Samsung has launched the Galaxy M30, the third device in its India-first Galaxy M-series. Like the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20, the Galaxy M30 also brings many industry firsts for Samsung including its first Infinity-U notch display and triple rear cameras – all at a rock-bottom price.
The Galaxy M30 starts at Rs 14,990 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, going all the way to Rs 17,990 for the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Like the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20, the Galaxy M30 will be also available for buying online-only from Amazon India and Samsung’s own e-store from March 5.
“The Galaxy M30 goes above and beyond the recently launched Galaxy M20. Galaxy M30 is for the most discerning Indian millennials. The alpha young consumers, who are looking for peak power in every aspect from their smartphones, need not look beyond the Galaxy M30,” Asim Warsi, who is senior vice-president, Samsung India said while announcing the Galaxy M30 for the Indian market.
Although it isn’t specifying it, Samsung is likely adopting a flash sales model to sell the Galaxy M30 in India – like the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20.
The Galaxy M30 may look and feel a lot like the Galaxy M20. It shares many of the hardware specs as well. But there are differences. Although the Galaxy M30 is made entirely out of plastic (like the Galaxy M20), Samsung is using a new “gradation” design scheme here – available in blue and black, the Galaxy M30 has a lighter hue at the top that gradually darkens as you approach the bottom.
The Galaxy M30 is very thin and light as well, which is impressive for especially because it packs a massive 5,000mAh battery inside. Samsung is using glossy plastic here, which means the phone looks like it is made of glass from afar. Also, it feels nice to the touch thanks to this finish.
The Galaxy M30 is Samsung’s first phone to ship with an Infinity-U teardrop/waterdrop-style notch which has a slightly more pronounced curvature than the Infinity-V toting Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10. Samsung is also using software enhancements to make its Infinity-U display stand out in the Galaxy M30.
Moving on, the Galaxy M30 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.
The Galaxy M30 comes with a 6.4-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a 1080p+ resolution (which is a step up from the TFT LCD on the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10). Samsung does not say if the Galaxy M30 have any sort of protective covering on top.
The Galaxy M30 has the same processor as the Galaxy M20 – which is Samsung’s new Exynos 7904 processor (octa-core with two Cortex A73 cores that run at 1.8GHz and six Cortex A53 cores at 1.6 GHz) with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage which is also expandable via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery with 15W USB Type-C fast charging support (the phone ships with a certified charger in the box).
On the software side, the Galax M30 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 UI which is different from the One UI found inside the company’s more premium Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. Samsung is expected to roll out Android Pie software for the Galaxy M30 sometime in August.
On to the cameras, the Galaxy M30 has three rear cameras -- a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture, a 5MP depth sensor and another 5MP ultra-wide sensor with 123-degree field of view. The phone also supports Samsung’s Live Focus feature. On the front, the Galaxy M30 comes with a 16MP camera.
The Galaxy M30 will be available in two configurations and two colours, blue and black. The Galaxy M30 starts at Rs 14,990 for the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, going all the way to Rs 17,990 for the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone will be available for buying in India from March 5.