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Samsung Galaxy M20 Smartphone Review

Stefan Schomberg, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Todor Gerganov), 04/13/2019

A lot of battery for little money. The M series from Samsung shall bring premium features to the middle class at an entry-level price - originally only in India, but now also officially here. In the review of the Samsung Galaxy M20 we checked how the model with the huge battery performs.

Samsung Galaxy M20 in review
Samsung Galaxy M20 in review

Samsung is falling under increasing pressure from Chinese competitors who have long since offered really good smartphones for little money. Accordingly, the market leader is looking for ways and means to keep competitors away and this results in quite chaotic actions. The best example of this is the M series. The Samsung Galaxy M20 was originally only launched in India, where Samsung is suffering more and more from the fierce price war with Chinese competitors such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. Then the change of direction came and Samsung announced the M models for Europe too. Here, they are touted with premium features at entry-level price and to increase the interest, it was initially said that the Samsung Galaxy M20 will be sold for only a few days in Germany. Meanwhile, it is clear: Retailers such as Amazon and Co. continue to offer the M20 at the manufacturer price of 229 Euros (~$259). Any trickery here? That would be a dangerous game because there is also enough competition in Germany including Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2), Huawei P Smart Plus (2018), Motorola Moto G7 Power but also the Elephone A5.

Samsung Galaxy M20 (Galaxy M Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.3 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, PLS TFT, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 50.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, exFAT: yes, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C 2.0
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM, UMTS, LTE, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 156.4 x 74.5 ( = 0.35 x 6.16 x 2.93 in)
Battery
0 Wh, 5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 24 h, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 24 h
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual: 13MP (f/1.9, 1/2.8", 1.12μm) + 5MP (f/2.2, 12mm, 1/6", 1.12μm)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker on the underside of the device, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, Wall charger, headset, USB cable, SIM tool, Experience UX 9.5, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head) : 0.248 W/Kg, SAR value (body) : 1.591 W/Kg, B1 (2.100), B3 (1.800), B5 (850), B7 (2.600), B8 (900), B20 (800), B38 (2.600), B40 (2.300), B41 (2.500), fanless
Weight
186 g ( = 6.56 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 23 g ( = 0.81 oz / 0.05 pounds)
Price
229 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case - "Back to the Roots" Is Not Always Good

Those taking the Samsung Galaxy M20 for the first time in their hands might wonder about the weight of the device, which is a bit too high for a 6.3-inch smartphone. However, nobody will suspect that the model offers a battery with the staggering 5,000 mAh. The middle-class smartphone is not overly thick at 8.8 millimeters (~0.35) and its plain design makes it anything but ugly. The Galaxy M20 has definitely nothing in common with the battery wonders of earlier days.

However, the M20 is not on par with the A- or even S-class of the Korean manufacturer. Although the device looks quite high-quality at first glance, with its narrow display bezels, the pleasant curves on the sides and the waterdrop notch, there are still minor weaknesses in the details. Thus, the plastic back cannot keep up with higher-quality glass backs neither from a haptic, nor from an optic perspective. Moreover, the part of the body around the fingerprint sensor sounds hollow since the plastic does not seem to be connected with the internals of the device. This is strikingly reminiscent of old models such as Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S6.

After all, the general workmanship is neat, there are no irregular gaps and our moderate twisting attempts did not cause any creaking noises. However, the volume buttons on the right have a slightly hard, and depending on the button, different pressure points. The power button showed a minimal lateral movement. Especially given the low manufacturer price of 229 Euros (~$259), the look and feel of device's workmanship are absolutely fine, even though some competing products have more to offer here.

Size Comparison

157.9 mm / 6.22 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs156.4 mm / 6.16 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 186 g0.4101 lbs157.6 mm / 6.2 inch 75.2 mm / 2.96 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs155 mm / 6.1 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs149.4 mm / 5.88 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs

Equipment - Very Good On Paper

A 6.3-inch display with Full HD+ resolution, 64 GB of internal memory, an Exynos 7885 with eight cores and up to 1.8 GHz clock speed, as well as 4 GB of RAM and a dual camera with super wide angle - it feels really nice to read all that. The rest of the equipment such as LTE to Cat 10, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, fingerprint sensor, 3.5-millimeter port for conventional headphones, NFC and Wi-Fi is quite comprehensive on paper, but in detail there are a few limitations. Positive is the fact that the internal memory may be expanded by up to 512 GB with microSD card in addition to two Nano SIM cards.

