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Samsung Galaxy A30

Colours:
BlackBlueRed
Memory:
64GB
RAM:
4GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 512 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Good display
  • Impressive software experience
  • Acceptable battery performance
Cons
  • Average cameras
  • Performance could have been better

Specifications

General
Launch DateMarch 2, 2019 (Official)
BrandSamsung
ModelGalaxy A30
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height158.5 mm
Width74.7 mm
Thickness7.7 mm
Weight165 grams
ColoursBlack, Blue, Red
Display
Screen Size6.4 inches (16.26 cm)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density403 ppi
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)84.74 %
Performance
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 7 Octa 7904
ProcessorOcta core (1.8 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A73 + 1.6 GHz, Hexa Core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-G71 MP2
RAM4 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 49.6 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution16 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 23 Hours(3G)
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
SAR ValueHead: 0.413 W/kg
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Audio FeaturesDolby Atmos
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy A30 competing against the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a weak competitor. It shines in terms of an AMOLED display, One UI which doesn’t serve you ads, and Samsung’s brand value. However, the phone is a big let-down in terms of cameras, and performance. While the battery and build are design, they are not as good as the competition. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, we suggest you pick the Redmi Note 7 Pro and disable the ads.

Introduction:

Samsung has had a significant setback in the budget and mid-range segment in India thanks to the rivals like ASUS, Honor, Xiaomi which are currently ruling the sub Rs 20,000 price segment. This made the brand go back basics and start building their line-up from the ground up again. This change made the brand introduce the Galaxy A and M series in India which are mainly focused on the young audience. One such launch is the Galaxy A30 which we are reviewing today. Read along to see if it's worth the money you’re spending.

Samsung Galaxy A30 specifications: The Samsung Galaxy A30 sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Infinity-U Super AMOLED display. It is powered by the Exynos 7904 14nm Octa-Core processor with Mali-G71 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and another variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with One U.I.

As for the optics, the Galaxy A30 features dual rear cameras consisting of a 16MP primary shooter with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, and a 5MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is a 16MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The Galaxy A30 has a read-mounted fingerprint sensor. It measures: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm and connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C. There is a 4000mAh battery with fast charging on board.

Design & Display:

Right out of the bat, let’s clear one thing, the Galaxy A30 packs an all-plastic build. However, the build quality is quite solid, and the rear panel gets glass finishing which reflects light. Despite the large 6.4 footprints, the phone is easily usable with one hand, but the fingerprint sensor placement is a bit high to our liking. We had to push our index finger a little higher always to authenticate. Like the Galaxy A50, the A30 to get Infinity U design that offers impressive screen-to-body ratio for media and gaming consumption. There is a sizeable chin at the bottom, but we were okay with it. The rear panel curved to the edges but attracted fingerprints and smudges quite easily, and this could be an issue if you are obsessed with cleanliness.

Moving to placements, up front we have the 16MP front-facing camera placed in the Waterdrop notch, the usual set of sensors, and the capacitive buttons are present within the display. On the right, you have the power and volume rocker buttons which are tactile and offer good feedback. While on the left, there is a SIM tray. The USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack are present on the bottom. There is nothing on the top. The rear is where you find the dual camera setup, LED flash, Samsung branding and a fingerprint sensor. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, the build, design of the Galaxy A30 is quite impressive for the pricing.

The Samsung Galaxy A30 sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Infinity-U Super AMOLED display. It is quite refreshing to see Samsung include an AMOLED panel on a smartphone in the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment. Like with most AMOLED screens, the panel used on the Galaxy A30 offers really crisp, bright and vibrant colour output. The outdoor visibility is very impressive as we were able to access content on the phone with maximum brightness as well. There is an Ambient light sensor as well which automatically adjusts the brightness based on the surrounding-lightings. The viewing angles are impressive; the content on the phone is clearly visible even from extreme angles when tilted. The touch response is smooth even while playing games as well.

Thanks to a nifty little feature like always-on-display, users get a glimpse of the notifications on the screen without having to turn on the screen. Since it is a 1080p panel, colours, text, image look sharp and accurate, which is a good thing. Thanks to ultra-slim bezels and impressive screen-to-body ratio, we had a good time watching videos and playing games. The software includes the ability to tweak the colour temperature of the display. Overall, the display of the Galaxy A30 is very impressive and that too coming from Samsung.

Performance:

Samsung Galaxy A30 is powered by the Exynos 7904 14nm Octa-Core processor with Mali-G71 GPU and 4GB RAM. With Redmi Note 7 Pro knocking out of the park with Snapdragon 675, Samsung should have opted for a better chipset at this price. Moving along, the phone was able to handle most apps including browsing, social media, calling, messages easily without any lag or stutters. The phone was even able to handle multitasking with 5-6 apps running actively in the background. One UI is smooth and was able to handle transitions and animations were smooth without any stutters. However, the phone shows its real colours if you push it to its boundaries.

