Can it create some ripples in this highly-competitive segment? We spent some time with the device and here our first impressions
Samsung has today announced the launch of its latest smartphones in the M-series with Galaxy M30s and Galaxy M10s. Although the Galaxy M10s is a budget-centric smartphone that comes with a host of interesting features, it is the Galaxy M30s, which is the star of the show.
The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 16,999. The Galaxy M30s comes loaded with a massive 6,000mAh battery along with improved triple-camera setup with 48MP been the primary lens along with latest Exynos chipset and more. So, can it create some ripples in this highly-competitive segment? We spent some time with the device and here our first impressions.
Design and Display
Starting with the design, the Galaxy M30s now comes with a different gradient finish as compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy M30. The phone is available in Sapphire Blue, Pearl White and Black colour options. We got the Sapphire Blue option for review and it comes with a mix of blue and green, which looks interesting when you look at it. The back panel also features a rectangle camera module, which houses a triple-camera setup and an LED flash, while the fingerprint sensor sits right above Samsung’s logo.
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The right side of the device is loaded with volume controls and power on/off button, while the left features a dual-SIM slot. The base of the phone comes with speaker grille along with a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The top is left bare. Overall, the smartphone does not feel too much heavy in spite of sporting a big 6,000mAh battery, though the build quality could have been better.
On the display front, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is equipped with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The AMOLED screen looks good as it offers punchy colours and outdoor visibility seems to be decent with 420 nits brightness. The phone comes with 78960:1 contrast ratio, which makes the text looks sharp and it also supports Widevine L1 certification, meaning that users can stream HD content from Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9611 processor along with Mali G72 MP3 GPU. It is backed by up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card slot. The company has introduced a new chipset with this smartphone and it was seen in Galaxy A50s. Although it is too early to comment on the performance of the device, looking at the sheer specifications, it will certainly face competition with the likes of Realme XT, Xiaomi Mi A3, Vivo Z1x and more.
On the software front, the Galaxy M30s runs on Android 9.0 Pie, which is based on OneUI. The user interface comes with its share of hits and misses. The UI is smoother as compared to previous generations and it comes with a host of customizable options, which are quite fun to play with. That said, we will talk more about this in detail in our upcoming review.
Coming to one of its major highlights, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is equipped with a triple-camera setup at the rear panel. The brand has added a 48-megapixel primary lens with f/2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with 123-degree FOV and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, it is equipped with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.
Samsung has added different modes including Photo, Video, Super Slow-mo, Slow motion, Hyperlapse, Live Focus, Pro, Panorama and Food. In our brief testing, we noticed that the smartphone captures some good photos in daylight condition with colours being close to the source and detailing was good as well. In low light conditions, the phone struggles a bit, but surprisingly, the wide-angle lens does a slightly better job in capturing details.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is loaded with an impressive 6,000mAh battery. Good thing here is that the company has a 15W fast charger with the box, meaning that you will quick this massive battery. On the connectivity front, the Galaxy M30s features 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C and dual-SIM.
Samsung Galaxy M30s can be a catalyst for Samsung to strengthen its position in this highly-competitive market. The smartphone offers an AMOLED screen along with promising cameras and massive 6,000mAh battery. This coupled with the latest hardware and software makes it a compelling device. As for the competition is concerned, it has to fight Realme XT, Xiaomi Mi A3, Vivo Z1X and more to become people’s favourite.