Samsung Galaxy M10 Review – Specs, Features and Price

Samsung finally debuted its much-anticipated smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy M10. Before the appearance of this smartphone, the internet was flooded with leaks from the smartphone almost on every corner of the internet.

The Samsung Galaxy M10 was announced alongside with the Samsung Galaxy M20, with both being the first two phone on Samsung’s M-series. Samsung M-series stands for millennials, and it intends to redefine the meaning of affordability, while also aiming for the India market especially.

The new smartphone was announced in January and will be available this 2019. The M-series already has its strong competitors, Realme and Asus who both have already secured a position as a mid-range phone under Rs 15,000 segment and is fast becoming a household name in the India market already.

The big question remains, with the Realme and Asus already established in the India market and a mid-range phone under Rs 15,000 segment, can the Galaxy M10 make it in such a market? Join me; let’s see the answers to that question.

Design

Samsung took its time to ensure that the Galaxy M10 comes with that unique feel and look. The Galaxy M series now features the notch design in India, and this was something that Samsung had avoided on their smartphone all through 2018. Samsung calls it the Infinity V display, which gives the Galaxy M10 its uniqueness.

The bezels on the Galaxy M10 has been a little bit trimmed down and a whole lot slimmer than those found on its direct competitors the Realme C1 and the Redmi 6A. Meanwhile, the front of the new smartphone houses a 6.2-inch Infinity-V TFT LCD panel. The new smartphone has 90% screen to body ratio which makes it a lot better considering the price at which this device is offered

On the back of this new smartphone, you will find a smooth back made of glossy polycarbonate. At the end, you will also see the dual camera and a LED flash beneath it, a loudspeaker and finally the company’s logo.

Turn over to the right edge, and you will find an ergonomically placed power button and the volume rockers which are very responsive unlike most smartphones of its segment. Meanwhile, the dedicated microSD card and the dual SIM tray are positioned on the left-hand side of this device. There is also a micro USB port on the bottom of the Galaxy M10.

The Galaxy M10 uses the Dragon Trail Asahi Glass Pro for glass protection, though it isn’t that effective. Notwithstanding, the Galaxy M10 overall body build and aesthetics of this smartphone equals the price at which it is sold.

The display of the Galaxy M10 is just like the Galaxy 20, offering a 6.2-inch Infinity-V TFT LCD though the resolution was a little bit on the downward direction extending HD+ (1480x720pixels) coupled with 270.5 PPI (pixels-per-inch).

Camera

Down to the camera section, let’s see what the camera of this new device looks like. It was quite amazing to see a dual camera setup on the back of the Galaxy M10 considering this device is just an entry smartphone.

The primary camera setup comprises of a powerful 13MP main camera and another 5MP camera (120-degree wide) sensors. The cameras are not like the common depth sensor that most entry smartphones employ, but the cameras on the Galaxy M10 have the same structure with the one on the Galaxy A7.

Coming to the front of the Galaxy M10, you will find the 5 Megapixel single selfie camera, with an f/2.0 aperture. When we took shots with this smartphone, the cameras had no issues in recognizing colors of the subject; it’s just what’s in the background that displays a little washout.

Performance

When it comes to the day to day performance of this smartphone, the Galaxy M10 uses the 14nm based Exynos 7870 chipset to run the affairs of the day. The chipset falls under the category of Snapdragon 625, Kirin 659, or MediaTek Helio P23 chipsets when it boils down to the day-to-day performance affairs.

Talking about the storage of this smartphone, Samsung presented the Galaxy M10 in two storage and RAM configurations. The first being the 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, while the other is a 3GB RAM with a 32GB internal worth of storage.

Samsung knew the storage may likely not be enough for most persons, so they made provisions for that by providing a dedicated expansion slot on the Galaxy M10, which can be expanded with up to 512GB using a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy M10 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo, though it has been confirmed by Samsung that they will bring in the Android Pie update to M10 very soon. The Android 8.1 Oreo is accompanied by a well-optimized Experience 9.5 UI.

Battery

Powering the Galaxy M10 is a 3,400mAh battery, which is a little bit far from the brilliant 5,000mAh battery found in the elder sibling, the Galaxy M10. Though Samsung made claims of using their patented low consumption technology to improve the battery life of this device.

Unlike the Galaxy M20, the M10 didn’t arrive with any fast charging technology and it manages to offer you a full day use with moderate use; which I think is okay. It literally took more than 2 hours, 10 minutes to get the M10 battery from 0% to 100% using the bundled charger.

Other Features

    • FM ~ Yes.
    • Colors ~ Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black.
    • 3.5mm Jack ~ Yes.
    • Expandable storage ~ Yes.

Samsung Galaxy M10 Price

The Samsung Galaxy M10 is sold for about 176 USD / 155 Euros which is equivalent to about 64, 000 naira. You can actually purchase this device from some online stores or any Samsung licensed distributors around your region.

Verdict

Samsung actually built quite a hype around their new device, though the smartphone is a brilliant one, but being the millennials smartphone, why the absence of the features that should have given it the device the strong conviction of actually being the smartphone of the millennials or targeted toward the India youths.

The device doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor, it doesn’t come with a fast charging technology and some other features that should have qualified this device as a smartphone of the millennials. But, don’t get it twisted this device also comes in with some great stuffs like a nice screen display, sharp cameras, and more.

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