The Samsung Galaxy A70 is now official: impressive display and massive battery in tow

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is now official: impressive display and massive battery in tow
After the recent release of its flagship phones from the Galaxy S10 line, Samsung now adds a new member to the upper midrange segment with the announcement of the Galaxy A70. The new phone has some significant distinctions from the Samsung phones we’ve seen so far, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

Design


The first thing that becomes apparent is that the A70 is a massive smartphone even for today’s standards. The display has a 6.7-inch diagonal and a 20:9 aspect ratio to help you keep a steady grip on it with one hand. Of course, as we’ve come to expect from Samsung, the display is a Super AMOLED one with a resolution of 1080x2400 this time around. Unlike the more expensive cousins of the A70 that have punch-holes for the front-facing cameras, it has an Infinity-U display, which in simpler terms means a teardrop notch. The bottom bezel is also minimal as not to add extra bulk to the already hefty device.


While we’re still talking about the display, under it is the fingerprint reader, just like on the S10 and S10+. Overall, in-display fingerprint sensors are still not as good as the standard ones, but at least they’re at a very convenient location, which is important considering the size of the A70. The power button is also on the right place and not as high as those on the S series.

On the back, there’s not much going on, we have only the camera bump to note. There are three sensors packed together within it, but more on those later. Samsung is calling the design “3D Glasstic” which we assume is a mixture of glass and plastic.

Samsung is staying true to itself and keeps the headphone jack on the A70 as well, accompanied by the now standard USB Type-C for charging and wired data transfer.

The Galaxy A70 will come in four different colors, all of them given the “prism” treatment: Coral, Blue, Black and White.

Hardware and software


Delving inside the A70, we find the Snapdragon 665, an octa-core system chip with twо higher-clocked cores and six cores for the less-demanding tasks. When it comes to RAM, there are two variants to choose from: 6GB and 8GB. The storage option is only one, however: 128GB. If that’s not enough for your needs, you’re free to expand it with a Micro SD card.

If you’re worried that the huge display will lead to a short battery life, don’t be. The A70 has a massive 4,500mAh battery that should keep it running for quite a while before you need to recharge it. And when you eventually run out of juice, there’s 25W Super-Fast Charging to help you top up the battery in no time.

On the software side, we have Android 9 dressed as Samsung’s One UI, just as you’d expect in a phone released in 2019. It comes with the usual digital wellness features and other Samsung goodies such as Samsung Pay and Bixby.

Cameras


As we mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A70 has three cameras on the back. Unlike the S line, here the telephoto camera is replaced by a depth sensor for a more advanced bokeh effect. The other two are a 32MP main camera and an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle lens. The bigger main sensor should somewhat compensate for the lack of a telelens as the pictures it takes will have plenty of detail to zoom into. The 8MP sensor of the wide-angle camera seems a bit lackluster, but we’ll refrain from judging before we see actual samples.

What’s more impressive is the front-facing camera that Samsung has decided to put on the A70. It’s also a 32MP one although with a slightly different aperture (rear one is F1.7, front one is F2.0). This should result in some high-quality selfies, but again, samples will say more than numbers.

Price and release date


The Samsung Galaxy A70 is coming April 26. In Europe, it will sell for around 420 Euro, which converts to around $470. No information yet if this phone will make it to the US at some point, but for now it seems it's only destined for the European and Asian markets.

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Galaxy A70
  • Display 6.7" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 32 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. Bernaerdcypher

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

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2. OneLove123

Posts: 1099; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Am I missing something? It doesn’t use a chip? Is just runs with nothing? I don’t see it mentioned in the article.

3. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

"Delving inside the A70, we find currently unspecified octa-core system chip"

10. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Apparently reading is not your strong suit.

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 375; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I assume this is a follow up to the a7. Personally prefer the premium bodies of yesteryear but if it lowers the price significantly, then that's an OK compromise

5. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Will this come to the North American market?

6. Dragos2222

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 21, 2017

Hey A70 have IP68?

7. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Price?

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 545; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I wonder if u.s. prepaid will still get a 16:9 screen 3000 mah battery this year?

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The black color looks nice.

11. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Okay this phone has the snapdragon 730G CPU same as A80.

12. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Interesting but these phones can't compete against Apple.

13. Tipus

Posts: 875; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Yes it can, it's less expensive

14. Bernaerdcypher

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

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