Galaxy A30s Quick Review: Significant Upgrades Over Galaxy A30
Karamchand Rameshwar - Sep 16, 2019
The Galaxy A30s is a significant upgrade over its predecessor Galaxy A30 in several aspect, though it has one weaker thing that might be a deal breaker.
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Last week, Samsung launched the Galaxy A30s and Galaxy A50s in the Indian market. The Galaxy A30s is already available for sale at Rs. 16,999 in the country for the single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. So is this Galaxy A30s worth the price in this segment?
When holding the Galaxy A30s, the first notable thing I see compared to the Galaxy A30 is that the back design is nicer and the lack of fingerprint scanner.
In addition, the handset is added with a third camera sensor, also the camera setup is stacked vertically.
The back is designed with geometric patterns to create interesting visual effects and this design is also available on the higher-end Galaxy A50s.
The version I hold in hand is the Prism Crush Black variant. It looks elegant, and has an interesting gradient color effect when the light reflected on.
Overall, the design of the back color is not really new and have been used by many manufacturers from the mid-to-high-end segment.
One minus point about the design of the Galaxy A30s is that it still uses plastic, but it still feels seamless and easy to hold in the palm. In addition to the Samsung logo that is imprinted, the back does not have any information that causes a cumbersome feeling.
Now, let's go over the specifications of the Galaxy A30s in detail.
The bottom of the Galaxy A30s houses a USB-C connector that supports fast charging of the 4,000 mAh battery, external speakers, microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There is only a second recording mic at the top of the phone.
The right side of the device is the power button and the volume rocker.
The left side is the SIM tray.
Coming to the front, the Galaxy A30s uses an Infinity-V screen with a small notch, this is where the 16 MP selfie camera is integrated.
The bezels on both sides are quite thin, but the relatively thick bottom border makes the front a bit unbalanced but in the mid-range segment, you can’t really ask for more on the Galaxy A30s.
The screen of the Galaxy A30s has 6.4 inch in size and it is comfortable enough for gaming and media purposes. However, the display only has HD+ resolution, it is quite confusing because its Galaxy A30 predecessor has a Full-HD+ display instead.
Just like the Galaxy A30, the Galaxy A30s still has a 16 MP selfie camera that supports autofocus, portrait, and several other beauty modes.
Galaxy A30s is still equipped with the Exynos 7904 processor along with 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB storage. With that, it would be enough for daily tasks and games at a decent level. It still integrates a 4,000 mAh battery that can be used in a day and supports fast charging of 15W.
Now, let’s move to the upgrades of the Galaxy A30s over its predecessor . First, the Galaxy A30s has an in-screen fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy A30 only comes with a physical one. However, it is worth noting that this is an optical fingerprint sensor that has a slower response speed than the one on the Galaxy S10 or the latest Galaxy Note 10. Moreover, it should also not be as reliable and fast as the rear-mounted one of the Galaxy A30.
In terms of camera, the Galaxy A30s is added with a 25 MP main sensor, combined with an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. To recall, the Galaxy A30’s dual camera setup includes a 16MP main sensor and a 5MP ultra-wide shooter.
Its camera system supports many features such as portrait mode, autofocus, HDR, Panorama, wide-angle photography when you travel or capture certain landscapes.
Compared to the Galaxy A30, the Galaxy A30s has a more beautiful, more fashionable design, an upgraded triple camera system, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.