Our Opinion

The Vivo Z1x (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo Z1x (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Samsung Galaxy M30s (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo Z1x (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy M30s Vivo Z1x
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Excellence Score
54.8
57.5
Value for Money Score
84.4
85.4
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 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 6.38 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, SCHOTT Xensation Glass
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
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-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 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 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; Sony IMX582 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size, 8MP: 120-degree Ultra-wide lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, AI Filter, Backlight HDR, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Slow motion, Time-lapse, AI Beauty, Live Photo, Fun Video, AI Super Night Mode
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, Fun Video
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 mm 8.13 mm
Weight 188 gm 190 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 4500 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, 22.5W Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; 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
  • 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 colorway (plastic) design that is unapologetically flashy - this one is sure to turn heads
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side
  • Fast, accurate in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock options
  • Beautiful, full HD 6.38-inch Super AMOLED panel - you will get punchy colours, deep blacks, and good sunlight legibility
  • It also has Widevine L1 support which means you’ll be able to stream videos in Full HD on video streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video
  • An interesting addition to the display on the Z1x is the new low brightness anti-flicker mode - when switched on, it reduces screen flicker to alleviate visual fatigue - particularly useful during late-night gaming sessions
  • Funtouch OS is an iOS-look-alike that is filled to the brim with customizations
  • It now also packs a useful Dark mode
  • There is also a dedicated PUBG feature (apart from the separate dedicated Gaming mode) that helps users make the most of their time while in the waiting room (Users can quit the application while waiting for the game to start and the game timer is displayed as a chat bubble in the UI)
  • Very good performance backed by the excellent Snapdragon 712 SoC that powered its predecessor - gamers too won’t be disappointed - the phone is more than capable of playing heavy games, at top graphics settings
  • Thermal management is pretty good too and the phone does not warm up easily
  • Very good set of cameras - front and back - you will get good detailed pictures in all lighting conditions
  • On the rear, the Z1x houses a triple-camera setup that consists of a primary 48MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures from the primary camera are visually appealing, generally saturated, and the colours pop
  • The wide-angle camera also takes images good enough to be shared on social channels
  • The camera application is also pretty comprehensive and houses a dearth of other features like Fun Video and AR stickers
  • There is also a a dedicated night mode present which does help in balancing exposure and getting a bit more detail in low-light scenarios
  • Portrait shots come out reasonably well - with good subject separation
  • The selfie camera is a 32MP snapper and takes really good selfies, especially in good light - there’s an AI Beauty mode too that lets you change just about any feature of your face - you can also play around with a bunch of different portrait effects and edge detection on these portraits is pretty decent too
  • Decent video recording quality - 1080p videos are stabilised well and colour reproduction is also decent (though focus lock can sometimes be jittery) - 4K videos, on the other hand, are a bit jerky
  • Overall, this is a very good camera setup for the price - perhaps only a shade behind the top camera phones of this price bracket - the likes of the Realme X and Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Reasonably loud speaker (though, of course, as usually expected in this price range, it lacks depth)
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500mAh battery - you can easily get 1.5 days of use
  • Vivo has amped up charging speeds on the Z1x too, compared to the Z1 - the phone now supports 22.5W vivo FlashCharge that takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to completely charge the phone from the 15% mark
  • Overall, Vivo Z1x presents itself as another excellent all-rounder alternative from the Vivo camp for the mid-budget segment after the successful Vivo Z1 Pro - it stands up to the likes of Realme X, Oppo K3, Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy A50 - all great phones on their own accord
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 bulky side
  • It still continues to be one of the more cluttered Android UIs however, and can prove to be overwhelming for someone coming from a lighter/stock UI
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. The most mature execution we have seen from Vivo to date...does a great job at standing shoulder to shoulder with the fan favourite offerings from Redmi and Realme
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Definitely an attractive option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. At this price point, the Vivo Z1x is definitely a good smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A well rounded device for the price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Attractive design and good-enough specs
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good mashup of style and performance...worth considering at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A more refined version of the Vivo Z1 Pro
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good phone for the price point...but don't expect a lot
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. One of the best bets in the mid-range smartphone segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Value-for-money phone
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Almost perfect, and at the right price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A great device in every aspect
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. An all-rounder at this price
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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