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Samsung Galaxy M10 Price in India, starting at Rs.7990. The Samsung Galaxy M10 is especially created for the millennials who live on the edge and do not compromise on anything. With a beautiful infinity V-cut display, a wide angle camera and a powerful processor, the Galaxy M10 is a powerful smartphone. Samsung galaxy M10 offers great 90% screen to body ratio, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 13MP + 5Mp Dual camera, 5MP front camera, 3400mah battery and more. . You can buy Samsung Galaxy M10 only at Amazon.in.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 base variant priced at Rs 7,990 is a decent offering and is a good start for new Samsung in the budget segment. It offers modern design, solid build despite being plastic, the display is impressive and bright, the software experience despite running a year and half old OS is feature rich, the cameras and performance are acceptable for the pricing. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone in the sub Rs 8,000 price segment, you can confidently have the Galaxy M10 in your list.
Considering Samsung’s track record with the budget and mid-range segment in India until 2018, we were sceptical when it launched the Galaxy M-series at the start of this year. However, proving us wrong in a good way, Samsung surprised by offering decent hardware in the sub Rs 10,000 price segment. One among the M-series phones launched is the M10 which we will be reviewing today to see if it's worth the money you might spend. Let’s get started.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 sports a 6.22-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19.5:9 TFT display. It is powered by the Exynos 7870 14nm Octa-Core processor with Mali-G71 GPU. It comes in two variants; one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and another with 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience U.I 9.5 on top.
As for the optics, the Galaxy M20 features dual rear cameras consisting of a 13MP primary shooter with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture, and a 5MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is an 8MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The Galaxy M10 has face unlock for biometric security. It measures 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7 mm and weighs 163 grams. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS. There is a 3430mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy M10 packs an all plastic build but this isn’t a bad thing considering the pricing. The phone has rounded edges on all corners which makes it comfortable to use without hurting your hands. At 163 grams, the phone doesn’t feel heavy in hands either. It is slim and narrow and fits well in hands without having to spread your hands wide. Since the back is plastic, it attracts fingerprints and scratches quite easily. It comes with Waterdrop notch at the top, so you get an impressive screen-to-body ratio.
Moving to placements, up front we have an 8MP front-facing camera placed in the Waterdrop notch, the usual set of sensors, and the capacitive buttons are present within the display. On the right, you have the power and volume rocker buttons which are tactile and offer good feedback. While on the left, there is a SIM tray. The USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio and speaker grill jack are present on the bottom. There is a secondary microphone on the top. The rear is where you find the dual camera setup, LED flash, Samsung branding and a fingerprint sensor. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, the build despite being plastic is not all that bad and we really like the effort Samsung has put in with the M20.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 sports a 6.22-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19.5:9 TFT display. The company doesn’t say if the phone comes with any protected glass on top. It does feature slim bezels on all corners except for bottom where there is a sizeable chin present. Moving along, the display produces a decent colour that is usually bright. The panel is bright enough to access outdoors and the sunlight legibility is acceptable. It comes with an ambient light sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness based on the surrounding-lightings. The software does give users an option to hide notch, and even lets you use select apps in full screen. The display also offers a Blue light filter to reduce eye strain. The viewing angles are quite good and the content on the phone is clearly visible even from extreme angles. The touch response is smooth even while playing games. Colours and text are mostly sharp, but pixilation is clearly visible. Overall, the display of the Galaxy M10 is decent but we would have wished a 1080p panel instead.
Samsung Galaxy M10 is powered by the Exynos 7870 14nm Octa-Core processor with Mali-G71 GPU and 3GB RAM. When compared to Redmi Note 7 and Zenfone Max Pro M2, the chipset found on M10 is not very powerful. Keeping in mind the price segment, the phone can perform basic tasks like sending text messages, browsing, social media, calling easily without any lag or hiccups. Thanks to 3GB RAM, the phone was able to handle multitasking with not more than 4-5 apps. If you have more than 5 apps running in the background, the phone definitely slows down and starts to become non-responsive.
When the phone does function smooth, the UI animations/transitions are smooth with no stutters. Apps open and load relatively fast with no major lag. However, during heavy usage is when the phone significantly slows down which might become annoying after a while. Since the phone is meant for the budget segment market, it is best if users have their expectations in check. Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including PUBG, Asphalt 9, Nova 3, Leo’s Fortune, Hay Day, Mortal Kombat and more. While these games were playable but cause constant frame drops and stutters. Clearly, the Galaxy M10 isn’t meant for gaming if you were planning on.
