Samsung's A-series smartphones are basically in the (higher) middle class, but this year's A7 renewed the South Korean manufacturer with a special dish, which he certainly wanted to strengthen his rank.
It is an honor to be the first Samsung smartphone with three cameras on the back, so this model, not one of the more prestigious series S and Note, came in.
Four in a row (in fact three plus one)
These three cameras (primarily with a resolution of 24 million pixels and an aperture of f / 1.7, a resolution of five million pixels and an aperture of f / 2.2 and an ultra-wide (120 degrees) coverage with a resolution of eight million pixels and an aperture of f / 2.4) ranged from the upper left edge of the back down, and the series ends with the LED flash.
Another premiere for Galaxy A7 (2018): this is the first Samsung phone with an ultra-wide camera and can also boast 19 adaptive modes (from birds, food and street locations through texts, portraits, sunrise and animals to snow, waterfalls and beaches). and everything else) who have the task of making the best possible automatic shooting choice.
Otherwise, the designers opted for the glass back, which, like all glass surfaces, gives a very nice impression until it becomes an unscheduled collection of a variety of fingerprints.
Photos made with the standard camera settings on the back of the Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone (2018).
This time Samsungov & # 39; s screen likes this
The Super Amoled FHD + 1080 x 2220 pixel (15.2 cm) screen has an 18.5: 9 aspect ratio and the display is lively and cozy, as we are used to on Samsung mobile devices.
These are functions that are especially suitable for filmmakers and game enthusiasts (others may want a stronger processor such as an 8-inch clock with 2.2 gigahertz on two and 1.6 gigahertz on the remaining cores), but also for the rest certainly appreciate the good brightness of the screen display.
There is also no Always-On display, which ensures that the most important information, such as time, date and battery status, is always displayed in standby mode.
Old handsets? No problem!
Unlike most new phones where the USB-C interface has become almost standard, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) has a microUSB interface.
Nearby is also an analogue 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom of the phone, which many new phones have canceled a while ago, but the lovers of music, who remain faithful to the old headphones, certainly look forward to it.
Eight with a UI upgrade experience
The touch of the previous time also gives the selected operating system because they have opted for the eighth major version of Android, ie O or Oreo. This is not necessarily bad until all applications have been modified for newer Android 9.
They have upgraded their user interface for Experience UI to the operating system, but they have not deviated from their belief that they should set up a few applications at the time of purchase (which is suitable for some people, others very disturbed). Among the pre-installed applications are Microsoft's office tools and social networks, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as the Samsung PenUp tool, of which we are not sure why it is there, because it is intended for the pen S Pen that this phone does not have.
Do you know where the fingerprint reader is?
If you are looking for a fingerprint reader, do not look at the front, front or bottom of the screen – this phone is integrated into the start button, or the bottom button on the right side of the phone (under the volume control button). Although the process of naming the phone on our fingerprint seemed a bit cumbersome, during our test all recognition was done with excellence, quickly and reliably.
Perhaps this key, where the fingerprint reader is located, may seem a little too deep, but you can at least be sure that you do not accidentally press it accidentally and turn the device off or on unintentionally. This is the first Samsung phone with a fingerprint reader under the start button.
But just pay attention that you are just as far away from the liquid as it does not have the indicated water tightness.
Bixby is also present
But you will find Samsun's virtual assistant Bixby, for which we always write that his best times are still coming (even this time we have the same opinion).
But if on some phones they have received a special key (which has not yet been used for most), there is no phone on this phone, but you can reach Bixby quickly with a single movement on the home screen.
A wide-angle camera is probably the biggest gain
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) has a number of attractive design and functional features for high-end phones and some of the best features for Samsung, all of which are significantly less expensive than the S or Note series. We can say that this is a machine-friendly smartphone with a premium image and (at least for Samsung) a different design for photography that offers new creative possibilities.
Probably the biggest plus is the wide-angle camera, which will be especially attractive for those who often photograph the landscape.
But the price difference between this phone and the parade horses only has its own reasons. There are no operational problems with normal daily use, but if you exaggerate with the number of open applications or applications that do not place modest demands on computer resources, then the difference is with a weaker processor and residual savings compared to the most expensive and the best.
In its price range it is certainly competitive
We also can not expect the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) & # 39; night to deliver the same good photos, or in general due to lack of light, as much more expensive parade horses – every nightmare fan will have to decide for themselves what suits him and what he does not do.
But if the price is a limitation or at least an important decision factor and (especially) if you are used to Samsung mobile devices, then the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is a reliable candidate that you should consider.
The ratio of the price (the recommended retail price without the subscription to link is 339 euros) and what you get for this price – especially considering the fact that it is Samsung – is certainly worth considering, that it is the first Samsung phone with a triple camera, there is another advantage.
Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone (2018)
size: 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm
weight: 168 grams
Operating system: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
processor: eight-sided, two sizes with 2.2 gigahertz, the other six with a clock of 1.6 gigahertz
show: Super AMOLED, touch, 15.2 inches (15.24 cm), resolution 1080×2220 pixels (FHD +), 16 million colors
Camera back: a primary resolution of 24 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.7, a depth resolution of five million dots and an aperture of f / 2.2 and an ultra wide aperture (120 degrees) with a resolution of eight million pixels and a diaphragm of f / 2.4 , LED flash has no optical stabilizer
Camera front: Resolution of 24 megapixels, aperture of f / 2.0, no autofocus, no optical stabilizer, flash
The resolution of video recordings: FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 30 frames per second
Memory (RAM): four gigabytes
Storage area (ROM): 64 gigabytes, of which 50.2 gigabyte is available, expandable with microSD memory cards (up to 512 gigabytes)
SIM card: nano SIM card, support for Dual SIM, SIM 1 + SIM 2 + MicroSD slots
Mobile networks: 2G (GSM 850, GSM 900, DCS 1800, PCS 1900), 3G / UMTS (2100, 1900, 850, 900 megahertz), LTE / 4G (2100, 1800, 850, 2600, 900, 800, 2300, 2500 megahertz ).
Linking: ANT +, USB 2.0. micro USB interface, location GPS technology, Glonass, Beidou, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 + 5 gigahertz, Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 megabits per second Gear Fit2, Gear Fit2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear2, Gear S2, Gear S3, Gear IconX, Gear IconX2
sensors: acceleration sensor, fingerprint reader, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, lid sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor
Battery (battery): 3300 milliamp hours, not removable
Expected service life with one recharge: internet (3G) to 12 hours, internet (LTE) to 14 hours, internet (wifi) to 14 hours, video playback until 5 pm, music playback up to 48 hours or up to 74 hours with Always-On-Display off, calls ( 3G) until 7 PM
The file format for the video & # 39; s you play: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Video playback resolution: FHD (1920 x 1080) and 60 frames per second
The file format for the sounds played: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MIDDLE, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
What we liked:
– price and capacity ratio,
– triple main camera
– an unusual but convenient location for the fingerprint reader.
What we did not like:
– the cameras have no optical stabilizer,
– not waterproof.