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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) goes official with triple rear cameras

After many leaks, Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy A7, its latest addition to the Galaxy A lineup (Samsung isn’t using the 2018 tag, but we’re guessing it will be present on the retail devices). Looking at the feature set, it appears to be the first device under the company’s new strategy for mid-range smartphones, whereby new features, even those that are not there on flagships, are added to the mid-rangers to make them stand out in the crowded market.

New Samsung Galaxy A7 gets a side-mounted fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

The Galaxy A7 features the same glass unibody design we have seen on other recent Samsung mid-range smartphones. It, however, brings one major design change to the table – a side-mounted fingerprint reader, embedded into the power button. It is the first Galaxy smartphone to do so (alongside the Galaxy J6+) and you will have to wait for our review to find out how it impacts device handling and sensor accuracy. Samsung has also put the volume and power buttons on the same side of the device, which might not be easy to adjust to for long-time Galaxy users.

The Galaxy A7 specs include a 6-inch FHD+ (1080×2220) Super AMOLED Infinity display, unspecified octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, a 3,300mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo. It will be available in 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB, and 6GB/128GB configurations. The device also sports a microSD Slot with support for cards up to 512GB. Software features include Dolby Atmos for headphones and Bluetooth audio, Samsung Pay, and Bixby (without Bixby Voice support).

Triple rear cameras, 24-megapixel front-facing camera

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

The main attraction of the Galaxy A7 (2018) is its triple camera setup on the back – a first for a Galaxy smartphone. It consists of a 24MP primary lens with F1.7 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide F2.4 lens for wide-angle photos, and a 5MP F2.2 depth sensor. On the front, there is a 24MP selfie shooter (F2.0) with an adjustable LED flash. While the hardware looks impressive on paper, it remains to be seen how those triple cameras perform in real-world scenarios.

The ultra-wide lens has a 120-degree viewing angle, the “same viewing angle as the human eye”. The combination of the primary lens and the depth lens will enable the Live Focus feature which lets users add a bokeh (background blur) effect on their photos. Increasingly common Galaxy camera features like Selfie Focus, Pro Lighting Mode, AR Emoji, and filters are also present here. The A7 also gets the Scene Optimizer feature that was introduced on the Galaxy Note 9 (and released for the Galaxy A8 Star with a software update).

Galaxy A7 goes on sale this fall

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

The Galaxy A7 will come in blue, black, gold and pink. It will be available this fall in select European and Asian markets initially and expand to other markets later. The company has not revealed the pricing yet, and although rumors point at a ~$400 price tag, it’s unclear if the new A7 will be that cheap given the hardware it packs.

What do you think about the Galaxy A7 (2018)?

  • Model: SM-A750F
  • Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm,
  • Display: 6.0" (152.4mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7885
  • Camera: 24 MP, CMOS F1.7, 8 MP, CMOS & 5 MP, CMOS

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GS7edge
GS7edge

What’s with the Chinese phone camera layout? Ugliest Samsung phone I ever seen. Good thing there isn’t notch that will make this phone looks worse.

chandoli21
chandoli21

It is also surprising that the phone comes with a plastic frame (no antenna lines on the frame) and a micro USB port. https://youtu.be/qdY0_lhlXbU

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

Not plastic – glass and aluminum. But yes, micro USB 2.0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhLYdgDXESo&t=42s

locarno
locarno

Dolby Atmos only od headphones ? What about speaker in the phone ?

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

You need at least two speakers for surround sound effects to work, so Dolby Atmos makes no sense with these phones with a single speaker.

Aliyetim
Aliyetim

Change name for example A7 2019.

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

Disappointing to see the decrease in battery size – one of the selling features of the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) was the stellar battery life. Not crazy about the design choices either – much prefer the symmetrical look (and ambidextrous usability) of the center-mounted cameras and fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensor on the power button seems questionable too. We’ll see how it all looks and works in practice, but at first glance not impressed – don’t need gimmicks like triple cameras (but still no notification light!) – just want a solid, full-featured mid-ranger with great battery life. Is that so hard,… Read more »

chandoli21
chandoli21

This is actually a 300mAh increase from the A8 (2018) because the screen size of the A7 (2018) is 6 inches.

chandoli21
chandoli21

I was wrong. I thought it was the same size as the A8.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Full featured – but without “gimmicks”? that’s a bit of a juxtaposition. and a 120 degree lens has proved popular among reviewers whenever its present on a phone – and it is great for capturing landscapes, which is what many of us do on our travels.
ambidextrous usability?! seriously… just use a different finger its not hard (I am assuming you’re talking about the volume being on the other side of the phone because its a 6 inch screen, no ones hand is going to be that high up the phone it will obscure the camera lenses.)