Samsung Galaxy A20 goes official with solid features, budget price tag
If you're looking for a budget-friendly smartphone that retains some close to premium features, Samsung's new Galaxy A devices are your best bet. The new Galaxy A20, which was rumored for several weeks now, has just been launched in Russia where people can already buy it, hi-tech.mail.ru (translated) reports.
Specs-wise, the Galaxy A20 sits between the A10 and A30 and so does in terms of price. What's really amazing about this phone is that it retains some of the features that make its bigger brothers, the Galaxy A30 and A50, so appealing such as the massive, high-quality display and camera setup.
It retains some of the “premium” features of its bigger A30 and A50 brothers
The main selling points of the Galaxy A20 are no doubt the Super AMOLED display and the dual-camera on the back side. Of course, there are other important specs that make the Galaxy A20 an interesting budget choice for those who can't afford a mid-range or flagship device, so let's take an in-depth look at what the phone has to offer.
First off, if you're one of the many people who absolutely hate notch, the Galaxy A20 is not for you. Although it includes a minimally invasive waterdrop notch, it's still there to bother your sense. However, if you don't mind the compromise, the Galaxy A20 has a great 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, which features 720 x 1560 pixels resolution. It's the same display that Samsung included in the Galaxy A30 and A50, but you'll be getting this one much cheaper.
As for the other selling point of the Galaxy A20, it's no longer unusual for mid-tier phones to include dual rear cameras, Samsung's new handset is no exception. The dual camera consists of 13 + 5 megapixels sensors, but there's also a secondary 8-megapixel camera in the front for selfies.
Since this is a budget offering, Samsung included a less powerful chipset inside, the same packed inside the cheaper Galaxy A10. The Exynos 7884 is a new addition to Samsung's line of chipsets and should be on par with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 processor in terms of performance.
Android 9 Pie & Samsung One UI on a budget
Even though it's the most powerful smartphone out there, the Galaxy A20 ships with the latest Android 9 Pie operating system on board and Samsung's One UI overlay. It's too early to talk about Android Q since the new version of the OS hasn't been released yet, but the Galaxy A20 has the required hardware for a software upgrade if Samsung decides to go for it.
Samsung's proprietary SoC (system-on-chip) is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card. That's the standard memory configuration for a mid-tier smartphone these days, but we're surprised Samsung did not launch more than one models based on the amount of memory.
We're happy to see that Samsung understood how important is for customers to be able to use their phones for longer times without being forced to recharge them. The Galaxy A20 is powered by a massive 4,000 mAh battery, which should be enough for at least a few days of average use.
Finally, we noticed a fingerprint sensor on the back side, a nice addition for a budget offering. We're also told that Samsung Galaxy A20 comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) support, which means you'll be able to use mobile payments services while on the go.
Samsung Galaxy A20 price, release date, availability
As far as the price and availability go, Samsung Galaxy A20 is only available for purchase in Russia for the moment, but we expect the smartphone to arrive in other European countries in the coming weeks.
Price-wise, this is a cheap device for what it has to offer, as customers can buy one for around $215 outright. It's also worth mentioning that phone prices in Russia tend to be slightly higher than the rest of Europe, and clearly higher than US prices, so a less than $200 price is definitely possible.