Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30 comparison: Too close to call

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The Redmi series from Xiaomi dominates sales in the entry and middle segment with little competition from Samsung, for example. However, in 2019, the Korean giant made a comeback with a two-way action plan via the Galaxy A and M series phones.

Designed to appeal to millennials, these phones include great displays, good specifications, and a renewed focus on design. We tested the Galaxy M30 earlier this year and found it a simple recommendation as a daily driver. But does it hold itself against Xiaomi & # 39; s Redmi Note 7? We try to find out.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: design

It took Xiaomi a long time, but the company has finally renewed its design language. The Redmi Note 7, just like the Note 7 Pro, is a glass sandwich with Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the back. Meanwhile, the Galaxy M30 is a plastic affair that, while not so premium to look at, is absolutely sturdy enough.

Slopes are the taste of the season and both phones use them in radically different ways. Although I personally prefer the more subtle, matte finish on the Galaxy M30, the Redmi Note 7 is certainly more eye-catching. The entire back is glossy and reflective like a mirror. In contrast to the Samsung, keeping the Xiaomi clean becomes extremely difficult.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30 screen comparison

Both phones look quite the same at the front. The Redmi Note 7 has slightly thicker edges compared to the Galaxy M30, but it's not bad. Both telephones have a notch in water drop and a large chin at the bottom.

Ergonomics are great everywhere and in general there is nothing to complain about. You will be surprised if you hear that the glass of Redmi Note 7 is 10 grams heavier than the plastic M30, despite the larger battery of that device. The weight difference is certainly noticeable, but not enough to be a dealbreaker.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: screen

An important feature that Samsung emphasized during the launch of the Galaxy M30 was the Super AMOLED display panel. True to its claims, the screen on the Galaxy M30 looks beautiful. It is incredibly clear, looks great even at extreme angles, has an excellent contrast ratio and features black levels that penetrate deeply like only AMOLED panels can.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30 screens show notch

The IPS LCD screen on the Redmi Note 7 looks almost as good and can largely match the peak brightness of the M30. The color temperature on the two telephones differs somewhat with the Redmi Note 7, which opts for a cooler tuning state. Black levels on the LCD screen are not as good as the Super AMOLED panel on the M30, but that really comes down to the type of screen being used.

There is a slight difference in the panel size with the Redmi Note 7 which clocks with 6.3 inches vs. 6.4 inches on the Galaxy M30. This does not affect use in the real world.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: performance

The Redmi Note 7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. This is an octa-core chipset that uses double clusters of Kryo 260 cores. Four of these are clocked at 2.2 GHz, while the remaining four are clocked at 1.8 GHz and help maintain efficiency. The phone comes with three or four gigabytes of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of storage space. The Redmi Note 7 has an Adreno 512 GPU.

For comparison: the Galaxy M30 is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7904 chipset. The 7904 is also an octa core chipset where the processor is subdivided into two separate clusters for a large void formation. Two powerful Cortex A73 cores with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz are combined with six Cortex A53 cores with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. The phone has variants with four or six gigabytes of RAM. Storage is 64 or 128 GB depending on the variant, but just like the Redmi Note 7 you can use a microSD card to expand the storage. The phone has a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU.

The Redmi Note 7 is the one you have to choose if you plan to play a little.

Overall performance is great on both phones. In our review of the Galaxy M30 we found that it was an extremely sophisticated device. The Samsung software is flying and if your use case does not require gaming, you will not miss much. The GPU of the M30 is clearly behind the Adreno 512 of the Redmi Note 7. This is noticeable in games like PUBG where the frame falls and jerky performance is common. The Redmi Note 7 does not have such problems.

We have performed some benchmarks on the two phones to get a number of figures for comparative performance.

The network performance on both phones is excellent and you will not experience any problems, even in less than ideal conditions.

Let's talk about the battery life. From a purely hardware perspective, the Galaxy M30 conveniently pulls forward with its larger 5,000 mAh battery. However, that does not mean that the Redmi Note 7 is sloppy. Between the MIUI software optimization and the 4000 mAh battery, you still have more than enough power to use for a day. Although the lifespan of the Redmi Note 7 is sufficient for most users, you can view the Galaxy M30 if you are not at a charging point for a longer period of time.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: camera

The two telephones take quite different approaches to photography. While the Redmi Note 7 combines a 12MP, f/2.2 primary camera with a 2MP depth sensor, the Galaxy M30 combines a 13MP, f/1.9 sensor with a 5MP ultra-wide camera.

