Moving a tier higher from entry-level smartphones to lower midrange devices often grants users a lot of value, offering a better chipset, better display, more memory, and better build quality.
Since release, the Samsung Galaxy A30s has always been easy to recommend. Can Huawei’s new Y7p challenge the throne? Find out here:
Design and Build
The Huawei Y7p comes in a beautiful two-tone glossy back that creates a prism effect when struck by light. It comes with a thick, polycarbonate matte frame that adds to its sturdiness and build quality. Lastly, it comes with a thin, pre-installed screen protector out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy A30s, on the other hand, has a glossy black back that also creates a prism effect when struck by light. It’s a lot sleeker than the Huawei Y7p, offering users a lot of comfort and ease of use. Unlike the more affordable A10s, the Galaxy A30s does have a plastic frame.
Both devices also differ in biometrics, with the Huawei Y7p using a rear-mounted scanner, and the Samsung Galaxy A30s uses an in-display scanner. While both are accurate in my testing, the physical rear-mounted scanner was noticeably faster.
For this category, we’re giving the Huawei Y7p a narrow victory, thanks to its eye-catching color gradient aesthetic and thicker frame which adds to the build quality. Especially at this price bracket, making sure your investment lasts a long time despite accidental drops is crucial.
Display and Multimedia
While both phones have an HD+ display, the Samsung Galaxy A30s offers users better display quality thanks to its Super AMOLED display. It’s brighter, has better colors, and gives users the benefits of having an AMOLED display.
That being said, the Huawei Y7p’s display is not terrible at all. You also get the benefit of having a punch-hole on the corner of the screen, giving you a better viewing experience. It also offers users better audio experience thanks to its louder, clearer sound.
We’re giving the win to the Samsung Galaxy A30s here, as viewing content on the Super AMOLED display was much better compared to the IPS display on the Huawei Y7p.
When it comes to camera quality, both devices are capable of taking good photos. Still, the Huawei Y7p takes it a step further, with more details, brighter shots (without being overexposed), and a night mode that captures more detail without adding too much noise. That being said, the Samsung Galaxy A30’s camera also performed well, capturing more true-to-life colors, and great subject-background blur.
Selfies, on the other hand, are comparable between the two devices.
Check out the sample shots below:
Huawei Y7p Sample Shots
Samsung Galaxy A30s Sample Shots
While the Samsung Galaxy A30s was a great contender, the Huawei Y7p takes the win due to its highly detailed shots and amazing night mode.
Under the hood, the Huawei Y7p is equipped with a Kirin 710F chipset, while an Exynos 7904 powers the Samsung Galaxy A30s. The Kirin 710F is a lot more powerful than the Exynos 7904, getting better scores in both the CPU and GPU category in AnTuTu V8. Check out the results below:
|AnTuTu v8.3.7||Huawei Y7p||Samsung Galaxy A30s|
RAM & Storage
Another important factor that dictates performance, especially when multitasking, is RAM. Thankfully, both devices come with 4GB of memory, which is more than enough for most apps.
When it comes to storage, both devices also come with 64GB, which is enough to fit your apps, but may come short if you take a lot of photos, videos, and other multimedia files.
While the amount of RAM and storage are identical, the speed of the components used in the Huawei Y7p is faster (as seen in the AnTuTu scores). Hence, we’re giving the win to the Huawei Y7p in this category.
When it comes to battery, both devices are powered by a 4,000mAh battery, but the Samsung Galaxy A30s supports 15W fast charging. When testing with our standard video loop test where we play 1080p videos with the headphones plugged in, airplane mode on, with 50% brightness and 50% volume. We got these results:
- Huawei Y7p – 19 hours and 21 minutes
- Samsung Galaxy A30s – 21 hours and 46 minutes
The Samsung Galaxy A30s takes a good lead here, with its longer-lasting battery and faster-charging capabilities.
After software updates for the Samsung Galaxy A30s, both devices run on Android 10. The main difference is that the Huawei Y7p does not support Google Mobile Services. It does, however, use Huawei’s own App Gallery. While most of the apps I deen as crucial are present, such as the BPI Mobile app, GCash, Lazada, and Viber, it still lacks native support for other apps. We’ll be leaving this to the consumer to decide, as people use their phones differently.
Here are the prices of each smartphone:
- Huawei Y7p – PHP 9,990
- Samsung Galaxy A30s – PHP 12,990
While we’re giving the Huawei Y7p the win here, we have seen the Samsung Galaxy A30s for a lower price. In Samsung’s official Lazada store, for example, it’s listed for PHP 9,990 as well.
Now for the recap:
- Design and Build – Huawei Y7p
- Display and Multimedia – Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Camera – Huawei Y7p
- Processor – Huawei Y7p
- RAM & Storage – Huawei Y7p
- Battery Life – Samsung Galaxy A30s
- OS – Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Price – Huawei Y7p
Looking at the final scores, the Huawei Y7p took 5 out of 8 categories from the competition. It outperformed the competition with better aesthetics and build quality, cameras, performance while being offered at a lower price. Those looking for an all-around device will surely be happy with the Huawei Y7p.
That being said, the Samsung Galaxy A30s is still an amazing lower midrange device. It offers users a comfortable hand feel, an amazing display, capable cameras, great battery performance, and Google Mobile Services support.