Reviewed in India on 2 October 2019
Instead of talking about Samsung Galaxy M30s’ design, we’ll start this review with its innards. That’s because it has got some serious upgrades. The calling card of course, is its 6,000mAh battery – which hasn’t been seen on a mainstream smartphone yet, especially at this price point (there’s ROG Phone II as well, though one could argue that it’s focused on the gaming niche). And if the 5,000mAh pack on its predecessor managed to impress us, imagine how good the battery life on the M30s would be. Well, I tested out the phone as a daily driver and didn’t need to charge it before the end of two days. And this is when I used it extensively for battery-guzzling tasks like navigation and as a hotspot, along with streaming videos and podcasts, web surfing and checking email.
And if you’re worried about putting the device on charge overnight as it’d take a long time to juice up, then don’t. Thanks to 15W charging support, it goes from 10 to 100 percent levels in about 2.5 hours. From my point of view though, maybe the brand should’ve opted for higher wattage, making charging it even faster.
While the M30 made use of Samsung’s new Exynos 7809 SoC, the Galaxy M30s gets an upgrade in the form of the octa-core Exynos 9611 chipset. The 10nm silicon offers two quad-core clusters of Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 running at 2.3GHz and 1.7GHz, respectively. While the Galaxy M30s is better than the M30, it isn’t the fastest phone in town. Having said that, it does manage to hold its own. More importantly, I didn’t face any trace of lag while using it on a day-to-day basis. Multitasking is smooth as well, all thanks to 6 gigs of RAM.
The Exynos 9611 SoC comes with Mali-G72 MP3 graphics which are able to handle gaming relatively well. Playing Asphalt 9 or PUBG Mobile was a joyous affair, though there were certain instances of frame drops. And it’s worth noting that the device is able to play PUBG at the highest graphics settings, and if you choose the lower one, then the experience is much smoother. In terms of thermal efficiency, the device is quite good and heats up only a bit when it’s pushed to the limits.
The phone ships with Android 9.0 Pie which is layered with OneUI. We already love this minimalistic interface and its features such as dark mode, though have to point out that there’s still some bloatware preinstalled and you do get unnecessary notifications from the MyGalaxy app.
AUDIO OUTPUT 🔊
Despite sporting a single speaker at the bottom, the audio output on the Galaxy M30s is quite loud. It’s not really rich however, and the fact that the sound gets muffled when you are holding the device in the landscape position is also a bummer.
Similar to its previous avatar, Samsung’s new Galaxy M30s flaunts a trio of sensors on its back. However, the primary camera gets an upgrade as it comes with a 48-megapixel sensor instead of a 16MP shooter. Sadly, the company hasn’t specified which sensor it’s using for the same, The secondary and tertiary snappers continue to be 8MP and 5MP units, respectively offering ultra wide-angle and portrait functionality.
The daylight shots have a lot of details and the phone manages to do justice to various objects in the frame. The colour reproduction is spot on too, and it’s interesting to see that Samsung has tweaked its image processing as not all images are oversaturated, and that’s great news for those who prefer natural output. The close-ups are quite good too, and though they aren’t as sharp as I’d have liked, the bokeh effect adds to their charm. The device lets you capture 48MP shots too, but you wouldn’t notice a world of difference between regular 12MP images and this one. The wide-angle mode lacks autofocusing capabilities, but offers an impressive dynamic range. With the dedicated depth-sensing unit, portraits turn out to be pleasing as well. Thanks to 4-in-1 pixel technology, low-light shots are good, but the device isn’t able to contain the exposure issues. You can also enable the night mode which increases the exposure time for getting good results in low light. The pics are certainly better than the ones shot in auto mode, but for some strange reason, the output is slightly cropped. Unlike its predecessor, the handset can capture videos at 4k resolution too, though you don’t get video stabilisation in this case.
The selfie camera on the Galaxy M30s remains the same as the M30 – a 16-megapixel unit. The quality is also the same, i.e. selfies are good, but they can’t compete with rivals. The software-based live focus is also not up to the mark as you’ll see the face getting softer and the edges aren’t well-defined either.
sAMOLED SCREEN 😍😍💪💗
Consuming multimedia on the Galaxy M30s is a joyous affair, all thanks to 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel. The screen is sharp, offers ample brightness levels with good colours. Since it uses AMOLED tech, you also get always-on Display capability. Sadly, the screen lacks any sort of protective coating, and hence I’d suggest applying a screen protector.
BOTTOM LINE 👌
With all the offers provided i.e 10% instant discount via sbi cards plus 1000 rupees cashback as Apay balance, purchasing this monster is a no brainer! The Samsung Galaxy M30s clearly ranks among the top choices in the sub-Rs 15k segment.
Astounding battery life
Great shooting capabilities
Immersive Super AMOLED display
Night mode isn’t the best
Selfie shooter could’ve been better
No display protection
The M30s falters in some areas – performance in day-to-day use needs more optimization, the software could do with more features, and low-light camera performance could be better. But, when it comes to the value-for-money quotient, the Galaxy M30s is undoubtedly the new champion in Samsung’s budget lineup and gets a hearty recommendation. ⭐⭐⭐⭐