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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) – Reviewed

  • Processor
    Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53, Chipset: Exynos 7880 Octa, GPU: Mali-T830MP2

  • RAM
    3 GB RAM

  • Storage
    32 GB expandable up to 256 GB

  • Display
    5.7 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density)

  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus, LED flash, Secondary: 16 MP, f/1.9, 1080p

  • OS
    Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) – Reviewed - Overview

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphone was launched in January 2017. The telephone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen show with a decision of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core it comes with 3GB of RAM. The telephone packs 32GB of inner storage that may be expanded as much as 256GB by way of a microSD card. So far as the cameras are involved, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) packs a 16-megapixel main digital camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel entrance shooter for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) runs Android and is powered by a 3600mAh non detachable battery. It measures 156.80 x 77.60 x 7.90 (peak x width x thickness) .

Connectivity choices embrace Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Headphones and FM. Sensors on the telephone embrace Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Barometer.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) – Reviewed - Specs


  • Device Type
  • Model
    Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Announced
    17 January 2017
  • Released
    18 January 2017
  • Status


  • Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.
  • Dimensions
    156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm (6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 in)
  • Colors
    Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud
  • Waterproof
  • Features
    - Samsung Pay
    - IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
    - Always-on display
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - Fast battery charging
    - ANT+ support
    - Photo/video editor
    - Document viewer


  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM


  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size
    5.7 inches (~73.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    386 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Corning Gorilla Glass


  • Audio Playback
    MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
  • Video Playback
    MP4/WMV/H.265 player
  • Video Out
  • FM Radio
  • Alert Types
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
  • Handsfree


  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    16 MP, f/1.9, 27mm, autofocus
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    LED flash
  • Camera Features
    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
  • Secondary
    16 MP, f/1.9, 1080p
  • Video


  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
  • Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.
  • Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.


  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Exynos 7880 Octa
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    3 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    32 GB expandable upto 256 GB
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • USB
    Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
  • Microphone Jack
  • Headphone Jack
  • Remote Control


  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.


  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.


  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    3600 mAh
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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) – Reviewed - Reviews

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  • Music and video players, playback quality, speaker sound and handsfree options.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-fi connectivity, data trnasfer speed, internet browsing and interfaces.
  • When you call someone, what is the voice quality you hear or vice versa, is speakerphone working good during calls.
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Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

  • Design 9 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Camera 8 / 10
  • Multimedia 8 / 10
  • Connectivity 9 / 10
  • Call Quality 8 / 10
  • Usability 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Value for money 7 / 10

Samsung added some much-needed substance to its mid-range lineup with the revamped Galaxy A series last year, and it proved to be a winning formula for the company. It’s no surprise that we saw Samsung further refine that formula with the new Galaxy A (2017) series that it launched last month. The Galaxy A7 (2017) is the top-of-the-line model in this new lineup and while it may look the same as the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 (2017), it’s in a league of its own.

In this review, we’ll ascertain just how good the Galaxy A7 (2017) is, how it stacks up against its siblings, and if the claimed specifications and functionality is as good as Samsung makes it out to be.



Samsung’s Galaxy A series pushes the envelope on design as it boasts a robust metal and glass build that’s similar to flagship handsets like the Galaxy S7. The Galaxy A7 (2017)’s metal frame feels really nice and the slight curve on the 3D glass back makes it very comfortable to hold the device despite its 5.7-inch display and 156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm dimensions.


The Galaxy A7 (2016) had a 5.5-inch display while its successor bumps it up a notch to a 5.7-inch display; it is also slightly heavier at 186 grams compared to 172 grams. Make no mistake, this is a big phone and it does have a notable heft, but that doesn’t make it hard to live with on a daily basis. However, since the bezels are very slim, the front of the device basically looks like one big chunk of glass. The slightly curved back does wonders for the grip, but given the amount of glass this phone has, you won’t need any extra effort to drop it and shatter the glass. Yes, you may have concerns about the device scratching easily but that’s to be expected on a phone with a metal and glass build.

The color we chose for this review is called Black Sky and it does justice to the name. It’s a really nice, rich black color that will fade away when you’re using the phone in bed late at night with the lights turned off. You’re basically left with a big display and that makes it a treat to watch YouTube when you can’t go to sleep.

All of the buttons are in the same place as the Galaxy A7 (2016) so do check out that review as well. I will point out here that Samsung has re-positioned the speaker to the right corner above the power button, a move it first made with the Galaxy J7 Prime (read our review here). I didn’t like that because I often found myself inadvertently covering the speaker when holding the device in landscape mode for watching videos. It’s how I hold all devices but the Galaxy A7 (2017)’s speaker kept getting in the way, so to speak, as I consciously had to make an effort to hold the phone in a way that my finger did not cover the speaker.

That being said, Samsung has refined the design to a great extent. We said that its predecessor had the best design you could get on any mid-range phone last year, and that endorsement stands with the Galaxy A7 (2017).



The Galaxy A7 (2017) features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display with a 386 ppi pixel density. You’ll find that the colors pop very nicely and that the display has respectable viewing angles. A pleasant viewing experience is made possibly by higher contrast ratios and deep blacks. The Adaptive Display mode is enabled by default and it can be changed to basic, AMOLED photo and AMOLED cinema modes. It’s really a matter of going with what appeals to you the most – perhaps you’d like a more popping look or one that appears to be more like an LCD display. The display is nice and bright even under direct sunlight so using it outdoors isn’t an issue at all.