The One UI which is significantly responsive and lag-free becomes slow and non-responsive if you have too many apps or tasking running in the background. The chipset can’t really handle high-end tasks, and this will be a let-down if you are planning on using phone non-stop. Moving to the gaming department, we played a wide range of games including PUBG, Asphalt 9, Nova 3, Leo’s Fortune, and more. These games become playable only when the graphics are set to medium or low and won’t run well on high-end graphics. The phone packs a fingerprint sensor and face unlock both of which are very responsive and unlock the phone almost instantly. Overall, the performance of the Galaxy A30 is decent but could have done a lot better.

Cameras:

The Samsung Galaxy A30 features dual rear cameras consisting of a 16MP primary shooter with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, and a 5MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is a 16MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture. There’s also Pro mode but is only limited to ISO, white balance, and exposure. Moving along, given the good lighting conditions, the images have decent details, bright colours and no noise in them. Turning on the HDR mode brightens the image and improves the dynamic range as well. The Macro shots have good depth effect making them shareable social right after it is processed. As for the portrait shots, the edge detection is decent; it was able to differentiate background from the subject well for the most cases.

The camera app also includes the ability to change the background blur in portrait shots with standard bokeh to effects. The rear camera can record 1080p videos but misses out 4K even. The quality of the video is usable even though it lacks any stabilisation. Moving to low-light, the images have noise in them and pretty washed out in terms of colours. The inclusion of LED flash makes the images brighter to a certain extent but not on the levels of social shareable.

The front gets a 16MP shooter sitting inside the notch. The photos are good with minimal noise and grains. The front camera too has a portrait mode, and as the rear, it is a hit or miss depending on the lighting. Overall, the cameras of the Galaxy A30 is pretty average for the pricing.

Battery:

The Samsung Galaxy A30 like most in the A-series packs the same 4000mAh battery with fast charging. During the time we were testing the Galaxy A30, we used it as our primary phone with main SIM installed in it. On a regular day with mixed usage that includes clicking pictures, shooting video, streaming content, navigation, listening to music, social media, the phone was able to last until the late evening making you charge once again before you end the day. However, the good thing about the phone is that there’s no idle battery drain, nor the battery percentage dropped drastically as well.

Moving to heavy usage that includes gaming, editing pictures, streaming videos through 4G, the battery lasted until the evening which again needs to be charged to end the day. If you are a person who uses the phone for casual usage like taking calls, sending messages and more, you can push into the second day. In our video loop test, the Galaxy A30 lasted close to 14 hours which is quite good. Thanks to the 15W fast charging support, the phone took close to 2 hours 30 minutes to charge the massive 4000mAh battery from 1-100%. Overall the battery of the A30 is very impressive and gets off with flying colours.

Audio & Video:

Samsung has bundled a pair of earphones in the box, but they’re not in-ear style so you might want to buy a pair separately. Moving along, the audio quality when tested with the headphones we had with us was pretty impressive. The bass is good, and the vocals were very clear even with maximum volume. The default music player was able to play a wide range of music formats without any problem. The loudspeaker is present on the bottom. Hence, your hands might block it when you are holding the phone in landscape mode. There’s no squeaking sounds or distortion heard when the volume is kept at a maximum.

As for the video department, the Galaxy A30 could play a wide range of formats including 1080p at maximum brightness. Thanks to impressive screen-to-body ratio, we really had a pleasant experience watching movies/TV shows on the phone. There’s no heating issue even when playing on 4G LTE. Overall, the audio and video experience on the Galaxy A30 was pitch perfect.

Software & Ui:

The Samsung Galaxy A50 runs on Android 9.0 with brand new One UI custom skin on top. Bundling the latest OS out of the box clearly depicts just how serious Samsung is taking the mid-range segment which is lost in the last couple of years. Moving along, Experience UI after the laggy TouchWiz was quite refreshing and now One UI is yet another refinement from Samsung and is a testament to show what Samsung can do with all the years of R&D. The UI is bold and has a sizeable layout in all menus which Samsung claims to have been designed keeping in mind the one-handed usage.

The default menu options are now moved to the bottom, so it is easily accessible when using such tall phones. The icons and texts are enlarged making it easily accessible and readable especially for elderly users. The app drawer is available by swiping up from the main home screen and swiping from the app drawer brings you back to the home screen. Gestures like these make the UI more usable and practical. There is also support for gestures which hides the navigation buttons giving you more room for screen real-estate. There is also a night-mode and blue light filter.

There is a theme store for customisation; most of the themes are free while some are paid. It also features Google’s Digital Wellbeing which you can use to see app usage times, and more. The lockscreen shows ads from third-party services, but they can be easily disabled from the “lock screen stories” options. Apart from default apps, the phone comes with Microsoft app suite, Daily hunt, Samsung apps and more. These can’t be uninstalled unless rooted.

The phone comes in two variants; 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM and we suggest you pick the high-end option if you were to choose the Galaxy A30. The RAM management is good; the phone could have the 5-6 active apps running in the background without any crashing. We didn’t notice any lag or hiccups with UI animations and transitions as well. Overall, Samsung’s One UI is the most practical software skin from the Korean brand in years.

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