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Samsung Galaxy A70: Equipped for All-round Performance

The selfie shooter took sharp pictures and in low-light, the screen doubled up as the flash to make face look brighter

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FILE - The Samsung Galaxy Fold phone is shown on a screen at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, Feb. 20, 2019. Samsung says it will look into some reports of flickering or cracking screens. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

Samsung India, which sold five million units of Galaxy A phones in just 70 days, is banking big time on the A-series — in an attempt to outshine the Chinese rivals that have carved out a niche in the Indian smartphone market with competitively-priced devices.

The launch of the Galaxy A70, which comes with 6.7-inch display and a massive 4,500mAh battery for Rs 28,990, signals the South Korean giant’s intention to go aggressive in the country with a neatly laid out strategy.

The A70 comes packed with several premium features such as in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple rear camera system and the FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display.

Let’s see if the phone measures up to expectation.

In terms of look and feel, the device scores high despite the plastic back with a glass-like finish. It appears fairly tall and does feel heavy on the hand.

The front has very tiny bezels and a dew-drop notch for the front camera, giving users benefit of a very large screen that comes handy while playing games or streaming movies and videos. The back, however, picks up fingerprint very easily.

Samsung is known for offering great display and this phone testifies to that. The internal storage of the 6GB RAM phone is 128GB which can be expanded up to 512GB. The SIM tray has space for two nano-SIM card and a dedicated microSD card.

In terms of media consumption, you get enough storage for a lot of content and a great display to enhance the experience. What is more, the phone is backed by a 4,500mAH battery and with 25W fast charging capacity.

It took, on an average, around a minute to charge one per cent of the battery.

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and runs Samsung’s One UI based on Android Pie.

The user interface made navigating apps quite a smooth experience. There is Samsung’s Bixby voice-based assistant that can do a lot of thing like setting the alarm or finding the app for you. The A70 also comes with Samsung Pay which makes shopping easier.

The phone comes with a 32MP+8MP+5MP triple rear camera system and a 32MP selfie shooter. Assisted by a wide angle lens and features such as “Live Focus” that lets you blur the background just as much as you want, the primary camera captures vivid photos in adequate day light.

In low-light scenarios, the photos come grainy, but using the flash can offset some of the effects. The camera is also great for creating high-quality videos.

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Among other features, it gives users option to shoot super-slow motion videos which could be a delight for the TikTok generation.

The selfie shooter took sharp pictures and in low-light, the screen doubled up as the flash to make face look brighter (but this does not improve the background much).

The in-display fingerprint is too slow for effective use as the face unlock feature offers a faster and much convenient alternative. There is also scope for improving the cameras, to make them better suited for low-light photography.

Conclusion: Although facing tough fight from devices like POCO F1 from Xiaomi and Vivo V15 Pro, the Galaxy A70 is well equipped to offer users decent performance across the departments, without making them pay through their nose. (IANS)

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5G Samsung Smartphones Capture 5% of Global Premium Market

Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020

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The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market. Pixabay

5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share, a new report by Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint Research “Market Pulse” service, the global premium market sell-through, however, declined 7 per cent YoY.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the top-selling model which captured over one-third of the total sales of all 5G devices.

“All major OEMs in the premium segment now have 5G-capable devices, except Apple. Still, Apple alone captured over half of the premium market in Q3 2019. Apple grew 1 per cent YoY increasing its market share from 48 per cent a year back to 52 per cent during the quarter. iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in the premium segment,” Varun Mishra, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

Huawei remained in the top three OEMs in the premium segment driven by the popularity of its P30 series, especially in China, despite the US ban.

China contributed to over 80 per cent of Huawei’s sell-through in the premium segment as compared to 73 per cent in the year ago quarter.

“The trend is likely to continue. It will be difficult for the newly launched Mate 30 series to create any progress outside China because it lacks Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS is an important enabler for Huawei to continue its success outside China,” Mishra noted.

OnePlus recaptured its position among the top five OEMs in the segment and also led the India premium segment, which reached a record high shipment level during Q3.

South Korean smartphone maker LG also captured a spot in the top five, driven by the V50 ThinQ 5G. The firm grew 20 per cent YoY in the premium segment. This is in contrast with its overall smartphone shipments, which declined over 30 per cent YoY during Q3.

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5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share. Wikimedia Commons

The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market.

Apple will launch its 5G devices in 2020 driving upgrades among Apple users and potentially pulling in some previous Android users.

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“Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020. Major Chinese OEMs will launch 5G-capable devices in the sub-$ 400 price band. China will drive the 5G segment followed by other key markets like the US and Korea,” Mishra added. (IANS)