There’s cut-throat competition in the mid-range smartphone segment and picking one from the many out there can become a real task. The South Korean manufacturer, Samsung is known for its Galaxy series, and now with the launch of M series, we get up close to its latest offering in the M series, the Galaxy M30. Will the Galaxy M30 match the budget smartphones standard set by Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor, let’s find out?
Another fad in the market has been the gradient design at the back and Samsung has jumped in the trend with the gradient design look. The review unit which we got has a blue gradient colour and yes, there is one available in black gradient colour too. Now we are all familiar with the notch design on the smartphones, the Galaxy M30 has one and they call it the Infinity-U design in the shape of a water-drop. On the right side of the phone, it has the usual volume rocker and power button. On its left side, it has a dual SIM card slot along with a dedicated slot for microSD card, which can be expanded up to 512GB. Now, coming to the fingerprint scanner which is located at the back near its triple camera setup. It is fast as its competition and we faced no hassles in unlocking the screen. Also, the face recognition sensor on it is pretty accurate and quick. I’m glad Samsung isn’t ditching the 3.5mm audio jack and inside the box, they also provide you with a 15W Type-C charger for quick charging. More on that in the performance and battery segment. Well, talking about the battery, it houses a 5,000mAh lithium polymer battery making the Galaxy M30 lighter. To put the Galaxy M30 in numbers, it weighs 174 grams.
We clicked some sample shots that will give you an insight on the Galaxy M30’s performance in natural light, artificial light, and low light.
The image produced from the 13MP normal lens has more details, you can see the colours are more prominent in it, capturing most of the light from the background, whereas, the image produced from the wide angle lens has a dark effect to it as compared to the same shot in the normal lens. It still produces a fair amount of details. Under Artificial Lighting Normal vs Under Artificial Lighting Wide The 123-degree wide angle lens gives it a fish-eyed effect on the pictures. The wide angle feature is best used for capturing a variety of things from the background rather than focusing on the details.
The 5MP with f/2.2 aperture does an amazing job, as you can see in the below image, the buildings in the background are blurred but not in excess.
The Galaxy M30 comes with an all-new 14nm 1.8 GHz Exynos 7904 Octa Core Processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Not satisfied with 4GB? There’s a 6GB variant available with 128GB of internal storage but it is ₹3,000 more expensive. Samsung’s in-house 1.8 GHz Exynos 7904 processor and Mali-G71 MP2 GPU delivers a rather average score of 111,949 on AnTuTu Benchmark Test. In terms of real-life performance, the Galaxy M30’s user interface is smooth, but it is filled with a lot of bloatware, which is annoying. This has been the case with all the Samsung smartphones. Anyway, the Galaxy M30 comes with Android Oreo out of the box, and we even got the update for Android Pie and May 2019 security patch level. The 6.41-inch AMOLED display is certainly one of the highlights on the Galaxy M30. The movie streaming, watching YouTube videos, and playing HD games experience is just beautiful, also supported by the 360-degree surround sound audio output from Dolby ATMOS.
We had to put the Galaxy M30 through a lot of high-performance gaming task and the sensors did deliver. I prefer playing PUBG Mobile by switching the Gyroscope to “Always on” just to test the sensor’s accuracy. And from all the mid-range smartphones that I have reviewed, the Galaxy M30 was the most accurate one in terms of the gyroscope sensor’s accuracy. Although, there were a few frame drops here and there, nothing that could boggle your attention away from gaming. Other high-end games like Asphalt 9, I wouldn’t recommend as the GPU couldn’t handle the high graphics. Nonetheless, the Galaxy M30 doesn’t anyway promise to boast about its gaming abilities. Battery The Galaxy M30 has the best battery performance with its 5,000mAh Li-Po battery it can easily last you a day with heavy usage. It only took 2 hours 10 minutes for it to charge from 15% to 100%. To test the actual performance we played PUBG-mobile for two hours and the battery only drained to 65%. It wins hands down in the battery segment!
Samsung Galaxy M30 has ticked off most of the things when it comes to narrowing down on a decent mid-range smartphone. An amazing pick for an average Joe, who also takes note of the Samsung brand when buying a smartphone apart from the features.
- DISPLAY: 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U
- RAM: 4GB
- BATTERY: 5,000mAh
- STORAGE: 64GB
- REAR CAMERA: 13MP main camera with f/1.9 + 5MP with f/2.2 + 123-degree 5MP ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2.
- FRONT CAMERA: 16MP with f/2.0
- OS: Android 8.1 (upgradable to Android 9)