2019 saw Samsung doubling up on its mid-range strategy in India. The Galaxy M30 was amongst the first wave of Samsung’s next-generation mid-rangers and it set the tone for what to expect. Fast-forward six months, and we’ve got a replacement in the Galaxy M30s. The phone takes everything good about the Galaxy M30 and kicks it up a notch.
There’s a renewed focus on design with a much bolder gradient than the staid grey we saw on the M30. The ultra-marine blue looks plenty good, though the polycarbonate shell still doesn’t feel as nice as the glass used on phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Not much else has changed and the front of the phone looks mostly the same, down to the waterdrop notch and 6.4-inch display
With the switch over to an Exynos 9611 chipset, you should get a reasonable bump up in performance as well. The processor pairs four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration. This is an upgrade over the Exynos 7904 in the M30, which paired two Cortex-A73 cores with six Cortex-A53 cores.
The other massive improvement is in imaging performance. The Galaxy M30’s 13MP primary rear camera was fairly hum-drum even when it launched. Now, the Galaxy M30s ships with a 48MP primary camera, and is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide camera as well as a 5MP depth sensor.
The new camera sensor should allow for more details in good lighting, and better low light results due to increased sensitivity in its pixel-binned mode. Meanwhile, the front camera has got an upgrade to a 24MP sensor.
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