While there’s a lot of focus on major releases like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+, Samsung is also releasing some exciting devices in the mid-range price point this year. One such device is the Galaxy A30.
The A30 sits squarely in the middle of Samsung’s new A series, between the A20 and the A50. (And let’s not forget about the A10, A70, and A80, either).
At the time of publication, the estimated retail price for a new A30 will be approximately $349 AUD. It’s nearest A series siblings are retailing for around $249 (for the A20) and $549 (for the A50). But aside from price what are the major differences between these models? If you’re shopping for a new mobile phone, which one might potentially be right for you? With so many mid-range options, it can be hard to distinguish one from the next.
Today, we’re going to dive into the specifications of the Galaxy A30, plus summarise some of the latest hands-on reviews from tech experts. With this information, you’ll learn all you need to know about the A30, including whether it’s a phone you might want to add to your family. Be sure to check out our other device reviews, too, as you research.
Here’s what you can expect from Samsung’s Galaxy A30:
6.4” Super AMOLED Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
1080 x 2340 pixel resolution Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9
Exynos 7904 Processor Octa-Core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB + Up to 512GB with microSD
Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
2 rear-facing cameras: a 160megapixel with f/1.7 aperture (PDAF) and a 5-megapixel ultra-wide
16-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture
Battery: 4,000 mAh battery
15-watt fast charging
Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Front Gorilla 3 Glass, plastic body
Single SIM (Nano-SIM)
Colours: Black, Red, and Blue
Right from the start, you can see that the A30 is a large device. The 6.4” widescreen gives the phone the feel of a super-size model, and the high-quality display adds to the effect. The Super AMOLED screen provides vibrant images with good colouring, and, combined with the sizable screen, the A30 is a nice device for watching video content or playing games. You’ll appreciate its ample brightness (which is suitable even in daylight) and its sharp contrast. The display is definitely one of the standout features of the Galaxy A30.
The phone itself is a solid combination of affordable yet sleek. While it’s not constructed of metal and glass like the flagship devices, Samsung is again incorporating its “glastic” look for the phone’s rear panel. This painted plastic has the sheen and look of metal which gives a premium feel. And the front panel is still made with Gorilla Glass. All in all, the phone looks very nice.
Shapewise, there seems to be a slight curvature in the rear panel of the A30, which differs it slightly from the other A series devices and yields a pleasant in-hand experience. One reviewer called it a more “organic” feeling.
One issue for some users is the placement of the rear fingerprint sensor. It sits rather high up on the back of the phone, so it could be challenging to access with ease, depending on how you hold your device.
One of the primary criticisms of the A30 is its less-than-stellar camera features. One reviewer commented that while the camera specs look good “on paper,” the resulting photos appeared washed out and suffered from low contrast. The A30 had difficulty producing high-quality images in low light situations as well. Ultimately, it seems that camera specs are not going to be the highlight of the A30, though they are fairly satisfactory for a budget device.
Despite that, the phone performs well in other areas. Its battery life is one positive feature. The 4,000-mAh battery will keep you powered up all day, and, in fact, it’s almost as big as the 4,100-mAh battery found in the flagship Galaxy S10. When you need a boost, fast charging is readily available.
For those who use their mobile phone primarily for calls, texts, social media, and basic web surfing, this phone could be a decent choice. Overall, its performance is respectable and the user interface is fluid and easy to get used to. Unfortunately, if you’re interested in heavy gaming on your phone, the A30 doesn’t have the gaming capacity found among other devices, leading to lagging frames or lowered graphics quality. For frequent gamers, another device may be preferable.
What many reviewers seem to conclude is that the A30 doesn’t seem to have anything truly unique to bring to the table. For a mid-range price point, it appears that the A50 may be the winning device.
The major differences between the A30 and A50 are hard to spot at first. They both boast the same specs and the same basic look, but the A50 does kick things up a notch. On the rear, you’ll find that the fingerprint sensor is not present. That’s because, in the A50, it’s embedded underneath the touchscreen itself, something more often phone in top tier devices.
The cameras also reach the next level with the A50. The rear-facing triple cameras provide much more versatility for the photographer, so if snapping perfect shots is important to you, the A50 might have more weight in its favour.
Another possibility to consider is the similarly priced Galaxy M30, which offers more storage capacity, more RAM, and a larger battery.
While Samsung is definitely succeeding in broadening their horizons in terms of phone options, the A30 doesn’t prove as intriguing as other options out there, even among its own A series.
Yet if the price has you convinced, you will find that this is certainly a worthwhile device with a lot of great features nonetheless. After all, in 2019, impressive features are becoming increasingly available in phones across the price bracket.
Need a bit more guidance when it comes to selecting a phone? Check out our guide on how to choose the right device for your lifestyle.