Three-eyed, large and glass. Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung introduced the smartphone Galaxy A7 (2018) less than a week ago. This is a medium-level device, oriented to the audience that is accustomed to the Korean brand. With the design of mobile vendors now tight: only the flagship models stand out from the general mass, and those that are cheaper to distinguish from each other are difficult – devices from different manufacturers can be called twin brothers.


  • Appearance and ergonomics
  • Camera, sample photos
  • Screen and sound
  • Performance and battery life
  • Conclusions and assessment
  • Alternative

Appearance and ergonomics

Smartphone Galaxy A7 (2018) is no exception to the rules: from the face the novelty is like all the others, branded “chips” are not particularly noticeable. There are no buttons here, the bottom frame is free, at the top there is a speaker, a front camera, a flash and a set of sensors.

The power button is located on the right sidewall – it is in the recess and has a built-in fingerprint scanner. A similar approach is used in smartphones Sony. To activate the screen (if you set the unlock by fingerprint), you do not have to press the pad – just touch it.

The sensor operates very quickly, however, the display turns on for a while. That is, you can touch the scanner as if in passing, and then wait less than a second before turning on. Keep the same finger in place for speedy activation of meaning there. I want, of course, faster, but the speed of the trigger is the same as that of competitors in the class higher.

Similarly, the situation is with a face scanner that can work simultaneously with a fingerprint sensor. However, to do this, you must first click on the power button, after which the camera considers the face of the owner. The process takes longer than using a fingerprint scanner. To press a key, it takes effort (when you turn on or lock the smartphone). Pressing will have to be stronger than in mobile phones with a protruding button, since in the Samsung phone this element is rather narrow.

The dimensions of the Galaxy A7 (2018) are 159.8 × 76.8 × 7.5 mm, weight – 168 g, this is a large device. Deepening with the scanner is high enough, and users with small hands will miss. A large hand or long fingers solve the problem (if you take the device with your right hand). Taking the smartphone to the left, you need to remove the lock with your index finger or middle finger. The only difficulty in this case is connected with making a print in the database – the process is delayed, since you have to turn out the brush. Subsequently, unlocking at this angle works without any complaints.

Also on the right sidewall there are two separate volume buttons located above the power button. To reach the top is not very convenient, I would like more compact positioning of all three elements and displacement slightly closer to the center.

On the left sidewall there is only a tray for two SIM cards and a memory card, that is, there are three slots available, and not a pair of hybrid ones. On the lower edge is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, microUSB, a main microphone and a small speaker slot. At the top there is an additional microphone of the noise reduction system.

By the way, if you previously had to “wool” the office or your own home in search of wiring under USB Type-C, then today it is necessary to sweat in order to get a microUSB-cable. So the choice in favor of the outdated interface is not in favor of the smartphone.

And finally, on the back panel, completely covered with glass, an ascetic look is placed slightly raised above the body triple photomodule. Under it is a double photo flash.

The case of the Galaxy A7 (2018) seems to be “wrapped” by an aluminum solid frame without connections. The glazing of the protective glass requires constant wiping. Or you should regularly put the device in your pocket, where friction itself will do its job.

Camera, sample photos

Flagship smartphones Samsung really can claim the title of the best cameraphones. And how are things with mobile phones cheaper? Model Galaxy A7 (2018) received a triple photomodule. It looks unusual on its own, but it’s a matter of taste.

In the background – Samsung Galaxy J6 + (2018)

24-megapixel camera with a phase autofocus, but without the OIS, as explained earlier in Samsung, is able to combine four pixels in one, which is necessary in low light conditions. The second camera is 8-megapixel wide-angle. The third (5-Mp), in simple terms, is needed for the bokeh effect on portrait shots. Here it is called “living focus” and does not always work – certain conditions are required. In addition, there is an analogue of AI aka “frame optimization”, which also adapts to the plot of the survey.

