Samsung recently launched its new M series smartphones in India. Here we review the Samsung Galaxy M10, which is available at the Samsung Store and Amazon from February 5, 2019.
It comes in two variants : 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage for Rs 7,990, and 3GB RAM+32GB internal storage for Rs 8,990. Both variants are available each in ocean blue and charcoal black colors.
Samsung Galaxy M10 Design and Display
The highlight of Samsung Galaxy M10 is its design, which has a water-drop notch ‘Infinity-V’ display. The smartphone has a polycarbonate plastic body with a glass like finish at the back, which looks glossy, but easily attracts fingerprints and smudges. The device has curved edges and corners which looks decent.
The Samsung Galaxy M10 has a dual camera with LED flash and Samsung branding at back side. The device does not support fingerprint sensor, which is acceptable in this budget. At front, there is a water-drop style notch with front camera with the earpiece just above.
At bottom of the device, you will find a micro USB port, secondary microphone and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the left side, you get the SIM tray with 3 slots, which allows two SIM and one micro SD card at same time. The right side has power and volume controls buttons. Samsung Galaxy M10 has speaker grill at the back side, which does not seem a great move from Samsung. The sound gets muffled if you play music and put down your mobile on table or bed.
Samsung Galaxy M10 has 6.22-inch HD+ Infinity-V TFT display, with screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The display is acceptable in this price range. It has good viewing angles and great colors in indoor condition. It could be an issue outdoors, and one may need to increase the brightness manually. We liked its edge to edge design, which is quite impressive in this price range. The device comes with Widevine L1 certification, which offers true HD quality videos on YouTube and Netflix.
Samsung Galaxy M10 Performance and Software
Samsung Galaxy M10 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, which is quite average at this price range. As stated initially, there are two variants of this device – one is 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory, and the other is 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage. For this review, we have used the 3GB + 32GB variant.
It can easily handle multi-tasking and casual gaming like subway surfer and temple run without any lag. But the device does not seem suitable for heavy gamers, as it is found wanting in case of games like PUBG and Asphalt 8, even in medium settings. But we loved its performance at this price Rs 8,990.
On benchmarking app, Samsung Galaxy M10 got an AnTuTu score of 64,371, a Single Core score of 728 and a Multi Core score of 3,674. It seems good at this price point, though Realme C1, one of its main competitors, scores higher and at same price too.
Samsung Galaxy M10 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience 9.5 UI, which feels old and unsatisfactory. Samsung though confirms that it will release a pie update later in August 2019 to substitute it. The device comes with some pre-installed apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, OneDrive and Office, which cannot be uninstalled. The device has a dual messenger features, i.e. you can use two WhatsApp or Facebook accounts at the same time. Additionally, there is a lock screen feature which displays different images when you unlock your smartphone.
The smartphone has a face unlock feature instead of a finger-print sensor. It is though not as fast as compared to other device, and is prone to failing in indoor lighting. A software update may be planned to fix it.
Samsung Galaxy M10 Cameras
Galaxy M10 comes with dual rear cameras. The main camera is 13MP with an f/1.9 aperture, while the secondary camera is 5MP with f/2.2 aperture. The duality could be useful for ultrawide angle photography with more area in a single frame. Camera performance is decent in daylight, but below average in low light with much noise and low details.
The smartphone has a 5MP front camera, which again does a good job in the daylight, but has similar issues of lack of details and high noise in low light scenario. But we liked its ultrawide angle feature which is not available in other devices at this price.
Both rear and front cameras can record Full-HD videos, and the front camera does a good job on video calls. Overall, it seems a good camera capability at this price level.
Samsung Galaxy M10 Battery and Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy M10 has 3400mAh battery which does not support fast charging. With a normal usage, the battery lasts one and a half days on a full charge. The smartphone takes around 2 hour 50 minutes for a ‘0 to 100 percent’ charging.
The device supports all the standard connectivity features like dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GLONASS and 3.5mm audio jack. It has all basic sensors like Proximity, Accelerometer and Light Sensor which is good at this price.
Overall, Samsung Galaxy M10 carries more strength than weaknesses, and feels a good performer at an affordable price.