Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 (SM-A720F)

In the A-series, phablets have always been in demand in smaller volumes than younger models with an index of 3 and 5. The most popular and sought-after form factor is devices with a diagonal of 5 inches, hence the maximum sales for A5, which is confirmed annually. At the same time, the Samsung A7 remains in demand, but it has much higher competition with Chinese flagships, of which there are a huge number on the market in a similar form factor.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Given the position and weight of Samsung in the market, the A7 can be considered as a competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus, they are sold at the same price and occupy approximately the same position in the eyes of consumers. In Russia, the iPhone 6 Plus is sold as new (refurbished devices, that is, used), they have the same cost as the 2017 A7. But these three-year-old devices have a plus in the form of a fashion component and a load of functions missing at the hardware level. We will talk about this in the conclusions, but for now I will focus on the fact that in the eyes of consumers these are equivalent devices.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

At the same time, Chinese brands in this price group are chosen not for the brand, but rather for the opportunities they provide. And believe that there is plenty to choose from, but often such models cost comparable and offer plus or minus the same functions, somewhere they have their own chips, somewhere they are inferior to the 2017 A7. But the model from Samsung definitely turned out to be successful for everyone who chooses a device from the A-brand for quality and reliability, as well as understandable and intelligible after-sales service. Sales of this model have already proved that it has taken place, in its segment it overtakes all competitors. Technically, the A7 is almost a complete copy of the 2017 A5, the battery and operating time, body size and screen size are different, but otherwise it is the same good device.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the A-series, the design is to some extent inherited from older models, the same body materials, no noticeable simplifications and savings. A7 models look expensive and stylish, regardless of what color you choose. There are four color solutions in total, there are no pink phones in Russia yet.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The mirror surface of the phone reflects the surrounding world, plays in the light, the device looks very interesting, and handprints are almost invisible. I will add here that the screen with a splash screen (AlwaysOn Display function) can always work, which almost none of the competitors has. In the end, we get an unusual device that has no analogues on the market, it can be distinguished from any other at a glance.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

If we talk about what color is the best, then I like blue, it is a delicate shade, very unusual, perfect for girls, however, see for yourself.

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Please note that the front and back panels are the same color, as is the side metal piping (6000 series aluminium). In pink, the device also looks good, but it is definitely only for girls.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The golden phone is somewhat rustic, but everyone has their own tastes.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The fact that the device has a glass back and front part does not interfere with it at all, since Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is quite reliable and protected from accidental falls, although someone is lucky here. In terms of mechanical protection, this device is completely identical to the Galaxy S6 EDGE, the quality is at the level. I once recorded a video about how this phone survives a collision with sharp objects or asphalt, you can watch this video.

The innovation of the A-series in 2017 was water protection, which was taken from the S7 / S7 EDGE, the implementation is exactly the same. The SIM card tray is protected by rubber gaskets, on the microphones and the membrane speaker, IP68 protection level, which allows the phone to be at a depth of up to 1.5 meters for up to half an hour. This does not mean that the phone needs to be washed under water and even more so with soap or something similar. But if you drop it into water, nothing will happen to it. There are practically no models with water protection in this price segment.

Now about the controls. Under the screen there is a mechanical key, a fingerprint sensor is inscribed in it, it is simplified compared to the S7/S7 EDGE, it works a little slower, but there are no problems because of this. Nice solution that just works. On the sides of it are two touch keys.

There are two volume keys on the left side, and an on/off button on the right side. There is a noise reduction system on the lower and upper ends - on the microphone, it does its job perfectly, you can be heard well in any conditions, even when the wind is blowing hard in your face.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones, as well as a USB Type C connector for a charger. Trays can be seen on the top end and left side, a nanoSIM card and a memory card are installed in the top, and a second nanoSIM card is installed in the bottom. In A3, for example, the installation of two SIM-cards and a memory card is not possible, there is a combined slot.

The speaker is located on the right side surface, due to this it can overlap in the pocket, it will not be heard very well. The speaker itself is average in volume, but very pleasant.

The dimensions of the phone are 156.8x77.6x7.9 mm, weight - 186 grams. Like any phablet, it is quite large, it fits well only in a wide male hand, but compared to its classmates, it is quite compact, the roundness of the case plays a role. The device is not slippery, it is not necessary to use a case, but if you know the habit of letting go of your phone, then it is better to buy a case.