Thus, the WLAN module lacks the faster ac-5 GHz band, the case is not protected against dust and water, the fingerprint sensor is placed a bit too high and an IR blaster is looked for in vain. On the other hand, the buyer of the Galaxy M20 can enjoy a Widevine Level 1 certification which makes the high-resolution playback of streaming services possible. This is often looked for in vain with favorable competitors from China.

Bottom: 3.5-mm audio port, USB Type-C, speaker
Bottom: 3.5-mm audio port, USB Type-C, speaker
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Left side: SIM tray
Left side: SIM tray
Right side: power button, volume rocker
Right side: power button, volume rocker

Software - Old Version of Android with Promise for Update

In terms of software, Samsung deserves to be accused of delivering the device with version 8.1 Oreo instead of the current Android 9 Pie. The manufacturer user interface Experience UX in version 8.5 is installed on top which not only extends the look, but also the functionality of Android. After all: Although Samsung has not always been known for an exemplary update policy especially with cheap models, the manufacturer has already promised an update to Android 9. It is currently scheduled for August 2019.

A positive fact: Apart from the Microsoft Office Mobile apps, OneDrive and LinkedIn, there is no bloatware except Facebook and some Samsung apps. Thus, a total of just over 50 GB of the 64 GB internal memory is available at delivery.

Samsung Galaxy M20: homescreen
Samsung Galaxy M20: homescreen
Samsung Galaxy M20: app drawer
Samsung Galaxy M20: app drawer
Samsung Galaxy M20: software
Samsung Galaxy M20: software

Communication and GPS - Slow WLAN in the M20

In terms of Wi-Fi speed, the Samsung Galaxy M20 braves the test with our reference router Linksys EA8500 decently given its price tag. The overall picture is much better though. On average, smartphones show a reception which is almost five times faster, even the inexpensive Elephone A5 is ahead of the Samsung model. When sending data, the competition is also much faster, here the M20 is pretty far below. The connection to the mobile data network is established with LTE Cat. 10 in the best case. That should be sufficient for most users, especially since the theoretical download speed of 450 Mbit/s is almost impossible to reach in reality. There are no problems with the available LTE frequencies of the M20 in Europe, but the smartphone is not a true global phone. There were no problems with the reception during the test.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Elephone A5
Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 64 GB eMMC Flash
340 MBit/s ∼100% +431%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=423)
224 MBit/s ∼66% +250%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
73 (min: 70, max: 76) MBit/s ∼21% +14%
Samsung Galaxy M20
Mali-G71 MP2, 7904, 64 GB eMMC Flash
64 (min: 52, max: 69) MBit/s ∼19%
Huawei P Smart Plus
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
56.6 (min: 52, max: 59) MBit/s ∼17% -12%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Adreno 506, 632, 64 GB eMMC Flash
49.4 (min: 35, max: 53) MBit/s ∼15% -23%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Elephone A5
Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 64 GB eMMC Flash
334 MBit/s ∼100% +715%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=423)
214 MBit/s ∼64% +422%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
58.7 (min: 56, max: 62) MBit/s ∼18% +43%
Huawei P Smart Plus
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
54.2 (min: 50, max: 57) MBit/s ∼16% +32%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Adreno 506, 632, 64 GB eMMC Flash
52.8 (min: 27, max: 58) MBit/s ∼16% +29%
Samsung Galaxy M20
Mali-G71 MP2, 7904, 64 GB eMMC Flash
41 (min: 2, max: 93) MBit/s ∼12%
0102030405060708090100Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy M20 Samsung Exynos 7904, ARM Mali-G71 MP2; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø63.5 (52-69)
Motorola Moto G7 Power Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Qualcomm Adreno 506; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø49.1 (35-53)
Huawei P Smart Plus HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø56.6 (52-59)
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø72.4 (70-76)
Samsung Galaxy M20 Samsung Exynos 7904, ARM Mali-G71 MP2; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø40.9 (2-93)
Motorola Moto G7 Power Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Qualcomm Adreno 506; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.9 (27-58)
Huawei P Smart Plus HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø54.2 (50-57)
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø59 (56-62)
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS at the window
GPS at the window
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

In terms of the reception quality of the GPS module, there are better alternatives too. While some competing products are able to determine the location even inside buildings, the low-priced Samsung model gives up even near windows. Accordingly, the M20 always requires clear skies for successful use of GPS, but in this case the smartphone performs surprisingly well.

