Our Opinion

The Oppo A9 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A30, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Oppo A9!

Oppo A9  Samsung Galaxy A30 
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Excellence Score
36.4
31.6
Value for Money Score
71.4
68.9
Price ₹ 15,490 onwards ₹ 13,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Sensor Size; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Ultra Night Mode, Beautification 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Beautification, Filters F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 190 gm 165 gm
Width 76.1 mm 74.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4020 mAh 4000 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 N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful design - looks classy and captivating with the dual-tone gradient back
  • Good build quality
  • The fingerprint sensor on the back is fast and unlocks the phone quickly
  • Good, 6.53inch IPS display with a nearly all-screen front (with a water-drop notch), which is a joy to use for binge-watching and gaming - the display exhibits lively colors and good brightness - additionally, the viewing angles are great as well
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and also packs a bunch of nifty features like Game Space, as well as a useful shortcuts and gestures
  • Good performance with a Helio P70 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 660) - everything from daily use to games is smooth (it's not the most powerful phone of the price bracket though, as there are phones available with Snapdragon 675, and Snapdragon 710 in the same price range)
  • Pretty good dual rear camera setup (16MP+2MP)
  • Good overall image quality in daylight, and fairly decent quality in low-light as well - close-ups, portraits are strong points
  • Decent video recording performance - there is video stabilisation, and the Oppo A9 does a good job at reducing shakes in the output
  • Pretty good selfies too, from the 16MP front camera
  • Impressive battery life with a large 4020mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day and a half of use
  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • The glossy sides and back look good (it has the appearance of glass but it is actually plastic)
  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything from images to text really pops - easily one of the best-in-class displays in this price category
  • The Galaxy A30 runs on Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more polished, refined takes on an Android UI, and is one of the best Android UI implementations at present, along with Oxygen OS
  • There are a number of useful features including Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, and a whole bunch of motion gestures such as one-handed mode, Smart Stay, etc, which can be toggled on
  • Decent performance with a Exynos 7904 processor at the core (similar to Snapdragon 636) - day-to-day use is decent and complex games like PUBG are also playable at reduced graphics settings
  • One of the few affordable phones with a wide angle sensor at the rear, that can produce some interesting frames
  • It also shoots pretty good portraits
  • Decent bundled headset - and you can enable Dolby Atmos for wired and Bluetooth headphones, which boosts the audio level and spatial separation a bit
  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled fast charger is able to take the battery to about 70 percent in an hour, which is not bad at all
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It is of course not quite as simple and clean as stock Android though, and does come with plenty of bloatware installed (though, thankfully it can be uninstalled)
  • While the camera performance is good for the price bracket - it's not quite as good as the best mid-range camera phones (which would include the Realme X, Oppo K3, Redmi Note 7 Pro, and Realme 3 Pro)
  • Dated micro USB port, instead of the modern USB-C port
  • While the Oppo A9 is a pretty decent all-round choice, it's up against some very tough competition - including it's own cousin Oppo K3 (and the very similar Realme X) - which, at a very similar price, offer a more powerful SoC, full-screen experience, pop up camera, and in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Of course the glossy body means that it also attracts smudges and fingerprints easily
  • The fingerprint sensor works well, but is placed a bit too high up - and you will have to really stretch your index finger, or at times, shuffle the phone around to reach it
  • You have the option to use face recognition instead of — or in addition to — using the fingerprint scanner, but it's not very quick, not even under good light
  • The Galaxy A30 is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup (you can thankfully opt out of these though)
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio P70 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30 does lag behind the competition in terms of performance
  • Overall quality-wise though, the dual rear camera (primary + wide-angle) setup at the rear is average though, especially in terms of low light performance
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is again average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • The Galaxy A30 can shoot up to full-HD videos with good quality, but the lack of stabilisation is a let-down - unless you're staying still, videos often end up looking shaky and unusable - continuous autofocus too isn't very quick, and you will see visible lag when the camera tries to refocus onto another subject
  • The audio output from the speaker however is quite weak in terms of volume
  • Overall, the A30 is not quite as good as Samsung's other recent launches in the M and A series
  • It will face very stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which apart from being much more powerful, also takes a big lead in the camera department
  • Even if you want to stick to Samsung, the M30 will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value
Expert Reviews
  1. A decent smartphone, but its current competition makes it less appealing
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A reliable phone...can be one of your options in this price bracket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Decent mid-range phone...but faces a stiff battle with the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Up till a few months ago, the Oppo A9 would have been counted as well priced for the features it offers....Trouble is that the competition has become really aggressive now
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Plays it safe...will rake in offline sales, but it will face stiff competition online
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. A balanced smartphone with good specs, and it will serve you well no matter the occasion
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty good device for the price segment it’s sitting in...but the Galaxy M30 is better bang-for-the-buck
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. We'd suggest giving the Galaxy A30 a pass
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has formidable competitors...but for those who don’t game and are happy with great battery life and a solid multimedia experience, you can buy this phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable daily driver
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Nothing makes the Galaxy A30 stand out, and with so many good options available, being perfectly average doesn’t really cut it anymore
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy A30 is a good phone...but it will struggle against competition in the online market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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