Samsung Galaxy A70: With Striking Display and Enduring Battery

Samsung bids to offer smartphones ranging from the entry level to the absolute premium flagships. It is looking to steal the mid range smartphone market with the Samsung Galaxy A70. The phone has almost everything that a mid range smartphone should have. Samsung Galaxy A70 was launched in India on May 1, 2019 and the starting price of this smartphone in India is Rs.24,299. It mainly aims at the young generation who love big display.

Samsung Galaxy A70 looks like a larger version of Galaxy A50s and has multiple good performing features like biggest display with unique aspect ratio, fantastic battery paired with fast charging technology, a mid-range processor with high performance, and enhanced security. The Samsung Galaxy smartphones not only stands out with its brand name but also comes with notable hardware. Below are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A70.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70 Specifications

Design
Dimensions‎164.3 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm
Weight183g
ColorsBlack, White, Blue
Display
Display Size6.7 inches (170.3 mm)
Resolution1080 x 2400 (FHD+)
Aspect Ratio20:9
Screen-to-body Ratio86%
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Brightness407 nits (max)
Cover GlassNo
TouchscreenMultitouch, Capacitive touchscreen
Performance
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa core processor
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 612
SecurityFingerprint unlock, Face unlock
Storage Variants
RAM6GB
Internal Storage128GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD up to 512GB
Battery
Capacity‎4500mAh
Fast Charging25W Super Fast charging
Charger TypeUSB Type-C
Wireless ChargingNo
Camera
MegapixelsRear Camera: 32MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera: 32MP
ApertureRear Camera: f/1.7 (32MP), f/2.2 (5MP), f/2.2 (5MP)
Front Camera: f/2.0 (32MP)
EISNo
OISNo
FlashRear LED flash
VideoRear Camera: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps, 240fps @HD slow motion
Front Camera: 1080p @30fps, 1080p @60fps
FeaturesRear Camera: Pro photo, Facial blur, HDR
Front Camera: Face recognition, AR emoji, AR stickers, Selfie mode, Auto HDR
Network and Connectivity
SIMDual nano SIM cards with 2G/3G/4G support
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80, Wi-Fi direct
BluetoothBluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
PositioningGPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
Bands2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
3G WCDMA: B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900)
4G FDD LTE: B1(2100), B3(1800), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B20(800)
4G TDD LTE: B38(2600), B40(2300), B41(2500)
USB OTGYes
NFCYes
Multimedia
SpeakersDolby Atmos, single loudspeaker
Headphone Jack3.5mm headphone jack
MicrophonesYes
FM RadioYes
Supported Audio FormatsMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video FormatsMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Stereo SupportNo
Other Specifications
SensorsAccelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor
Gyro Sensor
Geomagnetic Sensor
Hall Sensor
RGB Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
PortsUSB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack
In the box accessoriesSamsung Galaxy A70
USB Type-C cable
SIM ejector tool
A pair of in-ear headphones
Quick start guide
Warranty card
Transparent protective case

Design & Dimensions

Samsung Galaxy A70 doesn’t shy away from its inspirations in terms of design. It comes in three colors like Black, White and Blue. It has a large display with a U shaped notch holding the selfie camera and is constructed from a 3D glass fusion of metal and glass. The sides are curved and the phone fits well in hand despite its large size. It’s also quite slim and slender, measuring 164.3 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm. The phone weighs about 183g and the weight is well distributed throughout.

The smartphone has a smooth plastic back with beautiful gradient finish. The back is clean with just with the Samsung brand name and triple cameras with an LED placed below them. Samsung has reduced the bezels all around the screen in order to provide an immersive viewing experience. On the right, the phone has volume and power buttons, on the left there is a triple card slot for two nano SIMs and a microSD card, on the bottom it has a speaker grill and a 3.5mm headphone jack next to the USB Type-C port.

Samsung Galaxy A70 design

Display

Samsung Galaxy A70 sports a large 6.7 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display having screen resolution of about 1080×2400 pixels. The display colors are vivid and the large screen size is great for watching movies, playing games, browsing, and anything else that you can think of. This is the first ever smartphone from the Samsung brand to have an aspect ratio of 20:5. It has 86% screen to body ratio. The multitouch, capacitive touchscreen offers a maximum brightness of 407 nits.

The display is very sharp and clear. Along with its glass like plastic back, the phone has Corning Gorilla Glass v3 to provide protection for the device from accidental damages and scratches. The Galaxy A70 benefits from Samsung’s excellent ultrasonic on-display fingerprint reading technology for secure unlocking. This analyses the ridges of your thumb or finger when placed on the bottom portion of the display thereby unlocking the phone quite quickly. If you are looking for a phone with big display for enjoying the viewing experience of watching videos, browsing and playing games, the Galaxy A70 is a good recommendation.

Hardware & Performance

Unlike the Vivo V15 Pro, the Galaxy A70 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa core processor. The chipset might not be the best but it does its job. The apps load quickly and there is no lag in switching between those. It is backed by 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 512GB with the help of a microSD card. The Adreno 612 GPU handles most games well, although you won’t be able to use the highest graphics settings in some high-end games like PUBG. That means high-end games without customizable graphics settings suffer from low frame rates.

