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The Samsung Galaxy A70 is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A70!

Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy A70 
Nokia 7.1 Plus Samsung Galaxy A70
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Excellence Score
56.3
57.5
Value for Money Score
60.6
67.8
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 24,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.18 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features FullView Display, IPS LCD Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 612
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 12MP 32MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR 32MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 180 gm 183 gm
Width 75.8 mm 76.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 28.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 25W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 16 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 24 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 128 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • In recent times, HMD has launched some exquisite smartphones this year that all exude style and class - the Nokia 8.1 is no different - it's an elegantly designed device that comes with a glass and metal design - the front and back of the Nokia 8.1 get 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection - and the glass subtly curves on the edges and seamlessly blends into the aluminium frame
  • The frame itself is a solid Series 6000 aluminium with diamond cut, chiseled edges
  • Overall, the Nokia 8.1 is built like a tank - and the material quality as well as the fit and finish are excellent - every part of it feels completely solid, right down to the thick metal SIM tray and the power and volume buttons - the body doesn't twist or flex even slightly
  • Excellent, vivid, sharp, tall display with HDR10-support - which means you can stream HDR content on supported platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube - and you will get some pretty amazing colour reproduction
  • Being an Android One device, you get simple, clean stock Android similar to Pixel devices, along with a promise for Android updates for at least 2 years - there is also basically zero bloatware
  • Slick, butter smooth performance with the new Snapdragon 710, that's just a notch below the Snapdragon 800 series flagships - in real-life use, you will only be able to notice any difference from flagships in the most high-end games
  • Very good dual camera setup on the rear - take some very good images, especially in daylight conditions - you will get very good detail and vibrant colours - the camera is also quick to lock focus and fun to use - live Bokeh shots too come out looking great
  • Videos are crisp and sharp too, again especially so in daylight - and optical image stabilisation definitely makes a difference
  • The front camera is pretty good too, in all sort of lighting conditions, and has a good portrait mode as well
  • Overall, the camera experience on the Nokia 8.1 is right up there with the very best in this price bracket
  • Good speaker - sound through the single mono speaker is very loud, and is not too harsh or tinny
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use and more
  • Fast charging support
  • The Nokia 8.1 is undoubtedly a strong new choice in the mid-range - it does not rely on gimmicks or fads to try and woo you - at its core, this is a phone that focuses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support - for people who are looking for an uncluttered software experience and fast updates, the Nokia 8.1 will be an excellent, reliable choice
  • Gorgeous design, with a polycarbonate back panel that has a stunning prism light effect
  • The back is well rounded around the sides to make handling easier, and blends in with the curved glass on the front seamlessly
  • Has a good grip
  • The handling is also made easy by the excellent weight distribution of the phone which makes it seem a lot lighter than it is
  • Absolutely gorgeous, 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with a tiny water drop notch and a near bezel-less design - you get very vibrant colours and perfect inky blacks, as well as good sunlight legibility
  • Video viewing and gaming experience on the giant display is an absolute delight - as far as media consumption goes, this is simply one of the best phones out there, period
  • Running the Galaxy A70 is Samsung's new OneUI - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • There are many useful add-ons on board - like gesture navigation, and a great 'dark' mode
  • Samsung Pay makes the cut too, making this the cheapest phone to sport the full version of the payments app, which will be especially useful if your usage usually relies largely on card payments
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 675 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, and super fast UFS storage - everything from daily use to complex games like PUBG is smooth as butter (add that to the ridiculously wide display, and all gamers are in for a treat)
  • Decent triple-camera setup on the back with a primary 32-megapixel f/1.7 sensor, a secondary ultrawide 8-megapixel shooter and a third 5-megapixel depth sensor - images come out nice with true to life colors
  • The ultra-wide sensor provides some extra shot framing options
  • Decent video recording performance with good detail levels, including some impressive slow-mo video recording
  • Very good front camera - the 32-megapixel sensor does a great job at bringing out the detail in facial features and hair
  • The bundled in-ear earphones, when paired with Dolby Atmos, makes for a pretty good audio experience
  • The loudspeaker is decent (though not exceptional)
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500 mAh battery - it will comfortably last you a day and more, even with that large display
  • There is also fast charging on-board, with the included 25W charger getting you up to around 70% in an hour
  • If you are looking for the best media consumption device for your money, the Galaxy A70 is a pretty good option - the large, beautiful Super AMOLED display + the big battery + Dolby Atmos support - make for an excellent combo
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display notch is quite wide
  • Low light performance from the rear cameras, for both stills and videos, is decent, but could have been a little bit better
  • This is a large phone though (one of the largest mainstream phones currently available), so one-handed use is pretty much out of the question - people with small hands would also want to look at other options
  • The glossy plastic back is of course a smudge magnet, and will also pick up scratches easily (the lack of a bundled case makes it worse)
  • Very iffy in-display fingerprint sensor - the Galaxy A70 needs you to be very precise about the way you position your finger, how much pressure you apply and how long you press and hold - making it less than a pleasure to use
  • Face unlock is on the slow side too, with a second or two between it getting to see a face and unlocking
  • Low light performance of the rear camera setup is average
  • Details and dynamic range on the rear camera setup could also be a bit better
  • The lack of a dedicated night mode and stabilisation might also prove to be red flags for photography enthusiasts
  • Overall, for the price bracket, the camera package on the Galaxy A70 is decent, but not the best - you will find better camera phones in the competition
  • On the other hand, the competition is pretty tough - the POCO F1 will provide you better performance and cameras at a cheaper price (at the cost of a boring design, and non-AMOLED display), the Nokia 8.1 will give you better cameras + stock Android goodness + faster updates, and the Vivo V15 Pro/Oppo F11 Pro will give you better cameras + 'true full screen' pop-up selfie designs
  • Additionally all of these competing phones will also have much more manageable sizes
Expert Reviews
  1. Solid mid-range device
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There is a lot to like about the Nokia 8.1, but most of the things that give it its appeal can also be found in phones that cost much less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. This is a phone that focusses on the essentials...offers tremendous value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Gets almost everything right...In case you prefer brand trust and software over the latest tech and powerful hardware, then the Nokia 8.1 is the kind of device you would like in your pocket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A true Android flagship killer... Nokia is ending the year on a bang
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A marvellous mid-range smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great phone that nails the fundamentals
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. As close to a flagship phone as it gets...And to top it off, HMD has priced the Nokia 8.1 at an incredibly competitive price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. One very capable mid-ranger
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great phone, albeit with some chinks in its armour
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Great for multimedia consumption..but if you are value conscious, you can find better deals elsewhere
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Premium experience at mid-range price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the best upper-mid range smartphones on the market..this is the one to get for anyone who cares more about experience than all out power
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Decent phone, but you can get more bang for the buck with the competition
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. With its cuts in all the right places, the price is right with Samsung’s Galaxy A70...it's Samsung's best mid range handset
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. Worth considering, but could be better
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Using this phone was a great experience..however, I would have ideally liked slightly better cameras
    themrphone.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If the unrivalled multimedia experience is what appeals to you then by all means go and buy the Galaxy A70
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung has finally delivered a great mid-range smartphone that can stick it to the Chinese competition
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A strong recommendation in the sub-Rs 30,000 price segment...if you want a mind-blowing display, it doesn't get better than the Galaxy A70
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. A pretty good option for those who are looking for a big screen experience for gaming or content consumption, and are not deterred by a subpar camera
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Worth your cash? Our answer is a definite yes
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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