Samsung really is flooding the mid-range segment with a number of A series and M series phone that released in the past months. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Samsung A20, which sits somewhere between the M20 and A50, with a familiarity with the M30. Aimed at the 10k smartphone segment, the A20 is worth the look and might just be your gateway phone to the Galaxy (heh.) lineup.

Design

Samsung has established the look of their entry and mid-ranged segment phones to be as plain as possible and maximizing the screen-to-body ratio. At first glance, you would notice similarities to the phones in the A/M series lineup. Same with the A50, it features what Samsung calls Glasstic. It definitely doesn’t feel cheap to hold and looks more premium than its competitors. Same with the M20, the A20 has the Infinity-V display and the notch houses the 8MP front camera.

Compared to the A50, the A20 has 2 cameras and you can find the fingerprint sensor at the back. The fingerprint sensor is easy to locate because of its edges. We found the sensor quite responsive too.

On the left-hand side is your standard dual nano-SIM + MicroSD card tray. The volume and power buttons on the right. A speaker at the bottom along with a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack and the microphone.

The A20 weighs in at around 169g, which you’ll sometimes forget is even in your pocket. Even though the construction is mostly plastic, you’ll find that it’s sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap at all.

Display

The Samsung A20 is outfitted with a Super AMOLED display, which you’ll recall is what I was looking for in the M20. But in order to keep the A20 cost-friendly, the A20 features a 1560×720 resolution on a 6.4” screen. Don’t get me wrong, the screen looks beautiful and the colors pop when watching videos, but the 268 ppi density looks fuzzy to me. Then again, this is only an issue if you’re used to high pixel density phones.

Battery

It’s hard to say that the 720p is a con as the 4,000mAh battery of the A20 gives you much, much longer screentime as it has to power fewer pixels. The A20 also comes with a 15W Fast Charger, which brings your phone from 0-100 in around 2 hours. With conservative usage, you can easily last up to 2 days on a single charge.

Performance

The A20 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7884 Octa-Core which runs 2 cores at 1.6 GHz and 6 cores at 1.35 GHz. Though not the same as the M20’s more modern 7904, the 7884 handles popular Android e-sports titles like Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile, and Freestyle with ease. The 3GB RAM is enough for your daily needs. Out of the box, the A20 comes with Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s latest One UI. Samsung definitely improved on their UI aspect as my first instinct whenever I have a fresh install of Android is to install a third-party launcher. But it seems One UI gives a ton of options to give your phone your personality.

Security

The Samsung A20 also features the latest biometric authentication for enhanced security. Choose from your fingerprint, face recognition or simply a pin to unlock your phone. Face unlock and fingerprint sensors works like charm and unlocks your phone in a snap.

Camera

The A20 is outfitted with dual rear cameras that features a 13MP regular zoom lens plus a 5MP ultra-wide angle lens. Again, I really love the implementation of wide-angle lens on smartphones as it opens up a whole new avenue for creativity. The main camera has an aperture of F1.9 which is very helpful in low-light situations and the secondary camera has a 12mm-equivalent with an aperture of F2.2. The selfie camera is an 8MP F2.0 camera so you won’t look blurry when videocalling your friends and family.

Camera Samples

Tech Specs

Finish/Color Black, Deep Blue, Red, Coral Orange
Capacity 32GB
Dimensions 158.4mm x 74.7mm x 7.8mm
Weight 169g
Display 6.4-inch 19.5:9 1560×720 Infinity-V display
Processor Samsung Exynos 7884 1.6GHz Octa-core
Memory 3GB
Main Rear Camera 13MP F1.9
Secondary Rear Camera 5MP F2.2 Ultra-wide angle
Front Camera 8MP F2.0
Video Recording FHD (1920 x 1080) @ 30fps
Wireless Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi Direct
Navigation GPS, Glonass ,Beidou
SIM Cards Dual SIM, Dual standby
Water-resistance No
Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Battery 4,000mAh
Price Php9,990

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A20 is your perfect gateway phone to Samsung’s Galaxy line-up. It balances the price/performance ratio of the essentials of an Android phone. Whether you’re up for a game or consuming media, the A20 will definitely be a good first phone for teenagers or your secondary backup device.

Samsung Galaxy A20
Design100%
Build Quality80%
Performance70%
Battery85%
Price100%
Promise Delivered100%
The Good
  • Under 10k price point
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Ultra-wide lens
The Bad
  • Plastic build
  • 720p Super AMOLED screen
  • No LED notification
89%Overall Score
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