Samsung gives in to the notch with the new M-series, Galaxy M20 touts a 5000 mAh battery

Samsung gives in to the notch with the new M-series, Galaxy M20 touts a 5000 mAh battery
Back at its Developer Conference in the fall, Samsung hinted that it might finally pop its notch-y cherry with the so-called Infinity-V display concept that could be used in its future phones. Well, with the announcement of the first phones in the new M-series today, 

Samsung is no longer a holy and pure maker of handsets without top bezel protrusions. That's not even the most interesting new feature of the just-unveiled Galaxy M10 and M20, though, so check out what new features they bring to Samsung's 2019 Android stable.

Design

Notch you, Samsung!

As mentioned, the Galaxy M10 and M20 sport the Infinity-V design that Samsung promised to deliver at some point. The reason it's called "V" is that it's not a huge unsightly notch that is uncalled for if you don't also use it for Face ID-style options, but rather a small "waterdrop" invasion of the top bezel into the screen space that houses the front camera, and that's that. Samsung's own teaser of the new M-series emphasizes with one funky little animation that you actually gain screen space (where the top bezel used to reside), instead of losing real estate to the dewdrop-y V-shaped notch.


Samsung has placed the earpiece right above the selfie camera, achieving a very slender top bezel in the process, and this elegance extends to the side ones, too, with only a somewhat chin-y bottom bezel, as usual, since the display connector has to be housed somewhere, after all.

A rear fingerprint scanner is thankfully large, vertical, and placed away from the dual camera in the top left corner of the back - all these design choices are something that the flagship Galaxy S-series couldn't boast with for the last two years or so. With the fingerprint reader moved to the back, and the unobtrusive V-shaped notch, Samsung has had a carte blanche to use almost all of the front for a huge uninterrupted screen panel, and it delivered.

Displays


The M20 sports a large, 6.3" FHD+ resolution screen that occupies most of the front. The M10 carries a 6.22" screen with a more modest HD+ resolution that will undoubtedly help prolong the battery life out of the 3400 mAh pack.

Processor and memory


Samsung's brand spanking new octa-core Exynos 7 Series 7904 processor is what the new M20 runs on. It is built on a 14-nanometer (nm) process and has two Cortex-A73 cores that run at 1.8 GHz for the heavier lifting, and six Cortex-A53 ones at 1.6 GHz for the everyday tasks, thus saving on the battery draw. An embedded LTE modem can support Cat.12 speeds of up to 600 Mbps if your carrier can deliver those, of course. The Galaxy M10 is powered by an Exynos 7870 octa-core processor.

Cameras

4K and multi-camera kits invade Samsung's low-end

The Exynos 7904’s image signal processor (ISP) supports camera resolutions of up to 32MP but only in a single-camera setup, while the new M-series sport dual cameras on the back, with a 13MP main sensor and lens with f/1.9 aperture plus a 5MP wide-angle camera capturing 120 degrees.


Samsung incorporated support for advanced triple-camera kits in the Exynos 7904 including wide-angle cams for panoramic pictures or depth sensors to add aesthetic bokeh blur to photos' background. Theoretically, the chipset also allows for 4K video recording at 30fps, and swift 1080p video definition at 120 frames per second.

As far as the selfie cameras that are housed in that waterdrop notch at the front, they sport 8MP resolution and offer fast face unlock which is a rare treat as far as front-facing shooters go at that budget range.

Battery life and charging speeds


The Galaxy M20 is Samsung's first handset with a whopping 5000 mAh battery capacity, and, together with the FHD+  screen resolution and frugal processing power should really make the M20 a "two-day" phone. To top it all off, Samsung included a 15W fast charger in the box to pump that giant battery pack full of electrons before you have finished breakfast, ready to spend a weekend away from the charger. The M10 has no such ambitions, with its still-decent 3400 mAh battery but Samsung also equipped it with fast charging abilities albeit not the extent of the M20.

Samsung Galaxy M10 and M20 price, release date, and availability


For now, Samsung is aiming to stop the low-end to midrange onslaught of Chinese phone makers in India with the new M-series, as it just released unveiled them on the hush-hush at rock bottom prices, but the new line that will replace the J-series is also going to be rolled out globally at a later date. 

The M10 and M20 will first be available to buy on Amazon India on February 5th, but we'd peg the global release for after the spring, as the Android Pie update for the handsets is said to appear in the summer, perhaps coinciding with a more geographically diverse release.

As for pricing, the Galaxy M10 will go for just a $115 equivalent in the 2GB RAM and 16GB variant, while the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant of the M10 is priced at $125. 

The souped-up M20 is still a budget handset, with the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant tagged at just $155, while the top-end 4GB RAM/64GB model is $180, and that sub-$200 pricing for a new Samsung midranger with 5000mAh battery will certainly earn it a lot of loyal followers. The phones are available in Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black. Any takers?

