Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 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 M30 (3GB RAM, 32GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Samsung Galaxy M30 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M30 Vivo U10
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Excellence Score
28.0
27.7
Value for Money Score
77.9
82.3
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 7,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.35 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP2 Adreno 610
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP + 5MP 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
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: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: 123-degree Wide-angle Lens, Bokeh Mode 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: Ultra-wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI filter, HDR, Portrait bokeh, Slow Motion Video, Time-lapse, Ai Beauty
Secondary Camera 16MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, AI Filters, AI Beauty, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mmMedium 8.92 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 191 gmHeavy
Width 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 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) 31.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters 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 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Stylish, slick, premium looks (looks more expensive than it is), good build quality
  • The grip is comfortable enough to operate the phone with one hand
  • The front is modern with a 6.35-inch HD+ IPS display that offers 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio, and a dewdrop notch
  • Both the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock are quick
  • Decent 6.35-inch HD+ IPS display - good for watching videos and consuming content
  • Very good performance for the price category with a powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core - it's capable enough for smooth performance not just in daily use, but high-end games like PUBG
  • Decent rear and front camera performance, overall, for the price bracket (not best in class though)
  • There is a three-camera setup on Vivo U10's back panel, that includes a primary 13MP sensor, 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor
  • You get fairly good and clear pictures in daylight
  • Portrait mode works quite well too
  • Excellent battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Fast charging support - you can recharge your phone's battery to about 80% in just one hour, which is quite good
  • The U10 is an overall excellent device from Vivo for the 10k price bracket, and looks capable enough to give a fight to the Redmis and Realmes of the world
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The lowlight performance of the rear and front cameras, is pretty average
  • No 4k video recording, and no stabilisation at 1080p
  • Somewhat bulky and boxy - it's a handful at 8.92mm thick and 190.5g in weight
  • The glossy back finish attracts scratches and fingerprints
  • Vivo's Funtouch UI is one of the heavier Android skins around, and packs plenty of bloatware - which means that if you like your phones simple and fuss-free, it's not the best option around
  • Low light performance is average (there is plenty of noise)
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Seriously competitive hardware on a tight budget
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Performance, cameras, and battery life are the three parameters that matter the most for a budget smartphone and the Vivo U10 does good on all three of them....it should not have a problem competing with Redmi and Realme phones in the budget segment
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Not the best package in this price bracket...there are more compelling alternatives such as the Redmi Note 8 smartphone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The complete package under 10k
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good choice for an average smartphone user on a budget
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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