In the last few weeks, Samsung has aggressively populated the price segment between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 with a total of 5 different M-series and A-series phones (each with multiple variants). (Samsung Galaxy A30 review  हिंदी में पढ़े)

So, there surely is no dearth of choice here and there is something for all budgets. The A-series phones are the more premium of the lot and include the advantage of AMOLED displays, premium design, and the Android Pie based new One UI. These are all really cool feature to have on an affordable phone, and the Galaxy A30 is the most affordable phone in Samsung’s lineup to check these valuable boxes.

But, is the Galaxy A30 the phone you should buy? Is it better than the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review)? Well, let’s discuss in details in our Galaxy A30 review.

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Samsung Galaxy A30 Price and Specifications

Model Samsung Galaxy A30
Display 6.4 FHD+ Infinity-U display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 2.2Ghz Octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB, Dedicated card slot (expandable up to 512GB)
Software Android 9 Pie based One UI
Primary Camera 16MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2, Ultra-wide)
Front Camera 16MP
Fingerprint sensor Yes, rear-mounted
Battery 4000mAh with fast charging supported
Price 4GB of RAM + 64GB storage – Rs. 16,990

Samsung Galaxy Unboxing: What’s In The Box?

Samsung recently adopted fully biodegradable packaging and the Galaxy A30 seems to be coming in one such pack. It’s a simple box and here’s everything that you will find inside:

  • Galaxy A30 handset
  • Travel Adapter
  • USB Type-C Data cable
  • Earphones
  • Ejection Pin
  • TPU Soft Case Cover
  • User manual and documentation

Samsung Galaxy A30 Review: Design and Build Quality

As soon as I held the Galaxy A30 in my hand, it made a positive impression with its design and build quality. In fact, I believe it is one factor where it has edge over the competition.

It is slim and feels literally light as a feather. It shares the same design ethos as its sibling the Galaxy A50 (review). ‘3D Glasstic’ – that’s what Samsung calls its glass-finish, and even when the material used is polycarbonate, the phone feels really premium.

Many users might place it below the actual glass on Redmi Note 7 Pro, but if you trust us, the blend of glossy finish with a gradient really works and the A30 feels more ergonomic and comfortable in hands.

The fascia of the phone is dominated by a vibrant 6.4-inch screen with a U-shaped notch at the top housing the selfie camera. And there’s a sizable chin below the display.

Like all new Samsung phones, Galaxy A30 too comes with USB Type-C port at the bottom, placed next to a mono speaker.

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As far as design goes, the only thing that differentiates the A30 from A50 is the placement of a fingerprint sensor. While the A50 gets an in-display one, the A30 makes do with the good old physical fingerprint sensor, but its placed a bit too high especially if you have small hands.

Considering everything, the Galaxy A30 is certainly one of the best-looking devices in its price segment (if not the best).

Samsung Galaxy A30 Review: Display

The display is what gives the Galaxy A30 an upper hand on. Samsung has opted for a Super AMOLED screen for this budget offering without cutting corners in resolution. The A30 houses a 6.4-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You get punchy colors and is bright enough for comfortable use under harsh sunlight.

Another thing that Samsung has done right is to get the Widewine L1 certification for HD streaming. What difference that makes you may ask? Well, this means is that the Galaxy A30 will supports HD streaming on apps that Netflix, Prime Videos, Hotstar and etc. thus allowing you to make the most of this fabulous screen.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Review: Performance and Software

Can the Galaxy A30 match the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro on performance front?

The South-Korean behemoth uses its own Exynos series 7 chip inside. The Galaxy 30 packs an octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. This is the same chip that you’d find on Galaxy M20 (review) and Galaxy M30 (review).

In terms of benchmark scores, it is no way near the Redmi Note 7 Pro. We didn’t face any issue with day-to-day usage, but high-end games like PUBG didn’t run well.

Having said that, the Galaxy A30 has a clear advantage in terms of overall user experience especially thanks to Samsung’s new One UI.

It is one of the cleanest, user and resources friendly custom interfaces on Android today. The menus and settings have been optimized for single hand operation, which really makes a difference when operating these big screen phones. With Android Pie, it also gets Digital Wellbeing right out of the box, that means you get effective tools to monitor and control your smartphone usage in a better way.

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Samsung Galaxy A30 Camera Review

The Samsung Galaxy A30 camera specs make an impressive read on paper. The phone features a dual-lens setup with 16MP primary sensor (f/1.7 aperture) and 5MP ultra-wide sensor (f/2.2 aperture). The later has the same 123-degree field of view as Samsung’s new 2019 flagship the Galaxy S10 Plus (review). For selfie lovers, there’s a 16MP camera on the front.

The camera app has everything sorted. The interface is also user-friendly. As far as camera performance goes, performance in proper lighting stands out.

The A30 was able to lock the focus quickly and there was no shutter lag. Here are a few camera samples that will give you a better idea.

Samsung Galaxy A30 selfie camera is able to address tricky lighting well.
Samsung Galaxy A30 regular shot
Samsung Galaxy A30 wide-angle shot

Samsung Galaxy A30 Review: Battery

Even though the phone feels extremely light, Samsung hasn’t compromised on the battery part. In fact, it comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery. Thanks to well-optimized software and hardware, we were able to extract more than a day’s worth of usage on a single charge.

In 2019, Samsung seems to have had a change of heart and is now shipping almost every new phone with a 15W fast charger. The Galaxy A30 also gets one bundled within the box and supports fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Review Verdict: Should You Buy One?

In 2019, Samsung has radically changed its mid-range gameplay. The company is working hard to please young consumers and the Galaxy A30 is mostly a step in the right direction. It makes a compelling case for itself with its gorgeous screen, appealing design, Android Pie based clean software and a massive battery.

On the other hand, hardcore performance and intense gaming are areas where it flounders. The chipset used puts it at a performance disadvantage against the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The Galaxy A50 fixes these flaws and is the Samsung phone gaming enthusiasts may consider instead. And yes, the new software interface and an enhanced design make Galaxy A30 a better choice than the Galaxy M30.

So, basically, we have no qualms about recommending Galaxy A30 to consumers with light usage who aren’t much into high-end gaming.

Pros

  • Stunning AMOLED screen
  • HD streaming support
  • Android Pie based One UI
  • Battery mileage
  • USB Type-C port and fast charging
  • Triple Slot for SIM and SD card

Cons

  • Not suitable for hardcore gaming
  • No notification light
  • Attract too many smudges

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