Galaxy A70 Review: The Best of A-Series?
The new Samsung Galaxy A70 is a new mid-range competitor in the market. The phone aims to raise the bar in the midrange kingdom. Samsung has come up with A series to tackle with the Chinese manufacturers which already seemed to be successful with A20, A50, M40 and some other A-series and M-series phones. Galaxy A70 is aimed at users who like large display and great battery life in their smartphone. The price of Galaxy A70 in Nepal is Rs.47,990 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
Unboxing Galaxy A70
While purchasing Galaxy A70, you get every accessory you need for a phone. Galaxy A70 ships in a white box with an information and image on it. Inside the box, there is a 25W charger, USB-C to C cable and an in-ear 3.5mm headset which sounds relatively good in the ear. There are additional TPU case and SIM ejector tool that comes along with the phone.
Design and Display
A70 is clearly the bigger and better version of already beautiful A50. The design of A70 is almost identical to the younger siblings A30 and A50 with an all-plastic smartphone with an ultra-glossy rear. The device design patter at the rear mixes things up with a rainbow-like pattern which makes it the bigger and better version of already beautiful A50 without any doubt.
The overall design looks pretty good, but the back is really prone to scratch and clearly a fingerprint magnet. Small scratches can be seen clearly on the phone just after a few weeks of usage which can be surely mitigated with the TPU case that come along with a box.
The Galaxy A70 packs Samsung’s huge 6.7 inches Super AMOLED display which is really vibrant, and bright enough to enjoy the multimedia experience. There is a tiny notch at the top and significantly smaller chin at the bottom makes give you an experience to full-view display. The big screen in the phone with a Full HD+ resolution makes it a bit low and you can see softness to icons, text, and some elements but it is not clearly visible.
The Galaxy A70 is powered by a new mid-range Snapdragon 675 chipset which provides a superb balance between performance and battery life. We tested the device with mediocre to intensive apps and the result is a balanced combination of everything.
The octa-core processor used in this phone is similar to that with Redmi Note 7 Pro as well as the Vivo V15 Pro. While the processor is good enough to handle the extensive tasks, but the Adreno 612 GPU isn’t quite powerful so there are some hiccups in rendering intensive games.
The phone ships with 128GB of storage which is coupled by 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The one we tested had 6GB of RAM on it. Expandable storage option with microSD is available on the device which is convenient for multimedia persons. The overall performance of Galaxy A70 is mature enough which is even optimized by the better software. The performance beats Redmi Note 7 Pro and some other midranges. Trending games such as PUBG, Freefire ran smoothly without any lags in ultra graphics. We felt some heating over a longer period of gaming but this is not a bigger issue of a headache which is seen in almost every device.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 features three rear cameras – 32MP (f/1.7) main shooter, an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide angle snapper of the 123-degree lens and a third 5MP (f/2.2) depth camera for the portrait photos which is almost identical to the OnePlus 7 camera. On the front, there is a single 32MP (f/2.0) front-facing camera which takes great enough selfies.
The Live Focus mode on the phone makes portrait shots background blurred which uses both the 32MP camera and 5MP depth sensor to produce photos which look pretty good. When we tested the camera’s capability, we got some overexposed shots which makes the images look brighter and in some cases, the images were too brighter. Indoor shots were not good enough due to the quality degradation and softness were seen in the images. The aggressive noise reductions made the detail of the images fade away.
|Outdoor Camera Sample|
The snaps were taken with the Galaxy A70 is acceptable for a mid-range device – but looking at the price tag of the phone, the overall quality of the image is not acceptable as there are so many phones which produce better image quality in this price range.
Software and Battery
The Galaxy A70 runs on Android Pie and One UI 1.1 on top of it. The software here is exactly the same as other OneUI devices such as the Galaxy M40, A50, S10, among others. The newly launched One UI is easy to use with multiple options to twitch the interface according to the choice. It supports both the newer gesture-based navigation as well as the older navigation keys and I personally preferred the gesture navigation over older keys which lets you utilize more of the screen space.
Galaxy A70 ships with some bloatware but most of them are essentials apps so you don’t have to worry about it. Most the bloats can be removed and it is one of the most liking features of the device.
Going on the battery, the A70 comes with impressive 4,500mAh battery which provides decent battery life that easily lasts for a day in extreme usage. It supports 25W fast charging and the charger provided with the phone recharges 42% of the battery in just 30 mins.
Samsung Galaxy A70 specs
- Body: 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 3D Glasstic back, plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution, 393 ppi.
- Chipset: Snapdragon 675 chipset: octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver); Adreno 612 GPU.
- Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128GB built-in storage; microSD slot
- OS: Android 9 Pie; Samsung One UI
- Main camera: Primary: 32MP, f/1.7, PDAF; Secondary: 8MP, f/2.2, 12mm ultra-wide, fixed focus; Depth camera: 5MP f/2.2; LED flash; 1080p@30 video recording.
- Selfie camera: 32MP f/2.0, 1080p video
- Battery: 4,500mAh; 25W fast charging
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps) download / Cat.6 upload (50Mbps), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB-C 2.0.
- Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader, down-firing loudspeaker, 3.5mm audio port
Samsung Galaxy A70: The Verdict
The Galaxy A70 is no doubt a great overall phone that focus on usability and price. There are some other competitors at this price point such as Vivo V15 Pro, Oppo F11 Pro but they do not have powerful processor as that of A70. They do feature the flashy design with the pop-up camera which can be a potential breakage point.
The phone is one of the all-inclusive packages you can buy right now and is the best phone in Nepal under Rs. 50000. It might not be the most powerful, nor does it have the absolute best camera, but what you get is an amazing combination of usability and a certain degree of shine that competing devices don’t have.
The design looks great and we suggest you to use the cover to save the phone from scratches, the use of plastics means the device is more rebounding to drops when compared to glass.
That’s it for our review of the Samsung Galaxy A70. What do you think about Samsung’s new A series of devices? Do you think they toil up a good balance between performance and value? Let us know in the comments section.