Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 Evaluation

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 detailed overview

Taking a cellphone out with me on a visit has typically confirmed to be one of the simplest ways to check its dependability. Whereas our common lab checks do apply, the Samsung Galaxy A7 was my main machine on a current journey to Kolkata. Samsung’s premium telephones not too long ago have all handed with flying colors, however this one has a Exynos 7 collection SoC, which frequently has earned the ire of customers.

Nonetheless, Samsung used the 14nm course of for this one, and the cellphone nonetheless sports activities a premium design. Utilizing it’s form of a curler coaster, with ups and downs all the way in which. Ultimately, I made a decision to current the Samsung Galaxy A7 overview in a chronological method, primarily based on what I seen and when. In contrast to lots of our different evaluations, you’ll should learn this one to get the total image.

Construct and Design

It’s laborious to not discover the Galaxy A7’s design. From folks on the Delhi airport, to these in Kolkata, I caught folks staring on the cellphone in my hand a number of instances, maybe questioning what the nice trying smartphone in my hand was, one even requested. On a private word, I do favor the Galaxy A7 in black greater than the gold model, however market indicators would level in direction of a comfortable spot for the gold color.

However, the Samsung Galaxy A7 presents the very best of Samsung’s design philosophy, with the curved glass again we noticed on the Galaxy S7 final yr and a metallic body throughout. That is rapidly changing into the quintessential Samsung design, and if the Galaxy S8’s any indicator, it’s right here to remain. Not that I’m complaining.

You’ll discover a headphone jack on the backside, the hybrid dual-SIM slot on high, energy and quantity rocker on both aspect, and apparently, a speaker grille above the ability button. I discovered that final selection fairly fascinating, because it ideally retains the speaker from being muffled in any means. Rear audio system are clearly muffled virtually all the time, whereas backside firing ones are harder to make use of when outside. Nonetheless, that also applies to the Galaxy A7 and the audio system actually aren’t loud.

The digicam module is on the top-center, on the rear panel, with no hump, because of a thicker kind issue. To be clear, once I say thick, I don’t imply unwieldy in any respect. In truth, at 185 grams and seven.9 mm, there’s heft to the machine, which really feels actually good. The 5.7 inch show measurement does get in the way in which of ergonomics, however these shopping for such a display will most likely nonetheless respect this kind issue. The Galaxy A7 is among the most ergonomic big-screen telephones on the market.

Total, there’s actually no questioning the Galaxy A7 so far as the shape issue is anxious. In case you had been involved in regards to the glass again being slippery earlier, that continues to be, however personally talking, I didn’t really feel any distinction price writing about, right here.


When you get previous the nice premium design, you discover how the Tremendous AMOLED show enhances the identical. As has been the case with Samsung telephones, you get a shiny show with colors that pop and distinction price commending. Samsung has even tuned the auto-brightness characteristic, to drop the brightness progressively, as an alternative of a sudden drop. The transition isn’t as clean as an iPhone, however it’s nonetheless far more nice than what I’m normally used to from different Android telephones. It doesn’t distract if you’re studying. I seen this characteristic whereas reviewing the Galaxy C9 Professional earlier, and it continues right here.

It’s one of many enhancements to Touchwiz not too long ago, though different parts of the UI stay largely the identical. It feels lighter, however actually isn’t as gentle as a inventory Android machine can be. You’re going to get Microsoft apps pre-loaded and a few others, all of which could be disabled in case you don’t like them.


Now right here’s the place the curler coaster trip begins. Booting up the Galaxy A7 and setting it up, you get the sensation that it is a considerably slower machine than the Galaxy C9 Professional and Samsung’s flagships. Frankly talking, the cellphone isn’t significantly stuttery, however for a brand new machine that has simply been arrange, there are a couple of too many lags.

It runs on the Exynos 7880 SoC, clocked at 1.8GHz. The octa-core SoC (Cortex A53) is constructed on the 14nm course of, however it doesn’t stand an opportunity towards a Snapdragon 652 or 653, and naturally not Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs. I additionally see a definite distinction in the way in which the Exynos 7780 runs on this machine, than the Snapdragon 653’s implementation on the Galaxy C9 Professional. In fact, the Cortex A72 cores on that chipset make it visibly sooner any means.

In apply, 4 cores of the Exynos 7780 appear to be turned off typically, whereas the opposite 4 clock as much as 1.4GHz and no extra. Whereas the UI nonetheless feels snappy, app load instances are greater than can be very best and never very properly suited to a premium machine. It really works, however “works” just isn’t what we’re on the lookout for, from a premium machine anymore.

In apply, this leads to considerably unpredictable efficiency. The Galaxy A7 is a deal with to make use of at instances, whereas at others even apps like Fb appeared to stutter just a little. It’s nowhere near being unusable, however this being an Android cellphone, the Galaxy A7 is simply as prone to slowing down as another, and one wonders what the efficiency will probably be like then.

