Our Opinion

The Vivo V15 Pro (6GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo V15 Pro (6GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy M30s Vivo V15 Pro
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Excellence Score
49.5
51.5
Value for Money Score
85.3
74.6
Price ₹ 14,999 onwards ₹ 18,770 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Feb, 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 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2316 pixels (~ 400 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 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 612
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 48MP + 8MP + 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 48MP: PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP Sensor F/2.0 Aperture, Pop-up camera, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 8.21 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 185 gmMedium
Width 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 3700 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, Dual-Engine Fast Charging
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; 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)
  • Eye-catching, attractive design, like a lot of recent Vivo and Oppo phones - the back of the phone is all sorts of interesting, with gradient style colorways - it’s definitely going to turn heads
  • On the front, the phone is all screen - and looks really damn good - it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all-screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far
  • This is not a small phone, but the gently curved edges and back make it very comfortable to hold - Vivo has also done a really good job with weight distribution, and the phone nestles very easily in the palm of your hand
  • There’s a direct shortcut for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone - double clicking the button activates Google Lens or Vivo’s own Jovi image recognition
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner works perfectly well
  • There's also perfectly capable face recognition that uses the unique pop-up selfie camera (takes less than half a second to pop-out)
  • The large, vibrant, 6.23 inch display Super AMOLED display of course stands out - the screen is nice and sharp with crisp text rendering - it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience - it also gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use in direct sunlight
  • On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth
  • The Snapdragon 675 is a pretty good performer, just a notch below the 710 is real life use cases - navigating through the interface and jumping between apps is very smooth, and playing games like PUBG is also a very enjoyable experience (even with graphics set to high)
  • Pretty decent set of rear cameras - especially in day light - the Vivo V15 Pro has three different rear camera modules - there’s a 5MP depth-sensing camera, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and of course a 48MP primary camera - while you can shoot full resolution, 48MP, shots from the camera, it works best when pixel-binned to 12MP
  • Particularly useful is the ultra wide lens - which gives a really nice way to get a very different perspective
  • Very good popup selfie camera - that pops out in under half a second - and produces some good quality images in most lighting conditions - there's also a very powerful beauty mode, if you are into that sort of stuff - overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAh battery -with moderate use the phone can give you up to 1.5 days
  • Supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging - you get a 25 percent charge in 15 minutes - and a full charge in about 1 and a half hours
  • Overall, the V15 Pro is another great, innovative device from the Vivo camp - you can go for it if you want a good balance between performance and design, and an amazing, true 'full screen' display - if on the other hand you are looking for the best rear camera experience or the best performance - look instead at the Poco F1, OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20
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 volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach
  • The location of the fingerprint touchpoint for the in-display scanner is a little too low on the screen and you might find yourself having to bend your thumb over a bit too much to unlock the phone
  • Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glass back, the usual caveats apply - the phone is slippery, and is nearly impossible to keep the back clean of fingerprints and smudges (having said that, Vivo is throwing a well-designed case in the box, which takes care of these issues)
  • The lack of Widewine L1 certification means that the phone can’t stream HD videos on Netflix or Amazon (they will stream at 540p resolution)
  • It is still pretty much a clone of iOS though - and that might not be everyone's cup of tea
  • It also packs a bunch of bloatware (mostly un-installable, thankfully)
  • It's also somewhat buggy at places - for instance the aggressive battery management means that it sometimes force closes apps unexpectedly
  • It does get slightly warm though, when put under heavy continuous load
  • Sound quality during video recording is pretty average
  • Overall, the rear cameras are good, but they are still a notch below the top competitors - the Pocophone, Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T (on the other hand, the front camera of the V15 Pro is arguably better than that of these three)
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C
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. Strongly depends on its unique features in the price range
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Might not be the best choice for everyone, but it does stand out with its design and innovations
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T is probably still a better value overall because they have a more premium build and chipset, but the V15 Pro has a totally uninterrupted display and the best selfie camera of the three
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Vivo has created an impressive package with the performance to back the design up
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Looks pretty damn amazing, and the expansive display is gorgeous for heavy multimedia consumers...but if you’re always trying out the next high-end smartphone game, the Snapdragon 675 chipset might seem a bit limiting
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Lives up to the hype...ticks all the major points
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brings high-end features down to a mid-range package...one of the best options in its segment
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Innovative but far from great
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are considering a device with new innovations, then Vivo V15 Pro is a good option
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If style matters to you, the Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of style
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. You get a great design and camera, but the UI is lacking
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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