Curiosity 30 Jan
This year is quite crucial for Samsung as the company will be releasing new foldable smartphone, 10th anniversary Galaxy S-series and also changed their mid-range and entry-level phones strategy. Last year Samsung CEO confirmed the company will be introducing new features with the mid-rangers, later on, these features will be included on the premium models.
Last year Galaxy S9 lineup wasn't as successful as the S8 series due to almost similar design and lack of new striking features that's why this year S10 lineup is quite important for Samsung to ensure their dominance in the flagships market. Last year Huawei surpassed Apple to become the second largest smartphones manufacturer in the world and now they are eyeing to beat Samsung.
Samsung achieved the number one smartphones manufacturer status in 2012 by dethroning Nokia and since then the company not only maintained their status but also fortify their position. From last few years, Samsung is facing stiff competition from Chinese smartphone manufacturers in the mid-range and entry-level category, especially from Xiaomi.
Samsung was the number one manufacturer in India, however last year Xiaomi took the crown by shipping the most number of phones in the Indian market. To compete well against Xiaomi's mid-rangers, the company recently launched new M-series phones including M10 and M20. The M20 is the latest best budget phone from Samsung in India which will certainly face stiff competition from Xiaomi's Redmi Note 6 Pro which is currently ruling the mid-range segment.
It surely will be an interesting battle to see how latest Samsung M20 competes against the well-established Redmi Note 6 Pro. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design of the two.
74.5 x 156.4 x 8.8 mm
6.3 inches - 2340x1080 px
76.4 x 157.9 x 8.2 mm
6.26 inches - 2280x1080 px
Being a budget-friendly phone the M20 doesn't have a glass or metal rear instead the company opted the unibody plastic design. The Galaxy M20 dimensions are 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm and weigh 186g. Though it comes with plastic rear it is one of the best looking mid-range smartphones from Samsung. The plastic rear comes with a matte finish so it isn't fingerprint magnet like most of the latest phones with glass or metal rear.
Following the latest trend, the M20 is the company's first phone with an infinity-v notch (dewdrop notch). The bezels around the display are ultra-thin with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. However, on the bottom, you will find a thin lining of the bezel. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner. The LED flashlight is right below the dual sensors. The oval-shaped fingerprint scanner is in the center on the rear side with Samsung branding below the scanner.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn't bringing something new or exciting as far as the design is a concern. We have seen a number of Xiaomi phones with almost similar design language. The rear side has a metal finish which looks more premium than the Galaxy M20. The device measurements are 157.9 x 76.4 x 8.2 mm and weigh 181g.
On the front-facing side, you will find a traditional notch accompanying selfie snappers, earpiece, and other sensors. The bottom bezel on the Note 6 Pro is significantly larger than the Galaxy M20. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras setup on the rear aligned vertically. The LED flashlight is in the center below the dual cameras. The prominent antenna line is crossing right above the cameras. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center.
In terms of design language both the phones are appealing, however, the Galaxy M20 has an advantage of the more cleaner display with dewdrop notch whereas the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with the metal body instead of polycarbonate. Now it's up to you whether you prefer the dewdrop design of M20 or go with Redmi Note 6 Pro metal design.
In the display department, the Galaxy M20 and Redmi Note 6 Pro are quite close to each other in terms of size. The M20 sports a 6.3-inches IPS display panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 409 pixels-per-inch. The device screen-to-body ratio is 83%.
The Note 6 Pro comes with a 6.26-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display screen-to-body ratio is 81% which is slightly lower than M20. The aspect ratio of the display is 19:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inches. Samsung didn't reveal any details regarding the display protection, the Note 6 Pro comes with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass to avoid damage in case of an accidental drop.
Both the phones fall in the mid-range segment that's why both have mid-range chipsets. The Galaxy M20 is running on the company's own Exynos 7904 SoC. Its an Octa-core chipset, the power-efficient cluster has six Cortex-A53 cores with max clocking at 1.6Ghz whereas the performance cluster has two Cortex-A73 cores with max clocking at 1.8Ghz.
The Note 6 Pro is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset, its the same chipset which is powering almost all mid-rangers last year. Both the Exynos 7904 and Snapdragon 636 SoC are built on the 14nm process. The SD 636 has four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores.
