Samsung launched the Galaxy M series earlier this year to strengthen its position against Chinese competition. The Sub-Rs. The 20,000 segment was dominated by several models like Xiaomi and Honor, many of which were better value for money than the devices that Samsung was selling at the time. As a result, the Galaxy M series was introduced with a strong focus on the online market.
The Samsung Galaxy M30 (Review) was one of the most famous models in this series when it hit the market at around 15,000 rupees. This smartphone had an AMOLED display and offered good battery life. Samsung has now released an updated version of this smartphone called the Galaxy M30s. Does it improve the strengths of the M30 and fix its weaknesses? We put the Samsung Galaxy M30s to the test to find out.
Samsung Galaxy M30s design
Most Samsung smartphones in the Galaxy M series have a similar design on the front, with the Galaxy M40 (review) being the exception thanks to its hole-punch display. The Galaxy M30 has a 6.4-inch full HD + AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch on the top, which Samsung calls the Infinity-U display. The panel has thin bezels on the sides, although the chin is thicker. Samsung has pushed the earpiece towards the frame of the smartphone and it is located directly above the selfie camera. Although the handset is small, we had no problem hearing our callers on this device.
Samsung has positioned the power and volume buttons on the right side of the device. We found the on / off switch to be well positioned, but you have to stretch your fingers on the volume buttons. The top of the Galaxy M30s has only one secondary microphone, while the USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, and speaker are on the bottom. Samsung has placed the SIM compartment on the left side.
The Samsung Galaxy M30s has a triple camera setting on the back, which is housed in a rectangular camera module. The fingerprint scanner is also located on the back next to the camera module and is easy to reach. Samsung offers the M30 in three colors: Opal Black, Sapphire Blue and Pearl White. We tested the Sapphire Blue version, which has a color gradient on the back. It looks a little different and we like it, although it may not be the case for everyone. You can choose the more traditional black or white color options instead.
Samsung has built a massive 6,000 mAh battery into the M30, which is larger than that of its predecessor, the M30. This phone is quite bulky, but since the back is curved, it fits comfortably in your hand. A 15 W charger is included with Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy M30s specifications and software
The Samsung Galaxy M30s has a 6.4-inch full HD + AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. There are two color modes to choose from, and the phone is set to Natural by default. We changed the display mode to "Alive", which increases the contrast and looks more comfortable for our eyes. There is no way to adjust the color temperature of the display, but we were happy with the default setting.
Samsung has selected its own Exynos 9611 SoC for the Galaxy M30. This is the same processor that the company used for the recently launched Galaxy A50 (test). This SoC has four ARM Cortex-A73 cores with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. It also has built-in Mali G72 graphics. The smartphone is available in two versions: 4 GB RAM with 64 GB memory and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB memory. We had the latter for this test. The basic version of the device costs Rs. 13,990, while the higher version is priced at Rs. 16,999.
The Samsung Galaxy M30s is a dual SIM device and has two nano SIM slots. Dual 4G as well as VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and the usual sensors are supported.
Samsung ships the Galaxy M30s with One UI 1.5 to Android 9 Pie, and the August security patch was carried out on our device. We used the same user interface on several Samsung Galaxy smartphones that we tested. This user interface was developed with a view to accessibility. As a result, most system apps and menus can be dragged down so that touchable areas are within easy reach and easier to use with one hand.
Digital Wellbeing, a popular Android Pie feature, is available along with the Wind Down mode, which switches the screen to grayscale and puts the phone on DND so you can relax better. There are some other features like Dual Messenger that allow you to run two instances of supported apps. Samsung uses the Super AMOLED panel by offering an option for permanent display. This allows you to view notifications and other warnings on the lock screen (along with the time) when the device is locked.
The smartphone has some bloatware, most of which can only be deactivated. The pre-installed apps include Facebook, Netflix, Galaxy Store, OneDrive and My Galaxy. We noticed that the My Galaxy app contains the most spam, and we had to block all notifications. The "Screen lock" option dynamically changes the background image of the screen lock on the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy M30s performance and battery life
The Samsung Galaxy M30s has a good display, and watching content was a pleasant experience. It gets light enough outdoors and we had no problems with the legibility of the sunlight. The Exynos 9611, which powers the smartphone, offers a smooth experience without hiccups. We were able to navigate through the menus and start apps without stuttering. The fingerprint scanner also unlocks the smartphone quickly and does not require multiple attempts. There is also face recognition and the smartphone can be unlocked quickly after a successful scan.
