A Quick Introduction – Samsung Galaxy M30 review
Mid-range smartphones are the most popular categories, especially in India. Many brands have started catering to demand, such as Xiaomi and Honor. However, we now see that even Samsung has joined them. Samsung’s M series has made a spectacular comeback, managing to offer all the high-end features at a very economical price tag. To run quickly over the design and features of the phone – this smartphone by Samsung is a dual nano-SIM model and comes with a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm jack, a capable 5,000 mAh battery, and a stylish look. The fingerprint reader is located at the back, which is comfortable enough to use, but it feels slightly far. Let’s take a look at the detailed Samsung Galaxy M30 Review. Read on!
The Samsung Galaxy M30 has worked to make it affordable for all, which means they have had to cut down on the luxury looks and feel. The material used is primarily plastic. While it is a good enough option as it helps keep it light in weight, it does not lend the phone a premium feel. The controls and their positions have not changed since the last M series phone. Both the power button and the volume buttons are on the right side. While higher-end phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus have Bixby button, it is not present here. If you want, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus Review. The USB-C port and the headphone jack are, of course, located at the bottom side of the phone. The Infinity-U model of screen used here features small bezels around the edges with a larger one at the bottom.
This smartphone by Samsung is a 6.4-inch model with 1080 x 2340 pixels. The super AMOLED screen ensures a bright and vibrant display. In this price range, if you are quite particular about the display, this is one of the best options you will come across. The viewing angles, the contrast display, and brightness all work extremely well. The maximum brightness is good enough for use in sunlight in the manual mode. Looking at the auto-brightness mode, you might sometimes not be able to comfortably view the screen outdoors. For this, manual settings would be the best way to go.
The waterdrop notch doesn’t disturb the display experience. While you can hide the notch, it doesn’t look great. What happens when you enable this option is that a black bar appears along the width of the top. It doesn’t curve and is not in sync with the rest of the design. However, chances are you might not want to use this option as the waterdrop display is nice enough. Thanks to the Widevine L1 DRM protocol support, you can watch all the Netflix content you want to on this Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone.
Coming to the hardware part of this Samsung Galaxy M30 Review, the phone is powered by Samsung Exynos 7904 created on the 14 nm process. This octa-core provides the performance of two Cortex A73 and six Cortex A53 cores. You will be able to choose between the 4GB RAM option that comes with 64GB of storage or the 6GB RAM options that feature 128GB of storage. A dedicated microSD card slot will allow you to expand your storage by 512GB. Samsung Galaxy M30 is a dual-SIM phone with two dedicated nanoSIM card slots, both supporting VoLTE. The quality and performance are both fantastic.
Regarding the audio quality, the speaker grille is situated on the bottom edge. The audio does not reach the highest level, although it is decent enough for regular use. On the same note, check out the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Software is very important to the functioning of a smartphone. Similar to the other phones in the Samsung Galaxy M Series, the M30 runs on Android 8.1.0 too. It features the Samsung Experience 9.5 UI. While it is great, it makes one wonder why Samsung has not started using the Android Pie in their latest phones while Google is already working on releasing Android Q. The experience is seamless and smooth. With the Glace app, you can get your lock screen to show some magazine-style information. Some may like it while others may find it distracting. If you want to disable it, you can easily find the option in the settings menu.
The home screen is flexible and you are likely to have a bunch of customization options on your hand. You can choose to use an iOS-style app and home screen layout or use an app drawer layout. The gesture support is comfortable enough to use thanks to its high level of intuitiveness. One downside is that the phone comes pre-installed with a ton of Samsung’s apps. Do note that Microsoft’s apps on the phone cannot be uninstalled.
Regarding the performance of the phone, it works pretty well thanks to the solid chipset. While other phones in the same price range feature Snapdragon 675 processor, this phone lacks that. If you are only going to use it for browsing, calling, social media, and so on, you might not feel the difference. If you are an avid gamer, you might be a bit frustrated since the Mali G71 MP2 GPU does lag a bit. It is good enough for medium graphics in PUBG, but a Snapdragon processor would be able to give you high-quality graphics.
The overall performance of the phone is reliable and good enough. As long as you are not a hard-core gamer, you shouldn’t be disappointed with this purchase. The UI is great, the phone is smooth to handle, and works well.
This Samsung Galaxy M30 Review the battery in detail! The phone has a 5,000mAh battery which is large and capable enough to offer two full days of use. Besides this, a 15W fast charging option is delivered as well. If you use your phone almost constantly and use heavy apps, the phone can comfortably last a day. If you choose to perform battery optimization, chances are that you can make it last nearly 48 hours on a single charge. For regular use, the phone provides an excellent battery life. With 15W fast charging over USB-C, you can charge your phone in record time.
The M30 is not Samsung’s first phone to feature such a large battery. The M20 model had the same 5,000 mAh battery and it worked out very well. Thanks to the Super AMOLED display of the M30 model, you can expect a better battery life than its predecessor due to its more efficient nature. You can use it for about 19 hours for videos or 32 hours for voice calls! For browsing and regular hard use, you can expect about 15 hours. The phone takes about 2.5 hours to get fully charged.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy M30 camera review. The phone boasts of a 13MP main camera, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 16MP front camera. Again, the camera specs are similar to that of the M20 model, with one notable change – the introduction of the 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera is a 13MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture while the secondary one is a 5MP ultra-wide camera. One major issue with this camera is that the images usually come out overexposed with both standard and wide-angle pictures.
In bright light, the images are quite good. However, if you are one to notice the finer details, you might be disappointed. Both the primary and secondary cameras experience heavy noise reduction. In low-lit areas, you can only hope for the best as the fine details are not very promising or clear. The 5MP ultra-wide sensor is great for outdoor landscape pictures. It is not good enough for others due to the lack of focusing. Zooming in can show up a noise reduction effect. While the camera of Samsung Galaxy M30 is good enough for general use, it is not recommended if your priority is a good camera.
Verdict – Samsung Galaxy M30 review
Coming to the end of this Samsung Galaxy M30 Review, we see that the latest release in the M series is an excellent option considering its price tag and features. While the camera leaves a lot to be desired, its performance and battery give it a boost. This phone is pretty reliable and stable. The 5,000mAh battery is likely to give you a good go while the Super AMOLED display ensures you have a lovely display experience. To add to it, the ad-free user experience is priceless.
The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option fall at a much cheaper price (obviously), but the 6GB RAM option with 128GB of storage doesn’t cost a whole lot more. So, if you have a good enough budget, you should be able to comfortably get the higher-end option. However, if you are looking for other budget phones in the same price range, but with better camera features, why not check out RealMe 5 Pro Review.