Samsung launched four new smartphones for the Indian market on Monday: the Galaxy Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, the J1 4G and the new Galaxy A7 which is part of the Series of full-metal body smartphones.
We took the all-new Samsung Galaxy A7 out for a quick test drive and here’s what we think about the smartphone:
Design and build quality, specs, display, cameras
While the Galaxy A3 and A5 felt more like bigger and slimmer than iPhone 5S, the Galaxy A7 feels decidedly Samsung through and through. With its large S-series like body, rectangular rounded design highlights associated with Samsung devices are evident. Even the back panel retains the look with the familiar camera housing, flash and speaker grille.
The one thing that stands out on the design is how slim the phone is at 6.3mm, instantly competing with the likes of the Gionee Elife E5.5 and the Oppo R5, though with a bigger display.
The build quality is fantastic with a metal unibody design, which feels great to hold with its big gorgeous display. The top is flat, with the design going around the back after a silver bevel into a slightly chamfered then to flat back.
The design of the A7 will clearly appeal to those who like Samsung devices over the iPhone 5-like design and want something metallic at a decent price point.
Samsung has jumped on the 64-bit bandwagon with Qualcomm’s new octa-core Snapdragon 615 and Adreno 405 GPU powering the Galaxy A7. The rest of the specs are quite good too. Starting with the 2GB of RAM to power up that gargantuan display, 16GB of storage and support for microSD up to 64GB.
With 1080p display and all, there was no lag at all when using the phone. It was snappy and instantaneous when calling up menus or swiping. While we would have loved to run some tests to see the speed, we weren’t able to, so watch this space for an in depth review of the performance.
Samsung has really pulled off all the stops in the display department as far as Galaxy A7 is concerned. Its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1080p resolution is bright and offers gorgeous colour reproduction. The screen was a tad reflective, especially with the glaring lights around, but as you can see from the images the display did shine through quite admirably. Protecting the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The same cameras in the Galaxy A5 have made it into the Galaxy A7. We don’t have any data to suggest otherwise, or if Samsung is using a new lens, but it seems to be the same 13MP rear shooter and the 5MP front shooter. Another good thing is that Samsung’s selfie-focused fun tools like selfie panorama, beauty face etc have made it into the new phone.
The price Of late, Samsung has been offering lower specs in the market at higher prices than other brands in the market. The Galaxy A3 and A5 are prime examples of this. The asking price of Galaxy A7 is tad on the higher side as well at Rs 30,499, especially when you consider the HTC Desire 816, a phone with nearly similar specs retailing for Rs 23,000, or the monsters from China: Xiaomi Mi4 at Rs 21,000 and OnePlus One at Rs 20,000.
These Chinese phones sport recent Snapdragon 801 processor, so are no slouches. The Galaxy A7, though, will be a strong contender, especially if you’re looking for a phone with an all metal body and 64-bit octa-core processor and a more dependable service network as well as Samsung phones’ resale value in the second-hand phone market.
What little time we got to play with the Galaxy A7, we were quite satisfied. The phone marries Samsung’s looks with premium build quality and materials. The thickness of the phone adds to its looks, but we hope that Samsung has taken measures in the structure of the unibody to prevent a bendgate. The specs are quite good for the price and it’s great to see the 64-bit processors permeating to the budget devices first and Samsung adopting it for this phone.
Watch out for our in depth review soon, where we will be diving into the Galaxy A7 a lot deeper, so stay tuned.