Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

Samsung Galaxy A70 Review
The Samsung Galaxy A70 comes to India carrying a price tag of Rs. 28,990

Samsung has prepared a chart of the curriculum for its return to the mid-range segment with the rejuvenation Galaxy A-Series, in which a new lineup has been introduced, in which the main features of the price ladder have been seen. 

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Samsung's latest effort is to give premium experience at less than half the price of a flagship phone with features including an in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear camera and a large Super AMOLED display to keep the Galaxy A70 a few key names. 

There is also support for Samsung Pay, to make this feature a Galaxy A-Series to be one of the few Galaxy A-series phones.


  • Samsung Galaxy A70 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • It features triple rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Galaxy A70 runs Samsung's own One UI based on Android Pie

Galaxy A70's position in Samsung's smartphone lineup is somewhat confusing because it shares key internal specifications with the recently launched Galaxy A60. 

Surprisingly, Samsung remembers the Galaxy A70-29,990 hole-hole front camera, which is considered fashionable these days. Even more worrisome is the fact that the price of the Galaxy A60 is approximately two-thirds of the Galaxy A70, in countries where it is currently available in the past.

Compare on one side, the Samsung Galaxy A70 comes in a price bracket, which is populated with some of the charming smartphones of choice of Nokia, Vivo, and Oppo, along with the previous-gen budget flagships, which causes stiff competition. 

Can Samsung Galaxy A70 catch itself in a competitive segment, and does it provide smartphone experience according to its cost? Read on to find answers in our Galaxy A70 review.

Samsung Galaxy A70 design

The Samsung Galaxy A70 looks like a super-sized version of the Galaxy A50, and this is not a bad thing. Galaxy A70 has the winding edges of the A50 and iridescent shield effect on the rear panel. 
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review
The Galaxy A70 packs triple rear cameras but misses out on a dedicated Night Mode

When other brands are experimenting with different color schemes and patterns, Samsung has gone with a sensible shade of gray, and it is locked with a rainbow layer which changes the colors beautifully when light differs Reflects on angles.

The Samsung Galaxy A70 comes in three color options. Black, White, and Blue, all three end the rainbow shield effect, but to a lesser extent. 

The smartphone is a mixture of metal, plastic, and glass. The bright rear panel looks like it is made of glass, but in fact, it is plastic which mimics the glass depth and reflective properties.

The rear panels are tapped around the edges and micro is roughly mixed with the rim, which also has a curved profile to provide better grip. This makes the device feel thinner than in fact.

On the Samsung Galaxy A70, three vertical stacked rear cameras are placed inside a module that creates a small bulge, while the LED flash sits under it. Power and volume buttons are located on the right side and provide good tactile feedback when pressed.

Sadly, this phone is easily smuggled, fingerprint attracts scars and dirt particles. While the bundle protective case will help the former, it creates some hindrance while using swipe gestures for Android UI navigation.

The top is a single mike, while the USB Type-C port, speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a primary mic are located below. Samsung Galaxy A70 has a SIM card housing on the left, with a tray of two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card capable of up to 512GB.

It is good to see three different slots because users will not have to choose between double-SIM functionality and storage expansion.

The Samsung Galaxy A70 looks and feels great, but the size of this device should be kept in mind before you buy. At 164.3x76.7x7.9 mm, the Galaxy A70 is not a small device in any way. 

The use of one hand is out of the question because it is difficult to reach all the points on the screen with a thumb. We often found the device struggling to reach control at the top of the screen without adjusting its grip. Thankfully, weight distribution is the same.

As far as the box content runs, the Galaxy A70 retail package includes smartphones, a transparent protective case, sim eject pin, USB type-c cable, 3A / 9V super fast charging adapter, a headset, and some Paperwork.

Samsung Galaxy A70 

specifications and software

The Galaxy A70 is equipped with a 20: 9 aspect ratio with a 6.7-inch full-HD + (1080x2400 pixels) super AMOLED Infinity-U display. 
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The Galaxy A70 flaunts a glossy rear panel that exudes an iridescent gradient finish

This new entry of the Galaxy A-Series is powered by Snapdragon 675 SoC, in which two Kryo 460 display core is seen in 2GHz and six efficiency core at 1.7GHz.