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Display

Having a SuperAMOLED screen has always been an advantage of the A-series, the technical specifications of this display are as follows: 5.7 inches, SuperAMOLED, FullHD, 386 ppi, auto brightness adjustment, auto brightness adjustment to your habits, color profiles, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, AlwaysOn Display.

For my taste, the screen quality is excellent for its class, it has a large margin of brightness in automatic mode, the display is well readable in the sun, just like the model of the previous year (in S7 EDGE the screen has a high brightness, as a result, in the sun even better).

The screen has an AlwaysOn Display option, that is, you can see application icons, clocks or pictures all the time, the screen does not drain the battery much, in 12 hours it is a couple of percent. Until now, this function has not been massively available in the middle price segment, which noticeably distinguishes the 2017 A7 and puts it on a par with Samsung flagships.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

In terms of the combination of characteristics, the screen in the A7 2017 outperforms its competitors, there is nothing better in this segment. As a result, this is one of the strengths of the model. I also like the fact that they brought automatic brightness adjustment to your preferences, the first two weeks the phone “gets used” to you and adjusts to your taste.

Battery

Built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3600 mAh, supports fast charging (1 hour 35 minutes). The built-in wireless charging that flagship models have is not here.

In mixed mode, the device lives quietly for two days with 3-5 hours of screen operation, data transfer in LTE and two hours of calls.

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Play unconverted HD video in MX Player at maximum brightness - up to 19 hours! This is an excellent indicator given the size of the battery, many Chinese > show a comparable result on a 5000 mAh battery.

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The operating time of the A7 2017 becomes its strong point, even with a heavy load, it will not work to discharge it faster than in a day, on average it is two days. Those who use only calls can easily count on 5-6 days of work, of course, it all depends on the operator and the number of these calls. But in general, we can state the fact that the time of work is a strong point of this model.

Traditionally, there is a power-saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor are limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

Communications

GPS/GLONASS is implemented perfectly, cold start takes about ten seconds, navigation works perfectly, there are no problems. By the way, this distinguishes A-brands from many Chinese companies, where the implementation of antennas is such that you can expect anything from typical functions.

Another strong point is the support of almost all necessary LTE frequencies, here the device also shows its strengths (analogues in this price segment cannot boast of this, as a rule, there are savings on antennas).

Finally, the device has NFC, ANT+ support, which will appeal to those who use sports sensors. Bluetooth version 4.2.

If we talk about Wi-Fi, then 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz is used here, there is a repeater mode (distribution of a Wi-Fi signal to other devices as an access point).

USB 2.0 version, but uses a USB Type C (1.0) connector, so fans of modern connectors will be happy, it's time for the rest to come to terms with the transition to the new standard.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung uses its own chipsets in the A-series models, which can be considered a plus, they are improving from year to year. For example, in 2016 chipsets in the A-series were made at 28 nm, now it is 14 nm, which gives an increase in performance and operating time. Chipset in A7 2017 - Exynos 7880, 8 cores up to 1.9 GHz (Cortex A53), Mali-T830MP3 GPU.

In synthetic tests, this processor performed well. In real life, everything also works perfectly, you will not experience any shortcomings in performance, the model is at the level, and the safety margin is enough for a couple of years at least.

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Internal memory in the device 32 GB (available 23.1 GB), memory cards can be up to 256 GB. RAM 3 GB, which is enough for most consumers for the eyes. And given the screen resolution, everything becomes very good, this solution is balanced, and there are no noticeable compromises.

Camera

The front camera is 16 megapixels (f/1.9), as usual, there is no autofocus, so it's worth finding the distance from which you get the best shots, which is about half a meter, that is, an outstretched arm. The quality of the front camera is good, but do not expect anything special from it, after all, the main camera is better. There is a traditional improvement in skin color and tone, you can enlarge your eyes, and at the same time make your face thinner. Girls will definitely like these “improvements”.

