Samsung Galaxy A7 Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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It's not the most powerful phone. However, it's a perfectly capable device for anyone who just watches the odd video, browses Facebook or Twitter and sends and receives email.

5.7 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

32GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

3,600 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI) 386
Rear camera megapixels 16MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.9
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.9
Dimensions 156.8mm x 77.6mm x 7.9mm
Weight 186g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 6
Processor Exynos 7880
RAM 3
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 512GB
Battery capacity 3,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$704.99
Launch date2017-02
Samsung Galaxy A7

The good

  • Premium construction
  • That IP68 rating
  • Somewhat successful selfies
  • Solid battery life
  • USB C port and fast charging

Could be better

  • Middle-of-the-road performance
  • Only Android 6.0
  • Quiet speaker


The Samsung Galaxy A7 is big on megapixels and battery life, but low on price.

While the geeks of the world tend to gravitate towards the latest entry in Samsung's Galaxy S series, the Korean company also manufactures a line of mid-range devices bearing the Galaxy A moniker.

Just prior to the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A7 and its smaller sibling the Galaxy A5, both of which utilise technology that was considered cutting edge when it debuted in Samsung's premium Galaxy S family just a couple of years prior. That includes features like support for Samsung Pay, as well as an IP68 water resistance rating, dual front and rear 16MP cameras and an always-on display.

The Galaxy A7 is the larger of the two devices, rocking a 5.7-inch full HD display and a 3,600mAh battery. While the octa-core processor is capable of keeping up with general tasks, it's not on par with the CPU inside the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. That's okay though, because this phone is targeting general users.

Design

  • The metal and glass design lends the A7 a premium feel
  • IP68 water-resistance rating provides excellent protection from the elements

Camera

  • 16MP front-facing camera is a big plus for selfie fans
  • Support for HDR, panoramas and time-lapse photography lends the rear-facing camera plenty of versatility
Samsung Galaxy A7 camera

Performance

  • Decent performance in day-to-day tasks like email and web browsing
  • Lacks the grunt to handle more complex tasks like 3D gaming

Battery life

  • Great battery life, even considering Samsung's impressive track record
  • Will see you through a full day with little issue

Verdict

  • A strong mid-range smartphone for everyday use

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy A7

Dressed to impress

If you want the premium smartphone look without spending a fortune, you'll want to check out the Samsung Galaxy A7.

Promoted

  • The Samsung Galaxy A7 is currently available through online retailers like Catch and Kogan for between $400 and $600.

Samsung Galaxy A7 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI) 386
Rear camera megapixels 16MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.9
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.9
Dimensions 156.8mm x 77.6mm x 7.9mm
Weight 186g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 6
Processor Exynos 7880
RAM 3
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 512GB
Battery capacity 3,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging No

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