Galaxy M30 outdoor camera sampleRedmi Note 7 outdoor camera sample
Galaxy M30 outdoor camera sample

Redmi Note 7 outdoor camera sample

If you compare the two images, you will notice that the image of the Redmi Note 7 looks a bit more crisp, while the warmer white balance works to its advantage. The image of the Galaxy M30 seems somewhat diluted in comparison.

The Galaxy M30 surpasses the Note 7 thanks to the wide-angle camera. Despite the heavy distortion in the image, the wide-angle lens is much more useful as a creative tool and you should help find some interesting angles.

Inner sample of the Galaxy M30Redmi Note 7 inner sample
Inner sample of the Galaxy M30

Redmi Note 7 inner sample

In our next picture it is clear that the Galaxy M30 has done a better job in controlling highlights. The image of the Redmi Note 7 seems to allow the highlights on the label to fan out somewhat. Not so on the version of the Galaxy M30.

Galaxy M30 low lightRedmi Note 7 sample in low light
Galaxy M30 low light

Redmi Note 7 sample in low light

In our last shot we can see that the Galaxy M30's tendency to perform overexposed shots is favorable. There is much more visible detail in the figure and on the illustrations of the bottle. Both phones do a decent job for the price, but I would opt for the Galaxy M30 for the extra flexibility that the ultra-large camera offers.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: software

The Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy M30 both have custom skin. The M30 runs Samsung Experience 9.5 on Android 8.1. The software skin, as we mentioned earlier, is highly optimized for the hardware and offers a smooth user experience. There are many customization options, including the ability to switch between an app drawer-based layout or one that places all icons on the home screen.

The well-optimized, ad-free experience that the Galaxy M30 offers attracts us despite the older version of Android.

For comparison: the Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. Although MIUI is generally a pleasant experience, our biggest torment is the huge amount of bloatware bundled in and the advertisements spread throughout the experience. Xiaomi claims it is taking steps to reduce this with MIUI 11.

In general, Samsung Experience 9.5 on the Galaxy M30 stands out as the more pleasant software experience despite the fact that it works on an older version of Android.

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Specifications

Redmi Note 7 Samsung Galaxy M30
show 6.3-inch IPS LCD
1080 x 2340 resolution
19.5: 9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels (~ 394 ppi), & # 39; Infinity-V & # 39; Super AMOLED
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
Octa-core CPU (4 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
Exynos 7904 (2 x Cortex A73 at 1.8 GHz, 6 x Cortex A53 at 1.6 GHz)
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 3GB / 4GB 4/6 GB
storage area 32GB / 64GB
Expandable with microSD card
64/128 GB
Micro SD expansion
cameras & # 39; s 13 MP front camera

Back camera:
12MP IMX 486 sensor + 2MP depth sensor
Pixel size of 1.25 μm
LED flash

Back: 13MP, f / 1.9, 5MP, f / 2.2 Ultra wide 120 degrees, 5MP, f / 2.2 depth sensor
Battery 4,000mAh
Quick Charge 4.0 support
18W (9V / 2A)
5,000 mAh, USB-C
Fast charge
Software Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 Android 8.1.0, Samsung Experience 9.5
Dimensions and weight 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
186 grams
159 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
175 grams

Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M30: price and availability

The Redmi series from Xiaomi is generally quite difficult to obtain. This continues with the Redmi Note 7 which follows the flash sales model. The phone costs between 9,999 and 11,999 rupees (~ $ 145 – $ 175), depending on the variant you choose.

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What surprises us is the fact that even Samsung has opted for a flash sales model for the Galaxy M30. The Galaxy M30 costs 14,990 rupees (~ $ 210) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, while the 6GB RAM version with 128GB storage is available for 17,990 rupees (~ $ 250).

Both the Redmi Note 7 and the Galaxy M30 are solid devices for everyday use, but the Redmi is definitely moving forward if you plan to play a little. Meanwhile, the larger 5000 mAh battery is a clear winner if the battery life is a priority. We also liked the slightly cleaner software experience offered by the Samsung Galaxy M30.

Although we would opt for the Redmi Note 7 for the extra bit of power it offers, the Galaxy M30 would be handy enough for someone looking for a reliable daily driver that can last a day and change a single load. Which would you choose? The flashier Redmi Note 7 or the discreet, reliable Galaxy M30? Let us know in the comments section.

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