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Review: Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

For the first time on the Galaxy A series, the ‎Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) comes equipped with the so-called IP68, allowing it to bear up such elements, as rain, ‎sweat, sand and dust. Thanks to this quality, the phone can be immersed in water to a depth of 1.5m for 30 minutes; thus making the device the best option out there for nearly any activity or situation. ‎

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High Quality

The design team at Samsung must have given the best shot when it comes to the rear case in the Galaxy A, as it is made from highly resistant 3D Glass and this meets a premium metal frame. Pulling off a look of minimalism sees a symmetrical design from all angles and the use of a camera module that doesn’t protrude outwards on the back. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 weighs in at 186g and has a body that is 7.9mm thick.


Display and processor

A powerful visual impact is made through the large 5.7” Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display. This produces vivid colours and a brightness that is synonymous with the Samsung brand. The Galaxy A7 2017 has a fast 1.9GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and this is more than powerful enough to handle lag-free internet browsing and gaming.

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Just like Samsung’s flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) has a fingerprint sensor, for security. This biometric feature can be used to unlock the phone and access the Secure Folder, where private data, photos and videos, can be stored.

Getting started is pretty easy and the SIM card slots into the side, while a microSD card (up to 256GB) can be slotted into the top. There is an internal memory of 32GB and of this; 23GB is available to the user.

Apps and OS

This Samsung mobile phone is powered by Google’s Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow operating system. In addition to Google apps, such as Google Maps, Samsung has added Samsung Pay, S-Voice and Samsung KNOX security.



The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 has a 16MP low-light camera with a f1.9 aperture, on both front and back. This breaks the norm and makes this phone, one of the very best for selfie / portrait photography. The camera on the Galaxy A offers a simplified UX, including easy swipe to quickly change modes or instant filters to activate picture effects. Users can leverage modes such as the Food Mode, to optimize photos and enhance the colour of images. Furthermore, the floating shutter is optimised for better grip and this phone can capture 1080p video and use the display as a front flash.

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And with its speedy and accurate Auto Focus, you’ll be able to capture memorable moments before they get away. Optimise portraits or spice up colour tones with a set of preset camera filters to augment your favourite photos. With its 16 MP front camera and bright display that doubles as a flash you capture sharper results even in low-light conditions. It also features a floating shutter optimised for better grip so images stay blur-free.


Samsung hasn’t cut corners when it comes to power and this phone has a high-capacity 3,600mAh battery, which lasts longer and is quicker to charge. Fast Charge is conducted through the USB Type-C port, which is symmetrical, making it far easier to insert. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) can provide up to 59 hours of audio or up to 17 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing or 20 hours of video playback. The phone, also, provides a larger memory, as well as expandable storage with microSD support up to 256GB. Furthermore, the device comes equipped with the so-called Always on Display feature, through which users can quickly glance at the time and calendar without waking up the device, saving time and battery.


Editor’s note

No doubt that the A7 sports incredibly good looks inherited from the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7. It seems that this phone was trying to get out of the friend zone with me and hook the smartphones lover’s interest—I have to say this phone has what it takes to make it stand apart from its competitors at this category, to say the least!