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With the Galaxy A70, Samsung complements the "upper middle" class segment of the Galaxy A series. The rather long smartphone offers with it a brilliant OLED display and an extra-large battery - some serious perks to accompany you reliably in everyday life.
The Galaxy A70 was the top of the mid-range A-series until it was replaced by the Galaxy A80. There's no news on the A90 yet - it seems to be a few months off at least. So is the A70 still worth buying on contract - or should you opt for the newer and more expensive A80? Let's find out...
The A70 has a huge 6.7-inch OLED display, which displays Full HD Plus quality - a total of 2400 × 1080 pixels. In order to use as much as possible the entire surface for the touch screen, the front camera is integrated with a stunning 32-megapixel front camera on the upper edge of the display.
As for the technical achievements of the Galaxy A70’s FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) screen, I found that it was capable of producing 100% of the sRGB colour gamut in the phone’s “Natural” display setting, according to our in-house display colorimeter. An average Delta E of 2.25 is very impressive for a phone this cheap, although I did notice some slight oversaturation in light and dark green tones. Rest assured all other colours looked as good as can be, with particularly vibrant red tones and a deep, inky-looking black.
The more expensive Galaxy S10 models have also added the fingerprint sensor built into the display, so if you really want that function then you'll need to spend (even) more on the S range.
In terms of performance, the A70 phone is surprisingly solid. Inside, a Qualcomm octa-core processor is working, with its 2GHz clocking and a 6GB memory for proper tempo. For apps and own files, an internal 128GB memory is more than sufficient.
We first saw this mid-range chipset powering the Vivo V15 Pro earlier this year, although, bizarrely, the cheaper Galaxy A50 uses the Samsung-made Exynos 9610 processor, which is clocked slightly higher.
Photos and videos are created with a triple camera on the back. The wide-angle module captures the scenery well with an angle of view of 78 ° and a decent resolution of 32 megapixels. For group photos in confined spaces, the ultra wide-angle lens with a generous 123-degree angle is recommended.
However, given the somewhat poor 8 megapixel resolution, it only promises snapshot quality. The third optic is used for depth measurement to give the pictures a nice bokeh effect - surprising that it's found on this model since this is normally the reserve of more pricey models only.
That said, since the main camera has an 8x digital zoom function, some users may miss an optical image stabiliser.
Samsung manages to just about find the right balance between affordability and features. However, Samsung’s contentious market saturation presents a potential stumbling block.
The A70 is already having to compete with five other Galaxy A-branded phones at the moment, while also facing stiff competition from other smartphone makers. The Huawei P30 would probably be our first choice, then the A70 after it, if we were looking for a mid-range phone not by Apple.
Since being replaced by the newer A80, the price of pay monthly A70 contracts has dropped - although some deals are no longer available, so be quick if you are looking to buy an A70 on a monthly deal. Use the table above to compare deals and offers.
We are currently comparing 7340 Samsung Galaxy A70 contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Samsung Galaxy A70 ee
contract or a Samsung Galaxy A70 Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
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Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Samsung Galaxy A70 contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
7340 Samsung Galaxy A70 deals covering 4 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 7340 Samsung Galaxy A70 deals, our
cheapest Samsung Galaxy A70 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£355.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Samsung Galaxy A70 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Samsung Galaxy A70 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Samsung Galaxy A70 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Samsung Galaxy A70 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.