Samsung is preparing a Galaxy A70e with a rear fingerprint scanner and microUSB port

Samsung is preparing a Galaxy A70e with a rear fingerprint scanner and microUSB port

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Since Samsung formally streamlined its mid-range and budget devices into the Galaxy A line, they’ve seen a great degree of success in price-conscious markets. You have cheap phones like the Galaxy A10, flagship-lite devices like the Galaxy A90 5G, and in the middle, proper mid-range smartphones like the Galaxy A70. The A70 was quite successful, and it has already been revised with the Galaxy A70s and been succeeded by the 2020 Galaxy A71. However, it doesn’t look like the A70 line is done yet, as there could be a Galaxy A70e coming to market soon.

If the newest leak from OnLeaks published on Compareraja is anything to go by, the alleged Galaxy A70e could be a cheaper model than the A70, A70s, and A71. Typically, the “e” signifies a cheaper model in Samsung’s naming scheme, which means the Galaxy A70e should have a few compromises to achieve a lower price point. One of these compromises could be the removal of the optical under-screen fingerprint scanner, which has been swapped instead for a more traditional, physical rear fingerprint sensor. The phone’s USB-C port could also be swapped for an older microUSB charging port.

Alleged Galaxy A70e CAD renders. Source: @OnLeaks/Compareraja

Although the design seems to be pretty similar to its higher-end siblings, the rumored display size of 6.1-inches is smaller than the 6.7-inch displays of the A70 and A70s. The A70e has a triple rear camera, albeit in a camera mount that looks visually different, but the sensors could be inferior to the ones on the other A70 devices. The phone does have a waterdrop notched display, although the bezels seem to be noticeably bigger. There is a possibility that the display has been swapped from AMOLED to LCD, although Samsung is pretty good at keeping their AMOLED displays even on more budget-oriented phones.

We have no word on the internal specifications, but we could be seeing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 that powered the original or a lower-tier processor. We also expect to see lower storage/RAM combos. Samsung might surprise us and offer higher-end internal hardware, though.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy A70Samsung Galaxy A70s
Dimensions164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
Display 6.7” FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED
Infinity-U Display
6.7” FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED
Infinity-U Display
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 675 (Dual 2.0GHz + Hexa 1.7GHz)Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (Dual 2.0GHz + Hexa 1.7GHz)
Storage128GB, expandable up to 512GB using microSD128GB, expandable up to 512GB using microSD
Battery4,500 mAh, 25W Super Fast Charging4,500 mAh, 25W Super Fast Charging
Rear Camera(s)32MP, f/1.7
8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide (123°)
5MP, f/2.2
64MP, f/1.8
8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide (123°)
5MP, f/2.2
Front Camera(s)32MP, f/2.032MP, f/2.0
SoftwareOneUI based on Android 9 PieOneUI based on Android 9 Pie
SecurityOn-display fingerprint, facial recognitionOn-display fingerprint, facial recognition

There is no word on when this device will be launching, but it’s likely Samsung will opt for a quiet release, so stay tuned for that.