Tecno Phantom 9 VS Samsung Galaxy A30 | Making a Difficult Choice

Gone are the days when almost all Samsung phones had premium prices. Samsung has ventured into the budget smartphone market. With smartphones from the A10 to the A70, Samsung is aiming at reaching more customers, customers who yarn for capable devices, with budget prices. Samsung is offering a smartphone with some of its trademarks, for so little. In this article, we explore a comparison, Tecno Phantom 9 Vs Samsung Galaxy A30, making it clear to you, the extent to which Samsung has gone in the Budget smartphone game.

As you might have already grabbed from the first paragraph, making this comparison is elating for me. Having to compare a Tecno smartphone to a Samsung smartphone, is something we didn’t get to see much in previous years. Fast-forward to today, we have a Samsung Smartphones, bearing similar budgets as smartphones from Transsion holdings, Samsung phones competing with Tecno phones for the crown of a budget king.

Tecno Phantom 9 Vs Samsung Galaxy A30

Tecno Phantom 9 vs Samsung Galaxy A30

Tecno Phantom 9 Samsung Galaxy A30
6.4-inch, FHD AMOLED display. 2340 x 1080 6.4-inch AMOLED display. 1080 x 2340 pixels
MediaTek Helio P35 Octa-core processor Exynos 7904 2.3GHz Octa-core processor
Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
64GB or 128GB 64GB
16MP Primary camera + 2MP Depth camera + 8MP Wide Angle camera 16MP Camera
32MP Selfie Camera 16MP Selfie Camera
3500 mAh Non-removable 4000 mAh Non-removable


Design & Display comparison

Both the Galaxy A30 and the Phantom 9 have been crafted, to get the most at the budget price category they belong. Both smartphones have plastic coverings on the rear.

The Tecno Phantom 9 adopts a plastic covering, with gradient design on the rear. Here you will find a triple rear camera system, a camera flash directly under it. You would also find the phantom branding and Tecno branding.

Turn the Phantom 9 to get a front view, you have a 6.4 display, with a dot notch. Tecno is trying to achieve a full display with this drop notch. On top of the notch, there is an earpiece. The display on the Tecno Phantom 9, is guarded by a minimal amount of bezels. You have a headphone jack and micro SD slot on the Tecno Phantom 9.  The Tecno Phantom 9 doesn’t feature a rear-mounted Fingerprint sensor, because it has an in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s actually the First Tecno smartphone to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Switch over to the Samsung galaxy A30, you have a plastic covering on the rear, with no gradient design. On this plastic covering, you will find a dual camera setup, underneath it, you will find its camera flash. Still, on the rear, you have a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and the Samsung branding.

If you switch the Samsung Galaxy A30 to get a front view, you have a setup very similar to what you have on the Tecno Phantom 9. Here you have a 6.4-inch display, with a dot notch. You also have minimal bezels here. The Earpiece is placed just above the dot notch. The Galaxy A30 features a headphone jack and a micro-SD slot.

 Tecno Phantom 9 Vs Samsung Galaxy A30: Camera comparison

When it comes to the camera department, the Tecno Phantom 9 offers more options. Where you have a triple camera system on the Tecno Phantom 9, you have a dual camera setup on the Galaxy A30.

On the Tecno Phantom 9, you have a 16MP primary camera, a 2MP depth camera, and an 8MP wide angle camera. Upfront you have a 32MP front-facing shooter for selfies.

On the Samsung Galaxy A30, you have a dual camera setup on the rear, housing a 16MP sensor as well as a 5MP sensor. upfront you have a 16MP selfie camera.

Hardware & Software Comparison

In the hardware department, the Tecno Phantom 9 seems to be leading too. Its a Mediatek processor vs an Exynos processor.

The Tecno Phantom 9 features an Octa-core MediaTek helio P35 processor, 6GB Ram and 128GB of internal storage. Keeping this phone alive is a 3500MAH battery.

On the Samsung Galaxy A30, you have the Exynos 7904 processor, 4GB Ram and 64GB of internal storage. keeping this phone alive is a 4000MAH battery.

From comparisons made online, the Helio P35 processor poses to be a better processor, when compared to the Exynos 7904 processor. The Tecno Phantom 9 also offers higher ram and storage. Where the A30 shines, is its bigger 4000MAH battery.

Both smartphones run their individual user interfaces, on top of the Andriod 9 pie operating system.

 Tecno Phantom 9 vs Samsung Galaxy A30: Price Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy A30 currently costs about 67,000 Naira, whereas the Tecno Phantom 9 costs about 77,000 Naira. The price difference here is about ten thousand Naira. It’s really amazing how much difference 10 thousand Naira can make.

This completes my comparison of the Tecno Phantom 9 vs Samsung Galaxy A30. Having read through the comparison, which of them will you be going for? do let us know in the comment section below.

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