Samsung, after neglecting its budget and mid-range smartphone market for years, has finally found a way to revive its forgoing reputation in this price segment with the launch of the newly revamped Galaxy A series. Samsung Galaxy A30 is a part of that effort that is just above the A10 and A20 in the hierarchy and priced at PKR 39,999 at the time of launch.
Apparently, Samsung has tried to follow the strategy laid by Chinese mobile firms by providing no dearth of options for the smartphone user to choose from. To entice the budget users, it introduced Galaxy A10 and Galaxy A20; for the mid-range users, it offers Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50, while the upper-mid-range segment has Galaxy A70 and the company’s first pop-up selfie camera phone, Galaxy A80.
Samsung Galaxy A30 specs
- Display: 6.4 inches
- OS: Android 9.0
- Chipset: Exynos 7904
- RAM/ROM: 4GB/64GB
- Camera (rear): 16MP + 5MP
- Camera (front): 16MP
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Full specs
Design and Display
Design is the only category where Samsung has an unmatched victory in the mid-range smartphone market. The new Galaxy A30 carries similar build and design as the affordable Galaxy A20 smartphone. It has a polycarbonate back, which looks like a glass-finish, and the company refers to it as a “Glasstic” body.
Just like the Galaxy A20, this smartphone is also not just a fingerprint magnet but a delicate device that can get scratched pretty easily and thus needs to be protected with a phone case and a screen protector at all times.
At the back, the placement of rear camera modules is at the top left side while the fingerprint sensor rests comfortably in the middle.
There is an Infinity-U notch at the front of the smartphone that houses the selfie shooter of Galaxy A30. At the same time, there are minimum bezels on the display unless you count the slightly more prominent chin at the bottom, which does not cause any problem while viewing any content on the device.
Both the volume rocker and the power button are present on the right side of Galaxy A30 while there is a SIM slot on the left side.
Thankfully, the phone comes with Micro USB Type C Charging for reducing the total time the smartphone takes to provide ample charge for the whole day.
Even with the glossy finish, the user can maintain a good grip on the device, and with its lightweight and One UI software, it helps in the single-handed operation of the device.
Samsung Galaxy A20 has a large 6.4 inches of Super AMOLED display, which comes with 1080 x 2340 pixels of screen resolution and 84.9% screen-to-body ratio. The presence of Super AMOLED screen, makes the device stands out among the competition.
The colors on display look amazing, and you can visibly see the phone’s contents even in direct sunlight. Moreover, the phone’s capable One UI offers the option of the blue light filter and dark mode to save the eyes from unnecessary strain
Samsung Galaxy A30 comes with the company’s new One UI software, which is designed to help the users operate their smartphone with just one hand irrespective of the smartphone’s size.
The user interface comes with many useful and exciting features for the users, starting with a hidden app drawer that can be summoned by simply swiping up. The notifications panel has also received a complete makeover, and when you swipe from top to bottom, you don’t just see some quick settings but a separate page-like interface that is clean and clutter-free.
You can choose a different order of the buttons or change the grid options by merely tapping on the three dots at the top right corner in the notifications panel. While testing, it was quite comfortable to see the three buttons in each row of the notifications panel.
Samsung One UI also offers a dedicated blue light filter and dark mode setting to prevent you from straining your eyes both during the day and night, respectively.
The company has finally changed its default Samsung Internet browser, which is now easy to navigate and come with some exciting options like Add-ons, including Ad-blockers and Amazon assistant. It suggests different compatible ad-blockers right in the settings, saving you the time of finding one and looking up how to manually install them in the browser.
It also has updated privacy and security features where you can enable the secret mode (similar to Google Chrome’s incognito mode) to browse without the fear of cookies and leaving a record of in your browser history. It also has a new Smart anti-tracking option, which prevents sites from following you around the web.
The Device Care feature helps to keep the smartphone well optimized and allows you to see the status of your phone’s battery, storage, memory, and security in a single place.
By tapping the three dots at the top right corner, you also can choose from additional options like auto-optimization and auto-restart.
One UI also offers Game Tools feature for which provides different shortcuts to gamers that can be accessed by just a simple tap even when they are in the middle of a gaming session.
With Game Tools, you can quickly access apps like messages, notepad, YouTube, Samsung Internet without leaving your game mid-way. Furthermore, you can also record your gaming session to watch it later or share it with friends.
Other small features that made us excited about Samsung One UI are the new notes app which comes with categorization options for better organization, the digital wellbeing which keeps track of how much time you spend on a single application so you can be mindful about smartphone addiction and the option to use the volume keys for controlling media volume by default
Performance and Battery
Samsung Galaxy A30 is powered by Samsung Exynos 7885 chipset coupled with Mali-G71 MP2 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Here are the benchmark scores of the smartphone.
The smartphone offers excellent performance during light and heavy usage, but due to Mali-G71 MP2 GPU, it is not the best device when it comes to gaming options as it provides medium graphics by default in heavy games like PUBG.
Moreover, Galaxy A20 also comes with the same GPU as the Galaxy A30, so you do not get a massive jump in the graphics department from the lower-tier Galaxy phone when you opt for the pricier option.
During our light usage tests, which included surfing the web, using social media, making calls, watching movies, and videos, the Galaxy A30 worked without any problem. There was no noticeable lag or stuttering, even if you continue to use the smartphone for more extended periods.
When it comes to heavy usage, Galaxy A30 completed all multitasking jobs without a problem and even during an hour of a dedicated gaming session where we played heavy games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, Deer Hunter, Real Racing 3, etc., Galaxy A30 performed smoothly with only a less-noticeable heating problem around the camera area of the device. No matter how long you are planning to play games on the smartphone, the phone never heats up to the point where it is hard to hold it in one’s hands.