- Analysis by KJ David
Much like the M20, the Samsung Galaxy M30 is a semi-high-end smartphone geared towards Phonerated's list of the best high-stamina models on the market, boasting a large 5000mAh battery whose self-attributed scores, which include a 105-hour audio playback time and a 31-hour 3G talk time , were well above the corresponding averages as we were reviewing its technical pros and cons.
This Galaxy M model's feature set is not without a couple of hiccups, though, one of which is its rather unassuming eight-core Exynos 7904 processor that peaks at only 1.8GHz (It has a dual-core 1.8GHz main cluster and a hexa-core 1.6GHz subsidy cluster). In comparison, some of the best eight-core smartphones available as of its market entry use engines that peak at over 2.5GHz. The fact that its large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED 19.5:9 display sticks to a 1080p definition , instead of going for a truly-high-end 1440p sharpness, might come off as a slight con to some shoppers as well, especially to those eying a flagship-caliber phablet. Furthermore, it regrettably lacks support for NFC (Near Field Communication) -- some lower-specked Samsung models offer the aforementioned wireless protocol.
Going back to its hardware, the M30 is offered in two specs configurations -- the high version comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the low version offers only 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both variants support up to 512GB of external memory .
Its other pros include an auspicious triple-lens rear camera consisting of a 13-megapixel primary lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor dedicated to bokeh photography, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens for landscape shots. Additionally, its 16-megapixel front-facing camera resolution sounds appreciable.
Adding to the M30's pros and cons are a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock, and either a Blue- or Black-based gradient finish, the latter topping it off as a feasible choice for shoppers in search of a high-endurance, photography-driven mid-ranger.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung M30, Samsung SM-M305
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