The A-series of smartphones has been a great run for Samsung and along with the M series, it has enjoyed a lot of publicity and acclaim recently. With options ranging from the low budget-focused A20 all the way to the A80 that was arguably on-par with the flagship Galaxy S10, one thing is for sure: there is definitely something for everyone.
The Samsung A70s is definitely a well-deserved lineup to the A-series of phones. While the original A70 was a beast of a phone itself, the good folks over at Samsung have seen it fit to release an ‘S’ model of the phone. Coming in with quite a handful of improvements over the original gizmo, this phone is portrayed as an ‘S’. But how well does it fare with the other phones on the market? Or is Samsung just milking a dead cow at this point? Let’s find out.
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Samsung Galaxy A70s: An Overview
One of the main attractions of this S upgrade seems to be the better camera, and this “better” means double. That’s right tech fanatics! Compared to the 32MP on the A70, this piece comes with a whopping 64MP camera ready on the click of a button to snap picture-perfect shots. This is housed on a triple camera setup on the rear of the phone along with an 8MP Ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The latter two are the same as the A70 but the 64 MP primary lens is what seems to set the phone a mile apart from the original piece. The front camera also comes with a 32MP lens so you can bet your dog-ear snaps are gonna end up crispy and cute.
A teardrop notch above Samsung’s prized Infinity-U display houses the front camera. This adds a unique flair to the 6.7″ Super AMOLED display making it quite stylish to look at. Cornering Gorilla Glass provides a certain degree of resistance to scratches and bumps. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and supports FullHD+ display and 1080×2400 resolution. It also houses a fingerprint sensor underneath, removing the need for a fingerprint scanner on the rear.
This powerhouse of a phone runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 (11nm) under the hood with an octa-core Kryo processor. The GPU is an Adreno 612 which is enough to support most heavy games with relative ease. On the software side of things, we have the company’s One UI on top of Android Pie (v9.0). Features like Knox and Bixby are of course available as well. The battery is a massive 4500 mAh one so you won’t have to worry about the battery draining out very fast either.
Full Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A70s:
- 6.7” FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display
- Triple rear cameras: 64 MP(f 1.8) / 8 MP(Ultra-wide) / 5 MP(Depth Sensor)
- 32 MP(f 2.0) front camera
- 6GB RAM with 128 gigs of internal storage. Expandable to 512GB via SD card
- 4,500 mAh Battery with 25W Super Fast charger (USB type C)
- Snapdragon 675 with Kryo Octa-core processor and Adreno 612 GPU
- 3D prism design with three color options: Red, White and Black
- One UI on top of Android Pie
- Misc: on-screen fingerprint sensor, BlueTooth earphones, video 4k @ 30fps through the rear cam and 1080p video recording through front cam, Knox
Pricing and Availability:
The Galaxy A70 is currently priced at NRs. 42,890 making the ‘S’ upgrade Rs. 6000 more than the original. The Samsung Galaxy A70s currently sits at NRs. 48,890 for the 6/128 GB variant which makes it a mid-range phone. The phone is available for sale through online portals as well as offline stores after its recent launch.
Is the 6k upgrade worth it? Frankly, it depends on your needs. If you want something with specs similar to the A70 but with upgraded cameras, this phone might be right for you. The physical specs are hardly different than the A70 so if you want something with a faster processor, you’ll do well to consider the Galaxy A80 or other phones like the Redmi K20 Pro which falls on roughly the same price range. But if you want something like the A70 but with better cameras, the A70s is definitely something to consider when you’re shopping for your next phone