Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 6S 32GB, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Apple iPhone 6S 32GB  Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
28.6
41.2
Value for Money Score
50.1
84.7
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 9, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Retina HD display with 3D Touch, LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Full sRGB standard, Fingerprint-Resistant oleophobic coating on front Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.84 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Dual Core Octa Core
Processor Name A9 chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M9 motion coprocessorRanked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 1.22um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Live Photos, Local Tone Mapping, Noise Reduction, Crystal Lens Cover, True Tone Flash, Backside illumination Sensor, Five-element Lens, Hybrid IR Filter, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Auto HDR for Photos, Face Detection, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto Image Stabilization, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo Geo-tagging, Slo-motion Video Support, Time-lapse Video with Stabilization, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback Zoom, 3x Zoom, Video Geo-tagging 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; Samsung GW2 Sensor, 5MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: 123° Ultra-wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Retina Flash, HD Video Recording, Auto HDR for Photos and Videos, Backside illumination Sensor, Face Detection, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP Sensor
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.1 mmSlim 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 143 gmLight 188 gmMedium
Width 67.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 1810 mAh 6000 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Web Browsing Time (3G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (4G): 10 hrs, Web Browsing Time (WiFi): 11 hrs, HD Video Playback Time: 11 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 50 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; TV Out; iBeacon Microlocation; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Center; Notifcation Center; Siri; Spotlight Search; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Wallet UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality, with Apple's famed attention to detail
  • Beautiful design, premium materials (unibody aluminium frame), and iconic looks
  • Relatively compact and easy to grasp compared to similar sized flagship phones of other brands
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • The Touch ID biometric touch sensor is the still the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensor around
  • Brilliant display with potent brightness levels, wide viewing angles, and superb color accuracy
  • The glass screen is now stronger and more shatter-resistant than iPhone 6
  • The most powerful and distinctive feature in the new interface is the 3D-touch functionality, which adds new layers of interaction to the touch display, and opens up various possibilities
  • 3D-touch lets you perform quick actions for the app on the homescreen without actually opening the app
  • Buttery smooth, slick performance all-round - arguably one of the fastest performing phone to date
  • Excellent rear camera - camera takes realistic photos in virtually every situation - no other phone comes close
  • The front camera is a big improvement over the previous iterations - images are realistic and detailed
  • Live photo feature records 1.5 seconds of action before and after your shot - and the shots animate as you swipe through the camera roll
  • Very good loudspeaker
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Decent call quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Stronger 7000 series aluminum gives it greater strength and durability as compared to iPhone 6
  • iOS 9 is both beautiful and simple, and brings in tons of functionality upgrades
  • Decent looks and build quality - with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - quite similar to the M30 - the only major visual difference is that the triple camera setup gets a wider, rectangular module to house the LED flash and "48 megapixel" branding
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Night mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M30s' AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Good, strong performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - everyday performance to high-end gaming - everything is handled smoothly
  • Decent rear camera setup - 48MP main sensor + 8MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor
  • With the primary lens, you get bright and attractive photos in daylight conditions with vibrant colours and good contrast - dynamic range is also wide and noise is controlled
  • Switching to the wide-angle lens will offer a new perspective, letting you click a wider area at close range to the subject (it is best used in daylight, however, as wide-angle captures look grainy and noise indoors or in low light)
  • The dedicated Night mode can be used with the main camera - it comes in handy in low-light conditions, extending the shutter time to allow more light into the frame - making for some decent low-light photos
  • Live Focus does a decent job at separating the subject from the background, and giving good bokeh shots
  • The 16MP selfie camera too does a decent job when it comes to capturing selfies outdoors under bright light (though it starts to struggle indoors and in low light, offering softer selfies with a lot of grain)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M30s are decent for the price bracket, even though they are not the best (that title is shared by Xiaomi and Realme phones)
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • With the M-series performing well for Samsung, M30s is well-set to add to that success, delivering a good all-round package with one key differentiator - an incredible battery life - if that is one of your primary concerns in a phone, then the M30s is a no-brainer (if on the other hand you want the best camera or best performance for your buck, you can look at Xiaomi or Realme phones in this price bracket)
2-minute Review [Negatives]

No Major Negatives!

  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Lacks the premium finish of some of its competitors
  • Focusing is slow at times
  • Overall low light camera performance still feels lacking
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  1. It's one of the easiest recommendations to make from Samsung's low- to mid-range portfolio
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Redmi and Realme phones are still better all-rounders than the M30s, but if your use case calls for extreme battery backups, play a lot of games or are brand conscious, the M30s might be well-suited for you
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If battery life ranks very high on your priority list, then you should consider the Galaxy M30s
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Overall, the Galaxy M30s is good choice at competitive price
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  5. Decent package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Doesn’t do enough to be a stand-out recommendation
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A flawless device, especially considering how affordable it is
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks impressive...will act as a real threat to existing devices in the same price segment from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Specifically recommended for people who don't’ want to lug a power bank all the time....For them, the Galaxy M30s is definitely worth considering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers long battery life and good display, consider the M30s
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Galaxy M30s is okay
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Samsung Galaxy M30s has fantastic battery life, good cameras and a bright AMOLED display.. while it has some issues, it is still recommended if you have a budget of around Rs 15,000
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  13. A good option to buy in the price range
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Checks almost all checkboxes for the perfect mid-range device
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The Galaxy M30s is an ideal phone if you want a device that can handle excruciating hours of streaming, gaming and camera use, apart from the usual social media use
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  16. At this price point, the Galaxy M30s is a great choice for anyone looking for a smartphone with a long-lasting battery
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  17. If you are one of those who don't like to use a portable charger or frequently forget to charge your device, then this smartphone is no less than a gift
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