Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 detailed review
The entire year 2018 marked a tectonic shift in the manner Samsung envisioned and marketed its mid-range phones. As the premium flagships, namely the Galaxy S series and the Note series continue steadily to operate in the leading edge, the mid-rangers have always lived beneath the looming shadows of these. Any longer, though. Samsung Mobile’s head DJ Koh had declared that Samsung provides never-before-seen innovation in phones. Little did we realize his version of innovation is merely cramming more cameras on the trunk of the telephone to bolster their likelihood of toppling famous brands OnePlus and Xiaomi, that have become its primary competition in India. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy A7 arrived sporting not just one, not two, but three cameras on the trunk. What was a lot more surprising is that the triple-camera setup was the first ever to get to a mid-ranger, rather than the flagship. It wouldn’t have already been as surprising if it turned out the other way round.
While there’s more to the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) when compared to a triple-camera setup, Samsung’s marketing effort is generally based for this feature. Naturally, our review focuses more upon this aspect to see if the heavy advertising about the triple-camera setup converts to usefulness. A lot more than that, at a cost point of Rs 23,990 and with compelling options just like the Poco F1 and the Nokia 7 Plus, does it seems sensible to get the Samsung A7 (2018) instead? Let’s find out!
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), despite carrying new innovations in the sort of a triple-camera setup, borrows a whole lot from its premium flagship siblings. A glass body and a brilliant AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, to be precise. But it’s nowhere as ergonomic as the Galaxy S9. Instead, it retains the wide form factor of the company’s earlier Galaxy C9 Pro with a taller and a slightly larger display, but with the same height. It’s much less curved as the Galaxy S phones which includes curved edges and rounded corners to greatly help grip the telephone better. That one is table-flat. Subsequently, it was problematic for my tiny hands to attain the other end of the screen. One-handed use has gone out of the question and you must put both of your hands to use to type out a note.
The condition aside, the Galaxy A7 (2018) feels pretty solid with a strong aluminum frame housing the glass body. There’s no flex whatsoever, however the delicate glass body makes me skeptical. Especially since Samsung didn’t mention about any Gorilla Glass protection. The telephone does have a transparent case out from the box, but that may protect the shiny body from scratches and smudges, but nonetheless leaves the display vulnerable.
Fingerprint sensor now privately, embedded in the energy button
The Galaxy A7 (2018) is emboldened by Samsung’s decision in order to avoid the notch though. I’m good with having thin bezels around the screen over needing to stare at a notch on a bright and vibrant display. The A7 (2018) also runs on the micro-USB port for charging housed in underneath. It really is flanked by the endangered 3.5mm headphone jack and a little slit for the speaker. The phone’s left edge has nothing except the SIM card tray while on the proper will be the volume rockers and the energy button with the fingerprint sensor embedded in it.
It’s another departure from the look Samsung had squared into in its flagships. But, the keeping the fingerprint sensor is definitely a controversial affair for the business since the Galaxy S8. Embedding it in the energy button reduces your time and effort and it creates it more intuitive. Although from the Redmi Note 6 Pro, I kept calling the trunk panel out of muscle memory, but quickly got used to it. Despite the fact that it’s positioned just a little higher for me to attain naturally, the slight depression around th button helps it be simple to find the button and the fingerprint sensor is pretty responsive.
Many might feel the Galaxy A7’s design is just a little outdated and generally, quite unwieldy, nonetheless it does make the telephone classy and more costly looking than what it’s retailing for.
Samsung is the major supplier of smartphone displays. It even makes money off supplying OLED panels to Apple for the iPhones. The Super AMOLED displays the business makes are among the finest on the market. Naturally, Samsung will be inclined to use this advantage in its affordable offerings as a way of differentiation. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is a testament compared to that. It’s 6-inch Super AMOLED panel with 18:9 aspect ratio is sufficiently bright with a clocked luminescence of 596 lux. It’s much less bright as the brand new OnePlus 6T and even the LCD panel on the Huawei Nova 3, but it’s bright enough to be legible outdoors. The colours are also well-balanced. It doesn’t look as saturated as the Huawei and Honor phones, or as beaten up as that on the Poco F1, it’s somewhere in the centre. There exists a cold bias in the color temperature which can be changed in the settings.
Samsung offers the Always-on display that discretely keeps the screen on while showing the clock and incoming notifications. Having less notch means there’s no arbitrary cropping in videos or games and even while looking at a graphic you’ve taken or while reading articles. There’s a night mode that turns on the blue light filter to assist you sleep better.
The display is large enough to enable you to enjoy watching movies and videos onto it. It’s also an excellent screen to learn on. Videos on YouTube could be stretched to fill the screen, else thick letterboxing exists on all sides. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video doesn’t support the brand new aspect ratio, yet. It’s also Widevine L1 certified therefore you stream content from Netflix and Amazon Prime in hi-def.
The display is among the finest part about owning this phone. I really believe, a lot more than cameras, it’s this panel that needs to be the reason to get this phone.
Just like in the event of the display, the Galaxy A7 (2018) depends on Samsung’s proprietary technology for the performance beneath the hood. It really is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset. It’s created on a 14nm manufacturing process and houses two Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6Ghz. Samsung promises a huge 75 percent boost in performance over its predecessor, the Exynos 7880, which is corroborated inside our benchmark reports.
On AnTuTu 7.0, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) scored 121364 against the Poco F1’s 265754. The massive difference in the score is for the actual fact that the Poco F1 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, the same that powers the Galaxy Note 9 in select markets. With that looming over the Galaxy A7’s head, it’s difficult to recommend the telephone if you’re looking for pure performance. On Geekbench Single Core, the Samsung Galaxy A7 scored 1516 while on multi-core test, it scored 3583. Once more, the scores are nowhere near what the Poco F1 offers. However, if you are searching for parity, the Nokia 7 Plus scored similarly on the single-core test, but on multi-core, the Snapdragon 660 powering the Nokia 7 Plus outscored the Galaxy A7 (2018) indicating the multi-tasking on the Android One phone could possibly be better. On 3DMark Slingshot, the Mali G71-MP2 GPU on the Galaxy A7 scored just 778 against the Nokia 7 Plus’ 2040 and Poco F1’s 4284. So far as graphics rende