Samsung has hit its stride with the Galaxy A string. The company delivered an excellent product in the Galaxy A50, but misstepped a lttle bit with the Galaxy A30. Samsung found its mojo again with the Samsung Galaxy A70, which takes aim at the upper mid-range competition and gives a great product that may keep up with the very best.
We recently spent time with the Samsung Galaxy A70. Discover what we think in Android Authority‘s Samsung Galaxy A70 review.
Update, July 2020: The review was updated to reflect fresh software updates, features along with the affordability proposition.
About this review
I wrote this overview of the Samsung Galaxy A70 after using it during the period of a week. The telephone shipped with Android Pie and One UI 1.1 out from the box. The telephone had the PPR1.180610.011.A705GMDDU1ASD1 build number with the March 1st, 2019 security patch. I tested the telephone on Airtel’s network in New Delhi, India.
Samsung Galaxy A70 review: The picture as a whole
With the A string, Samsung is tackling competition on all fronts. The A70 is targeted at users who want a huge display and excellent battery life to back that up. Samsung noted that the refreshed A and M series lineup is fond of a millennial audience and the A70, specifically, looks like an ideal fit for folks who spend lots of time browsing social media or watching video content on the phone.
What really sets the telephone aside from competing devices may be the amount of refinement and the smooth experience it includes. Support for Samsung Pay, too, is a standout differentiating factor, although feature may not be quite the machine seller than Samsung is hoping it to be.
What’s in the box
25-watt fast charger
USB-C to USB-C Cable
SIM ejector Tool
The bundled 25W fast charger makes the package quite appealing since most competing devices have a tendency to ship with a low-watt charging adapter. An extremely basic clear case is roofed in the package, if you should probably switch it out for an improved case. A but interesting addition may be the switch to a USB-C to USB-C cable, that is a departure from the USB A to C cables we’ve seen bundled with most phones.
164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
Stretch the Samsung Galaxy A50 just somewhat and you wrap up with the A70. The look is nigh identical to those of both Galaxy A50 and the A30. I get that Samsung is wanting to get a common design language over the board, but differentiation plus some high-quality materials would definitely assist in the premium mid-range segment.
Since it stands, the Galaxy A70 can be an all-plastic smartphone with an ultra-glossy rear that mixes things up with a rainbow-like pattern. It looks plenty good, however the back is a scratch and scuff magnet. After simply a week useful, I’m already needs to see micro scratches on the telephone. I’m not so confident about how precisely the phone will endure to months useful. Samsung bundled a TPU protective case in the box, nonetheless it is utilitarian at best.
Buttons and port positioning is really as standard as it includes the quantity rocker and power button both located on the proper side. Samsung did an outstanding job with ergonomics regardless of the large size of the telephone. EASILY had to nitpick, the quantity rocker could have a lttle bit more segregation for better hands-free control, but this isn’t a huge issue. Along underneath edge lies the USB-C port and the headphone jack.
Though the A70 is comparable to the Galaxy A50, we’re glad to see that the chin is drastically slimmer on the bigger phone. Between your 6.7-inch display, minimal bezels, Infinity-U waterdrop notch, and tiny chin, the Galaxy A70 delivers a broad and beautiful canvas to see multimedia content.
Support for Samsung Pay on the Galaxy A70 will help push forward the tap-to-pay solution.
Just like the Galaxy A50, the A70 includes an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. Performance is, frankly put, not that great. It requires a complete second and sometimes more for the sensor to identify the input. You’ll have far better luck with face recognition, a considerably faster solution that’s nearly as secure.
Another and more useful upgrade is support for Samsung Pay. Beyond Samsung’s flagships, the A70 may be the first device to aid MST. Most point-of-sale (POS) terminals in India usually do not support NFC, this means MST is essential for tap-and-go payments. MST allows the Galaxy A70 to emulate the swiping action of your debit card at payment terminals that lack NFC.
Regardless of the larger dimensions, the Galaxy A70 is a reasonably ergonomic phone. While one-handed use would be a stretch, the telephone is generally comfortable to carry and the rounded corners certainly help. The telephone is on the heftier side, clocking in at 183g, but that can’t be contributed to the large display and battery.
20:9 Aspect ratio
The Galaxy A70 comes with a Samsung Super AMOLED display. The screen is large, vibrant, and bright enough to essentially enjoy multimedia. Be it the most recent Netflix series or a favorite mobile game, factors pop on the display and the knowledge is most surely immersive. The telephone has Widevine L1 support, so you’ll have the ability to stream your chosen content in hi-def.
THE ENTIRE HD+ resolution could very well be somewhat low on a screen this large. Stretched across 6.7 inches, there is some softness to icons, text, and certain elements. However, I doubt that a lot of users would care and even notice unless the telephone is put next to a higher-resolution panel. We have to explain that the display can often be the priciest element of any phone, so Samsung is probable saving a few dollars by keeping Full HD+ instead of jumping to Quad HD+.
There are robust settings open to modify the display. You can transform the saturation level and white balance, and in addition individual values for the RGB spectrum.
Yes, the telephone gets bright enough to be easily viewable outdoors.
Octa-core Snapdragon 675
6GB of RAM
Adreno 612 GPU
microSD expansion slot
The Galaxy A70 joins the growing ranks of phones powered by the Snapdragon 675. The chipset offers a great balance between performance and battery life and that’s accurately what we saw when testing the A70.
The Snapdragon 675 can be an octa-core processor with six Cortex A55 efficiency cores. Two Cortex A76 cores provide all of the power you may want. This processor is situated in the Redmi Note 7 Pro in addition to the Vivo V15 Pro. As the processor excels in CPU-intensive tasks, the Adreno 612 GPU isn’t quite all powerful. It sometimes struggles behind famous brands the Adreno 616 on the Snapdragon 710 platform. For instance, gaming performance is merely somewhat smoother on the latter platform.
The telephone ships with 128GB of storage, which about 108GB is offered by first boot. Storage could be expanded via the dedicated microSD card slot. The telephone also offers dual nano SIM card slots with support for VoLTE on both. I tested out the telephone on Airtel’s network in Delhi and the telephone did a fairly good job at keeping the network. When compared to Galaxy A50, the A70 appeared to fair somewhat better and call quality was mostly clear at both ends.
Daily performance on the Samsung Galaxy A70 is fantastic. The business has done an extremely good job optimizing the program. With the same Snapdragon 675 processor and an equivalent amount of RAM, the telephone manages to beat the Redmi Note 7 Pro in refinement, a genuine testament to how well-optimized software could work wonders. Transitions and animations are as smooth because they come. I did so not notice any lags in the interface, and multitasking performance was plenty good too.
PUBG on the Samsung Galaxy A70 runs at completely up to ultra graphics and, regardless of the warning in regards to a possible drop in frame rate, the telephone plays the overall game perfectly. As the phone did get warm over longer play sessions, it had been never uncomfortable to carry and the expansive screen really increases the game play experience.
An benefit of the bigger dimensions is that Samsung could stick in a much bigger battery. The 4,500mAh cell in the Galaxy A70 means that you will easily get yourself a full day useful and likely more. Normally, the phone lasted near two full days. Screen-on time was near seven hours, a fairly good figure for a phone with a display as large as this.
It is simple to fill up the battery. The A70 may be the first Samsung phone to ship with support for 25W fast charging. Without as fast as a few of the competing standards like VOOC or Dash, you can still charge t