Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Vivo Z1 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) 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 M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo Z1 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M30s Vivo Z5x
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Excellence Score
54.8
50.7
Value for Money Score
84.4
86.0
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update 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
Display Features Super AMOLED N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
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 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, AI filter, Backlight HDR, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light, AR stickers, Slow motion, Time Lapse, AI Beauty, Live Photo
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Samsung SK3P8SP Sensor F/2.0 Aperture, AI Filters, AR stickers, Portrait light effects, Live Photo, AI Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 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 8.9 mm 8.85 mm
Weight 188 gm 201 gm
Width 75.1 mm 77.3 mm
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, 15W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration 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)
  • Attractive, eye-catching glossy plastic rear panel with a beautiful multi-coloured gradient finish, that catches the light as you tilt the phone around
  • The front is sharp and modern with a 6.54-inch Full HD+ display, thin bezels, and a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the display
  • On the whole, the Z1 Pro is arguably the best designed phone of this price segment
  • Has a handy dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Large, sharp Full HD+ display, with good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility - you get an immersive experience while watching videos, playing games and consuming other multimedia content on it
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS UI is fairly feature packed, and aesthetically is similar to iOS
  • There is also now a ‘Dark Mode’ feature that turns almost all the popular apps dark
  • The Vivo Z1 Pro also has a gaming assistant and mode rolled into one called Game Cube - it offers functions like blocking background calls, blocking notifications, reject calls during gaming, turning on Esports Mode and other things
  • Excellent, class-leading performance with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor - you will get snappy performance all-round, and even high-end games will run effortlessly in their 'high graphics' settings
  • The smartphone also has good temperature control, so even with long times of gaming, there isn't much heating up
  • Good set of triple rear cameras (16-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor)
  • You get some pretty detailed photos in most lighting conditions - the color reproduction and balancing is quite accurate as well
  • On the front, it comes with a excellent 32-megapixel snapper, which again does very well with details
  • Overall, this is a good camera setup for the price bracket, and only a bit behind the top cameras of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the Realme 3 Pro
  • Excellent battery life, with a huge 5000mAh battery - you will get a comfortable 2 days even with heavier use
  • Fast charging support - the device goes from 0 to 100% in 2 hours - which is pretty decent for the battery size
  • The Z1 Pro looks like a smart winner from the Vivo camp, with hardly any flaws, and an excellent performance to price ratio - if you value performance in a phone, or are into gaming, this is the mid-range phone to get - if you are looking for the best possible cameras instead, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and Realme 3 Pro have a slight advantage
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
  • On the heavy and bulky side (thanks to the large battery it packs)
  • The display does not have a Widevine L1 certification - as a result, you can stream videos available on the over-the-top platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos at a maximum resolution of only 480p — not HD or fullHD
  • For people who like a stock Android interface though, Funtouch OS may not be to their taste (once again, it's more iOS like in its aesthetic, and also packs some bloatware)
Expert Reviews
  1. 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 »
  2. If battery life ranks very high on your priority list, then you should consider the Galaxy M30s
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Overall, the Galaxy M30s is good choice at competitive price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Decent package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Doesn’t do enough to be a stand-out recommendation
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A flawless device, especially considering how affordable it is
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. 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 »
  9. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers long battery life and good display, consider the M30s
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy M30s is okay
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A good option to buy in the price range
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. 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 »
  13. 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 »
  14. 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 »
  15. Checks almost all checkboxes for the perfect mid-range device
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. techpp.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Strong all-rounder...Definitely worth considering in this price bracket
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Fully loaded smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the better smartphones in its price segment...recommended buy
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Competent mid-ranger...An excellent choice, especially if design is your primary consideration
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If gaming is your main focus and you want a phone that looks good, you do not need to look any further than this
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Pretty solid offering
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A mixed bag of hits and misses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Overall well-rounded device... look like a winner
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fantastic phone at these prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
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