Samsung launched the online-exclusive Galaxy M series in early 2019 in a bid to compete with the Chinese OEMs more effectively. Six months later, the company has refreshed a couple of its M series models by launching ‘s’ variants. The most exciting among these is the Galaxy M30s – an upgraded version of the well-received M30.
But how much of an upgrade is it really? Well, unlike its A series counterparts, the M30s brings much more substantial improvements to the table – changes that are big enough to warrant a bump in the model number. The Galaxy M30 was already a compelling package, and the M30s builds on it to emerge as Samsung’s new value-for-money champion.
The Galaxy M30s is not very different from the M30 in the design department. Though there are some changes here, the device mostly retains the design language of the regular M30 with a plastic build and gradient finish on the back. It measures 159 x 75.1 x 8.9 mm and weighs 188 grams, which is surprisingly thin and lightweight given the massive battery inside.
On the front, the Galaxy M30s has a large Infinity-U Super AMOLED display and looks identical to the M30. The volume rocker and power button are located on the right side of the frame, while the SIM slot sits on the left. On the bottom side, there is a headphone jack, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and a speaker grille.
On the rear side, there is a vertically-arranged triple-camera system with an LED flash next to it. The design of the camera module has undergone a minor change to now include flash as part of the camera cutout. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back and Samsung branding right below it.
On the inside, the Galaxy M30s is a lot more interesting than what the name suggests. Compared to the M30, it boasts upgraded rear cameras, a massive 6,000mAh battery, and a faster Exynos 9611 SoC. It also runs a newer version of One UI and comes with a few extra software features (mainly in the camera department) as detailed in our review.
In the camera department, the M30s bumps the resolution of the primary rear camera to 48 MP and the neighboring ultrawide lens to 8 MP. Rest of the specifications largely remain the same, which means there is a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 16MP front camera, 15W fast charging, etc.
For the complete list of internals, you can go to our Galaxy M30s specifications page.
The Galaxy M30s doesn’t bring any upgrades in the display section. It is still the same 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U panel that comes with the M30. It’s a 1080×2340-pixel FHD+ display with a pixel density of ~411 PPI.
The display on the Galaxy M30 fared well in our review, so the lack of any improvements in this department shouldn’t be a concern for prospective buyers.
The Galaxy M30s comes with a triple-camera system on the back and a single selfie shooter on the front. The setup here is no different from the M30, but Samsung has bumped the resolution of the primary and ultrawide cameras to 48 MP and 8 MP, respectively. The depth camera is still a 5 MP f/2.0 sensor and the selfie camera also remains unchanged at 16 MP.
Along with the improved optics, the M30s also brings new features and capabilities such as Super slow-mo, Super steady, Hyperlapse, 4K recording, Night mode, scene Optimizer, etc. The combination of all these software and hardware improvements put the Galaxy M30s even ahead of the M40 in a few areas.
The Galaxy M30s runs Android Pie with Samsung’s latest One UI 1.5 on top. The experience here is largely similar to what you find on other devices running the same software, including the M30 which received an update to Android Pie recently.
The M30s comes with a Game Booster feature to improve the gaming experience on the device. However, it appears to be just a rebranded version of Game Tools with options to check device temperature and how long the battery will last for gaming.
Samsung hasn’t made any official announcement about the rollout of the Android 10 update yet, but it is safe to assume that the Galaxy M30 will receive it someday.
Samsung announced the Galaxy M30s on September 18 in India. It is priced at Rs.13,999 for the 4GB+64GB and Rs. 16,999 for 6GB+128GB storage configurations. Color options include Opal Black, Pearl White, and Sapphire Blue. Like other M series devices in the country, it went on sale exclusively on Samsung India’s online store and Amazon.in on September 29.
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