Sam­sung Galaxy A7

Sam­sung Galaxy A7 (2017)

HWM (Singapore) - - Contents - by James Lu

Sam­sung’s Galaxy A se­ries de­buted in 2015 as a line of midrange smart­phones, but since then, the line be­tween it and Sam­sung’s flag­ship S se­ries has blurred.

This year’s A se­ries smart­phones are closer than ever to flag­ship level, with a stun­ning metal and glass de­sign that looks and feel just as pre­mium as Sam­sung’s flag­ship phones. In fact, the thin bezels, metal frame and curved glass back make the A7 look very sim­i­lar to Sam­sung’s Galaxy S7. And just like the S7, the A7 is IP68 dust and wa­ter re­sis­tant, mean­ing it can sur­vive un­der­wa­ter for 30 min­utes at depths of up to 1.5m.

The new A7 has a 5.7-inch Su­per AMOLED dis­play at 1,920 x 1,080 pix­els res­o­lu­tion (386ppi). As with all of Sam­sung’s Su­per AMOLED dis­plays, col­ors on the A7 are vivid and life-like, and the con­trast is ex­cel­lent, with deep blacks. A new ad­di­tion to the A se­ries dis­play is al­ways-on func­tion­al­ity. This fea­ture works ex­actly like it does on the S7, show­ing the date, time, and bat­tery per­cent­age when the dis­play is in standby mode. It’s also ca­pa­ble of dis­play­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions, which you can dou­ble tap to view full screen.

Be­low the dis­play there’s a phys­i­cal home but­ton that dou­bles as a fin­ger­print sen­sor. On ei­ther side of the home but­ton are back­lit nav­i­ga­tion keys. Sam­sung has ac­tu­ally improved the fin­ger­print sen­sor since the S7. On the S7, you had to click the Home but­ton once to wake the screen up, and then keep your fin­ger on the but­ton to au­then­ti­cate your fin­ger­print. For the A7, you just place your fin­ger on the but­ton and the phone wakes up and un­locks at the same time. It’s more con­ve­nient and saves a bit of time.

An­other im­prove­ment on the S7’s de­sign is the speaker place­ment. On the S7 it was on the bot­tom edge, but on the A7 you’ll find it on the right side above the power but­ton. The new speaker po­si­tion may seem strange, but once you turn the phone into land­scape ori­en­ta­tion you’ll see that it makes per­fect sense. In this ori­en­ta­tion, you can ei­ther po­si­tion the speaker to fire down or up de­pend­ing on your pref­er­ence and there’s no risk of cov­er­ing it up with your hand.

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