The ‘A’ in beauty
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
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.