Overview & Price
So you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy A70? Perfect, because in this review we cover everything you need to know about the phone and more.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 release date was very recent, May 1st of 2019 to be exact.
The much-anticipated phone promises a fast charging, high spec smartphone that wont break the bank either.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 price is currently £370 here in the UK, making it exceptionally cheap especially when taken out on a contract deal.
Here is some of what the phone has to offer;
- Fast Charging
- 4500MaH Battery
- 6/8GB RAM
- Aesthetic Design
- Triple Rear Camera
The A70 is ideal for those looking for a smartphone with a big screen, those that love to watch Netflix, browse social media and enjoy a spot of gaming too.
Lets take a closer look at what the Samsung Galaxy A70 has to offer..
Design & Display
When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy A70 design, we were most impressed.
The A70 rocks a glass and metal combination with glass on the front and back, and a metal frame to hold it together.
This ensures a premium feel when holding the device in your hands, however it can be a little slippy so we would recommend investing into a case and screen protector to keep the phone in tip top condition.
If not you will also find that the Samsung A70 does collect fingerprints extremely fast, so be sure to keep a cloth handy if you’re a little OCD.
The A70 comes in four attractive colours, Coral, Black, Blue or White. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Black colour to carry out this review.
The A70 measures 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, making it super easy to hold in one hand without feeling like your going to drop the phone.
On the right hand side of the phone you will find the power button alongside the volume rockers, down towards the base is a welcomed 3.5mm headphone jack.
This ensures you aren’t forced to go out and purchase the Samsung Galaxy Buds with the phone; we were delighted that Samsung decided to stick with the headphone jack, as the larger Samsung A80 does not have this.
Alongside the headphone jack is a USB-C port used for charging the device, whilst at the top of the phone there is a SIM tray.
Flipping the phone over will reveal the Samsung branding in the middle of the phone, slightly north is the triple camera setup, which gives the phone a powerful look.
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Thankfully the triple camera set up doesn’t stick out much at al from the body of the phone, so placing this phone flat on a work surface wont irritate the life out of you with that annoying wobble.
One thing to note is that Samsung has not given the A70 an IP rating, which means you will have to be incredibly careful when using this phone around water, as it will most definitely damage the phone.
We did do a couple tests on our own, and came to the conclusion that the A70 is most definitely splash resistant, so don’t worry too much if you happen to get caught out in the rain.
The majority of the front of the device is covered by the 6.7-inch display, ideal for the media lovers out there.
Speaking of the display the Samsung A70 has a stunning AMOLED panel with Full HD+ (1080 x 2400) resolution.
We found the display to be one of our favourite things about this phone as it really is huge, despite the phone not feeling too big when in one hand.
There is a slight notch in the display at the very top, this is what Samsung call the Infinity U display, it doesn’t get in the way too much and we found it didn’t hinder our gaming or media experience at all. Infact it actually makes it better.
The notch ensures that you get as much space on the phone as physically possible to do all of the things a large screen is good for.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 does have a face unlock option, meaning you can keep your device incredibly secure to the point that nobody but yourself can enter your device.
This is fantastic for things like online banking and storing your card details on your phone, as you can be sure nobody can access them.
Even more impressive is the super speedy fingerprint unlock sensor, this works exceptionally well and coupled with the face unlock it means that your phone is as secure as a bank vault.
We found the Samsung A70 display to be extremely accurate in vivid mode with colours that pop and are punchy.
Brightness levels go right the way up to 407nits, meaning you wont need to worry about using this phone in direct sunlight as the A70 is more than capable of handling this.
When in auto mode it stretches right up to over 600, to ensure you can get extremely bright on your phone if needed.
Given the price of the Samsung Galaxy A70 and how cheap it can be attained with some deals, we feel the display makes the phone a great purchase and exceptional value for money in 2019.
Watching Netflix and YouTube on this device is a pleasure, we found ourselves being immersed in multiple movies during our time reviewing this phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 specs do not lack in performance power either, with some impressive specs that can see you through long gaming sessions and keep you running smoothly throughout the day.
The A70 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, coupled with a hefty 6GB of RAM.
This combination is impressive and ensures your PUBG gameplay is uninterrupted by lag or sudden fps drops.
The A70 also comes with a nice 128GB of internal storage; this can be expanded all the way up to 512GB with the use of a microSD card.
For the most part we find 128GB to be more than enough storage for the average user, however if you do use your phone for business purposes and store tons of music, its nice to know that a microSD card can be inserted and keep you covered.
Now because of the performance aspect of the Samsung A70, this means that unlocking the phone through either your face or fingerprint takes barely a second, the chip and CPU also work in tandem to keep the phone cool when the phone is under stress, and it does a good job at this.
The Samsung A70 comes with Android 9.0 Pie and One UI right out of the box, this is extremely clean and easy use, its actually one of our favourite UI’s to use right now.
Navigating around the UI is silky smooth and you wont notice and lag or strange jitters. Customising themes and home screens is easy and it’s nice to add that personal touch to your smartphone.
There is a ‘Digital Wellbeing’ feature that shows you how much you use your phone throughout the day, and on which apps or features.
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This is great for those that have a slight social media addiction, as it really puts into perspective just how many hours of the day you are staring at your phone screen.
