Samsung has been constantly trying to push itself forward in the mid-range smartphone market, fighting against rising Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor. The Galaxy A-series and the M-series are built for that. And recently, Samsung refined the older A-series models with the Galaxy A30s and the A50s, and they are doing the same with the M-series too, with the Galaxy M10s and the Galaxy M30s. Samsung just as of 18th September launched the Galaxy M30s in Nepal for the price of Rs. 27,990 for 4/64GB variant and Rs. 33,590 for 6/128GB variant, but with the new year 2020 kicking in, Samsung Nepal has slashed the price to Rs 24,899 for 4/64GB variant and Rs 30,199 for 6/128GB variant.
So, does the phone live up to the asking price and how’s the M30s different from the M30? Let’s check that out.
|The Good||The Bad|
|Beast battery||Glass-back body would have been better|
|Better cameras configuration||Selfie camera could have been improved|
|Dedicated microSD card slot|
Samsung Galaxy M30s vs M30: Design & Display
The way Samsung approached the iterative upgrade on Galaxy A50s and A30s, the Galaxy M30s also follows the same. Meaning, the M30s looks and feel identical on the outside to its February-launched brother M30. Both the Galaxy M30s and M30 has a plastic unibody back panel and similar placement of rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The upgraded M30s has also a triple-camera setup but this time the LED flash has moved to the right by the top camera sensor (inside the camera module) instead of the LED flash below the camera module as seen on the M30. Besides the new M30s comes in three new shades; Opal Black, Sapphire Blue, and Pearl White.
On the front, too, both phones offer same 6.4-inches 1080-by-2340 Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The M30s can reach a peak brightness of 420 nits, which means using a phone on a sunny day shouldn’t be an issue. And not to forget the thick chin on both the M30s and the M30 looks pretty something hard to avoid.
The bottom edge looks no different either, there, you will still find the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack (Sorry, Note 10 family), a USB Type-C and a bottom-firing speaker grilled side by it. And the right edge houses a power button and a volume rocker, where the left edge is left cleaner with just SIM card slot (which we have also seen in newer smartphones like Huawei Nova 5T, Galaxy A30s, and A50s).
Samsung Galaxy M30s vs M30: Cameras
Honestly, with the recent development in the smartphone industries, Samsung is refining their smartphones to keep up with brands like Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor. And the camera on the M30s is just proof of that.
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The camera’s combination 48MP + 8MP + 5MP sees the major upgrade on the M30s when compared to the 13MP + 5MP + 5MP on the M30. The 48MP is a Samsung GM1 primary sensor of f/2.0 aperture, an 8MP sensor of f/2.2 aperture is for ultra-wide-angle shots and a 5MP depth sensor of f/2.2 aperture for portrait shots. And like the most of the smartphones out in the field, the M30s’ 48MP uses the pixel-binning tech to combine 12MP shots to create 48MP images. The front Infinity-U notch rocks a 16MP selfie shooter of f/2.0 aperture with HDR support and take 1080p (FHD) videos at 30 fps.
The M30s does come with the improved camera modes such as Live Focus for portraits, Ultra Wide Mode, Night Mode, Super Slow-motion, and Super Steady.
Besides, the rear cameras on the M30s now can shoot 4K and FHD videos at 30 frames-per-second.
Samsung Galaxy M30s vs M30: Performance, Software, and Battery
Other than the cameras, the M30s does see a huge improvement under the hood. The Galaxy M30s is powered by Samsung’s latest mid-range 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 9611 chipset, 10nm manufactured. This is an obvious major upgrade over the 14nm based 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset.
Also, the Exynos 9611 chipset is aided by Mali-G72 MP3 graphics unit and help in running graphics-intensive games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 with more comfort than the Mali-G71 MP2 on the M30. Speaking of the memory and storage, both the phones come in two identical variants; 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. And yes, both the M30s and the M30 come with a dedicated microSD card slot that can support expansion up to 1TB storage.
Moving on to the software, the Galaxy M30 came with Android 8.1 (Oreo) out of the box, which later upgraded to Android 9.0 (Pie). But the Galaxy M30s comes with Android 9.0 (Pie) skinned under OneUI straight out of the box with the promised update of Android 10 in the line.
The battery on the M-series, be it the Galaxy M20 or M30, was never smaller (yeah, there was an exception for the M40 and M10) as they shipped with massive 5000mAh juice. But then things get even better with the Galaxy M30s’ whopping 6000mAh battery (1000mAh larger than of the M30), which can undoubtedly make through two days with a single plug-in given its normal usage. Both the devices support the 15W fast charging. The company claims the battery on the M30s can last for 29 hours of video playback, 49 hours of voice calls, and 131 hours of music playback.
Samsung Galaxy M30s vs M30: Specifications
|Galaxy M30s||Galaxy M30|
|Release Date||September 2019||February 2019|
|Display||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 411 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403 ppi, Super AMOLED|
|Performance||Octa-core Exynos 9611, 10nm||Octa-core Exynos 7904, 14nm|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB storage, or 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
1TB storage expansion (dedicated slot)
|4GB RAM, 64GB storage, or 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
1TB storage expansion (dedicated slot)
|Camera||48MP, f/2.0 + 8MP (ultrawide), f/2.2 + 5MP (depth), f/2.2 on the back
16MP, f/2.0 on the front
|13MP, f/1.9 + 5MP (ultrawide), f/2.2 + 5MP (portrait), f/2.2 on the back
16MP, f/2.0 on the front
|Battery||6000mAh, 15W||5000mAh, 15W|
|Others||Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, gyro, compass, proximity, accelerometer||Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, gyro, compass, proximity, accelerometer|
|Colors||Opal Black, Sapphire Blue, and Pearl White||Black, Blue|
Samsung Galaxy M30s Price in Nepal: Rs.
27,990 24,899 (4/64GB), Rs. 33,590 30,199 (6/64GB)
Samsung Galaxy M30s Price in Nepal
The Galaxy M30 never made into the Nepali market so it won’t be a hard decision to make on which phone to pick. In fact, if you are impressed by the M30s’ over the M30, the Galaxy M30s is a definite choice. The Samsung Galaxy M30s price in Nepal is set for Rs.
27,990 24,899 for 4/64GB variant and Rs. 33,590 30,199 for 6/128GB variant. However, the phone is exclusively available on Daraz only as of now.
And with the specifications mentioned above and the price it costs, the Galaxy M30s can definitely fight for the best smartphones under 30000 in Nepal with a 4/64GB variant and under 40000 in Nepal with a 6/128GB variant.
Also, if you were to choose a smartphone between similar priced Xiaomi Mi A3, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 and Samsung Galaxy M30s, which would you go for? Let us know in the comments below.
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