Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent

By | 28/05/2019
Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru


Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

Pros

Crisp Super AMOLED display Versatile triple rear cameras

Good selfie shooter

Great battery life with 15W fast charging

Cons

Performance isn’t best in class Not as attractive as glass-back phones Ships with older iteration of Android

A couple of years back, Samsung seemingly followed the mantra “throw everything at the wall, and see what sticks“. However, in 2019, I think this could be changed to “throw those things at the wall, which will definitely stick“. To say that the Korean behemoth has been under immense pressure – not just from Xiaomi, the current number one smartphone maker in India, but also other players like OPPO, Vivo and the new entrant Realme – would be an understatement. In 2019 however, the Chaebol seems to be taking the fight to the competition in a concerted manner. In fact, Samsung has already launched more than half a dozen smartphones this year and the first quarter of 2019 isn’t even over yet. The assault started with the Galaxy M10 and M20 which were part of the brand’s strategy to cater to millennials, with the latest offering in the series being the Galaxy M30. Having reviewed the Galaxy M20, I was quite excited to check out its pricier sibling and I have to say that Samsung has managed to impress yet again. Wondering why I’m saying that? Read on to find out in this review of the Samsung Galaxy M30.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru
Primary camera: 13 MP
Flash: LED Flash
Secondary camera: 16 MP

Considering that the Samsung Galaxy M30 is currently the most affordable smartphone with triple rear cameras, let’s start the review by taking a look at the handset’s imaging prowess. But before that, here’s a look at what the setup includes – a 13-megapixel shooter, an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 5MP sensor for depth-sensing purposes. Of course, you also get an LED flash for shooting in dim settings. At the front, the device ships with a 16-megapixel snapper.

In terms of the camera interface, there’s no difference from the one on the M20. That means, all the options are nicely laid out, and switching between normal and wide-angle mode also requires just a single tap.

But of course, you’d be interested in knowing about the picture quality. Well, I’m glad to tell you that the Samsung Galaxy M30 won’t disappoint you with its image quality. Images shot in daylight have a high level of detail, and the colours are also reproduced quite accurately. The close-ups are pleasing as well, though the phone struggles in focusing in close quarters and autofocusing isn’t blazingly fast either. Sadly, low light isn’t the phone’s strongest suit as the sensor overexposes light sources, which takes away from the otherwise decent images (unless of course, you zoom in and see the grains). The wide-angle sensor however, is certainly what makes the M30 stand apart from its peers as not many devices can boast of this feature. It can give you a much wider perspective of the scene in front of you, though you need to compromise on sharpness and autofocusing ability in this mode. The fish-eye effect can be fixed with the use of the ‘Shape Correction’ option in the Gallery. Then there’s the depth sensor that ensures that you get a better depth-of-field effect with the subject being nicely separated from a blurred-out background. You also get the ability to control the amount of blur to ensure that you don’t get an artificial-looking image. I’ll now let the pictures do the talking, so without further ado, here’s a look at the camera samples of the Galaxy M30.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru
amsung introduced the Galaxy M series with a view to capture more market share in the mid-segment smartphone market. With the latest smartphone series, the company aims to give tough competition to other Chinese smartphone makers such as Honor, Xiaomi and others. Presently, Samsung offer three smartphones under the Galaxy M series out of which the Galaxy M30 is the most expensive of all. The smartphone promises to offer high-end specifications at an affordable price tag of Rs 17,990. The smartphone also integrates all the latest trends such as a notch screen, triple rear camera setup, gradient finish and more. But we will have to see how it performs and does it offer anything extra as compared to its competition available in the market. We used the Samsung Galaxy M30 for sometime and try to find out what extra the device offer as compared to the other budget smartphones. Read on the complete review of the smartphone to find out.
 
Samsung Galaxy M30: Design
 
Without any doubt we can clearly say that the Samsung Galaxy M30 is one of the best looking budget smartphone available in the market. Following the current trend the smartphone comes with gradient finish lends a premium look to the handset.
 
Despite the plastic body design the looks of the smartphone didn’t disappoint us. The front of the smartphone is dominated by a bright 6.4-inch AMOLED display which consists of Samsung’s Infinity U notch and is surrounded by thin bezels on all sides. Despite the large display the smartphone is quite sleek and light in weight. Its compact form factor enables users to use it easily with one hand. You will find the power button and volume rockers on the right side, while the SIM card tray is placed on the left. You can find the 3.5mm audio hack, USB Type-C charging port and the single speaker grille at the bottom.
 
The rear of the smartphone is home to a triple rear camera setup with LED flash and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The smartphone gets a big thumbs up from us in the design segment. It offers a much better design as compared to the other budget smartphones available in the market.

