“The Galaxy M10 is Samsung’s attempt to regain its share in the sub-Rs 10k segment”

With the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy M range, the budget smartphone market in India has suddenly received a shot in the arm. Among the two new phones launched by the South Korean giant is the Galaxy M10 (review), which has been priced pretty rather aggressively, at Rs 7,990 for its base variant. That means, the Realme 2 (review), which costs Rs 9,499 must be feeling the heat right now. After all, Samsung has packed an extremely attractive set of features with its new offering. So if you’re torn between which among these two smartphones to go for, this comparison is for you.

Design and display

The main difference between the designs of these two handsets is in the notch department. The Samsung Galaxy M10 has been equipped with a tiny teardrop notch above its new Infinity-V display. As opposed to that, the Realme 2 grabs an iPhone-like wide notch that takes much away from the visual experience provided by the panel. That said, both the phones offer a bezel-less, full-screen experience.

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On the back of the M10, you’ll find a polycarbonate shell, a dual-camera setup and a tiny speaker grill. The rear surface of the Realme 2 is also occupied by dual cameras, but it also has the advantage of a fingerprint scanner, which the Samsung device doesn’t. Another advantage it has over the M10 is that it has a diamond glossy finish applied on its plastic surface, which lends it an attractive appearance.

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3.5mm sockets and micro-USB ports are present on both these phones. The devices even grab dedicated microSD card slots, allowing you to use two SIM cards as well as a microSD card at the same time. The TFT display on the Samsung Galaxy M10 measures 6.22-inches and bears a resolution 1,520 x 720 pixels, while the Realme 2 sports a 6.2-inch IPS LCD screen with the same resolution. 

Hardware and software

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Powering the Galaxy M10 is a 14nm Exynos 7870 chipset, which comes with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-T830 MP1 GPU. The handset ships with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage, respectively. The Realme 2 on the other hand, runs on the 14nm Snapdragon 450 SoC, which has a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 506 GPU. Its base model offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the higher-end variant comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

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A new software experience has debuted with the M series, called Samsung Experience 9.5. Claimed to be a ‘smoother and faster UX,’ it looks quite different to the company’s One UI. It does offer face unlock, while its other highlights include Samsung Max for saving data, Samsung Mall for AI-based shopping and a special live-wallpaper experience which changes the background each time you click the power button. This software is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, but an update to Pie could be doled out this August.

The Realme 2 runs ColorOS 5.2, which too is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. This software has various interesting features like face unlock, Dual Apps, a Smart Driving mode, the ability to hide the notch and more. And above all this, you’ll also get all the knick-knacks that Chinese ROMs are known to offer.

Camera and battery

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The dual-camera array of the Galaxy M10 includes a 13MP primary shooter and a 5MP secondary sensor, which acts as an ultra-wide camera as well as a depth sensor. This enables it to offer wide-angle shots and live portrait effects, which is really worth appreciating. Its front camera is a 5MP sensor. The Realme 2’s rear camera setup includes a 13MP + 2MP combination, which only offers portrait effects. And its front camera is an 8MP unit, which is accompanied by various AI beauty functions.

The Galaxy M10 ships with a 3,400mAh battery inside it, while the Realme 2 hides a rather large 4,230mAh cell in its body. Sadly, both these phones miss out on fast charging support. 

Closing thoughts 

Samsung has impressed everyone with its new M series, and it seems that tough competition is in store for established smartphones in this price range. The M10 clearly offers incredible value for money to potential buyers, and while the same is the case with the Realme 2, it’s priced higher in comparison to the Samsung’s offering. So the choice between the two is pretty clear. Don’t you think?