Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo V11 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo V11 Pro 
Samsung Galaxy M30s Vivo V11 Pro
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Excellence Score
49.5
38.0
Value for Money Score
85.3
74.3
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.41 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 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 microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Dual Pixel, Ultra HD mode, Professional mode, Slow-mo, Time-lapse Photography, Live photo, Bokeh mode, HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, AR Stickers, AI Face Shaping, Time watermark, AI Scene recognition
Secondary Camera 16MP 25.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP Sensor F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait Mode
Internal Memory 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 156 gmMedium
Width 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 3400 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
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Jovi Assistant; 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
  • Good 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 good 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)
  • Super stylish design - the gradient color on the back adds the touch of flair, and plays with light in interesting ways - and then there is the 'tear-drop' notch - there are no two ways about it, the Vivo V11 is a striking-looking device
  • Being polycarbonate (as opposed to the more common metal/glass designs of today), the phone is pretty light too, and likely more durable over the long term
  • Another key USP of the phone is the in-display fingerprint scanner - it works just fine - although, like other such scanners - it's not quite as fast a physical scanner - but even to include such cutting edge tech on a phone at this price is quite an achievement for Vivo
  • Vivo has improved its infrared face unlocking too, using 1024 facial feature points to unlock your device, even in the dark
  • Great, tall AMOLED screen, with the tiny teardrop notch - manages to achieve a fantastic 91.3 percent ratio of screen/body - that ensures that even at 6.41 inches of display, the V11 never feels like a large phone - also colors are rich, the contrast is great, the blacks are suitably deep, and the V11 gets plenty bright enough outdoors - there is also an always-on display option in the lock screen settings that you can use
  • Vivo’s FunTouch OS UI is pretty decent, looks a lot like iOS and delivers a lot of additional functionality - including gesture navigation, app privacy, duplicate apps, gesture shortcuts, and custom shortcut for long-pressing the volume down button
  • Solid all-round performance backed by the efficient Snapdragon 660 and 6GB of RAM - it's butter smooth throughout
  • Very good set of rear dual cameras, especially in daylight (although low light performance is also pretty decent) - the AI chops help, bokeh shots come out good, and overall picture quality is pleasing - all in all, the V11 camera performs admirably for a mid-tier device
  • The selfie camera is good too
  • The single bottom-firing speaker next to the micro-USB port is loud and sounds pretty decent, with generally crisp, clear highs and decent mids
  • Very good battery - the 3400mAh battery on the Vivo V11 lasts at least a day, with heavy use, and a day and a half with more moderate use
  • Quick charging support - Vivo’s Dual Engine Fast Charging tech fills the V11 up in less than an hour and a half
  • On the whole, in the fiercely competitive mid-range market the V11 manages to have a bunch of stand-out features, and is a pretty strong choice - there's not another phone out there for that price to offer under-display fingerprint scanner and a characteristic waterdrop notch - add those gradient paintjobs in the mix and it makes for a very good all-round phone - the phone will compete with the Oppo F9 Pro (it swaps the OLED for an LCD panel, and doesn't have a in-display scanner, but keeps the waterdrop notch, and is cheaper) - of course, there is also the Poco F1 to consider, and if you value sublime performance over stylish looks, then it's a no brainer - but overall, the V11 Pro is still a very good phone on it's own and one with some surprisingly legitimate A.I. smarts
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
  • The V11’s shiny polycarbonate back panel collects fingerprints very quickly
  • Video recording is decent but could have been better with image stabilization
  • Micro-USB charging (instead of USB-C) is a bit of an odd thing for a phone that is otherwise on on the cutting edge of tech
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. In the fiercely competitive mid-range market, the V11 manages to stand out
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Innovative features at an affordable price
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A solid all-rounder at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This is a very good — but not quite great — phone with some surprisingly legitimate A.I. smarts
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A great option for anyone wanting a good-looking daily driver...you can't go wrong with the Vivo V11 Pro
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Mid-ranger with flagship features
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Bites off more than it can chew
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Top-notch camera phone with exceptional design and security features
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Good mix of features and performance at a competitive price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Looks like a phone from 2019
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Love taking selfies and want big, bold bezel-less AMOLED display? Then the Vivo V11 Pro is for you
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
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