Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy J8  Samsung Galaxy M20 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy J8 Samsung Galaxy M20
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Excellence Score
22.8
25.7
Value for Money Score
47.0
62.4
Price ₹ 19,500 onwards ₹ 13,390 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type AMOLED TFT LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass TFT, Infinity Notch Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #90 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 177 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 29.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: 17 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 101 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features ANT+ Support Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • Has a new, modern 'infinity edge' 18:9 AMOLED display, that stretches from edge-to-edge, and makes the device easy to use with one hand
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • Very good battery life - the big 3500 mAh battery, combined with the low power Snapdragon 450 processor and a 720p HD+ display gives you a recipe for some very good battery life - the phone comfortably lasts a whole day and if you use it judiciously, you can even make it last for two days
  • Solid build quality, with a balanced weight profile
  • Feels comfortable to hold
  • Pretty responsive fingerprint sensor on the back - it also has a good placement, allowing you to reach the sensor easily
  • The front has modern, sharp looks with the water-drop notch and minimal bezels
  • Excellent, sharp, vivid, 'Infinity-V' display, with a water-drop notch - Samsung has always impressed with its display panels and this display is no exception - it offers deep colours with good brightness levels and contrast - it is definitely one of the best displays you can get in this segment, giving the Realme 2 Pro's waterdrop display a run for its money
  • Supports Widevine L1 standard, which means it is capable of delivering true HD quality videos on platforms like YouTube and Prime Video
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • The second camera on the rear (part of the dual rear camera setup) is an ultra wide-angle camera - with the secondary lens, you will be able to capture more area in a single frame - the camera app lets you switch between the standard field of view and an ultra wide field of view with a simple tap - offering you some useful versatility in framing shots
  • Uses the modern Type-C USB port - which is great to see in the segment
  • Superb 2-day battery life, with a gigantic 5000mAh battery, makes the M20 a true road warrior
  • Supports fast charging - it takes around two hours to charge the M20 from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty decent for a phone that packs this large battery
  • Overall, Samsung shows a lot of potential in this price segment, after a long time, with the M20 - it presents a solid choice, especially for Samsung fans, and those that are looking for a particularly strong battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • While the display is pretty decent, it could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • The speaker is both oddly placed (on the right side of the phone) and tiny and cracks at higher volume
  • No fast charging support
  • No compass
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs, and now with the Poco F1 around the block, the J8 is an even harder sell
  • The plain plastic build on the rear feels a bit cheap in this segment - and Samsung could have at least gone with a better quality plastic here, perhaps with some sectional lamination like the Honor 10 Lite and Realme 2 Pro
  • The rear panel is also a fingerprint and smudge magnet, and you will find yourself wiping it clean often during the day
  • The design, therefore, is conflicting - as the M20 looks really premium on the front with that lovely waterdrop display - but the back feels like it belongs in a lower price segment
  • Overall, the design isn't quite as premium as the Honor 10 Lite, Nokia 5.1 Plus or Realme 2 Pro
  • Performance is pretty decent, and daily use is smooth, but the new Exynos 7904 chipset falls below the Snapdragon 636 (the main chipset in the competing phones) in terms of performance - so you will not get the same level of performance as say a Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • The phone also gets slightly warm under stress
  • Overall image quality though from the rear camera set is pretty average - colours reproduction isn't great as photos often look washed out - in comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro tends to offer more detail and more accurate colours in similar lighting conditions
  • The M20's camera also does not offer the best dynamic range
  • The rear cameras also suffer greatly in low-light - indoors, photos lack sharpness and detail and often come out soft and noisy
  • The 8MP selfie camera is average too - it does a decent job at capturing colours and facial features, and it produces good selfie portraits, but it tends to blow out the background quite a bit
  • The single speaker port on the bottom is average - the sound gets muffled especially on higher levels
  • Yet, it also leaves you wanting a bit more - the M20 lacks that attractive look and feel that phones like the Honor 10 Lite, Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 5.1 Plus bring to the segment - the performance is also not the best in the bucket, and cameras are just average - the M20 is therefore better than Samsung's previous attempts in the budget range, but perhaps still not quite good enough for users looking for the best value
Expert Reviews
  1. Comes with a price tag that is hard to justify
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Hard to justify the cost
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. There are several better choices in the price range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Performance is its only serious drawback
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good performer beaten by the competition
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Skip this and look at Mi A2, Honor Play, or Poco F1
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Balanced package that delivers in most key areas
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Balanced is the best word to define the Galaxy M20
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung still has a long way to go before it can truly compete with the likes of Xiaomi, Honor or Asus in the budget segment
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Doesn't quite catch up to all of its rivals' advantages, but at least it is very competitive for the first time
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A clear winner for Samsung
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Only a viable option if you absolutely must have a wide-angle camera...for everything else, there is a better alternative
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Shows that Samsung is willing to move towards making better phones for the budget segment, even though it has not reached there yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Samsung has finally managed to build a phone that ticks almost all the checkmarks that a young smartphone buyer is looking for
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. After adopting a wait and watch approach for a while, Samsung has gotten the ingredients spot on for an affordable Android phone that just works
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While the M20 emerges as an alternative to the top competition, it does not really do enough to overwhelm them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. While the Galaxy M series shows a lot of potential, Samsung still has a few things to iron out
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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