Samsung Galaxy M20 review
Ultra-Wide rear camera
Our Samsung Galaxy M20 review takes an in-depth look at this latest Android smartphone from the new Galaxy M range. The Infinity display and superb Ultra-Wide dual rear camera are just some of the amazing features of this Samsung phone.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has an FHD+ 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 1080x 2340 pixels. The V Infinity display refers to the V-shaped notch for the camera sensor which gives you more space for the screen. The phone has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90% screen-to-body ratio. What all of that actually means is you get an immersive screen for mobile gaming or watching videos.
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This smartphone has been made to be super-slim with a premium feel to the back cover. The Samsung Galaxy M20 is on offer in either Ocean Blue or Charcoal Black. The phone weighs at 186g and measures 8.8 mm. While that may not be as lightweight as some other models, you get impressive features such as a large capacity battery to make up for it.
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Phone Set Up
The phone has the Exynos 7904 Octa-core processor on board. The RAM depends on which variant you go for with the 32GB one sporting 3GB RAM and the 64GB model having 4GB RAM. Either of these models will deliver decent performance and handle everyday use easily. If you love mobile gaming or want to use very demanding apps the higher RAM model would be the one to go for
Whichever memory option you select each model has a microSD card slot which can be used with cards of up to a whopping 512GB. This will give you have plenty of space transferring content over from your old phone.
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Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor
The Samsung Galaxy M20 uses the latest facial recognition features to keep your phone and information secure. With Fast Face Unlock, the front camera will instantly analyse numerous points on your face to recognise you and unlock the phone.
For those that prefer to stick to the fingerprint way of unlocking a phone, you will find the sensor on the back of the phone in a natural position for easy use.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is an Android 8.1 smartphone so you get lots of familiar apps right out of the box. Top Android apps including Chrome, Maps and YouTube are pre-loaded and you can choose from a huge selection on Google Play.
Samsung has added their own Experience v9.5 UX which works with the Android OS for excellent user experience. The manufacturer has focused on improving this user interface to make it more responsive and provide smooth performance.
Some of the features of Experience v9.5 include:
Colour Lens - the standard white screen can strain the eyes if used for extended periods. Colour Lens lets you change the colour of the screen to reduce the glare and make it more comfortable on your eyes when reading
Keyboard Toolbar - this feature lets you easily switch between functions such as the GIF keyboard or into the one-handed mode by selecting the options from the top bar
New Emojis and more -hundreds of new emojis, GIFS and stickers let you add personality to messages and posts
Widevine L1 certification
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is Widevine L1 certified, this means you can live stream content from your streaming accounts in HD. Netflix and other providers want certain levels of security on devices, the Galaxy M20 meets these standards. Now you can take your favourite content onto the smaller screen and enjoy it on the move.
Dolby ATMOS 360 degree surround sound takes your audio and music to a whole new level. When using a stereo headset or Bluetooth speaker, this feature delivers incredible sound quality.
Camera & Video
Dual Ultra-Wide Rear Camera
The rear 13-megapixel camera includes Ultra Wide angle shots and lots of shooting modes for capturing the world around you perfectly. You can choose Group shots from the camera settings and the phone will use the 5-megapixel lens in the dual camera to get everyone in the shot. This camera has an Ultra Wide Angle shot of 120 degrees. The main camera on the back is a 13-megapixel lens with an f/1.9 aperture. This captures more available light making it ideal for nights out on the town. Portrait shots are taken to a professional level with live focus and different Portrait Lighting Modes, the results are clear every time.
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There is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the front for taking selfies. The In-Display flash will light up the shot and with selfie focus, you get clear images each time. There are a number of different beauty modes and editing options that can be applied to the shot so you can be happy with the final image before sharing it.
3X Faster charging
The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a massive 5,000mAh battery with 3X Fast Charge. The included 15W Type-C fast charger can deliver a charge in super-quick time.
With a full charge, the battery can provide up to 28 hours of video playback. When you do plug in the Fast Charge cable, a quick 10-minute charge can give you up to 3 hours of video playback and 11 hours of listening to music
Written by: Carmel Brown