Our Opinion

The Oppo Reno is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A70, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Oppo Reno!

Oppo Reno  Samsung Galaxy A70 
Oppo Reno Samsung Galaxy A70
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Excellence Score
71.7
57.5
Value for Money Score
68.8
67.8
Price ₹ 32,990 onwards ₹ 24,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 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 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features DCI-P3 Support 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 8 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 48MP + 5MP 32MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Gyro-EIS, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps 32MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), HDR F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 185 gm 183 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3765 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, VOOC Flash Charge Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely captivating glass-and-metal design - arguably one of the best designs of 2019 so far - the OPPO Reno is a sight to behold both front and back, and very similar to it's senior cousin, the Reno 10x Zoom
  • Curvy and smooth finish makes it a joy to carry around
  • Fairly comfortable to use one-handed, which is an impressive feat for a 6.4inch screen phone
  • The absence of any notch and the thin bezels on all sides gives the phone a distinct visual identity
  • The matte texture on the back glass gives it a bit of a grip and saves it from smudges (and for more careful users, OPPO also has a protective case in the box)
  • The in-screen fingerprint scanner is in a comfortable position
  • Excellent, captivating AMOLED screen - large and notch-free - watching content on the screen is a treat
  • Color OS 6 is now much leaner, snappier, and more streamlined
  • It also packs relatively lesser bloatware than before
  • There are of course many add-on features as well - including Game space (to optimize game performance), Kids space (parental controls), Smart driving (for safety on the road), and special gestures for activating Google Assistant or switching to split-screen mode
  • Solid performance with a Snapdragon 710, along with a generous 8GB of RAM - both day-to-day use and gaming are smooth, and lag-free
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras - they take some impressive pictures with very good HDR
  • Most of the photos have a nice balance of warm and cooler tones, good sharpness, and good dynamic range
  • Portrait shots are good too - the camera setup does particularly well with subject detection and the blurring stays realistic alongside maintaining natural skin tones
  • The Reno’s performance at night is also noteworthy - with a dedicated Night mode, a lot of detail in low light is preserved and the phone is able to balance spots of lighting well
  • The other star of OPPO’s show is the front facing camera, with an intriguing shark fin pop-up design, that's sure to turn heads - the quality of the selfies is pretty good too
  • Very good battery life with a 3765mAH battery combined with some good software optimization - you will comfortably stretch it 1.5 days with light to moderate use
  • Excellent VOOC fast-charging, one of the best fast-charging technologies in the industry at present - you will get a full charge in about an hour
  • Overall, with the good camera setup, a beautiful design, a very good battery life, Reno is worthy of consideration alongside other budget flagships like the OnePlus 7, especially for users who are not seeking top-end performance (and stock-like Android) and instead value the comfortable fitting curves of the Oppo Reno and its ‘shark-fin’ selfie camera design
  • 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]
  • There are some competing phones (like the OnePlus 7) that will give you the flagship Snapdragon 855 at the same price, so the Reno isn't quite top bracket in terms of performance, even for this price range
  • Under stress, the phone has a tendency to warm up towards the top
  • The rear camera setup misses out on ultra-wide angle lens, OIS or optical zoom capabilities - and because of the lack of versatility, while the camera is very good for the price, it can't quite compete with the cameras on the top flagship phones
  • Video quality, especially, is not the best, due to lack of OIS
  • It would have been nice to have stereo speakers too (like the OnePlus 7) - the speaker unit at the bottom edge of the device offers loud sound, but it lacks in richness, and is easily covered by your natural grip when using the phone in landscape mode
  • 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. Blurring lines between mid-range and high-end
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  3. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  4. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  6. t3.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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