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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Review: The rise of the midfield
For many people, Samsung only makes flagship devices like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. But it also does a number of mid-tier devices with their "J" and "A" series. The "J" phones are more competitive prices and the "A" area is designed to be more premium. I recently got a Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) because I wanted to run Speed Test G on it and its Exynos processor. I was so impressed, I thought it justified a full written review!
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) design
The first thing you might notice about the A7 are the edges. At an age when the flagships are about edge-to-edge monitors and get the highest monitor-to-body ratio possible, the A7 (2018) may seem a bit striking. When I showed the device to a teenager in my family, the first reaction was "wow, look at the edges."
A7 (2018) has a 10 percent lower screen-to-body ratio than a device like the Galaxy S9 Plus, which is one of the reasons why it's cheaper. Making all the curved edges costs money in the manufacturing process. That does not mean that A7 (2018) is ugly – it's not. In fact, if you can look past facades, it has a certain elegance, even a first-class look. “/>
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The device features a 2.5D rear glass lens, which means that it is a glass of darkness with a kind of hardened plastic frame that acts as a filling. The glass on the back can be a fingerprint magnet, or more specifically a finger-smear magnet, but there are pairs for the course today.
The buttons are fine, but the volume keys can be a little too far up. All buttons are on the right side and the SIM tray is on the left. My biggest grip is with the power key – not as a key, but as a fingerprint reader. It works like a power button, but it's pretty narrow, which means that using it for authentication or unlocking is not as seamless as other Samsung experiences. Yes, you can wake up and unlock the phone using the registered finger on the power button, but not 100 percent of the time. When it's in while it's going to glitch and you have to try again (or even a third time). I guess we have been pampered by the high accuracy of existing fingerprint reader technology.
On the bottom of the device there is a headphone jack (HORAY), a microUSB port (not so much head) and a single speaker. The sound is clear and high and has no distortion at higher levels.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) display
A7 (2018) has a 6.0-inch FHD + Super AMOLED Infinity View. It is bright, clear and alive. The colors are rich and, as usual, the AMOLED is black deep. Once you get used to the bones, the display in the display makes it easy to use the Galaxy A7. You can even catch yourself wondering why you need to spend so much money on a flagship when such devices exist in the middle.
There is no physical home button, so navigation on the screen is today's order, which has been Samsung's way for a while now. 6.0-inch screen gives a screen resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 (FHD +), which is actually the default resolution for flagship devices like S9 and Note 9 (although they can go higher). The screen has an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and a density of 411ppi.
Overall, the screen is definitely a strong plus point for the A7 (2018).
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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) software
A7 (2018) comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 . If you are familiar with Samsung's skin and user interface, you will feel at home here. Due to the unifying nature of Samsung Experience, the user interface looks and reacts just like a major flagship. When I add the note 9 next to the A7, it is difficult to tell them from an UI perspective. The setting menu is the same, the Samsung icons are the same and the theme is the same.
One thing missing from its bigger sibling is Bixby Voice. While Bixby Home is present (swiping back from the home screen), speech assistant is not included and there is no dedicated Bixby button. I suppose Samsung considers Bixby a luxury for flagship owners. The snarky side of me is tempted to say that the lack of Bixby voice is another reason to buy A7 (2018), but I'll resist! The device still has AI functionality, but you can access Google Assistant by pressing the home key for a long time.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Performance
A7 (2018) uses the 14nm Exynos 7885 processor. It has an octave CPU with two 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 CPU cores and six 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. For games there are good news and bad news. 7885 has an Arm Mali-G71 GPU. The G71 is an advanced GPU that uses Arms's latest Bifrost GPU architecture.
Unfortunately, G71 can be configured by chipmakers like Samsung to include anything from 1 to 32 shader cores. Exynos 8895 in Galaxy S8 and Note 8, has a G71 GPU with 20 shader codes. Exynos 7885 has two. That said, I tested the device with both Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile (with medium graphics settings) and found the game to be steady.
Exynos 7885 also has a built-in LTE modem that supports 2G, 3G and 4G, with LTE download speeds reaching 600Mbps. It is also a smooth image signal processor (more in the camera section). Onboard there are also 4GB of RAM (6GB on some models), 64GB of internal storage (128GB models) and a microSD card slot.
