Samsung Galaxy A7 Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

samsung galaxy a7 review

Quick verdict

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.

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

Samsung Galaxy A7 at a glance
When did the Samsung Galaxy A7 come out? 16 February 2017.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy A7? 16MP front and rear cameras, USB C charging, waterproofing, Octa-core processor.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy A7 cost? You can find the Samsung Galaxy A7 selling for around $400 - $600

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

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.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5.7
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 386
Processor Exynos 7880
Height (mm) 156.8
Width (mm) 77.6
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 186
Battery size (mAh) 3,600
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.9
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 16
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.9
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 6
NFC support Yes
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Updated October 16th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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