Sam­sung A7

A CLEV­ERLY DIS­GUISED GALAXY S7, BUT IS THIS MID-TIER RE­FRESH A STAR IN ITS OWN RIGHT?

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quint and you’d think you’re look­ing at the top-tier Galaxy S7. Sam­sung’s new mid-range phone cer­tainly has the same rounded cor­ners and curved edges, though un­der the chas­sis the hard­ware is quite dif­fer­ent in­deed.

It’s pack­ing a lesser pro­ces­sor, and drops the res­o­lu­tion of the screen to 1,920 x 1,080. An­droid 6.0 and 32GB of stor­age (ex­pand­able to 256GB) are a wrin­kle, too. That 16MP rear cam­era’s less im­pres­sive, but de­spite the cut­backs, they’re prob­a­bly not enough to make you stump up for the out­go­ing king of phones.

For the money, you get an IP68 dust- and wa­ter­proof rat­ing (that’s bet­ter than the Ap­ple iPhone 7), a very wel­come USB-C port so it’s on the right side of fu­ture proof­ing, and while the

$799, sam­sung.com/au

Spixel count is lower, the 5.2-inch AMOLED screen is still worth feel­ing smug about.

So it’s a case of hav­ing your cake and eat­ing it too: a big-name hand­set with the look and feel of a pre­mium de­vice, al­beit at a frac­tion of the cost. For day-to-day use, you’ve got your­self a tidy, well-built and re­li­able unit.

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