Updated on 2019-03-03 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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The past half a decade Samsung was mainly popular due to its flagship and midrange smartphones. They did try out the J series of smartphones but it was subdued by the Chinese contenders. Mainly Xiaomi. However, it surprised everybody when it announced the M series of smartphones. For the very first time, the Redmi series by Xiaomi is getting some good competition from Samsung. After launching M10 and M20. It's time for the next phone in this series.
Today, we would be checking out the top features and specification of the much-awaited Samsung M30. Read on to find out if the M30 possess a tough completion to the offerings made by its competitor or is it just another smartphone trying to enter the midrange race.
Let's first talk about the brain of this phone which is based on the 14nm process and is the in-house produced Exynos 7904 SoC. The 7904 lies between the Snapdragon 636 and the Snapdragon 660 in performance which is a good thing considering its price point. There are 2 Cortex-A73 cores running at 1.8 GHz and 6 Cortex-A53 running at 1.6 GHz to provide you with zippy performance. While the Mali-G71 MP2 GPU handles the graphics. Thus, decent performance can be expected from this chip. Now, when we come to budget phones, we often either see 2 sim card slots and no memory card slot or the notorious Hybrid card slot. However, the M30, unlike its competition, provides 2 sim card slot and a separate memory card slot.
The M30 brings with itself a triple-camera setup of 13MP+5MP+5MP. It has 1 primary sensor at 13MP at F1.9 for those crispy shots. It has a 5MP F2.2 depth sensor for Live Focus, which basically is Samsung’s fancy way of saying portrait shots. The 3rd camera is a 5MP ultra-wide lens. It also houses a 16MP selfie camera upfront in that tiny Infinity U notch for the selfie lovers. Now you might be thinking that the primary and the wide-angle lens is the same as the M20. Then what’s the difference? It’s only the depth sensors that’s an addition, right? Well, that’s not really the case. It’s true that both the phones have a similar primary sensor at 13MP but that about where the similarities end. The 5MP ultra-wide used on the M30 is actually a 123-degree wide angle lens Vs the 120 degrees in the M20. The overall output of the lenses on the M30 in one word is ‘great’.
The M30 comes with a monstrous 5000mAh battery. Couple that to a 15W fast charging power adapter which comes bundled in the box over type C port and you’ve got a battery champ for your phone. The huge battery comes with a 23 hours video playback, 31 hours off talk time and 105 hours of music playback. Now those great specs mean nothing if you don’t have a good display to display it on.
Well, when it comes to the display the M30 is no slouch either. Supporting a massive 90 % + 19.5:9 screen to body ratio it comes at 6.4 inches. Not only is the screen big but it's beautiful too as it’s the super AMOLED FHD+ Infinity U panel variant of Samsung’s in-house creation. This is a major upgrade from the M20 which only support an LCD panel. What does that mean? This simply converts to deep blacks and punchy colors and great with great clarity. It also has the always on display feature which is a feature seen only on its expensive handsets.
The Display is also Widevine L1 certified which means that it can easily play videos from amazon prime and Netflix. Coming to port it has the single speaker, microphone, USB type C port and a headphone jack to the bottom. With the power and volume buttons on the right and the Sim and memory card slot to the left. With the 2nd microphone on top.
So, we think of price as one of the Pros. Funny right? That is because this in a way actually is a feature considering the price that this phone being offered for. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage come at rupees 14990 while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant come at just 17990. When you consider the amount of tech and especially that super AMOLED display you get, the price tag truly becomes a feature.
As we all know that not every gadget can have everything great in it. But the M30 checks a lot of things correct. The Exynos 7904 does not support Bluetooth 5.0. This is a major drawback with the high transfer speed that Bluetooth 5.0 the M30 is limited to only Bluetooth 4.2.
The reason why we see the following things as drawbacks or cons is due to the existence of the Xiaomi Redmi note 7 pro. At almost the same price the M30 simply cannot keep up with the Snapdragon 675 on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. And the other nitpick would be the build and design of the M30 which is a complete glossy plastic build. Vs the glass sandwich design on the Redmi note 7 Pro.
One of the biggest bummers that the M30 brings along is by not adding an ambient light sensor. The auto brightness is completely handled by the front-facing camera. We are not trying to compare the M30 to the Note 7 Pro. It’s just this that the Note 7 Pro happens to exists at the same price point.
Apart from this the M30 is a solid phone and provides great value for money. If you are a Samsung fan and are looking for a phone under 15000 then M30 is the best you can get.
The best price of Samsung M30 is around Rs. 14999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below
Samsung M30 is a great value for money phone. At just under 15000, you get a gorgeous AMOLED display, a massive 5000 mAh battery, triple rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera. The overall performance of the phone is good and handles most tasks and games with ease. M30 is one of the best phones you can get under 15000 Rs. in India.