Nevertheless, the Galaxy A7 (2018) camera failed to impress. Rather, once in no time: in the same automatic mode, the pictures correspond to expectations, they have the watercolor effect, and the quality resembles photos from the era of 2-megapixel phones. Shumodav measure does not know. But for sotssetochek frames are quite suitable.

There remain two logical explanations: the nuances lie in the software (and will be corrected) or related to the features of the test pattern. In addition, this is the first “three-eyed” camera phone of the Korean manufacturer. Maybe this is the case?

Screen and sound

For the sound output the loudspeaker answers below. A small slot should not be misleading – the signal goes not only from it, but also effectively breaks through the screen. That is, “zatknut” finger at the wrong time the call does not come out, it will still be relatively loud. The sound does not disappear even when the phone is in your pocket or the hole is accidentally covered.

The speaker produces a very average performance, although some sources mention Dolby Atmos technology. Medium and high frequencies prevail, which makes music piercing, and basses imperceptible, without “juice.” At the maximum level, the purity of the sound is preserved, but ears do not pawn – quietly, in a noisy environment this may not be enough.

The size of the 2.5D display is 6 inches, its resolution is 1080 × 2220 pixels at a ratio of 18.5: 9 and a pixel density of ~ 411 ppi. Of course, Samsung uses its own AMOLED panels.

Yes, black here is blacker than the night, but with white there are nuances (it can go into warm colors, at a different angle a little green or blue). The yellow becomes orange, the bodily is gaining excessive saturation and so on. Photos on the screen at the same time show natural colors. Mystic. The brightness level, again, is average, the automatic tuning system works efficiently. In addition, it allows you to fine-tune the display, not just the temperature.

Performance and battery life

The smartphone is equipped with an 8-core 14-nm Exynos 7885 processor with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz. In terms of performance, it can be compared with Snapdragon 625 or 660, depending on the scenarios for using the device. Of the advantages – support for fast LTE, but to check the capabilities of the modem will have to wait for the next exhibition TIBO and be in the test zone. Built-in memory – 64 GB, operational – 4 GB (there are other options for bundling). This is probably the minimum today, but without a good processor, the potential will not be revealed.

There is a mobile phone running Android 8.0 Oreo with a shell Samsung Experience 9.0.

Synthetic tests strained the smartphone, sending it somewhere in the foggy distance. The device noticeably warmed up, the animated cartoons from AnTuTu were slowed down. It seemed that all was lost, but we only once again made sure of the senselessness of “puzomerok.” Although 30 thousand points, at least 100 thousand or 300 thousand, they can not provide an objective picture. Yes, the device terribly “pedalit” in the tests, but in real conditions it behaves quite well.

On the smartphone without any problems run the same games as on top models. Real Racing 3 goes without a hitch, but fps is expectedly low. Other entertainment applications remained fully playable. The graphical interface responds without delay, programs run without pauses, “heavy” sites are loaded entirely from the first time and so on. Exceptions expressed in “reverie” happen, but not often (at some point the camera turned on for about two seconds). It’s definitely not a monster in terms of performance, but in its price category the novelty is at the level of competitors – it does not lag behind them, but it does not outstrip it either.

The battery capacity is 3300 mAh. It is quite usual for the device of similar dimensions and with the Full HD screen. But here the fast charging chip Exynos 7885, apparently, does not support, and this in the current world is attributed to the shortcomings. The battery life of the smartphone will be about one and a half days. Even the function Always On Display does not strongly “eat” the charge – about 5-7% per night (plus other functions). However, over time due to the abundance of installed applications, this figure may increase.

Conclusions and assessment

The chip Galaxy A7 (2018) is a triple camera (competitors already have it). Does the availability of such a layout on the quality of shooting? Hardly as serious as we would like. Over time, the company “dopilit” algorithms, and everything will, I think, be better. Performance is expected, in this price category, the mobile does not seem like a stranger. But sell in Belarus at the “normal” price of Pocophone F1 , the Samsung device would have to be tight. However, like everyone else.

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