Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A30s 64GB is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A30 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 A30s 64GB might be a slightly better choice.

Samsung Galaxy A30  Samsung Galaxy A30s 64GB 
Samsung Galaxy A30 Samsung Galaxy A30s
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Excellence Score
26.9
27.7
Value for Money Score
57.6
56.7
Price ₹ 15,998 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update 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) 720x1560 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
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 16MP + 5MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 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 7.7 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 165 gmMedium 169 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, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (4G): Upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Upto 13 hrs, Video Playback Time: Upto 21 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Upto 77 hrs, Talktime (4G): Upto 32 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • Eye-catching back panel with a gradient and prism-like finish
  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything looks colour accurate and bright
  • The Galaxy A30s 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
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - primary 25MP sensor + 5MP depth sensor + 8MP ultra-wide sensor
  • The 25MP camera reproduces objects and panoramic scenes well, colours always look vivid - the edges of objects and textures lack clarity, though
  • The Primary camera can also take good macro shots - it capture more details than when in general shots, edges of objects are more distinguishable too
  • Good video quality - on par with that of other phones in this price range
  • Front camera shoots vibrant-looking portraits
  • Good Loudspeaker
  • Good call quality - it gets loud enough to make and receive calls from noisy environments
  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30s's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled 15W 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]
  • 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
  • The fingerprint sensor is sluggish - and cannot recognise fingerprints accurately
  • The Galaxy A30s is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands
  • The resolution is only 720p which is rather low by today's standards
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio G90T and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30s does lag behind the competition in terms of performance
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • Camera struggles in low-light conditions - it captures hardly any details and underexposes the whole scene, with a lot of noise
  • Camera app does not have a slow-motion mode
  • Overall, the A30s 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 8 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 M30s will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. A stylish smartphone with a few downsides
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  2. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
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