We ran benchmarks to see how the Exynos 9611 did against some of the other processors used in phones for about the same price. In AnTuTu, the Galaxy M30 achieved 152,453 points, which is less than the 178,570 points of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) with its Snapdragon 675 SoC. However, it is not far behind the Realme X (review), which scored 155,897 points with its Snapdragon 710 SoC. In Geekbench 5, the Galaxy M30s achieved single and multi-core scores of 355 and 1,310, respectively.
In terms of graphics benchmarks, the Galaxy M30s managed 40 fps and 14 fps in GFXBench T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1, respectively. The Redmi Note 7 Pro achieved 41fps and 15fps in the same tests. This shows that the Exynos 9611 is in the same league as the Snapdragon 710 SoC.
We played PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy M30 and the game was set to the high preset by default. The graphics quality was set to HD and the frame rate to high. There were stutters with these settings, which caused us to reduce the graphics quality. We played the game for 20 minutes and found that the battery was 4 percent flat. The smartphone hardly felt warm after playing.
The battery life is the highlight of the Galaxy M30s and the 6,000 mAh battery helps this smartphone soldier a long time before he has to be plugged in. We could continue our use with an active WhatsApp account for two days, benchmarks, camera samples and about 40 minutes of PUBG Mobile. When the battery is empty, the included 15 W charger can charge the phone to 22 percent in 30 minutes and 43 percent in one hour. It takes approximately two and a half hours to fully charge the phone
Samsung Galaxy M30s cameras
The Samsung Galaxy M30s is equipped with a triple camera consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a lens with a 1: 2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a lens with a 1: 2.2 aperture and a 5 -Megapixel sensor is depth sensor. The main camera takes 12 megapixel shots by default, but you can take 48 megapixel shots even though the toggle switch is set to the racket with the aspect ratio options. The Galaxy M30's camera app is very similar to what we saw on the latest smartphones from the Galaxy M and A series.
There is an AI-controlled scene optimizer, with the help of which the phone recognizes what it is pointing at and makes the appropriate settings. It has several shooting modes, including Pro mode, which gives you complete control over camera settings. In the M30's Live Focus mode, you can adjust the level of blur before taking a picture. You can also change it later in the Gallery app. Other modes of the Galaxy M30 are Food, Night and Panorama. Switching between the primary and wide-angle cameras is easy and can be done via a toggle switch.
Photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy M30s are decent and look good on the phone's AMOLED display. In daylight shots, the details when zooming in were average, and text on distant objects was legible but not sharp. The phone indicators light up properly, but do not have the best dynamic range. The wide-angle camera packs more into every picture, but there was a noticeable loss of detail compared to pictures taken with the primary sensor. We also noticed barrel distortion around the edges.
Pictures taken in poor lighting conditions were not accurate and grainy when zoomed in. Photos taken in night mode were brighter, but the Galaxy M30s crops the frame so you need to take this into account when setting up a shot.
We noticed that the Galaxy M30s slowed focus down a bit when recording macros. This reminded us of the Galaxy M40 (Review), which had a similar problem. As a result, you must be patient with this phone. While shooting in low light, it takes the camera longer to focus, which increases the likelihood of you running away with a blurry shot. After snapping in, the camera managed to deliver good details with a natural bokeh between the subject and the background.
Many colors appeared on the AMOLED control panel, but they looked more natural on a computer. The portraits have gotten good and the phone has good edge detection, but shooting in low light was of a slightly poorer quality. Selfies that were clicked during the day had good details, but the level of detail drops in low light.
The maximum video recording is 4K for the rear view camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. We noticed that there was a 10 minute time limit when recording in 4K. The video recorded at 1080p during the day has been stabilized. Samsung has also added Super Steady video mode, which switches to the wide-angle camera and crops the frame. Videos recorded in low-light conditions were stabilized, but had a visible shimmer effect.
The Samsung Galaxy M30 is an upgrade of the existing Galaxy M30. It retains the good properties of its predecessor, such as the razor-sharp AMOLED display, and increases the battery capacity up to 6,000 mAh, which contributes to a longer battery life. The new Exynos 9611 SoC is more powerful than the Exynos 7904 and offers similar performance to other common processors at the same price on the market.
The cameras of the M30 are an area where Samsung still has to work. We have often noticed that focusing is slow and camera performance is below average in low light.
If battery life is at the top of your priority list, consider the Galaxy M30. Interestingly, this phone shares a lot of hardware with the Galaxy A50 that we tested recently, and if you consider this model, the Galaxy M30 could offer a much better value. If you look at the basic version of the Galaxy M30, Realme 5 Pro (Review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) are suitable alternatives. When you're ready to pay for more RAM and storage, the Realme XT (Review) offers better value for money.