The Samsung Galaxy A7 is a well designed smartphone with good battery life. However, it does have its weaknesses, và isn't always dependable. The OnePlus 3T & Moto Z are faster, with better cameras. The Galaxy A7 is for those who put good looks above all else.

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Taking a phone out with me on a trip has often proven lớn be the best way to test its dependability. While our regular lab tests do apply, the Samsung Galaxy A7 was my primary device on a recent trip to lớn Kolkata. Samsung’s premium phones recently have all passed with flying colours, but this one has a Exynos 7 series SoC, which often has earned the ire of consumers.

However, Samsung used the 14nm process for this one, và the phone still sports a premium design. Using it is kind of a roller coaster, with ups và downs all the way. In the end, I decided to lớn present the Samsung Galaxy A7 đánh giá in a chronological manner, based on what I noticed & when. Unlike many of our other reviews, you’ll have to lớn read this one to get the full picture.

Build & Design

It’s hard not khổng lồ notice the Galaxy A7’s design. From people at the Delhi airport, to those in Kolkata, I caught people staring at the phone in my hand multiple times, perhaps wondering what the great looking điện thoại in my hand was, one even asked. On a personal note, I vày prefer the Galaxy A7 in đen more than the gold version, but market indicators would point towards a soft spot for the gold colour.


Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy A7 presents the best of Samsung’s thiết kế philosophy, with the curved glass back we saw on the Galaxy S7 last year & a metallic frame all around. This is quickly becoming the quintessential Samsung design, and if the Galaxy S8’s any indicator, it’s here to lớn stay. Not that I’m complaining.

You’ll find a headphone jack at the bottom, the hybrid dual-SIM slot on top, power & volume rocker on either side, và interestingly, a speaker grille above the power nguồn button. I found that last choice quite interesting, since it ideally keeps the speaker from being muffled in any way. Rear speakers are obviously muffled almost always, while bottom firing ones are tougher lớn use when outdoors. However, that still applies to lớn the Galaxy A7 và the speakers really aren’t loud.



The camera module is on the top-center, on the rear panel, with no hump, thanks to a thicker khung factor. To lớn be clear, when I say thick, I vày not mean unwieldy at all. In fact, at 185 grams and 7.9 mm, there’s heft lớn the device, which actually feels really good. The 5.7 inch display kích cỡ does get in the way of ergonomics, but those buying such a screen will probably still appreciate this size factor. The Galaxy A7 is one of the most ergonomic big-screen phones out there.

Overall, there’s really no questioning the Galaxy A7 as far as the form factor is concerned. If you were concerned about the glass back being slippery earlier, that remains, but personally speaking, I didn’t feel any difference worth writing about, here.



Once you get past the great premium design, you notice how the Super AMOLED display complements the same. As has been the case with Samsung phones, you get a bright display with colours that pop và contrast worth commending. Samsung has even tuned the auto-brightness feature, khổng lồ drop the brightness gradually, instead of a sudden drop. The transition isn’t as smooth as an iPhone, but it’s still much more pleasant than what I’m usually used to from other game android phones. It doesn’t distract when you’re reading. I noticed this feature while reviewing the Galaxy C9 Pro earlier, & it continues here.

It’s one of the enhancements khổng lồ Touchwiz recently, although other elements of the UI remain largely the same. It feels lighter, but really isn’t as light as a stock game android device would be. You will get Microsoft apps pre-loaded và some others, all of which can be disabled if you don’t lượt thích them.


Now here’s where the roller coaster ride starts. Booting up the Galaxy A7 & setting it up, you get the feeling that this is a significantly slower device than the Galaxy C9 Pro & Samsung’s flagships. Frankly speaking, the phone isn’t particularly stuttery, but for a new device that has just been phối up, there are a few too many lags.

It runs on the Exynos 7880 SoC, clocked at 1.8GHz. The octa-core SoC (Cortex A53) is built on the 14nm process, but it doesn’t stand a chance against a Snapdragon 652 or 653, and of course not Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs. I also see a distinct difference in the way the Exynos 7780 runs on this device, than the Snapdragon 653’s implementation on the Galaxy C9 Pro. Of course, the Cortex A72 cores on that chipset make it visibly faster any way.




In practice, four cores of the Exynos 7780 seem to lớn be turned off often, while the other four clock up khổng lồ 1.4GHz và no more. While the UI still feels snappy, ứng dụng load times are higher than would be ideal and not very well suited to lớn a premium device. It works, but “works” is not what we’re looking for, from a premium device anymore.

