Released last month, the Galaxy A7 is Samsung's latest attempt to attract potential users, with all-new design. The metal-bound design is the most intriguing thing about the Galaxy A7, giving it much more of a high-end nature than previous Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy A7 stands out for its simplicity and amazing design. The device is extremely slim and one of the lightest smartphone we've seen in a while. A modified-version of the Galaxy Alpha, the Samsung Galaxy A7 is now available in the country for Rs. 30,499.
We had a chance to play around with the Samsung Galaxy A7 at the recently held Samsung Forum 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Here are our first impressions.
Samsung Galaxy A7 First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System
Samsung has been repeatedly criticised in the past for its cheap-quality devices. But the Galaxy A7 - is a proof that Samsung can produce visually appealing phones.
As mentioned above, the Galaxy A7 boasts the super sleek, metal-bound design. Although the phone retains plastic back, the company has made an effort to improve the design part with utmost care.
It's also an amazingly thin device at 6.3mm, and both the bezel around the 5.5-inch screen and the back cover are integrated well. The non-removable back cover remains an issue for some. Well, users may find it odd but these days there's hardly a premium smartphone available in the market that comes with a removable battery cover. Overall the Galaxy A7 is a one-handed device that feels comfortable in the hand.
Samsung Galaxy A7 comes with a 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display. The screen is itself pretty bright and the colours absolutely pop. Looking a little closer, however, we found the screen is just not as sharp as you'd expect from a smartphone with such a high price.
Being a Samsung-made phone, it has the standard TouchWiz skin, which is layered on top over Android 4.4 KitKat. We didn't face any major issues, at least, on this hardware. Now we just hope to see the Galaxy A7 receives the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the coming days.
Samsung Galaxy A7 First Look: Processor, RAM, Storage and Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy A7 is stuffed with the new generation 64-bit class-based Snapdragon 615 Octa-core SoC (System on Chip), manufactured by Qualcomm. The fitted processor isn't the power powerful chipset on the market today, but the handset never felt slow during our time spent with the device.
Coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage (expandable upto 64GB), games and apps ran smoothly. As expected from a high-end device, the Galaxy A7 offers 4G LTE connectivity, so one should expect fast downloads and streaming. To pass on our final verdict, we need to seriously test the device.
Samsung Galaxy A7 First Look: Camera and Video
Speaking of the main camera, the Galaxy A7 has a powerful 13-megapixel rear facing shooter. In use, the 13-megapoixel shooter did a fairly decent job. The device handled extreme lighting conditions with an ease.
The back camera is also capable of shooting 1080p videos, making the Galaxy A7 rather extremely powerful. The front camera, a standard addition these days, produces quality videos and selfies at a 5-megapixels.
Samsung Galaxy A7 First Look: Battery and Early Verdict
The 2600mAh battery should be seen as a step up from Samsung's previous Galaxy devices. Again, the device's battery is prone to hit badly, as it uses a powerful processor and a 5.5-inch FHD screen. However, it's still far too early for any final verdict to be passed.
The Samsung Galaxy A7 feels like a modified version of the Galaxy Alpha. Yes indeed, the build is fairly likable; still there are certain compromises. Again, the Galaxy A7 is truly a piece of art, an object of desire.
The Galaxy A7 is priced at Rs. 30,499 - roughly the same as the Galaxy S5. If given a choice, we'd still recommend our readers to pick the Galaxy S5 over the Galaxy A7.
Here are some of the reasons why you should pick the Galaxy S5 over the Galaxy A7:
· Water Resistance
· Fingerprint Scanner
· Removable Battery
· Android 5.0 Lollipop
· Better Camera
· 4K Recording Capability
· Asking Price
With inputs from Akansha Srivastava