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Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Which phone offers best value under Rs 15,000?

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Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Which phone offers best value under Rs 15,000?

Both the Realme 3 Pro and Galaxy M30 are among the best phones you can find under Rs 15,000 right now. But how do the phones compare against each other, and which one is the best suited for you?

We are yet to reach the halfway mark in 2019, but we have already seen some exciting new phones to have launched in India. The sub-Rs 15,000 is truly getting competitive with some fantastic phones that will make you think twice about buying a premium flagship phone. Xiaomi, of course, has the popular Redmi Note 7 Pro, but Samsung has also made a comeback this year and is offering some great affordable phones, especially the Galaxy M30 in this segment. And now we have the Realme 3 Pro, which was launched in India earlier this week and is to go on its first sale on Monday, April 29.

The Realme 3 Pro is quite possibly the biggest and most exciting phone in this segment right now, and after reviewing the device we are quite convinced this is one of the best phones under Rs 15,000. Recently, we checked out how the Realme 3 Pro stands against the Redmi Note 7 Pro. In this piece, we look at how the device goes up against Samsung's Galaxy M30, which is also a value-for-money option under Rs 15,000.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30: Design and display

The Realme 3 Pro and Galaxy M30 both come with large, bezel-less waterdrop displays on the front and plastic casing on the back. Yet the Realme 3 Pro is undoubtedly a more premium and attractive phone. The glossy rear 3D rear panel on the Realme 3 Pro makes it look almost glass-like. It also comes in unique and pleasing gradient colours like Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple. The refractive nature of the panel offers a wonderful S-shaped light streak depending on how you look at it.

The Galaxy M30's rear panel is not its most appealing trait. While it does offer a seamless curved panel, the lack of glass-like feel to it makes it look rather pale in front of the shinier Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro. That being said, the Galaxy M30 also comes in gradient colours that include Gradation Black and Gradation Blue. These colours are a lot soberer and mellow compared to the colours on the Realme 3 Pro.

While the Galaxy M30 may not offer the most attractive rear panel, it more than makes up for it by sporting a gorgeous Infinity-U AMOLED display. The Galaxy M30 gets a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) waterdrop display that is bright, rich and vivid. The Galaxy M30's display offers deep colours, especially blacks and terrific viewing angles, making it one of the best displays in this segment.

The Realme 3 Pro also gets a pretty impressive 6.3-inch FHD+ display that is bright and attractive, but it still can't compete against the Galaxy M30's AMOLED display. If I had to pick between the two for streaming movies and playing games, I would go with the Galaxy M30. The Samsung phone also comes with Widevine L1 certification for true HD streaming. The Realme 3 Pro is also promised to come with Widevine L1 certification out-of-the-box.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30: Performance and software

When it comes to performance, the Realme 3 Pro is a clear choice. With a 2,2Ghz Snapdragon 710 chipset, the Realme 3 Pro is a powerhouse of a phone that offers a snappy and smooth user experience. It is capable of handling day-to-day tasks with ease, but its real finesse is shown while playing games. The Snapdragon 710 chipset is terrific for gaming thanks to a capable Adreno 616 GPU. Games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 run smoothly and lag-free on high graphics.

In comparison, the Galaxy M30 comes with a 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset, which will undoubtedly fall short in a few areas. While the phone can handle day-to-day operations like messaging and social media browsing with relative ease, the chipset isn't capable to run games on high graphics settings. The gameplay experience is compromised when one encounters lags and jitters.

I'm a little torn between the software experiences on the two phones. On the one hand, you have the Realme 3 Pro running on the latest Android Pie, but the ColorOS 6 skin comes with a mess of preloaded apps. And then there is the Galaxy M30, which runs on a dated Android Oreo, but with a cleaner and easy-to-use Experience UI 9.5 on top. Personally, I prefer a cleaner software experience with a simple and intuitive AI, which I get from the Samsung phone. But the Realme 3 Pro is more attractive simply because it gets new software and is likely to get upgraded to Android Q before the Galaxy M30.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30: Camera

In the camera department, I would have to go with the Realme 3 Pro simply because it delivers sharper and more detailed images in daylight with the added ability of being able to capture photos in low-light as well thanks to a dedicated Nightscape long-exposure mode. Realme is using a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 primary sensor, which is the same sensor found in the OnePlus 6T. Naturally, you can expect some really attractive photos in most lighting conditions. Thanks to Chroma Boost, photos also get that extra hit of saturation and dynamic range, which makes them even more visually attractive.

The Galaxy M30, on the other hand, offers a more versatile camera setup as it gets triple cameras on the back that includes a 13MP f/1.9 primary camera, a 5MP ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor. So, with the Galaxy M30, you have more shooting options available at a tap than the Realme 3 Pro. With the Galaxy M30, you can easily switch between regular and wide-angle to capture more area in a frame.

But the image quality captured by the M30's cameras lack the kind of detail and sharpness that the Realme 3 Pro manages. The Galaxy M30 definitely struggles in low-light and lacks a long-exposure mode or the kind of computational photography that Realme, Oppo or even Xiaomi offer today.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30: Which one should you buy?

It's not easy deciding a clear winner between the two phones as they both have their strengths and weaknesses. With the Galaxy M30, you're getting a stunning AMOLED display and a terrific battery life. The cameras are underwhelming, but it does offer an ultra wide-angle lens, which makes it more versatile. The software isn't Android Pie or OneUI, but Experience UI is still cleaner and lightweight compared to ColorOS 6.

On the other hand, you have the Realme 3 Pro, which offers a more attractive gradient design, a powerful Snapdragon chipset and some stellar cameras. The battery life is terrific as well, but what really gives it an edge is the VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and a 20W fast charger that comes with the box. There is no doubt that the Galaxy M30 is a great phone at Rs 14,999 and it will appeal to long-time Samsung fans who trust the brand, but you do get a more complete package with the Realme 3 Pro at Rs 13,999.