Samsung Galaxy A30s 64GB  +1 variation

price₹ 14,999 onwards

launchSep, 2019

30.2

excellence score

65.7

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 2 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • Eye-catching back panel with a gradient and prism-like finish
  • The fingerprint sensor is sluggish - and cannot recognise fingerprints accurately
  • The Galaxy A30s is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands

Display

  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything looks colour accurate and bright
  • The resolution is only 720p which is rather low by today's standards

Software

  • The Galaxy A30s runs on Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more polished, refined takes on an Android UI, and is one of the best Android UI implementations at present, along with Oxygen OS
  • There are a number of useful features including Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, and a whole bunch of motion gestures such as one-handed mode, Smart Stay, etc, which can be toggled on
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup

Performance

  • Decent performance with a Exynos 7904 processor at the core (similar to Snapdragon 636) - day-to-day use is decent and complex games like PUBG are also playable at reduced graphics settings
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio G90T and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30s does lag behind the competition in terms of performance

Camera

  • Decent triple rear camera setup - primary 25MP sensor + 5MP depth sensor + 8MP ultra-wide sensor
  • The 25MP camera reproduces objects and panoramic scenes well, colours always look vivid - the edges of objects and textures lack clarity, though
  • The Primary camera can also take good macro shots - it capture more details than when in general shots, edges of objects are more distinguishable too
  • Good video quality - on par with that of other phones in this price range
  • Front camera shoots vibrant-looking portraits
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • Camera struggles in low-light conditions - it captures hardly any details and underexposes the whole scene, with a lot of noise
  • Camera app does not have a slow-motion mode

Audio

  • Good Loudspeaker
  • Good call quality - it gets loud enough to make and receive calls from noisy environments

Battery

  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30s's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled 15W fast charger is able to take the battery to about 70 percent in an hour, which is not bad at all

Verdict

  • Overall, the A30s is not quite as good as Samsung's other recent launches in the M and A series
  • It will face very stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which apart from being much more powerful, also takes a big lead in the camera department
  • Even if you want to stick to Samsung, the M30s will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value

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Samsung Galaxy A30s 64GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution720x1560 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Infinity-U Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #51 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G71 MP2
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Other Battery Parameters
  • Internet Usage Time (4G): Upto 13 hrs
  • Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Upto 13 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: Upto 21 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: Upto 77 hrs
  • Talktime (4G): Upto 32 hrs
Fast Charging SupportYes, 15W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight169 gmMedium
Thickness7.8 mmMedium
Width74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide
  • 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Secondary Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor

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