Galaxy M30s vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro vs Vivo Z1X: The budget space is getting crowded

The Galaxy M30s has to compete in an increasingly crowded budget to mid-range smartphone segment.


Samsung, keeping up with its recent trend of launching a number of devices under it's budget/mid-range Galaxy M and Galaxy A-series, has announced two new smartphones namely the Galaxy M30s and M10s. The Galaxy M30s has been announced for a starting price of Rs 13,999 which makes it a direct competitor to the Realme 5 Pro (Review), Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Vivo Z1X.

Galaxy M30s vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro vs Vivo Z1X: The budget space is getting crowded

Galaxy M30s.

Samsung Galaxy M30s: Specifications and features

Samsung Galaxy M30s features a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The device also supports Widevine L1 certification, which means, you will be able to stream HD content on your phone on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 2.3 GHz octa-core Exynos 9611 SoC. It comes with an option of 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

For optics, the Galaxy M30s sports a 16 MP selfie camera. At the rear, it comes with a triple-camera setup, which includes a 48 MP camera, along with 5 MP depth sensor with an f/2.2 lens, and an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The phone also comes with a dedicated night mode for low-light shots.

The Galaxy M30s offers 4K video recording, super Slo-mo, Super Steady and a Hyperlapse mode.

Additionally, the phone comes with a dedicated Game Booster mode, which uses AI to improve device performance while gaming.

For connectivity, the Galaxy M30s features a type-C port and it runs Android 9.0 Pie-based One UI. The phone packs a 6,000 mAh battery and it comes with 15 W charging support.

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy M30s has to compete in an increasingly crowded budget to mid-range smartphone segment which includes the likes of the Realme 5 Pro, upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro and Vivo Z1X. Let's take a look at how the M30s compares with these smartphones on paper.

Galaxy M30s Realme 5 Pro Redmi Note 8 Pro Vivo Z1X
Display Size (inch) 6.4 6.3 6.53 6.38
Resolution (pixels) 1080 x 2400 1080 x 2340 1080 x 2340 1080 x 2340
Pixel Density (PPI) 411 394 395 394
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD IPS LCD AMOLED
Dimensions(mm) 159 x 75.1 x 8.5 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 161.3 x 76.4 x 8.8 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.3
Weight (gm) 178 191 199 190
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
Processor Exynos 9611 Snapdragon 712 Mediatek Helio G90T Snapdragon 712
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 2x2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 2x Cortex-A76 & 6x Cortex-A55 2x2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360
GPU Mali-G72 Adreno 616 Mali-G76 Adreno 616
RAM 4, 6 GB 6, 8 GB 6, 8 GB 6 GB
Ruggedness
On-Board Memory 64, 128 GB 64, 128 GB 64, 128 GB 64, 128 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (in-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Primary Camera 48 MP, f/2.0 + 8 MP, f/2.2 + 5 MP, f/2.2 48 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4 + 2 MP, f/2.4 64 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4 + 2 MP, f/2.4 48 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4
Optical Image Stabilization No No No No
Camera Array Triple-camera Quad-camera Quad-camera Triple-camera
Autofocus System PDAF PDAF PDAF PDAF
Secondary Camera 24 MP, f/2.0 16 MP, f/2.0 20 MP 32 MP, f/2.0
Video Capture 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps 1080p@30fps
Flash Yes Yes Dual-LED Yes
OS Version Android 9.0 Android 9.0 Android 9.0 Android 9.0
AI (Smart Assistant) Bixby Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5 5 5 5
NFC No No Yes No
Infrared No No Yes No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, rear-mounted Yes, rear-mounted Yes, Rear button Yes, in-display
3.5mm jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio No Yes Yes Yes
USB Type Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C
USB Standard USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Battery (mAh) 6,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fast charging Yes, 15 W Yes, 20 W Yes, 18 W Yes, 22.5 W
Colors Blue, Black and White Crystal Green, Crystal Blue Black, Green, and White, Fusion Blue, Phantom Purple
Prices in India Starts at Rs 13,990 Starts at Rs 13,990 TBD Starts at Rs 16,990

What we can see is that the Galaxy M30s seems to be keeping pace with the competition in various aspects. The Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme 5 Pro both have a quad-camera array with 64 MP and 48 MP primary sensors respectively and although the M30s has a triple-camera setup, it too has a 48 MP camera, as does the Z1X. In terms of processing power, the Exynos 9611 is not too shabby. We will have to put the M30s through its paces in our review to find out more.

In terms of the display, we see that the M30s comes with an FHD+ AMOLED screen which is only matched by the Vivo Z1X, while both the Realme 5 Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro have to contend with an IPS LCD. Battery-wise the Galaxy M30s absolutely crushes the competition on paper with a mammoth 6,000 mAh unit while the competition offers 4,500 and 4,000 mAh batteries. It is difficult to call out an overall winner here just based on specs but you can be sure that we will be testing the device thoroughly in our full review, so stay tuned for that.

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