Samsung has launched the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 in India at fairly aggressive prices, even more so by Samsung standards. While the Galaxy M10 starts at Rs 7,990, the Galaxy M20 starts at Rs 10,990. The Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 bring many industry firsts for Samsung, but more importantly, they are the first budget Samsung phones to not skimp down on the basics. An ambient light sensor and Widevine L1 support, for instance.
The Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 can be considered as Samsung’s answer to Xiaomi and its popular Redmi line-up of affordable phones. Xiaomi will be looking to strike back with the Redmi Note 7 soon, but Samsung, for once seems better prepared to take on the challenge. Here’s a closer look at the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20.
- Both the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 are built entirely out of plastic but because Samsung is using glossy plastic here, they look like they are made of glass from afar. The Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 will be available in Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black colour options.
- The main USP of the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 is their Infinity-V notch display which is essentially Samsung’s take on the waterdrop/teardrop-style notch found in competing products from Xiaomi (Redmi Note 7) and Realme (Realme 2 Pro). The Galaxy M20 comes with a 6.3-inch Infinity-V TFT LCD display while the Galaxy M10 has a smaller 6.2-inch screen. While the Galaxy M20 has a 1080p+ screen resolution, the Galaxy M10 maxes out at 720p+.
- The Galaxy M20 is powered by Samsung’s newly announced Exynos 7904 processor (octa-core with two Cortex A73 cores that run at 1.8GHz and six Cortex A53 cores at 1.6 GHz) while the Galaxy M10 is powered by a (two-year old) 1.6Ghz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor.
- The Galaxy M20 will be available with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is also expandable via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The Galaxy M10 will be available with up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB storage, again expandable via a dedicated card slot.
- Both the phones run Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 UI. Samsung is expected to roll out Android Pie software for the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 sometime in August. But there is no official confirmation for now.
- Both the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 come with dual rear cameras of similar resolution (but with different sensors) -- a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary 5MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Both the phones support Samsung’s Live Focus feature for depth control in portrait shots.
- The Galaxy M20 comes with an 8MP front camera, while the Galaxy M10 tones it down to 5MP in the selfie department.
- While the Galaxy M20 comes with a 5,000mAh battery with fast charging support, the Galaxy M10 uses a smaller 3,400mAh battery (with no fast charging). The Galaxy M20 will ship with a 15W fast charger in the box, Samsung has confirmed.
- The Galaxy M10 does not come with a fingerprint scanner (there’s face unlock) which is understandable because it is an entry-level phone. It also uses the aging micro-USB standard for charging and data syncing. The Galaxy M20 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and charges via USB Type-C.
- The Galaxy M10 will start at Rs 7,990 for the base 2GB RAM and 16GB storage variant, going all the way to Rs 8,990 for the top-end variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Galaxy M20 will start at Rs 10,990 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant, going all the way to Rs 12,990 for the top-end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Both the phones will be available for buying in India from February 5 from Amazon India and Samsung’s e-store. Samsung has no immediate plans to bring the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 to offline sales channels.
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