The Samsung Galaxy A70 has been approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance, as first spotted by tech blog 91mobiles. The certificate confirms the device will benefit from Wi-Fi 802.11h a/b/g/n/ac connectivity and indicates that the smartphone's release should be imminent. The 802.11h standard was originally created last decade to meet European regulations and further hints that the smartphone is likely to debut in the Old Continent. The device supports dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity.
Other smartphones from the 2019 Galaxy A series have been previously spotted in Europe while the Galaxy A90, Galaxy A40, and Galaxy A20e were confirmed by Samsung's UK portal last week. The OEM's new smartphone series is expected to include at least seven models, but the Galaxy A70 has not yet been much into the spotlight prior to its arrival at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Having said that, hardware details are relatively scarce but the device is confirmed by the regulatory body to run Android 9 Pie, not unlike the rest of the 2019 Galaxy A models. The firmware should be presented to the end user in the form of Samsung's One UI proprietary interface originally launched for a handful of flagship phones last year.
The smartphone is identified by the model number SM-A705FN/DS which suggests it will have dual-SIM capabilities. One of the card slots will presumably double as an expansion slot for microSD cards, particularly given the OEM's history with implementing expandable storage options in this manner.
According to the source which also provided the render in the image gallery below, the Samsung Galaxy A70 should have a 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with an embedded fingerprint sensor but it's not clear whether the module will be based on optical or ultrasonic-based technology. The former is cheaper and more accessible, while the latter option debuted only recently along with the Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship series.
Other hardware details mentioned by the source include a fast-charging 4,400mAh battery which is a capacity on par with the unit expected to beat at the heart of the Galaxy A60. The preliminary spec sheet further includes 64GB of built-in storage, 6GB of RAM, and a vertically-aligned triple rear-facing camera coupled with an LED flash. The front-facing camera is expected to be housed in a drop-like display notch in the middle.
The source expects the Samsung Galaxy A70 to be released on April 19, 2019, at least in India where it should have a launch price of around Rs. 40,990 ($588). Availability and details have not yet been confirmed by the OEM, and as yet it's unclear whether the smartphone will debut in Europe or India.
As of February, Samsung's market share in Europe and India was 34.4-percent and 24.12-percent, respectively – according to data gathered by StatCounter. The OEM maintains its top spot in these regions and is followed on second place by Apple in Europe and Xiaomi in India.
Samsung's new Galaxy A smartphone series will cover the market from the low to the upper mid-range, complementing the top-tier Galaxy S10 lineup. If proven successful, the upcoming devices should help the Korean tech giant to maintain its leadership in these markets.