In practice, this results in somewhat unpredictable performance. The Galaxy A7 is a treat to lớn use at times, while at others even apps like Facebook seemed lớn stutter a little. It’s nowhere close lớn being unusable, but this being an game android phone, the Galaxy A7 is just as likely to lớn slowing down as any other, & one wonders what the performance will be lượt thích then.

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While travelling, I watched two hours of video clip on the smartphone, without any troubles. Netflix took a few seconds to lớn boot up, and the đoạn phim player didn’t open as smoothly as it should, but when you look at how good high chất lượng video looks at this screen, you kind of tend to forget all that and concentrate on the gorgeous colours.

Similarly, I notice some stutters on WWE Champions (that new candy crush wrestling game), but things are largely usable. The question you need to answer is whether “usable” is what you want for Rs. 33,490. In fact, Samsung’s own Galaxy C9 Pro, which has a slightly larger screen & bigger khung factor, delivers better performance, và given that 5.7 inch phones do apply to 6 inch buyers, it’s a valid problem, at least in my opinion.



Other than that, the phone manages heat quite well, with temperatures at about 36 degrees after half an hour of gaming.

Two anomalies

There were two confounding anomalies on the Galaxy A7: the first is that its cảm biến response seems wobbly. Throughout the last ten days, I’ve often had khổng lồ tap on an app twice or thrice when trying to mở cửa it. The phone seems lớn not register touches at times, although this could also be due lớn the device itself freezing up. In fact, we tend to favour the second, as the same problem occurred on the Galaxy A5 as well, và it’s less likely for Samsung khổng lồ use faulty display panels on two consecutive devices.

The next problem, though, seems khổng lồ be a unit specific issue. Where the fingerprint sensors on Samsung’s premium devices have been fast and dependable usually, the one on the A7 seemed khổng lồ falter many a time. This happened especially when trying to unlock the device from the screen turned off position. The phone would simply not respond khổng lồ the fingerprint a bit too often. This problem couldn’t be replicated on the Galaxy A5.


Where it lacks in performance, the Galaxy A7 redeems with camera quality. The 16MP f/1.9 sensor on the back does a decent job of shooting images. That is, as long as you have enough time to lớn shoot. Due lớn its slow performance, the camera ứng dụng is also slow, meaning you’ll miss many moments while you wait for the camera ứng dụng to load completely. Being on a trip, this became a regular affair with the Galaxy A7.


However, if you vị have enough time & a steady hand, the Galaxy A7 can take some really good photos. You see the quintessential Samsung colour tone at work here, with pleasantly oversaturated photos & good details. It, however, struggles to lớn balance light efficiently. In frames with sharply contrasting brightness areas, the Samsung Galaxy A7 tends khổng lồ overexpose the photograph in order to lớn provide enough light lớn darker areas. While this will produce reasonably well lit shadows, the rest of the frames exhibit severe clipping of highlights, which completely destroys any kind of detail in backgrounds.


Same shot taken by an iPhone 6s (above) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (below)


In low light areas or when on the move, the Galaxy A7 tends to shoot in slower shutter speed khổng lồ provide ample light. This leads khổng lồ blurry photos in poorly lit areas (see photo below), which in turn will almost always produce blurs, unless you shoot with a tripod or on a steady surface.


All I did was point & shoot.

Battery Life

Fortunately, the roller coaster ride ends on a high with this one. As far as battery life is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy A7 gives enough and more. Over the last ten days, I’ve charged this phone 8 times, which is saying something in this day and age. The 14nm chipset is evidently more nguồn efficient and the Galaxy A7 lasts for 11 hours và 33 minutes on the PC Mark Work 2.0 battery test. That’s higher than a moto G5 Plus or mi Redmi note 4, which run on the highly power nguồn friendly Snapdragon 625.

In regular usage, the Galaxy A7 could get by a full 24 hours easily. I carried an iPhone 6S in the other pocket, & you get no prizes for guessing which charger I pulled out of my bag more. In fact, I often left the A7’s charger home, when the battery was at 60% or more. It drops about 15% battery when gaming with the screen turned up to medium brightness.


Personally, I vì chưng not like even the smallest stutter on my smartphone. Which is why it’s surprising to me that after 10 days with the Galaxy A7, I vì chưng not want to give it up and move khổng lồ the next reviews device. Và that’s probably what Samsung was hoping for. No, this isn’t the best phone to buy in the premium segment. The xe máy Z & OnePlus 3T are definitely better phones in almost every way, except design.

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However, the Galaxy A7 can still be recommended for its end user experience. It’s a premium phone for those who want Samsung’s brand, but can’t afford the Galaxy S flagship. It’s the best looking big-screen phone in the market, which is something the fashion conscious would appreciate. It isn’t a phone for the enthusiast, neither is it for geeks lượt thích us.