Samsung Galaxy A7, like many other Samsung phones, is one of the best devices around. Even though this phone has been in the market for a while, having been released in October 2018, it is still one of the few reliable devices to settle for.
According to naijatechguide.com, the phone is available in 2 models. The first one is the 4GB RAM model that goes for N120,000 while the second is the 6GB RAM model that goes for N145,000. While this is the general price offered, the true cost depends on where you buy the phone.
As usual, before putting your hard-earned money in any project, you need to be sure that your investment is worth it. Here are the pros and cons you may need to check out before you commit to purchasing the gadget.
- Its Super AMOLED display is vibrant and crisp
- Has a decent battery life
- Comes with sufficient internal storage space
- Poor camera performance especially in low light.
- Weak GPU
Samsung Galaxy A7 specs
Every phone stands out because of certain elements. Here is a highlight of the specifications you should be checking out for on this phone.
- Operating system: Android v8.0 (Oreo) upgradable to v9.0 (Pie)
- Display: 6.0-inch, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2220 pixels (411 ppi density)
- Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
- Rear camera: Triple, 24MP + 8MP + 5MP camera, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps
- Rear camera features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
- Front camera: 24MP, 1080p video@30fps
- Design: Slim design
- Battery: 3300 mAh battery
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Chipset: Exynos 7885 (14 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Colours: Black, blue, gold, pink
The following are the phone's hardware specs.
The A7 has a glass front and back held in place by a plastic frame. You will also love the fact that the phone feels lighter than its size. It weighs 168 grams and is 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm in size. Like its competitors, the double glass sides make it look good but it does feel hollow.
What's more, you have a considerable choice of colour options, because the A7 is available in black, blue, pink and gold. It has a clean design, which is only interrupted by a few logos as well as a slight camera bump on its back.
It has 2 volume buttons as well as a flat, recessed, and easy to hit power button located on the right-hand side of the phone. The left side contains the SIM tray. The dual-SIM version supports two SIM cards as well as a microSD card.
Its power button also doubles as its fingerprint scanner. This appears to have been a design decision that was borrowed from old Sony phones. The fingerprint scanners may not bee as quick as the ones in the flagships but it still works perfectly and is reliable. In fact, it does not require a full press for it to unlock securely.
The device also has the Face Unlock feature. There is a headphone jack at the phone's bottom edge. This is next to the microUSB port.
When it comes to durability, the gorilla glass keeps both the front and back well protected. However, the device has no official IP rating, which means you need to keep it dry always.
The phone has a Super AMOLED screen packed with Full HD resolution. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2220 pixels and it has a pixel density of 411 PPI. The device stands out for several reasons, including its pretty beefy bezels and the 74.4% screen-to-body ratio.
However, unlike flagships, it does not have a curved screen hence the colour accuracy may be wanting. The price is worth it especially if you consider the fact that the phone is impressive and it packs punch and depth when compared with its competitors.
You, however, have to make do with the unreliable white balance. Even so, the phone wins when it comes to photos, movies, and general UI swiping.
Processor, performance, and storage
Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy A7 Android 8.0, which is paired with Samsung’s proprietary interface, the device gets the S9 experience but at a lower price. While this is good, it is not entirely great since it is a technology behind. However, if you are not the kind that is obsessed with the latest software, then this will work just fine.
The UI comes with familiar fundamentals including a home screen, apps tray, and a notification bar. It also comes with a few customized Samsung features including a secure folder that lets you lock files and folders. You can also change the home screen grid size and download a range of themes that shake up the UI look and feel.
The phone also has an optional Bixby home screen, located to the left of the main home screen. It replaces the stock Google home screen. It displays information that is similar to Google. This encompasses news updates as well as weather information. It can be considered a holistic hub as it also connects to Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Uber.
While it does not have any outstanding benchmarks, it can handle 3D games quite effectively.
Samsung Galaxy A7 battery
The 3,300mAh battery capacity is big enough to meet the goals of the mid-range device. If you take care of the screen's brightness, chances are that you can get up to a day ad a half of battery life.
It also comes with several power saving options. With an on-screen time that is competitive, you can enjoy full HD video playback at full brightness because the power drops only 11% at 90 minutes.
However, there is a downside to all this. The lack of fast charging capacity means that the phone takes up to 2 hours to be fully charged. It also lacks a wireless charging option.
The following are the software details you should know about.
OS and features
The phone was launched running on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Experience UI 9 on top.
Samsung Galaxy A7 camera, video and image quality
The A7 stands out as the first phone from Samsung to have a triple camera. This is probably why it is still a favourite among many, especially people who enjoy capturing moments on the phone. The image quality may not be top-notch but it is also not bad and meets the expectations of a mid-range device.
There is a primary 24MP sensor (f/1.7, with phase-detection autofocus), a 5MP depth sensor which gives better portrait mode pictures, and finally, the 8MP sensor (f/2.4, 18mm) which is excellent for wide-angle shots.
When there is good lighting, the 24MP does not disappoint as it captures pictures with lots of details. The colours are boosted, which also applies to the contrast. These images never leave a lot of scope for editing but they are often social media-ready.
It is also possible to take close pictures that make macro pictures excellent. Low light pics are not necessarily terrible but they are better of zoomed out. When you get down to pixels, then you will notice that it is not very good when considering its dynamic range. There is also the aspect of heavy noise reduction and softening.
The wide-angled camera is also limited to landscape shots and does not do well in poor lighting because it lacks an auto-focus. The best you can get is pictures that do not look realistic.
When it comes to stability when shooting videos, this phone exceeds expectations. In fact, you do not expect a mid-range phone to be this good and at this price. It is a win.
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
This phone has been around for a while. People have had a chance to test it. Here are some of the comments they have left on YouTube.
- Jaliya Udagama: Despite its minor flaws it has a very low radiation sar value. Much less than nova 3i.
- U H89: So last year's A7 2017 was too good, Samsung had to change that . Just camera update, battery downgrade et cetera
Samsung Galaxy A7 price
While the price of this device depends on where you are located, it is likely to range between $350-$500. This is a pretty fair price for a phone of its kind. Competitors in this same range cost a bit more, which makes the A7 a reasonably priced device.
If you have the money to go for a mid-range device that is functional and fancy, then the Galaxy A7 would be an excellent choice.
With its favourable price, Samsung Galaxy A7 would be a great choice for anyone looking for a phone with amazing features.