Although it takes a few seconds before accurate location is possible, the navigation turned out to be quite precise compared to a professional device such as the Garmin 500. This results in a fluid recording of the movement, while the Garmin model occasionally skips certain distances due to the lack of a clear position data in the meantime. The M20 supports the GPS, GLONASS and Beidou positioning systems.

GPS Garmin 500 – overview
GPS Garmin 500 – overview
GPS Garmin 500 – park
GPS Garmin 500 – park
GPS Garmin 500 – street
GPS Garmin 500 – street
Samsung Galaxy M20 - overview
Samsung Galaxy M20 - overview
Samsung Galaxy M20 - park
Samsung Galaxy M20 - park
Samsung Galaxy M20 - street
Samsung Galaxy M20 - street

Telephone Features and Call Quality - New Hardness

In the phone app, the "Places" tab, which had been previously deleted from Samsung, has returned. It lists well-rated restaurants and shops in the area and coupons are found accordingly. The rest of the app is clear and intuitive to use as always.

The call quality during normal telephone calls is loud and almost too clear. The mids are strongly emphasized so that the sound is very hard. A bit more low tone and slightly reduced mids and highs would have created a more natural sound experience. That does not change much in terms of audibility. The microphone reacts sensitively enough even with quiet speech, so that no syllables are missed. In noisy environments, however, the ambient noise should be suppressed better.

The hands-free function works just as well as normal phone calls. The volume here is high and the sound is quite sharp too. The microphone records speech well, but ambient noises are also included more or less. Therefore, a quieter environment is needed. Regarding the reception strength we had nothing to complain about in the test of the Samsung Galaxy M20.

Cameras - Not Suitable for Night Photos

Samsung Galaxy M20: front camera
Samsung Galaxy M20: front camera

The Samsung Galaxy M20 has a combination of normal wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera which is rare in this price range. The main lens allows shooting photos with up to 13 megapixels with f/1.9 aperture, the second optics offers 5 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture and a field of view of 120 degrees. The front camera resolves with up to 8 megapixels and offers an aperture of f/2.0.

The quality of both the front camera and the main camera is consistent at least in one point: The image quality in low light drops rapidly to the point of uselessness. Although this is often the case with smartphones of the entry-level and middle class, it is particularly pronounced in the M20. Night shots are barely lightened up, which comes close to what the human eye actually sees, but at the same time the image sharpness decreases rapidly. Taking pictures at night is therefore hardly usable. After all, because of the low image brightness, image noise is not to be discussed here.

In bright sunlight things look a bit different. The main camera and the front camera take pictures that are quite sharp, the front camera lacks only a bit of color intensity and the image dynamic should be more pronounced. This is a common problem for both cameras because bright areas in images are more or less noticeable. The 13 megapixel shots in good light conditions have the right sharpness and degree of detail. When using the zoom, however, a somewhat aggressive post-processing is visible. Furthermore, the sharpness in our test device dropped slightly to the right edge.

Wide-angle shots cannot keep up with the sharpness even in good light conditions, although the software is trying hard to get out even more here. However, when using zoom, this usually results only in pixel magnification. In addition, there are big differences in color reproduction between wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle shooting. While the larger lens is a bit cool, the ultra wide-angle lens is too warm. Moreover, typical wide-angle distortions are not taken correctly into consideration by the camera of the Samsung Galaxy M20. This makes motifs with straight lines look as if they were shot with a fisheye lens.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Videos with 30 frames per second should also be sharper and the missing option of 4K video recording is truly disappointing. Due to the lack of image stabilization, a tripod would be necessary anyway if still shots are the goal. However, since the camera quality is generally unconvincing, it is not worth bringing one. Low price or not: When it comes to camera, Samsung delivers too little. For around 40 Euros (~$45) more, those who value a good camera should preferably grab the Moto G7 Plus with 16 megapixels and optical image stabilizer.

Under laboratory conditions, the practical experience from the test is confirmed. The test shots under good lighting conditions seem sufficiently sharp and sometimes colors show strong deviations from the original.

A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart
Our test chart in detail
Our test chart in detail
ColorChecker Passport: The lower half of each area of color displays the reference color
ColorChecker Passport: The lower half of each area of color displays the reference color

Accessories and Warranty - Samsung Galaxy M20 with Throwaway Headset

There are no surprises in the box contents - if any, then this is at most the headset, which Samsung includes despite of Galaxy M20's low price. The competition often does not do that. One should not expect too much from the M20. The frighteningly cheap-looking headset delivers almost no low tone and a slightly excessive midrange. It is good enough to be used right out of the box, enjoying music, however, is out of the question. The rest of the box includes a separate Type-C cable, a 15-watt charger, some paperwork concerning warranty and operation, as well as a SIM tool. Samsung gives a 24-month warranty on the Galaxy M20.

