- The Super AMOLED display is great for a device in this price range
- Triple cameras are disappointing about quality
The mid-range smartphone is today a very competitive space with similar Asus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Honor, struggling for a top position. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Samsung in its Galaxy A7 ring (2018) threw its proverbial hat.
However, does A7 have what it takes to rise above others?
Samsung is aware that it needs a killer, but still a typical design. He decided to glossy glass back, which is surprising to see, but unfortunately very slippery. The phone has also slipped off the table several times, so you must definitely wrap it in case you want it to remain in one piece.
The A7 is available in three different colors: black, gold and blue, which we received as our review model. The blue is certainly the most striking in the series and it is a very pleasant color to be fair to see.
You can not talk about the A7 without talking about the huge 6-inch Super AMOLED. Simply put, the resolution looks great and the colors are wonderful. If there are any criticisms, the big round sides around the page corrupt the appearance of the phone.
Another point of claim is a plastic side. Although it seems like polished metal, in fact it does not have a high quality feeling that you would expect.
This is the first time Samsung has built a fingerprint reader with the On / Off button. It's certainly unusual, as the only other phone that did it was the Sony Xperia line. While the reader is quite fast, it feels weird to unlock it with my right stick and left index.
But the fingerprint reader is not the only way to unlock A7 using biometric data. It has an unlock feature that is different from that found on Samsung high-end phones. Divided, it is not as responsive or precise as you would like, but it's convenient that it is nevertheless.
The glossy scanner and fingerprint reader on the page are not the only features of the A7. On the reverse side there is a famous three-way camera, the other is Samsung's first.
However, the biggest disappointment in A7 is the fact that it uses a dated micro USB port. Nested between one speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack, the micro USB port must really switch to a more modern and faster type C type.
In addition, the other side of A7 is a lack of weather safety. Unlike high-end cousins like the Galaxy S9, the A7 is water-sensitive, so be careful not to wet.
Looking under the cover, the A7 drives the Samsung Chips Exynos 7 Octa 7885. Now it's a perfect match for the mid-range chip in this range and is on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series.
My review unit A7 received 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space. While this 64GB of RAM does not sound big, it's fortunate that there's a slot for expanding the microSD card, which supports the extension of the storage space.
Downloading A7 through the steps in the criteria, the phone has earned a very respectable amount of results that show that it is at least a powerful phone for everyday use. Indeed, we could say it works better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip.
All these numbers on the page, I did not have any problems using A7 in real-world conditions, where all applications run smoothly without delay or slowdown. From the browsing of Chrome, checking the reading on Lazadi or Shopee to watch videos on YouTube, the A7 worked fine.
Now the A7 games are not the best and you may need to set the graphics settings of challenging games to medium or low to get the best experience. That said, the screen is great for consuming content and playing games, so this is one fatigue.
The single A7 speaker on the bottom has proved to be insignificant in terms of sound performance. The lack of another front roof speaker means that it does not seem good and just sounds exactly in general.
Packing 3.300 mAh battery, I did not think that A7 would not perform exceptionally well. Indeed, I could get around a full day value of use from about nine to 10 hours per charge. However, because sports connects older USB micro connectors, I have greatly missed the capability of fast charging with the phone.
Coming to the most talk-o characteristic of the A7: triple camera array. It consists of a mainframe 24 megapixel camera with a f / 1.8 aperture along with a 5 megapixel secondary camera, which is essentially a depth camera that helps capture "bokeh" A7 shots.
Last but not least, it is a wide-angle 8MP camera with a f / 2.4 aperture suitable for shooting panoramic landscapes or when you need more pictures in the scene.
As far as quality is concerned, the main camera ensures a decent photo in daylight, but the sharpness and detail suffer in less optimal lighting conditions.
In addition to the usual automatic mode, you can switch between other modes such as Pro and Scene Optimizer, the portable new feature of the Galaxy Note 9. In the discussion mode, Pro mode is without manual control and offers only basic settings such as ISO tweaking, exposure and white balance . I think this should not be too surprising given the budgetary position, but it would be nice.
The Scene Optimizer should exploit the camera's ability to recognize the scenes and recommend appropriate settings to best capture them. However, this does not work in Wide Angle mode.
In my experience using the wide-angle mode, I found it works best when shooting scenes in bright sunny conditions. However, a smaller aperture, a smaller megapixel, and the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS) have caused a lot of muddy indoor or indoor footage.
Regarding video quality, I would say that you should not expect much from the A7. It is not surprising that, according to the status of the middle class, I was limited to video recording in Full HD. The absence of OIS also affected the video A7, which caused a lot of shocking video.
While I have to praise Samsung for trying to penetrate the overburden middle segment segment, the fact that the A7 is USD 310 (RM1,299) is not exactly competitive. Probably the strongest reason for choosing A7 is if you completely love the sharp Samsung Super AMOLED screen and value it over all others. It looks great and you will not regret it if you want to watch a lot of videos or browse the phone.
However, in addition, the midrange A7 processor is exempt at this price point. Although this is not terrible for everyday use, I must take into account that there are similar brands out there that go leading processor grades at their mid-range offers.
It is not helpful for the fact that the very tensioned reinforcement with a triple-camera is better on paper than in actual use. Choosing a wide-angle camera opens up various options, but the lack of OIS really hampers the operation of photos and videos.
So if you are in the market for a phone with a beautiful display and a decent performance A7 is for you. Otherwise, you may want to see a number of other offers on the market.