Just a couple of months after the Samsung Galaxy A30 was introduced, its successor the Galaxy A30s has been made available recently to the Malaysian market. Like the Galaxy A30, the Galaxy A30s can be touted as a cousin with its own unique quirks - some better, some not. But the ultimate question remains, is it a good buy as a mid-range segmented smartphone?

Overall design

For starters, the Galaxy A30s is somewhat identical to the Galaxy A30 in only a few regards, which are the dimensions of the phone as well as the display size of 6.4 inches with an 84.9% screen-to-body ratio. But turn to the back and you'd notice that the Galaxy A30s has a triple camera setup, an exquisite-looking diamond-cut design, and no fingerprint scanner (which has been moved to become an in-screen unit). So to that end, the differences are somewhat major.

There are no changes to the ports and they are all identical to the A30. This includes a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Camera setup

The cameras are definitely an improvement from its predecessor's, sporting a 25 MP, f/1.7 main camera, an 8 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide lens and an addition of 5 MP, f/2.2 depth sensor, which the Galaxy A30 does not have. This effectively means that the camera performance is increased considerably and can now take portrait shots with bokeh effects thanks to the depth sensor.

The front-facing selfie camera is a 16 MP, f/2.0 camera, the same one as the older Galaxy A30.

Lower Resolution Screen

While the display size is the same as the Galaxy A30, the AMOLED panel of the Galaxy A30s has a lower resolution at 720 X 1560 pixels (268 ppi density) - compared to the Galaxy A30, which has a 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution at 403 ppi density. Perhaps the downgrade in terms of display resolution is to keep the price stable in its range and segment.

There are also no changes in the chipset compared to the Galaxy A30, which is an Exynos 7904 Octa-core CPU with a Mali-G71 GPU. The battery is also a similar 4,000mAh unit.

The unit that we reviewed has a configuration of 64GB 4GB RAM, which is also the same as the Galaxy A30 at the highest configuration option.

Is It Worth It?

The Samsung Galaxy A30s is a mid-range smartphone, so expectations are best kept low. But it does what a smartphone should, and all the basics well. Through our review, we found that the display resolution of the AMOLED panel is a downgrade from its predecessor, which is a disappointment while the triple camera setup, in-screen fingerprint scanner, and its beautiful back design is worthy of attention.

At the price of RM899, it's a decent phone to consider and Samsung has both brand authority and tenure. And take note that its back is made of plastic and can scratch easily so be sure to put on the case at all times.

Stuff says... 

Samsung Galaxy A30s hands-on review

In many ways, the Galaxy A30s is quite similar to the Galaxy A30 safe for a few upgrades such as the camera setup and in-screen fingerprint scanner but the downgrading of the screen resolution is a mystery... Perhaps to keep the price affordable.
RM899
Good Stuff 
In-screen fingerprint scanner
Beautiful design
Triple camera setup
Bad Stuff 
Plastic back scratches easily
Screen resolution is lower than predecessor Galaxy A30
No upgrade in terms of chipset