The Realme 5 and the Galaxy A30s are two newly released smartphones by Realme and Samsung respectively which adds some real competition to the budget segment of the smartphone market. As they are two very similar phones, I decided to put them head to head so that you guys could make the right purchase decision. Realme 5 vs Galaxy A30s. Time to rumble.
In the hardware section, for budget to midrange smartphones, both phones do look great with the Realme 5 having the classic diamond cut plastic back compared to the regular plastic back on the A30s. The back of both phones have a glossy finish to it which makes it look like a glass finish that adds a more premium vibe to it. It is important to note that the camera bump on the Realme 5 is slightly larger than the A30s. The Realme 5 also has a thicker and heavier design as it has a larger battery than the A30s. The Galaxy A30s comes with a in-display fingerprint scanner and while that may seem more futuristic, it is important to note that it is significantly slower compared to the physical fingerprint scanner available on the back on the Realme 5. Both phones also have a headphone jack, which is a blessing in 2019 and they both also have micro SD card slots but the A30s supports up to 1TB of storage while the Realme 5 only supports up to 256GB of storage
Looking at the display of the two phones, the Realme 5 comes with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen while the A30s is equipped with a slightly smaller 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. Although there does not seem to be much difference when putting both screens side by side, it is important to note that the Realme 5 has a very slight increase in screen resolution as it has a 720×1600 pixel screen while the A30s has a 720×1560 pixel screen. The viewing experience on both phones are great but the Realme 5 provides a slightly cooler tone than the warmer tone on the A30s so that would come down to personal preference.
In the camera department the Realme 5 edges out the A30s in terms of number of cameras as it has a quad camera set up compared to the dual camera set up on the A30s. The Realme 5 comes with the following cameras on the rear:
- 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture lens
- 8-megapixel f/2.2 13m ultrawide angle sensor
- 2-megapixel f/2.4 dedicated macro lens
- 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
The Samsung Galaxy A30s however comes with this trio of cameras:
- 25-megapixel f/1.7 aperture lens
- 8-megapixel f/2.2 13mm ultrawide angle sensor
- 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor
Now when comparing the photos on both phones, the pictures on the Realme 5 seem to be more vibrant and even the ultrawide on the Realme 5 turned out brighter than the A30s even with the same aperture value so I presume this is due to the different image processing on both devices. The Realme 5 also allows you to pick up to 5x zoom in the camera app but on the A30s you are only limited to wide angle or regular shots. The portrait mode on both phones did surprisingly well as even in complicated situations, they managed to cut out the edges just fine however the Realme 5 was ever so slightly more colour accurate. It is also important to note that the Realme 5 has a dedicated nightscape mode compared to the regular scene optimizer on the A30s. This led to better dynamic range and less noise during low light shots on the Realme 5 compared to the A30s.
In terms of the front facing sensor, the Realme 5 comes with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 aperture lens while the A30s comes with a higher 16-megapixel f/2.0 sensor. However, even with the higher megapixel count, the images on the A30s seem to turn out more washed out and less sharp compared to the Realme 5. Even the portrait selfie turned out better on the Realme 5 with better edge detection.
In the video department, the Realme 5 has the option to record up to 4K at 30fps however the A30s only records up to 1080 at 30fps and had significantly worse stabilization than the Realme 5 when comparing both 1080p videos.
Both phones have mono firing speakers and based on my testing, the Realme 5 provided better clarity has well has higher volume compared to the A30s.
As for the battery of both devices, the Galaxy A30s is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery and fast charging at 15W while the Realme 5 comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery but it unfortunately has a micro USB port even this late in 2019. However, due to the large battery, the Realme 5 was the champ here as it provided an amazing 8 hours and 56 minutes of screen on time compared to the 5 hours I got on the Galaxy A30s.
When it comes to software, it is down to personal preference as Samsungs One UI and Realme’s Colour OS 6 are two completely different takes on android but I personally faced no issues with either.
In terms of gaming, I did not feel any major difference even with less RAM on the Realme 5 as it is only equipped with 3GB RAM compared to the 4GB on the A30s. However, the A30s did tend to get slightly warmer when gaming for long periods of time compared to the Realme 5.
Lastly, which phone provides more value for money? The base variant of the Samsung Galaxy A30s is priced at RM 899 for the 4/64GB variant while the Realme 5 starts only RM 599 for the 4/64GB variant so due to the major 300 ringgit difference, the Realme 5 defiantly takes the win here.
Do remember to check out the video comparison of both phones on my channel as I also have a giveaway running there as well.