Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A30 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A10, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A30!

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Excellence Score
21.2
31.6
Value for Money Score
67.6
68.9
Price ₹ 7,990 onwards ₹ 13,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, Infinity-V Display Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7884BRanked #74 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #48 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 2 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 13MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 5MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 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 7.94 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 168 gm 165 gm
Width 75.6 mm 74.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3400 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
Other Features N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks chic and robust for its price - the front is a modern, water-drop notch, 6.2-inch panel, and the back is glossy plastic
  • Decent, contrast-rich, 6.2-inch IPS display
  • Packs Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more streamlined and refined Android skins out there, and includes a nice, intuitive gesture navigation system
  • Good, solid performance for the price bracket, with a Samsung Exynos 7884 at the core - you will get smooth daily performance, as well as smooth gameplay in casual to mid-end games
  • The single rear-facing 13MP camera takes decent-looking pictures, for the price bracket (though detail, sharpness levels, and dynamic range could have been better)
  • The 5MP front camera is also ok for the price (though again exposure levels and image noise could be better)
  • Decent mono speaker
  • 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]
  • The glossy back is of course also a fingerprint magnet
  • No notification LED
  • No fingerprint sensor (there is face unlock though, which works reasonably well)
  • No auto brightness sensor
  • No compass
  • Overall, the A10 is just an average phone from Samsung in what is now a pretty competitive price bracket - it misses out on key things like an auto-brightness sensor, and a compass, and so comes out as weak competition to the segment leaders from Xiaomi and Realme
  • 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. The Galaxy A10 offers plenty of power for the money, but Samsung has compromised in too many areas for us to recommend it
    notebookcheck.net 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 »
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