Samsung Galaxy A20 Review: Affordable Smartphone with AMOLED Display
I spent about a month using this smartphone and here are the features that I like as well as the ones that can be improved. This is my Samsung Galaxy A20 full review!
Design and Display
Despite the use of plastic as its body material, the Samsung Galaxy A20 looks modern and has a slim profile. Its sides are slightly curved making it comfortable to hold.
The phone’s dual cameras, LED flash, fingerprint sensor, SAMSUNG logo, and some regulatory markings are found at the back. Meanwhile, the power and volume buttons are on the phone’s right side. Its SIM card tray is on the left side and the USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack and loudspeaker are all at the bottom.
The screen itself is a 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED panel with narrow bezels, rounded corners and an “Infinity-V” notch. Even though it’s a step down from the FHD+ resolution of the Samsung Galaxy A30, the high brightness, impressive contrast and vibrancy of colors are still present.
Using the Samsung Galaxy A20 feels like using a more expensive smartphone in terms of its design and display. However, it’s very prone to scratches so a phone case and screen protector are necessary.
The Samsung Galaxy A20 is equipped with a dual rear camera setup composed of a 13 Megapixel main camera and 5 Megapixel ultra-wide camera.
Most pictures produced by the device look good when shot during daytime using the main lens. Color accuracy is decent, sharpness is also acceptable and dynamic range is well within my expectations in this price range.
It can also take decent low light pictures but you’ll have to exert more effort in finding the best lighting and keeping the device steady.
The ultra-wide camera isn’t as sharp as the main lens but it can capture a larger scene. It’s best for landscape shots but performs poorly in low light.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy A20 also has an 8 Megapixel selfie camera on the front. It resides on the notch of the display.
Selfies from this camera are good enough for sharing on social media. However, the default beautification filter is a bit too much. I turned it off to get more natural-looking pictures.
For more sample pictures, read the Samsung Galaxy A20 Camera Review.
I tested two of the most popular games on the Samsung Galaxy A20 – Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile. The results were a bit surprising because it performed slightly better than the Samsung Galaxy A30!
It can run Mobile Legends at 30 fps and PUBG Mobile at 24 fps. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A30 can only run PUBG Mobile at 21 fps. The biggest reason might be the Galaxy A20’s lower screen resolution that makes it easier for the device to run the game at a higher frame rate.
Here’s my Samsung Galaxy A20 Gaming Review.
OS and User Interface
The Samsung Galaxy A20 uses the new Samsung OneUI software on top of Android 9 Pie. It’s the Korean company’s new take on mobile usability that aims to make operating a smartphone easier and more intuitive.
Yes, it’s actually easy to use the phone with its big icons and revamped UI layout. My biggest issue is simply the icons that look way too big and the duplicate Samsung and Google apps pre-installed on the device.
Thankfully, it runs smoothly when performing usual tasks such as opening apps and scrolling down newsfeeds. However, it will show some lags when a lot of apps are in use.
Connectivity and Audio Quality
The Samsung Galaxy A20 is a dual SIM smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity. Internet connection using either Wi-Fi or mobile data is fast. I even use the device as a Wi-Fi hotspot when I’m traveling.
It’s also great that the phone already uses USB Type-C for charging and data transfer.
Meanwhile, the audio quality of the loudspeaker is just average. Free earphones are also included in the package and they sound quite decent.
Security and Sensors
The Samsung Galaxy A20 has a fingerprint sensor on its back. It’s fast and accurate in scanning the user’s fingerprint to unlock the phone.
There’s also an option to use Face Recognition in unlocking the phone. It’s less secure though since it only uses the selfie camera.
A 4,000 mAh battery powers the Samsung Galaxy A20. It lasted 11 hours and 32 minutes in the PCMark Battery Life Test 2.0. During the test, I turned on the phone’s airplane mode and set its screen brightness to 50%.
These scores simulate a continuous use of the device with different tasks such as browsing the web, editing pictures, etc. The Samsung Galaxy A20 can last more than a day on a single charge in my normal usage.
Meanwhile, charging the device from 0% to 100% battery capacity takes around 1 hour and 47 minutes! This is because it uses 15W fast charging technology. Make sure you use the original charger to take advantage of this speed.
I’ll recommend the Samsung Galaxy A20 to those who give more importance in a phone’s screen, cameras and battery. It’s large Super AMOLED screen is just gorgeous while both the cameras and battey are decent.
However, playing games that are heavy on graphics won’t be very smooth. That’s the phone’s disadvantage. You’ll be limited to casual games and occasional matches on Mobile Legends.
- 6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Display (720 x 1560 Pixels), 268 ppi
- Android 9.0 Pie Operating System
- Samsung Exynos 7884 Chipset
- 3GB of RAM
- 13 Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash
- 8 Megapixel Front Camera
- Dual SIM
- 32GB Internal Storage
- Expandable Up to 512 via microSD
- 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 4000mAh Battery
- 15W Fast Charging
- ₱9,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy A20 Review Summary
The Samsung Galaxy A20 has a great screen, decent cameras, and above average battery life.