The main camera is 16-megapixel (f / 1.9), of course, there is autofocus, as well as additional shooting modes, including PRO, but it differs from the flagships, since the camera is simpler. This camera is on par with the best Chinese manufacturers or slightly better, that is, it gives good, rich pictures during the day and indoors, it is not so good in the dark, but this is generally typical for this segment. When recording video, there is no 4K mode, but it is unlikely that consumers of this device need it so much, since recording a regular FullHD video will completely satisfy them.

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Посмотрите на примеры снимков и видео, думаю, что они сами скажут все про качество камеры.

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Software

The model was originally released on Android 6.0.1, but many interface elements are similar to what we see in Android 7 and Clean UI on S7/S7 EDGE. I advise you to read about what appeared in Android 7, since this model will receive this version of the OS soon.

How Galaxy S7/S7 EDGE has changed with Android 7 update

I will not describe the standard Android functions, you can read about them in a detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

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When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers. Today, many Chinese manufacturers offer something similar in their smartphones, but the implementation is different everywhere.

Of course, this model supports Samsung Pay.

I will not dwell on the standard software from Samsung, for example, S Health, you can find relevant articles on our website.

Impressions

The vibrating alert is average, the volume of the ringer is also average - perhaps we would like to have more headroom, but the phone is still audible, and it is felt in pockets when vibrating. Rather, there is no reserve in terms of volume, but then whoever perceives this moment, the device cannot be called quiet.

In the 2017 lineup, the A7 stands a little apart, as it is a phablet and is bought primarily for its screen size. That is, they are bought by those who are used to watching videos on their smartphones, playing games, while a person needs a long operating time from a single charge. Of the advantages that competitors do not have, of course, AlwaysOn Display, excellent battery life. But to say that this model has no competitors at all is impossible.

As mentioned at the beginning, such a competitor can be a three-year-old iPhone 6 Plus (moreover, it is refurbished), its price is 29,990 rubles for the 64 GB version. Good storage capacity, but no IP68 protection, no memory cards, no FM radio and lower resolution screen. Moreover, Apple fans themselves discourage buying this model, as they consider its processor to be rather weak for the current moment and say that the iPhone 6 Plus was frankly unsuccessful (it took three years to admit the obvious). On the other hand, for those who choose the brand, this iPhone can be a good purchase for a relatively reasonable price.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a very strong competitor, this device does not have memory cards (64 or 128 GB of memory), it does not have water protection, but otherwise it is very interesting, since it has a SuperAMOLED screen with the same diagonal from Samsung, Exynos 8890, that is, a more powerful processor, 4 GB of RAM. He has a separate DSP for sound, and he sounds very, very good. Yes, and it looks good, all this at a price of 35,000 rubles for the base model (you can easily find 5-7 thousand rubles cheaper, even cheaper when ordering in China). As for me, this is a device of a slightly different class in terms of filling, it is worth paying close attention to it.

For about the same 34,990 rubles (versus 29,990 rubles for A7 2017), you can buy Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It has a design reminiscent of Samsung flagships, with a curved glass front panel, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal .

If you simplify the characteristics, then on the market you can find many models of phablets in the segment from 20 to 25 thousand rubles, they will be conditionally comparable with the A7 of 2017, but if you go into details, it will begin to turn out that they often do not have a fingerprint sensor fingers, water protection, easier screens and so on.

You can choose A7 2017 for the screen size, 5.7 inches versus 5.2 in A5. However, in other respects, these devices are almost similar, everything is the same. In the table you can see how all A-series devices differ.

The price of A7 2017 in Russia is 29,990 rubles, for comparison, the model of the previous year costs 23,990 rubles. In my opinion, the advantage of the 2017 device is obvious, it is IP68 protection, AlwaysOn Display, updated Android and new operating modes, increased battery life, better performance. In a word, it is worth finding money and buying an updated model, it will definitely last longer.

