Samsung recently expanded its Galaxy A-series lineup in India with the launch of the Galaxy A20. Apart from rivals such as the Redmi Note 7 and Realme U1, the Galaxy A20 faces competition from Samsung’s own Galaxy M20 in the crowded budget smartphone segment. Is the new Galaxy A-series smartphone worth the premium over the Galaxy M20?
Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Price in India
The newly launched Galaxy A20 is available in just a single variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for INR 12,490. It comes in three color options – Red, Blue, and Black. Samsung Galaxy M20, on the other hand, starts at INR 10,990 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the Galaxy M20 costs INR 12,990. Unlike the Galaxy A20, however, the Galaxy M20 is only sold via online retailers in India. The M-series smartphone comes in two colors – Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue.
Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Display, Performance
The Samsung Galaxy A20 comes with a 6.4-inch Infinity-V Super AMOLED display featuring 720 x 1560 pixels HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In comparison, the Galaxy M20 has a 6.3-inch PLS LCD Infinity-V display panel with 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Moving on to performance, Samsung Galaxy A20 is powered by an Exynos 7884 octa-core processor with two high-performance cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and six efficiency-oriented cores clocked at 1.35 GHz. As mentioned earlier, the phone packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Samsung Galaxy M20 runs on a more powerful Exynos 7904 octa-core processor with two high-performance Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and six Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The Galaxy M-series phone comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Just like the Galaxy A20, you get a dedicated microSD card slot on the Galaxy M20 as well for further expansion up to 512GB. In terms of software, Galaxy M20 currently runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with the Samsung Experience UX running on top. The Galaxy A20, however, runs on Android Pie-based One UI right out of the box.
While the Galaxy A20 has the advantage of a Super AMOLED display, its lower HD+ resolution may not impress everyone. It is behind the Galaxy M20 in the performance department as well. When it comes to software, it is the Galaxy M20 that is the less impressive of the two. However, it should be noted that Samsung has promised to upgrade the Galaxy M20 to Android 9.0 Pie by August this year.
Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Coming to the camera hardware, Samsung Galaxy A20 has a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. As for selfies, the Galaxy A-series smartphone has an 8MP snapper with an f/2.0 aperture housed inside the V-shaped notch on the front. Samsung Galaxy M20 also comes with a 13MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the back. Instead of a depth-sensor, however, it has a 5MP secondary ultra-wide snapper. The front-facing camera is identical to the one on the Galaxy A20. Both phones support Full HD video recording at 30fps.
When it comes to connectivity as well, the Galaxy M20 has a slight edge over the Galaxy A20. The Galaxy M20 supports GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, and a USB Type-C port. Samsung Galaxy A20 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, USB Type-C port, and 4G VoLTE. Both phones come with FM radio support and have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Now let’s talk about battery life. Thanks to a 5000mAh non-removable battery, Galaxy M20 is among Samsung’s most impressive budget Android smartphones when it comes to battery stamina. The Galaxy A20, on the other hand, has a smaller 4000mAh non-removable battery. Both smartphones come with 15W fast charging support.
Thanks to its 5MP secondary wide-angle camera, the Galaxy M20 certainly has a slight edge over the Galaxy A20 when it comes to optics. It offers better battery life too, thanks to a larger 5000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Verdict
It is quite clear that the online-exclusive Galaxy M20 offers much better value than the Galaxy A20. For just INR 500 more, you can get the 4GB RAM variant of the M-series phone with 64GB of onboard storage. Apart from being cheaper, the Galaxy M20 also offers a better camera experience, improved performance, more impressive battery life, and a Full HD+ resolution display. Unless you