Input Devices & Operation - Not an Optimal Fingerprint Sensor Position

The operation of the touch screen did not cause any problems in the course of the test. Despite the comparatively low price, Samsung has provided the display of the Galaxy M20 with a neat coating, thanks to which the fingers can glide smoothly during operation and only a small amount of grease remains on the surface. There were no problems with the registration of touches also at the edges.

The fingerprint sensor on the back worked mostly in an exemplary manner. The occasional false recognition probably occurred due to its somewhat too high position. Often, even users with large hands do not quite hit the center of the sensor. When the position is right, the response is reasonably fast. Unfortunately, the sensor does not give any feedback by means of vibration and this makes it a bit difficult to feel. Therefore, a look at the back is necessary every now and then.

In the test, we also missed a notification LED. An always-on display is not offered by the M20 either.

Using the keyboard in landscape mode
Using the keyboard in landscape mode
Using the keyboard in portrait mode
Using the keyboard in portrait mode

Display - Really Good for the Price!

Subpixel structure of the display
Subpixel structure of the display

The panel of the Samsung Galaxy M20 has a size of 6.3 inches and a resolution of 2,340x1,080 pixels. This results in a good image sharpness of 409 pixels per inch. The manufacturer reports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity-V TFT display, but hidden behind is nothing more than an IPS LCD with bezel-less design and V- or drop-shaped notch. That may disappoint all the fans of the brand who had hoped for an Amoled display, but given the price of the M20, this could not be expected.

452
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 460 cd/m² Average: 445.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.07 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 452 cd/m²
Contrast: 1102:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 6.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.23
Samsung Galaxy M20
PLS TFT, 2340x1080, 6.3
Motorola Moto G7 Power
IPS, 1570x720, 6.2
Huawei P Smart Plus
IPS/LTPS, 2340x1080, 6.3
Elephone A5
IPS, 2246x1080, 6.18
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
2280x1080, 6.26
Screen
20%
10%
28%
-14%
Brightness middle
452
608
35%
479
6%
422.4
-7%
511
13%
Brightness
445
585
31%
471
6%
414
-7%
494
11%
Brightness Distribution
92
92
0%
94
2%
87
-5%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.41
0.36
12%
0.27
34%
0.17
59%
0.49
-20%
Contrast
1102
1689
53%
1774
61%
2485
125%
1043
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.3
5.08
4%
6.24
-18%
4.06
23%
8.3
-57%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.5
8.74
8%
10.05
-6%
8.57
10%
12.6
-33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.8
5.9
13%
7.4
-9%
4.8
29%
8.1
-19%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.219 99%
2.39 92%
2.3 96%
3.31 66%
CCT
8355 78%
7772 84%
8942 73%
7003 93%
7648 85%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The touch screen of the Samsung Galaxy M20 is also exemplary when checked for flickering. The latter often occurs when dimming the brightness, usually by pulse width modulation (PWM). We could not find any flickering in the test, thus the screen is also suitable for users who are particularly sensitive to shimmery displays.

Ultimately, the technology used is secondary and it is important how the screen performs in everyday life. Overall, it does that quite well. The brightness is satisfactory with up to 460 cd/m² and the brightness distribution is exemplary. Black level and contrast could be better, but this is not noticeable in everyday life. The same applies to the fidelity of grayscale and colors. When determining the brightness with uniform distribution of light and dark areas (APL 50), the Galaxy M20 reaches up to 445 cd/m². Considering the price that is a decent value.

Our measurements with the CalMAN professional software resulted in an acceptable contrast ratio of 1,111:1 and an excessive proportion of the blue color common for LCDs. Furthermore, the coverage of the sRGB color space is decent. The grayscale deviation in the test was 6.8 delta E in average and as little as 5.3 delta E for the colors. Both are difficult to see with the naked eye and therefore absolutely within reasonable limits.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Color Accuracy
CalMAN: Color Accuracy
CalMAN: Color Space
CalMAN: Color Space
CalMAN: Color Saturation
CalMAN: Color Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.6 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
53.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25.2 ms rise
↘ 28.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.8 ms).

