Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A70 is much better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy A70  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A70 Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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Excellence Score
40.2
50.2
Value for Money Score
60.4
33.0
Price ₹ 23,490 onwards ₹ 67,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 32MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP
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 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 32MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, 25mm Focal Length, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 183 gmMedium 201 gmHeavy
Width 76.7 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4000 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, 15W Quick Charge 2.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger Yes
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 Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
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
  • Big, stylish, premium, high-end phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a reasonably manageable footprint
  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length
  • Absolutely gorgeous, vibrant, bright, big display - one of the best displays in a smartphone, period
  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful, but not always useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • Top-end, top-notch performance backed by flagship hardware - the Note 9 will steamroll through anything you throw at it
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera too
  • Surprisingly loud and powerful stereo speakers - there's one on the bottom, and the earpiece doubles up as the second - all your music, games and videos will sound rich, crisp and clear without any distortion
  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
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
  • Of course, as is usually the case with all Note series phones, a lot of people might still find the size a bit too large, and unwieldy, for their taste - it's also fairly heavy - beyond the 200g mark
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
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. The most smartphone packed in a single device you can buy...If that's what you're after, the Galaxy Note9 is an easy recommendation
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Note 9 certainly has the convincing package to earn our recommendation, but it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the year's best phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Note 9 is a satisfying update that will please power users
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s too expensive for a lot of us. But it remains the phablet to beat.
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. For the Note 9 to make sense, you need to want more than just “more,” you need to want the most
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best phone money can buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An 'ALMOST' perfect flagship smartphone
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. In a world full of nearly identical smartphones, the Galaxy Note 9 does stand out, and while it is expensive, you get what you pay for
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Compelling experience for consumers that want it all
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  27. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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