Samsung Galaxy A30: First look and impressions

Are value for money phones getting harder to scrutinise?


The Samsung Galaxy A30 is an entry-level phone for people who are always on the go. It offers improvements and essential device features that matter the most.


Out of the box, the Galaxy A30 is reminiscent of typical Samsung flagship phones from the past. The phone is light feeling, curvy and has a white plastic finish that does not attract any smudges. On the rear is also where you find the fairly responsive fingerprint scanner. To me, the phone is a bit on the slippery side so you would be better off with the case provided out of the box.

The smooth plastic design is oddly refreshing

Aside from this, the phone’s buttons are relatively sturdy with the essentials such as the 3.5mm headphone jack and the Type-C USB port. Even though the phone has such a slim profile, it is able to pack a 4,000mAh battery capable of fast charging technology. The other interesting feature the phone has is a dual-SIM and simultaneous micro-SD card slot expansion up to 512GB, giving users much needed versatility.


One of the biggest selling points for this phone is its display. At 6.4-inches, it is Samsung’s Infinity-U type Super AMOLED panel, where the notch houses the 16MP selfie camera. Straight away, colours come across as saturated which is pleasing to the eye but not good when it comes to colour accuracy.

With an Infinity-U display, content will be extremely immersive

The nearly bezel-less display gives you an immersive viewing experience which is great for multimedia. And it is particularly nice to see a 1080 x 2340 resolution panel given the phone’s Dh679 price tag.


The Galaxy A30 runs off an Exynos 7904 hexa-core chip clocked at 1.8GHz alongside up to 4GB of RAM. The software it uses is Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s proprietary OneUI 1.1. This includes Bixby Home, Bixby Reminder and Samsung Pay limited to a few markets. So far, general animations, multitasking and browsing has been smooth on the phone but it will be interesting to see how it holds up with more user applications installed.

Samsung’s latest OneUI 1.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie

The phone also houses a pretty capable dual-camera setup with features like Samsung’s Live Focus. The primary sensor is a 16MP snapper whereas the secondary one is an ultra-wide 5MP camera. With this, you can be sure to get some decent photos during the day but do not expect much quality when taking photos in low-light.


Samsung’s Galaxy A30 serves as a benchmark for how much value phones can get you nowadays. By no means is this phone a replacement to a flagship. But it definitely gets all that you would need, cutting corners without making any major sacrifices.