The ‘A’ in beauty

Sam­sung Galaxy A7 (2017)

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by John Law

If you’re look­ing for a midrange smart­phone and you haven’t yet con­sid­ered the new­lyre­freshed Galaxy A7, then you’re ef­fec­tively miss­ing on what is pos­si­bly one of Sam­sung’s best start-of-theyear midrange en­try for 2017.

For a midrange phone, it’s built with a stun­ning 5.7-inch AMOLED Go­rilla Glass 4 dis­play that’s been curved into the phone’s all-metal ma­chine cut body. We don’t usu­ally la­bor on a point, but the de­sign and con­struc­tion of the A7 (2017) can best be de­scribed as breath­tak­ingly gor­geous.

The dis­play of the A7 (2017) also sports an al­ways-on mode, dis­play­ing the time, date, bat­tery lev­els, as well as no­ti­fi­ca­tions for all the apps that you have in­stalled in it. At the top of the dis­play, you’ll find a beefy 16MP front-fac­ing cam­era, ca­pa­ble of tak­ing some pretty wicked self­ies. Turn the phone around, and you’re in­stantly greeted with a sleek and glossy non-re­mov­able back (that is also a huge and un­for­tu­nate fin­ger­print mag­net), along with a 16MP main cam­era that is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing some clear and de­tailed pic­tures.

Thanks to its rel­a­tively large aper­ture of f/1.9, we were even able to get close-up shots of fig­ures with vir­tu­ally no loss of de­tail on the sub­jects.

Its over­all per­for­mance isn’t too shabby, but given that it’s run­ning on a Sam­sung-made octa-core SoC, we aren’t too sur­prised by it ei­ther. On 3DMark’s Sling­shot Ex­treme, it was able to score just a lit­tle over 800 points, and on the Ice Storm Un­lim­ited test, the phone scored 13,489 points. App re­sponse was snappy, and lag­ging was only in­ter­mit­tent on re­source­hun­gry mo­bile games, such as Lara Craft GO and Deus Ex GO.

The abun­dant fea­tures of the A7 (2017) also in­clude an IP68 wa­ter and dust proof rat­ing, which meant that you can the­o­ret­i­cally watch videos while tak­ing a shower with­out any fear of dam­ag­ing the phone.

What’s even more sur­pris­ing, how­ever, is that the A7 (2017) sports a USB Type-C port for both charg­ing and connectivity. This means the phone’s 3,600mAh bat­tery sup­ports quick charg­ing, and file trans­fers be­tween phone and PCs are sig­nif­i­cantly faster.

And on the sub­ject of bat­tery life, we were very im­pressed with the A7 (2017)’s longevity. On a full charge, we saw close to nine hours of un­in­ter­rupted video play­back on loop, and close to two and a half days of use as our daily driver, which is ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal.

The Galaxy A7 (2017) is prob­a­bly the best midrange smart­phone we’ve tested for the year, and with good rea­son.

The amount of de­tail cap­tured by the Galaxy A7 (2017)’s cam­era is amaz­ing.

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