Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A70 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung Galaxy A70  Samsung Galaxy A80 
Samsung Galaxy A70 Samsung Galaxy A80
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Excellence Score
57.5
70.1
Value for Money Score
67.8
60.8
Price ₹ 24,990 onwards ₹ 39,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 618
RAM 6 GB 8 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 32MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 32MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 32MP 48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR Rear Motorized Pop-up Camera used as front Camera, 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Panorama, 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 9.3 mm
Weight 183 gm 220 gm
Width 76.7 mm 76.5 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 28.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 25W Fast Charging Yes, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25W Fast Charger Yes, 25W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters 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 N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • High-quality build, metal frame, Gorilla glass front and back
  • Looks great with a large, 6.7-inch uninterrupted display without cut-outs or notches in the front, and a nice glossy glass back
  • Beautiful, immersive, near-bezel-less AMOLED display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy
  • Samsung’s One UI is clean and minimal and a huge improvement over previous Samsung software - it is, as of today, one of the best Android UIs out there
  • Powerful performance backed by the new Snapdragon 730G - everything from daily use to gaming is smooth - gaming performance is even a bit better than the similar Snapdragon 730
  • Good triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor
  • a wide-angle camera
  • and a TOF (time-of-flight) depth sensing camera
  • Photos taken during the day look good, with punchy colors
  • The wide-angle camera also does a decent job with minimal barrel distortion (though details are a bit soft)
  • The TOF sensor helps in producing a more realistic depth-of-field bokeh effect (Samsung’s also developed a video mode that takes advantage of this lens and the results are surprisingly good)
  • These same cameras are of course also used to shoot selfie photos/videos (through a unique pop-up + flipping action) - which means some really excellent selfies (much like the Asus 6Z which also utilizes a common camera set for standard pictures and selfie)
  • Good battery life with a 3700 mAh battery, that can power the device all day with no issue
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Bulky size
  • Not the most accurate/reliable/fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • No face unlock
  • Having said that, there are many competitors out there from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, and Xiaomi that provide the top-end flagship processors (Snapdragon 855) at this or lower price brackets - so the A80 isn't winning any performance wars
  • Low light images are not that great - the cameras struggle with both noise and poor dynamic range (night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • Video recording is on the jerky side even with stabilization on (and event that stabilization is only available till 1080p)
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism is on the slow side
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism also seems fragile, with some reports of it starting to fail for a bunch of initial users
  • No stereo speakers - many other phones in this price bracket now offer stereo speakers
  • Overall, the A80 seems like an overpriced phone that will tend to struggle to compete with other "budget flagships" from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, Xiaomi, and Huawei - it falls behind on account of not having a flagship processor, overall middling cameras, a fragile selfie camera system, and an iffy in-display fingerprint reader
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Tough sell
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s not much reason to pick the A80, at its current price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Baffling pricing, considering the competition
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A tad expensive, but the style quotient will steal the show....intended for the lifestyle crowd
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Hard to recommend the Galaxy A80, given the competition
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. engadget.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  10. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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