Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), the latest smartphone of South Korean mobile manufacturer Samsung’s Galaxy A series, was launched in September last month. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first Samsung brand to launch with a triple rear camera setup. Samsung has also launched the new A Series smartphone Galaxy A9 (2018) this month. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is the first smartphone that comes with a quad camera setup i.e. four rear cameras. Is buying Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) a good deal or not? Let’s know based on the specifications and features.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) design

Samsung has shown something new with its A series smartphone. When the curtain was first lifted from the A series, the handsets were equipped with metal unibody and IP certification. Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A9 (2018) and Galaxy A8 + (2018) have used glass panels on the back panel of all three smartphones. It gives a plastic feel when the frame is touched and the frame does not cool in the air conditioner room. The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 6-inch display that comes with 18.5: 9 aspect ratios. Samsung has named it Infinity Display, but it does not have a curved edge like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. The thickness of the bezel on the side of the phone is slightly more. The earpiece, selfie camera, flash, and sensor have found place above the screen. At the bottom of the phone is a micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and loud speaker.

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According to the price of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), it was expected that the company will use USB Type-C port in this smartphone. There is no separate fingerprint sensor for security. On the side of the phone you will see the power button, the company has integrated the fingerprint sensor in it. In addition to the power button on the right side there is a button for raising and lowering the voice. Likewise, the fingerprint sensor was also seen in the Samsung Galaxy J6 +. If the phone is held in the right hand, the fingerprint sensor can be used easily. The phone weighs 168 grams. Vertical triple rear camera setup with LED flash will be available on the back panel. Mate rim is present on the side to protect the camera sensor. Fingerprints fall easily on the glass back panel.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) specifications and software

The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 6-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + display. Viewing angles are quite good, plus we did not have any problem in viewing the display in the outside light. We had no complaints from the display while watching the video. Dolby Atmos support will be available when using headphones but not on loud speakers. The Galaxy A7 (2018) uses the Exynos 7885 octa-core processor for speed and multitasking. The phone will be available in two storage variants, 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and the other 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage variants.

Both variants come with 3,300 mAh battery, Bluetooth version 5, dual-band WiFi 802.11 AC, GPS, GLONASS support. Instead of NFC support in this smartphone of Samsung brand, the company has given Samsung Pay Mini feature. Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensors are part of the phone. Both SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE.

The Galaxy A7 (2018) runs on the Custom Experience UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone we have for review is running on the September 2018 Security Patch. You will find many apps pre-installed in the phone. The Settings app is slightly different from stock Android. We had no problem finding any feature in the settings, the search button works correctly. Samsung Virtual Assistant Bixby is present in the smartphone. Like the Galaxy A9 (2018), the handset will not have a separate button for it. By swiping right on the home screen, you will be able to access Samsung Assistant.

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Apps like Google, Microsoft Office Apps, Amazon, Prime Video, Dailyhunt, Samsung Mall, Samsung Max (Data Saving App), Samsung Pay Mini and My Galaxy will come pre-installed. Samsung’s popular features such as S Bike Mode, S Power Planning and S Secure will not come pre-installed but you can download these apps from Google Play Store if you want. If you keep looking at the display, the Samsung Smart Stay feature will not allow the display to shut down. With the palm swipe gesture, you can easily take screenshots. Like dual apps in smartphones of other companies, this Samsung phone comes with the feature of dual messenger.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) performance, battery life and camera

The Exynos processor given in the Galaxy A7 (2018) is not slow in any sense. The octa-core chipset does not slow down or cause problems when navigating through the phone’s user interface. Talking about multitasking, we opened several apps simultaneously, but the phone did not slow down on any stage. Fingerprint sensor and face unlock feature work fast. The Galaxy A7 (2018) scored 1,19,786 points on the Antutu benchmark. Geekbench scored 1,525 and 4,368 respectively in single-core and multi-core tests. In the Geekbench T-Rex test, the Galaxy A7 (2018) has scored 29fps.

Explain that this benchmark score is in the benchmark range of Nokia 5.1 Plus (Review) with MediaTek Helio P60 and Motorola One Power (Review) with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. Both these smartphones are phones priced below Rs 15,000. We found that Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) and Poco F1 smartphones scored higher in these tests. Both handsets of the Xiaomi brand are priced lower than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).

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We watched the PUBG game, we would advise you to keep it on the phone medium graphics. While playing the phone, the phone definitely slowed down but in half an hour the phone starts heating up. In HD video loop test, the Galaxy A7 (2018) gives 15 hours and 40 minutes of backup. Once we charged the phone, we kept the WhatsApp account active for the whole day, even after calling, navigation on Google Maps for an hour, gaming, etc. The battery lasted the whole day.

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Now talk about the camera. The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 24-megapixel primary sensor with f / 1.7 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f / 2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f / 2.4 aperture. The camera app includes features such as Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Live Focus, Slow Motion, AR Emoji and Hyperlapse Mode. The viewfinder has features such as Bixby Vision and Quick Share, with the help of which you can send pictures directly from the camera app to Facebook and Facebook Messenger. There are also control features for flash, filter and camera switcher. Here you will find a button which will help you to switch between the primary camera and wide-angle.

The 24-megapixel primary camera takes good pictures in daylight. An 8 megapixel sensor will help you while shooting in landscape. While shooting on macro mode, the phone quickly focuses on small things, it maintains the difference between the background and the subject, which makes the photo look good. The photos taken in daylight came sharp, while taking photos inside the house, there is not much sharpness in the photo. We are hoping that if the company offers pixel binning feature in the Galaxy A7 (2018) then it will help in taking better pictures in low light. Selfies were very good, they can be shared on social media apps. The beautification mode remains automatic if you want natural output, you can set it to manual mode. The phone also has automatic HDR feature for selfie.

Our decision

Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first Galaxy smartphone that comes with three rear cameras. These sensors will help you take better pictures in different situations. A 3,300 mAh battery has been provided to bring life to the phone. The battery life of the phone is quite good due to the impressive processor. The glass back panel gives a premium look. We are not much satisfied with the fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Not because of the speed of the sensor, but the reason behind it is that if the phone is held in the left hand, then there may be some problem in reaching and using the sensor hand. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is a good phone for Rs 23,990. If you want a powerful processor, then you can buy Poco F1 or Vivo V11 Pro with the same price segment in the market.

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