Galaxy A7 (2019) Review

Samsung's First Smartphone with a Triple Camera

Galaxy A7 (2019) Review

Design

The A7 is available in three colors: Black, blue, and pink. The last two modifications are very bright. And although they look cute, classic black is still much more versatile—the color of the device we got as a sample for the review. The smartphone looks and feels almost monolithic. The case is glass and very easily soiled. In general, the device looks nice and expensive.

The A7 is a large and wide smartphone. In my hand, it is uncomfortable; the thumb does not reach the top of the display and the grip is less strong. Thanks to the glossy surface of the case, the A7 risks slipping out of gloved hands more than once. The weight, however, is distributed correctly; the smartphone is not too elongated, and one way or another, its center of gravity is always felt in the palm of your hand.

There is nothing superfluous on the sides of the device. On the left, there is a slot for SIM cards and flash drives, and on the right, there are volume and power buttons. From below, there is a speaker, microphone, microUSB connector, and a mini jack. On the upper brow, you can see all the eyes of sensors and cameras.

Specifications

Colors: Black, blue, and pink.

Display: 6 inches, Full HD (2,220 by 1,080 pixels), Super AMOLED

Platform: An eight-core Exynos 7885, 2.2 GHz

RAM: 4 GB

Internal Memory: 64 GB with a slot for microSD cards up to 512 GB

Cameras: The primary lenses are 24, 8, and 5 MP; the front is 24 MP.

Video: Up to 2160p at 30 FPS

SIM Card: Two slots for nanoSIM cards

Wireless Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS

Connectors: microUSB and analog 3.5 mm audio jack

Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass.

Unlock By: Face, by fingerprint, or PIN/password.

Operating System: Android 8.0 and Samsung Experience 9.0

Battery: 3,300 mAh

Dimensions: 159.8 by 76.8 by 7.5 mm

Weight: 168 g

Camera

The main feature of the A7 is a camera module that includes three lenses. Classic high-aperture for use in most shooting scenarios, auxiliary to determine the depth when creating portraits, and wide-angle to increase the space of the frame.

You can find fault with the work of each lens. The first, despite the high resolution, is far from ideal in conditions of poor lighting. Noises are raised, exposure is increased, and with the slightest movement of the hand, the photo will be smeared. The portrait work of the two lenses is also not too impressive; it seems that Samsung was frightened by the clumsy clipping of the faces of the focal objects, which even premium smartphones do. As a result, the camera "smears" in focus only a very distant background. But you can change the degree of blur right during the shooting.

There are no complaints about the front camera: Selfies of acceptable quality are obtained both during the day and by the light of lanterns. Nothing unusual.

Screen and Sound

The smartphone is not trying to seem frameless, as there are noticeable eyebrows on the top, bottom, and sides. The aspect ratio of the display is close to 2:1, with such proportions, it is convenient to use the function of the split screen.

To the screen, as usual, no complaints. Samsung's Super AMOLED is installed here: Bright, sharp, and perfectly calibrated. The smartphone gives a nice picture "out of the box," but it also supports a bunch of settings for the display, including color temperature or filtering on the RGB palette.

Protection

Three types of unlocking are supported: Face, fingerprint, and PIN; with identification by iris, therefore, there is no hybrid smart unlock. But this is not necessary, as you will use your finger.

Samsung has embedded a fingerprint in the power button. Despite the small area, the sensor works smart with confidence. Unlocking happens unnoticed because we usually start work by pressing the main button. Good idea, as the embodiment also did not disappoint.

Software

The A7 runs on Android 8.0 with the classic Galaxy owners Samsung Experience 9.0 add-in. This is a fairly friendly shell, not overloaded with pre-installed services and strange gestures. There are applications from Samsung, Google, and Microsoft.

Results

The new Samsung Galaxy A7 is a sturdy midget with a great screen, good autonomy, and acceptable performance. At the same time, Samsung added several interesting features to it that are not even found in the company's flagships: A triple camera and a dactyloscope in the power button. This does not allow the A7 to go with the leading models of smartphones, but it favorably distinguishes it in its price segment of devices.

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