Saturday, February 2, 2019

SAMSUNG GALAXY M10 QUICK REVIEW: SAMSUNG'S BEST BUDGET PHONE EVER


Samsung Galaxy M10 is a good looking phone that delivers good performance and very good battery life but can not be compared to flagship-level devices and is understandable given the price.

SPECIFICATIONS

-LCD Infinity V display
-Full HD screen with 409ppi
-19.5:9 screen body ratio
-3400 mAh battery
-13mp(F/1.9)+5mp(F/2.2)dual rear camera
-8mp front camera
-1.6 GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor
-Expandable storage
-Android 8.0(will be upgraded in Android 9.0 soon)
-Facial recognition


It is available in ocean blue and charcoal black colours and costs around $113 for the 16GB variant and $127 for the 32GB variant. It also comes with Samsung's ONE UI which is the newest version of Samsung's skin. The phone is very worth it for the price tag and has a lot of pros including good battery life, secondary wide camera and modern design.


Like every other phone it has, it's downsides which include the performance. The phone is very fast but can not be compared to a flagship phone but that's understandable given its price. Looking at the price tag, you're getting your money's worth.



DISPLAY

The Samsung Galaxy M10 has a 6.23 inch LCD display with an HD+ resolution. Clocking in at 720 by 1520 pixels, the screen is very vibrant and looks very pleasing but is not as sharp as flagship devices.
The biggest change is the "V" shaped notch which Samsung calls the Infinity-V display. The is no option to hide the notch like other Android smartphones.


HARDWARE

The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 Octa system-on-a-chip which eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, making it less powerful than the Snapdragon 625 used by competing devices.  This is a chipset that was announced way back in 2016. 



PERFORMANCE

Performance on the M10 is adequate which doesn't come as a surprise because of the chipset and price. When it comes to day-to-day performance, the phone does a good job and has also been optimized well but this doesn't mean the phone is buttery smooth.


The image above is a benchmark of the Galaxy M10. When it comes to gaming, the Mali 830 GPU inside the M10 wasn't made for gaming but can handle light games. But when it comes to popular games like PUBG, the phone won't be able to hold a steady frame rate.


SOFTWARE

When it comes to software, Samsung did a fantastic job with this budget device despite the fact that it didn't get the latest Android version(Android 9), it comes with the new Samsung 9.5 UI and will be upgraded later to the latest Android version. The phone ships with a few pre-installed apps which can't be uninstalled. Samsung also did a great job with the gestures on the phone which makes navigating the device a breeze. Facial recognition is the only option to unlock your phone since it doesn't come with a fingerprint scanner. 


BATTERY

The phone comes with a 3400 mAh battery and with the optimizations done by Samsung, the phone should last a full day with moderate use. The phone doesn't exactly have specifications that attract people but for it's price range, you can't really complain.

The Samsung galaxy M10 is expected to be released later  this month (February).

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