As mobile technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, cheaper and cheaper phones get the features previously limited to flagship design. Samsung's latest phones for the Indian market, the Galaxy M10 and M20, illustrate this principle perfectly.
Let's start with the M20. For just 11000 INR (about $ 155 USD), users get a large 6.3-inch 1080p curved-corner display and a teardrop camera seen on OnePlus 6T. The large body makes the phone hold an incredible 5000mAh battery, which should be good for several days of charging. The phone has both a rear fingerprint reader and front camera front lock, dual rear cameras with 13MP primary and 5MP ultra-short secondary. A USB Type-C port, which is still not indicated on the budget design, hangs on the bottom with a 15-watt quick charger in the box.
The M20 comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space on the base model, plus whatever you can fit in the MicroSD slot. A more expansive model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage becomes 13000 INR (a little over $ 180).
Outside your budget? Then think of the Galaxy M10. It shrinks the screen only one tad to 6.2 inches, depressed to "HD +" (read: 720p) resolution, but with the same teardrop rounded corners and teardrop notch. Samsung does not mention a USB Type-C port or fast charge on the M10, but it disappears the fingerprint scanner (face lock is still available) and solid battery with a slower octa processor. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage runs INR 9000 ($ 125), while the cheapest model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is just 8000 INR ($ 115). Although the specs don't wow you, it's a great deal for a phone that looks like a flagship from a couple of years ago. Tellingly does not mention Samsung Android in its press release, so there is nothing to tell about the phones running 8.0 Oreo or 9.0 Pieces.
Samsung says the Galaxy M10 and M20 will be launched in India only February 5. They will be sold at the Indian Amazon store hall in blue and black variants. Considering the company's history and extensive phone connectivity, expect to see these models – or those identical to them – available in other markets for too long.
Source: Samsung via Android Police