Snapdragon 675 tick with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which can be extended to 512GB using microSD card. Samsung has also announced a variant of Galaxy A70 with 8GB RAM, 

But it appears that only 6GB RAM version has made its way to India. Using the supercharging adapter that comes in the box, there is a 4,500mAh battery with support for 25W Fast Charging.

In the Imaging Department, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy A70 with three rear cameras. There is a 32-megapixel primary camera with F / 1.7 aperture, which has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f / 2.2 aperture and 123-degree field, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f / 2.2. Aperture The front has a 32-megapixel second camera with AF / 2.0 aperture.

As far as photography goes, there are so many features to play. Samsung Galaxy A70 offers Live Focus, AR emoji, and super-slow-mo video recording to name some of its modes. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated mode for low-light photography or no way to shake during recording video.

Galaxy A70 runs Samsung's One UI based on Android Pie, in which our review unit is running the March Security Patch. With Gate-Go, the older Samsung experience has more minimal and modern experience in the forest UI compared to the UI, which for some reason is still found on the Galaxy M-Series smartphone.

We particularly like some aspects of a UI that aesthetics are much better, and there are usability improvements specifically designed for large screens, such as being able to pull the controls down at the top of the screen Where they are within reach.

Icons are slightly larger and have a lot of space among them, but thankfully, you can adjust the Grid layout to squeeze more apps and add style, contrast, and text size to the font parameters with relative ease. In addition, OneUI lets you select between a dedicated button and an up swipe to drag the app drawer.

You can choose between navigation buttons and gestures, but unlike swipeable navigation pills on stock Android, a UI replaces navigation buttons with only three horizontal bars that can be swipe upwards. 

Although it works well and allows users to change the order of the buttons, we still prefer navigation gestures to Google's pixel phones.

Swiping on the first home screen opens the Bixby home page, which is popular with customizable cards for the calendar, weather, and email. 

It also acts as a content search page by dragging the transient material from apps like Twitter, Facebook, and UC News, and shows information such as usage statistics. The design of the Bixby Home screen is clear and we liked especially when Night mode was enabled.

Always have a host of useful features like on-display mode, gets face widget, which shows controls for music playback and a reminder on the lock screen, to keep track of Google's digital wellbeing phone usage statistics. 

There is also a feature called 'Separate App Sound' which plays voices from an app on the phone's speaker, and through a connected device like Bluetooth speaker from another app.

Unlike the Galaxy A50, which only offers the Samsung Pay Mini, Galaxy A70 supports Samsung Pay, which can take advantage of both technologies using NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) to make contactless offline payments to users is. 
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

It is basically equivalent to carrying a debit or credit card. You can read more about the difference between Samsung Pay and Samsung Pay Mini in our article.

Samsung Galaxy A70 comes with a host of pre-installed third-party apps like Netflix, DailyHunt, Amazon Shopping, Prime Video, Microsoft Office, OneDrive and LinkedIn, apart from Samsung's own app. Now here's the bad part - in-house apps are ad machines and send tons of spam notifications as well. 

The My Galaxy app exclusively leaves ads left and right, some of which are annoying instead. Thankfully, anyone can stop these spam notifications and ads from disabling offers and transactions based on a per-app basis.

The My Galaxy app is considered a one-stop shop for content like video, music, news, and games. While the previous three sections are somewhat useful, the sports section is populated with titles that are not just worth downloading in our opinion. You can read more about Forest UI in our Samsung Galaxy A50 review.

Samsung Galaxy A70 

performance, cameras, and battery life

The 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display is really cool and it's the main attraction of the Galaxy A70. Colors only pop out, on-screen content is vibrant and crisp, without any business or governess, and we get dark black and great contrast. Whether it is a game or watching videos on Netflix, the quality of the screen ensures a great viewing experience.
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

Even though the big screen makes Samsung Galaxy A70 difficult to handle, but it has its features in it. First-person shooter (FPS) games were particularly enjoyable because large performance not only makes the content more immersive but also places on-screen controls well.

The viewing angles are great, and we did not face issues while using the device during daylight. Although Samsung has not provided a specific figure in the NIT about the peak glow, we barely feel the need to push the glitter slider above 80 percent.