Samsung Galaxy M30: Display

The Samsung Galaxy M30 comes with an AMOLED display. The smartphone features a 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1080×2340 pixel resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device comes with a Infinity U display with surrounded by thin bezels on all the sides. The display is quite vibrant and it offers crispy and sharp colour reproduction. The display offers various modes and users can select from Adaptive to AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED photo and Basic mode depending on their needs.
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Along with this, the company has also incorporated the Blue light filter which limits the emission of Blue light from the display. To enhance the user experience the company has also added the Icon frames and Double tap to wake up features to the display. The display is very bright and it offers good visibility under direct sunlight unlike its competitors available in the market. We can definitely say that display is one of the high point of Samsung Galaxy M30.

Samsung Galaxy M30: Software

The Samsung Galaxy M30 runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system topped with company’s own Samsung One UI. At the time of the launch the company has confirmed that the device will also receive Android 9.0 Pie update. It would not be wrong to say that with the change in the UI the company has managed to improve the user experience. The new user interface comes with one-handed mode, multi-window support, fingerprint scanner gestures, smart alert, palm swipe to capture images, game tools and others.
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The lockscreen offers the ability to launch the camera and dialer app. There is an app drawer in place which stores all your applications and keep your home screen from getting cluttered. The smartphone also comes preloaded with various Samsung apps such as Samsung members, Game launcher and other third party apps. The new Samsung One UI is much lighter as compared to Touchwiz and it offers a seamless user experience.
 
Samsung Galaxy M30: Performance
 
Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by the company’s own Exynos 7904 processor. The octagon-core processor is coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The users also have the option of expanding the storage by adding a microSD card. The smartphone comes dual SIM functionality and both the SIM card offer support for 4G VoLTE.
 
Talking about the performance, during our testing the Samsung Galaxy M30 worked smoothly. The processor is pretty good and does not disappoint in any way. The device does not lag while multi-tasking but the smartphone is not designed for hardcore gaming. This means that the PUBG lovers will be a bit disappointed as the device heats up and also lags while loading graphics. Other than this the smartphone performs all the routine tasks very well. The phone can also handle heavy editing apps without a glitch.
 
The smartphone comes with a single speaker placed at the bottom. The audio output is fairly loud and clear on loudspeaker, however, it is not that great on headphones.
 
Samsung Galaxy M30: Camera
 
The Samsung Galaxy M30 comes with a triple rear camera setup. The handset offers a quite similar camera experience as the Galaxy M30 expect it has an additional 5MP depth sensor. The smartphone sports a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture, a 5MP secondary ultra-wide sensor and a third depth sensor accompanied with LED flash.
 
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We can clearly say that camera is definitely not the selling point of Samsung Galaxy M30. The images captured turned out to be overexposed on many occasions. The images clicked during daytime or in well lit conditions turned out to be fine but they also lacked detailing. The colour reproduction was also not that great. The ultra-wide angle lens also fails to capture enough amount of data but it offered decent results when used in landscape mode. The camera on the other hand focuses very fast and also takes less time in image processing. The smartphone camera also works well in the portrait mode. The camera is able to blur the background from the subject without any hassle.
Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru
In images captured during low light or night were below average. The image captured without any proper lighting turned out to be black. Also once can witness ample amount of noise in the images captured during low light.
 
Apart from the triple rear camera, one can also find a 16MP front sensor for selfies. The front camera is much better as compared to the triple rear camera setup. The selfies turned out to be bright, sharp and crisp. The live focus mode and the availability of stickers further enhance the user experience.
 
In our opinion it would have been great if Samsung could have incorporated a better camera in the device.
 
Samsung Galaxy M30: Battery
 
The Samsung Galaxy M30 packs a massive 5000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. We were very impressed with the battery performance of the smartphone. The smartphone easily lasts for two days of routine usage on a single charge. Along with this, the fast charging also works fine and manages to charge the device quickly. It is advisable to use the 15W charger given in the box for best results. All in all the battery performance of the smartphone was much better than many of its competitors available in the market.
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Verdict
 
With the Galaxy M30 the company wants to tap in the young smartphone users. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 17,990 and will compete against the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. The smartphone offers a full HD and bright display which is not common in the other budget smartphones. Along with this, the massive 5000 mAh battery with fast charging can be a deal breaker for many. The triple rear camera is also a good proposition but is not the high point of the smartphone. Customers who were looking for a Samsung smartphone in this price segment can definitely consider buying the Galaxy M30.

There’s no doubt that Samsung’s offering will draw most comparisons with Xiaomi’s 48-megapixel rear camera-toting Redmi Note 7 Pro, so if you’re wondering how these two phones stack up against each other, then I do have an answer for you. In daylight, while the M30 isn’t far behind, the shots captured by the Note 7 Pro are simply sharper and more vibrant, and no, you don’t need to click in the 48MP resolution to get such a high level of detail. In dim settings, the Sony IMX586 sensor in the Redmi Note 7 Pro does a brilliant job by combining four pixels into one to offer much better sharpness and colour reproduction.

