Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 review – Revitalized for 2016 it includes the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, which are distinguished by their screen size, core hardware and battery capacity. Also read our Galaxy A3 2016 review and Galaxy A5 2016 review.
We’ve constantly been a little bothered by Samsung’s Galaxy A-series. Not because they aren’t terrific phones, however because they aren’t as great as the previous-generation S-series flagships and yet as brand-new phones they cost more.
Take the Galaxy A7 (2016) examined here. It’s difficult to get hold of in the UK, although our review design was supplied by Mobile Enjoyable which charges ₤ 399. That’s ₤ 40 more costly than the ₤ 359 Samsung Galaxy S6 (Amazon UK) which, aside from battery life, uses considerably more for your money.
It’s likewise more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), which is simpler to get hold of (and for that reason more affordable), and has largely similar specifications and performance. Mobile Enjoyable stocks the A5 at its ₤ 289 RRP, however you can find it cheaper in other places. For instance, the Galaxy A5 presently costs ₤ 194.94 at Amazon UK.
Our first impressions are that you ‘d be insane to buy the Galaxy A7 over either the Galaxy A5 or Galaxy S6, but it is possible you may find a better handle the A7 on agreement. Let’s take a more detailed take a look at the Galaxy A7 to see precisely what it has to offer
Samsung Galaxy A7 review: Style and develop
Samsung couldn’t have done a better task in updating its A series for 2016, at least in terms of design because not a lot else has altered. Gone is that cheap-looking plastic and in its place is a premium style with a metal frame and glass front and rear to match its S series. More specifically, it’s a match for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S6, which assists to differentiate it from the curvier 2016 Galaxy S7.
It’s not unwieldy, however the Galaxy A7 is the biggest design in the A series, and a little bigger than the Galaxy S6 with a 5.5 in screen. As held true with its predecessor, there’s a full-HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels that is clear but also lower than the Galaxy S6’s Quad-HD. It’s the same resolution as is seen on the 5.2 in Galaxy A5, but extended over a bigger location the pixel density is reduced (however inadequate for you to see the difference).
In common with the Galaxy S6 this is a SuperAMOLED panel, which is our preferred sort of screen tech. It produces brilliant, saturated colours and deep contrast, while delivering sufficient brightness and infallible watching angles. Super AMOLED is likewise a buddy to long runtime, and the Galaxy A7 provided a better performance in our Geekbench 3 battery life test than any phone we’ve checked.
At 5.5 in the screen is an ideal size for viewing media and playing games, yet the phone itself isn’t a great deal bigger than the screen. There are very slim bezels to the left and right edges, but a bit more area up leading and down below due to the physical home button (now with finger print scanner built in), speaker, front cam and sensors.
Like the S6 a SIM slot sits below the power button on the phone’s best side. It’s joined by a microSD slot – one big benefit over its S-series rival – while a second SIM slot sits at the top of the gadget in the same location as the Galaxy S7’s. We’re not totally sure why the two SIM slots needed to be separated, but it works.
The brand-new Galaxy A7 for 2016 is a bit chunkier than its predecessor, at 7.3 mm versus 6.3 mm, however it likewise packs in a higher-capacity (but non-removable) battery, now approximately 3,300 mAh from 2,600 mAh. As we noted earlier battery life is exceptional, so this truly isn’t something we can whine about – specifically given that 7.3 mm is still incredibly thin.
The main cam juts out every so slightly at the rear, but insufficient to trigger the phone to wobble frantically when utilized on a desk or other flat surface area. We’re happy to find that the single speaker is located at the bottom rather than the back, and also that regardless of all that glass the Galaxy A7 still feels fairly tough thanks to its Gorilla Glass 4 protective armour.
Samsung Galaxy A7 evaluation: Core hardware and efficiency
The Galaxy A7 is capable, but we’re not persuaded efficiency is great enough for Samsung to validate a circa- ₤ 400 cost. If you desire the fastest phone you truly have to turn to Samsung’s Galaxy S series.
With its 1.6 GHz Exynos 7850 octa-core chip, 3GB of RAM (up from 2GB and an extra gig over the Galaxy A5) and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU the Galaxy A7 is up to casual gaming, video streaming and daily mobile phone tasks.
You would expect the A7 to be the fastest phone in the A series – and it is, but remarkably only just. As with the screen’s clarity, you truly will not be able to discriminate.
Let’s not do down that last point, though: with 11 hour 49 minutes the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 sits at the top of the smart device stack for runtime. We have not tested a phone that has actually managed to last longer in this criteria.
Nicely the Galaxy A7 also supports Samsung’s Adaptive Quick Charging technology, but unlike the Galaxy S6 there’s no wireless charging.
In the chart listed below you can see how the Galaxy A7 carried out in contrast to the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7. For comparison with other brands of smart device
Storage is still stuck at 16GB internal, which isn’t really anything to shout about at around ₤ 400. Nevertheless, we value the capability to include a 128GB microSD card to strengthen the internal storage capacity, plus the fact Samsung – unlike many other phone makers – does not force you to decide between microSD and a second SIM.