Samsung’s midrange offerings for 2019 are doing very well in terms of sales. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy A50. This device is one of the best selling midrange smartphone if not the best selling smartphone according to MemoXpress’ Market Trend Index. The Galaxy A50 was ranked No. 1 best selling midrange smartphone.
During the Galaxy A50’s launch, there was another phone that was released and that’s the Samsung Galaxy A30. It is the more affordable version of the Galaxy A50 with slightly toned down specs. Not much hype was given to this phone and we rarely saw reviews of it. Noq, we have one for review so let’s do a quick tour and review and give our initial verdict.
Samsung Galaxy A30 specs:
- Octa Core Exynos 7904 processor
- Mali G71 MP2 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 512GB
- 6.4-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Dual Rear Cameras
- 16 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
- 5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, (ultrawide)
- 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), USB Type C
- Sensors – accelerometer, proximity, compass
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charge
- Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
- Price: Php 13,990
Related article – Samsung Galaxy A50 Review
The overall look and feel of the Galaxy A30 is very much similar from its more expensive midrange sibling, the Galaxy A50. Even the screen size and resolution are very much the same – full HD, Super AMOLED, 6.4-inches. From the hardware stand point, the noticeable difference between the two are placement of the fingerprint scanner and the cameras. The Galaxy A30 has a physical, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and a dual camera system whereas the Galaxy A50 has an under display fingerprint scanner and a triple camera set up.
Since we like the look and simplistic feel of the Galaxy A50, we do love the overall look and feel of the A30 – simple yet elegant looking, You’ll never notice that the phone is made of polycarbonate and not glass. Samsung is known for making good quality phones whatever price category a phone belongs. The Galaxy A30 is well built, easy to hold with one hand. Though it is quite slippery due to the glossy finish to it, Samsung included a soft jelly case to protect your phone. Nice one!
Samsung’s new One UI, a custom skin on top of Android, got really good feedback from tech bloggers everywhere because of its simplistic look, less bloatware and easy one-hand use. It is also nice to see all of Samsung’s Galaxy A-series all running Android 9.0 Pie with One UI on it.
Underneath the hood, we have an Exynos 7904 powering the device. Compared with the Exynos 9610 on the Galaxy A50, the Exynos 7904 has slightly slower processing speeds. Don’t get us wrong, the phone performs very well on our tests but it has certain limits when it comes to intense gaming. But for everyday tasks like social media, camera, video streaing, email, messaging, it will do just fine.
Another difference from the Galaxy A50 are the cameras. The Galaxy A30 may have different camera modules with slightly lower megapixel count, it is still a very capable and very impressive camera system. Photos taken from the dual cameras and the 16MP selfie camera are quite good. There are certain distortions when taking photos on the ultrawide lens but for us it is forgivable.
Here check out some of our sample photos.
Normal vs Wide Angle
We only had the phone for 24 hours and we are quite impressed with its internet and call quality. Calls are clear with no issues, No drop calls were encoutered. 4G/LTE signal remains stable on our Smart LTE SIM and internet speeds are very good. Fingerprint Scanner works faster than the under display one on the Galaxy A50.
The Samsung Galaxy A30 is great alternative to the Galaxy A50. For Php 13,990 you get a fairly decent processor, an equally impressive screen, good cameras, decent internet and call quality, great build quality and long lasting battery life due to its big 4,000 mAh battery.
We think it is better than its competitors like the Huawei Nova 3i. Other smartphones with similar pricing are the Realme 3 Pro, OPPO F9 and Vivo Y95. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the Samsung Galaxy A20 priced at Php 9,990.
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