The Samsung M series has been an attempt by Samsung to regain some of its dwindling Indian market share that has been eaten away by Xiaomi and most recently Realme.

The Samsung Galaxy M30 was only launched in February this year, but Samsung is already updating it with an S model and it launches in the UK on November the 18th.

The phone has a massive upgrade from the previous Galaxy M30s switching from the Exynos 7904 to the Exynos 9611 which now features 4x Cortex-A73 cores @2.3 GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 cores @1.7 GHz, this does mean it can't quite compete with the other two devices compared here, but I think for the price it is well worth your attention.

Price

I will point out the price first, as Samsung is the cheapest, so its sub-par chipset compared to the other two phones is justifiable. This is up for pre-order from Amazon for just £229.00 with 6GB/128GB

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is £240 for 6GB/64GB while the Xiaomi Mi 9T 6GB/64GB is £267.00.

Samsung Galaxy M30s Dual-SIM Smartphone | 128GB 6.4" FHD+ Display 6GB RAM Android 9 Pie | UK Version - Blue [Exclusive to Amazon and Samsung]
  • 48MP Main Camera, 5MP depth camera, 8MP Ultra-Wide camera and 16MP front Camera
  • Super AMOLED display, with 16.3 cm diagonal screen and 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution at 16 million colours
  • Up to 512 GB of micro SD card, expandable memory for photos, music and more
  • High performance 6000 mAh Lithium-ion battery with 15-watt quick mobile charging function
  • Smartphone preloaded with the Android V9.0 Operating System
Redmi Note 8 pro 6+64GB ARM Mali G76 MC4 6.53inch 45oomAh (White)
  • 64 million AI four photos
  • 20 million AI beauty camera
  • Professional game chip Helio G90T
  • 6.53 inches (diagonal)Full screen of water droplets
  • 4500mAh
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Xiaomi Mi 9T Dual SIM 64GB 6GB RAM Carbon Black
  • AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~86.1% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
  • Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10, Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
  • 64 GB, 6 GB RAM

CPU

The Samsung can't really compete, but it is no slouch either, it sits somewhere between the Snapdragon 665 and the Snapdragon 712 in terms of benchmarks.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has the most powerful chipset with the Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm) which is great for gaming.

Then the Xiaomi Mi 9T uses the Snapdragon 730, this is the none G model so it isn't quite as powerful.

Camera

The Samsung has a solid camera for the money including:

  • 48 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor

Both the Xiaomi devices outclass it with their hardware, but I wonder what the end results are like, Samsung are well know for the image quality on their flagship devices and the software processing goes a long way.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has

  • 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
  • 2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor

While the Xiaomi Mi 9T has

  • 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
  • 13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3″, 1.12µm

Battery

The Samsung has possibly the largest battery in the industry (ignoring random Chinese brands) at 6000mah which should last you two full days at least.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has an impressive 4500mAh, but that's still 25% smaller than the Samsung.

Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 9T has a 4000 mAh battery

Overall

Ok, so the Samsung doesn't quite compete overall, but the other two phones are more expensive. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro still probably represents better value for money, the price isn't that far apart and you get a lot more phone for the price.

I perhaps should have chosen other phones at a similar price point. If you look at the popular Motorola moto g7 which costs £220 you get a Snapdragon 632, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage and a dual camera.

Comparison Table

 Samsung Galaxy M30sXiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Dimensions159 x 75.1 x 8.9 mm (6.26 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (6.35 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm (6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
Weight188 g (6.63 oz)200 g (7.05 oz)191 g (6.74 oz)
BuildFront glass, plastic bodyFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)Front/back glass, aluminum frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~86.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
420 nits max brightness500 nits max brightnessHDR
HDR
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); One UIAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
ChipsetExynos 9611 (10nm)Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
GPUMali-G72 MP3Mali-G76 MC4Adreno 618
Card slotmicroSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)microSD, up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot)No
Internal64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
UFS2.1UFS2.1
Rear Camera48 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7", 0.8µm, PDAF48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4", 1.12µm8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4", 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3", 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm, depth sensor
FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDRLED flash, HDR, panoramaDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps
Front16 MP, f/2.020 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µmMotorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 0.8µm
FeaturesHDRHDR, panoramaHDR
Video1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
LoudspeakerYesYesYes
3.5mm jackYesYesYes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated micActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic24-bit/192kHz audio
Dolby Atmos soundActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFCYesYes
Infrared portNoYesNo
RadioFM radio, RDS, recordingFM radio, recordingFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 15WFast battery charging 18WFast battery charging 18W
ColorsOpal Black, Sapphire Blue, Pearl WhiteBlack, Red, Blue, WhiteCarbon black, Red flame, Glacier blue
Price$ 269.00 / £ 216.90 / ₹ 13,999$ 210.12 / £ 182.00$ 278.99 / £ 255.49 / ₹ 19,999

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