The bottom line is that the 2017 A7 is a very nice phone, and of course it has Samsung Pay support if that's an issue for you. For those who are accustomed to buying A-brands, believe that it is justified, and are not looking for some additional benefit, this device will come in handy and will not disappoint. It has no serious disadvantages, which has already been verified over several months of sales.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 (SM-A720F)

In the A-series, phablets have always been in demand in smaller volumes than younger models with an index of 3 and 5. The most popular and sought-after form factor is devices with a diagonal of 5 inches, hence the maximum sales for A5, which is confirmed annually. At the same time, the Samsung A7 remains in demand, but it has much higher competition with Chinese flagships, of which there are a huge number on the market in a similar form factor.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Given the position and weight of Samsung in the market, the A7 can be considered as a competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus, they are sold at the same price and occupy approximately the same position in the eyes of consumers. In Russia, the iPhone 6 Plus is sold as new (refurbished devices, that is, used), they have the same cost as the 2017 A7. But these three-year-old devices have a plus in the form of a fashion component and a load of functions missing at the hardware level. We will talk about this in the conclusions, but for now I will focus on the fact that in the eyes of consumers these are equivalent devices.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

At the same time, Chinese brands in this price group are chosen not for the brand, but rather for the opportunities they provide. And believe that there is plenty to choose from, but often such models cost comparable and offer plus or minus the same functions, somewhere they have their own chips, somewhere they are inferior to the 2017 A7. But the model from Samsung definitely turned out to be successful for everyone who chooses a device from the A-brand for quality and reliability, as well as understandable and intelligible after-sales service. Sales of this model have already proved that it has taken place, in its segment it overtakes all competitors. Technically, the A7 is almost a complete copy of the 2017 A5, the battery and operating time, body size and screen size are different, but otherwise it is the same good device.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the A-series, the design is to some extent inherited from older models, the same body materials, no noticeable simplifications and savings. A7 models look expensive and stylish, regardless of what color you choose. There are four color solutions in total, there are no pink phones in Russia yet.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The mirror surface of the phone reflects the surrounding world, plays in the light, the device looks very interesting, and handprints are almost invisible. I will add here that the screen with a splash screen (AlwaysOn Display function) can always work, which almost none of the competitors has. In the end, we get an unusual device that has no analogues on the market, it can be distinguished from any other at a glance.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

If we talk about what color is the best, then I like blue, it is a delicate shade, very unusual, perfect for girls, however, see for yourself.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Please note that the front and back panels are the same color, as is the side metal piping (6000 series aluminium). In pink, the device also looks good, but it is definitely only for girls.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The golden phone is somewhat rustic, but everyone has their own tastes.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The fact that the device has a glass back and front part does not interfere with it at all, since Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is quite reliable and protected from accidental falls, although someone is lucky here. In terms of mechanical protection, this device is completely identical to the Galaxy S6 EDGE, the quality is at the level. I once recorded a video about how this phone survives a collision with sharp objects or asphalt, you can watch this video.

The innovation of the A-series in 2017 was water protection, which was taken from the S7 / S7 EDGE, the implementation is exactly the same. The SIM card tray is protected by rubber gaskets, on the microphones and the membrane speaker, IP68 protection level, which allows the phone to be at a depth of up to 1.5 meters for up to half an hour. This does not mean that the phone needs to be washed under water and even more so with soap or something similar. But if you drop it into water, nothing will happen to it. There are practically no models with water protection in this price segment.

Now about the controls. Under the screen there is a mechanical key, a fingerprint sensor is inscribed in it, it is simplified compared to the S7/S7 EDGE, it works a little slower, but there are no problems because of this. Nice solution that just works. On the sides of it are two touch keys.

There are two volume keys on the left side, and an on/off button on the right side. There is a noise reduction system on the lower and upper ends - on the microphone, it does its job perfectly, you can be heard well in any conditions, even when the wind is blowing hard in your face.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones, as well as a USB Type C connector for a charger. Trays can be seen on the top end and left side, a nanoSIM card and a memory card are installed in the top, and a second nanoSIM card is installed in the bottom. In A3, for example, the installation of two SIM-cards and a memory card is not possible, there is a combined slot.

The speaker is located on the right side surface, due to this it can overlap in the pocket, it will not be heard very well. The speaker itself is average in volume, but very pleasant.

The dimensions of the phone are 156.8x77.6x7.9 mm, weight - 186 grams. Like any phablet, it is quite large, it fits well only in a wide male hand, but compared to its classmates, it is quite compact, the roundness of the case plays a role. The device is not slippery, it is not necessary to use a case, but if you know the habit of letting go of your phone, then it is better to buy a case.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Display

Having a SuperAMOLED screen has always been an advantage of the A-series, the technical specifications of this display are as follows: 5.7 inches, SuperAMOLED, FullHD, 386 ppi, auto brightness adjustment, auto brightness adjustment to your habits, color profiles, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, AlwaysOn Display.