Whereas travelling, I watched two hours of video on the smartphone, with none troubles. Netflix took a couple of seconds in addition up, and the video participant didn’t open as easily because it ought to, however if you have a look at how good prime quality video appears to be like at this display, you form of are inclined to overlook all that and focus on the attractive colors.

Equally, I discover some stutters on WWE Champions (that new sweet crush wrestling sport), however issues are largely usable. The query you want to reply is whether or not “usable” is what you need for Rs. 33,490. In truth, Samsung’s personal Galaxy C9 Professional, which has a barely bigger display and greater kind issue, delivers higher efficiency, and on condition that 5.7 inch telephones do apply to six inch consumers, it’s a sound downside, not less than for my part.

Aside from that, the cellphone manages warmth fairly properly, with temperatures at about 36 levels after half an hour of gaming.

Two anomalies

There have been two confounding anomalies on the Galaxy A7: the primary is that its contact response appears wobbly. All through the final ten days, I’ve typically needed to faucet on an app twice or thrice when attempting to open it. The cellphone appears to not register touches at instances, though this may be because of the machine itself freezing up. In truth, we are inclined to favour the second, as the identical downside occurred on the Galaxy A5 as properly, and it’s much less doubtless for Samsung to make use of defective show panels on two consecutive gadgets.

The following downside, although, appears to be a unit particular subject. The place the fingerprint sensors on Samsung’s premium gadgets have been quick and reliable normally, the one on the A7 appeared to falter many a time. This occurred particularly when attempting to unlock the machine from the display turned off place. The cellphone would merely not reply to the fingerprint a bit too typically. This downside couldn’t be replicated on the Galaxy A5.


The place it lacks in efficiency, the Galaxy A7 redeems with digicam high quality. The 16MP f/1.9 sensor on the again does an honest job of capturing photographs. That’s, so long as you might have sufficient time to shoot. Attributable to its gradual efficiency, the digicam app can be gradual, which means you’ll miss many moments whilst you await the digicam app to load utterly. Being on a visit, this turned an everyday affair with the Galaxy A7. 

Samsung Galaxy A7

Nonetheless, in case you do have sufficient time and a gradual hand, the Galaxy A7 can take some actually good photographs. You see the quintessential Samsung color tone at work right here, with pleasantly oversaturated photographs and good particulars. It, nonetheless, struggles to steadiness gentle effectively. In frames with sharply contrasting brightness areas, the Samsung Galaxy A7 tends to overexpose the {photograph} as a way to present sufficient gentle to darker areas. Whereas it will produce moderately properly lit shadows, the remainder of the frames exhibit extreme clipping of highlights, which utterly destroys any form of element in backgrounds.

Similar shot taken by an iPhone 6s (above) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (beneath)

In low gentle areas or when on the transfer, the Galaxy A7 tends to shoot in slower shutter pace to offer ample gentle. This results in blurry photographs in poorly lit areas (see picture beneath), which in flip will virtually all the time produce blurs, until you shoot with a tripod or on a gradual floor.

All I did was level and shoot.

Battery Life

Luckily, the curler coaster trip ends on a excessive with this one. So far as battery life is anxious, the Samsung Galaxy A7 offers sufficient and extra. During the last ten days, I’ve charged this cellphone eight instances, which is saying one thing nowadays. The 14nm chipset is evidently extra energy environment friendly and the Galaxy A7 lasts for 11 hours and 33 minutes on the PC Mark Work battery check. That’s greater than a Moto G5 Plus or Xiaomi Redmi Notice 4, which run on the extremely energy pleasant Snapdragon 625.

In common utilization, the Galaxy A7 might get by a full 24 hours simply. I carried an iPhone 6S within the different pocket, and also you get no prizes for guessing which charger I pulled out of my bag extra. In truth, I typically left the A7’s charger dwelling, when the battery was at 60% or extra. It drops about 15% battery when gaming with the display turned as much as medium brightness.


Personally, I don’t like even the smallest stutter on my smartphone. Which is why it’s shocking to me that after 10 days with the Galaxy A7, I don’t need to give it up and transfer to the subsequent overview machine. And that’s most likely what Samsung hoped for. No, this isn’t the very best cellphone to purchase within the premium section. The Moto Z and OnePlus 3T are undoubtedly higher telephones in virtually each means, besides design.

Nonetheless, the Galaxy A7 can nonetheless be beneficial for its finish consumer expertise. It’s a premium cellphone for many who need Samsung’s model, however can’t afford the Galaxy S flagship. It’s the very best trying big-screen cellphone out there, which is one thing the style acutely aware would respect. It isn’t a cellphone for the fanatic, neither is it for geeks like us.

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