Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the realme 3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M30 realme 3
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Excellence Score
38.9
38.1
Value for Money Score
75.7
88.3
Price ₹ 14,949 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-G72 MP3
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-C USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh Mode 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Nightscape mode, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 174 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4230 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 31.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters 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 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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 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
  • The Samsung Experience UI is quite nice and well-optimized, and one of the better Android UIs at present
  • 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 smooth on the phone
  • 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 good for the given price point
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • 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
  • Dazzling design, with a beautiful gradient color finish - the sort of design that you can really brag about
  • Fast, effective fingerprint sensor
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, modern, bright, 6.22 inch, dewdrop notch screen, with good viewing angles
  • The new and improved ColorOS 6.0 is now lighter and more refined
  • Isn't strewn with ads like Redmi phones (which are going to be the main competition here) now tend to be
  • Excellent, unmatched performance for this price bracket with a powerful Helio P70 chipset at the core (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it, including high-end games like PUBG (which easily runs at 30fps)
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear, with AI features (can recognize 16 independent scenes and 100 scene combinations)
  • Does reasonably well in good lighting conditions with decent resolved detail, decent contrast, and accurate colors
  • New modes like Chroma Boost and Night mode, can be handy at times
  • Decent portrait mode too - subject separation works well, there aren't many abrupt transitions from sharp to blurred, and the bokeh is nice
  • Decent selfie camera too - with good detail, nice colors and sharp enough images
  • The selfie cam also offers simulated bokeh, and it does a ok job
  • Impressive battery backup with a large 4230mAh battery - you will end a full use day with a comfortable 35-40% left in the tank
  • Realme 3 is very likely another big hit from the Realme brand, especially for the exceptional (and unmatched) performance it brings to this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The Experience UI is leaner than before, but there are still a few pre-loaded bloatware apps though like My Galaxy, Dailyhunt, Amazon and Facebook (most of which cannot be uninstalled, only disabled) - some apps like The My Galaxy app also push out a lot of spam notifications
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is however, pretty average
  • The Realme 3's glossy back, of course, attracts plenty of smudges very easily
  • Screen resolution is on the low side
  • Sunlight legibility also could have been better
  • Average video recording performance - there's no stabilisation, so footage is shaky if you move about too much
  • Low-light photography is nothing to write home about
  • There are some very good competitors in a slightly higher bracket though - like the Redmi Note 7, and Realme U1 - which have similar hardware but higher resolution displays - so you might want to look at these especially if display quality is key for you
Expert Reviews
  1. For the asking price, the Galaxy M30 is not a bad option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. A capable mid-range smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. 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 »
  7. Samsung nails almost every aspect that consumers are looking for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Probably one of the best all-round devices launched by Samsung recently...suitable device for the millennials
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Has a lot to offer, way beyond what its budget price tag suggests
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Its competitive pricing makes it a better alternative to the other phones in this segment
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Fairly good all-round upgrade to the Realme 2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The new budget king
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One for the budget fans
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Realme 3 still offers good value for money, but it's not as impressive as some of the company's previous offerings
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly phone, you can bet on the Realme and it will serve you well for long
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme 3 might not feel as premium as the Redmi Note 7, but it definitely has the punch to compete against Xiaomi’s newest budget beast
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Realme 3 is a fine device and works well..but it doesn't offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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