For my taste, the screen quality is excellent for its class, it has a large margin of brightness in automatic mode, the display is well readable in the sun, just like the model of the previous year (in S7 EDGE the screen has a high brightness, as a result, in the sun even better).

The screen has an AlwaysOn Display option, that is, you can see application icons, clocks or pictures all the time, the screen does not drain the battery much, in 12 hours it is a couple of percent. Until now, this function has not been massively available in the middle price segment, which noticeably distinguishes the 2017 A7 and puts it on a par with Samsung flagships.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

In terms of the combination of characteristics, the screen in the A7 2017 outperforms its competitors, there is nothing better in this segment. As a result, this is one of the strengths of the model. I also like the fact that they brought automatic brightness adjustment to your preferences, the first two weeks the phone “gets used” to you and adjusts to your taste.

Battery

Built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3600 mAh, fast charging (1 hour 35 minutes) is supported. The built-in wireless charging that flagship models have is not here.

In mixed mode, the device lives quietly for two days with 3-5 hours of screen operation, data transfer in LTE and two hours of calls.

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Play unconverted HD video in MX Player at maximum brightness - up to 19 hours! This is an excellent indicator considering the size of the battery, many Chinese > show a comparable result on a 5000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The operating time of the A7 2017 becomes its strong point, even with a heavy load, it will not work to discharge it faster than in a day, on average it is two days. Those who use only calls can easily count on 5-6 days of work, of course, it all depends on the operator and the number of these calls. But in general, we can state the fact that the time of work is a strong point of this model.

Traditionally, there is a power-saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor are limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

Communications

GPS/GLONASS is implemented perfectly, cold start takes about ten seconds, navigation works perfectly, there are no problems. By the way, this distinguishes A-brands from many Chinese companies, where the implementation of antennas is such that you can expect anything from typical functions.

Another strong point is the support of almost all necessary LTE frequencies, here the device also shows its strengths (analogues in this price segment cannot boast of this, as a rule, there are savings on antennas).

Finally, the device has NFC, ANT+ support, which will appeal to those who use sports sensors. Bluetooth version 4.2.

If we talk about Wi-Fi, then 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz is used here, there is a repeater mode (distribution of a Wi-Fi signal to other devices as an access point).

USB 2.0 version, but uses a USB Type C (1.0) connector, so fans of modern connectors will be happy, it's time for the rest to come to terms with the transition to the new standard.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung uses its own chipsets in the A-series models, which can be considered a plus, they are improving from year to year. For example, in 2016 chipsets in the A-series were made at 28 nm, now it is 14 nm, which gives an increase in performance and operating time. Chipset in A7 2017 - Exynos 7880, 8 cores up to 1.9 GHz (Cortex A53), Mali-T830MP3 GPU.

In synthetic tests, this processor performed well. In real life, everything also works perfectly, you will not experience any shortcomings in performance, the model is at the level, and the safety margin is enough for a couple of years at least.

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Internal memory in the device 32 GB (available 23.1 GB), memory cards can be up to 256 GB. RAM 3 GB, which is enough for most consumers for the eyes. And given the screen resolution, everything becomes very good, this solution is balanced, and there are no noticeable compromises.

Camera

The front camera is 16 megapixels (f/1.9), as usual, there is no autofocus, so it's worth finding the distance from which you get the best shots, which is about half a meter, that is, an outstretched arm. The quality of the front camera is good, but do not expect anything special from it, after all, the main camera is better. There is a traditional improvement in skin color and tone, you can enlarge your eyes, and at the same time make your face thinner. Girls will definitely like these “improvements”.

The main camera is 16-megapixel (f / 1.9), of course, there is autofocus, as well as additional shooting modes, including PRO, but it differs from the flagships, since the camera is simpler. This camera is on par with the best Chinese manufacturers or slightly better, that is, it gives good, rich pictures during the day and indoors, it is not so good in the dark, but this is generally typical for this segment. When recording video, there is no 4K mode, but it is unlikely that consumers of this device need it so much, since recording a regular FullHD video will completely satisfy them.

