Is BLU G90 a viable Samsung Galaxy A20 alternative in 2020?

Two Android phone makers from dfferent corners of the world square off with entry-level gladiators. This time, it is BLU G90 vs Samsung A20 in this comparison battle royale. You probably know Samsung well enough for the brand to need no introduction. But what of BLU?

BLU is an American smartphone brand. They are a regional player – most of their sales happen on the North American continent, so if you are resident elsewhere, you may not see their products in a store. The BLU brand can be described as a budget smartphone maker, taking care of phone users who want decent devices without breaking the bank.

Samsung’s popular entry-level phone from 2019, Galaxy A20, is in the ring with one of BLU’s 2020 models. What do they have in common? Is the BLU G90 compelling enough to be a Samsung Galaxy A20 alternative?

BLU G90 vs Samsung A20: Quick Specs Comparison

BLU G90 vs Samsung A20 comparison
BLU G90 vs Samsung A20 comparison

Anyway, it is time to draw up a comparison table of the key specs and features of the two devices.

BLU G90 Samsung Galaxy A20
6.5 inches, 720×1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio IPS LCD display. 6.4 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels, 19:9 ratio Super AMOLED display
Android 10 Android 9 Pie + One UI
Octa-core Helio A25, 1.8 GHz (12 nm) Octa-core EXYNOS 7884, 1.6 GHz (14 nm)
13MP selfie camera 8MP selfie camera
16MP + 8MP + 2 MP rear triple camera with LED flash 13 + 5 MP rear dual camera with LED flash
64 GB internal storage + microSD 32 GB internal storage + dedicated microSD slot, up to 512 GB
4000 mAh battery + 10W fast charging 4000 mAh battery + 15W quick charging
$150  $145 

Visually, the two phones are similar in more than one way – they both have a waterdrop notch display, similar bezel lines, a vertical rear camera bump, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, and 4000mAh battery. As a matter of fact, there is little difference in the display sizes and resolutions. These two phones are a fair match in many ways.

Where the difference kicks in is in the type of display, as Samsung A20 makes a show with a Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy A20 has Samsung’s custom Android skin, One UI, while G90 runs runs stock Android. Which of these you prefer is a question of your personal taste.

But what we are interested in are the features and specs that set them apart. And so, in the next stage of this BLU G90 vs Samsung A20 comparison review, we look at those areas in which each phone has a clear edge over the other.

BLU G90 vs Samsung A20: Where the G90 has the edge

BLU G90 cameras

Out of the box, BLU G90 runs Android 10 OS, and it is stock Android for that matter. That means less work for the processor to push in use. This usually translates to smoother operation and better battery management.

Next, the G90 has more RAM than the Galaxy A20. In Android circles, 4GB is a big deal compared to 3GB. That is sure to make a difference in app launching and switching. But it does not end there. BLU G90 also offers double the storage memory of its opponent. That is 64GB storage for your photos, videos, and other files.

BLU G90 vs Samsung A20: Where A20 has the edge

Samsung Galaxy A20 2019 top

The Galaxy A20 has a better display because it is AMOLED (deeper blacks and better contrast), and its battery can be topped up faster, thanks to 15W fast charging.

Cameraphone specs don’t mean much on their own, but Samsung has a track record of making superior cameras in their phones, and BLU has no track record in that line. So, I am betting almost two decades of reviewing phones to say that the Galaxy A20 will likely deliver better photos, whether we are talking about photos from the main camera or the selfie camera.

BLU G90 vs Samsung A20: Who Wins?

Either phone has areas where it pips its opponent. Samung A20 takes the cake for display, photography, and battery charging, while BLU G90 offers better performance (thanks to stock Android OS), better app switching, and larger storage.

As far as software is concerned, Samsung A20 is not exactly losing out any points, as it has been upgraded to Android 10 (since April 2020), and so is quite up-to-date.

The question now is, Which of these two smartphones offer better value for money? Tough. It still boils down to what you want – better performance and storage, or better photography? The ball is now firmly in your court.

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