Samsung — in December ’15 — announced a new high-end addition to the Galaxy A-Series, named Galaxy A7. It’s been a little while since Galaxy A7 started selling in the Pakistani market. It is currently available at most Samsung outlets in Black, White, Gold and Pink colors with a price tag of PKR ~53,000/-.
We received our Samsung Galaxy A7 review unit yesterday, so below are some unboxing pictures and our first impressions of the device.
Galaxy A7 Unboxing
Samsung’s Galaxy A7 comes in a pretty standard packaging which Samsung has for other high-end devices as well, such as the Galaxy S6 or Note 5. Packaging itself is pretty clean, with just the smartphone name up-front and a few basic technical specs on the back.
You pull open the box to find the Galaxy A7 right in front of you, all wrapped up in packing stickers. As you’d expect, underneath the device is a quick start guide and the accessories which include: a SIM ejector tool, handsfree, data cable and the fast charging adapter. Interestingly, the charging adapter is exactly the same that you get with Galaxy S6 and Note 5 but the handsfree is not.
Galaxy A7 First Impressions
I usually use a Note 5 as my daily driver but I’ve been using the Galaxy A7 for a day now and have to admit that I’m impressed. It has the same build quality and feel that you’d expect from the higher priced Galaxy S6 or Note 5. Front and back glass panels are both protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The metallic frame of the device is bulging out from all four sides which improves the grip and makes the Galaxy A7 feel solid.
As much as we’d love to see a flawless device but Galaxy A7 does come with it’s fair share of design flaws. Weighing a hefty 172 gram, the Galaxy A7 does feel a bit heavy for its size. Moreover, the back glass panel is a fingerprint magnet and sometimes makes you feel as if the phone might slip out of hand. Not to forget, the home button on the Galaxy A7 does not protrude like it did on the Note 5. This shouldn’t be much of a problem but I personally think that a protruding home button feels quite better.
Galaxy A7 Technical Specs
- Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) with TouchWiz
- Dimensions: 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm, Weight: 172g
- 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 px) Super AMOLED, ~401 ppi pixel density
- Exynos 7580 Octa-core CPU (Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- 16 GB Internal Storage, 3GB RAM
- microSD support upto 128GB
- 13 MP primary camera, f/1.9, 28mm, OIS, autofocus, LED flash
- 5 MP secondary camera, f/1.9, 24mm, 1080p
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, AGPS/GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC
- Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
For now, that is all we have to say about the Samsung Galaxy A7. Stay tuned for a more detailed review coming soon! In the meanwhile, if you’re a Galaxy A7 user or are thinking about buying one, share your views/concerns in the comments below.