Earlier in 2019, Samsung breathed new life into its budget smartphone lineup with the introduction of the Galaxy M series. It marked Samsung’s return to the popular sub-20k segment of India with phones that would offer more than just a known brand name. Unsurprisingly, the market reception was great, and just three quarters later, the M series is back with second-generation smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy M30s is the current top-of-the-line mid-ranger that the company sells in India, and here’s what using it was like. #Samsung Galaxy M30s review
It’s pretty similar to its predecessor-Samsung M30, with the most prominent changes coming with the new 48MP primary camera, an Exynos 9611 chipset and a beefy 6,000 mAh battery.
Let’s Dive Into The Samsung Galaxy M30s review:
Price in India
In India, the Samsung Galaxy M30s comes in two configurations. The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999 and the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The phone can be purchased from Amazon India from here
The Galaxy M30s is unapologetically a Samsung device when it comes to the design. It implements a simple curved plastic back design that has a horizontal gradient that shifts from blue to green. It was much more wieldy than we expected, considering the big 6,000 mAh battery. With a weight of about 190g, it wasn’t an uncomfortable device to carry around. It’s not very slippery either but definitely gets greasy.
The back also houses a physical fingerprint scanner that works well and fast, but the unlocking animation takes a while to take you in. Along the corner, a rectangular island houses the triple camera array. It looks really weird as there’s a lot of negative space in the same black area, which can easily fit twice as many cameras.
Our guess is that Samsung did that to make the device a little more recognizable, as no other reason would justify this negative space. It’s not glass or a metal back panel that would lose structural integrity if the flash would have been placed outside the island. At least it sits flush with the rest of the body.
Moving to the front, we are greeted with a familiar 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a small Infinity-U notch on the top. Super AMOLED displays are not very common in this price segment, so this is a welcome addition. It’s another one of Samsung’s beautiful displays with deep blacks, vibrant colors, and accurate white balance.
The sunlight legibility was high too, with a max brightness of 420 nits, but the panel is a little too glossy, which can bring unsolicited reflections. The bezels around the display are also just average, with the chin being a lot thicker.
As for the panel quality, the Galaxy M30s is one of the best displays in the price segment, a department that Samsung has usually aced.
Samsung has once again stuck to its gun by powering the M30s with an Exynos chipset instead of a mid-range Snapdragon, one that we usually see in this segment. It’s powered by the 10nm Exynos 9611 chipset, which is an octa-core SoC. Surprisingly, the performance was class-leading, especially for heavy games such as PUBG Mobile, which would run at “Extreme‘ framerates, consistently crossing 30fps, which is uncommon.
However, regular usage was not as enjoyable as apps can take a couple of seconds to open fully. It is likely due to the sluggish animations that have plagued Samsung devices for years. Memory management was also just above average, with recent apps staying ready for reuse more often than not.
For users primarily looking for a gaming mid-ranger, the Samsung Galaxy M30s should serve you well. For the rest of “light” users, changing the launcher or animation speeds should help you.
Software skins are increasingly becoming the differentiating factor when it comes to budget smartphones as they decide how well the hardware performs. Running One UI built over Android 9 Pie, the M30s is no different than other offerings from Samsung’s stables.
While it’s leaps ahead of TouchWiz, One UI is still not a very light skin and can overwhelm mid-range phones like this one. There are plenty of pre-installed apps that make the home screen appear even more dated. It’s still better than what the Chinese competition offers with their smartphones, but far from best.
It needs to be stripped off of unnecessary apps and features, and give users more options to decide how they want their interface to look. The Samsung browser regularly pushes weird notifications that are borderline ads. The lock screen, too, shows trending news that is untargeted, making the initial experience less than ideal. These can be turned off if you dig enough into the settings.
Battery and Charging
With a 6,000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy M30s had our expectations high, and we are glad to report that the battery life is pretty solid, if not class-leading. It’s impossible to kill in a single day, and light users can probably get their phones to last for two days. Unfortunately, the included charger takes close to three hours to refuel the M30s, so you might want to plan your top-ups accordingly.
The Samsung Galaxy M30s has a triple camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 48MP f/2.0 primary ISOCELL GM2 camera, an 8Mp ultrawide shooter, and a 5MP depth sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy M30s aims to grab a piece of the highly-competitive budget segment of India, which has shown a growing preference for Chinese smartphone brands such as Redmi and Realme. Those are still better all-rounders than the M30s, but if your use case calls for extreme battery backups, play a lot of games or ar brand conscious, the M30s might be well-suited for you. For everyone else, the Redmi Note 8 series could serve better.
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