The Always On Display feature is a nice addition to this mid-range smartphone. It displays the date, time, day of the week and can even be configured to display the time in another time zone. It’s also capable of displaying notifications from native apps and you can double tap on a notification to view it. There appears to be no support for third-party app notifications on the Always On Display.



We told you in our Galaxy A7 (2016) review that the handset’s camera left a lot to be desired. Samsung seems to have paid attention as the successor touts significantly improved cameras. It has a 16-megapixel f/1.9 camera with LED flash on the back and a 16-megapixel f/1.9 camera on the front. If you’re looking to upgrade from last year’s Galaxy A7, the new handset’s camera performance is going to be a pleasant surprise. The rear camera can shoot at 4:3 aspect ratio on full resolution while 16:9 is available at the 12-megapixel setting. It’s the same story with the front camera.

The camera performance is very respectable in daylight and you’ll find that the pictures have good color reproduction and detail. Pictures taken indoors with nice lighting come out just fine but I found that the camera leaves the user wanting for more when taking pictures in low-light conditions. They just don’t have the sharpness or detail so the quality isn’t something to write home about. Samsung has addressed some pain points that we highlighted in its predecessor: focusing is much faster, and color reproduction has been improved as well. Aside from Auto, the camera provides a Pro mode with advanced settings, Panorama, Hyperlapse, HDR, Night, and Food modes by default.

Selfie lovers will find the 16-megapixel front camera more than capable of indulging their daily dose of vanity, with pictures that offer noticeably more detail than the lower-resolution front cameras on other Samsung devices. The device is capable of recording Full HD video and the result is what you’d expect from a device of this caliber.



The Galaxy A7 (2017) comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t have the same old TouchWiz. It features the Grace UX instead that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy Note 7 last year. The result is a much simpler and cleaner user interface that feels intuitive and swift. The Grace UX has softer colors and rounded icons so that it’s easier on the eyes. The notification shade gets a splash of white, making it it feel lighter than before. The toggle icons in the shade still light up in the blue “active” color when features like Wi-Fi or NFC are toggled on and off. You’ll also find that the animations are a lot smoother.

Overall, it’s a great user interface that complements this handset well. Software features that are included in the Galaxy A7 (2017) by default include the Secure Folder, S Bike Mode, Device maintenance, Blue light filter, and more. Support for themes makes a return, with thousands of third-party themes available in the Theme Store (you can take a look at our Themes Thursday series to find the best themes each week).


The Galaxy A7 (2017) is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, Mali-T830MP3 graphics processor, and 32GB of storage. The handset is capable of supporting a microSD card up to 256GB. You’ll find that it lives up to the performance expectations that one can have from a mid-range device. It feels quick and smooth most of the time, but like we noted last year, the performance does seem to go off a bit randomly. It’s not something that happens very often but you’re bound to notice it with daily use, even when you’re not performing any heavy tasks. The aggressive RAM optimization that impacts multitasking is still present. We pointed this out last year, and it appears to have been carried over to the new handset as well.

Given that it has a very big display, the Galaxy A7 (2017) is a great device for gaming on the go. The device performed well even with heavy titles like Need for Speed: No Limits, and during testing, I didn’t feel it running unreasonably hot during extended gameplay sessions.

Audio and Battery Life

The Galaxy A7 (2016) had a 3,300mAh battery and we found that it provided wonderful battery life. Samsung has kicked things up a notch with its successor as it features a 3,600mAh battery. It has the same capacity as the Galaxy S7 edge and will never leave you feeling anxious about running out of charge before the end of the day. The app power monitor feature detects apps that are using the battery in the background and allows users to put them to sleep to extend the battery life.

Those who want to extend the battery life further can use the Medium and Max power saving modes that limit device performance by reducing CPU speed, visual interactions, prevent background data use and turn the screen to grayscale to squeeze the most life possible out of the battery.

As I’ve mentioned above, the speaker has been repositioned to the right corner above the power button and while it’s reasonably powerful, you will have to make a conscious effort to not cover it with your finger when using the phone in landscape mode. You’ll find that the device offers a much better listening experience if you just plug in some headphones. The sound quality and effects menu in the Settings app offers advanced options for those looking to fine tune the experience to their liking.

Water Resistance


One of the features that make the new Galaxy A series stand out from the competition is its IP68 dust and water resistance rating. An IP68 rating means that the device is protected against dust ingress as well as water ingress to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. You don’t have to worry about spilling coffee on this phone and you can even use it to take underwater photos as long as you’re mindful of the limits.

Try to push it beyond the IP68 rating’s limits and you risk damaging the device, but as long as the Galaxy A7 (2017) is subjected to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, it’s going to handle that without breaking a sweat. It’s a great addition to the entire Galaxy A series, one that makes it more useful and sets it apart from the competition.

Wrap up


If you can afford it, the Galaxy A7 (2017) is certainly the one to buy in the new Galaxy A series. The design makes it look and feel like a much more expensive device, it has a great display, and it provides exceptional battery life. The camera performance is good enough and additional features like the fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay, and IP68 dust and water resistance make it more useful than ever before.

Samsung says that the new Galaxy A series has the same “Galaxy DNA” that you’d find in its premium handsets like the Galaxy S7, and believe me when I say that the company is right on the money. We felt that the Galaxy A7 (2016) was priced too high and that observation stands with this iteration as well. I think the Galaxy A7 (2017) has the potential to be even more successful if it was priced more competitively and made available in more markets; nevertheless, it’s certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Can’t stretch your budget for the Galaxy A7 (2017)? The new Galaxy A3 (2017) and the Galaxy A5 (2017) are great alternatives in that case, and you can look forward to our review of the two in the coming days.
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