Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy M20 (review) put speculations into rest. The South Korean giant with this new M-series hoping to counter the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 to win back the turf in the affordable segment. In its tenth anniversary, let’s see what does the new Galaxy phone has to offer. In this post, we will compare the phone against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and analyze how the new Samsung fares against the stiff competition. Hopefully, this should help you decide between the two. So, let’s begin.
Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro Price and Specifications
|Model||Samsung Galaxy M20||Redmi Note 6 Pro|
|Display||6.3-inch Infinity-V display, 1080 x 2340 pixels||6.26-inch display, 2280×1080 pixels|
|Processor||1.8Ghz Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset||1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 chipset|
|Internal Storage||32GB/64GB (expandable up to 2TB)
Dedicated card slot
|32GB/64GB (expandable up to 256GB)
Hybrid card slot
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo, Experience UI||Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI skin|
|Primary Camera||13MP (F1.9) + 5MP (F2.2, Ultra-wide)||12MP (F1.9)+5MP (F2.2) AI dual rear camera|
|Front Camera||8MP||20MP + 2MP, AI portraits|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, rear-mounted||Yes, rear-mounted|
|Battery||5000mAh with fast charging||4000 mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0|
|Price||Rs. 10,990- 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage
Rs. 12,990- 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage
|Rs.13,999 – 4GB RAM +64GB Storage
Rs. 15,999 – 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage
Display, Design, and Build
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 pro features a hybrid back panel of plastic and metal. On the other hand, Samsung has a reflective plastic back, which is a fingerprint magnet. To counter these trivialities and protection, you could slap on a cover or case. Xiaomi’s rear side with its metal finish feels more premium than the Galaxy M20’s.
Both the phones have their fingerprint scanners at the back. Samsung has housed an ovalish scanner that is better designed compared to the rounded one on Redmi Note 6 Pro. In the case of Galaxy M20, the scanner is placed slightly higher which could bother people with relatively smaller hands.
Coming to the front, Galaxy M20 has a 6.3″ Infinity-V display which has a feeling of Déjà vu to it. Regardless, the M20’s display with its slender bezels and chin looks modish than the long obtrusive notch island on the Note 6 Pro. The former has a regular TFT display as compared to the latter’s IPS LCD display. Both the phones project colors with good contrast and saturation. Note 6 Pro has a brighter display which would be convenient for outdoor usage.
You would get a good grip and comfortable in-hand feel with both the devices, thanks to their tapered edges. Note 6 Pro has a slightly protruding rear camera bump causing it to rock while resting on a surface. Furthermore, both the phones feel of similar heft although the Samsung M20 packs a larger battery.
As far as the protection of these devices goes, Samsung has opted for DragonTrail protection while the Note 6 Pro’s display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
You could grab the M20 in two colors, i.e Denim Blue and Charcoal Black. Xiaomi offers more options viz Black, Blue, and Rose Gold hues.
Performance and Software
Straight off the bat let’s jump into their hardware specs and thereafter get into real-life results and the associated nitty-gritty. Samsung Galaxy M20 is powered by the newer 1.8Ghz Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset whereas Redmi Note 6 Pro has 1.8Ghz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.
Galaxy M20 comes in 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage as well as a higher 4GB RAM+ 64GB onboard storage. You could expand the storage via the dedicated MicroSD slot. Redmi Note 6 Pro also has the expandable storage option up to 256GB, but the slot is Hybrid, which could be a bummer for some.
|Benchmark Score||Samsung Galaxy M20||Redmi Note 6 Pro|
|3D Mark OpenGL ES 3.1||600||954|
|3D Mark Vulkan||1096||934|
|Geekbench 4 Single-core||1320||1330|
|Geekbench 4 Multi-core||4036||4808|
The Benchmark scores corroborate our personal experience with the two phones. The Redmi Note 6 Pro has a slight edge and it’s also better at handling demanding games.
Samsung has an upper-hand with its L1 Certification for HD streaming which means you could watch DRM-protected HD content. Samsung additionally also incorporates Dolby Atmos support.
On the software side, Redmi Note 6 Pro runs on Android 8.1(Oreo) based on MIUI skin while Samsung has baked in Android 8.1 (Oreo) based on Experience skin. Both the OEM skins have long run userbase and a horde of features and customization options. Our only gripe with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin is its intrusive ads which could be annoying at times. Nonetheless, the preference could be subjective and we leave that up to you.
Samsung has scheduled Pie for M20 in the month of August. Xiaomi has also guaranteed the Pie rollout for Note 6 Pro but is tight-lipped regarding the timeline. However, you could expect your devices to be patched by the monthly Android security updates.
On paper, Samsung Galaxy M20 has a larger 5000mAh battery than the Redmi Note 6 Pro’s 4000mAh. The real world mileage of both phones is really close, but Galaxy M20 has a lead.
The good news is that the devices support fast charging. Note 6 Pro could be refueled with Quick 3.0 fast charger, but the same doesn’t come bundled in the box. The Galaxy M20 has a fast charger bundled in the box and also has a reversive Type-C connector.
Redmi Note 6 Pro houses a 12 MP + 5 MP Dual Camera setup with dual-pixel autofocus at the back. The 12MP primary sensor has 1.4-micron pixel size and a wide f/1.9 aperture. Meanwhile, the second one is a depth sensor for better portrait shots. Samsung on the other spectrum, sports a 13MP (F1.9) + 5MP (F2.2, Ultra-wide) rear camera setup.
Now for the selfie fans, Redmi touts a larger 20 MP + 2 MP pair on its Note 6 Pro while Samsung has an 8MP single front camera.
Now let’s analyze the camera samples.
M20’s camera shots are warmer but realistic. On the other hand, Note 6 pro produces photos that are ready for your social media upload. They have a cool touch to them and the AI does its share of optimization. The highlights and shadows are better on Note 6 pro but that degrades the details in the background of the above image. The small inscriptions on the tire are sharper on the Samsung phone when zoomed in.
Note 6 pro implements the use of AI in beautifying your selfies too. Any dots and marks on your faces get healed and Insta-ready on Note 6 Pro’s front shots.
In low light and indoors, the Redmi Note 6 Pro fares better.
Verdict: Which One Should You Buy?
Both the phones stand neck to neck in all the parameters of our comparison. Many of the choices would be subjective as the preferences could change from person to person.
If you want to carry a trendy smartphone, then Samsung takes the crown with its Infinity V notch. Redmi’s design is tried and tested, however, feels redundant. We admire the fact that Samsung phone with its larger battery managed to stay compact and light. In terms of the camera as well, we prefer the natural shots from M20. Besides, minor things like a dedicated MicroSD slot and HD streaming support have an influence on our decision.
However, Redmi Note 6 Pro has its strong suit when it comes to performance, at least for gaming.
What works for Samsung Galaxy M20
- Trendy display
- Bigger battery and fast charging
- HD streaming on Netflix and Prime Videos
- USB Type-C port
What works for Redmi Note 6 Pro
- Solid build
- Better low light camera performance
- Better at handling demanding games