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Посмотрите на примеры снимков и видео, думаю, что они сами скажут все про качество камеры.

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Software

The model was originally released on Android 6.0.1, but many interface elements are similar to what we see in Android 7 and Clean UI on S7/S7 EDGE. I advise you to read about what appeared in Android 7, since this model will receive this version of the OS soon.

How Galaxy S7/S7 EDGE has changed with Android 7 update

I will not describe the standard Android functions, you can read about them in a detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

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When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers. Today, many Chinese manufacturers offer something similar in their smartphones, but the implementation is different everywhere.

Of course, this model supports Samsung Pay.

I will not dwell on the standard software from Samsung, for example, S Health, you can find relevant articles on our website.

Impressions

The vibrating alert is average, the volume of the ringer is also average - perhaps we would like to have more headroom, but the phone is still audible, and it is felt in pockets when vibrating. Rather, there is no reserve in terms of volume, but then whoever perceives this moment, the device cannot be called quiet.

In the 2017 lineup, the A7 stands a little apart, as it is a phablet and is bought primarily for its screen size. That is, they are bought by those who are used to watching videos on their smartphones, playing games, while a person needs a long operating time from a single charge. Of the advantages that competitors do not have, of course, AlwaysOn Display, excellent battery life. But to say that this model has no competitors at all is impossible.

As mentioned at the beginning, such a competitor can be a three-year-old iPhone 6 Plus (moreover, it is refurbished), its price is 29,990 rubles for the 64 GB version. Good storage capacity, but no IP68 protection, no memory cards, no FM radio and lower resolution screen. Moreover, Apple fans themselves discourage buying this model, as they consider its processor to be rather weak for the current moment and say that the iPhone 6 Plus was frankly unsuccessful (it took three years to admit the obvious). On the other hand, for those who choose the brand, this iPhone can be a good purchase for a relatively reasonable price.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a very strong competitor, this device does not have memory cards (64 or 128 GB of memory), it does not have water protection, but otherwise it is very interesting, since it has a SuperAMOLED screen with the same diagonal from Samsung, Exynos 8890, that is, a more powerful processor, 4GB of RAM. He has a separate DSP for sound, and he sounds very, very good. Yes, and it looks good, all this at a price of 35,000 rubles for the base model (you can easily find 5-7 thousand rubles cheaper, even cheaper when ordering in China). As for me, this is a device of a slightly different class in terms of filling, it is worth paying close attention to it.

For about the same 34,990 rubles (versus 29,990 rubles for A7 2017), you can buy Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It has a design reminiscent of Samsung flagships, with a curved glass front panel, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal .

If you simplify the characteristics, then on the market you can find many models of phablets in the segment from 20 to 25 thousand rubles, they will be conditionally comparable with the A7 of 2017, but if you go into details, it will begin to turn out that they often do not have a fingerprint sensor fingers, water protection, easier screens and so on.

You can choose A7 2017 for the screen size, 5.7 inches versus 5.2 in A5. However, in other respects, these devices are almost similar, everything is the same. In the table you can see how all A-series devices differ.

The price of A7 2017 in Russia is 29,990 rubles, for comparison, the model of the previous year costs 23,990 rubles. In my opinion, the advantage of the 2017 device is obvious, it is IP68 protection, AlwaysOn Display, updated Android and new operating modes, increased battery life, better performance. In a word, it is worth finding money and buying an updated model, it will definitely last longer.

The bottom line is that the 2017 A7 is a very nice phone, and of course it has Samsung Pay support if that's an issue for you. For those who are accustomed to buying A-brands, believe that it is justified, and are not looking for some additional benefit, this device will come in handy and will not disappoint. It has no serious disadvantages, which has already been verified over several months of sales.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 (SM-A720F)

