Samsung Takes on Xiaomi’s Redmi Series With Galaxy M10 & M20

While Essential introduced the world to notch screened phones, Apple was the one that made a huge and ugly notch and made it mainstream. However, Samsung was one of the few manufacturers which avoided the silly trend. The Korean tech giant has also been supporting the 3.5mm headphone jack fans when all others have shunned the port.

Despite all this, Samsung is expected to lose market share in the coming months and the company needed something new to keep its sales going. It seems Samsung has hit the bullseye and the new series, Galaxy M10 and M20, are just what Samsung needed.

Samsung Galaxy M20 & M10

The latest M series targets the midrange market segment. It doesn’t compete with the A series or even the J series smartphone lineup from Samsung.

As the name suggests, out of the two, the M20 is the more power variant in the series.

Design and Display

The most prominent feature of the new M series is the fact both devices feature a waterdrop notch or as Samsung calls it the Infinity-V display.

There’s a 6.3-inch display on the M20 with a resolution of 2340×1080 (FHD+) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 Unfortunately, you do not get Samsung’s signature AMOLED panel but instead, an LCD panel.

The M10 is has a slightly smaller display with a 6.2-inch panel but the resolution really takes a hit with the M10’s display sporting just 1520×720 resolution.

Both devices have a screen to body ratio above 90% making the bezels extremely thin. There’s an earpiece placed just above the notch with the sensors hidden in the top bezel. These are budget devices and Samsung doesn’t want them to look otherwise since you get the plain old polycarbonate back for both phones.

On the back, there’s a dual camera setup on both these devices as well as a flash. There is a fingerprint scanner on the M20 but its missing on the cheaper M10.

Hardware

The M20 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7904 chipset. It’s a high-end octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8GHz with four powerful A73 cores and four battery saving A53 ones.

You can get the M20 in memory configurations of either 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB. There’s also a dual SIM and memory card hybrid slot on both devices allowing you to expand the storage by up to 512GB.

The battery powering the M20 is a huge 5,000mAh unit and it comes with a 15W Type-C charger. Samsung claims that 10 minutes of charge will give you 11 hours of music or 3 hours of video playback.

Samsung has cut some corners with the M10 and it comes with an Exynos 7870, which is an old mid-range processor and hasn’t held up well.

Memory configurations for the M10 are either a 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB. You can use a microSD card to expand the storage though. As for the battery, there’s a reasonable 3,430 mAh battery. There’s no fast charging and it comes with a microUSB port instead of a Type C one.

Cameras

As for the cameras, the rear cameras on both models remain the same. You get a main 13MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and another 5MP sensor.

On the front, however, you get an 8MP sensor on the M20 whereas the M10 has a 5MP camera.

Price and Availability

The M20 and M10 have been launched in India for now with price tags starting at $150 (~PKR 21,500) for the M20 and $112 (~PKR 16,000) for the M10. With such aggressive pricing, Samsung is taking on Oppo’s Realme sub-brand and Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand which offer similarly high-value phones for entry-level prices.

There’s no word as of now of the availability in Pakistan but do expect to see it launch here in the following months.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Specifications

  • CPU: 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali G71 MP2
  • Chipset: Exynos 7904
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI 9.5
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display:
    • 6.3″ 19.5:9 PLS TFT with FHD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution
  • Memory
    • RAM: 3/4 GB
    • Internal: 32/64 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by 512 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP f/1.9, 5MP
    • Secondary: 8MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, USB Type C,Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, fast charging
  • Price: $150 (PKR 21,500),  $180 (PKR 25,500)

Samsung Galaxy M10 Specifications

  • CPU: 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Mali-T830 MP1
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI 9.5
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display:
    • 6.2″ 19.5:9 PLS TFT with HD (1520×720) resolution
  • Memory
    • RAM: 2/3 GB
    • Internal: 16/32 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by 512 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP f/1.9, 5MP
    • Secondary: 5MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, micro USB
  • Battery: 3,430 mAh
  • Price: $112 (PKR 16,000), $126 (PKR 18,000)


      • then technically there were no taxes in Old Pakistan they were just on paper!

        the only taxes we see on ground reality is in NEW Pakistan!

    • Wahab sahab sorry but u only want to comment without searching a single piece of shit that’s all I wanna say abt u. seriously I am not a fan of Samsung or eve I dont have this brand but wht actually they are doing there must a reason they still producing a good amount of new tech in the industry.

    • Yasir sahab Pakistan mein M20 ka 4gb 64gb variant around 50k mein launch ho ga. wait and watch. same type of display is already selling in the market from OPPO F9 & VIVO V11pro with the price tags of 45k to 53k.

  • Tax slabs are revised to up to down on MRP basis. So taxes on these two phone much not higher than 2 or 3 thousand on each mobile phone. So just dont worry my dear friends. Just wait for the launch of these Samsung M series phones.


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