Samsung Galaxy A70 Review

Especially in the middle segment, which we have looked at for the last 3 years, Chinese smartphones have achieved serious success. Xiaomi, Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers are gaining more and more influence in the entry and middle segments, which Samsung has long dominated.

Wanting to gain a competitive advantage, Samsung has completely renewed the A series and removed sub-models such as the J series from its product catalog. The new A-series is equipped with different models starting from the entry segment to almost the flagship class. The two models that stand out in this series, the A50 and A70, are among the most trusted products of the company.

The Galaxy A70 is a phone that adapts some of the features we are used to seeing in Samsung’s S series, like the A50 we have reviewed before, to a lower segment. The device, which has a difference of 500 TL with the sub-model A50, can position itself in a different way with its improved features.

This is actually the best proof that Samsung is on the right track in the A series. It is extremely important for users that models such as the A30, A40, A50, A70 and A80 have different features and design lines in direct proportion to the price differences, after the series that are released almost every month and there is almost no difference. You can make a choice according to which feature is important to you.

The A70, on the other hand, positions itself between the A50 and A80 and takes almost all the hardware features we saw in the A50 one step further. These features include a better processor, a better main camera, a larger screen and brand new charging technology.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Galaxy A70 measures 164.3mm in length, 76.7mm in width and 7.9mm in thickness. The Galaxy A70 may be a pretty large 6.7-inch phone, but it’s still slim. Only 0.1mm thicker than the S10+, the A70 is also 0.2mm thicker than the A50. The phone weighs 183 grams.

Again, like the A50, the back case made of a plastic Samsung calls 3D Glasstic looks very stylish, especially with the coral color we reviewed. Again, let’s point out that the material keeps fingerprints excessively. The side bezels are very compatible with the back cover in color and look like metal at first. But let’s add that this material is also plastic. The screen of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The A70 features a notch design called Infinity-U. In this way, a large screen area can be provided. Just above the notch is the handset, which seems to be hidden in the frame. Due to the droplet notch and the design line of the phone, there is no notification LED on the phone. Again, the curved screen structure that we are used to seeing in Samsung’s S series is not found in the A70. For those who like flat screen phones, the A70 is a good phone in this respect.

On the back of the phone, there is a triple camera array and LED flash, which we will talk about later. On the left of the bezel is the SD and SIM slot, while on the right are the volume rocker and power button. The bottom bezel of the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C port, microphone hole and speaker grille.

Let’s give a little detail about the phone. When you take the A70 out of the box for the first time, removing the screen gel is not enough on its own. Samsung has placed multiple tiny gelatins to preserve the glossy structure of the bezel around the device. You can easily see these gelatins by holding the phone to the light.

Galaxy A70 has four different color options; black, blue, pink and white

Samsung Galaxy A70 Screen

Galaxy A70 uses a 6.7 inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 resolution. Samsung uses the largest display panel of this generation on the A70, A80 and S10+ 5G models. When you take the phone in your hand, the huge screen can even cause you to falter for a short time. Thanks to the droplet notch, the screen-to-body ratio, which is a solid 86 percent, has been achieved. But let’s make an important reminder here, we have been seeing the 19: 9 screen format for a long time on notched and full-screen phones. The A70 uses the 20:9 format. This makes you feel awkward when the phone is in your hand for a short time.

The pixel density of the screen is 393 ppi. A50 403ppi. While the screen reaches 407 nits in manual mode, it can increase to 607 nits in automatic mode. This means you won’t have any problems using the A70 outside in sunny weather.

Watching movies and playing games is a real pleasure on this phone, thanks to the width and quality of the screen. Moreover, this screen is supported by Dolby Atmos. However, since the phone uses a mono speaker, it is not possible to experience the S10 series level.

At the bottom of the screen is the optical fingerprint sensor. This sensor, which is extremely comfortable in its location, works exactly the same as the A50. It is important that you identify the fingerprint correctly, because if you cannot do this properly, waking the phone can turn into a grueling process. If you are having trouble with this and cannot operate the sensor properly, you can get a much more stable performance by assigning your finger to more than one profile.

Samsung Galaxy A70 Performance

One UI and Android Pie have now become a standard on Samsung’s upper and mid-range phones. One UI really offers a very good Android experience when powered by powerful hardware. So, how powerful a phone is the A70?

This time, Samsung is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 platform, not its own processor family. This processor, which has 11 nanometer production technology, offers much better performance than the 14 nanometer Snapdragon 600 family. This 8-core processor has 2 x 2.0 GHz. Clocked Kryo 460 Gold performance cores, 6 x 1.7 GHz. It has a clocked productivity core. It should be noted that these cores are derivatives of Cortex A76 and Cortex A55.

