Over the past 1½ years, the mid-range smartphone has become incredibly competitive flagship and this feature has been brought down to more affordable prices.
Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi have been hitting hard since 2018 however Samsung sort of missed the mark and now they’re trying to up their mid-range game with their newest A-series. However the price depends on where you live.
GALAXY A70 REVIEW
The Galaxy A70 isn’t a small phone however it’s surprisingly thin. The notch is small and the bezels are thin all-around although the bottom one is thicker.
Also, you barely notice the back is plastic which Samsung coasts with glass and it has a rainbow gradient color ( when it catches the light you see the rainbow gradient ). At the back a triple camera setup and the A70 collects fingerprints pretty easily but it tends to be a little slippery also.
It’s has a 6.7” inch AMOLED, which is the biggest selling point of the Galaxy A70 both figuratively and literally. This is the biggest OLED screen in the mid-range Galaxy lineup and even one of the biggest in Samsung’s lineup.
It’s has a really good display, decent color accurate and vivid mode. The brightness get’s up to 407nits in normal mode while auto mode get’s up to 607nits.
There’s a headphone jack on the bottom and sound isn’t bad. There’s a single onward-firing speaker and the sound is above average loudness but isn’t particularly rich in terms of sound quality.
STORAGE AND PERFORMANCE
Despite being really thin, A70 is packs a beefy 4,500 milliamp hour battery and got an impressive 103 hours on battery life tests. It also includes 25 watts charging and you can get from 0 to 42% in 30 minutes of charging performance.
The Galaxy A70 CPU performed well, it was about 25% faster in tasks than the A50. The GPU is pretty insignificant in day-to-day usage and for most use cases.
The A70 sports Android Pi with their newest One UI on top. The new Samsung One UI packed;
- A full customizations and features.
- A huge improvement to previous generations because everything is much cleaner and easier to find.
- Most importantly much easier to reach with just your thumb because the icons are so much larger.
- There’s three power modes that gives you a lot of control over your power consumption.
A triple camera setup features;
- 32 megapixel main sensor,
- 8 megapixel ultra wide lens and
- A depth sensor.
By default, the camera shoots in 12 megapixels but you can go to settings and change it to 32 megapixel.
In Daylight, photos aren’t bad however detail levels aren’t what you’d expect from 32 megapixels, colors are quite accurate and source good contrast while the dynamic range is good too.
The ultra wide lens produces distorted images but can fit a lot in the frame. The colors and contrasts are excellent and the dynamic range is improved by the Auto HDR.
In low-light photos tend to be over exposed but HDR fixes that.
Portraits are impressive with no abrupt transitions in the background separation.
The front camera is also a 32 megapixel and shoots 12 megapixel photos by default.
Images captured with the selfie cam are very detailed and have excellent colors while selfie portraits are generally pretty good.
For video, A70 can record 4k videos at 30fps and camera footage are nicely detailed, have excellent contrast and dynamic range colors are accurate.
The A70 is a really good all-around phone with that extra-large AMOLED. This makes it pretty easy to recommend this phone.