The budget smartphone segment is presently one of the most competitive, and lucrative in India. Fact is in India, if you can produce the cheapest and most feature loaded device, while striking a good balance of undercutting better phones, and pricing competitively, you can own the whole market. It should come as a surprise to nobody then that Samsung has taken various swings at cracking into this market ever since their arrival in India, seeing as their flagships both the Galaxy and Galaxy note do so well here. However, after many successful attempts, Samsung is unveiling their newest line of budget smartphones to the public. Two of these are the Galaxy M10 and M30, loaded with the right features to compete with the kings of the budget space, Redmi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme. It’s worth breaking down what exactly is so great about these new budget entries from Samsung, which can only be done by looking at the specs.
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Samsung Galaxy M10 Specifications
The standout specs from the Galaxy M10 are as follows:
- 6.2 Inch display with nearly 82% screen to body ratio. Fairly competitive for a smartphone this price, however, the teardrop style notch on the top of the screen does make it look stylish and modern.
- Glass front, plastic body build. Cost cutting here, choosing not to put glass on the back, but this is also good since plastic is durable, and happens not to be a fingerprint magnet.
- Android 8.1 preloaded on device. Little bit of a let down here, but an upgrade to Android 9 Pie is available out of the box. We can only hope that an Android 10 update is on its way soon.
- Octa-core 1.6GHz processor. Nothing too special here, but Samsung phones tend to perform well in general due to software to hardware optimization.
- Up to 3GB ram and 32GB storage. Fairly underwhelming, however, a micro SD slot is provided, so up to 1 terabyte of storage can be added to the device as seen fit.
- Dual rear camera with 13 megapixel main shooter. Another welcome addition, and Samsung cameras tend to be high quality, we’re excited to see how this shooter performs.
- 5 Megapixel front selfie camera. Nothing too spectacular here, but it’s nice to see that it’s featured on this device.
- 3400mAH battery onboard. Slightly underwhelming since better batteries are available at this price, but we’re sure Samsung will optimize the hardware to squeeze a lot of juice out of this battery.
Samsung Galaxy M30 Specifications
The most noteworthy specs of the Galaxy M30 are the following:
- 6.4 Inch Super AMOLED display with almost 85% screen to body ratio. This is an incredible spec, since to have a Super AMOLED screen at this price is unheard of. The teardrop notch is also a nice touch, with a nearly edge to edge display, the phone looks sleek and ultramodern.
- Android 8.1 Oreo preloaded on device. Again, disappointing, but the free upgrade to Android 9 pie is always there. Fingers crossed for the Android 10 one.
- Up to 4 GB ram and 128 GB storage available. Much better to hear than the earlier one, but a little bit more ram would go a long way, especially with TouchWiz launcher becoming laggy after a while.
- Rear triple camera with 13 megapixel main shooter. This is an incredible feature again. Triple cameras were just bursting onto the mainstream, so to see it trickle down to the budget segment so fast is music to our ears. We’re sure this will be a fantastic shooter.
- 16 megapixel front selfie camera. Again, great news, this will be a great camera, and clearly Samsung has done this to entice millennials.
- 5000mAH battery onboard. Certainly another impressive stat, since a battery this large is fairly unheard of right now, not just in this segment, but all across the market.
- Rear fingerprint sensor. This is noteworthy since we’d like to have seen an in-screen fingerprint sensor, since phones like the Redmi K20 Pro have begun offering it.