Of course, on paper, the fact that the 675 only has two performance cores may annoy you. But the technology of a processor is not determined only by differences in clock speeds. Despite the fact that the Exynos 9610, the processor of the A50, has 4 2.2 Ghz Cortex A73 cores, the A70 managed to outperform in all our tests.

Snapdragon 675 has two big advantages over Samsung’s mid-segment Exynos processor. There are two different versions of the A70, 6 GB and 8 GB, as there is support for 2 GB more memory. In addition, the RAM speeds can go up to 2000 MHz with the 675 processor. Thanks to these two differences, the A70 can offer a smooth multitasking performance. Adreno 612 for this processor
It is accompanied by a graphical interface.

The tests we did for the phone resulted as follows

GeekBench 4: 5956
Antutu: 166579 / 145089 (Galaxy A50)
Antutu CPU: 78427
Antutu GPU: 33764
PC Mark Work 2.0: 7308 / 6097 (Galaxy A50)
3D Mark Sling Shot: 1.671 / 1.168 (Galaxy A50)

Samsung Galaxy A70 Camera performance

Again, like the A50, the Galaxy A70 uses a similar triple camera array. We say similar because this time the main camera with f / 1.7 has a resolution of 32 MP. In the A50, this value was 25 Megapixels. The second camera of f / 2.2 has a resolution of 8 Megapixels and allows you to take ultra-wide-angle photos. Again, the last camera of f / 2.2 has a resolution of 5 MP and brings the depth detection feature to the phone. This 5 MP camera, which cannot take photos or videos on its own, allows the use of Live Focus, which is Samsung’s own feature.

The camera interface is still familiar and you are free to make the adjustments you want on this interface. Artificial intelligence easily recognizes different parameters when taking photos and allows the settings to be made automatically.

On the Galaxy A70, if you take a photo without making any adjustments, your frames are saved as 12MP in 4:3 format. If you switch the setting to 4:3H mode yourself, this time you can take 32MP photos.

If you want to take high-resolution photos, the camera makes you wait a bit and you cannot benefit from the HDR feature.

Comment: Contrary to the comments on the internet, I think it looks extremely nice even though the extreme sharpness is evident but not the HDR. However, you will generally prefer to take photos with HDR.

And an interesting innovation on the video side welcomes us. The A70 can shoot 4K 30FPS video. It can record 60 FPS video at 1080p. You can also shoot Super Slow Motion Videos with the A70 main camera and benefit from AR Emoji support on both the front and rear cameras.

The cons of the cameras are almost the same as the A50. The photos you take in daylight look extremely clean and grain-free, but the quality of the photos you take decreases rapidly as the light level decreases. Performance is not bad in well-lit interiors either, but the phone doesn’t have a night mode, and taking pictures in dark environments doesn’t work well. The A70 uses artificial intelligence to be extremely aggressive in the photo and destroy tons of detail to reduce graininess. The disappearance of these details causes photos to appear watercolored. If your hand is shaking, this time the photos may even come out blurry in low light.

You can definitely feel that the phone in your hand is not a flagship, in night photos and video recording. We can record 4K, but you have to fix the phone somewhere while making these recordings. Since EIS and OIS support is not offered on the A70, the shakes are disturbing when shooting high resolution video.

Samsung Galaxy A70 Battery and Charger

The 11 nanometer Snapdragon 675 has higher battery consumption than the 10nm Exynos 9610. In addition, one of Samsung’s largest screens of this generation is used in the A70. However, despite these two disadvantages, the A70 certainly does not let you down, thanks to its huge battery of 4,500 mAh.

It is good news that the phone saw 7 hours and 21 minutes in the PC Mark Battery 2.0 test, as this time is almost on par with the P30 Pro, which we again praised for its battery performance. In normal use, you can easily take 1.5 days. Even on the days you spend watching videos, playing games and using social media, you can carry the phone with you for a full day without charging it.

With the Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung also announced the new 25-Watt Super Charge technology. Now the charger has been renewed and we are charging our phone with a cable with Type-C on both sides. Samsung is using this feature in its large battery phones in 2019. A70 supports 25 W charging technology. Super Charge provides 7 percent advantages over the old technology of 15 W in the battery of the A70. 7 percent may not seem like a huge difference, but since the total size of the battery we are talking about is 4,500 mAh, you definitely have a palpable advantage.

While the price of the Samsung Galaxy A70 is 4000 TL on Samsung’s own website, you can find the device for 3000 TL.

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