Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (4GB RAM, 64GB) 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 A70

Samsung Galaxy A70  Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A70 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
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Excellence Score
49.1
32.7
Value for Money Score
67.2
73.5
Price ₹ 21,998 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 May, 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 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.7 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Colour Temperature Adjustment, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 48MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
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/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, Low Light Enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation (EIS), Burst mode, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Dynamic Bokeh, AI Studio Lighting
Secondary Camera 32MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Selfie timer, HDR, AI Studio lighting, AI Scene detection
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 183 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 76.7 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
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, 18W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W 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 WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
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
  • Looks stunning, with an all-glass design - Xiaomi has gone the extra mile here and really knocked it out of the park in terms of an exquisite design
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy, premium build quality
  • Great hand feel
  • The front and the back are fitted with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 with an additional 0.8mm-thick layer for extra durability
  • The LED notification light sits comfortably on the chin - it can only be seen when it lights up, it's really subtle
  • Splash resistant body
  • The capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and it also has a different texture, so it's hard to miss - plus it's quick
  • Apart from the quick fingerprint sensor, the phone also has decently quick AI face recognition (under good light)
  • Big, sharp 6.3inch LCD screen with a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels
  • You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and colour temperature, which is nice
  • Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the latest version takes a more simplistic and clean approach
  • There is also an option to chose between the standard navigation buttons and navigation gestures
  • The excellent Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smooth without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games
  • Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7S also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Uses a similar high-res rear camera setup (48MP + 5MP) as the Redmi Note 7 Pro - though the sensor is different, and not quite as amazing
  • In daylight, the performance is good, as expected - there's plenty of detail, contrast is good, and colors are punchy
  • Decent Night mode - improves the colours and details a bit - though it's not as good as the excellent Night mode on the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Portraits with the dual rear cameras are also good - the detail is nice while the edge detection is good - indoor portraits are good too
  • With the front camera, the selfies turn out to be quite nice as well - there's enough detail from the 13MP snapper and its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm's length so you don't need to get really close to the phone to get the sharpest possible result - the portrait mode also seems to do quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing)
  • Overall, the cameras on the Redmi Note 7S are very good for the price bracket, and a step up over the Redmi Note 7, though not quite as amazing as Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Gets the modern USB Type-C port - a rarity in this price bracket
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7S also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Very good battery life - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC means you will comfortably get over a day of use - it's not as amazing as the Note 7 Pro though, which does significantly better, thanks likely to an even more efficient processor
  • The Redmi Note 7S is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great overall bang for the buck - the only significant compromise you are making over the Redmi Note 7 Pro is in terms of the camera - if that's not super important to you, you can go for the Note 7S and save some money
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
  • At 186g, it's a bit on the bulky side
  • There continue to be pesky ads in the MUIU interface these days, and these do somewhat diminish the experience of using an otherwise excellent smartphone (there are ways to disable these through settings, but not a lot of people who buy the phone are going to be technically aware enough to know how to do that)
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, and though it has a decent charging speed (about 57% in 1 hour), you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy true 'fast charging'
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. Not only checks all the boxes for a great mid-range device, but it also re-defines the meaning of budget phones
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Mostly the great phone that you think it is
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The complete budget package
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Premium all-rounder in a budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Outstanding device for the price
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easy to recommend
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A complete package
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Flawless for the price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Compelling
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. You will surely get your money’s worth with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. At this price tag the Redmi Note 7S is a sweet deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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