Despite the decent values of the display, users of the Galaxy M20 would need to find a shady place in the summer if they want to recognize the contents on the screen in direct sunlight. Significantly better here, are either very bright AMOLED screens as in the Samsung Galaxy S10+ flagship or very bright LCDs as in the mid-range LG G7 Fit model. They are also noticeably more expensive though. The viewing angle stability of the panel, on the other hand, is very good.

Automatic brightness
Automatic brightness
Low brightness
Low brightness
Maximum brightness
Maximum brightness


Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Enough for Everyday Use

In the Galaxy M20, Samsung has opted for an Exynos 7885 with a clock speed of up to 1.8 GHz and an ARM Mali G71 MP2. In terms of performance, the chip clearly ranks behind a Kirin 710 and more or less just behind a Snapdragon 632. In the benchmarks, the GPU in particular quickly reaches its limit. This sometimes results in a decent gap compared to the listed competing products. Hardly anyone will notice this in everyday life due to the good coordination of the operating system, user interface and hardware. The latter includes the generous 4 GB of RAM. Thus, no glitches can be seen.

The poorer performance of the M20 is striking compared to other smartphones with the same Exynos 7885. Some of them are more than 30 percent faster. This gives the impression that Samsung throttles the chip in this low-priced model to artificially create distance to their higher-priced smartphones such as the A series.

Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3704 Points ∼74%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
4058 Points ∼81% +10%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
4066 Points ∼82% +10%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
4983 Points ∼100% +35%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (3213 - 3722, n=3)
3546 Points ∼71% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=317)
4676 Points ∼94% +26%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4096 Points ∼73%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
4515 Points ∼81% +10%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
5585 Points ∼100% +36%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
4895 Points ∼88% +20%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (4017 - 4105, n=3)
4073 Points ∼73% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 11598, n=376)
4682 Points ∼84% +14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1320 Points ∼83%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
1256 Points ∼79% -5%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1593 Points ∼100% +21%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1431 Points ∼90% +8%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1268 - 1329, n=3)
1306 Points ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=376)
1413 Points ∼89% +7%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5269 Points ∼71%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
6076 Points ∼82% +15%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7027 Points ∼95% +33%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
7434 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
5844 Points ∼79% +11%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (5269 - 5452, n=3)
5338 Points ∼72% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11440, n=367)
5225 Points ∼70% -1%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5802 Points ∼57%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
7498 Points ∼74% +29%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
9017 Points ∼88% +55%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
10191 Points ∼100% +76%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
6573 Points ∼64% +13%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (5802 - 6923, n=3)
6394 Points ∼63% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 14439, n=538)
5652 Points ∼55% -3%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1657 Points ∼63%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
2260 Points ∼86% +36%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2510 Points ∼96% +51%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2616 Points ∼100% +58%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
2121 Points ∼81% +28%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1657 - 1755, n=3)
1701 Points ∼65% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 4535, n=373)
1938 Points ∼74% +17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
488 Points ∼29%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
423 Points ∼25% -13%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1194 Points ∼70% +145%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
900 Points ∼53% +84%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1139 Points ∼67% +133%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (488 - 549, n=3)
528 Points ∼31% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8206, n=373)
1701 Points ∼100% +249%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
579 Points ∼36%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
516 Points ∼32% -11%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1351 Points ∼85% +133%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1054 Points ∼66% +82%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1270 Points ∼80% +119%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (579 - 646, n=3)
624 Points ∼39% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6312, n=374)
1589 Points ∼100% +174%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1677 Points ∼62%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2685 Points ∼100% +60%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
2238 Points ∼83% +33%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1677 - 1716, n=3)
1701 Points ∼63% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4703, n=403)
1857 Points ∼69% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
650 Points ∼28%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1317 Points ∼57% +103%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1806 Points ∼78% +178%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (650 - 823, n=3)
765 Points ∼33% +18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=403)
2310 Points ∼100% +255%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
752 Points ∼39%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1485 Points ∼76% +97%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1887 Points ∼97% +151%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (752 - 930, n=3)
871 Points ∼45% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=403)
1944 Points ∼100% +159%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1657 Points ∼61%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
2260 Points ∼83% +36%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2716 Points ∼100% +64%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2505 Points ∼92% +51%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1883 Points ∼69% +14%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1657 - 1704, n=3)
1679 Points ∼62% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4320, n=453)
1847 Points ∼68% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
488 Points ∼35%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
423 Points ∼30% -13%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
793 Points ∼56% +63%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
864 Points ∼61% +77%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1061 Points ∼75% +117%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (488 - 542, n=3)
523 Points ∼37% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 6362, n=453)
1413 Points ∼100% +190%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
582 Points ∼43%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
516 Points ∼38% -11%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
941 Points ∼69% +62%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1011 Points ∼74% +74%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1175 Points ∼86% +102%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (582 - 639, n=3)
619 Points ∼45% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 5734, n=454)
1365 Points ∼100% +135%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1677 Points ∼64%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
2309 Points ∼88% +38%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2637 Points ∼100% +57%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
2383 Points ∼90% +42%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1677 - 1702, n=3)
1689 Points ∼64% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4454, n=494)
1714 Points ∼65% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
650 Points ∼35%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
799 Points ∼43% +23%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1275 Points ∼69% +96%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1711 Points ∼93% +163%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (650 - 708, n=3)
687 Points ∼37% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 10008, n=493)
1844 Points ∼100% +184%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
752 Points ∼41%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
935 Points ∼51% +24%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1440 Points ∼79% +91%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1825 Points ∼100% +143%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (752 - 814, n=3)
791 Points ∼43% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 7820, n=496)
1603 Points ∼88% +113%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12500 Points ∼50%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
16162 Points ∼65% +29%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
17015 Points ∼69% +36%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
24828 Points ∼100% +99%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
15088 Points ∼61% +21%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (12321 - 12994, n=3)
12605 Points ∼51% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=655)
13978 Points ∼56% +12%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13392 Points ∼52%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
14526 Points ∼57% +8%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
21538 Points ∼84% +61%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
20827 Points ∼81% +56%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
25561 Points ∼100% +91%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (13392 - 13821, n=3)
13669 Points ∼53% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=653)
21146 Points ∼83% +58%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13183 Points ∼60%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
14860 Points ∼67% +13%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
20337 Points ∼92% +54%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
21601 Points ∼98% +64%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
22145 Points ∼100% +68%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (13183 - 13608, n=3)
13416 Points ∼61% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=653)
17322 Points ∼78% +31%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
14 fps ∼31%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
24 fps ∼53% +71%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
39 fps ∼87% +179%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
38 fps ∼84% +171%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
45 fps ∼100% +221%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (14 - 25, n=3)
21.3 fps ∼47% +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=677)
36.9 fps ∼82% +164%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼29%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
37 fps ∼88% +208%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
36 fps ∼86% +200%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
35 fps ∼83% +192%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
42 fps ∼100% +250%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (12 - 24, n=3)
19.7 fps ∼47% +64%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=686)
27.7 fps ∼66% +131%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
7 fps ∼33%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
10 fps ∼47% +43%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
21 fps ∼100% +200%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
20 fps ∼95% +186%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
20 fps ∼95% +186%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (7 - 13, n=3)
11 fps ∼52% +57%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=583)
21.1 fps ∼100% +201%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6.2 fps ∼33%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
19 fps ∼100% +206%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
19 fps ∼100% +206%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
19 fps ∼100% +206%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
19 fps ∼100% +206%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (6.2 - 13, n=3)
10.4 fps ∼55% +68%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=592)
19 fps ∼100% +206%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.3 fps ∼25%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
6.9 fps ∼40% +60%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
14 fps ∼81% +226%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
12 fps ∼69% +179%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
13 fps ∼75% +202%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (4.3 - 8.1, n=3)
6.83 fps ∼39% +59%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=449)
17.3 fps ∼100% +302%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.8 fps ∼23%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
15 fps ∼91% +295%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
13 fps ∼79% +242%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
11 fps ∼67% +189%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
12 fps ∼73% +216%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (3.8 - 7.7, n=3)
6.3 fps ∼38% +66%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=451)
16.4 fps ∼100% +332%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.7 fps ∼27%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
4.2 fps ∼42% +56%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
4.1 fps ∼41% +52%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (2.7 - 3, n=3)
2.87 fps ∼29% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=167)
9.89 fps ∼100% +266%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.7 fps ∼25%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
1.3 fps ∼19% -24%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2.6 fps ∼38% +53%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1.7 - 1.8, n=3)
1.767 fps ∼26% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 33, n=166)
6.84 fps ∼100% +302%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.3 fps ∼30%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
6.7 fps ∼47% +56%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
6.4 fps ∼44% +49%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (4.2 - 4.9, n=3)
4.47 fps ∼31% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=171)
14.4 fps ∼100% +235%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.7 fps ∼29%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
3.9 fps ∼24% -17%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7 fps ∼44% +49%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (4.7 - 5, n=3)
4.8 fps ∼30% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=171)
16 fps ∼100% +240%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.6 fps ∼22%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
3.9 fps ∼33% +50%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7.6 fps ∼64% +192%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
7.3 fps ∼62% +181%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
8.1 fps ∼69% +212%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (2.6 - 5.2, n=3)
4.33 fps ∼37% +67%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=374)
11.8 fps ∼100% +354%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.7 fps ∼25%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
7.8 fps ∼74% +189%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
6.7 fps ∼63% +148%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
7 fps ∼66% +159%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
7.5 fps ∼71% +178%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (2.7 - 5, n=3)
4.1 fps ∼39% +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=378)
10.6 fps ∼100% +293%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
108360 Points ∼77%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
106439 Points ∼76% -2%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
139998 Points ∼100% +29%
Elephone A5
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
132894 Points ∼95% +23%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
116346 Points ∼83% +7%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (101367 - 108360, n=3)
104311 Points ∼75% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (17073 - 459850, n=285)
139075 Points ∼99% +28%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
984 Points ∼81%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
1078 Points ∼89% +10%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1212 Points ∼100% +23%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1027 Points ∼85% +4%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (974 - 1016, n=3)
991 Points ∼82% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1731, n=621)
751 Points ∼62% -24%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1038 Points ∼52%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
1081 Points ∼54% +4%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1459 Points ∼73% +41%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1970 Points ∼99% +90%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1038 - 1114, n=3)
1075 Points ∼54% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 15969, n=621)
1986 Points ∼100% +91%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2973 Points ∼82%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
2049 Points ∼56% -31%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
3630 Points ∼100% +22%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1737 Points ∼48% -42%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1935 - 2973, n=3)
2329 Points ∼64% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=621)
1487 Points ∼41% -50%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3957 Points ∼71%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
4399 Points ∼79% +11%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
5568 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
3745 Points ∼67% -5%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (3517 - 3957, n=3)
3754 Points ∼67% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 12202, n=621)
2910 Points ∼52% -26%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1862 Points ∼76%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506, 4096
1800 Points ∼74% -3%
Huawei P Smart Plus
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2445 Points ∼100% +31%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512, 6144
1905 Points ∼78% +2%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904
  (1679 - 1862, n=3)
1741 Points ∼71% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=621)
1460 Points ∼60% -22%

