The Galaxy M series… Phew, it’s got a lot of weight on its shoulders. The growing dominance of manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei has made the competition in the mid-range and the budget market so fierce that Samsung had to aggressively slash the prices of its phone to clear their stock. Such is the woe of Samsung: Impeccable in the premium market, but out-thought and out-marketed in the lower-end markets.
As most of the profits and most phone sales lie in those price bracket, Samsung had to rethink its approach to its cheaper smartphones. The first smartphone series to be born out of Samsung’s pursuit to regain its dominance in those price segments is the M-series.
These phones have a whole new design and price approach. Many reviewers are expecting these smartphones to be a huge hit. M10 and M20 were launched on 28th January 2019 in India and we have got intel that they will be coming to Nepal by this mid-February, possibly by next week.
Samsung Galaxy M10
The Galaxy M10 is the cheaper brother of the M20. It has a similar design language to the bigger M20. The build quality is top notch for the price. The front of the phone is nearly edge-to-edge screen except for a small chin and a teardrop notch at the top. This phone has smaller bezels than the Galaxy A7. The back is made up of smooth high-quality plastic that is surprisingly resistant to scratches. I also like the feel of this material. It really makes the phone feel premium.
The screen on the M10 is 6.22 inches, 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density) IPS LCD display. This is on par with some of the other phones that lie in the same price range as this phone. Inside this phone lies 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 processor, a midrange processor from Samsung that’s touted to be equal to the Snapdragon 625 in terms of performance. The 625 is the same processor used in the Mi A2 Lite. The cameras are surprisingly good for the price this phone may release in.
UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy M10 Launched in Nepal; Available on Daraz at Rs. 13790
Samsung Galaxy M10 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.22-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
- Chipset: Exynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Mali-T830 MP1
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), Experience 9.5
- Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage(expandable up to 512GB using micro SD card)
- Primary Camera: Dual 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF & 5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12µm, depth sensor
- Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy M10 Price in Nepal: TBD
Samsung Galaxy M20
The design of the Galaxy M20 is nearly identical to the M10 except for the fingerprint sensor at the back. The M20 has a fingerprint sensor while the M10 doesn’t. The build quality is equally good and the specification is even better.
Galaxy M20 has a 6.3 inch 19.5:9 FHD+ IPS LCD display that will be nearly unheard of if this phone launches below the 20K price range. Inside, it is powered by Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm) in combination with 3GB RAM. For the price range, this is a solid performer. The internal storage is 32GB but you can expand it via micro-SD card slot. As with the M10, the dual cameras at the back are surprisingly good for their price. You can watch our full review video on this phone here.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Key Specifications
- Display: 6.3-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
- Chipset: Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
- GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo), Experience 9.5
- Memory: 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage(expandable up to 512GB using micro SD card)
- Primary Camera: Dual 13 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.8″, 1.12μm, PDAF & 5 MP, f/2.2, 1/6″, 1.12μm, depth sensor
- Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy M20 Price in Nepal: TBD
We are excited to see customers’ reaction to these products. We ourselves are testing the Galaxy M10 and M20 currently and *spoiler alert* we think they are really good. The only thing that is keeping us from full-on recommending these phones to everyone is the uncertainty in their pricing.
SEE ALSO: Samsung Mobiles Price in Nepal
If Samsung can sell these phones at the same price that it sells these phones in India (translated to NRs. of course) then I think Xiaomi and Huawei might be in trouble. If they can’t do that, it’s up to the customers to decide whether these phones are worth their money.
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