The adaptive brightness feature of the phone works well, and also has a blue light filter mode to cut exposure to blue light. Can choose between a vivid and natural mode. 

As well as adjust the color temperature of the screen as well as its white balance. We preferred a Vivid mode because the colors made from natural mode seem a bit silent and dull.

Samsung has gone on Qualcomm route with the Galaxy A70, except the Exynos processor in their own home in favor of the Snapdragon 675 SoC. 

Snapdragon 675 has proven to be a reliable processor, and in the review of our Radmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo V15 Pro, we saw that it handles gaming as well as day-to-day activities without hiccups. Looking at the Samsung Galaxy A70's asking price, it can be said that a Snapdragon 700-series processor is better.

Beginning with synthetic benchmark scores, the Galaxy A70 scores 2,390 and 6,490 in the single-core and multi-core trials of Geekbench, respectively. In AnTuTu, the phone inserted the 169,342 tells. 

With more graphics-intensive tests, the Galaxy A70 received 974 and 22,819 points in the 3Dmark Slingshot Extreme and 3dmark Ice Storm Unlimited. The phone manages 36fps in GFXBench T-Rex and 7.7fps in GFXBench Car Chase.

Coming for day-to-day use, we did not face any stutter or interval during switching between apps, surfing social media sites, editing photos, or in any other scenario. 

The Galaxy A70 also handled games fairly well. PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends run on high settings, providing smooth gameplay experience with no stubs. In addition, we did not come to any heating issues.

Samsung galaxy A70 also has Dolby Atmos support to provide a better multimedia experience with solid sound effects. We tested it by playing music videos and some high-octane movie action scenes and found that it makes the experience more effective. 

The Dolby Atmos toggle in the notification shade. For an onboard speaker, it can get loud and has a broad sound profile, but in extreme quantities, there is some distortion.

Bundled headsets are good for calling only. Earbuds are quite small and there are no additional rubber tips in other sizes to help fit in size. There is a lot of background noise while listening to music, and there is hardly any bass or depth in the sound output.

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is an in-display fingerprint sensor - a major selling point, and also a feature that is becoming quite common in this price segment. Even though this is a good feature, but its implementation on the Galaxy A70 is not the best ever.

The Galaxy A70's in-display sensor is slow at the time of recognition and usually takes about two seconds to unlock the phone. In addition, it sometimes failed to recognize our fingerprint pattern and asked us to keep our finger on for a long time. 

We also saw that when the finger is placed above the sensor at slightly different angles from its ideal resting position, then it struggles.

On the bright side, you can unlock this phone even when it is idle and the screen is locked. If you want better accuracy, a single tap will illuminate the area above the fingerprint sensor, while a double tap will bring the lock screen. The good thing is that facial recognition works well and it has unlocked the device too early in the dark.

Compared to the Galaxy A50, Samsung offers advanced camera hardware at the Galaxy A70. The Camera UI is what we saw on the Galaxy A50, in which the mode controls are sitting down, and there are other tools at the top. 

The camera tool is easy to reach, but we were disappointed with just three controls to adjust white balance, ISO and exposure value in Pro Mode.

Photos taken by Galaxy A70 turned out to be sharp with good torrent details and good dynamic range. Macro shots have a strong suit of the phone. The Galaxy A70 was fast in focus lock and produced shots with natural colors, good depth, and finer surface details. 

There was minimal bleeding on the edges of the object in focus and depth was also decent in close-up shots. However, when it comes to magnifying the photo to keep the details, we found that Redmi Note 7 Pro has improved this phone in some situations.

Daylight photos are also good and ready for sharing on social media, but there is one area where the Galaxy A70 could perform better - hard sunshine. 

We saw that the camera was struggling to redefine real colors, in which the photo was showing a tad muted and washed out. Another weak spot was long distance shots because the camera was supported to soften the details of the surface in the objects in the perimeter.

Having a wide-angle lens is definitely a benefit, and the Samsung Galaxy A70 gets a thumb in this regard, but we have an impact on the eyes of the fish in wide-angle photos. 

Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

Due to this problem, many mid-range smartphones have been introduced, which we have recently tested in Vivo V15 Pro and Galaxy A50

While stopping this distortion, wide-angle shots usually come out well, but in less detail than the photograph taken with the primary camera from the same situation.

Depth sensor works well in capturing Bokeh shots, and close-up portrait shots were quite precise blurry on the edges. Live Focus mode allows users to adjust the intensity of the blur before taking the shot and even after it has been saved.

Samsung Galaxy A70 also remembers EIS along with OIS, which is a big disappointment for the smartphone, especially at this price. You can record 4K, full-HD 60fps and 30fps, and HD, plus 2,400x1,800 pixels to match screen resolution and 1,440x1,440 pixels for 1: 1 video. 

4K and full-HD 60 FPS specimen video turned out crisp, but there were some tremors and tremors due to the lack of stabilization. However, the wide-angle rear camera cannot shoot video at full-HD 60 FPS or 4K.

The good thing was that the camera did not fight with locking focus at all. The super slo-mo videos shot with the Samsung Galaxy A70 were very sleek and worth looking at. 

Super Slow-mo clips are recorded at 480fps with an 8-second length limit in HD resolutions, and no flickering is displayed in our sample shot outstanding. Regular slo-mo videos recorded at 240fps also turned out well, but under the dim light, those shots were flogged inside the house.

We had a dedicated night mode especially missed. While well-lit situations, the pictures shot were looked good, when the lighting was not optimal, then the Samsung Galaxy A70 had failed. 

The photos taken, they turned out to be grainy, and at the very least with sharpness and object detection is very noisy. It also does not help that the low-cost Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) and Realm 3 Pro (review) have their own night mode.

The 32-megapixel camera captured by the front camera has really come out well, with plenty of detail to whiten or smoothness, and the color of natural skin. 

The Live Focus feature helps in adding a blur effect to selfies, but the edge detection was not very accurate. There is also the option of capturing wide-angle selfies, but not just for video, but video.

Front snapper on Samsung Galaxy A70 can record videos up to full-HD resolution. The AR emoji feature is neat, but we bit out the speed of our animated avatar. 

There is also a ton of stickers to play with. A useful addition is that the 'Keep using the last mode' feature, which maintains the last used camera settings/mode when used to open the camera app the next time.

The Galaxy A70 is equipped with a beefy 4,500mAh battery, which is one of the largest in the Samsung smartphone, falls in the Galaxy M30 (review) due to a lack of 5,000mAh of a bigger battery. 

While used as a daily conductor, the phone could easily run through day-to-day usage, which included social media activity, listening to music for about two hours, playing games like PUBG, calling and watching some YouTube videos. At the end of the day, we found that approximately 25-30 percent of the juice in the phone was left in the tank.

In our HD Video Loop Test, the phone ran for an impressive 18 hours and 49 minutes. As far as charging goes, the bundled super fast charging adapter took the battery from 0-25 percent in only 14 minutes and we reached halfway in 31 minutes. 

It took 1 hour 44 minutes to go from 0 to 100 percent of the phone. There is a feature called 'Optimize Battery Usage' which restricts activities like background data synchronizing on a per-app basis to save power.


Samsung Galaxy A70 Review
Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is very good for multimedia consumption and can handle day-to-day tasks without interruption, even when games are demanded, even then keep it with it. The device sits easily through one day of heavy use, and 25W Fast Charging is definitely an extra bonus. 

In the negative side, lack of dedicated night mode and stabilization can prove to be prominent red flags for photography enthusiasts. It can be useful on Samsung, but it can not be a major selling point for everyone.

Samsung is introducing the Galaxy A70 as a multimedia powerhouse, which has additional utility in the mix. Although its overall performance is good, if you are conscious of the value, then you may possibly get a better deal somewhere else.

Galaxy A70 is facing stiff competition from the likes of the Asus Zenfone 5Z (review) and Poco F1 19,179 (review), which both pack the flagship-grade hardware and provide excellent value for money. 

For those on a tight budget, Radmi Note 7 Pro (review) packs the same processor at approximately half price of the Galaxy A70. For those wishing to jump over the pop-up or hole-punch camera bandwagon, Vivo V15 Pro (review) and Oppo F11 Pro (reviews) offer good performance and are available at a lower cost.

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