Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Oppo K1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Oppo K1  Samsung Galaxy M30 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Oppo K1 Samsung Galaxy M30
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Excellence Score
27.7
28.7
Value for Money Score
56.8
66.7
Price ₹ 16,990 onwards ₹ 13,388 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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 AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Waterdrop Notch Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 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; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh Mode
Secondary Camera 25MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, 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 7.4 mmSlim 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 156 gmMedium 174 gmMedium
Width 75.5 mmOk for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3600 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, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W 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; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Follows Oppo's recent aesthetics and design language with a striking gradient design at the back - the 3D injection-moulded back creates some cool effects when held against light
  • The plastic body is also well put-together and the phone has a good heft to it
  • The placement of buttons is also good and so is their build quality
  • The cheapest phone yet to support a modern in-display fingerprint sensor - which works reasonably well - in line with other in-display fingerprint sensor phones
  • There is also some solid face recognition - that tends to be a lot quicker and more convenient most of the time - it's very quick, and works in low light by bumping up the screen brightness to illuminate your face
  • Very good, crisp and vivid AMOLED display - produces bright, saturated, punchy colours - and sunlight legibility is also very good
  • The display has good touch response too, which was evident when typing
  • The large 6.41-inch display is pretty great for watching videos on - the large screen combined with the small water-drop notch at the top means there's plenty of screen real-estate available for use - the bezels are minimal as well
  • ColorOS has some useful add-on features like Game Space, Hyper Boost game optimisation feature, Smart Sidebar (pop-out tray for app shortcuts), Smart Scan (which lets you do some multi-lingual translations), and ORoaming (which creates a virtual SIM card with affordable data packs when you're overseas)
  • Excellent performance for the price bracket with the rock solid Snapdragon 660 - everything from daily use to heavy games is handled effortlessly - the phone also doesn't get too hot when gaming even for more than 30 minutes at a stretch
  • Decent dual rear camera at the back, especially in daylight - the main camera captures good details in close-ups - edges are well defined and colours aren't exaggerated - Landscapes also packed in a fair bit of detail, and HDR seems to do a decent job of balancing the exposure
  • The second 2-megapixel sensor at the rear is only used for edge detection when shooting in Portrait mode - it does a decent job with objects and people, with a few minor misses at times (however, the camera takes a while to focus in this mode, even when shooting in good light)
  • Decent 25MP selfie camera too - overall image quality is good in daylight, and skin textures look natural (with beauty mode turned off) - you can also have a background blur for selfies (but the edge detection isn't the most accurate)
  • Decent video recording quality at resolution of up to 4K - stabilisation is only upto 1080p though
  • Fairly loud speaker (though audio quality is average at best, sounding a bit tinny and one-sided, since there's only one speaker at the bottom)
  • Good battery life with a 3600mAh battery - for most users this will translate to well over a day's worth of actual usage
  • Overall, the Oppo K1 is a pretty decent choice in the competitive mid-range - you get a fast phone with a good battery life, a great AMOLED display, and a cutting edge in-display fingerprint sensor - though the low-light camera performance, and the lack of fast charging will leave you wanting more - whether it makes it to your shortlist might therefore depend on your priorities
  • 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]
  • Like all glossy backs, the phone of course does pick up fingerprints quite easily, if you use it without a case
  • The phone also does feel a bit large when you hold it, so one-handed operation isn't very easy
  • On the whole though, ColorOS is still fairly clunky and there is stuff like ad notifications from Oppo's custom app store and custom browser, that will make you miss the simplicity of a more stock Android UI, if you have experienced that before
  • Average low light performance for both the rear cameras and the selfie camera
  • You can't use the shutter button several times in rapid succession to take multiple pictures as there's a wait of about a second or two before the camera processes your photo and is ready to go again
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is pretty average
  • No 4k video recording, and no stabilisation at 1080p
Expert Reviews
  1. A good package...worth considering
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Offers a few interesting features to keep a user satisfied
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. bgr.in 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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