The Samsung Galaxy A70 runs on the latest version of Android 9 Pie spiced up by Samsung’s One UI skin. It includes the new UI features such as Digital Wellbeing, Bixby Routines, Bixby Voice (using the power button), and Night mode. Samsung offers a feature called Lock Screen Stories. It changes the wallpaper every time you turn the screen on and lets you read about the subject of each wallpaper. There’s also something called AppCloud, which suggests apps that you should install. It has a persistent notification that won’t go away until you open the app, deselect all apps that it thinks you should install, and then hit the Finish button. Unlocking the phone, either with in-display fingerprint or 2D face recognition is instant. The Galaxy A70 allows a smooth performance overall.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy A70 sports a huge 4500mAh battery with 25W Super Fast charging technology via USB Type-C charger. This is probably the first phone from Samsung to come with 25W fast charging whereas before launching this phone, samsung devices came with only 15W fast charging technology. The battery life of Galaxy A70 is really amazing. With half an hour plugging, the charge can go from 3 percentage to 33 percentage. A single charge might last up to a day and a half. The battery performance is excellent with low power consumption. It is impressive to know that the Galaxy A70 has propelled to the fourth place in battery life hierarchy. You can manage a full day usage even after enabling Always On display feature. Overall, the Galaxy A70 battery does a great job.

Camera

Rear Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A70 features triple rear camera comprising a 32MP main camera, 5MP depth-of-field and 8MP Ultra-Wide cameras. The triple cameras have apertures f/1.7, f/2.2 and f/2.2 respectively. The rear camera shoots 12MP clear shots by default. The Galaxy A70 cameras work good at outdoors. It captures images with high details, extra colors and contrast. Wide angle shots look decent as well. The 8MP wide angle camera delivers 123 degree field of view. The 5MP depth camera captures very good portrait shots. The depth knocks out unwanted background noise from your images to make them look more professional. The rear camera offers decent edge detection and flaw detection to catch the blinks, blurs and back lighting to get the right shot at the right moment. Unfortunately there is no night mode in Galaxy A70. The rear camera supports features like Pro photo, facial blur and HDR. In terms of video, though there is no support for EIS, the Galaxy A70 supports ultra HD 4K video (3840 x 2160) @30fps and 240fps @HD slow motion.

Samsung Galaxy A70 camera

Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A70 sports a 32MP selfie camera. By default, it shoots 12MP shots. The photos taken with the front camera look bright and clear. You can adjust the background depth and you can blur the background using the selfie focus feature. The front camera allows you to personalize your AR emoji, take a selfie in Mask Mode to bring your emoji into the real world. Also you can decorate your shots with AR stickers, stamps and frames for photos that speak louder than words. The front camera offers portrait mode, auto HDR, wide and zoomed modes. It supports 1080p video recording at 30fps and 60fps.

Network and Connectivity

The Galaxy A70 supports dual nano SIM cards with 2G/3G/4G support. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80, Wi-Fi direct and Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps). Bands like 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G FDD LTE and 4G TDD LTE are supported by Galaxy A70. The smartphone has NFC enabled and supports USB OTG.  The phone offers good download and data transfer speeds based on the network coverage of your carrier.

Multimedia

Samsung Galaxy A70 comes with Dolby Atmos support which provides seamless audio experience while playing games, watching videos and hearing music. The sound quality of Galaxy A70 is good. It supports audio in formats such as MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA and supports video in MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM formats. Unfortunately there are no stereo speakers but the phone has support for single loudspeaker. It supports 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and FM radio. The phone also allows you to make phone calls using Wi-Fi connection.

Other Specifications

Galaxy A70 is equipped with sensors like Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor and has ports for 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C connector. The Galaxy A70 box package consists of the following accessories such as Samsung Galaxy A70 smartphone, USB Type-C cable, SIM ejector tool, a pair of in-ear headphones, Quick start guide, Warranty card and Transparent protective case.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is a great phone for both multimedia purposes and essential apps functions. It has disruptive features like premium design, a fast processor, a massive and capable battery, and Samsung guaranteed Super AMOLED Display, 32 MP triple rear camera. However, the camera could have been more versatile. The phone comes with Samsung Pay which is a convenient feature to have. The lack of OIS, EIS and wireless charging is disappointing. It might turn out to be an affordable mid-range smartphone along with the brand name and the budget price that it comes with.

Samsung Galaxy A70 FAQs:

What is Samsung Galaxy A70 price in India?

The Samsung Galaxy A70 price in India is Rs.24,299 for its 6GB/128GB single variant.

When was Samsung Galaxy A70 launched in India?

The Samsung Galaxy A70 was launched officially in India on May 1, 2019.

Does Samsung Galaxy A70 has hybrid slot?

No. Samsung Galaxy A70 has 2 dedicated slots for sim cards and a dedicated MicroSD card slot. Basically, one will be able to use 2 sim cards and a memory card at any time. 

Is Samsung Galaxy A70 waterproof?

No, Samsung Galaxy A70 is not a waterproof smartphone.

Does Samsung Galaxy A70 has Corning Gorilla Glass protection?

No, Samsung Galaxy A70 does not have Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Instead it comes with a scratch resistant display.