Samsung Galaxy M30 Review

While launching the Galaxy M series, Samsung made it clear that this series has been brought to the youth. Chinese companies have been dominating this particular market segment for the past two years. In such a situation, Samsung has launched the Galaxy M series in order to regain its reign. The phones in this series come with a notch display, dual or triple camera setup and large battery, in addition to an aggressive price compared to the company’s old handsets. If seen, Samsung Galaxy M10 (review) is in the price segment of Rs. 10,000, then Samsung Galaxy M20 (review) in the price segment of Rs. 15,000. At the same time, Samsung Galaxy M30 has been launched for the price segment of 15,000 – 20,000 rupees.

You already know that there is tremendous competition in the market of cheap phones. In such a situation, it is very important to know how much power the Galaxy M30 has. Let’s know …

Samsung Galaxy M30 design

The design of the Samsung Galaxy M30 is similar to the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen. The display has teardrop notch, this is Infinity U display in Samsung’s tongue. There are very thin bezels at the top and the border is wide at the bottom. Samsung has used plastic unibody in the Galaxy M30 and the edges are curved to keep the grip good. The Galaxy M30 is made available in Gradation Blue and Gradation Black colors. We were given the gradation blue variant for the review.

The power and volume buttons are on the right. They give good response. We found that the power button was easy to access but the volume button position is not like this. There is a SIM tray on the left side of the device. It has space for two nano SIM cards and one microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy M30

The Samsung Galaxy M30 at the top has a hole for microphone. The 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and loudspeaker have got space at the bottom. There is a fingerprint sensor with oval shape on the back side. Its position is slightly up. For this reason it is not easy to access the fingerprint scanner. The phone also has a triple rear camera setup. The selfie flash is just below the camera module.

Samsung has given a large 5000 mAh battery in this phone. Despite this, the company has succeeded in keeping the weight of the phone at 172 grams. In the retail box you will get a 15 watt charger.

Samsung Galaxy M30 specification and features

The 6.4-inch AMOLED display of the Galaxy M30 is full-HD + resolution. The screen is crisp. Viewing angles are good and there is no problem in reading on the screen in the outdoor. Here is a small notch that has space for a selfie camera. If you don’t like it, then you have the option to hide it by going to the display settings. This brings black bars on either side of the notch.

Display settings can be changed in Samsung Galaxy M30. You have the option to choose between adaptive display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo and basic. We used adaptive display mode all the time. It allows you to change the white balance and color levels.

Samsung Galaxy M30 SIM

The octa-core Exynos 7904 processor has been used in the phone. There are two variants of phones based on RAM and storage – 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, 6 GB and 128 GB storage. If needed, you will be able to use up to 512 GB MicroSD card in both variants.

The connectivity features of the Galaxy M30 include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has an accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope and compass. The Galaxy M30 has two Nano SIM slots. Both SIM slots support VoLTE.

Samsung Galaxy M30 Oreo

It will run on Samsung Experience 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Our review unit came with a February security patch. In our view, Samsung should have given OneUI based on Android Pie in this phone, like the Galaxy A30. Which is slightly more expensive than the Galaxy M30.

You will get many Samsung apps installed first. We found the My Galaxy app spam. Because it was sending push notifications repeatedly.

Samsung Galaxy M30 performance, battery life and camera

The Galaxy M20 uses the same processor as the Galaxy M20. We expected similar performance. The phone never slowed down in common use. Despite many apps being open in the background, we were able to multitask easily.

The fingerprint scanner quickly unlocks the phone. You will also be able to unlock the phone through face recognition with the help of a selfie camera. Dolby Atmos is also a part of the phone, but it can be enabled only using headphones. While watching videos and playing games, we did not find the sound coming from loudspeaker.

To see the gaming performance, we played PUBG Mobile on the phone. It ran in medium settings. During this time the graphics were balanced and the frame rate was on the medium settings. We found that there are lag complaints in this settings. After that smoothed the graphics settings. Now the lag short was removed and the game became playable. After playing PUBG Mobile for 37 minutes, we found that the phone felt hot to the touch and the battery was reduced by 9 percent.

Samsung Galaxy M30 Cameras

In the benchmark test, the Galaxy M30 achieved extremely average scores. Even if the performance does not go in favor of the phone, but the Galaxy M30 will be known for its strong battery life.

Its battery is 5000 mAh. It plays together for a long time once full charged. In normal use, there was no need to charge the phone for about one and a half days. In the HD video loop test, the battery died in 17 hours and 4 minutes, which is more than the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. but
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is even ahead of the Galaxy M30. Its battery lasted for 19 hours 23 minutes. With the help of the 15 watt charger provided in the retail box, you will be able to charge 23% of the phone’s battery in 30 minutes. 46 percent in one hour and full charge in a little over two hours.

The Galaxy M30 has a triple camera setup on the rear. It is equipped with a 13-megapixel primary camera with F / 1.9 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with F / 2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel ultra wide angle lens with a 123-degree field of view. A 16-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture has been given for the selfie.

Samsung’s camera app is very easy to use. The toggles are at the bottom and the different modes are at the top. The camera is equipped with Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Live Focus, Stickers and Continuous Shot.

With the help of beauty mode, you will be able to add beauty filters before taking a shot. You have the option to choose one of several settings yourself, or you can leave this responsibility on the phone by choosing Smart Beauty.

The quality of the pictures taken with the Galaxy M30 camera were of the same level as other handsets in this price range. Photos taken during the day came out sharp and contained a lot of detail. The phone has been able to focus and get accurate exposure before taking a picture. Distant objects remain visible. While photographing at night, we realized chromatic aberration. In the macros shot we found that the phone succeeds in achieving separation in the subject and background. However, this phone was having trouble shooting red. Because it was aggressively boosting the Reds. Due to which it looked artificial.

Tap to see full-size camera sample of Samsung Galaxy M30

Ultra wide angle sensor is used to capture the wider frame. Due to the lack of autofocus, it is best for landscape shots. Some of the pictures we took had barrel distortion. But to overcome this deficiency, Samsung has given the option of shape correction in the gallery. But this sensor does not capture as much detail as the primary sensor.

We captured the portrait in live focus mode. We were satisfied with the output. You can set the level of blur. The phone succeeds in keeping the subject separate from the background. Its edge detection is good.

The performance of the Galaxy M30 in low light was average. There was less noise in the photo but there were grains in it. It is possible that this is due to an aggressive noise reduction algorithm. Distant objects were not recognized. It is common in this price.

There was no lack of detail in the selfie taken with a 16 megapixel camera. We also used the live focus mode for the Bokeh effect. Despite being the only selfie sensor, the Galaxy M30 achieved good edge detection. You will be able to record videos with a 1080 pixel resolution with the primary camera. But the output remains shaky due to no stabilization.

Our decision
The Galaxy M30 is the third phone in Samsung’s Galaxy M series. Its 4 GB RAM variant costs Rs 14,990 and the 6 GB RAM variant costs Rs 17,990. It is among the select handsets in this price range that come with AMOLED panel. We found that a large battery was helpful. Cameras work well in daylight. But there is scope for improvement in macros and low light photography.

We expected the Galaxy M30 to get the OneUI based on Android Pie. But disappointed to see Samsung Experience UI based on Android Oreo. Looking at the price, the Galaxy M30 is not a bad phone anywhere. If you evaluate any phone based on performance, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is a great option. By the way, you can also consider Realme U1 (review) and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (review).

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