Samsung Galaxy A30 vs ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy A30 vs ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 specs comparison

The Samsung Galaxy A30 will be launching very soon in the Philippines, so I’m putting its specs to the test by comparing it with another popular smartphone in the country, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2. Which one will have the advantage in each aspect? Check out my specs comparison below to find out!

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy A30ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2
Display6.4-inch FHD+ 19.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity-U display @ 1080 x 2340 px6.3-inch 19:9 FHD+ IPS display @ 2280 x 1080px
Glass typeCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 6
CPUExynos 7904 1.8GHz Octa-CoreQualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G71 MP2Adreno 512
SIMDual-SIM (nano, nano)Dual-SIM (nano, nano)
MicroSDexpandable via microSD up to 512GB (dedicated)expandable via microSD card slot (dedicated)
Rear Camera16MP f/1.7 PDAF + 5MP f/2.2 dual rear cameras12MP Sony IMX486 f/1.8 + 5MP dual rear
Front Camera16MP f/2.0 front camera13MP f/2.0 front camera
WiFiWiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
PortUSB 2.0 Type-CmicroUSB
3.5mm audio portYesYes
Audio featuresn/a5 Magnet speaker with NXP 9874 smart amp
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
OSSamsung One UI (Android 9 Pie)Stock Android (Android 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android Pie))
Battery4000mAh battery w/ fast charging5,000mAh battery with flash charge

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Samsung Galaxy A30

  • Slightly Larger screen size
  • Higher main rear camera resolution
  • Wider main rear camera aperture
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • USB Type-C
  • Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Better performing CPU (multi-core)
  • Better Performing GPU
  • Higher RAM capacity
  • NXP 9874 smart amp
  • Stock Android
  • Larger battery capacity

The Galaxy A30 sports an AMOLED panel while the Max Pro M2 comes with an IPS panel. In terms of viewing experience, the former produces darker blacks and brighter whites while the latter will have more natural colors. Both of the devices have pros and cons when it comes to displays, the former being prone to screen burn-ins while the latter will consume more power. Overall, this will be up to the user on which panel they prefer more. You can learn more about screen displays here.

One main advantage of the Max Pro M2, however, is that it comes with a Gorilla Glass 6 which is said to be stronger and more durable than the Galaxy A30’s Gorilla Glass 3.


In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 660 chipset of the Max Pro M2 outperforms the Exynos 7904 of the Galaxy A30 based on the maximum clock speed that they can achieve. The former has 1.95GHz while the latter only has 1.8GHz which means that the Max Pro M2 performs faster.

As for the GPU, we already have data on how well the Adreno 512 (Snapdragon 660) and the Mali-G72 MP2 (Exynos 7904) perform. Take a look at their 3D Mark scores here:

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A8+ (Exynos 7885, Mali-G72 MP2)ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512)
3D Mark726 (SSE - OpenGL ES 3.1)
416 (SSE - Vulkan)
1,229 (SSE – OpenGL ES 3.1)
964 (SSE – Vulkan)

I took the data that we have on the Galaxy A8+ since it carries the same GPU as the A30, but since we’re talking about graphics performance, we can safely say that the Max Pro M2 will have the upper hand in this aspect.

For camera performance, the Galaxy A30 comes with a higher main rear camera resolution and a wider aperture which means that the photos produced should be brighter under low-light conditions as compared with the Max Pro M2. People who are also into selfies may consider the former given that it has a higher front camera resolution. However, camera quality is not just about the number of megapixels that a smartphone have. We’ll test out both of the devices’ performance once we get our hands on them.

The Galaxy A30 sports a USB Type-C port while the Max Pro M2 has a micro USB. The former gives a faster file transfer speed as compared with the latter. The Max Pro M2, on the other hand, has a 5-magnet speaker with NXP 9874 smart amp which enhances the audio quality. It also runs on Stock Android which is the preferred user interface by some people including me.

As for battery performance, the Max Pro M2 carries a 5,000mAh battery with flash charge technology while the Galaxy A30 has 4,000mAh with fast charging which is still plenty. We don’t know yet if the latter can outlast the former’s 16 Hours and 30 Minutes video playback time. Stay tuned as we’ll be testing the latter’s battery life once we get it.

The Samsung Galaxy A30 is said to price at PHP 13,990 while the ZenFone Max Pro M2’s price is at PHP 14,995 for the 6GB RAM variant. You can go with the latter if performance is your number one priority along with large battery capacity and stock Android experience. On the other hand, you can go with the Galaxy A30 if you want to be up-to-date with features such as a USB Type-C and Android 9 Pie.

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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3 Responses

  1. kramark says:

    Isn’t the A30 equipped with the Exynos 7904 like the M20?

  2. DRSL says:

    The Asus Max Pro M2 has battery issues. It doesn’t deliver as specified. What flash charging for m2? More than two hours of charging isn’t flashy. My Samsung A9pro battery lasts for 30+ hours while my M2 needs charging in less than 24 hours. Even with 5000mAh M2 is no battery king.

    • hmmm says:

      May issue sayo pero samin ng wife ko wala. Battery life is superb atleast for us and 2 hours charging sometimes less is fast enough kasi galing kami sa zenfone max(
      1st gen) that takes 4-5 hours of turtle charging bago mafull. :) Overall satisfied ako sa m2, nkkapgantay yung charger, yung khit 10% nlng kinagabihan ay pwedeng icharge knabukasan na.

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