After testing the Samsung Galaxy A50 (review) and Galaxy M30 (review), we came to the conclusion that these handsets that are less than Rs 20,000 are worth buying. Now the talk of Samsung’s latest smartphone Samsung Galaxy A30, which to a large extent, challenges the Samsung brand’s own Galaxy M30. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how its performance compared to the Galaxy M30? You will know the answer to this question through review…
Samsung Galaxy A30 design
If seen, Samsung Galaxy A30 is a big phone. Samsung has given a 6.4-inch display on the front panel of the Galaxy A30, which comes with a thin border. The lower border is slightly wider. But it does not prick the eyes. The Galaxy A30 has a full-HD + Infinity U display, similar to the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30. Colors come to Vivid due to the Super AMOLED panel. Text and images come to fruition. The company did not mention Gorilla Glass or any other glass protection. However, during the review, there were no scratches on the screen of this phone.
Glossy side and back panels look good but fingerprints fall easily on them. The phone is quite slim. It does not hurt to grip it. The button on the right is given glossy treatment with the remaining edges. The SIM tray has space for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 512 GB). There is space below for the speaker, 3.5mm headphone socket and USB Type-C port.
The rear part may look glass, but it is plastic. In common use, it does not easily scratch marks. The fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone is more upward than our liking. To reach this, we had to stretch our finger a few times. But the sensor works fast.
There is also an option of Face Unlock in the phone, but sometimes it does not work fast even if there is enough light. This device will also not get your raise-to-wake gestures, which means you will have to turn on the display by double tapping.
In the retail box, apart from the phone, you will find SIM eject tool, power adapter with adaptive fast charging, USB Type-C cable and headset. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A30 is a great phone that looks great even after being made of plastic. It will be available in multiple colors but we have a black version available. Which looks more gray than black.
Samsung Galaxy A30 specifications and features
Like the Galaxy M30, the Samsung Galaxy A30 also uses the octa-core Exynos 7904 processor. The Galaxy A30 is available in only one variant in the market with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. Samsung did not elaborate on the specification of the phone on its website. But with the help of select Android diagnostic apps, it is clear that the phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, gyroscope, hall sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, GPS, FM radio and USB-OTG.
The main difference between the two is the OS. The Galaxy M30 runs on the Samsung Experience based on Android 8.1 Oreo, while the Galaxy A30 comes with Samsung’s new One UI based on Android 9 Pie. Our review unit had a security patch of February 2019.
This phone comes with Samsung Pay Mini support which is a cut-down version. With this help, you will be able to setup UPI account, gift card and payment wallet. This device also supports Android Pie Digital Wellbeing. As soon as we started using the phone, we got many promotions from Galaxy apps and that too when we did not even open the app. You can also opt-out when setting up the Samsung App Store.
Samsung Galaxy A30 performance, cameras and battery life
In terms of general chat and productivity apps, the Galaxy A30 has a performance. But the experience is not very smooth. Because the lag is realized when switching to the Bixby homescreen. Whether you open the Gallery app after taking photos or the tab with recent apps to switch between apps, this lack is reflected.
The benchmark scores of this phone did not come out well. Especially when you can buy handsets equipped with MediaTek Helio P70 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processors for the same price.
The good thing is that the phone does not get very hot. It only heats up when the phone’s CPU and GPU are heavily used, such as when playing PUBG Mobile. This phone does not overheat even after shooting many pictures and videos. The Exynos 7904 processor is a great chipset for gaming, but for smooth framerate many times the graphics settings have to be slightly reduced. Games like Asphalt 9 Legends and PUBG Mobile run smoother when the graphics settings are slightly reduced.
While playing games and watching videos on YouTube, the sound coming from the speaker is not very loud. Notification LED is not provided in the phone, but if you wish, you can enable Always-on display for viewing time and notifications.
The Galaxy A30 has a 16-megapixel primary camera with an F / 1.7 incarnation and a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera with no auto-focus. In the camera app, you will find scene optimizer, this feature was first seen in Samsung Galaxy S10 +. This feature automatically identifies the object and adjusts the exposure.
We notice that it also boosts the color slightly. While shooting in landscape mode, sufficient detail is captured, while shooting with a wide-angle sensor, more things can be captured in the frame. The barrel distortion is seen when using a wide angle camera. And due to lack of autofocus, the detail is not captured as much as the primary camera.
In sufficient lighting, macros come with shot detail and colors are also accurate. Edge sharp and well are defined which is good. Despite the wide aperture, the landscape photos in low-light are blurred and there is also a lack of detail. Noise is controlled, but the photo quality is not very good. Switching to a wide-angle sensor makes pictures worse. The picture quality of macros is still slightly better but still below average.
The camera app has Panaroma, Pro and Live Focus modes. With the help of live focus mode you can adjust the background blur level before and after clicking the picture. Edge detection is good. However, when shot in live focus mode in low light, the photos become patchy and there is also a lack of detail.
A 16-megapixel front camera has been given for selfie, which has an aperture F / 2.0. It works correctly in daylight. Selfies are a little soft captures to our liking. But colors are good and HDR also works well when shooting against light. There is also live focus here. But edge detection is weak. In low light the selfie lacks detail and the grains are clearly visible.
A 4,000 mAh battery has been provided to bring life to the phone. In the video loop test, the battery lasted for 15 hours and 8 minutes, which is much better than average. In common use, it will easily support for one day. The fast charger that comes with the phone charges up to 70 percent of the phone’s battery in an hour.
Apart from better battery life, AMOLED display and build quality, there is nothing more special in Samsung Galaxy A30. The Galaxy M30 is expensive at just Rs 1,000, but its camera performance is better and it comes with bigger battery, more RAM and storage. That too with the old Android OS. If you want, you can buy the 4 GB / 64 GB variant of Galaxy M30 at Rs 2,000 cheaply.
Looking at the price, the Galaxy A30 processor does not seem to challenge the Oppo K1 (review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) from anywhere, which gives better app and gaming performance. Galaxy A30 cameras disappoint. The cameras take pictures of average quality even in adequate light and have a depressing output in low light.