Up until last year, Chinese competition was primarily restricted to the under 20K price bracket and Samsung’s A-series was one of the rare few branded options for mid-range buyers. That’s not the case anymore. (Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)

Brands like Oppo and Vivo are pushing competent alternatives in the mid-range segment and, on the other hand, the likes of Xiaomi (Poco), Nokia, and Asus are pushing very lucrative devices online. Samsung is naturally stepping up its game and the Galaxy A7 (2018) launched today perhaps is the lowest price ‘A7’ at the launch and also packs in some new innovations.  We have been testing the new triple camera phone and have summed up our findings in the Galaxy A7 (2018) review that follows:

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specifications

Model Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Display 6-inch (1080 × 2222 pixels) Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9
Processor 2.2 GHz Exynos 7885 Octa-Core processor
RAM 4GB/6GB
Internal Storage 64GB/128GB, expandable to 512GB
Software Android 8 Oreo
Primary Camera 24MP f/1.7 autofocus sensor, 8MP f/2.4 ultra wide sensor, 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor
Secondary Camera 24MP f/2.0, LED flash, Selfie focus and Pro Lighting mode
Dimensions and Weight 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm; Weight: 168g
Battery 3300mAh
Others Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS, side mounted fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay, GLONASS, 3.5 mm jack
Price in India 4GB + 64GB – Rs. 23,990

6GB + 128GB – Rs. 28,990

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review: Design and Build

Unlike the A6-series that launched earlier in the year, the Galaxy A7 (2018) has a glass back and color-matched metal polycarbonate side frame. Samsung has managed to restrict the overall thickness to 7.5mm, even while housing triple rear cameras.

Staying true to its design pedigree, Samsung has managed to avoid both – the camera hump and the notch. While restricting camera bulge is laudable from a design perspective, (and something Samsung practices even in its high-end phones like Galaxy S9 and Note 9) it also restricts the size of the camera sensor.

Samsung sticking to its no-notch philosophy, on the other hand, is certainly commendable and warmly welcome. After cycling through myriad different size notches through the year, the regular uninterrupted fascia on Samsung phones still feels natural and dignified.

Another significant talking point here is the fingerprint sensor position. The Galaxy A7 (2018) houses the biometric sensor in the slight indentation on the right edge, clubbed with the power button.

The power button is still clickable, but you don’t need to press it for the fingerprint sensor to work. It’s the ‘Always-active’ type and all you need to do is place your thumb or any registered digit in the groove to unlock. We quite liked the side mounted fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy A7 (2018).

  • The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is slim, premium and very comfortable to handle.
  • The regular, uninhibited, notch-less status bar still feels refreshing.
  • Thankfully the speaker grill is present at the bottom and not on the top-right edge.
  • We quite like the side mounted fingerprint sensor. The sensor is always on, and you need not press the power button to unlock. You can only register three fingerprints, though.
  • The regular micro USB port at the bottom doesn’t feel right. Samsung should have opted for the Type-C port.
  • Samsung doesn’t bundle a protective case in the box.  You will have to buy one separately.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review: Display

The Galaxy A7 (2018) comes with a 6.0-inch display with Full HD+ (1080 X 2220) AMOLED display. Samsung makes some of the best AMOLED screens and the one on the Galaxy A7 (2018) felt fine for its price.  The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass (version unspecified).

  • The 6.0-inch AMOLED display counts as one of the strengths of the Galaxy A7 (2018).
  • You can choose between different color profiles under display settings.
  • Outdoor visibility is decent.
  • The Always on display further adds value. Samsung also adds an Always on home button that you can double tap to wake the phone.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review: Performance, Software, and battery

The Galaxy A7 (2018) is powered by Exynos 7885 processor which is a 14nm process based chip with two 2.2GHz Cortex-A73 CPU cores and six 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 CPU cores. We have earlier experienced the same chipset on Galaxy A8+ and the performance as well.

The chipset powering Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) also supports Dual SIM Dual VoLTE. The handset comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.

Both variants accept up to 512GB storage. Interestingly, you can transfer Apps and social media data to SD card as well. Micro SD storage is inherently slower than the SD card storage but this should still make external storage a lot more useful, especially in the long run.

The Experience UI 9.5 running on the phone is based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung’s skin is mature and efficient, if not light. We have ample experience with the UI by now and find it quite agreeable. Also, Samsung will be bringing some additional features including gesture navigation in the Experience UI 10.0 next year.

Speaking of features, the Galaxy A7 (2018) has Samsung Pay Mini. This is kind of disappointing considering the 2017 A7 variant had full-fledged Samsung Pay. In the mini variant, you don’t get MST for swiping your phone instead of cards at PoS terminals.

