Samsung has been the forerunner in the smartphone industry. The fun fact is only 20% of Samsung’s annual income comes from smartphones. But they are selling millions of millions of phones every year. There still had a small window about budget phones. The budget range was being dominated by the Chinese manufacturers from the early days of smartphones. But Samsung quickly realized that people wanted the brand name but also wants to stay inside the budget. That’s why they started producing the M series and A series smartphones. When Samsung announced both the series, the sales wen sky rockets, people rushed to the store and started buying their all-time favorite Samsung phones. Here we describe, Samsung Galaxy A20 Review.
Samsung Galaxy A20 was an A series smartphone. It was announced in the latter half of March, 2019. Hit the stores on the first week of April, 2019. It has a price tag around 156.99 US Dollars. So that indicates that this is a lower mid-budget smartphone in the market. A price tag below 200 USD can serve a great number of people. With the right tech and the right price, any smartphone can be sold like hot cakes. But does Samsung A20 lives up to the pressure of being the ultimate budget king or failed to live up to the expectation? We are here to find out that for you. So stick with us along the article because we are going to review this particular smartphone and share all the details and Pros and Cons with you.
Samsung Galaxy A20 Review: The Smartphone under 200!
First up, let us unbox this little dude. It comes in a pretty sleek box, slide the main box out; there is a little box with the documentations in it; lift the box and voila! The All-new Samsung Galaxy A20 is in sight. When you lift the phone you will see a power brick, a Charging cable and a fairly decent pair of headphones. As we have unboxed our phone now let us move on to the review real quick.
While reviewing a particular smartphone, I always try to inspect the said smartphone in some key aspects which can give us a real understanding about the phone’s capability. The key aspects are:
- Sensors and Other Features
- Water Resistance
These will help me decide whether I suggest you guys to buy this phone or not. Sorry Samsung, I had to do this for my readers!
Design: Premium looking but Plastic!
Samsung Galaxy A20 is a budget smartphone after all. But truly speaking, the design and the attribute is a win-win situation for the consumers and the manufacturers at the same point. The phone is made out of plastic, as we have to accept that considering this to be within our budget. But that does not mean the design is a bit bland. In Fact, the design of the back portion is pretty premium looking and people won’t believe that this is a phone made out of plastic.
This is a hefty phone I must tell you weighting around 169 grams which is okay for a typical smartphone now a days. But some of you will grab a calculator and try to find the exact amount of the plastic as it is a bit heavier for a plastic one. Samsung Galaxy A20 Review. But the 4000 mAh battery bears maximum of the weight.
The dimension of the phone is 6.24 inches in length, 2.94 inches in width and the typical 0.31 inches in the breadth. So this is a decent form factor to hold on to. And I must mention that this phone is very comfortable to hold on to.
The volume adjustment button and the lock button is on the right side of the phone followed by a two SIM plus SD Card Slot on the left. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, noise cancelation microphones, speaker grills and the USB Type C port is resting at the bottom.
On the back there is Samsung’s branding and the gradient inlay does make a good impression. The camera module is a dual camera setup and a small LED flash attached right below the module.
The Back Part is glossy plastic. Hence, it is a fingerprint and scratch magnet. But a good cover case will save your phone. The front side has some protection with it. It has a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. So a pretty decent protection that can reflect the scratches.
Overall, I liked the phone in terms of their design. It is not the most amazing, or certainly not the worst. I liked the simplicity in it.
Samsung Galaxy A20 Full Specifications
|Release date||March 2019|
|Launched in India||No|
|Dimensions (mm)||158.40 x 74.70 x 7.80|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000|
|Screen size (inches)||6.40|
|Processor||octa-core (2×1.6GHz + 6×1.35GHz)|
|Processor make||Samsung Exynos 7884|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel (f/1.9) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Front camera||8-megapixel (f/2.0)|
Display: The AMOLED Screen!
Samsung has been producing new screens that are pushing the barriers day by day with their AMOLED displays. And Samsung Galaxy A20 has a high definition Super AMOLED display. Yes, you heard it rights folks. A HD plus Super AMOLED screen on a phone with a budget under 200 US Dollars is pretty hectic and
Only Samsung can do this as they are the companies to build Smartphones and displays for the prominent smartphones. So cost reduction is there for the taking when you have all the components inside. Good Job Samsung.
This 6.4 inches screen has a resolution of 720 pixels into 1560 pixels. The aspect ratio is 19:5:9. The screen to body ratio is almost 85%. Samsung Galaxy A20 Review. There is a slight thicker bottom chin compared to the side bezels and the top chin. But it does compliment the screen and I must tell you, having a thicker chin is an advantage for you if you want to have a grip on the phone a little bit more.
All together it is a High Definition plus Screen capable of streaming videos in 720p resolution and the color brightness and contrast is worth appreciating. There were no blue light effect regarding the viewing angle as well.
