Samsung Galaxy A20 Review

Samsung Galaxy A20At this time, Samsung has already established that its 2019 A-series of smartphones can represent its entry-level and mid-range offerings. One of them is the Galaxy A20. The Samsung Galaxy A20 smartphone comes with the company’s eternity V display. It features a 6.4-inch HD+ capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1560 pixels resolution and 16M color support. The smartphone is powered by 1.6GHz Exynos 7884 octa core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy A20 runs on Android v9 Pie operating system. There is also a rear mounted fingerprint scanner for security. The dual SIM smartphone comes with dual 4G and dual standby.

The Galaxy A20 has the fundamental connectivity options like 4G LTE, dual-SIM support, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Checking out it sensors, though, shows that it doesn’t have a Light Sensor which helps in adapting the brightness level of the screen according to the external environment.

Design and Display
Samsung Galaxy A20 shares the design language of its different A-series siblings. The shiny polycarbonate material that Samsung calls Glastic (a plastic material that looks like glass) appearance premium and fashionable, especially with its black color. If you don’t like black, it comes in red and blue as well. At the front, we get a notch style that the company calls the Infinity-V display. This component houses the 8MP front camera while on top is the call speaker. Unfortunately, there’s no LED notification light here so you’ll have to check your phone now and then manually. Looking at the 6.4-inch screen, we get a pretty slim top and side bezels which look sexy; however, any thinner than that will not allow us to hold the phone more securely.

The right side houses the typical volume rocker and power button which are both clicky. Its placement is also just proper for my thumb to reach which is a plus. Looking to the left will show you the lone tray that houses the Dual-SIM card slots and a dedicated micro SD card slot. On top is the noise-canceling microphone while at the bottom are the 3.5mm audio port, primary microphone, loudspeaker, and a USB Type-C port. Props to Samsung for equipping the Galaxy A20 with a Type-C port as this delivers quicker file transfer speeds than small USB ones.

At the rear are the twin 13MP and 5MP shooters with LED notification light-weight. Right on the middle is an oblong-shaped fingerprint scanner with silver accents which always looks premium. Holding the Galaxy A20 feels like you’re carrying the other Galaxy A-series smartphones due to its design, weight, and thickness. Just as any Glastic styles, it's always a problem once a phone has a shiny back since it's prone to fingerprint marks and smudges. Overall, it feels premium and sturdy, even for an entry-level device.
This phone, despite its massive size and Super AMOLED panel, only has an HD+ resolution that created me quite disappointed. I’m pretty used to the 1080p displays, thus i know that looking at it's not a similar like different phones. Add to the fact that it only has a 269-pixel density which is relatively low. Regardless, the viewing experience is still lovely with punchy colors, decent viewing angles, and slim bezels. I also can use the Galaxy A20 even below direct daylight even at 80th brightness, so that’s a plus. Playing videos on Youtube and Netflix can only go up to 720p, so that’s a bummer.

Samsung Galaxy A20 RedCamera
Running the camera department are the 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras and a single 8MP front shooter. The interface very simple and pretty straightforward with the Settings, Flash, Timer, Resolution, and Effects placed at the highest while the modes like Panorama, Pro, Live Focus, Photo, and Video (for the rear) placed below the display. You can also see that below image and Video, you'll be able to shoot with an excellent wide-angle lens.

First, the rear shooter provides an excellent quality of photos with decent sharpness and good color accuracy under sufficient natural lighting. For low-light shots, I find the images usable as the lights were not blown out with minimal noise. I advise that you shouldn’t use the wide-angle lens at night time as photos will be grainy and muddy.

For the selfie shooter, I can’t help but feel like the photos are too artificial in terms of the highlights even on right lighting conditions. At night time, the front lens finds it hard to recognize the details on my face like the redness of my nose and pimples. The Galaxy A20 will record videos up to 1080p 30fps. I’m quite satisfied with the details and color accuracy of the video; however, it doesn’t have stabilization, so I suggest using a tripod when you want to shoot using this phone.

Operating System
Running the Galaxy A20’s OS department is the Samsung OneUI based on Android 9 Pie. I like this interface more than the discontinued Samsung Experience UI mainly due to its simplicity. By default, it would look like that it has no app drawer; however, swiping up or down the home screen will reveal it. Pre-installed apps include the Samsung apps like the Galaxy Store, Samsung Notes, and Samsung Health. The device additionally has Spotify, Netflix, office Mobile, OneDrive, LinkedIn, Samsung Members, Samsung 321, smart Tutor, Facebook, and therefore the default Google applications. Out of its 32GB storage, this phone gets 23.1GB of free space which is plenty if you are an average user that regularly stores files like videos, music, documents, photos, and even games.

Storage and Ram
The Galaxy A20 features the Octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC, combined with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. For day to day tasks, the smartphone performs well, and we faced zero lags while switching between applications with several apps running in the background. The humble amount of RAM is enough for keeping light applications in memory. Gaming, on the opposite hand, is another expertise on the Galaxy A20. While playing games like PUBG Mobile on the device, it surprisingly chose the medium setting by default but gave unplayable frame rates at the setting. Selecting a low graphics setting and the smooth frame rate option churned out a playable experience. While there were a few frame drops, the gameplay was stable enough, combined with the skills of the player, we were able to earn a satiable Chicken Dinner.

Samsung Galaxy A20 is a capable entry-level smartphone overall. It has a large display with good performance, large RAM, nice cameras, long battery life, and it also comes with a USB Type-C port with quick charging technology. In the end, I don’t like its fingerprint and smudge magnet design and HD+ resolution. It also has a weird fingerprint unlocking when the display is turned off, but, if you don’t mind these cons, then you can opt for this phone. The Galaxy A20 represents a new line of budget smartphones by Samsung and provides some competitive specs at a lucrative price. While the device is a compelling option in the price range, it still leaves a lot to be desired. With a a lot of high-resolution display, slightly higher gaming performance and a additional detail-oriented camera, it would’ve created it a powerful competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.

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