The phone doesn’t pack a fingerprint sensor, hence users will have to rely on face unlock which unlocks the phone almost instantly. Overall, the performance of the Galaxy M10 is decent but certainly not the best we have seen in the segment.
The Galaxy M10 packs a 13MP primary shooter with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture, and a 5MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is an 8MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture. Moving to camera performance, given the daylight and good lighting conditions, images are decent with fine details. The macro shots are fine but focusing is too hard at times resulting in blurry output. Enabling HDR brightens the images. The shadows have decent details but we found them to be dull to our liking which is an issue in the long run. There is portrait mode, but the edge detection isn’t perfect since it is done by software.
The 5MP secondary wide-angle lens adds a new perspective to images, but they are too noisy making them unusable. The low-light captures are strictly average as they have noise and washed out colours. The rear camera can record 1080p videos, however, the quality isn’t the best we have seen. On the front, there is an 8MP shooter which does a good job with the selfies. While it may not be a wide-angle lens, it captures enough details that are social shareable. Overall, the cameras of the Galaxy M10 considering the price are decent enough, but the slow focusing, average to unusable low-light results are a let-down.
The company didn’t include earphones within the box, hence you will have to spend some more on a pair of earphones for the better audio experience. Moving to audio quality, when tested with the earphones we had with us was, the sound quality is definitely superior to most phones in the segment. The vocals were clear and the base was acceptable for our liking. The speaker grill is present on the rear when might make the sound muffle when placed on a flat surface. The sound quality is good both from speakers and headphones. There’s no squeaking sounds or distortion heard when the volume is kept at a maximum. The default music player was able to play a wide range of audio formats.
As for the video department, the Galaxy M10 was able to play 1080p videos in most formats, which is a big advantage in the segment. The phone comes with narrow bezels and impressive screen-to-body ratio, this resulted in pleasant media and gaming experience. There’s no heating issue even when playing on 4G LTE. Overall, the audio and video experience on the Galaxy M10 is quite good. But as said above, you will have to shell out some more bucks on a pair of earphones.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 packs a massive 3430mAh battery with no support for fast charging and we are fine with it. While this isn’t as good as a 5000mAh battery found on M20, it still manages to perform reasonably well. During our usual working day, our usage includes browsing through social media, checking push notifications, listen to music, bunch of calls, text messages, internet browsing and stream YouTube videos. This kind of usage, the phone was able to last until the evening but will have to charge once again to end the day. We did manage to achieve a screen-on-time of around 5 hours on continuous usage which is quite acceptable for a budget offering with moderate battery capacity.
With heavy usage including gaming, streaming content, editing photos/videos, 4G browsing, the phone could last only until the afternoon making us charge completely once again to end the day. In our video loop test, the Galaxy M10 lasted close to 10 hours which is quite acceptable. There’s little to no idle battery drain usually, nor the battery percentage dropped drastically as well. The phone took close to 2 hours 45 minutes to charge the battery from 1-100% which is a stretch. Overall the battery of the M10 may not be as impressive as the competition, but it is acceptable.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9.5. While we would have liked to see One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie since it is a budget phone that too from Samsung, we can’t expect more. The software offers tons of features including a theme store to change the look and feel of the UI. It also lets you change icons, wallpapers, fonts and more from the app. Unlike the Experience UI running on other Samsung phone, the Experience UI 9.5 is trim down variant to work smoothly on M and A-series phones. It does come with an app drawer which can be accessed by swiping up from home screen. Like with other M-series phones, this too doesn’t come with a Bixby home to display news and more. It comes with Games Launcher which is a collection of games from PlayStore and Galaxy Apps.
Other software features include One-handed mode, fingerprint sensor swipe gestures to open and close the notification panel, multi-window, direct call to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call and more. Apart from the usual set of Google and utility Apps, the Galaxy M10 comes with the Facebook app and Microsoft Apps including Office Mobile, OneDrive and LinkedIn. You can’t uninstall the apps unless rooted.
The phone comes in two variants; 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and 3GB+32GB. The RAM management isn’t the best, we did notice apps running of memory more often than not which isn’t cool. Since it just has 2GB RAM, the UI animations and transitions are slow and laggy. We suggest you get high-end 3GB RAM variant if you are planning on getting the M10. Overall, the software experience on the Galaxy M10 is decent, but depending on how you intend to use the phone.
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