After considerable research of trying to find the best phone in the Indian market under the Rs 15,000 price range, I bought the Samsung M30s which definitely delivers with its specs and quality. With the mid-range segment being hotly contested with the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and other Chinese manufacturers, Samsung has upped the ante with a hardware refresh of the Samsung M series.
The hardware refresh of the Samsung M30s sticks to the original formula with its overall design and display remaining the same but there are some major changes that have been brought about. However, the 6.4 inch AMOLED screen with a bezel-less design is definitely one of the USPs which remains as is. The Exynos 9611 chip is more powerful and efficient compared to the previous counterpart with the battery improved to 6000 mAh which would easily last you a couple of days. The main camera is 48 MP and also has the ultra-wide lens. The front camera for selfies comes with 16 MP clarity.
I have taken the slightly more expensive, due to the specs, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB hard disk space because the 48 MP camera would require more storage space. The phone can be exclusively bought over the internet and Amazon in particular.
A few of the drawbacks of the phone are that it runs Android 9 Pie which is a lot older and since Google is not supporting updates for older versions it could pose a security threat. In fact, according to Which? due to this lacuna, Android has a billion devices or 40% of the market that is susceptible. It also accepts without user approvals, a lot of spam notifications and has some bundled software which is irritating to the say the least. The camera quality under the night light is not satisfactory.
Having used the phone for a month as a backup to my Pixel, I think the Samsung M30s is a good buy, definitely better than the flood of Chinese manufacturers in the market.