The Galaxy M30 leaked online many times along with the M10 and M20, indicating that all the three models might launch at once. Samsung, however, announced the M30 a month after it unveiled the other two devices. It is currently the most premium Galaxy M device available in the market.
The Galaxy M30 addresses some of the shortcomings of the M10 and M20. It comes across as better than almost all other rival smartphones in its price range, at least on paper. In many ways, it is the most complete and uncompromising budget smartphone the company has ever launched. We noted in our Galaxy M30 hands-on that this handset will likely be a hit for Samsung in the budget segment.
The Galaxy M20 and M30 look very similar in design with identical button placement and port selection. Like the other M series devices announced so far, the M30 is also made out of plastic but has a slight gradient-like finish on the back that the former lack. The M30 weights 175 grams and measures 159 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm in physical dimensions.
The front of the Galaxy M30 is occupied by a large Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with disproportionate top and bottom bezels. The volume rocker and power button are located on the right side of the device. On the left, the device has a SIM slot that supports two SIMs and a microSD card at once. Down below, there is a headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and a speaker grille in that sequence. The top of the device is clean and only has a secondary microphone.
On the back, there is a vertically-arranged triple-camera setup on the top left corner, an LED flash below the cameras, Samsung branding in the middle, and a fingerprint scanner just above it.
The Galaxy M30 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, Exynos 7904 octa-core CPU with Mali-G71 GPU, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, triple cameras (13MP + 5MP + 5MP) on the back, 16MP front camera, 5,000 mAh battery with fast-charging support, Type-C port, and Android 8.1 Oreo OS with Samsung Experience UI 9.5 on top.
The M30 is an upgrade over the M20 with a better and bigger screen, more RAM and storage, an extra rear camera, and a higher resolution selfie camera. You can go to our Galaxy M30 specifications page for the complete list of specifications.
When it comes to display, the M30 is a significant upgrade over other models in the Galaxy M series. It sports a 6.4-inch Infinity-U display that, despite the branding, is not much different from other waterdrop-notch designs in the market. However, it’s a Super AMOLED panel which is a big step up from the PLS TFT panels in the M10 and M20. It is a 19.5:9 display with FHD+ resolution (1080×2340) that gives it a pixel density of ~394 PPI. The M30 is currently the only Galaxy M series smartphone to pack a Super AMOLED display and some may prefer to buy it for this reason alone.
Camera hardware is another area where the Galaxy M30 brings some notable improvements over the M10. These changes include, among other things, an additional camera on the back and a higher resolution sensor on the front, both of which enhance the camera capabilities of the device.
What all of this means is that the rear-camera setup on the Galaxy M30 consists of three cameras: a 13MP f/1.9 primary camera with PDAF, a 5MP f/2.2 ultrawide secondary camera with 123-degree FOV, and a 5 MP f/2.2 depth sensor for better bokeh effect. The rear-cameras support common features like panorama, HDR, Live Focus, etc. On the front, the Galaxy M30 comes with a single 16 MP f/2.0 camera for selfies and Fast Face Unlock feature. It can also record 1080p videos at 30fps, while the primary rear camera can do 2160p videos at 30fps.
The Galaxy M30 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI 9.5 on top, which is a glaring drawback since the new A series comes with Android 9 Pie and Samsung One UI out of the box. Samsung announced the Galaxy M30 and the new Galaxy A models in the same week, but the former ships with an outdated version of Android with no concrete information about when it will receive an update.
Moreover, since Samsung usually releases only one major update for its budget devices, it is possible that the new A series models may receive Android Q update someday, while the M30 customers will have to settle with the Android 9 Pie update.
Samsung announced the Galaxy M30 in India in the last week of February, and it went on sale a week later online via Amazon and Samsung. Strangely, the Korean company is selling the M30 through flash sales, making it difficult for customers to purchase the device.
The M30 is currently available only in India and is priced at INR 14,990 (~$210) for the 4GB/64GB variant and INR 17,990 (~$250) for the 6GB/128GB version. It is available in Gradation Black and Gradation Blue color options.
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Do check out our review of the Galaxy M30 to know it fares in real life.