The handset includes a 3300mAh battery and we are getting a comfortable one-day mileage with moderate to heavy usage. Fast charging is not supported.

  • Performance on Galaxy A7 (2018) is smooth. We could run heavy games without any trouble.
  • The handset supports Dual SIM Dual VoLTE. So, you can use two Jio SIM cards or use a Jio SIM and a 4G SIM simultaneously.
  • The handset has Widevine DRM L1 certificate but does not support HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
  • The Experience UI software on the phone is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • The 3300mAh battery can last for one day of moderate to heavy usage. Fast charging is not supported. The inbox charger is rated 5V, 1.5A.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Camera Review

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) includes three cameras on the rear and one on the front (are we finally moving away from the selfie marketing pitch?). The primary 24MP sensor (f/1.7, PDAF) relies on pixel binning (Interpolating data gathered by 4 pixels as 1 for better details), the 5MP sensor is used as a depth sensor to fuel portrait mode or Live Focus as Samsung puts it, and the 8MP sensor (f/2.4, 13mm) for shooting in wide angle mode.

Now let’s talk about camera performance.

The primary 24MP rear camera is a very good performer for its price. The shots that we clicked outdoors show a wide dynamic range and sharp details.

Indoor camera performance (for the primary camera) is great too.

The portrait mode (Live FOCUS), that uses the 5MP depth sensor, can be a hit or a miss. The background blur is adjustable and looks awesome when things click. Edge detection needs to get better, though.

The software-based live focus works for selfie camera works decently in proper outdoor lighting.

You can switch to the third 8MP sensor from the camera app to capture wide-angle shots.  Since this is a wide-angle lens, the barrel distortion at the edges is expected and if, like me, you are not familiar with how to use the wide-angle lens properly, you won’t be using it very often.

Besides, the low resolution (8MP) for wide-angle shots could be a problem, and the wide-angle lens is also fixed focus.

Normal mode
Wide-angle mode

For selfies, there is a 24MP sensor up front. The portrait mode is available for both rear and front cameras.

The ‘scene optimizer’ in the camera app can also recognize scenes and adjust camera settings accordingly. We don’t remember Samsung using the word ‘AI’ which is actually refreshing. The optimization is, thankfully, not as aggressive.

Note: These camera samples have been resized for web. You can check the full resolution samples in this flickr album.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review – Should you buy it?

Samsung Galaxy A7 starts at Rs. 24K, which is lesser than what the Galaxy A6+ cost at launch. We can see that Samsung is finally pushing itself to pass on more aggressive hardware, at least in the mid-range segment.

The Galaxy A7 (2018) is better looking and more comfortable to handle compared to the other better-specced competitors that it challenges. It also benefits from a well-calibrated AMOLED display, a slick side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and mature software.

We are quite happy with the overall rear camera performance, but that’s not because Samsung is using three sensors instead of two. Or, even one.

Of course, phones like Poco F1 and Vivo V11 Pro offer more impressive spec-sheet, but perhaps what A7 musters, combined with Samsung’s brand value should be enough to make for a recommendation.

Pros

  • AMOLED Display
  • Ample RAM and Storage
  • Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support
  • Indoor camera performance
  • An accessible side-mounted Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Only mini version of Samsung Pay
  • No fast charging
  • Case cover not bundled in the box

 

19 COMMENTS

  1. Hello,
    I went through your post Samsung Galaxy A7 phone and found it to be really informative . I feel that this review of yours would be really helpful . Looking for more post further.

    • No, I wouldn’t recommend this to heavy gamers. PUBG runs fine on the phone, Asphalt 9 is not supported as of now, and Asphalt 8 shows very few frame drops at highest settings. Games are playable, but don’t think this would work well for heavy gamers.

  2. Specification of Samsung Galaxy A7 is Awesome.
    I love it. The triple rear camera framework of this smartphone has a 24-MP auto-focus sensor having a f/1.7 aperture, an 8-MP ultra wide sensor having a f/2.4 aperture and a 5-MP depth sensor having a fixed focus and a f/2.2 aperture.

  3. Hi! How is it possible that even though the phone has Widevine L1, it still not support HD video on Netflix and Amazon Prime? Anyone knows?

  4. Hi! I’m going to buy a new phone, choosing between Samsung A7 (2018) and Oppo. I’m not the selfie type.
    What can you recommend between the two?

  5. I booked samsung A7 online and it arrives today…the only thing that I felt was a bit disappointing was the use of ejection pin each time you want to remove sim/micro sd tray…Nonetheless,other specifications like camera quality, fingerprint sensor are undoubtedly great….

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