Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy J8  Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy J8 Samsung Galaxy M30
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Excellence Score
25.7
32.9
Value for Money Score
58.6
76.1
Price ₹ 14,699 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #81 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh Mode
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 177 gm 174 gm
Width 75.7 mm 75.1 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 31.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 18 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 19 hrs, Video Playback Time: 25 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 105 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features ANT+ Support Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • Has a new, modern 'infinity edge' 18:9 AMOLED display, that stretches from edge-to-edge, and makes the device easy to use with one hand
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound
  • Very good battery life - the big 3500 mAh battery, combined with the low power Snapdragon 450 processor and a 720p HD+ display gives you a recipe for some very good battery life - the phone comfortably lasts a whole day and if you use it judiciously, you can even make it last for two days
  • Very good looks and build quality - with a a unibody design, and glossy finish on the back panel - quite similar to its cousins - the M10 and M20
  • The Galaxy M30’s back panel doesn’t attract fingerprint smudges as much as M20 - it’s also better to grip and use for longer period of time
  • Very good, class-leading 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny waterdrop notch - the screen is vibrant and offers pretty satisfactory legibility indoors and outdoors - one of the very few phones in this price bracket to have an AMOLED panel
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • Decent, solid, mid-range performance with a Exynos 7904 octa-core processor (similar to Snapdragon 626) - it can easily handle your day-to-day tasks such as browsing, social networking and streaming multimedia on-the-go - graphic-intensive games like PUBG Mobile also run reasonably well on the phone (it is not however the best performance to be had in this price bracket - there are many better performing competitors)
  • Decent triple-rear camera setup - includes a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.9 sensor, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 123-degree viewing angle - the results are reasonably good for the given price point
  • You get some pretty good portraits
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Overall, it's a decent camera setup - but it's not the best to be had in this price range
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000 mAh battery - you will get up to 2 days with moderate use
  • Samsung Galaxy M30 is a pretty capable mid-range smartphone, and if you’re looking for a phone with big battery and good camera, Galaxy M30 is worth considering - that said, it will face some stiff competition from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro which offers Snapdragon 675 processor and 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • While the display is pretty decent, it could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • The speaker is both oddly placed (on the right side of the phone) and tiny and cracks at higher volume
  • No fast charging support
  • No compass
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs, and now with the Poco F1 around the block, the J8 is an even harder sell
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is pretty average
  • No 4k video recording, and no stabilisation at 1080p
Expert Reviews
  1. Comes with a price tag that is hard to justify
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Hard to justify the cost
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. There are several better choices in the price range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Performance is its only serious drawback
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good performer beaten by the competition
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Skip this and look at Mi A2, Honor Play, or Poco F1
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Great all-rounder...makes a very compelling case for someone who doesn't find gaming or camera performance particularly important
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the asking price, the Galaxy M30 is not a bad option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung has managed to create a good smartphone with its Galaxy M30 that packs a number of improvements when compared to past Samsung smartphones from in this segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A reliable option....the polished software, long-lasting battery and great looking display make it a very good option for people who aren't too demanding of their phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A capable mid-range smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you're looking for excellent battery life in a smartphone, Samsung Galaxy M30 is the right choice...you get a good package for under Rs 15,000
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A very competent alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks like a good option for Samsung loyalists, but still faces stiff competition from the likes of XiaomI Redmi Note 7 Pro
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Samsung nails almost every aspect that consumers are looking for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Probably one of the best all-round devices launched by Samsung recently...suitable device for the millennials
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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