Chinese smartphone manufacturers are slowly dominating the entire industry. That’s something that prominent brands like Samsung will not permit to happen, as they are finally taking their offensive stance more seriously.
While they are still on the top spot, Samsung, alongside Apple, has experienced a noticeable decline in smartphone sales, while brands like Xiaomi are on the rise.
That’s what Samsung is trying to mend when they release the Galaxy M series. Starting off with the Samsung Galaxy M20, the South Korean brand will try to regain control as they try to offer a smartphone that provides more compelling value for the money.
But, will Samsung’s latest attempt succeed? We’ll see about that.
Today, here in our Samsung Galaxy M20 versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see how Samsung’s new gun stacks up with one of the highly-anticipated and well-celebrated bang-for-the-buck smartphone in the industry today. Let’s begin!
|Samsung Galaxy M20||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
Samsung Experience v9.5
|Android 8 Oreo|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display|
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
90% screen-to-body ratio
19:9 aspect ratio
|6.3-inch FHD+ IPS|
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution,
81.4% screen-to-body ratio
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Processor||1.8GHz Exynos 7904 octa-core||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core|
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP2||Adreno 512|
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
AI Portrait Mode
5-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
AI scene detection
|Connectivity||HSPA+, LTE, VoLTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
|HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Dimensions||156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8mm||159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1mm|
15W fast charger
Quick Charge 4.0
|Price||3GB/32GB: INR10,990 (~Php8,100)|
4GB/64GB: INR12,990 (~Php9,600)
|3GB/32GB: CNY999 (~Php7,700)|
4GB/64GB: CNY1,199 (~Php9,200)
6GB/64GB: CNY1,399 (~Php10,800)
We’ve done a lot of Samsung comparisons before, but this one feels really refreshing. The previous Galaxy smartphones got easily obliterated by the competition. But with the Samsung Galaxy M20, things are starting to change.
For one, it was able to match the Redmi Note 7’s large 6.3-inch FHD+ screen. Years ago, a display with this size and resolution used to be not possible for a Samsung device at this price category.
The Galaxy M20 also has the latest WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB Type-C connectivity. It even defeated the Redmi Note 7 by sporting a bigger 5,000mAh battery with a fast 15W wired charger.
However, it looks like the Redmi Note 7 still get the win on this one, which is really unsurprising considering that almost all of the devices that we stacked up against it went home a loser.
One of its biggest lead above everyone else is its killer camera. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 brags a whopping 48-megapixel primary camera with a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. There’s also a 13-megapixel selfie snapper on the front.
That’s clearly nothing against the 13-megapixel camera that the Galaxy M20 has. Although we commend Samsung for adding a 120-degree wide-angle lens on the second 5-megapixel sensor, so it does more than just being a depth sensor.
Samsung built an entirely new processor for the Galaxy M20. The Exynos 7904 has two A-73 performance cores and six A-53 efficiency cores. However, that’s still nothing compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip, which has four performance-focused cores.
And of course, we have the most important part, the price. Both models will have a base model of 3GB/32GB. Samsung will be offering the Galaxy M20 for INR10,990 (~Php8,100), while Xiaomi will be selling theirs for only 3GB/32GB: CNY999 (~Php7,700).
If we’re be talking about specs — and specs alone — there’s no doubt that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 easily takes the win on this one.
However, Samsung’s popularity is one of the reasons why they are still on the top list. That influence, partnered by the improved value-for-money that devices like the Samsung Galaxy M20 offers, can do a great deal of hurting Xiaomi and other emerging smartphone brands.