Galaxy M30
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Taking a balance among high-end specifications and a continuous run to the ground as for price tag is concerned is challenging. It has taken Samsung a few years but the company’s M series of smartphone reveals a recover. Spotecno discussed Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 and found them as being beautifully competent devices that can hold their run. Noticing the top-end of the lineup is the all-new Samsung Galaxy M30.

Read on to find out what Spotecno team think about the device in our Samsung Galaxy M30 specs and review.

1. Design and Display

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For design, Galaxy M30 comes with a waterdrop notch display on the front with less bezels. Samsung’s terminology for the waterdrop notch is the ‘Infinity-U’ display. The triple rear cameras are vertically put on top left, and the fingerprint sensor is positioned at the center on the rear of the device.

The frame and rear of the smartphone have been built completely on plastic and despite the fact that we appreciate Samsung wanted to reduce costs on materials, Galaxy M30 could have been designed more competently. This smartphone does feel solid otherwise. The rounded back also really helps a lot in gripping the smartphone, something which is a concern with glass on smartphone nowadays.

Even though we love the LCD display on Galaxy M20, the Super AMOLED screen here is absolutely an improve and is one of the best you may get in this price range. The contrast levels are superb and so are viewing angles. The screen appears impressive at any angles.

Galaxy M20 offers a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD, while Galaxy M30 offers a 6.38-inch Full HD+ (2340 × 1080) Super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display type is a remarkable distinguishing element against competitors within this price range, which commonly have IPS LCDs

2. Camera

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The camera on Galaxy M30 is basically the same as on M20, besides the addition of an extra 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera is a 13MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. The secondary sensor has a 5MP ultra-wide camera while the third sensor is the previously mentioned depth sensor. On the front, Galaxy M30 comes with a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The 16MP front-facing camera takes tolerable images. The smartphone can deal with Full HD video recording on both the front and the rear camera. Unfortunately, there is no option of video stabilization available.

The ultra wide-angle camera has ended up being a quite common sight in Samsung smartphone. It is probably one of the better cameras to get. The ultra wide-angle camera on M30 does not allow you to manually focus on a subject. In terms of photo quality, Galaxy M30 creates good-looking images when there is sufficient lights around. As a result of the AMOLED display, colors look vibrant and rich.

3. Battery

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Aside from a fantastic looking AMOLED display, the additional major reason to invest in Galaxy M30 must be the battery life. Galaxy M30 houses a huge 5,000 mAh battery, the same as Galaxy M20.

Not a surprise that this is surely a two-day battery that guarantees you won’t need to grab the charger everyday. Whether it is watching movies or playing games or any other daily usage you can imagine, M30 will provide outstanding battery life within. The device supports 15W fast charging over USB-C. A fast charger is involved in package with Galaxy M30.

4. Hardware and Software

Samsung Galaxy M30 is available in two models: 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB storage. The RAM and storage setups are competitive with the best smartphone within this price range, implying that Samsung is willing to restore lost market share by providing features that would have not been provided before.

Galaxy M30 has the same 1.8 GHz octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset that powers Galaxy M20. The 14nm-based chipset is armed with two Cortex-A73 cores that run at 1.8 GHz, and six Cortex-A53 cores that run at 1.6 GHz. The new Samsung chipset works effectively when it goes to dealing with day-to-day tasks like social media browsing, messaging and playing games (without full settings).

Gamers will be quite unsatisfied since Mali G71 MP2 GPU undoubtedly lags behind Adreno 612 on Note 7 Pro’s Snapdragon 675 (for comparison). Basically, Galaxy M30 might not be the most effective option for mobile gamers.

An element that distinguishes Samsung’s new Galaxy A series (read about Galaxy A30 and A50) from the M Series is the involvement of OneUI. With Galaxy M30, you’re still caught on Android Oreo 8.1 with the company’s aged Experience UI.

This is obviously a crucial year for the company as it aims to regain some market share that has been lost to Chinese competitors like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. To overcome off rivals in the budget-friendly segment, Samsung introduced Galaxy M-series.

The first two smartphones have gotten us with their value-for-money, and it’s likely that Galaxy M30 provides something even better, which makes us positive about where Samsung is going this year.

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