Samsung Galaxy M30 review

Samsung's affordable M-series may not be as varied and all-encompassing as the recent A roster, but there's still a fair bit of segmentation for you to negotiate when picking one up. We have today the Galaxy M30 - essentially a Galaxy M20, but with a Super AMOLED display.

That's not all, though. Alongside the superior screen, you'd also be getting an extra depth-sensing camera on the back joining the primary 13MP module and the 5MP ultra-wide. Over on the front, there's another upgrade - the selfie shooter's resolution has been doubled to 16MP. Then there's the M30's RAM and storage options, which start where the M20 peaks - the base model is 4/64GB, but there's also a 6/128GB version.

Some areas have remained unchanged and that includes the Exynos 7904 chipset - an efficient SoC that's not exactly a chart-topper in terms of performance. The 5,000mAh battery, on the other hand, is among the biggest you can get on a big name brand smartphone.

The Galaxy M30 is packaged identically to the M20 and the box contents don't differ much either. There's an AC adapter that's rated at 9V/1.67A and 5V/2A and is Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 compliant - or Adaptive Fast Charge as Samsung calls it. It's the same unit that ships with the S10 flagships if that will make you feel better about a charger that's been around since the S5. A USB-A-to-C cable is also included, and there's a clear silicone case to get you started on protection.

Join us on the next page where we take a deeper look at design and build quality.

Samsung Galaxy M30 review
Samsung Galaxy M30 review

Samsung Galaxy M30 review at a glance

  • Body: 159x75.1x8.5mm, 174g, glass front, plastic back and sides.
  • Screen: 6.4" Super AMOLED, 19.5:9 aspect, 1080x2340px resolution, 403 ppi.
  • Chipset: Exynos 7904 (14nm) chipset: octa-core CPU (2x1.8GHz Cortex-A73 + 6x1.6GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.
  • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB built-in storage, dedicated microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie; One UI.
  • Rear camera: Primary: 13MP, 1/3.1", 1.12µm; 31mm, f/1.9, PDAF. Secondary: 5MP, 1/6", 1.12µm; 12mm ultra-wide, f/2.2, fixed focus. Depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2. LED flash, 1080p@30 video recording.
  • Front camera: 16MP f/2.0; 1080p@30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 5,000mAh; Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging (QC2.0 compliant).
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps) download / Cat.6 upload (50Mbps), Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB-C 2.0.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, down-firing loudspeaker.