The original Alpha project did not want connections to the Galaxy line that was everywhere, from the initial level to the premium level. After improving the welcome identity, the A-Series comes home. The Galaxy A7 is the control, a thin, lightweight metal phablet that offers an alternative to Galaxy Note 4 and other premium phablets.
Super slim phone (6.3mm) with high quality metal frame
The SIM and dual-SIM models are equipped with LTE in many markets (Cat 4 LTE 150 / 50Mbps)
5.5 “Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401ppi
LTE / Dual-SIM: Snapdragon 615 64-bit chipset, Cortex-A53 octa-core processor (quad-core at 1.5 GHz and four at 1 GHz)
LTE / SIM single: Exynos 5430 chipset, quad core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 and 1.3 GHz Quad A7
2 GB of RAM
Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz, subject compatibility
13 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capability, 5 megapixel front camera, 1080p video
16 GB of integrated memory
Optional dual-SIM version with NanoSIM slot in the microSD card slot
Active noise cancellation via a dedicated microphone
Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, GPS / GLONASS, NFC
Battery of 2600 mAh
It is expensive for the equipment offered
No Android Lollipop in the launch
The extra SIM card and the microSD card share a slot, but you can not have both in the dual SIM version.
No 2160p video recording mode or high-speed frame
As a premium Samsung device, the Galaxy A7 receives a super AMOLED processing. The screen has a resolution of 1080p and is slightly smaller than the screen of the Galaxy Note 3, 5.5 “vs. 5.7”. The surface difference is less than 8%.
In terms of sharpness, the screen is just over 400ppi. Even with the SuperAMOLED PenTile matrix, it’s more than enough. Galaxy Note 4 / Edge screens are sharper, but it makes a big difference when you do a side-by-side comparison.
Under the microscope you can see the PenTile diamond matrix of the Samsung Galaxy A7. It’s the same diamond design that Samsung has used since the Galaxy S4 and in its flagship ever since.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 comes with a battery of 2600 mAh, the same size as the battery of a Galaxy S4 5 “and almost identical to the Galaxy S6 5.1”. It’s not much to run a 5.5 “display and an octa-core processor, but it’s the price you pay for the 6.3mm fineness, and the Galaxy Alpha worked great with a small battery.
After the tests, our concerns have diminished: The Galaxy A7 has reached an impressive 83 hours, matching the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z3. The Galaxy Note 4 is a bit early with 90 hours, but even the huge battery of 3,900mAh Motorola RAZR MAXX was not enough.
In any case, the individual tests showed excellent results during a whole conversation day and almost 10 hours for web browsing and video playback. If you start with a full charge, you should get two days of heavy use or three days if you show moderation.
Remember, we tested the Galaxy A7 with a Snapdragon 615 chipset, the other option is an Exynos 5430 chipset, the Galaxy Alpha. The father of the Galaxy A series received a 52-hour resistance rating with a battery of 1860 mah.
13MP and 5MP cameras like selfies
The Samsung Galaxy A7 pays more attention to the front camera than to the main camera. It’s pretty standard, it takes 13MP pictures and 1080p @ 30fps video footage. The selfie camera is a 5 megapixel shooter with a wide-angle lens of 106 ° with various functions for self-photography.
There are no Galaxy Note 4 benefits, no OIS or wide angle sensor. This is a 13MP 4: 3 old-school sensor in a camera module that stands out clearly behind.
The user interface is fairly simple, although some keys are required to access the setup menu. You can use two keyboard shortcuts for easy access, although shooting modes are the best option, let the phone select the settings for you.
Remarkably, the Samsung Galaxy A7 camera had its standard white balance towards hotter and yellower colors, we think. Color accuracy is affected by Samsung’s usual supersaturation. That said, the picture quality is pretty good for a 13MP shooter.
The photos are clear (with traces of over-reflection), they have many details and little noise. The dynamic range leaves much to be desired as the reflections are overexposed and the shadows are subexpuest.
Main conclusions of the test
The feeling in the hand is excellent, unfortunately it improves when you close your eyes and holds the phablette (golden color)
The screen is excellent and has no sharpness. The display modes allow you to set it to your liking
The battery life was much better than expected, similar to Galaxy Note 4
The microSIM / microSD hybrid slot is smart, but full-time dual-SIM card users only have 16GB of storage space
The rest of the connection can be combined with a telephone <$ 200, without Wi-Fi and the TV output does not help
Get theming support, but too limited for those who do not like the look and colors of TouchWiz
The performance is good for general use, but the Snapdragon 615 version is at best casual.
The speaker is pretty quiet
Excellent multimedia package outside the box
Solid audio quality near Galaxy Note 4
Good 13MP quality for still images, but does not match the most representative cameras in terms of detail and dynamic range
The 5 megapixel selfie camera is good enough, although the software could consume more work
Good 1080p video, but the audio could have been better; without high frame rate modes either