The icons are slightly larger thanks to One UI too; meaning if you do have chunky thumbs or bad eyes you will hit the target more often than not.
One thing we love about the software of the Samsung Galaxy A70 is that it has three different power modes; this ensures that you make the absolute most out of that last 20% charge.
As a whole the Samsung Galaxy A70 specs are great, giving users plenty of power to breeze through the UI and graphically demanding games too.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 camera is impressive, it has a 32MP main sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, as well as an 8MP ultra wide-angle f/2.2, and finally a 5MP depth sensor.
Unfortunately none of them have Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), so you will need to have a steady hand or invest into a tripod if you want super steady footage.
By default the phone shoots in 12MP, however digging into the settings and changing it to 32MP is super easy.
Colours are accurate and dynamic range is strong too, however when shooting in the standard 12MP mode we found images to be a little soft.
When shooting in the ultra-wide lens we found the image often be distorted, and not great for social media use.
That being said the ultra-wide angle lens is fantastic for fitting lots into a single shot, especially when taking group photos.
The field of view with the wide-angle lens is actually greater than the human eye; this ensures you get absolutely everything into your shot.
One area where the camera does struggle is when shooting in low light, detail and quality drops drastically and is certainly not great for social media.
If shooting in low light with the Samsung Galaxy A70 camera we would recommend using the bright flash to your advantage, as we feel the camera struggles to draw much natural light into the shot, resulting in a poor quality image the vast majority of times.
The HDR mode does well to combat this, although images are still not great. For the average user we think the Samsung Galaxy A70 will be just fine, although for those wanting a sharper camera we would check out our Samsung Galaxy S10e review.
Portrait mode is where the Samsung Galaxy A70 does well; this is perfect for shooting up close shots of a single person, especially in good lighting.
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Around the front is a 32MP selfie camera that is great for snapping selfies, again this camera shoots 12MP images by default but quickly changing this in the settings is no hassle.
The front facing camera has excellent colours and detail, especially when in portrait mode. We loved using Snapchat and testing out all of the filters with this mode, as it made for some quality images.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 can record 4K videos at 30fps; however there is no OIS so lets hope you have a steady hand!
Videos come out with lots of detail, with great colour accuracy and dynamic range.
Full HD does well to enhance footage and ensure it is ready to upload to social media. Swapping between modes in the camera setting is easy, simply swipe right or left for different settings in order to enhance your image or video.
As a whole we were seriously impressed with the Samsung Galaxy A70 camera, although we do feel it struggles in low light.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 battery life is definitely the phones main selling point, and the main feature that stood our during this Samsung Galaxy A70 review.
The A70 packs a strong 4500mAh battery, which is more than capable of lasting you two dull days.
We actually got over 100 hours out of the phone when testing it, which we were delighted with. Not only does the Samsung A70 battery last a long time, but it also charges up extremely quick too thanks to its quick charge ability.
We found that you could go from 0-50% in around 35 minutes of charging, this is actually faster than the Samsung Galaxy S10.
The 25W fast charger comes supplied in the box, meaning you wont need to go out and purchase your own if you want to charge your phone at lightning speed.
All in all the Samsung Galaxy A70 battery is something to shout about, and if you don’t fancy breaking the bank on some of the more expensive flagships, this could be a great alternative for those that demand long lasting life.
So should you spend your money on the Samsung Galaxy A70?
Well if you are looking for a cheap Samsung device that has a lot of the features the more expensive flagships do.
Then yes, not only does the Samsung A70 have a fantastic display, but it has incredible battery life to support this.
The 4500mAh battery keeps things moving all day and you wont find yourself stranded at 11pm with no juice.
The A70 display is perfect for those that love to watch tons of Netflix and YouTube as it is edge-to-edge and only has a small teardrop notch.
When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy A70 specs, the phone doesn’t lack in this department either, with plenty of internal storage to keep tons of photos and music stored on your phone easily.
The A70 even gives you the option of adding a microSD to top the storage up even further if needed.
Gaming is great on the phone too, with no lag or fps even when running on max graphics, we really didn’t have much to complain about with this phone.
Although the camera isn’t as great as we expected, well in low light anyway.
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Full Spec Below:
Launch: April 2019
- Dimension: 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm (6.47 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: 183g (6.46 oz)
- Build: Front glass, plastic body
- Sim: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 6.7 inches, 108.4cm² (-86.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20.9 ratio (-393 ppi density)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 612
- Card slot: microSD, up to 1TB (dedicated slot)
- Internal: 128GB , 6/8GB RAM
– 32MP, f/1.7, PDAF
– 8MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
– 5MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
- Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
- Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/240fps
- Single: 32MP, f/2.0
- Features: HDR
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: FM Radio
- USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass ANT+
- Non-removeable Li-Pro 4500mAh battery
- Charging: Fast battery charging 25W
- Colours: Coral, Blue, Black, White
- Price: As seen in above post
- Performance: Basemark OS ||: 2814 / Basemark OS || 2.0: 2737 / Basemark X: 19341
- Display: Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
- Camera: Photo / Video
- Loudspeaker: Voice 68dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 81dB
- Audio Quality: Noise -93.5dB / Crosstalk -92.4dB
- Battery Life: Endurance rating 103h