Overall I am satisfied with the screen so far as it is very bright, crisp and after all Super AMOLED.
Performance: The Exynos Processor!
In order to get a clear understanding of the all new Samsung Galaxy A20, we need to see what is inside the hood and how much the software is capable of utilizing the hardware back up. So there will be two sub sections as for the performance perspective; Hardware and Software.
As far as the hardware is concerned, the first thing which comes in my mind is the chipset. In the brand new Samsung Galaxy A20, Samsung chose to go with an In-House processing chipset of Exynos. The chipset which is used in this model is the Exynos 7884. This 14 nm Octa Core processor runs in eight cores all together. The first 2 cores run in a clock speed of 1.6 GHz Cortex A73 and the other 6 cores runs at a clock speed at 1.35 GHz Cortex A53. The Graphics Processing Unit is from Mali and it is Mali G71 MP2.
There is a dedicated Micro SD Slot where you can expand up to 512 GB storage and there are 2 Micro SIM Slots. The RAM is of 3 GB and the internal storage is of 32 GB.
This is pretty much it for the hardware, now let us move on to the software sub section.
The all new Samsung Galaxy A20 runs in the latest Android 9.0 PIE and the One OS really gives us a pretty decent user experience. There are multiple gestures which can be done by the finger print scanner. And that is you can swipe down and swipe up the Notification shutter.
Speaking of gestures and security, the finger print sensor is a bit high if you have small sausage fingers like me. There is also face recognition, but easily hack able if someone just holds your photo in front of your phone. So, it can be set up, but do recommend to rely on the finger print scanner and passwords.
Overall this product was tasted to the limits by opening multiple apps at a time. It was pushed hard while multitasking, but the chipset worked really well to manage the multitasking whatsoever.
We played Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG in their moderate and high end graphics setting and surprisingly this device performed really well apart from some occasional frame drops. This proves that the Exynos processor is a promising processor in the market now and the multitasking and heavy gaming experience is really good.
I liked the performance very much as it outran the budget itself. This has been possible for the chipset being brought from the very backyard of Samsung.
Camera: The Budget Camera Performance!
By far Samsung Galaxy A20 did a pretty good job of being a decent phone. However, we will be having an in depth look on the cameras now and see what these cameras are offering currently in this price point.
Samsung chose to keep the real camera a bit simple dual camera setup. The main camera is a wide Camera of 28mm 13 Mega Pixels and an aperture count of f/1.9. Samsung Galaxy A20 Review. The secondary camera is an Ultra Wide Camera of 12 nm 5 Mega Pixels Camera with an aperture count of f/2.2. There is an LED flash right below the rear camera unit.
For the front facing Camera AKA the Selfie Camera, it is installed in the Infinity V Notch. It is an 8 Mega Pixels Camera with an aperture count of f/2.0. And that’s about it.
Now let us take a closer look in the camera performance. We will always have to bear this in mind that the Samsung Galaxy A20 is a budget phone and when you are dealing with a phone which has a price tag under 200 US Dollars, then you will have to make certain sacrifices. Camera Modules consume a huge chunk of the money so the biggest sacrifice is made perhaps in the camera performance itself.
Now as we speak about the smartphone’s camera performance, the pictures are pretty good in broad day light or good light conditions. However the camera fails in the low light as the photos lack detailing and get washed out every single time. The videography is supported up to 1080p at the frame rate of 30 frames per second on both the camera units but lack in video stabilization makes it a bit dodgy.
If you are into filming or YouTubing then this is not the ideal camera phone you want to buy. Having said that, this is a pretty okay performance as there are worse in the market within the same price point.
Battery: The All Day 400 mAh Backup!
There is a ray of hope when it comes to the power house. The 4000 mAh battery does give that extra boost all day long even 2 days prior to lighter usage. Samsung Galaxy A20 Review. The 15 Watts Fast charging can go Zero to Hundred percent in less than 2 hours or so.
Sensors and Other Features
Rear Mounted Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity and Compass are the notable sensors of this particular smartphone.
Cool features like fingerprint gestures and face recognition are included in the phone.
The all New Samsung Galaxy A20 has no proper certification for water resistance. The users are strictly discouraged to pour or dump the phone into liquid substance.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy A20
The Advantages are:
- Super AMOLED Display
- Thin Bezels
- Attractive Design
- 4000 mAh Battery with 15 Watts Fast Charging
The Disadvantages are:
- Low camera performance
- Heating issues
FAQs of A20
Is A20 Waterproof?
No, it is not water resistant.
Can we play PUBG in A20?
Yes, you can. But it will heat up after 2 or 3 games.
After inspecting all the viable sectors, I have decided that the Samsung Galaxy A20 is a decent phone in terms of the price point. So that was it folks, see you guys in the next review.