On the AnTuTu benchmark, the M20 achieves 109220 points whereas the Redmi Note 6 Pro crosses it with 116257 points. The Galaxy M20 receives 1320 points on a single-core test of Geekbench 4 and 4087 points on multi-core test. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is slightly ahead with 1337 points on single-core and 4903 points on multi-core. Overall the Redmi Note 6 Pro is faster than the M20 in handling HIFI tasks and heavy multi-tasking.
|Specs||Galaxy M20||Redmi Note 6 Pro|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels||1080 x 2280pixels|
|Chipset||Exynos 7904||Snapdragon 636|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB Expandable via MicroSD||64GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1 with Experience UI||Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 10|
As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box with different UI skin over it. The M20 comes with Experience UI 9.5 whereas the Note 6 Pro has MIUI 10 layer over the stock version of Android OS.
The UI skin over the Samsung is more appealing thanks to cleaner look as opposed to Note 6 Pro. Xiaomi's custom UI is more close to iOS, so if you want to run iOS like Android OS on your phone the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a good choice. In terms of animations, the Experience UI has an upper hand, the lag in performance is due to the slower chipset and less RAM option. Otherwise, the UI on the M20 is quite smooth and well optimized for the dewdrop notch.
Despite being the latest mid-rangers both the phones yet to receive the latest Android Pie update. As per the recent leak, the M20 will be receiving the Android Pie in August this year, however the release time for the Redmi Note 6 Pro is still in the dark.
Almost all mid-rangers in the market comes with dual rear snappers, same is the case with these two phones. The Galaxy M20 primary rear snapper is 13MP with f/1.9 aperture. The sensor size is a 1.12-micron sensor and features PDAF. The dual cameras are accompanied with single LED flashlight. The Note 6 Pro has 12MP primary rear snapper with f/1.9 aperture, however, it has a large sensor of 1.4 microns.
The secondary sensor on both the device is a wide-angle 5MP module with the 120-degrees field of view. Both the sensor aperture is f/2.2. Having wide-angle camera as the secondary sensor is always preferable. Both the devices have a different advantage, the M20 captures images have a good level of detail but the results are oversaturated sometimes whereas the saturation and exposure level of Redmi Note 6 Pro is good but you have to compromise on the detail level of the shot.
In stable lightening conditions both the phones produce good results but in low-light scenarios, the M20 lags due to the smaller sensor. The Redmi Note 6 Pro secondary sensor also assist in capturing depth-of-field to produce good portrait shots but that's not the case with M20.
Up front, the Galaxy M20 comes with 8MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture. It has dedicated beauty mode to beautify the selfies whereas the Note 6 Pro has dual selfie snappers. The primary snapper is a 20MP module with f/1.9 aperture and a 2MP depth-sensing module. The selfie snapper on the Note 6 Pro is significantly better than the M20.
The Redmi Note 6 Pro is available in two configurations, the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage can be purchased at INR 13,999 whereas the top-tier model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is available at INR 15,999. The device is exclusively available via Mi sore and Flipkart in India.
The Galaxy M20 base model has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, it costs INR 10,990. The 4GB RAM model comes with 64GB storage at INR 12,990. The M20's base model will certainly attract those who are looking for a budget-friendly option around INR 10,000. The Note 6 Pro can also be purchased with 6GB RAM but that's not the case with M20.
Although both the phones are budget-friendly options both are packed with gigantic battery cells. The M20 comes with a mammoth 5,000mAh battery cell whereas the Note 6 Pro relies on the 4,000mAH battery cell. Both the phones have enough juice to last more than one day on a single charge. On normal usage, you may get more than the one-day battery. For connectivity and charging the M20 comes with Type-C port whereas the Redmi Note 6 Pro has Micro-USB port.
The Galaxy M20 not only have to create space in the tough competition of mid-rangers but also has to face the wrath of Redmi Note 6 Pro which was ruling the segment since the day first of release. The best thing about the Galaxy M20 is indeed its price tag which is even cheaper than the entry-level model of Redmi Note 6 Pro. Not just that it also targets budget-conscious buyers looking for a new phone around INR 10,000.
The stylish Infinity-V display, good looking design, mid-range hardware, good cameras, gigantic battery, and Experience UI has enough goodies to attract buyers who are looking for a new mid-range phone. The Redmi Note 6 Pro buyers surely will also consider this phone before making any decision.
If you are looking for a performance-centric phone the 6GB RAM option of Redmi 6 Pro is a pretty good option. The Redmi Note 6 Pro will attract those buyers who like the MIUI 10, traditional notch, quad-cameras and solid performance with great battery life. The Galaxy M20 certainly emerges as a pretty good alternative option for those who want a new phone below INR 15,000. Overall the M20 emerge as a pretty good alternative of Redmi Note 6 Pro.
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