There are just as few problems with Internet usage. The M20 performs significantly better also in the benchmarks and can partly put itself ahead of the competition.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 108, n=94)
31.9 Points ∼100% +41%
Samsung Galaxy M20 (Samsung Brwoser 9.2)
22.57 Points ∼71%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904 (22.1 - 22.7, n=3)
22.5 Points ∼71% 0%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 123, n=84)
34.9 runs/min ∼100% +81%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904 (19.3 - 24.1, n=3)
21.7 runs/min ∼62% +12%
Samsung Galaxy M20
19.3 runs/min ∼55%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 161, n=150)
64.2 Points ∼100% +23%
Huawei P Smart Plus (Chrome 71)
59 Points ∼92% +13%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904 (52 - 56, n=3)
53.3 Points ∼83% +3%
Samsung Galaxy M20
52 Points ∼81%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei P Smart Plus (Chrome 71)
9303 Points ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy M20
9087 Points ∼98%
Elephone A5 (Chrome 71)
9059 Points ∼97% 0%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904 (7798 - 9087, n=3)
8527 Points ∼92% -6%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL (Chrome 71)
8463 Points ∼91% -7%
Motorola Moto G7 Power
8420 Points ∼91% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 43280, n=677)
6450 Points ∼69% -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=702)
10678 ms * ∼100% -188%
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KL (Chrome 71)
4421.4 ms * ∼41% -19%
Elephone A5 (Chrome 71)
4357.1 ms * ∼41% -18%
Huawei P Smart Plus (Chrome 71)
4310 ms * ∼40% -16%
Average Samsung Exynos 7904 (3703 - 4976, n=3)
4245 ms * ∼40% -15%
Samsung Galaxy M20
3703 ms * ∼35%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of the memory of the Samsung Galaxy M20, there is hardly anything to complain about. Overall, the inexpensive smartphone is usually on par with the competition - both in terms of the speed of the internal memory, as well as the measurements with our reference memory card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501.

