Samsung Galaxy A70 hands-on review: one for the YouTube generation

Samsung has had a runaway success with the Galaxy A lineup. Talking to journalists at a closed-door briefing, Samsung said that it has made more than 500 million dollars in sales in the first 40 days since the A-series started hitting retail. Much to their surprise, the Galaxy A50 contributed a lot to that success. We aren’t surprised considering the A50 was reviewed very well at Mr. Phone.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy A50 review: the most premium smartphone experience under Rs. 20,000

Adding to the lineup, Samsung has introduced the Galaxy A70 to the market now. This is before the uniquely-designed A80 comes to India sometime in May. Hi, I am Ershad from Mr. Phone, and this is our unboxing and first impressions of the newly launched Samsung Galaxy A70. 

Samsung Galaxy A70: a massive display aimed at the YouTube generation

The Samsung Galaxy A70’s biggest draw is going to be the massive display. The phone has a 6.7-inch Infinity-U Super AMOLED FHD+ display that looks stunning as usual. This display comes with Widevine L1 support for streaming in HD. And to enhance your multimedia experience you also get Dolby Atmos. I watched a couple of videos and it was definitely very impressive. The display also includes the in-display fingerprint scanner, which is the same module from the Galaxy A50. Which is to say that it is not very fast. There is also a fairly fast and reliable face unlock mechanism, though. 

The massive display is packed inside a polycarbonate body with a unique reflective pattern. It looks very similar to the Galaxy A50, if you ask me. For its asking price, I’d have liked to see the body made of glass or at least metal. That said, our Black variant does look good. And, the whole display of colours on the rear when light hits at it at different angle definitely gives it a unique look. By the way, You can also get the phone in Blue and White. But, at 183g the phone does feel heavy and using it with one hand is not going to be easy considering its massive form factor. 

You get a Type-C port, a speaker, and a headphone port at the bottom. The power button and the volume rocker are on the right edge and they feel adequately tactile. 

Samsung Galaxy A70: triple cameras again

As for the cameras, you get a triple camera setup on the rear. There is a 32MP primary shooter, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP depth camera. And, you also get a 32MP camera on the front for selfies. What’s important to note is that flagship-level camera features are trickling down to the A-series. For example, the A70 comes with Super Slow Motion recording at 480fps and it includes Hyperlapse as well. 

Here are a few samples from the Galaxy A70. More detailed analysis in our review video when it drops on the 27th. 

Samsung Galaxy A70: Samsung Pay and a capable hardware 

Internally, Samsung has fitted the Galaxy A70 with the very capable Snapdragon 675 SoC and 6 gigs of RAM coupled with 128GB of internal storage, which is further expandable to 512GB using a dedicated slot. Now don’t go comparing the price of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the A70 because you don’t get many other features like a Super AMOLED display, 25W fast charging, or Samsung Pay. 

Also read: Redmi Note 7 Pro review: stupendously good value-for-money

Talking about the 25W fast charging, this is the fastest Samsung has ever used in a smartphone. That’s not it, you also get a massive 4500mAh battery as well. We will test how fast it charges and how long the battery lasts in our full review.

Apart from this, Samsung Pay has been introduced for the first time in Samsung’s 2019 lineup of A-series phones. This is the full-fledged Samsung Pay that works at your regular POS terminals as well. This feature in itself is a big seller for Samsung. As for the software, I am glad that you get OneUI based on Android 9.0 Pie.

Closing first thoughts on the Galaxy A70

On the outset, it might not look like the Samsung Galaxy A70 has anything unique to offer but the amalgamation of different feature sets could make it a complete smartphone. I am excited about using Samsung Pay and the new fast-charging feature, which interestingly is going to come to the S10 series in a software update. 

Well, we shall definitely explore more in our full review. So, if you do want to read our full verdict, stay tuned to Mr. Phone. 

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Ershad Kaleebullah
ershad.kaleebullah@u2opiamobile.com

When Ershad isn't writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4. Having worked with a slew of renowned publications like PCWorld, Channelworld, CIO, NDTV Gadgets (now Gadgets360), MySmartPrice, The Inquistr, and 91Mobiles, Ershad brings a whole world of experience to Mr. Phone. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. Is anyone willing to help?