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Samsung Galaxy A30 Review

Unique Design and Infinity-U Notch and 4000mAh Battery

With an extensive number of smartphones out there, you can easily find one which can easily fit into your budget with all the features you need. There are so many smartphone manufacturers – offering smartphones with fully-baked features for what you would expect from a budget-friendly smartphone and that is what actually makes them an obvious choice.

Samsung which is now the world’s biggest smartphone brand recently confirmed that all J-series will be replaced by Galaxy A-Series. That’s the reason we have been seeing Samsung’s Galaxy A-Series smartphones one after another at affordable rates. The Samsung Galaxy A30 in the UK is one of them – featuring a flagship-level design, Super AMOLED display and much more.

The key features of Galaxy A30 are related to 4000mAh non-removable battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 16MP + 5MP rear cameras, Exynos 7904 Chipset and 6.4-inches Super AMOLED display. Read on our Samsung Galaxy A30 Review to find out more including its release date and pricing details.

Samsung A30

Samsung Galaxy A30 Pricing and Availability:

The smartphone has been announced worldwide officially and available on stores to get your hands on. The official Samsung Galaxy A30 release date in the UK was somewhere back in April and it’s up for sale as well. The handset comes in three sensational colours to choose from – Black, Blue, and Red.

As for Samsung Galaxy A30 Price in the UK, it set users back £169-214. Online stores i.e. Amazon UK and PriceSpy have that beast onboard and you can easily but it from there. 

At that price tag, it’s quite hard to make a case for a smartphone. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with it but as far as other Samsung’s phones are concerned, it gets overshadowed. The Galaxy M30 offers a bigger battery, more storage, and more RAM at a similar price point. But if you spend a little more, Samsung Galaxy A50 will be the best option for you then.

Samsung A30 Mobile Phone

Samsung Galaxy A30 Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
PRICEAround £169-214
LAUNCH DATEAnnounced2019, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2019, March

UK Release Date April, 2019
BODYBuildFront glass, plastic body
Dimensions158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm (6.24 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)
Weight165 g (5.82 oz)
SimSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DESIGN & DISPLAYResolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)Android 9.0 (Pie)
ChipsetExynos 7904 (14 nm)
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Octa-core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Mali-G71 MP2
STORAGEInternal Memory64/32 GB
RAM4 / 3GB RAM

64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Memory CardmicroSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)
CAMERARear ( Dual )16 MP + 5 MP
Rear Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
Rear Camera Video[email protected]
Secondary (Selfie) ( Single )16 MP, f/2.0
Secondary Camera Features8 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1.12µm, AF
Secondary Camera Video[email protected]
CONNECTIVITYWireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
ColoursBlack, Blue, Red
ModelsSM-A305F/DS, SM-A305FN/DS (Global); SM-A305G/DS, SM-A305GN/DS, SM-A305YN

Samsung Galaxy A30 Design

The design of Galaxy A30 most probably be the biggest attraction as it resembles Galaxy A50 – thanks to the sleek curves on the corners. As compared to Galaxy A50, the handset is a little bigger with Super AMOLED display which looks amazing. However, it’s thin and light enough to give you comfort while holding in a hand and your finger can easily reach on a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with ease.

Volume rockers alongside a power button are holding their position on the right-hand side and it has a waterdrop-like notch on the top of the screen to sport a front-facing camera. At first glance, you may find a notch as an irritation – but it wouldn’t distract you too much.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Black Color

Samsung Galaxy A30 Display

There are too many similarities between Galaxy A30 and M30 and interestingly, the display is no different. Both handsets flaunt a 6.4-inches Super AMOLED display which shines very-well and honestly speaking, it’s excellent to look at. Being a Super AMOLED panel, the colours are punchy and it looks fantastic with top-notch contrast. The brightness level, on the other hand, goes adequately high and it is visible outdoors easily. It comes with a built-in blue light filter that skins the whole system UI. Whilst Galaxy A30 lacks a notification LED but in A30, you can set the display to the always-on mode for incoming notifications.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Camera

Different from Galaxy M30 and A50, Samsung Galaxy A30 comes loaded with a dual-rear camera module with the 16MP main camera and 5MP ultra-wide-angle sensor. And on the front, it sports a single 16MP camera to assist you in video calls and selfies with your loved ones. The camera app houses a wide range of features but unfortunately, it lacks video features such as slow-mo and hyperlapse.

Samsung Galaxy A30 colors

In terms of cameras performance, captured images in the daylight are bright enough with a lot of details and the images look sharp. And captured images in low-light condition look pretty too with ample details and colours. However, you should expect a lot of details when zooming in the subject.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Performance and OS

RAM and storage-wise, Galaxy A30 is available in two different options to choose from – 3GB with 32GB and 4GB with 64GB alongside an option to expand the storage further up to 1TB via microSD card. And onto software, it’s running on Android Pie 9.0 operating system out of the box.

Performance-wise, it’s up to snuff if you are kind of light user because gaming performance isn’t quite excellent and Mali-G71 MP2 isn’t capable enough to perform as better as Adreno 612 in the phones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. However, PUBG Mobile lovers can play this game with medium graphics and setting up the high graphics may cause hiccup and lag during playing.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Battery

Last but absolutely not the least, Samsung Galaxy A30, undoubtedly, shines with a whopping 4000mAh battery which means a medium to heavy user can easily go through an entire day even with 10-20% juice left in the tank. The flagship device i.e. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is backed by 4100mAh non-removable battery which shows that the Galaxy A30 didn’t skimp out in battery. Putting all that aside for a second, it’s supported by a fast-charging 15W feature – hence, you can get Galaxy A30 charged fully from 0% in less than two hours.

Read Samsung A30 Review from GSMArena

Review overview

Design & Display8.5
Software7.5
Battery8
Performance7.5
Camera6.5
Onboard Storage7.5
Price7

The Pros

  • Super-smooth User Interface
  • Unique Design to Entice
  • Vivid Super AMOLED Display

The Cons

  • Camera Performance isn’t Good
  • Not Ideal for Gaming
  • Disappointing Value

Summary

7.5Making it short by saying that Samsung Galaxy A30 sports a sleek design but it’s not as attractive as other Samsung’s mid-range phones. According to our opinion, there is nothing special in Galaxy A30 that makes it stand out from a crowd. However, if you are charmed with its design, you wouldn’t then be disappointed. But as far as the overall package is concerned, Samsung Galaxy A50 is the best option to get your hands on and if the battery is everything for you when buying a smartphone, Galaxy M30 will be the right option then. Besides, you can consider buying Redmi Note 7 Pro which takes your enjoyment to the next level when it comes to gaming and camera performance.

Victoria Parkle
the authorVictoria Parkle
Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.

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