Samsung Galaxy M20Motorola Moto G7 PowerHuawei P Smart PlusElephone A5Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 ZB630KLAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
22%
25%
-1%
27%
-10%
-28%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
65.29 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
65.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
51.94 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-20%
59.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
66.21 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
57.6 (11.2 - 74.7, n=98)
-12%
49 (3.4 - 87.1, n=410)
-25%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
81.48 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
86.73 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
6%
76.93 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
80.84 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
86.35 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
6%
76.3 (21.1 - 87.2, n=98)
-6%
67.2 (8.1 - 96.5, n=410)
-18%
Random Write 4KB
44
72
64%
74
68%
24.35
-45%
88.19
100%
24 (3.4 - 88.2, n=112)
-45%
21.3 (0.14 - 250, n=730)
-52%
Random Read 4KB
64
67.5
5%
102.5
60%
60.38
-6%
74.92
17%
54.3 (11.4 - 149, n=112)
-15%
46.1 (1.59 - 196, n=730)
-28%
Sequential Write 256KB
137
215.21
57%
200.5
46%
213.94
56%
198.95
45%
171 (40 - 246, n=112)
25%
94.6 (2.99 - 590, n=730)
-31%
Sequential Read 256KB
300
292.44
-3%
303.2
1%
291.89
-3%
285.54
-5%
273 (95.6 - 704, n=112)
-9%
266 (12.1 - 1504, n=730)
-11%

Games - The Galaxy M20 Is Only for Occasional Gamers

It already became clear in the benchmarks: The Samsung Galaxy M20 is not a gaming wonder as we checked with GameBench. The main problem is the GPU, the ARM Mali-G71 MP2. It is still good enough for simple and normal games, but in demanding games, it gets quickly overwhelmed. Those who really want to play titles such as "PUBG Mobile" should look for a smartphone with a stronger performance. "Arena of Valor", on the other hand, is smoothly playable with the presets. We checked the precision of touch screen and position sensor and the control is exemplary.


PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
PUBG
0102030Tooltip
; 0.11.0: Ø19.2 (1-28)
Arena of Valor
010203040Tooltip
; 1.28.2.2: Ø26.8 (1-32)

Emissions - Moderate Hothead

Temperature

T-Rex
T-Rex
Battery test (loop)
Battery test (loop)

With up to 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 °F) under load, the Samsung Galaxy M20 is not exactly one of the coolest smartphones on the market, but in daily use it is absolutely fine. In games, for example, the smartphone gets slightly warm, which does not feel unpleasant even with prolonged gaming sessions.

Max. Load
 38 °C
100 F
37.8 °C
100 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
 37.1 °C
99 F
37.3 °C
99 F
34.9 °C
95 F
 
 35.7 °C
96 F
32.5 °C
91 F
34.9 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
30.3 °C
87 F
31.7 °C
89 F
36.7 °C
98 F
30.8 °C
87 F
32.4 °C
90 F
37.4 °C
99 F
30.2 °C
86 F
32.4 °C
90 F
35.7 °C
96 F
Maximum: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Average: 33.1 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.1 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear
Heatmap front
Heatmap front

Speakers

Pink noise speaker characteristics
Pink noise speaker characteristics

As with most smartphones, the Galaxy M20 should not be over-enthusiastically talked about in terms of speakers. The mono speaker is loud indeed, but it also gets a bit shrill. The low tone is rather nonsense, but is good enough for short sessions of listening to videos or pieces of music. Via the 3.5-millimeter port and Bluetooth, the sound of the M20 is acceptable if headphones other than the included headset are used.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.233.52527.824.83124.125.84024.924.85033.333.26323.824.48026.23310026.227.112517.429.616017.239.720017.339.825016.444.231516.250.840015.755.350014.661.363016.364.180013.468.6100013.870.7125014.371.3160013.869.7200014.370.5250014.671.5315013.775.5400014.572500014.470.3630014.370800014.672.51000014.673.31250014.569.71600014.859.8SPL26.783.3N0.855median 14.6median 69.7Delta1.410.234.438.130.431.32729.533.132.534.629.729.127.22424.723.622.321.226.821.135.818.843.418.752.117.658.216.659.915.861.615.865.815.368.816.373.614.773.41671.21570.914.773.214.772.714.36914.867.215.17015.273.814.470.314.466.614.453.464.159.66063.75527.583.117.612.512.915.59.30.955.9median 15.3median 67.21.39.334.438.130.431.32729.533.132.534.629.729.127.22424.723.622.321.226.821.135.818.843.418.752.117.658.216.659.915.861.615.865.815.368.816.373.614.773.41671.21570.914.773.214.772.714.36914.867.215.17015.273.814.470.314.466.614.453.464.159.66063.75527.583.117.612.512.915.59.30.955.9000000000000000000000000000110000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000