Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Design
Samsung has shown something new with its A series smartphone. When the A-series was first unveiled, the handsets were equipped with metal unibody and IP certification. The Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A9 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) all use glass panels on the back panel of the smartphone. On touching the frame, it gives a plastic feel and the frame does not cool down in the air conditioner room. The Galaxy A7 (2018) flaunts a 6-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Samsung has named it Infinity Display, but it doesn’t have a curved edge like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. The thickness of the bezel present on the side of the phone is slightly more. The earpiece, selfie camera, flash and sensor are placed above the screen. At the bottom of the phone, there is a Micro-USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker.
According to the price of Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), it was expected that the company would use USB Type-C port in this smartphone. There is no separate fingerprint sensor for security. You will see the power button on the side of the phone, the company has integrated the fingerprint sensor in it. Apart from the power button on the right side, there is a button to increase and decrease the volume. Similarly, the concept of fingerprint sensor was also seen in Samsung Galaxy J6+. The fingerprint sensor can be easily accessed if the phone is held in the right hand. The phone weighs 168 grams. Vertical triple rear camera setup will be available with LED flash on the back panel. There is a matte rim on the side to protect the camera sensor. Fingerprints fall easily on the glass back panel.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specifications and Software
Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 6-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + display. Viewing angles are quite good, and we did not face any problem in viewing the display in outdoor light. We had no complaints with the display while watching videos. Dolby Atmos support will be available when using headphones, not on loud speakers. Exynos 7885 octa-core processor has been used in Galaxy A7 (2018) for speed and multitasking. The phone will be available in two storage variants, 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and another 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage variant.
Both variants come with 3,300mAh battery, Bluetooth version 5, dual-band WiFi 802.11 AC, GPS, GLONASS support. Instead of NFC support in this Samsung brand smartphone, the company has given Samsung Pay Mini feature. Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensors are part of the phone. Both the SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE.
Galaxy A7 (2018) runs on Custom Experience UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone we have for review is running on the September 2018 security patch. You will already get many apps pre-installed in the phone. The Settings app is a bit different from stock Android. We didn’t have any trouble finding a feature in Settings, the search button worked fine. Samsung virtual assistant Bixby is present in the smartphone. Like the Galaxy A9 (2018), the handset will not have a separate button for this. You will be able to access Samsung Assistant by swiping right on the home screen.
Apps like Google, Microsoft Office Apps, Amazon, Prime Video, Dailyhunt, Samsung Mall, Samsung Max (data saving app), Samsung Pay Mini and My Galaxy will come pre-installed. Samsung’s popular features such as S Bike Mode, S Power Planning and S Secure may not come pre-installed, but you can download these apps from the Google Play Store if you want. If you keep looking at the display, the Samsung Smart Stay feature will not allow the display to turn off. With the help of palm swipe gesture, you can take screenshot easily. Like the dual apps in the smartphones of other companies, this Samsung phone comes with the feature of dual messenger.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) performance, battery life and cameras
The Exynos processor given in the Galaxy A7 (2018) is not slow in any sense. The octa-core chipset does not slow down or cause any problems while navigating the phone’s user interface. Talking about multitasking, we saw many apps open at once but the phone did not slow down at any stage. Fingerprint sensor and face unlock feature work fast. The Galaxy A7 (2018) scored 1,19,786 points on the Antutu benchmark. It scored 1,525 and 4,368 respectively in the single-core and multi-core tests on Geekbench. The Galaxy A7 (2018) scored 29fps in the Geekbench T-Rex test.
Let us know that this benchmark score is available on Nokia 5.1 Plus (Nokia 5.1 Plus) with MediaTek Helio P60.review) and Motorola One Power with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset (review) is in the benchmark range. Both these smartphones are phones under Rs 15,000. We found that the Xiaomi Mi A2 (review) and Poco F1 smartphone has scored higher in these tests. Both the handsets of the Xiaomi brand cost less than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).
We have seen playing PUBG game, we would recommend you to keep the phone on medium graphics. While playing the game, the phone did slow down a bit but in half an hour the phone starts heating up. The Galaxy A7 (2018) backed up to 15 hours and 40 minutes in the HD video loop test. Once the phone was charged, we kept the WhatsApp account active for the whole day, even after doing calling, navigation on Google Maps for an hour, gaming etc. the battery lasted the whole day.
Now let’s talk about the camera. The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a 24-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with f/2.4 aperture. The camera app includes features like Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Live Focus, Slow Motion, AR Emoji and Hyperlapse Mode. The viewfinder also comes with features like Bixby Vision and Quick Share, which allow you to send pictures directly from the camera app to Facebook and Facebook Messenger. There are also control features for the flash, filter and camera switcher. Here you will find a button that will help you switch between the primary camera and the wide-angle one.
The 24-megapixel primary camera takes good pictures in daylight. The 8-megapixel sensor will help you while shooting in landscape. While shooting in macro mode, the phone focuses quickly on small things, it maintains a distinction between the background and the subject, due to which the photo looks good. The picture taken in daylight turned out to be sharp, while the sharpness in the photo is not much when taken indoors. We are hoping that if the company introduces pixel binning feature in the Galaxy A7 (2018), it will help in taking better pictures in low light. Selfies were very good, they can be shared on social media apps. Beautification mode is automatic, if you want natural output then you can set it to manual mode. Automatic HDR feature is also present in the phone for selfie.
The Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first Galaxy smartphone to come with three rear cameras. These sensors will help you take better pictures in different situations. A 3,300 mAh battery has been given to bring life to the phone. The battery life of the phone is quite good due to the impressive processor. The glass back panel gives a premium look. We are not too satisfied with the fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. Not because of the speed of the sensor but the reason behind it is that if the phone is held in the left hand then there may be some problem in reaching the hand from the sensor and using it. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is a good phone for Rs 23,990. If you want a powerful processor, then you can buy Poco F1 or Vivo V11 Pro in the same price segment in the market.