Korean smartphone manufacturers have released another entry smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy M01. The new smartphone is a budget smartphone with a number of interesting specifications and features.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy M01 is not a device for an adamant techie or a technophile. But if you are a budget freak who also loves to get the basic specifications and features from a device, then the Galaxy M01.
I’ve spent four days with this Samsung smartphone even before it was announced on the 2nd of June 2020. This page contains a virtual and written review of the Galaxy M01. If you enjoyed the video review then you can find other video reviews of new smartphones on our YouTube channel.
Without any further ados, let’s jump right straight into the specifications, features, price, cons, and the pros of the smartphone.
When you open up the Galaxy M01 box, the first thing you see is the quick guide, and then the smartphone is itself. Below the smartphone lies the data cable (MicroUSB) with its charger brick. Another essential item you will find in the box includes the Sim card Tray Ejector.
Design and Build
The Samsung Galaxy M01 is a budget smartphone and features materials of its class. The body build of the Galaxy M01 is made of a glass front, plastic back, and frame.
It features a 5.7 inches PLS TFT capacitive screen which dominates the front of the device. It features an infinity-V Display with little bezels and an obvious chin. The single selfie camera is hidden in the V-shaped notch and on top of the camera lies the almost invisible calling speaker.
When you flip this device to the back, you will see the dual vertically placed camera sensors accompanied by a LED flash. Other things you will find on the backside of the device includes Samsung’s name and the loudspeaker.
Meanwhile, the right side of the device holds the Sim tray, and under the tray lies the power button. Turning the device to the left side, you will see the volume rockers.
Guess what? We still have the 3.5mm jack on board, and it’s located on top of the smartphone. Meanwhile, the bottom holds the Microphone and MicroUSB port where you can either transfer files from or add extra battery juice using the MicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go.
You will definitely not find any fingerprint sensor on the smartphone but the fast face unlock will do at this price.
Finally, you have just three color options to alternate between. The colors include Black, Red, and Blue.
When it comes to the display of the Samsung Galaxy M01, you have a 5.7 inches PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen.
At least you still have to enjoy movies and gaming on this device, though it may not be that enjoyable like streaming movies or gaming on smartphones like Samsung Galaxy A31 with a Super AMOLED display. Nevertheless, you will also enjoy media activities on this device.
The Samsung Galaxy M015.7 inches display has a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and was able to achieve a 77.5% screen-to-body ratio. The display also has a 295 PPI density and a 19:9 ratio.
Performance and Specs
Under the hood, there is an octa-core Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm) which runs at 1.95 GHz. This chipset is coupled an Adreno 505 GPU which handles graphics processing of the smartphone.
For all your storage purposes, you have a just one model which is the 32GB internal storage and it happens to arrive with a 3GB RAM. One good thing about the storage of the Galaxy M01 is that it can be further expanded via a microSD card.
Upfront, the Samsung Galaxy M01 runs on the One UI 2 User Interface which runs on the latest operating system, Android 10.
Powering the Samsung Galaxy M01 is a moderate Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery which may not see you through the day but will definitely go a long way with moderate use.
Unfortunately, the battery does not support wireless charging nor fast charging technology.
The battery on the Galaxy M01 may not be the best nor arrive with high-end features but it’s way bigger than the Non-removable Li-Ion 1821mAh battery featured on the Apple iPhone SE (2020).
Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy M01 arrives with a total number of three cameras. The camera department at the back is made up of a dual-sensors which comprises of a 13-MegaPixel with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-MegaPixel camera sensor with an f/2.4 aperture.
The main camera is capable of recording 1080p video @30fps and you still get clear videos even in low light conditions due to the powerful LED flash attached to the camera compartment.
Moving over to the front side of the smartphone, you will find the single 5-MegaPixel with an f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera arrives with lots of AI techs such as the fast face unlock feature and more. The FaceID response is a lot better than most featured on some mid-range smartphones. Generally speaking, both cameras are capable of taking well-detailed images.
Just as I mentioned before, the Samsung Galaxy M01 happens to be an entry smartphone with a budget price tag. So, if you are in search of a budget smartphone, the Galaxy M01 is just the right smartphone for you.
The Galaxy M01 currently sells for $118 which is equivalent to N45,350 naira in Nigeria. Meanwhile the same goes for 12,437 Kenyan Shilling, and 678.62 Ghanaian Cedi for Ghanaians.
Verdict and Conclusion
The Galaxy M01 is an entry-level smartphone so you don’t need to place your expectations too high. But, despite being an entry smartphone, the Galaxy M01 still arrives with a number of high-end specifications and features.
Some of the good features the Galaxy M01 ships with includes its beautiful design, Android 10, FaceID support, dual Nano-SIM that supports 4G LTE network, and more.
Notwithstanding, the Galaxy M01 didn’t arrive without any flaws. As a matter of fact, the device one of the things I missed so much while using this smartphone was a Fingerprint scanner which was absent on this device.
So, you see… The smartphone balances the bad with good too. But, overall, the smartphone gives you a run for your money.