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Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung’s Galaxy A7 provides some top-tier features, including water resistance at a mid-range price.

Samsung Galaxy A7 At A Glance

When does the Galaxy A7 come out? 16 February 2017
What’s new about the Galaxy A5? 16MP front and rear cameras, USB C charging, waterproofing, Octa-core processor
How much will the Galaxy A7 cost? $799 outright or on contract

What is the Samsung Galaxy A7?

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is the bigger brother of the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 phones, and it’s a line that Samsung has produced for a couple of years now. The 2017 variant sits firmly in the middle tier of handsets for both specs and pricing and is launching in Australia in the middle of February 2017. If you want absolute premium features, those can be found on the Samsung Galaxy S series phones such as the Galaxy S7 Edge, while if you’re more keen on saving every last penny, the budget-centric Samsung Galaxy J series phones are what you should consider.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A7 powerful?

The Galaxy A7 sells itself more on its size and mid-range power than it does being a true high-end premium phone. As such, its Exynos 8890 octa-core processor should be able to handle basic smartphone tasks such as email, browsing or social media comfortably, but if you throw heavier tasks at it like intense gaming or video editing, expect to experience some delays. That’s very much in line with its mid-range positioning.

Does the Samsung Galaxy A7 have a good camera?

Like the Samsung Galaxy A5, the Galaxy A7 has twin 16MP sensors; one at the rear and one for the front "selfie" camera. It’s not pitched as a premium camera in the same way that the Galaxy S7 Edge is, but it should provide notably sharp selfies, especially as the inbuilt camera app supports a floating shutter button that can be placed anywhere on the screen. That should lead to more comfortable shots with less camera shudder, leading to sharper pictures.

How do I charge the Samsung Galaxy A5?

The Galaxy A7 uses USB C charging, which is fast becoming the standard for new smartphones. Samsung first introduced USB C to its handsets back with the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but following that phone’s removal from the market, the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 are Samsung’s only USB C phones. At least, they are until the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ arrive.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A5 water resistant?

The Samsung Galaxy A series did see a model in 2016, but it wasn’t released officially in Australia. According to Samsung Australia, the decision to hold off on the 2016 range was largely due to the fact that it had no inbuilt water resistance. The 2017 range of Galaxy A phones, including the Galaxy A7, do include water resistance, rated at IP68. That means that you should see the Galaxy A7 survive accidental drops in water, as well as moderate dust resistance, although it would still be unwise to go scuba diving with it.

When will the Samsung Galaxy A7 be available in Australia?

The Galaxy A7 will go on sale in Australia from Samsung on 16 February 2017. If you want the phone on contract, it will also be offered by Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy A7 cost?

The Samsung Galaxy A7 will sell in Australia for $799 outright. It's also available on a range of plans, as seen above.

Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications

DeviceSamsung Galaxy A7
Screen size5.7in
Storage32GB
WeightTBC
ProcessorOcta Core Exynos 7880
Rear camera16MP
Front camera16MP
Battery3600mAh
Resolution1080x1920
Display density386ppi
RRP$799

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