While Samsung may be best known in the smartphone space for their Galaxy S line of flagship phones, those phones alone aren't the reason that Samsung is currently the world's largest smartphone manufacturer. Instead, Samsung's stupendous volume is built on the back of offering a top-to-bottom range of phones, from flagship to entry level. And though these other phones don't get the same level of attention from the public (or the press), make no mistake: they're just as important a part of Samsung's overall Galaxy smartphone lineup.

To that end, this week Samsung is unveiling the latest in their Galaxy A-series of mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy A70. The phablet-sized phone sports a rather sizable screen, incorporating a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that Samsung calls their "Infinity-U" display. Paired with a 32 MP primary camera and a yet-to-be-disclosed 2+6 core SoC, it's clear that Samsung is aiming to deliver a more "premium" mid-range phone. However we're going to have to wait a bit longer to see just what specific market segment Samsung is going after – and what Samsung prices the phone at – as this week's announcement is really more of a teaser ahead of a full reveal on April 10th.

Starting things off with the screen, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is equipped with a 6.7-inch Infinity-U screen, which offers a 2400x1080 resolution in a 20:9 aspect ratio. The extra tall aspect ratio still makes the phone's display big by virtually any standard, but less so than you might otherwise assume from its official 6.7-inch diagonal length. Meanwhile, under the Infinity-U display is an in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as a raindrop notch cut into the display the selfie camera. Samsung calls design of the phone ‘3D Glasstic’ which, as far as we can tell, means a metallic skeleton, glass on the front, and gradient plastic on the back.

The camera capabilities of the Galaxy A70 look very solid for a mid-range handset. The rear camera array features a 32 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5 MP depth sensor. There is also a 32 MP camera for selfies on the front, and this camera also supports facial recognition (courtesy of Samsung’s software).

Meanwhile at its heart, the Galaxy A70 smartphone is based on an SoC powered by two high-performance 2 GHz cores as well as six energy-efficient 1.7 GHz cores. The SoC is accompanied by 6 or 8 GB of RAM as well as 128 GB of NAND flash storage (expandable with a microSD card). Officially, Samsung is not disclosing the SoC it's using. But digging through the company's product stack, Samsung has at least one SoC in its arsenal that has a similar core configuration and supports a 32 MP camera: the Exynos 7904. So although it's by no means guaranteed, with these specs we'd be surprised to see Samsung using anything else.

Other capabilities of the Galaxy A70 will be unveiled next month, but it is all but given that the phone will feature 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, all modern navigation systems, and other "baseline" smartphone radio features. Meanwhile, Samsung says that the phone's integrated 4,500-mAh battery will last for a day of active usage.

Overall, it's interesting to see just how the mid-range smartphone space has evolved over a relatively short period of time. Just a couple of years back these handsets typically featured mediocre screens along with SoCs that used only low-power cores. So the Galaxy A70 and its large AMOLED display, advanced triple-module camera, and SoC with ‘big’ high-performance cores stands out for a non-flagship phone. Though we'll just have to see if Samsung is able to keep the phone's price below flagship levels as well.

Wrapping things up, Samsung’s Galaxy A70 will be available later this year in four gradient colors, including Coral, Blue, Black, and White. As mentioned earlier, this week's announcement is a bit of a teaser for the company, and Samsung plans to disclose more information about the handsets at a special event on April 10.

Brief Specifications of Samsung's Galaxy A70
  Galaxy A70
SoC     Octa Core, (Dual 2.0GHz + Hexa 1.7GHz)
RAM 6 or 8 GB of RAM
Storage 128 of NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging ?
Audio ?
LTE Supported
Navigation Supported
Rear Camera Main: 32 MP, F1.7
Ultra Wide: 8 MP, F2.2 (123°)
Depth: 5 MP, F2.2
Front Camera 32 MP, F2.0
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Dual Nano SIM
Sensors various
Biometric Security Fingerprint In-screen sensor
Facial Recognition Supported
Dimensions Height 164.3 mm
Width 76.7 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm
Weight ?
Colors Coral, Blue, Black, White
Protection Drop ?
Water, Dust ?
OS Google Android 9.0
Launch Countries ?
Price ?

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  • Gemuk - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    The clock speeds suggest the SoC is either Snapdragon 670 or 675, with the 670 looking more likely to me. Definitely not the Exynos 7904, since the A50 is on the Exynos 9610. By that logic, can we expect the A90 to have the SDM710 at least?

    The main sensor could be the S5KGD1 - 1/2.8", 0.8um pixel size, PDAF, no pixel-binning. On paper the camera looks disappointing, just like it has always been for the A series. Even the A9. The gap between the supposedly mid range A series and flagship S & Note series continues to be huge.

    On the other hand, yay for plastic! Great that Samsung finally realised their A series' pricing had been ridiculous, so at least there's some attempts to bring it down. What's the point of a glass back if there's no wireless charging and ingress protection, right?
  • luisxfx - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Thanks, I was wondering what the SoC was, I was hoping it was a Snapdragon, still not convinced with Exynos chips.
  • Death666Angel - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    S675 is now confirmed. The A80 gets the 730.
  • martineb72 - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    I have a 5.2" phone but it is 73.5mm wide. Because the screen is using the whole front it is only 4% wider with a 28% larger screen. This is from from a phablet. The original phablet samsung galaxy note was 83mm wide.
  • Haawser - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Just saying, the notchless Mi Max 3 is <$250 if you shop around. 6.9", 5,500mAh. Probably <1/2 the price of the A70.
  • patel21 - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Without Samsung's Gorgeous AMOLED screen, that makes a night/day difference at this size when consuming media.
  • Haawser - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Sure AMOLED looks better, but I wouldn't pay double (or more) for it. I don't see it as *that* much better. And the IPS on the Mi Max 3 is far from terrible - https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_max_3-review-18...
  • Death666Angel - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    A70 is listed at 370€ for the 128GB/6GB version from Amazon.de. The 64GB/4GB Mi Max 3 is 236€ from the Xiaomi Ebay store and 245€ from other reputable .de sellers. Not that big of a difference and definitely a good price for the Samsung in my eyes. Especially since old A-series used to be priced rather high for the offered specs.
  • GreenMeters - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    If Samsung includes a headphone jack and allows users to unlock the bootloader then this would be a real winner.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    You should brace yourself for disappointment.

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