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Recently, we just published the review of the realme 5. That smartphone is a really affordable smartphone. Within these past few months, we also have the Samsung Galaxy A30s entering the market. We believe that these two phones are made for two different types of users – so let’s take a look at the differences here.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s is available for RM899 for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage whereby the realme 5 starts at RM599 with 3GB RAM + 64GB storage or RM799 for 4GB RAM + 128GB storage.

You can also watch our video version of this comparison for a better illustration of our points that we are going to say in this video.

Let’s first just start by reiterating one point – these two phones are really different from each other and they are meant for two different types of users.

Some specs

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s

These two phones come with 720p displays. The realme 5 has a rather large 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, whereby the Galaxy A30s comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The Super AMOLED display here is obviously going to be brighter and more vivid – and comes with the under-display fingerprint scanner too. I honestly prefer the rear fingerprint scanner.

We have the higher-spec version of the realme 5, that comes with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. The Galaxy A30s has 4GB RAM + 64GB of storage. Both of these phones also have triple card slots – two dedicated nano SIM slots, and a single microSD card slot.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s

As for the chipset, the Galaxy A30s comes with an Exynos 7904 and the realme 5 comes with a Snapdragon 665.

Performance

With the specs of these two phones out of the way, we then head on to benchmarks. The Snapdragon 665 chipset here is winning the Exynos 7904 in all aspects – single-core CPU, multi-core CPU, and also GPU. Take a look at these benchmark charts here.

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Gaming

However, the benchmarks don’t translate to real-life performance. We tested with PUBG Mobile and noticed that the Galaxy A30s can run PUBG Mobile in the lowest graphical settings with “high” frame rates, but the realme 5 is noticeably smoother.

We did show gameplay footage in the video version of this article, so watch that instead.

Cameras

Okay, then the cameras. These two phones have these cameras up their arsenal.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s

As for the image quality coming out from these two phones, here they are. You can click here to visit our Shutterfly album for the full resolution and all metadata.

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Overall picture quality coming out from both are pretty good. The white balance is great. I realized that the realme 5 takes a softer image whereby the Galaxy A30s has a lot of digital sharpening going on.

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The biggest difference between these two phones is the color of the picture taken. The realme 5 is much more realistic whereby the Galaxy A30s offer a more dramatic look. Looks nice, but it’s not reality.

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I also realized there is no option to automatically “fix” the ultrawide angle lens distortion. The realme 5 automatically fixes the ultrawide angle lens distortion.

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The realme 5 also has Nightscape mode to take night shots, whereas the Galaxy A30s does not, hence the difference in exposure for night shots.

Also as mentioned in our realme 5 review, the macro camera performs okay in a softbox with controlled light – but the color consistency is quite bad between shots.

Battery life

I mentioned that the realme 5 is thicker? That’s because it has a 5,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A30s has a 4,000mAh battery. Both are going to last at least a full day, so no worries about that. The realme 5 has the luxury of charging once every 3 days or so.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s battery life benchmark

Battery charging speed

Since the Galaxy A30s has a smaller battery and higher wattage charger, it is obviously going to charge faster than the realme 5. The realme 5 only supports up to 10W.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s fast charging benchmark

Honestly, I personally prefer a larger battery that can last for a few days. But since the charging speed is so slow, I personally suggest you leave it to charge overnight instead.

Value

These two phones have a huge price gap for its base model. That is because of the value it offers. When I mentioned that these two phones are meant for completely different types of users, it is because the Samsung Galaxy A30s offers a lot of Samsung exclusive apps and services that realme does not have.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s

One example here is Samsung Pay. The Galaxy A30s has Samsung Pay – and it is also the cheapest Samsung smartphone to have that feature. The more you use Samsung Pay, the more points you get. With points, you can redeem vouchers and gifts from Samsung Rewards.

The Galaxy A30s also has Link to Windows – a feature that was only introduced to the Galaxy Note10 series that was launched in late August.

Conclusion?

I think both the realme 5 and Galaxy A30s are very different from each other. For a no-frills smartphone, the realme 5 is great. It starts at RM599 and has a 5,000mAh battery, and decent cameras.

The Galaxy A30s comes with a higher price but justifies itself by offering you Samsung’s apps and services – including Samsung Pay.

realme 5 vs Samsung Galaxy A30s

The decision of “which of these to buy” really depends on you. Do you want to pay a higher price for Samsung’s features or not?


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