Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) - Features, Specifications, Pros and Cons

Its very clear now that Samsung's recent creations are beginning to overlap and thread in each other's territory - at least from the global perspective we know. Here is what we mean - the Galaxy A line and the Galaxy C line are way to close (looking at it from the specs-wise) that it becomes difficult to clearly distinguish them from a consumer point of view.

The Galaxy A7 (2017) packs a 5.7-inch display, an efficient 14nm Exynos 7880 Octa SoC, a body made out of a glass/metal combo, IP68 certification, 16MP f/1.9 cameras front and back. Offerings like the Galaxy C7 and its C7 Pro sibling come pretty close to the Galaxy A7 formula and even the C9 only that the 6-inch display takes things a little further size-wise.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) Features at a glance:
  • Gorilla Glass 4 display protection
  • nano SIM (dual SIM version available)
  • LTE (Cat. 6)
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • FM Radio
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint reader
  • IP68 certification for dust and water resistance
  • Samsung Pay
If you want a well-equipped Samsung Smartphone offering the best current hardware features like a metal exterior, a snappy processor, and the coveted Super AMOLED panel, you can find that within the Samsung "A" family. Alos, the Galaxy C family, fits that bill just as well. Now with the waterproofing feature, the 2017 Galaxy A family easily stands out.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) - Specification
  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 4 display protection
  • Screen: 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED screen (386ppi); Always On Display
  • Dimensions: 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm (6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: 186 g (6.56 oz)
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; Samsung Grace UX; Nougat update in the works
  • Chipset: Exynos 7880, 14nm process
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM; 32GB storage, dedicated microSD slot for expansion
  • Camera: Primary 16MP, f/1.9, 27mm; Secondary 16MP, f/1.9
  • Video: 1080p
  • Connectivity: nano SIM (dual SIM version available); LTE (Cat. 6); dual-band Wi-Fi ac; Bluetooth 4.2; FM Radio; USB Type-C; 3.5mm jack
  • Battery: 3,600mAh Non-removable Battery
Inside the Galaxy A7 (2017) is Samsung's own Exynos 7880 that enhances user performance. The Exynos 7880 is the updated version of last year's 7870 chipset. The updated version keeps the overall formula intact and Samsung introduced a small upgrade in the Cortex-A53 cores (1.9GHz). RAM speeds have also been boosted thanks to LPDDR4 support, as opposed to the 7870's LPDDR3.

The upgrades are actually more significant in the GPU department. The Mali-T830 now has a third core and a higher clock rate of 950MHz, versus 700MHz. This is great for keeping up with rendering on the 1080p screen.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) - Pros
  • Fast performance
  • Quality camera with 16MP both front and back
  • Fingerprint reader available
  • Its IP68 certifide for dust and water resistance
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) - Cons
  • Somewhat expensive 
  • Not the most recent Android version though an update shouldn't be that far away
  • Lack of 4K video recording is unusual at this price point
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