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Samsung Galaxy A7 Review

The Good The A7 looks just like the Galaxy S7 and has a 22-hour battery life. NFC means you can use Android Pay.

The Bad The phone is a fingerprint magnet and accidental palm presses make it hard to use one-handed. It also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is… old.

The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a cheaper, pared-down version of the Samsung Galaxy S7, this is it.

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S7, feels like the Samsung Galaxy S7, but isn’t actually the S7. No it’s the 2017 version of Samsung’s midrange series, and it’s a pretty good-looking phone at that. While it’s no OnePlus 3T, the current king of the midrange, the A7 has the chops to stand out as one of the best.

While the OnePlus 3T boasts a flagship processor, the A7 takes a more typical midrange route with a 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 that’s comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chip. That’s not a mark against it though, as the phone runs as smooth as butter, especially on games like Asphalt 8. The only thing I felt could be better was palm rejection — the phone would constantly register my palm brushes when I used the phone one-handed.

And while it’s still only running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with no word on an update, you gotta give props to Samsung for the phone’s amazing 22-hour battery life (which we got looping a video in airplane mode). I’m still pretty much blown away by how much of a workhorse this phone can be — easily lasting a full day of hard use.

Retailing at S$648 in Singapore, which is around $450, £365 or AU$615, for the 32GB version, the A7 seems like a really good deal. There’s, however, no word yet on whether Samsung will sell the A7 in the US, but we’ll update this review if they do. It should, however, hit Europe soon.

hile it’s not the best, the Galaxy A7 is one of the easiest phone recommendations I can make. While it may not be as cheap as other midrange phones or as powerful as the OnePlus 3T, it packs a beautiful, impressive glass-clad punch. If you don’t need top-end performance but want Samsung’s quality design, this is your phone.

Otherwise, there’s always the Asus ZenFone 3 or Moto G4 Plus to consider, which are both quality phones, though the A7 does beat them by a slim margin. If you really want the absolute best midrange phone, though, there’s really no avoiding the OnePlus 3T.

Samsung Galaxy A7 Spec comparison

Samsung Galaxy A7 OnePlus 3T Asus ZenFone 3 Motorola Moto G4 Plus
Display size, resolution 5.7-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 386ppi 401ppi 401ppi 401ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.2×3.1×0.31 in 6.01×2.94×0.29 in 6.01×3.05×0.3 in 6x3x0.39 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 156.8×77.6×7.9 mm 152.7×74.7×7.35 mm 152.6×77.4×7.7 mm 153×76.6×9.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.56 oz; 186 g 5.57 oz; 158 g 5.47 oz; 155 g 5.47 oz; 155 g
Mobile software Android 6.01 Marshmallow Android 7.0 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture Full-HD 4K 8-megapixel 1,080p HD
Processor 1.9GHz Octa Core, Exynos 7880 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Storage 32GB 64GB, 128GB 32/64GB 32GB
Expandable storage 256GB None Up to 256GB Up to 128GB
Battery 3,600mAh (nonremovable) 3,400mAh (nonremovable) 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,000mAh (removable)
Fingerprint sensor Home button Home button Back cover Below screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Micro-USB
Special features Water-resistant Notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging Laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), fingerprint doubles as shutter button Water-resistant
Price off-contract (USD) TBA $439 (16GB), $479 (128GB) $249 $249
Price (GBP) TBA £399 (16GB), £439 (128GB) 64GB: £265 £229
Price (AUD) TBA Converts to AU$590 (16GB), AU$652 128GB) 32GB: AU$295; 64GB: AU$360 16GB: AU$399; 32GB: AU$449