- Crooked as this one may be, an ultra wide angle camera is hard to find in this segment.
- Excellent display overall.
- Great battery life.
- No 4K video, not even 1080p/60fps.
- Behind competitors in graphics performance.
- No fast charging, and what's up with that microUSB port?
- Plastic(ky) build.
samsung’s latest ace here is mid ranger is the Galaxy a7, it brings some new features over last year’s model, like a triple camera setup, but there have also been some compromises this time around .
so this one worth looking into, we are nasphones.com and this is a Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review .
one of the first things you notice about the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is its metallic sheen, the uniform color covers both the glass back and the aluminum frame, it’s quite shiny, but it might be a little over the top for some tastes .
unlike most glass sandwich phones the frame isn’t made of aluminum, but of plastic, this isn’t too easy to notice as it is quite glossy, another thing you may notice is the lack of a notch cut out on the front, samsung has decided to stand out from the 2018 crowd by sticking with a full top bezel here for the selfie cam and sensors .
the display itself is a six inch AMOLED with a tall aspect ratio and a 1080p resolution, they call it an infinity display, but it isn’t curved, the edges are slightly rounded though .
content looks good, the panel is decently sharp, at 411 PPI, and to get those deep AMOLED blacks, we measured a maximum brightness of 600 nits in auto mode in sunny conditions .
and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) a star’s sunlight legibility test posting an even higher contrast number than the note 8, there’s an always-on display too great if you want to check notifications at a glance, there isn’t a notification LED though if you’re looking for a more power saving option .
the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) can be unlocked with a fingerprint reader which is mounted on the side, unusual for a samsung phone the sensor is always on but I found it to be a bit unresponsive, slow to read and wake up the phone compared to the blazing fast competition .
it does enable one feature though you can swipe on the reader to pull down the notification shade, it’s a neat trick but it’s easy to accidentally swipe on this when you just want to use the reader itself .
the alternative is face unlock, it’s accurate, they’re not quite as secure as a fingerprint, another change from last year is that the speaker is bought and firing instead of on the side, is scored very good likeness in our tests and sounds decent .
there’s also a 3.5 millimeter jack at the bottom, which we do appreciate it, you get access to Dolby Atmos sound options with headphones plugged in, and there’s a built-in FM radio here 2 .
volume with headphones is above average, so overall, a solid experience, there’s enough storage to keep plenty of media on the phone to the tray supports dual SIM and has a dedicated slot for expandable storage on top of the 64 or 128 gigs built in .
for connectivity we have a micro USB port here, ya no USBC which we did have in the 2017 model, what gives Samsung ..!!? .
and another thing to wonder about is the lack of water resistance on the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), last year’s motto had an ip68 rating, moving on the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm) chipset is the latest and most powerful of Samsung’s in-house line of mid tier chipsets .
it’s here alongside either 4 or 6 gigs of ram, in benchmarks it’s about on par with this brother the galaxy a8, unfortunately it’s bested by the competition running the snapdragon 660, in both multi-core CPU and graphics tests .
however it is power efficient thanks to the 14 nanometer fabrication process, so it’s internals seem to be geared more toward efficiency rather than performance .
the 2018 model has a slightly smaller battery than last year, at 3300 milliamp hours, it still made a good showing endurance wise, earning a rating of 93 hours in our proprietary tests .
the phone’s great endurance is marred by the slow charging process, we only got from 0 to 25% in 30 minutes, it’s hardly surprising given the low output of the 7.5 watt charger .
the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) runs on Android a oreo with Samsung experience 9 on top, just like the rest of the recent a series phones, it’s all pretty much the same here with the home screen and the notification shape .
the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) supports themes and there’s a ton available in the store, and there’s game launcher to keep your games in one place, game tools lets you disable notifications and the navigation bar as well as take screenshots or record game play .
Samsung provides its own gallery app alongside Google Photos, the pictures pane is a timeline of photos and screenshots, while albums has them sorted by origin instead .
now let’s move on to the a sevens headline feature the triple camera setup keep in mind that he can’t actually shoot through all three .
there’s a main 24 megapixel F1.7 wide-angle cam with phase detection autofocus, then there’s an 8 megapixel F2.4 ultra wide-angle cam the third is a 5 megapixel one only used for depth sensing in portrait mode .
in daylight shots look good, colors are pretty great too with deep reds and lively yellows and greens, there doesn’t seem to be 24 megapixels worth of detail here though .
we preferred keeping the HDR setting in Auto all the time, and as a result got a reasonably wide dynamic range, high-contrast scenes are handled well but sometimes the HDR causes textures and foliage to end up looking over processed and blotchy .
the ultra wide cam is a handy option to have in certain situations, whether it’s 120 degree field of view, that said the quality isn’t as great as the main cam, the color rendition is a bit more dull in the dynamic range is more narrow, and of course you get the barrel distortion typical for an ultra wide .
in low-light the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) images aren’t spectacular they’re generally soft with a muted colors low detail and narrow dynamic range but on a positive note noise is well controlled .
using the ultra wide-angle camera at night produces images that are even more dsaturated, unless you have a well-lit scene you should probably avoid using it .
portrait shots aren’t too bad but you will have to be quite close to your subject since there’s no telephoto cam here, you can change the blur level while taking the portrait or afterwards in the gallery .
subject separation ends up pretty accurate, the sharpening is a bit aggressive though in details like hair and skin imperfections, for selfies the front-facing camera is 24 megapixels just like the main cam, but the aperture here is f 2.0 and there’s no autofocus .
we did find the focus sweet spot to be a bit too close to the camera for our liking, at arm’s length your face is already a bit beyond that spot and not as sharp as it could be but if you get the focus right the skin tones do look pretty good .
selfie portraits aren’t bad either though the processing takes away some sharpness, even if you’ve gotten the focus distance right .
the galaxy a sevens video recording is pretty basic, only up to 1080p at 30fps, but footage is very high-quality for its class there’s plenty of detail and almost no noise, contrast and dynamic range are excellent too .
you can also record video with the ultra wide-angle cam, quality is just as good on par with flagships that have this type of camera, electronic video stabilization works really well, but with the main cam it tends to do some focus hunting while what’s on .
this isn’t the case for the fixed focus ultra wide though nice and steady, so that’s the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) overall it’s a nice phone with a good-looking screen solid battery life and a respectable triple camera for a mid-range .
er however Samsung has made some strange choices regarding the features on this phone compared to last year is missing the IP rating USBC port and the aluminum frame .
so it must be cheaper this year right well not really it’s starting at around 300 euros, so if you want a mid range err with an ultra wide camera and good battery life then the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is worth looking into .
but otherwise I think there are plenty of other great mid-range options available right now
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Specification: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – A750G, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – A750F/DS, A750FN/DS
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500) – A750F/DS, A750FN/DS
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, October
159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm (6.29 x 3.02 x 0.30 in)
168 g (5.93 oz)
Front/back glass, plastic frame
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.0 inches, 91.4 cm2 (~74.4% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~411 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
|Other screen features||
Android 8.0 (Oreo), planned upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie)
Exynos 7885 Octa (14 nm)
Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
24 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor, 8 MP, f/2.4, 18mm (ultrawide), Triple
LED flash, panorama, HDR
24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), Single
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, ANT+, Dolby Atmos sound
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Yes (market dependent)
Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Black, blue, gold, pink
|Specific Absorption Rate||
0.34 W/kg (head), 1.43 W/kg (body)
About 280 EUR