SAMSUNG A70 REVIEW BY TECHPARADISE
Samsung seems to have vowed to launch at least one new phone in India every month in 2019. The strategy seems to be working well for the South Korean giant as is evident from the claims that it garnered over $500 million revenue in 40 days just from Galaxy A-series sales alone. Samsung is in no mood to slow down. In April, the South-Korean giant launched two new smartphones in India in April – the Galaxy A20 and Galaxy A70 – with plans to bring Galaxy A80 in May.
While the upcoming phone has some intriguing features, Samsung with the Galaxy A70 aims to make its presence felt in the Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 segment which usually doesn’t see much activity in India.
Is the A70 good enough to justify its mid-range price tag? Does the A70 have what it takes to beat the existing competition from brands like Xiaomi and Vivo? Let’s answer all these questions in our in-depth Samsung Galaxy A70 review.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy A70|
|Display||6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, FHD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio|
|Processor||2 GHz, Octa Core, Snapdragon 675|
|Internal Storage||128GB, Hybrid slot, expandable up to 512GB|
|Software||One UI (Android Pie)|
|Rear Camera||32MP ( f/1.7 aperture)+ 8MP(f/2.2 aperture)+ 5MP(f/2.2 aperture)|
|Front Camera||32MP (f/2.0)|
|Others||4G Dual VoLTE(Nano), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, proximity sensor, light sensor, and accelerometer|
|Battery||4500mAh, 25W Fast Charging, Quick Charge 4.0 Support|
|Indian Price||6GB + 128GB – Rs. 28, 990|
At the start of 2019, Samsung pledged to use eco-friendly packaging for new products. The Galaxy A70 comes in a plain white box with the phone branding on top. Inside the box, you will find:
- Galaxy A70
- 25W wall charger
- USB Type-C cable
- in-ear headphones
- SIM-ejector tool
- transparent protective case
Samsung A70 Review: Design
The Samsung Galaxy A70 design is not as insane as the Galaxy A80 that literally ushered in a sweeping change. The Galaxy A70 is actually similar to the Galaxy A50 and follows the same “3D Glasstic” design language where ‘glasstic’ stands for glass-like plastic.
Just like the Galaxy A50, it too has a subtle, understated gradient on the glossy back and you will notice varied color effects when you look at it at an angle. Of course, as you climb up the A-series ladder, the cameras keep piling and on the A70 you will find a triple-camera module.
Samsung A70 Camera Review
Samsung continues with its new found love for triple cameras. On the rear, the Galaxy A70 stacks a 32-megapixel (with 0.8µm, f/1.7 aperture) primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide angle shooter (123-degree with 1.12µm and f/2.2 aperture), and a 5-megapixel depth sensor (1.12µm and f/2.2 aperture). As for selfies, the Galaxy A70 uses the same 32MP sensor on the front as well. The camera app seems the same as what we used in the other recent A-series phones. There’s Scene Optimizer, live focus portrait mode, flaw detection and many more options on the phone. Samsung has included 240fps slow-mos at 1080P which should be fun to play around. It can record up to 4K at 30fps from both front and rear cameras.
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Samsung A70 Review: Hardware and Software
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC is currently the best 600-series chip from Qualcomm and should help Galaxy A70 stand out in the one area where A50 didn’t outright impress. Samsung has paired 2GHz octa-core chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There is a dedicated microSD card slot that can hold additional 512GB storage. We wouldn’t say that Samsung is being generous with performance hardware, but there is enough muscle for smooth performance and to justify the price.
Samsung A70 Review: Battery and Sound
Another thing that needs to be applauded here is the mammoth 4,500mAh battery which has been performing well. To refill, it gets a 25W fast-charger which is the fastest charger Samsung has bundled on A-series (or any other series) till date. It manages to last my entire day with about 15 percent left in the tank.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 also scores well in audio thanks to Dolby Atmos support. It offers immersive experience while playing via earphones. Unfortunately same can’t be said for the mono speaker.
Samsung A70 Review Verdict: Should you buy it?
The Samsung Galaxy A70 makes a good case for multimedia consumption and strikes the right balance of capable hardware and user-friendly software. It can handle demanding games, offers great battery life, has super-fast charging, and the full version of Samsung Pay that lets you go card free.