Founded back in 1969 as Samsung Electric Industries, Suwon, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Electronics today makes everything from televisions to semiconductors. It released its first Android smartphone in 2009, and can be credited with the launch of the first Android tablet back in 2010. The company is among the biggest players in the smartphone market in the world. It has recently developed smartphones running Tizen OS, as an alternative to its Android-based smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy A series is all about offering a premium experience, but at a mid-range pricing. But, lately, the competition has gotten really tough in this price band. OnePlus 3T, in particular, has set the benchmark for what consumers have come to expect in a smartphone priced under Rs 35,000. Then, of course, there’s the parade of selfie smartphones taking over the Indian market.
So, let's review this model of Galaxy A7 on each and every aspect:
5.7-inch FHD sAMOLED
Exynos 7880 64bit octa-core processor at 1.9Ghz
3 GB + 32 GB microSD Slot (expandable to 256GB)
16MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture + 16MP front camera
3600 mAh battery with Type-C USB
Design and Build of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017):
- Galaxy A phones support a metal, glass body like the more premium S series.
- The Galaxy A (2017) gold version we got sports a premium, all-glass and metal body design.
- It has 3D curved glass all around with a metal frame, and there’s a Type-C USB port at the bottom with the headphone jack next to it.
- The volume rockers are on the left side of the device with a single nano-SIM slot.
- The power button is on the right.
- The second SIM slot along with a separate microSD slot is placed on top of the device.
- The rear camera doesn’t jut out at all on the Galaxy A7 (2017).
- Samsung could have made this phone a bit sleeker, but it’s not such a big problem.
In terms of design, Galaxy A7 stands out from the competition in the market. All glass on the front and back ensures that this phone looks beautiful. The only fallout is the body is prone to scratches and smudges. You will need a cover or tempered glass to protect it. Also, the phone can be a bit slippery.
Benefits of Samsung Galaxy A7:
- Galaxy A7 for 2017 supports a slightly bigger 5.7-inch display, but with the same Full HD resolution, and this is a SAMOLED one. This is one area where Samsung’s supremacy remains unbeaten, and the Galaxy A7 doesn’t falter at all.
- The screen is crisp, the colours are vivid, and overall this is the best display you can get at this price point. I used this phone to consume a lot of videos on YouTube primarily, and the overall experience was great.
Performance of Galaxy A7:
- Galaxy A7 (2017) sports the Samsung’s own Exynos 7880 octa-core processor clocked at 1.9 Ghz coupled with 3GB RAM and a total of 32GB onboard storage.
- Galaxy A7 can handle multi-tasking quite easily, heavy duty graphics games are not a problem on this. It doesn’t quite set the benchmark tests on fire, but that doesn’t mean the general performance suffers.
User Interface of Galaxy A7(2017):
On the UI front, the Galaxy A7 has some of Samsung’s own features like the split-screen, the ability to take much longer screenshots, customising them, etc.
Camera Features of A7(2017):
- Camera is where the Galaxy A series has consistently performed better than some of the rivals.
- Just like the previous phone, Galaxy A7 delivers some exceptional shots.
- The front camera should likewise appeal to most folks.
As a result, I have compared its camera with other smartphones and found that Samsung Galaxy A7 is simply awesome and I could boast about it
Battery of Galaxy A7(2017):
- On the battery side, Galaxy A7 scored 8 hours plus in the PC Mark test for us.
- The phone can easily last a day with heavy duty usage.
Water and Dust Proof:
The other positive for the Galaxy A7 will be the IP68 water and dust resistant rating, which you are unlikely to get on any other phone in this price segment.
Shortcomings in Samsung Galaxy A7(2017):
- The glass back is beautiful, but it is prone to scratches, and noticed many deep scratches already in the images.
- Samsung could have loaded this one with more powerful speakers.
- Also, 2017 is here, but no Android Nougat from Samsung.
- Finally, the 32GB storage will disappoint most users.
Price and Availability:
- You can add this to your buy list, if you’re okay with the old version of Android in Rs.33490.
- It is availble on both online and offline markets, and is easily available.
- The highlight of this phone is the camera and the display, which is still unmatched by other players.
- The water and dust resistant capabilities are extra positives, something the other phones don’t offer.