Samsung Galaxy M30, the right choice for young Millennial’s

Samsung is clear with the Galaxy M series targeting the young millennials. The market is already captured for years now by this Chinese Smartphone maker. Nevertheless, to recapture the audience, the Samsung M series phones have emerged with Samsung Galaxy M 30 featuring aggressive prices, big batteries, triple or dual camera setups, and notched displays.

Though the Smartphone market is highly competitive with low cost phones, Samsung Galaxy M 30 is adept to take the competition down.

Specifications

Body             : 159 x 75.1 x 8.5 mm (6.26 x 2.96 x 0.33 in)

Display        : Super AMOLED touchscreen with 16 M colors with resolution 1080x 2340 pixels offering the ratio of 19:5:9.

Main Camera: Triple: 13 MP, f/1.9, PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), and 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor.

Selfie Camera: 16 MP f/2.0 HDR

OS/ Software:  Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI.

Chipset          : Exynos 7904 (14 nm)

Memory        : 128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM, microSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)

Battery          : Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery and Fast battery charging 15W

Misc               : 3.5mm jack, Fingerprint on the rear, gyro, accelerometer, compass.

 

Unboxing Experience

Starting with unboxing, the Galaxy M30 has standard contents in the box. There is a wall charger, standard documentation, a USB Type-C cable, and a tool for SIM ejection.   There is not much experimenting done with the design. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back in the middle. The power button and volume rocker are on the right spine.

The body of Galaxy M30’s is in plastic.  The handset bottom features an audio socket of 3.5mm, a speaker grille, and a USB Type-C charging point. The phone front is a 6.4 inch FHD display having a water drop notch.

Design

The Galaxy M30 build is similar to its cousin in A-series, Galaxy A30. It shows a rounded finish in the corners and has a plastic back panel. Samsung brilliantly has added class to this phone to the back panel by adding a finish of two-tone gradient. Thus the phone feels and looks good.

Even without its cover or case, Galaxy M30 offers good grip in the hand.  An advantage is that the back panel is smudge and fingerprint- free.  All said, do not hold the phone after having tasty oily pieces of stuff.

The Galaxy M30 houses to the left the microSD card slot and SIM. There is a secondary microphone. The bottom side features a USB Type C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a loudspeaker single-grille. The right side houses the volume and power button.

The backside has a single LED flash, a triple camera setup vertically aligned, and a fingerprint scanner. Precisely, Galaxy M30 is designed rightly for its price.

Smartphone in mid-range Galaxy M30

Audio and Display

The Galaxy M30, same as Galaxy A30 features a Super AMOLED display of 6.4 inches offering a 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. The M series Galaxy M30 has the “Infinity-U” display of Samsung and this offers a high ratio of screen-to-body to more than 90 %.

It also features a notch in U-shape at the top for selfie single camera.  The display pixel count is 400 pixels an inch and this can be considered healthy by the standards of today.

The Galaxy M30 colors display appears rich. The software colors also set a warmer or cooler temperature. The screen is bright for indoor usage and dim may be used in bed. The brightness minimum and maximum are 3 and 560LUX. The Galaxy M30 display of content is not viewable under sunlight directly.

The M30 display is to the mark, though it would have been nice if the software screen resolutions were lowered by one notch, so that battery could have been better saved.

The loudspeaker from Galaxy M30 is moderately loud. The ring and alarm tones within the driver are good, but not ideal for high-quality music. You can notice tearing and distortion signs in maximum volume.

If you love music, you must consider getting with the phone a portable Bluetooth speaker. The earpiece is clear and loud, enough for the calls in noisy environments such as a crowded canteen.

Performance

Your guess is right that the Galaxy M30 shares the chipset Exynos 7904 with Galaxy A 30.  It has an octa-core processor constructed on the process of a 14-nanometre. Samsung Galaxy M30 has two cores same as the Galaxy A30 to ensure high-performance:

  • Cortex-A73 docked at 1.8GHz and
  • Cortex-A53 dlocked at 1.6GHz.

 

However, Galaxy M30 has a Mali-G71-MP2, an identical GPU as the Galaxy A 30. This is combined with 6 or 6GB RAM, based on the variant you choose. The onboard storage allows expansion up to 512GB with a microSD card that features a dedicated slot with two SIM cards.

The Galaxy M30 performance can be marked as decent. The phone performance cannot be regarded as underwhelming as it could keep up to everyday tasks such as browsing, texting, calling, online playback, and also light gaming without a struggle.

However, at the same time, the performance cannot be considered laudable as well. There are minor lags and stutters apparent while switching the animation between tabs and apps within the chrome. Fortunately, one thing is for sure that nowhere you feel the phones overall speed is coming down.

For instance, whether you pull down the notification bar while watching a video or playing a game, there will be stutters noticeable in the animation, but in the overall performance, you will not notice a major flaw.

Galaxy M30 gaming is also decent. Asphalt 9 as per the analysis tool ran at a good speed of 28 frames a second. At the same time, PUBG Mobile also ran at 24 frames per second at a median frame rate having medium graphics settings.

