Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo U20 (4GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M30s (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Vivo U20 (4GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy M30s Vivo U20
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Excellence Score
33.1
27.2
Value for Money Score
70.6
63.9
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, 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 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 612
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; Samsung GW2 Sensor, 5MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: 123° Ultra-wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture 16MP: f/1.78 Aperture, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, AI Super Wide Angle, Bokeh, Super Macro, HDR, AI Portrait Framing, Live Photo, Panorama, AR Stickers, Super Wide Angle Video, Time Lapse, Slo-Mo, Video Face Beauty
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP Sensor f/2.0 Aperture, Screen Flash, AI Face Beauty, HDR, Filters, Live Photo, AR Stickers, Mirror Selfie
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, 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 8.9 mmMedium 8.89 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 193 gmHeavy
Width 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 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 N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent looks and build quality - with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - quite similar to the M30 - the only major visual difference is that the triple camera setup gets a wider, rectangular module to house the LED flash and "48 megapixel" branding
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340x1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Night mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M30s' AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Good, strong performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - everyday performance to high-end gaming - everything is handled smoothly
  • Decent rear camera setup - 48MP main sensor + 8MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor
  • With the primary lens, you get bright and attractive photos in daylight conditions with vibrant colours and good contrast - dynamic range is also wide and noise is controlled
  • Switching to the wide-angle lens will offer a new perspective, letting you click a wider area at close range to the subject (it is best used in daylight, however, as wide-angle captures look grainy and noise indoors or in low light)
  • The dedicated Night mode can be used with the main camera - it comes in handy in low-light conditions, extending the shutter time to allow more light into the frame - making for some decent low-light photos
  • Live Focus does a decent job at separating the subject from the background, and giving good bokeh shots
  • The 16MP selfie camera too does a decent job when it comes to capturing selfies outdoors under bright light (though it starts to struggle indoors and in low light, offering softer selfies with a lot of grain)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M30s are decent for the price bracket, even though they are not the best (that title is shared by Xiaomi and Realme phones)
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • With the M-series performing well for Samsung, M30s is well-set to add to that success, delivering a good all-round package with one key differentiator - an incredible battery life - if that is one of your primary concerns in a phone, then the M30s is a no-brainer (if on the other hand you want the best camera or best performance for your buck, you can look at Xiaomi or Realme phones in this price bracket)
  • Stylish, slick, premium looks (looks more expensive than it is), good build quality
  • The rear camera module has a copper accent on the edges, which further adds to the premium-ness
  • The front is modern with a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with a dewdrop notch, and minimal bezels
  • Both the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock are quick
  • The IPS display is crisp, and boasts good legibility and viewing angles
  • Very good performance for the price category with a powerful Snapdragon 675 at the core - it delivers smooth performance not just in daily use, but high-end games like PUBG
  • Decent triple-camera setup at the back: 16-megapixel primary lens + 8-super-wide-angle lens + 2-megapixel super macro lens - in good lighting conditions, the images shot offer good exposure as well as good color production
  • Fast focus speed
  • Good portrait mode - blurs the background quite well and gives you good bokeh effect
  • Good 16-megapixel front facing camera - works well in both day-light and low-light conditions, and has a good portrait mode too
  • Overall, the camera setup on the U20 is pretty decent for the price bracket (but not the best)
  • Excellent battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Fast charging support (18W) - you can recharge your phone's battery in about two-and-half hours
  • If you value performance, battery and design in your phone, the the U20 is another excellent option from Vivo, after its popular predecessor, the U10 - the only area where it lags a little behind the competition from Xiaomi and Realme is the cameras
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Lacks the premium finish of some of its competitors
  • Focusing is slow at times
  • Overall low light camera performance still feels lacking
  • Somewhat bulky
  • 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
  • The super-wide angle camera, and the macro camera, while offering some interesting framing options, are not that good in terms of image quality
  • Low light camera performance from the rear camera setup is average (the Night mode does help a bit though)
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB-C standard
Expert Reviews
  1. It's one of the easiest recommendations to make from Samsung's low- to mid-range portfolio
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Redmi and Realme phones are still better all-rounders than the M30s, but if your use case calls for extreme battery backups, play a lot of games or are brand conscious, the M30s might be well-suited for you
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If battery life ranks very high on your priority list, then you should consider the Galaxy M30s
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Overall, the Galaxy M30s is good choice at competitive price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Decent package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Doesn’t do enough to be a stand-out recommendation
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A flawless device, especially considering how affordable it is
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks impressive...will act as a real threat to existing devices in the same price segment from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Specifically recommended for people who don't’ want to lug a power bank all the time....For them, the Galaxy M30s is definitely worth considering
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers long battery life and good display, consider the M30s
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Galaxy M30s is okay
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Samsung Galaxy M30s has fantastic battery life, good cameras and a bright AMOLED display.. while it has some issues, it is still recommended if you have a budget of around Rs 15,000
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  13. A good option to buy in the price range
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Checks almost all checkboxes for the perfect mid-range device
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The Galaxy M30s is an ideal phone if you want a device that can handle excruciating hours of streaming, gaming and camera use, apart from the usual social media use
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. At this price point, the Galaxy M30s is a great choice for anyone looking for a smartphone with a long-lasting battery
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. If you are one of those who don't like to use a portable charger or frequently forget to charge your device, then this smartphone is no less than a gift
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techpp.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you are looking for a device primarily for gaming then the Vivo U20 should be pretty high on your shortlist...that said, the U20 isn't a perfect all-rounder; the cameras did leave us wanting
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you need a smartphone that does not leave you alone before your day is over even after heavy gaming or hours of video streaming, then Vivo U20 will be the best option for you....But if you love photography and need a good camera smartphone then you sho
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good option for those who want to play graphics-heavy games but don’t want an expensive device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good buy at this price
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Light on your pocket, but a strong performer indeed
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Competent contender in the fierce ongoing battle for the budget space
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a worthy choice in isolation, but its sheen starts to fade a little when it's put in direct comparison with the likes of the Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 -- both of which offer just a little more than the Vivo U20
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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