The M30 also loses out on the video recording front when compared to the Note 7 Pro, as the former can only capture up to full HD videos, while the latter supports up to 4k. But the footage is surely quite good and smooth, thanks to the inclusion of EIS. The Galaxy M30 also comes out ahead in selfie capabilities thanks to a better sensor, which ensures well-detailed, natural-looking images. The Live Focus mode to get the depth effect for selfies also works surprisingly well.

Size: 6.4 Inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
Display Type: Super AMOLED
Pixel Density: 394 ppi

In terms of the build quality and looks, the Samsung Galaxy M30 isn’t much different from its siblings. You get the same, high screen-to-body ratio, thanks to an Infinity-V display panel and plasticky finish on the rear. That said, there are some subtle differences that make the M30 more attractive.

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First and foremost, the South Korean giant has opted for a two-tone gradient finish on the back of the M30 that gives it a distinct characteristic. While you’ll find the blue colour on the upper portion – similar to the M10 and M20 – there’s a darker shade towards the bottom. The good thing is that the gradient is present on the sides too. Another interesting thing you’ll notice is the ring around the secondary camera of the M30, which is a rather nice touch, if you ask me.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

Other than that, the M30 has exactly the same design elements as its younger brothers (except for featuring a triple-camera array on the rear). What this also means is that the phone offers good ergonomics, thanks to the slightly curved edges and rounded corners. Along with the fast and accurate fingerprint reader, the device can also be unlocked with your face. While I won’t say that the the phone isn’t slippery, it certainly offers a better grip than glass-back phones. Not to mention that the Galaxy M30 is also able to keep fingerprints at bay, at least when compared to handsets with glass-sandwich designs.

Samsung Galaxy M30’s window to the world is a 6.4-inch screen, which uses a Super AMOLED panel unlike its siblings. Now I don’t have to tell you the benefits of the tech. Simply put, you get darker blacks and brighter whites, along with better contrast while being battery efficient. The tiny waterdrop-shaped notch up top also helps deliver an immersive multimedia experience. Plus, you even get the Always-on display feature which negates the need to picking up the phone every time to check your notifications.

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CPU: Dual core, 1.8 GHz + Hexa Cor…
GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
RAM: 4 GB
Memory: 64 GB + Up to 512 GB
SIM Slots: Dual SIM , GSM+GSM
Battery: 5000 mAH

This is yet another area where the M30 doesn’t differ much from the M20. The phone draws power from the Exynos 7904 chipset, which works in tandem with 4GB / 6GB of RAM. Like I said in my review of the M20, the octa-core processor is more than capable of handling day-to-day tasks and multitasking is good too on the 4GB RAM model I reviewed. And while games like PUBG run fine, the handset does run into frame drops every now and then, and that too with medium graphics settings. Thankfully, thermals are kept in check and the phone only feels slightly warm after gaming for 30 to 40 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

Taking care of your storage needs is 64GB memory onboard, which spares around 50.5GB for the end user. Courtesy a dedicated microSD card slot, you can expand the storage further by up to 512GB.

At the time of the launch of the M10 and M20, the phonemaker hadn’t launched smartphones with its new and refreshed One UI. But since then, Samsung has introduced the S10 lineup and the A series, both of which boot One UI out of the box. Which is why, it’s perplexing to see the M30 continuing with Experience UI 9.5, which is based on the last-gen Android 8.1 Oreo. As far as pre-installed apps go, you get My GalaxySamsung Max, and Galaxy Apps, among others. You also get a prompt to install more apps while setting up the device, but thankfully you can choose not to.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru
Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru
Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

Of course, the battery continues to be the trump card of the M30. Similar to the M20, it comes with a 5,000mAh cell, which ensures that the phone can last more than a day of use and then some more. This reflected in our battery loop test as well, as the smartphone was able to playback an HD video on a loop non-stop for around 17 hours. And when you need to juice it up, you’ll be able to do that in a little more than two hours, thanks to the bundled 15W adapter.

To say that Samsung has made a solid comeback in the race would be underplaying the South Korean titan’s efforts. Within less than three months into 2019, the company has turned the Indian smartphone market on its head. It’s clear that the brand won’t let go of the numero uno position out of its sights, and that Chinese brands will have to work harder to grab its market share. The Galaxy M30 continues that stance by bringing never-seen-before features in the sub-Rs 15k segment. With an asking price of Rs 14,999 for its base model, it’s a solid all-round offering.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review : triple-camera goodness in the sub-Rs 15k segment Dial M for money well spent - Net Info Guru

All said and done, the Galaxy M30 has definitely turned up the heat in the Rs 15,000 category and is among the best buys in the category.

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