For those who like reference numbers, A7 (2018) 1524 did on Geekbench's single-core tester and 4379 on its multi-core tests. It sets into the same ballpark as a Galaxy S7 with a Snapdragon 820 processor. For AnTuTu, who also tests GPU, the score was 123,302. The AnTuTu point places the A7 (2018) in the same general area as a flagship from early 2016.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Battery
The A7 (2018) 3,300mAh battery is larger than the Samsung Galaxy S9 and surely big enough to give you all-day battery life. According to my test, you should have at least six hours of shutter time per charge. That number will increase if you essentially do less challenging tasks like watching YouTube. If you like some 3D games, then no fear, five hours minimum. Keep in mind that the brightness of the screen can dramatically change battery life. If you encounter the brightness to the max, expect to shave at least one hour of all these numbers.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Camera
The A7 (2018) camera is a story of simultaneous shine and accident. It's brilliant because it has three cameras – one for common pictures, one for wide-angle images, and one for depth information. It's brilliant because the depth camera gives you the opportunity to change the depth of field while shooting a shot and afterwards. It's brilliant because the main camera has a 24MP sensor and a f / 1.7 aperture, which is great for low light.
It's violently insufficient because the wide-angle camera is only 8MP. It is insufficient because it lacks OIS. It is insufficient because it can only register FHD at 30fps.
Related: Best of Android 2018: The Best Cameras
Maybe "woefully inadequate" is hard – this is not a premium device – but Samsung has managed to increase the standard of the A7 to an exciting level, just to fumble the details. For everyday use, it's not bad to say about the most important 24MP camera. The colors are true, the dynamic area is good and the HDR features work well.
However, the 8MP wide-angle camera is just a bit too wide. The images often suffer from tear distortion, and the slower f / 2.4 blender is not so good in low light.
The third camera is for depth information. It uses a 5MP sensor and aperture on f / 2.2. These numbers are not as important as the purpose of this camera is to enable depth-of-field features. The inclusion of a bokeh mode is definitely a plus for the A7, as it is often a feature reserved for multiple premium devices. Even though the effect is not as accurate or advanced as flagship, it is still useful and fun to play with.
No background sharpness
Having selected an 8MP wide-angle camera on the backside, there are some redemptions for selfie lovers. The A7 (2018) has a 24MP front-facing camera! It's av / 2.0 lens and many computational photography options, including bokeh selfies, beauty mode, pro-lighting (for "a more glamorous look and feel"), AR emoji and wide selfie, which is basically a panoramic mode for the front facing camera .
It's not like the 8MP sensor, and the sporadic barrel distortion on the wide-angle camera destroys the camera experience. Overall, A7 (2018) packs a solid setup supported by many interesting trickery from the software.
Here are some more examples of pictures, so you can judge for yourself.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specifications
|| Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
|| 6.0-inch Super AMOLED
|| 2.220 x 1.080 (FHD +) Resolution
|| Exynos 7885 Octa (14nm), 64-bit
CPU Octa core (2 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 6 x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
| GPU Mali-G71MP2
| RAM  4 or 6 GB
|| 64 or 128 GB
MicroSD Card Slot
] 3 Cameras: 24MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2 .2) + 8MP (F.24)
24MP Sensor, F / 2.0 Blender, LED Flash
– B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (AWS) B5 (850), B8 (900)
4G FDD LTE:
– GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
– B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 (7 00), B20 (800) , B28 (700), B66 (AWS-3)
4G TDD LTE
– B38 (2600), B40 (2300), B41 (2500)
3.5 mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4G + 5GHz, VHT80
GPS, Glonass, Beidou
|| ] Android 8.0
Samsung Experience 9.0
| Dimensions and Weight
|| 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm
|| blue, black, gold
Pricing and final thoughts
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is a better than average mid-range device. It has a great Super AMOLED display and an exciting triple camera layout. Battery life is good and it has a headphone jack! The dual core GPU may potentially be worrying for players, but if you are more of Candy Crush kind of person, you have nothing to worry about.
If A7 (2018) does not tempt you, lots of other middle-range phones have solid chipsets and great cameras, including Xiaomi Mi A2, Nokia 7.1 Plus, Honor Play, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Moto G6 Plus, or of course the flagship specific Pocophone F1.
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018) Available in blue, black and gold for 279 euros (~ 317 dollars) in Europe and 249 pounds (~ 315 dollars) in UK These prices depend on different season tickets. It will not come officially to the United States, but you can find it on Amazon!