well, this might not be the best smartphone in this segment but is surely one of the best offerings this price segment has seen in recent times. The device will be pitted against the likes of devices such as the Realme 2 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, Moto One Power, and others. But, the brand value that Samsung brings with itself will play a huge role in the success of the Galaxy M series.

Hit or a miss?

Samsung has offered a well-rounded smartphone at an affordable price, making it a great value for money. The user response is yet to be seen, but in our opinion, the company has finally taken the right path with its latest M series of smartphones and should continue to bring more and more products that cost less but don’t compromise on the specifications front. For people who’ve always believed in Samsung should definitely try this one out. Both the variants of the device are clear winners in our opinion and will definitely make for a good value for money. With the new M series, Samsung has proved that it means business and its future roadmap for affordable smartphones seems bright.

 

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