Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A30 is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A20 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy A30 might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
27.3
28.5
Value for Money Score
66.7
63.7
Price ₹ 12,490 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 Pie, 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 720x1560 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, 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 #82 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.9 Aperture, 5MP: 123° Ultra-wide angle lens; F/2.2 Aperture 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, 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 7.8 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 169 gmMedium 165 gmMedium
Width 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice design, with a modern front panel - a 6.4-inch display, superslim bezels and a top U-shaped notch
  • Decent 6.4-inch AMOLED display - it has good color reproduction, and good sunlight legibility
  • Samsung has gotten the software part on point with it's recent launches, with it's new One UI, that's now one of the better, more streamlined Android skins around - it's especially well suited for big displays like this, packs an intuitive gesture navigation system, and other useful things like a convenient 'dark mode'
  • Good set of cameras for the price bracket
  • The rear setup includes a 13-megapixel primary lens and a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens - the pictures come out especially good outdoors
  • Portrait mode works well too, and there is Samsung's Live Focus option, which gives you control over how blurry the background appears
  • The 8-MP selfie cam is good too - the color output is bold and realistic, and there's a good portrait mode here as well
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000-mAh battery, combined with the low power display - you will easily get 1.5 days of use
  • Decent fast charging speed - you will get 30% charge in 30 minutes, and 100% in less than 2 hours
  • 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 plastic body is easily scratched, and also tends to gather fingerprints (you will want to use a case)
  • The phone's rear fingerprint sensor is slow (you will mostly prefer using face unlock)
  • Screen resolution is on the low side though - text, and app icons can often look slightly jagged on the A20's display
  • The performance powered by the Exynos 7904 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 632) and 3GB of RAM is fine in day-to-day use, but not quite up to the level of the best performers in this price bracket
  • On the whole, while the A20 is a decent option for the price bracket, and does especially well with battery life and a decent set of cameras - however, it falls a bit behind in terms of performance, and is a mixed bag in terms of the display - AMOLED, but low resolution - you will find better all-round options from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Asus
  • 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. Decent budget buy
    tomsguide.com 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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