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Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70: An in-house competition

23 April 2019 5

From the look of the things, the Chinese giant Samsung looks like on a spree of releasing new mid-range phones regularly. So far during the first four months of this year, Samsung launched three mid-range phones under Galaxy M series and nine phones under Galaxy A-series. Samsung recently launched Galaxy A80 as the latest best offering with solid hardware and attractive design. The A80 is Samsung's first smartphone with a motorized rotating cameras setup.

The Galaxy A80 shares a lot of features with the Galaxy A70. The Galaxy A70 is one of the stylish mid-range phones with a gigantic display and battery. Those who are looking for a new mid-range phone will certainly consider the latest Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80. Both are currently premium variants of Galaxy A-series. Both have Super AMOLED displays with a different finish. Today we will put the latest Galaxy A80 in a head-to-head confrontation against the Galaxy A70.

We are hopeful this comparison will help out our readers to easily identify the real differences and similarities between the two phones. Without any further ado, let's start with the design differences as it is the first aspect buyers consider before making any purchase.

76.5 x 165.2 x 9.3 mm
6.7 inches - 2400x1080 px
76.7 x 164.3 x 7.9 mm
6.7 inches - 2400x1080 px
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Design

Despite the fact, Samsung is releasing new Galaxy A-lineup phones at a rapid pace but still, the company isn't copying the same design. Following the latest trend, both the phones have aluminum chassis with glass covering the front and rear side.

The Galaxy A80 features a new "Infinity Display" with zero hindrance. It doesn't have the traditional notch or punch-hole for the selfie camera. The A80 features a full front-facing display with ultra-thin bezel at the bottom. The selfie snapper and earpiece on the A80 are not visible. Samsung opted motorized pop-up cameras setup which rotates to become selfie snappers. The rear side has triple cameras aligned horizontally in the center.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A70 followed the latest trend by having dewdrop notch at the top of the display. The bottom chin on the Galaxy A70 is slightly thicker than the Galaxy A80. The rear side is adorned with triple cameras aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight right below it.

The Galaxy A80 dimensions are 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm whereas the Galaxy A70 measures at 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm. Overall size is almost the same but the A70 is quite slim. Both the phones have an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy A70 retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the Galaxy A80 relies on the USB-C connector for headphones.

In terms of color options, the Galaxy A70 will be available in White, Blue, Black and Coral color. All colors come with the gradient finish. The Galaxy A80 will be available in Ghost White, Angel Gold and Phantom Black colors.

Display

The display size and screen resolution on both the Galaxy A70 and A80 are same, however, the finish is different. The A70 comes with Infinity-U display of 6.7-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 20:9 and the pixels density is 393 pixels-per-inch.

The Galaxy A80 also has 6.7-inches Super AMOLED new Infinity display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The A80's display doesn't have any hindrance as it lacks a notch or punch hole in the display. Overall the UI experience on both the phones is pretty good. The colors accuracy, saturation, and deep blacks are equally good on both the phones.

Hardware

Although both the phones are premium mid-range offerings but both packed with different hardware. The Galaxy A80 is powered up by the Qualcomm's latest best Snapdragon 730 chipset. The A80 is one of the first phone running on the latest Snapdragon 730 SoC. On the other hand, the Galaxy A70 is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset.

The Galaxy A80 comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB native storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The Galaxy A70 is available in two configurations, the base model comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The built-in native storage is further expandable via MicroSD up to 512GB.

In terms of raw power, the A80 has an advantage of the latest processor but the A70 takes lead in memory expansion via MicroSD.

Specs Galaxy A80 Galaxy A70
Display 6.7-inches 6.7-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1080 x 2400 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 730 Snapdragon 675
RAM 8GB 6GB,8GB
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 48MP+8MP+ToF 32MP+8MP+5MP
Front camera None 32MP
Battery 3,700mAh 4,500mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery

Surprisingly the battery cell on the Galaxy A80 is significantly smaller than the Galaxy A70. The Galaxy A80 lights are kept on by a 3,700mAh battery cell whereas the Galaxy A70 lights are kept on by a fairly large 4,500mAh battery cell.

Both the phones come with 25W fast charging tech. Although both have glass rear but both the phones lack support for wireless charging. Considering the battery sizes both the phones can easily last more than 1 day on a single charge. The Galaxy A70 may last longer due to the larger battery cell.

Cameras

Both the phones are adorned with triple cameras setup on the rear side. The Galaxy A80 comes with one of its kind slider rotating cameras setup. The triple cameras act as selfie snappers as well. The primary snapper on the rear is 48MP with f/2.0 aperture. The secondary snapper on the rear is an ultra wide-angle 8MP module with f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor on the rear is 3D ToF module which provides accurate depth-of-field status and assists in capturing portrait shots.

The triple cameras setup on the Galaxy A70 is slightly different from the Galaxy A80. The primary sensor on the rear is a 32MP module with f/1.7 aperture. The secondary sensor is an ultra wide-angle 8MP module with f/f.2.2 aperture. The wide-angle sensor field of view is 123 degrees. Last but not least you will get the 5MP depth-sensing module. The third sensors allow adjustment of depth effect even after capturing the shot.

Up front, the selfie snapper is a 32MP module with f/2.0 aperture. A new Scene optimizer feature is introduced which detects 20 different scenes to optimize the capturing experience.

Software

As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with One UI skin over it. In terms of UI, both have a similar experience as both have a full front-facing display. As both the phones are not flagships that's why owners will have to wait months before getting the update.

Price and availability

The pricing of Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80 are still in the dark, however, the company revealed the exact release date. The Galaxy A70 will be up for sale from April 23rd whereas the Galaxy A80 fans will have to wait till May 29th for the release.

As far as the global release is a concern, the Galaxy A70 is recently launched for the Indian market at INR 28,990. However, it is still in the dark when the Galaxy A80 will be released in other regions.

Conclusion:

Both the Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A70 are amongst the best mid-range phones. The Galaxy A80 takes lead in the design due to its stunning motorized slider rotating camera setup. The success of this design could prompt Samsung to adopt this design for future flagships. The Galaxy A80 comes with the latest best mid-range hardware, strong cameras setup, latest version of Android OS and under-glass fingerprint scanner.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A70 is offering giant display, solid two days battery retains the headphone jack and slot for MicroSD, superb triple rear cameras and latest version of Android OS. For sure the Galaxy A70 will be slightly cheaper than the Galaxy A80, it could be a deciding factor. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in the coming days.

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Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70: An in-house competition
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AshleyBravo
AshleyBravo RickyHudson

This is definitely a conundrum when it comes to comparing two phones from the same company with very few features to tell apart. How to choose a certain device out of the two in such cases :confused: :confused:

LailaNatasha
LailaNatasha

I wanted to be double sure if Samsung has indeed removed the 3.5mm jack from the Galaxy A80. And after reading here, it's confirmed. And also surprised a bit too with Samsung's stand on this.

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