Recently, Samsung unveiled a better version of its best mid-range smartphone in 2019 — the Galaxy A50s. However, its spec-upgrade feels too minimal. You can check out our spec comparison to know why. But in the case of the Galaxy A30s, this one feels a proper upgrade coming from Galaxy A30.
Samsung Galaxy A30s and A30 Differences
Advantages of Galaxy A30s
- new design
- purple, green, and white colors
- in-screen fingerprint scanner
- triple-main camera
Advantages of Galaxy A30
- capacitive fingerprint scanner (faster unlocking)
Galaxy A30s and Galaxy A30 Similarities
- Super AMOLED panel
- FHD+ resolution
- polycarbonate frame with glass-tic back panel
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Exynos 7904
- Dedicated microSD of up to 1TB
- 16MP selfie camera
- Android 9 Pie with One UI
- audio jack
- BT 5.0
- Wi-Fi ac
- USB Type-C
- 4000mAh battery
- 15W fast charging
Which is a better buy between the Galaxy A30s and A30?
Design and Display
Aesthetic-wise, the colors and the pattern on the back of the Galaxy A50s are the most noticeable changes. From plain colors to holographic patterned hue, everything looks more stylish and modern. Aside from that, it’s the same lightweight and plasticky experience when using the device.
Display-wise, nothing has changed. You still get the same 6.4″ FHD+ display with Super AMOLED technology that has put Samsung at the top of the mobile display department.
Don’t expect any sort of performance boost as the company retains the Exynos 7904 that’s found on the Galaxy A30. However, you might feel slower unlocking rate from the under-screen fingerprint scanner of A30s. For the vast majority of devices, capacitive scanners are still faster and more accurate in recognition. Alternatively, you can use face unlock for convenience over security.
Spec-wise, the biggest change is the main cameras. From 16MP + 5MP dual camera to triple camera setup, the A30s comes with drastically upgraded optics featuring 25MP f1.7 main sensor, 8MP f2.2 ultrawide, and 5MP f2.2 depth. We’re not entirely sure if video recording supports 4K resolution, we have to wait until we get our hands on a device.
Battery and Charging
In terms of battery, you still get the same 4000mAh capacity with 15W fast adaptive charging via USB Type-C.
In the Philippines, Samsung Galaxy A30 is now down to P11,990 price (from P13,990). Although there’s a Galaxy A40 device, it’s not available in the country. This puts the Galaxy A50 that retails at P15,990 the next tier. Judging from that, if the Galaxy A30s is ever released, we might see the price to hover around P13,990, too.
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy A30||Samsung Galaxy A30s|
|Display||6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED||6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm, 165g||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm, 165g|
|Chipset||Exynos 7904 (14nm)||Exynos 7904 (14nm)|
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP2||Mali-G71 MP2|
|Memory||64GB 4GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot of up to 1TB||64GB 4GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot of up to 1TB|
|Main Camera||16 MP, f/1.7, PDAF|
5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, (ultrawide)
|25 MP, f/1.7, PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
|Front Camera||16 MP, f/2.0||16 MP, f/2.0|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, audio jack||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, audio jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (15W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (15W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI||Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI|
|estimated around P13,990|