“The Samsung Galaxy M20 is a very good alternative to the new Realme 3”

The Realme 3 (review) is now official and is already facing tough competition from several newly-launched smartphones. The mid-range budget segment in India is flooded with some really good options. If you didn’t like the new Realme phone for some reason, you can head over to team Samsung or team Xiaomi. There’s plenty of options available for customers who are on a tight budget. In this comparison, we are going to look at one such competitor from the South Korean giant’s stables, the Galaxy M20 (review).

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is a fairly new device and we are going to compare its specifications, features and pricing, with the Realme 3. Let’s get started.

Realme 3 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 price in India

Firstly, let’s talk about the pricing. The Realme 3 price in India will start at Rs 8,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Its 4GB + 64GB option costs Rs 10,999. The smartphone will be available for purchase in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient finishes. A standard Black variant will also be sold.

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Realme 3

In contrast, the new Galaxy M20 starts at Rs 10,990. For the price, you get the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. For those looking at the 4GB RAM + 64GB model, you’ll have to shell out Rs 12,990. The phone can be had in two colour variants called Ocean Blue or Charcoal Black.

Realme 3 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 specifications

Now that the prices have been compared, let’s discuss the design and hardware specifications of both the phones. When you first look at both the phones from the front, you will not really notice a lot of difference. Both the Realme 3 and the Galaxy M20 feature a teardrop-shaped notch on top of the display. Design-wise, both phones feature a plastic construction, but the Realme 3 is more attractive with gradient finish on its back. Yes, the Realme 3 does look a little better than the Galaxy M20 thanks to the starry pattern on the back, but there’s no denying that there are better-looking phones out there. However, you do get a better screen with the Samsung phone.

Galaxy M20
Galaxy M20

The Realme 3 has a 6.2-inch HD+ LCD panel, whereas the Galaxy M20 comes with a higher resolution 6.3-inch FHD+ TFT screen. Both devices feature a noticeable chin at the bottom and sport a fingerprint scanner on the back. The bottom part of the phones feature the 3.5mm headphone socket along with a USB Type-C port on the Samsung model and a micro-USB port on the Realme phone.

Samsung has equipped the Galaxy M20 with its own Exynos 7904 chipset, whereas the Realme 3 comes with the MediaTek Helio P70 processor. As mentioned earlier, both phones come with up to 4GB RAM with 64GB of onboard storage, along with a microSD card slot for expansion. In the performance department, if benchmarks are anything to go by, the new Realme phone should trump Samsung’s offering with ease. As far as software is concerned, you get Android 8.1 Oreo on the Galaxy M20, which is quite odd, since most 2019 phones are coming with Android 9.0 Pie, including the Realme 3.

Galaxy M20
Galaxy M20

You do get a dual-camera setup on both the phones, which is interesting. The Galaxy M20 comes with a 13-megapixel main sensor, which is paired with an ultra-wide 5-megapixel unit. On the other hand, the Realme 3 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, a 13MP shooter is available on the M20, while the Realme handset makes do with an 8MP unit.

One of the most important selling point for the Galaxy M20 is its battery size. Samsung has included a 5,000mAh unit on the phone with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. The Realme 3 also has a big enough 4,230mAh battery and supports fast charging, but gets a micro USB port. However, software optimisations should help the phone last more than a day with ease. 

Bottomline

In sum, the Samsung Galaxy M20 is clearly a better buy than the Realme 3, all thanks to a better display, a larger battery, and a USB Type-C port with 15W fast charging. But when you talk about the pricing, then the base variant of the Realme 3 does come across as a better buy, though it’s higher-end model doesn’t really make a good case against the M20, which is priced exactly same at Rs 10,999.