We knew that Samsung has something more in store for us after its Galaxy S10 launch event, and we finally know what that is. It has now launched the new Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones with mid-range specifications. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this comparison and comparing it with the Redmi Note 7, an affordable mid-ranger from Xiaomi. Once the two are in the Indian market, things are certainly going to heat up. If you’re one who wants to know the ins and outs of these two handsets before deciding which one you’ll go for, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started.
Samsung Galaxy A30 vs Redmi Note 7: price
We don’t yet know the price of the Galaxy A30, but the fact that the higher-specced Galaxy A50 is expected to retail at €349 (approximately Rs 28,130) tells us that the A30 could go for somewhere around Rs 15,000. The Redmi Note 7 is also yet to be launched in India, but we do know its Chinese pricing. The variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will cost RMB 999 (about Rs 10,000), whereas the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will come at RMB 1,199 (around Rs 12,500). As for its 6GB model that will also offer 64GB of storage, it is set to be sold at RMB 1,399 (approximately Rs 14,500).
Samsung Galaxy A30 vs Redmi Note 7 specifications, design and features
The Galaxy A30 is the beneficiary of Samsung’s Infinity-U display, which is just a fancy word for a teardrop notch-equipped panel. But what’s important is that this is a Super AMOLED screen. The Redmi Note 7 has settled for an LCD panel, but this display too has a teardrop notch that allows it to offer an almost full-screen front surface. On the rear, both the handsets carry fingerprint scanners and dual camera setups. 3.5mm headphone jacks are also common for both, and the same is the case for microSD card slots.
The Samsung model’s back panel is made of plastic, but it has been granted a glass-like look by its ‘3D Glasstic’ design approach. The Redmi Note 7 back, on the other hand, is made of real glass. The display on the Samsung device is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. The panel on the Redmi device is a 6.3-inch LCD with the same resolution.
At the heart of the Galaxy A30 is an Exynos 7885 chipset, which has a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-G71 GPU. This setup is accompanied by 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage, respectively. The Redmi Note 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC, which too features a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 512 GPU. Its 3GB RAM model offers 32GB of storage, while its 4GB and 6GB RAM variants feature 64GB of onboard storage. The Samsung phone runs the company’s new One UI, which features various user interface optimisations over the older software. It is, of course, based on Android 9.0 Pie. And it’s no surprise that the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10 with all its latest goodies.
The dual camera setup placed on the back of the Galaxy A30 consists of a 16MP primary shooter and a 5MP secondary shooter that has been equipped with an ultra-wide angle lens. This camera apparatus is also able to offer the Live Focus portrait mode. Coming to its front camera, it’s a 16MP unit with all the regular software effects embedded. The Note 7’s dual camera is a highly impressive 48MP + 5MP combination, wherein the latter is a depth sensor. A portrait mode is on offer here too. Its front camera is a lone 13MP sensor.
Both these phones carry 4,000mAh batteries underneath their hoods. But while the Samsung Galaxy A30 only delivers 15W fast charging, the Xiaomi-made device is able to offer slightly quicker 18W fast-charging.
These are two powerful mid-range smartphones that have surely got a huge crowd excited about them. Let’s see how they fare in the market once they’re out, so stay tuned for our full review of the Samsung handset. Till then, you can whet your appetite with the Redmi Note 7 review.