Flagship phones are fancy, lavish and all, but the most impressive innovation in the smartphone space is seen in inexpensive midrange phones.

Smartphone brands like Xiaomi are hard at work to bring high-end features in affordable devices. And we’re seeing their attempts reflected on handsets like the Redmi Note 9S.

Sitting in the sub-Php10,000 price category, the Redmi Note 9S is a step up to some of its competition in this segment.


But other than Chinese brands, prominent names like Samsung also wants to better serve budget-conscious buyers. And devices like the Samsung Galaxy A30s has been created just for that.

So, if you’re looking for an affordable midrange device, our Redmi Note 9S versus Samsung Galaxy A30s specifications and features comparison is here to help you out.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9SSamsung Galaxy A30s
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Android 9 Pie
Samsung One UI
(Android 10 update available)
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
91% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.4-inch HD+ Super AMOLED
1560 x 720 pixel resolution
84% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core2.2GHz Exynos 7885 octa-core
GPUAdreno 618Mali-G71
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front Camera16-megapixel
120fps slow-mo selfie
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Ultra Nightscape mode
up to 4K@30fps
up to 720p@960fps slow-mo
25-megapixel (f/1.7)
8-megapixel (ultra wide)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night Mode
up to 1080p@30fps
720p@120fps slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Single speaker
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
IR blaster
FM Radio
USB Type-C
WiFi 803.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
FM Radio
USB Type-C
OthersP2i splash proofn/a
Dimensions165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8mm158.5 x 74.7 x 7.8mm
ColorsAurora Blue
Glacier White
Interstellar Black
Prism Crush White
Prism Crush Black
Prism Crush Green
Prism Crush Violet
22.5W fast charging
15W charger
Price4GB/64GB: Php10,490
6GB/128GB: Php11,990

Despite the expensive option, the Samsung Galaxy A30s easily lost this battle against the Redmi Note 9S. This is not really surprising since Xiaomi is known for their bang-for-the-buck smartphones, and its latest release is no different.

You can already tell who’s the winner just by looking at the display. The Note 9S has a bigger 6.67-inch screen with a sharper FHD+ resolution. On the other hand, the Galaxy A30s settles for an HD screen, which is not only inferior to the Note 9S but simply unforgivable for a smartphone at this price.


The Redmi Note 9S also has a newer and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, while the Samsung Galaxy A30s uses an old Exynos 7885 processor.

What’s more, the top-of-the-line model of the Note 9S already comes with 6GB of RAM That’s still cheaper than the lone Galaxy A30s variant that only has 4GB of memory.

The Galaxy A30s also lost in the battery department. It only has a 4,000mAh capacity with 15W charger, easily dominated by the 5,020mAh battery of the former with a faster 22.5W charger included on the box.



The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S continues its winning streak in the camera round. It boasts a 48-megapixel main shooter, which should take sharper images than the 25-megapixel camera of the latter.

You’re also getting a dedicated 5-megapixel macro camera on the Redmi Note 9S and although they both share a 16-megapixel selfie snapper, the camera features of the Redmi Note 9S, like the 120fps slow-mo selfie, are really fun to play with.


Well, as you just saw, there’s pretty much no point in picking the Samsung Galaxy A30s over the Redmi Note 9S — unless you really like Samsung.

It features a more powerful processor, larger and sharper screen, better cameras, and bigger battery — all that while maintaining a cheaper price tag than the competition.

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