Related phones

Galaxy M10
  • Display 6.2" 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(24h 3G talk time)
Galaxy M20
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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34 Comments

1. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

In notch, we trust

3. Phonehex

Posts: 754; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Terrific pricing from Samsung. Rip Xiaomi.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Haha! Redmi Note 7 costs $147 for the 3/32 variant, has faster SD 660 (with a much better GPU), Gorilla glass 5 on front and back, USB-C, 18W fast charging (QC 4.0), already released with Pie, and has a big 1/2inch 48MP main back camera with pixel binning tech. Not to mention the still plentiful 4000mAh battery and 10W charger in the box. Those last 2 areas are probably the only major advantages the M20 has over the Note 7. And let's not forget the Note 7 Pro is coming soon too. Btw did you guys know the Redmi Note 7 also has the full-blood version of the Sd 660? It's not downclocked like the 660 in the Realme 2 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M2. That's awesome! The M20 is a really good midranger, but the Note 7 is still king.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

The Exynos in M20 is not even as powerful as S636. And GPU is absolutely Trash. S660 is in completely different league. Redmi Note 7 is such a superior product. Way way better cameras, both front and back. M20 has trash cams. 5 mpx wide cam is an evil joke. Similarly it supports QC 4.0, much better than Samsung one. Even in looks department, Redmi Note 7 is stunning. Looks better than even $500 devices. Amazing gradient colors with GG5 on both front and back. While M20 looks so cheap. Similarly Redmi Note 7 has water resistance. M20 has nothing. RN7 has infrared sensor also. Except battery size, M20 can't even hold a candle to RN7.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh yeah I totally forgot about the splash resistance. And you're right, the 7904 is slightly worse than the Sd 636 in both CPU and GPU, and much worse than the 660 as I said above.

19. Icent55

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Tell that to d sick man in your area...cos this phone is selling so fast like hot cakes

31. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

That 5MP wide angle camera is still much usefull than a 20MP depth sensing one which does nothing but background blurring my friend. Kick me back on that. Good day :D

12. Phonehex

Posts: 754; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Unfotunately , the brand value & reach and strength of Samsung's after sales service is unmatchable by Xiaomi and also just the brand image of having a Samsung phone over Xiaomi will be hard to beat. People like us who actively follow tech and phones and stuff might disagree. Just ask a normal non tech savvy person what he would prefer.

14. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

In India, redmi is the new phone to buy in a budget segment, samsung is not "cool" anymore, redmi is the new "go to" brand. You must be an european or american, you don't understand the current Indian market conditions Though Its different when it comes to s series and note series

32. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

@Mahima - because samsung didnot had something which could match Xiaomi in pricing. I see atleast 100 friends of mine are mighty excited about this phones especially pricing. Imagine across INDIA. Not to forget Xiaomi's horrible after sales service and unbearable Ads

18. Icent55

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

You talking trash....this phone is gon sell like hot cake....i dont care what d R.note 7 have

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Shut up kid. Go cry to ur mama and let us adults have a mature conversation.

6. AbhiD

Posts: 653; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Not really. Only if you knew about the offerings of Xiaomi, Realme, Asus, Honor in India. Samsung ones are still MEH... In front of all of them.

7. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Haha...as someone who used samsung phone right now, i will buy redmi 7, realme 2 pro or asus max pro m2 at the given price 5mp wide angle camera?lol Hybrid sim slot? Meh

33. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

It does have dedicated Sim slot, first do your homework & then comment please. It atleast have 5MP wide angle camera which will be useful for both depth sensing and wide angle photos rather than just a depth sensing 2mp on honor & upto 20mp depth sensing in others which does nothing but creates bokeh effects. I will have my lol at that 20MP camera :D

20. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s so awesome. In making a case for this phones cut out they made it also the same point I have always made for the iPhone and the x design

2. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

This notch is not looking bad. Price is also good but s10+ notch is hideous.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 920; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Yeah tear drop notch is the way to go like.

16. Elvis358

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Only Samsung fanboy can say that notch looks good on Samsung. But on other brand it looks terrible. XD

23. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Nope the oneplus also has a great notch. Very discreet and uniform. If you're going to have a notch have it like this and the oneplus.

21. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

They are not the first to do this idiots

9. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Design looks better then the S10.

11. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

Actually it's not bad

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1318; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

wow... the tear drops look the best on all notches, and samsung is trying to swing for the fence with that pricing, never thought i'd see that

17. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Samsung with notch and without superamoled. Changing for others phone makers. Xiaomi seems me attractive now.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

We’re you actually looking forward to Samsung’s entry level?

25. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Nice to see Samsung still releasing phones with oreo

26. Vogue1985

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Looks promising and the specs are nice too. Loving the Fat battery 5000mah,yes please. I bet you this phone will Not be launched in the USA, as usual.

27. CEDEOTB

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Why not the infinity U?

28. dazed1

Posts: 789; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Samsung software is 5x better, so the little hardware advantage with the almost awful miui goes instantly away.

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