Samsung Galaxy M30 Review

By Xite - July 26, 2019
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With the Galaxy M30, Samsung wants to encroach on the turf of its Chinese rivals – Xiaomi, Realme and Vivo. Does it have enough features and horsepower to take on its rivals. Lets find out.

In the last few months, Samsung has launched a slew of smartphones, including those in the refreshed Galaxy A and the Galaxy M series. With the latest Galaxy M series, the South Korean giant aims to give a tough competition to its Chinese rivals – Xiaomi, Realme and Vivo. The Galaxy M series consists of Galaxy M10, M20, M30 and M40 smartphones. Here we will look at the M30 that features a triple rear-camera, super AMOLED Infinity U display, and a 5,000mAh fast charge battery.

Design and display

In terms of design, the M30 is not very different from the other three devices in the new Galaxy M series. The phone features what Samsung calls the Infinity-U Display, which features a tear-drop notch at the top of the Infinity Display. The smartphone has smooth rounded corners, and to add a bit of class, it comes in a two-tone gradient finish. The Galaxy M30 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display encased in a sleek plastic unibody with slim bezels at the top and sides. The 6.4-inch display offers an 84.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 403ppi density. In short, the Galaxy M30 has a display capable of streaming HD and full-HD videos.

The phone comes in two colours –  gradation blue and gradation black. Our test phone was the former – it looked nice and had an elegant looking blue-colour gradient. The phone’s curved sides make it comfortable and secure in your hand. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back of the device. Despite a large 5,000mAh battery, the phone weighs only 172 grams, which is simply incredible.

Performance

The Galaxy M30 is powered by Samsung’s latest Exynos 7904 octa-core processor, which not only offers an enhanced user experience by offering fast network speeds but also smooth multitasking and low power consumption. The Galaxy M30 comes with a dedicated storage slot, which is expandable up to 512GB and has dual SIM VoLTE support. It also comes with Widevine L1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content on popular apps.

The Galaxy M30 features a triple camera setup to address the need for capturing important moments on the go. The triple camera setup comprises a 13MP primary rear camera with f1.9 aperture, a 5MP ultra-wide lens for capturing wide frames and a 5MP live focus lens to create bokeh effect. That’s not all! – the Galaxy M30 also has a 16 MP front camera with selfie focus.

In proper sunlight, images captured by the Galaxy M30 are good enough considering its price – in fact, even better than those of other smartphones in the same price range.

The camera focuses quickly and captures decent details. Samsung’s Live Focus mode does a decent job of separating the background of an image from its subject, but the edge detection is not up to the mark. You can also adjust the level of blur before and after a shot has been taken.

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is now an outdated operating system, considering the wide roll-out of Android 9 Pie in recent smartphones. The company, however, has introduced a few gestures to make your experience seamless and hassle-free. A swipe down on the fingerprint scanner opens up the Notifications menu, and a swipe up closes it.

The phone has Dolby Atmos support but only when you are using headphones. The speaker’s sound quality is average while watching videos and playing games.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a smartphone for moderate use – scrolling through messages, social media feed, streaming videos and capturing decent images – the Galaxy M30 is a device that you simply can’t ignore.

Price Rs 14,990 (4GB/64GB)

Pros

Display, battery life

Cons

Camera low-light performance

REVIEW
OVERVIEW
8/ 10
OVERALL SCORE
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
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