Samsung A20 Review – “Bossing” The Budget Phone Category [2020 Update]

If you are looking for a phone that bridges the gap between affordability and functionality, the Samsung Galaxy A20 offers great specifications for a great price. Released in the summer of 2019 the Samsung A20 is one of the many mid-range phones from the Samsung Galaxy A-series.

Many things about this phone make it stand out from the others such as its super AMOLED screen, impressive battery life, and overall better design. With its affordable price and attractive features, this phone can be considered a reasonable buy for those who enjoy the perks of using a smartphone.

It’s a slightly improved version of the Samsung A10, although with lower specs than the Samsung A50. In this Samsung A20 review, we list the specifications and features that make it worth giving this phone another look.

Device Specifications

Device Specifications:


 Width

 74.7mm

 Weight

 169g

 Thickness

 7.8mm

 Height

 154.8mm

 Build material

 Plastic

 Colors available

 Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Gold

 Screen size

 6.4 inch (16.26 cm)

 Display type

 Super AMOLED

 Display colours

 16M colours

 Resolution

 1560 x 720 pixels

 Screen protection

 Corning Gorilla glass v3

 RAM

 3 GB

 Internal storage

 32 GB

 Camera setup

 Dual camera

 Camera specifications

 13MP F1.9 wide angle lens (rear)
 5 MP F2.2 Ultra wide angle lens (rear)
 8 MP F2.0 (front)

 Video recording

 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps

 Battery

 4000 mAh

 Charging

 15w fast charger

 Battery life

 13 hours 46 minutes approximately

 Custom UI

 Samsung One UI

 Operating system

 Android v9.0 (Pie)

 Processor

 Exynos 7 Octa 7884

 Wi-Fi

 Wi-Fi 802.1, b/g/n

 Wi-Fi features

 Wi-Fi direct and mobile hotspot

 Bluetooth

 v5.0

 Network support

 4G, 3G, 2G

 Sim slot

 Nano Dual sim

An Overview of the A20

Appearance – this phone has been created with a clever and stylish design. With a super slim bezel and waterdrop notch, the phone can easily be mistaken for Samsung’s higher range flagship phones such as the Samsung A70. 

You can also switch it up a notch by enabling the developer software from the settings and simulating the notch cutout. This way, you can alter the cutout on the screen making the phone look different and fancier.

Although the plastic back does not look cheap, the wear and tear of the phone is inevitable. Scratches, cracks, and fingerprints are a likely occurrence over time; hence a cover is highly recommended. However, it may defeat the design style of the many color options it is available in. If you have small hands like me, the phone can look bulky in your hand.

Screen size and display – the 6.4 inches screen size and 85% screen to body ratio make it a great phone for media. It is a huge advantage when watching videos, playing games, or even just browsing. But the catch is that it is only in HD+. A trained eye will be able to spot out the blurry edges and not so crisp texts. It isn’t as sharp as we would like it to be, but for the price you are paying, it’s a tweak that can be overlooked.

However, the super AMOLED screen capacitive touchscreen enhances the 720 x 1560 pixels resolutions making the screen vibrant and sharper with better viewing angles. The brightness on the phone is also good, enabling the screen to be seen even in sunlight. The dark mode can be doubled up to be useful when using the phone in the dark and also to make the phone look classier and sharp.

Camera – the front camera of the Samsung A20 is an 8MP selfie shooter that gently blurs out the background, focusing on you. Just like many of the flagship phones that feature a portrait mode, the A20 uses a Live Focus option that results in above average quality.

The rear sports a 13MP main sensor with f1.9 aperture, LED flash. The secondary 5MP ultra-wide-angle lens gives the option of further creativity with your photography. Both cameras capture a reasonable amount of detail and make the colors look dynamic and punchy without overdoing it.

The cameras perform better outdoors than indoors as it may have trouble focusing on already existing background light. The 5MP camera is great for capturing a group of people, landscapes, and conceptualizing space. It allows more elements to fit into the frame.

However, pictures can become grainy and muddy, distorting details on the edges that can look distracting and affect how the picture looks.  For more detailed pictures sticking to the main 13MP camera is a better option. Both cameras aren’t the best in low light but do produce usable pictures.

Samsung Galaxy A20

Battery – as mentioned above, this phone redeems itself with its 4000mAh battery. It has a surprisingly good battery life of 13 hours and 46 minutes of continuous scrolling through the web. It does not have wireless charging but does come with the 15w fast charger and uses a type C reversible connector. It takes approximately 30-35 minutes to charge to 30% and less than 2 hours to reach 100%.

Performance – Powered by the Exynos 7884 Octa-Core processor, the A20 is still weaker than the Exynos 7904, that powers most phones in the Galaxy M series such as the M20 and M30. The Exynos 7884 chip is a budget range chip that has been used to keep the cost low. It is designed to offer a crafted performance that fits the criteria for a budget mobile device. 

In short, it was built for a basic user and does not have snappy performance. Initially, the phone may have a quick response and not face any lags. Smaller apps can be run fairly smoothly, but once more apps start running the lag will be experienced.

Software – the A20 comes with Android 9 Pie installed and is a huge pro for the phone. A well-optimized UI makes it easy to navigate and does not take time to master. The large app icons and texts on the screen work well with the screen size.

Security options – just like the higher range of Samsung phones the A20 comes with a fingerprint scanner, face unlock, and the mandatory smart lock. The fingerprint scanner is located at the rear of the phone. It allows 3 fingerprints to be added. However, for someone like me who has small hands, reaching the scanner may be difficult given the width of the phone.

The face unlock too is a great feature that takes a few seconds to connect and is as functional as the fingerprint unlock feature. Although it may lag or not work properly in low lighting, you might have to resort to the regular smart lock or fingerprint scanner.

Storage – with only 32GB the A20 storage isn’t that impressive. Only about 15GB to 20 GB can be used for store pictures the rest is for the already installed apps. However, it does come with a memory card slot that should sort out the storage problems, especially if you are a huge photo hoarder.

Overall Pros and Cons of the Samsung A20

Pros

Cons

 Affordable

 Mid-range features

 Impressive camera depth

 Average performance

 Lasting battery and quick charging

 Insufficient internal memory

 One UI

 Can lag while many apps run

 Quality outward appearance

 Water nor dust resistant

 Expandable memory via card slot

 Plastic back is not durable

 Super AMOLED screen

 Heavy to carry

 Easy to use

 

 Works well for media

 

 Supports HD streaming

 

In conclusion

Considering our overall view of the Samsung A20, the phone was built to simply be functional with a twist of interesting new features. While it possesses average features, it is manufactured to carry them out effortlessly given the software used.

The outward appearance immediately makes it more desirable. When compared with other phones in the same category such as the Redmi Note 7, the A20 is the wiser choice.

All things considered, the phone is the perfect balance of mid to high tier. While it does possess some major shortcomings it excels in its category. If you are someone who is not particular about the specifications and need something to get you through the day, the Samsung A20 is great.

However, if you are looking for a phone powered by a better performing processor or want a good camera, the A20 might not cut it. The Samsung S series is a viable option that can better maximize your purchase although it will cost you a few hundred dollars extra.


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