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Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70
KSh33,500
Brand: Samsung
Category: Mobiles
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11nm)
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Camera: Triple: 32 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)

Our Rating

This rating is based on phone specifications and price.

8.5 4.3 1
  • Design 8 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10

Price in Kenya & Where To Buy

6GB/128GB
Phone Place KSh36,000.00 Go To Store
MyShopKE KSh36,500.00 Go To Store
Phones Store KSh36,500.00 Go To Store
Pros
  • Loaded with great specs
  • Impressive camera performance (both front and back)
  • Massive, attractive display
  • Good battery life
  • Ample storage space
Cons
  • It is slippery.

There is no doubt that Samsung decided to take the war to the doorsteps of its Chinese rivals.  Samsung Galaxy A70 is another phone that proves that Samsung is not out here to play.  The Galaxy A70 phone features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 675 SoC and 6GB of RAM.  At its price point, it competes with Xiaomi Phocophone F1 and Nokia 8.1.

What’s in the box?

  • A70 smartphone
  • 25W charging adapter
  • Charging/data cable
  • Earphones
  • Plastic back cover
  • Documentation

Design & Display

Samsung A70 has an infinity-V notch and a tall (elongated) display with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display measures 6.7 inches. This makes it the Samsung device with the largest display – the display is bigger than the display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.  Despite having a large screen, this phone fits well in one hand and does not feel big when its put in the pocket thanks to the minimum bezels.  It has a 93.4% screen to body ratio.

The display is Super AMOLED and has full HD+ resolution.  This is a near-perfect display offering an awesome viewing experience. It is bright and has very good viewing angles. It’s a little reflective outdoors, but it’s still easy to view the content. Since it’s an AMOLED display, always-on-display is one of the features that you will also enjoy.

The Icons are clearly visible in direct sunlight.

Just like siblings the Samsung A30 and the Samsung A50, the A70 has a shiny, glossy back.  When you take a look at it from a distance, you might be fooled into thinking that’s its glass when in the real sense its polycarbonate. It's reflective, especially when it's exposed to bright light. It looks really good but is a fingerprint magnet. 

Reflective back. You might think it's glass but it's polycarbonate.

The power button and the volume rocker are on the right side. Speaker grille, USB port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack are on the lower side.

Samsung Galaxy A70 lower side

Samsung Galaxy A70 Camera performance

This phone ships with a triple-lens rear camera, just like its sibling the Galaxy A50. However, the primary shooter has been upgraded to 32 megapixels.  This lens is accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 5MP depth sensor.  The selfie camera is 32 megapixels.

If you have used a Samsung device before, you will find the camera app familiar.  When you launch the app, you will see the capture button placed between the toggle for the selfie camera button and the preview gallery button. Above it, you find the different shooting modes: Photo, Live Focus, Pro, Panorama, Video, Super Slow-Mo, Slow motion, and Hyperlapse.

Samsung Galaxy A70 Camera Interface

At the top, there is the settings gear, flash settings, timer toggle, filters and button that allows you to change the aspect ratio.

A70 Camera settings

Samsung Galaxy A70 is a capable camera phone that captures images with a good amount of detail and accurate colors.  The back camera offers the faux Bokeh effect. The 5MP depth sensor does a very good job of separating the subject and the background when shooting in Live Focus mode.

Galaxy A70 photo samples

The Galaxy A70 can capture 4K video clips, while the super slow-mo videos maximum resolution is 720p.  Unfortunately, there is no optical image stabilization.

Hardware & Software

Samsung A70 packs Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor (11nm).  This chip is aimed at people who like gaming. It comes with 612GPU and several game optimizations tools that make it deliver well as far as gaming is concerned. Well, I’m not an avid gamer, but for the few minutes I played PUBG, there was no lagging and heating was kept under control.

The processor is paired with 6GB of RAM. This phone does not lag even when multiple apps are opened at the same time. I was able to switch between apps quickly.

You get 128GB onboard storage space. There is a dedicated micro SD card that you can use to expand storage further up to 512GB.

This device ships with Android 9.0 Pie with One UI out of the package. I’m a big fan of the minimal look created by Samsung’s One UI.

One UI screen shot

Battery performance

If you are looking for a powerful device with a long-lasting battery in Kenya, I strongly recommend that you go for the Samsung Galaxy A70.  This mobile phone is powered by a 4500mAh battery. I used the phone for almost 23 hours and still had 20% left. During the period, the phone was always-on Wi-Fi. I browsed, watched YouTube Videos, gamed a little and used the usual everyday apps like WhatsApp, camera, etc.

Furthermore, the A70 comes with a fast-charging 25W adapter.  You can charge it pretty quickly whenever you want to head out using the bundled adapter. You can recharge it from 0% to 100% in a little over 2 hours.

Reviewed by Mark L.

Samsung Galaxy A70 - Videos

Samsung Galaxy A70 - Specifications

General

  • Announced
    March, 2019
  • Status
    Available

Design

  • Dimensions
    164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight
    183 g
  • Colors
    Coral, Blue, Black, White

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • SIM
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM
    Single SIM or Dual SIM

Display

  • Display Type
    Super AMOLED
  • Size
    6.7 inches
  • Resolution
    393 ppi
  • Display Colors
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density
    1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Touch Screen
    Yes, Multitouch
  • Display Protection
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Media

  • FM Radio
    Yes
  • Alert Types
    Vibration, ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack
    Yes

Camera

  • Back
    Triple: 32 MP, f/1.7, PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/240fps
  • Back Camera Features
    Panorama, LED flash, HDR
  • Front
    Single 32 MP, f/2.0,0.8µm
  • Front Camera Features
    HDR, 1080p@30fps video reecording

Software

  • Operating System
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • User Interface
    One UI

Hardware

  • Chipset
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11nm)
  • CPU
    Octa-core (2x2.0GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    6 GB
  • Internal Storage
    128 GB
  • Card Slot
    microSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)
  • Sensors
    Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth
    5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Wi-fi
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • GPS
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • NFC

Data

  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Speed
    HSPA, LTE-A

Messaging

  • SMS
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS
  • Email
    Yes
  • IM
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type
    Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
  • Capacity
    4500 mAh
  • Placement
    Non-removable
  • Fast Charging Fast Charging Does it comes with a fast charging adapter?
    25W fast charging adapter

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