Samsung Galaxy M30s vs Realme 5 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: which one to go for under Rs 15,000?

With Samsung having launched the new Galaxy M30s, the competition in the affordable smartphone segment has heated up significantly. Priced below Rs 15,000 for the base variant, the handset goes up against the Realme 5 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro directly. While all three devices seem to be offering similar specifications such as 48MP rear cameras and powerful batteries, they are also quite different from each other. So if you’re trying to decide which one offers the most bang for your buck, we’ve got a detailed comparison lined up for you.

Design and display

All three phones are similar in the way in terms of their looks. They come with multiple cameras and fingerprint scanners placed on their rear surfaces, while their fascia sports full-screen displays. They ship with USB Type-C ports as well as headphone sockets. But what distinguishes the Galaxy M30s from the others is its incorporation of a Super AMOLED display. Its 6.4-inch full HD+ panel delivers vibrant colours and deep blacks, while also being battery efficient. The other two devices come with 6.3-inch IPS LCDs, which is quite good, but not as impressive as the visual experience delivered by Samsung’s phone.


The Galaxy M30s ships with a triple-camera setup, whereas the Realme 5 Pro holds four cameras on its back. As for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, it houses just two cameras on its back. As mentioned above, the main cameras on all three phones are 48MP in resolution. The Galaxy M30s also has an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera onboard, apart from a 5MP depth sensor, which can render live bokeh. The Realme 5 Pro has an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera too, apart from a couple of 2MP cameras dedicated to macro shots and portrait effects. The Note 7 Pro’s secondary snapper is a 5MP one, meant for portrait effects. As for the front cameras, both the Galaxy M30s and the Realme 5 Pro ship with 16MP cameras, whereas the Redmi device offers a 13MP selfie shooter.

While the Note 7 Pro lags behind the Samsung Galaxy M30s and Realme 5 Pro, it’s difficult to differentiate between the latter two basis their camera hardware. And that’s where software features come to play. The M30s comes with the company’s famed Night Mode, which adds light in photos clicked in extremely dark conditions. A Super steady mode has also been included, along with a Super Slow-motion mode and a Hyperlapse mode. All this gives the Samsung device a clear edge in the camera department.


For those craving long battery life, the Samsung Galaxy M30s is definitely the best phone among the lot. It carries inside it a 6,000mAh cell that’s easily capable of offering two-day battery life. As per the claims, it can last for 29 hours of video playback, 49 hours of voice calls and 131 hours of music playback on a single charge. That’s quite astounding for a phone in this price range. And it even comes with 15W fast charge support.

The Realme 5 Pro on the other hand, has adopted a 4,035mAh battery, whereas the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh cell. These phones too have respectable battery backup however, they are no match to the M30s’ incredible battery life.


At the heart of Samsung’s Galaxy M30s is the brand new Exynos 9611 chipset. This powerful 10nm SoC holds a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This combination allows the phone to grant you super fast speeds and great handling of heavy apps and games. In fact, a Game Booster mode has also been added to its software for maximising performance while playing games. The presence of up to 6GB of RAM also contributes to the device’s great performance.

As for the Realme 5 Pro, it’s fuelled by the Snapdragon 712 chipset, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro houses a Snapdragon 675 SoC. There’s up to 8GB of RAM available on the former, and 6GB RAM on the latter. Up to 128GB of storage can be accessed on all three devices, and they even come with dedicated microSD card slots.


As you can see from the comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy M30s, Realme 5 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are all loaded options in the sub-Rs 15k segment. The Galaxy M30s however, comes out ahead of the other two, all thanks to class-leading 6,000mAh battery and inclusion of a Super AMOLED screen which offers immersive visuals. Add to it the powerful hardware and capable triple rear cameras, and the Samsung phone easily becomes the top choice in this price band. So what are you waiting for? The Samsung Galaxy M30s will go on sale from September 29th on and