“With an Exynos 7904 chipset, 5,000mAh battery and dual rear cameras, the M20 comes across as the budget smartphone to beat”

Xiaomi recently launched its latest selfie-centric smartphone in the Y series, the Redmi Y3 in India. The smartphone goes up against some stalwarts in the budget segment, though its direct rival would be Samsung’s Galaxy M20 which comes with a powerful set of specs. So if you are wondering which one should you be buying in the budget segment, then you have come to the right place.

A sharper display

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With binge-watching on the go becoming quite popular, it’s important to have a good quality display on our smartphones. To that end, both these smartphones come with large screens with waterdrop notches up top. While the Samsung Galaxy M20 offers a 16cm (6.3-inch) panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, the Redmi Y3 features a slightly smaller 15.9cm (6.26-inch) screen with 19:9 aspect ratio. However, what separates them is the fact that the M20 comes with a full HD+ resolution, while the Y3 features HD+ resolution. This means that the Samsung handset will deliver sharper output while reading webpages or watching videos.

Smoother performance

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In terms of the core specs, Samsung’s Galaxy M20 comes equipped with the proprietary Exynos 7904 Soc, which comprises high-performance dual cores running at 1.8GHz and six power-efficient cores clocked at 1.6GHz. In contrast, the Redmi Y3 gets the Snapdragon 632 processor, which comes with two quad-core clusters running at 1.8GHz. As far as RAM and storage options are concerned, both devices are available with 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB options. In terms of actual performance, however, the Exynos 7904 comes out ahead as it has dual-core Cortex A73 cluster that also ensures that the M20 gets a higher score on AnTuTu Benchmark in comparison to the Y3.

Both smartphones allow you to expand the storage further by up to 512GB with the use of a microSD card without compromising on the dual-SIM functionality.

Better imaging capabilities


For imaging, both handsets come equipped with dual cameras on their back. The Galaxy M20 flaunts a pair of a 13-megapixel shooter and a 5-megapixel sensor. As opposed to that, the Redmi Y3 sports a 13MP primary camera which is accompanied by a 2MP snapper. Not only the secondary sensor has a lower resolution in case of the Y3, it also is being used for just depth sensing. The Samsung phone is more versatile in comparison as the secondary shooter is a wide-angle sensor letting you capture a wider frame with 123-degree field-of-view.

A battery that lasts long…

Redmi Y3 review001If you suffer from battery anxiety problems, then Samsung’s Galaxy M20 will put all that to rest. That’s because, the smartphone comes with a powerful 5,000mAh cell that ensures a day’s worth of usage and then some more. The Redmi Y3 on the other hand, should also last a day with its 4,000mAh pack, though it won’t be able to match to M20’s runtime.

and charges fast too


The Galaxy M20 comes bundled with a 15W charger, which can juice up its 5,000mAh battery within an hour and a half. In comparison, the Redmi Y3 gets a slower 10W charger in the box. Furthermore, the M20 also ships with a newer-gen USB Type-C port, while the Y3 has stuck to micro-USB standard.

The Redmi Y3 price in India starts at Rs 9,999. While the Samsung Galaxy M20’s base model will set you back by Rs 10,999, it’s actually available with a Rs 1,000 off currently, making its price exactly same as Xiaomi’s handset. Now if you’ve been following the comparison closely, then it’s quite apparent that Samsung’s smartphone delivers better value for the same price and comes across as a complete package.