Our Opinion

The OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB), if your budget allows for it.

OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
64.7
33.1
Value for Money Score
58.9
76.6
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.41 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 20MP + 16MP 13MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX519 Sensor; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; 1.22µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1/2.8 Sensor Size"; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Slo-mo Video (1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps), Auto HDR, EIS, AI Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Night Mode, Panorama, Time-Lapse, HDR, HQ, Studio Lighting, RAW Image 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh Mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.0" Sensor Size, 1.0µm Pixel Size, HDR, EIS, Sony IMX371 Sensor, Portrait Mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture, Face Retouching F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 185 gm 174 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 31.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, Dash Charge Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 18 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 19 hrs, Video Playback Time: 25 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 105 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Gestures & on-screen navigation; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely immaculate fit and finish - OnePlus’ design refinement has grown alongside the entire mobile industry to the point where it’s hard to now find flagship phones that don’t look like pieces of precision-engineered electronic jewellery
  • Pretty good ergonomics for a large phone (it is a large phone though, mind you, in line with the dimensions of the Google Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is good - and works well most of the time - though like other in-display readers, it's not quite as quick as separate fingerprint readers can be, and can sometimes be finicky - that's the trade-off you make when you buy into cutting edge of technology
  • Big, beautiful, stunning 'dewdrop' notch display
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • Overall it's a bigger, brighter display than the OnePlus 6, and with a smaller notch
  • The implementation of Oxygen OS UI on the OnePlus 6T is a faultlessly smooth and pleasurable experience - OxygenOS adds genuinely good and desirable things without taking anything away from the core Android experience - and it is today arguably the best custom Android approach by any brand - and a lot of people might argue, even better than stock Android
  • OnePlus' gesture-based navigation system is intuitive, borrows from the iPhone, and is arguably better than the default gesture navigation system on Android Pie - of course, OnePlus also gives you the option to revert to the old trio of Android navigation buttons, if you so wish
  • In fact, thanks to things like OnePlus’ gesture navigation, a focus on smoothness, better app management and an built-in dark theme, Oxygen OS genuinely feels like an improved take on stock Android
  • Buttery smooth performance throughout with top-line hardware, as you would expect from a OnePlus - but the company has stepped up even further the level of polish to an impressive degree - it gives a sensation of both speed and comfort - the fluidity of the user experience here isn’t merely on par with the world’s most expensive smartphones, it surpasses many of them, thanks to good design decisions from OnePlus - there’s no unnecessary Bixby button here, none of the daft spam notifications you’d get from Oppo or Huawei, and no irksome theme stores that demand you create an account just to be able to modify your phone’s interface to your liking - using a OnePlus phone, for anyone who’s had to suffer the friction of dealing with other Android manufacturers’ software, is frankly liberating - speed at every turn, easy and flexible customization of both the interface and app icons, and precious little in the way of annoyances
  • The camera performance is improved a bit, with some software tweaks and optimizations, over the OnePlus 6 - and overall, it's still an excellent camera for far less than its competitors
  • Very strong battery life - the biggest OnePlus has yet put in any of its phones - the 6T lasts that extra bit more than the 6, nudging it from good to almost great battery life - the OnePlus 6T will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the fastest charging speed technologies on any phone - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Simply put, the OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get - offering some amazing bang for your buck
  • It improves on its predecessor and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, it's 90% of the ultimate flagship phone for 60% of the price - and for most people that will be an excellent deal
  • Very good looks and build quality - with a a unibody design, and glossy finish on the back panel - quite similar to its cousins - the M10 and M20
  • The Galaxy M30’s back panel doesn’t attract fingerprint smudges as much as M20 - it’s also better to grip and use for longer period of time
  • Very good, class-leading 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny waterdrop notch - the screen is vibrant and offers pretty satisfactory legibility indoors and outdoors - one of the very few phones in this price bracket to have an AMOLED panel
  • Now packs the new Samsung One UI which is one of the most streamlined, clean, and refined Android skins around at present - and is especially well suited ergonomically for one handed use
  • It also has a very intuitive gesture navigation system
  • Decent, solid, mid-range performance with a Exynos 7904 octa-core processor (similar to Snapdragon 626) - it can easily handle your day-to-day tasks such as browsing, social networking and streaming multimedia on-the-go - graphic-intensive games like PUBG Mobile also run reasonably well on the phone (it is not however the best performance to be had in this price bracket - there are many better performing competitors)
  • Decent triple-rear camera setup - includes a 13-megapixel camera with f/1.9 sensor, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with 123-degree viewing angle - the results are reasonably good for the given price point
  • You get some pretty good portraits
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Overall, it's a decent camera setup - but it's not the best to be had in this price range
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000 mAh battery - you will get up to 2 days with moderate use
  • Samsung Galaxy M30 is a pretty capable mid-range smartphone, and if you’re looking for a phone with big battery and good camera, Galaxy M30 is worth considering - that said, it will face some stiff competition from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro which offers Snapdragon 675 processor and 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • That said though, there is still some way to go before OnePlus can have a camera that matches to the level of a Pixel 3 or a Galaxy Note 9 - and it is the camera, more than anything else, where you’ll experience the price delta between the OnePlus 6T and the pricier flagships above it
  • Like most flagships now, OnePlus too has made the transition to audio over the USB-C port - which means that if you want to use your existing 3.5mm jack headphones, you will need to use the (included) dongle, or buy separate USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The loudspeaker is a bit on the quiet side
  • No wireless charging support
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is pretty average
  • No 4k video recording, and no stabilisation at 1080p
Expert Reviews
  1. An equally attractive option as its predecessor
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Feels much more reliable and future-proof than many higher-priced phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A hero phone without the sky-high price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6T is yet another very good phone from OnePlus...but not the unequivocal winner it might have been
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Best value for money flagship
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The OnePlus 6T still feels like an excellent deal...it just isn't as exciting as we're used to
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The OnePlus 6T is a sensible choice...but OnePlus is no longer the only one playing the flagship killer game
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Sticks true to the OnePlus philosophy that has made the brand so successful the world over
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Don't buy a $1,000 phone - the OnePlus 6T has everything you want at half the price
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers incredible value: a flagship-like experience for a fraction of the cost
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The no bullshit best deal in smartphones
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
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  28. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  35. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  36. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Great all-rounder...makes a very compelling case for someone who doesn't find gaming or camera performance particularly important
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the asking price, the Galaxy M30 is not a bad option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung has managed to create a good smartphone with its Galaxy M30 that packs a number of improvements when compared to past Samsung smartphones from in this segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A reliable option....the polished software, long-lasting battery and great looking display make it a very good option for people who aren't too demanding of their phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A capable mid-range smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you're looking for excellent battery life in a smartphone, Samsung Galaxy M30 is the right choice...you get a good package for under Rs 15,000
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A very competent alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks like a good option for Samsung loyalists, but still faces stiff competition from the likes of XiaomI Redmi Note 7 Pro
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Samsung nails almost every aspect that consumers are looking for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Probably one of the best all-round devices launched by Samsung recently...suitable device for the millennials
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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