The Samsung Galaxy M series has just been launched in India with featuring the latest budget focussed chipset from Samsung, the Exynos 7904. Xiaomi has been quickly gaining the market share in India and are now the most popular brand for smartphones, while the Samsung market share has remained stagnant. So, the new Galaxy M series appears to be an attempt to bolster their sales.
The new Exynos 7904 is comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 so I thought it would be useful to compare two popular phones featuring the SD636 against the new Samsung Galaxy M20.
I have included the available UK price for Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but the RRP in pounds for the M20 since it is not possible to import yet. I have also included the Amazon.In price for any Indian buyers and a better comparison for price.
My Exynos 7904 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 comparison highlighted the fact that the SD636 looks like the superior processor due to its four A73 cores.
The Mali-G71 MP2 compared to the Adreno 509 is a little harder to judge, in benchmarks the Adreno 509 is better but in real world usage many sat the Mali is better.
All three phones have a similar configuration option for memory and storage and all three are upgradable via microSD.
The Samsung has a display with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) thanks to its tiny notch and this gives it an advantage over the other two models. For me, the most significant advantage is aesthetics, with the Samsung looking far more attractive.
With the rear camera, you have a 13 MP f/1.9 lens on the Samsung compared to 12 MP, f/1.9 on the Xiaomi and 16 MP, f/2 on the Nokia with almost identical secondary camera specs. Which is best is probably too early to tell, often the software behind the camera plays a big roles and the specs are too close to make assumptions.
The Samsung arguably has the weakest selfie camera with 8 MP, f/2.0.
Samsung is the clear winner here with an absolutely huge 5000 mAh battery. Combining this with the Exynos 7904 means you should comfortably get two days’ worth of use out of it. Light users may be able to squeeze a little longer.
Looking at Amazon.in the Redmi 6 Pro is the cheapest with prices from 9,999.00 INR or 11,999 for the 4GB/64GB. Samsung is the second cheapest at 10,999 INR and the Nokia by far the most expensive at 15,499 INR.
In terms of UK pricing that is accurate too with the Redmi Note 6 Pro being cheaper than the Nokia. The Samsung isn’t available yet, but I would expect it to be about £150 after GearBest etc charges their mark-up.
Overall, they are all great budget phones, and if I was buying one myself I would probably go for the new Samsung Galaxy M20 due to its superior looks.
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|Samsung Galaxy M20||Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro||Nokia X6|
|LAUNCH||Status||29th April 1900||2018, September||2018, July|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm (6.16 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)||157.9 x 76.4 x 8.3 mm (6.22 x 3.01 x 0.33 in)||147.2 x 71 x 8 mm (5.80 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||186 g (6.56 oz)||182 g (6.42 oz)||151 g (5.33 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)||6.26 inches, 97.8 cm2 (~81.1% screen-to-body ratio)||5.8 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~81.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)||1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)||1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5||Android 8.1 (Oreo); MIUI 9||Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One|
|Chipset||Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)||Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm)||Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)||Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260||Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260|
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP2||Adreno 509||Adreno 509|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)||microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM||64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM||64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 4 GB RAM (X6)|
|MAIN CAMERA||Modules||13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8", 1.12μm, PDAF||12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF||16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, PDAF|
|5 MP, f/2.2, 1/6", 1.12μm, depth sensor||5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm, depth sensor||5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor|
|Features||LED flash, panorama, HDR||Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR|
|Video||1080p@30fps||1080p@30fps||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Modules||8 MP, f/2.0||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm||16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1", 1.0µm|
|2 MP, f/2.2, 1.75µm, depth sensor|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic||- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic||- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE||5.0, A2DP, LE||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|Radio||FM radio, RDS, recording||FM radio, recording||FM radio|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|- Charging 2A/5V 10W||- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3060 mAh battery|
|Colors||Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black||Black, Blue, Rose Gold, Red||Black, Blue, White|
|SAR EU||0.25 W/kg (head) 1.59 W/kg (body)||0.94 W/kg (head) 1.82 W/kg (body)|
|10,990 INR||11,999 INR||15499 INR|