Samsung’s affordable M-series may not be as varied and all-encompassing as the recent A roster, but there’s still a fair bit of segmentation for you to negotiate when picking one up. We have today the Galaxy M30 – essentially a Galaxy M20, but with a Super AMOLED display.
The Samsung Galaxy M30 was announced in India on February 27 with the #IM3XPOWERED hashtag pasted all over social media, indicating the presence of a triple camera setup on the back. The phone was launched in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage for Rs 14,990 and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 17,990. Colour options included were Gradation Blue and Gradation Black. We got the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant on our testbed in Gradation Blue, and we got cracking with its tests. Read on to learn how it performed.
The Galaxy M30 sports a big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution (1080×2340 pixels). The panel is crisp, has good viewing angles, and is also legible when outdoors. It has a small notch in the centre of the top, which houses the selfie camera. While it is small in size, it might bother some people. You do have the option to mask it by enabling the Hide Camera option in the display settings. It puts a black bar on either side of the notch, but does not round the corners, which looks odd.
While the Galaxy A30 gets a dual camera setup with its primary sensor being a larger 16-megapixel unit, the Galaxy M30 gets a triple camera setup. The rear panel has three cameras stacked vertically. The first and primary camera is a 13-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, equipped with phase-detection autofocus. The second camera is a 5-megapixel 12-millimetre “ultra-wide angle” sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, offering a 123-degree field of view. The third camera is a 5-megapixel depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. The front face has a single selfie shooter, which is a 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. The selfie camera is used across the Galaxy M30 and Galaxy A30.
The Galaxy M30 has the same Exynos 7904 chipset that we see on Galaxy M20 and Galaxy A30. Simply put, this octa-core mobile platform is rather mediocre and falls short of Snapdragon 675 and Snapdragon 660 that are other options available in the same price range.
We didn’t face any issues with regular usage, even when engaging with multiple apps. However, high-end games like PUBG are barely playable at low graphics. The base variant, the one that we are testing, has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and a dedicated card slot. Or in other words, we expect the performance to hold well in the long term.
If you ask us, we quite like the software experience on the Galaxy M30, and it definitely gives M30 an edge over Xiaomi, Realme, and Vivo phones. And yes, unlike most phones in this segment, the Galaxy M30 can stream HD content from Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy M30 with a 5,000mAh battery which also supports fast charging via the 15w adapter provided in-the-box.
In our time with the M30, it took 3 hours for the phone to charge from 0% to 100% using the fast charging adapter. Having a bigger battery makes for extended sustainability and in the case of M30, it is very beneficial.
This does the of decent gaming and photography. The battery backup on this device is great. There are other options such as Redmi Note 7 Pro and now the Mi A3. A3 has better cameras and has stock ROM. Which many people like.