On the other hand, many users are able to find no major lag on Galaxy M30 during gaming, but for a few jerks occasionally during the game action sequences and game loading. Galaxy M30 is the best choice for people who do not give priority or importance to playing heavy games or do not pay attention to the gaming quality much.

Camera

This is a department that Galaxy M 30 is different from Galaxy A 30. The Galaxy M30 is equipped with a triple camera set up while Galaxy A 30 had dual camera setup.  The rear panel has vertically stacked three cameras.

The primary and first camera features an f/1.9 aperture, a 13-megapixel sensor. It has autofocus phase-detection. The second camera features f/2.2 aperture, ultra-wide angle sensor, a 12 millimeter 5-megapixel offering a field view of 123-degree.

The 5-megapixel third camera features a depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. A single selfie shooter is a front face featuring a sensor of 16-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture.

It came to notice that on using the Galaxy M30 camera, the primary camera unit displayed color and sharpness in the right amount. Photos taken using ultra-wide angle reveals considerable barrel distortion and this is obvious in case the composition is not appropriate. 

The photos that are taken within doors appear darker and grainy. This goes the same with indoor videos shot. The camera focus changes quickly with the change in the scene and this is ideal for panned takes.

One of the best points is that the selfies come out colorful and bright even if it is shot indoors and also features all the details. Only when zoomed in, the face appears distorted a bit. Though the software of the camera adds to any selfie ‘Beauty’ effects, this option may be completely turned off.

However, the app of the default camera is fast in taking photos. Adding to this, there is no apparent lag between the shots taken during the daytime.

Samsung Galaxy M30 has one area suffering and that is its lowlight capabilities. While shooting in low light, the primary camera suffers due to significant loss with detail and this is due to serious noise reduction. There is a noticeable minor lag between tapping the shutter down, focusing, and with the shot being taken.

Also, remember to avoid taking during night time any sort of in action shots. Similarly, in low light conditions, the ultra-wide angle camera, without AF, has plenty of noise and also experiences poor exposure. Thus, it is really better to avoid in low light using the camera featuring the ultra-wide angle.

Precisely, the Galaxy M30 camera has weaknesses to its share but eventually comes out right with the photos taken every day or regularly, during the day hours or daytime. Bear in mind not to count this phone camera for the shots in low light.

Software

The Galaxy A 30 of Samsungs has the latest software as One UI layered on Android 9 Pie as a top of, the Galaxy M 30 is equipped with 9.5 UI, the older Experience spread on Android 8.1 Oreo top. The software offers a pleasant overall experience of using the Samsung Galaxy M30. 

There are many paid and free options in Samsung’s UI that it allows setting different themes and wallpapers. In fact, users also can enjoy changing themes and wallpapers anytime. Likewise, users do not get the gesture-based navigation with this phone. The menus and icons in Galaxy M30 are the same as the Touch Wiz UI of the old Samsung.

Thus, it means it will work really fast and roll Android 9 Pie out so that it keeps pace with the competition in the market.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy A30 features a battery of 4000mAh proudly, while Samsung Galaxy M30 offers 5000mAh lithium larger polymer unit quietly. This definitely offers a world of difference to the battery life of this phone.  In fact, Galaxy M30 standard battery test benchmark was also really good bringing impressive minutes of ll hours and 6 minutes. 

Taking into serious comparison, in the same test, the Galaxy A30 got 512 minutes, while Galaxy M20 offered impressive result with 834 minutes.

In regular scenarios, the Galaxy M30 was more than one and a half days working and there was 20% also in balance to spare. These tests were conducted keeping the screen brightness maintained to more than 60 percent, while the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi were on.

In fact, even plying in full HD resolution a YouTube video for nearly forty minutes, it came to observation that the battery just dropped by 3 percent only. Even on playing the most loved game PUBF Mobile for thirty minutes, there was a drop of battery for 4 percent only. Thus, Galaxy M30 clearly indicated that the phone will last for a day and also a half with a single charge. Of course, the charging took around two hours fully and this is acceptable with the huge battery capacity inside.

Smartphone in mid-range Galaxy M30

Bottom line

Samsung Galaxy M30 is a suitable mid-range Smartphone. It has the standard Android phone features equipped. Apparently, the two weak areas are software and performance.  The Exynos 7904 performance is not really bad on Samsung Galaxy M30; it is also not particularly impressive.

There is a feeling that the Smartphone in mid-range Galaxy M30 has sub-par specs and seeps in while you are browsing or attempt gaming heavily. The software is not updated and remains the same as on Galaxy A 30. Though A 30 was almost launched at the same time as Galaxy M30, the update of software could have been considered for better response.

However, if you are buying a Smartphone to offer light to moderate usage, involving some photography, calling, and messaging, Galaxy M30 surely takes a step ahead. In addition, Galaxy M30 has a clean overall look and a respectable build. So, regardless of whether you are taking Samsung Galaxy M30 to work, college, or to your neighborhood, you can surely notice that your passers-by are giving a second glass to you for your phone.