In the A-series, phablets have always been in demand in smaller volumes than younger models with an index of 3 and 5. The most popular and sought-after form factor is devices with a diagonal of 5 inches, hence the maximum sales for A5, which is confirmed annually. At the same time, the Samsung A7 remains in demand, but it has much higher competition with Chinese flagships, of which there are a huge number on the market in a similar form factor.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Given the position and weight of Samsung in the market, the A7 can be considered as a competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus, they are sold at the same price and occupy approximately the same position in the eyes of consumers. In Russia, the iPhone 6 Plus is sold as new (refurbished devices, that is, used), they have the same cost as the 2017 A7. But these three-year-old devices have a plus in the form of a fashion component and a load of functions missing at the hardware level. We will talk about this in the conclusions, but for now I will focus on the fact that in the eyes of consumers these are equivalent devices.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

At the same time, Chinese brands in this price group are chosen not for the brand, but rather for the opportunities they provide. And believe that there is plenty to choose from, but often such models cost comparable and offer plus or minus the same functions, somewhere they have their own chips, somewhere they are inferior to the 2017 A7. But the model from Samsung definitely turned out to be successful for everyone who chooses a device from the A-brand for quality and reliability, as well as understandable and intelligible after-sales service. Sales of this model have already proved that it has taken place, in its segment it overtakes all competitors. Technically, the A7 is almost a complete copy of the 2017 A5, the battery and operating time, body size and screen size are different, but otherwise it is the same good device.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the A-series, the design is to some extent inherited from older models, the same body materials, no noticeable simplifications and savings. A7 models look expensive and stylish, regardless of what color you choose. There are four color solutions in total, there are no pink phones in Russia yet.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The mirror surface of the phone reflects the surrounding world, plays in the light, the device looks very interesting, and handprints are almost invisible. I will add here that the screen with a splash screen (AlwaysOn Display function) can always work, which almost none of the competitors has. In the end, we get an unusual device that has no analogues on the market, it can be distinguished from any other at a glance.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

If we talk about what color is the best, then I like blue, it is a delicate shade, very unusual, perfect for girls, however, see for yourself.

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Please note that the front and back panels are the same color, as is the side metal piping (6000 series aluminium). In pink, the device also looks good, but it is definitely only for girls.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The golden phone is somewhat rustic, but everyone has their own tastes.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The fact that the device has a glass back and front part does not interfere with it at all, since Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is quite reliable and protected from accidental falls, although someone is lucky here. In terms of mechanical protection, this device is completely identical to the Galaxy S6 EDGE, the quality is at the level. I once recorded a video about how this phone survives a collision with sharp objects or asphalt, you can watch this video.

The innovation of the A-series in 2017 was water protection, which was taken from the S7 / S7 EDGE, the implementation is exactly the same. The SIM card tray is protected by rubber gaskets, on the microphones and the membrane speaker, IP68 protection level, which allows the phone to be at a depth of up to 1.5 meters for up to half an hour. This does not mean that the phone needs to be washed under water and even more so with soap or something similar. But if you drop it into water, nothing will happen to it. There are practically no models with water protection in this price segment.

Now about the controls. Under the screen there is a mechanical key, a fingerprint sensor is inscribed in it, it is simplified compared to the S7/S7 EDGE, it works a little slower, but there are no problems because of this. Nice solution that just works. On the sides of it are two touch keys.

There are two volume keys on the left side, and an on/off button on the right side. There is a noise reduction system on the lower and upper ends - on the microphone, it does its job perfectly, you can be heard well in any conditions, even when the wind is blowing hard in your face.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones, as well as a USB Type C connector for a charger. Trays can be seen on the top end and left side, a nanoSIM card and a memory card are installed in the top, and a second nanoSIM card is installed in the bottom. In A3, for example, the installation of two SIM-cards and a memory card is not possible, there is a combined slot.

The speaker is located on the right side surface, due to this it can overlap in the pocket, it will not be heard very well. The speaker itself is average in volume, but very pleasant.

The dimensions of the phone are 156.8x77.6x7.9 mm, weight - 186 grams. Like any phablet, it is quite large, it fits well only in a wide male hand, but compared to its classmates, it is quite compact, the roundness of the case plays a role. The device is not slippery, it is not necessary to use a case, but if you know the habit of letting go of your phone, then it is better to buy a case.

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Display

Having a SuperAMOLED screen has always been an advantage of the A-series, the technical specifications of this display are as follows: 5.7 inches, SuperAMOLED, FullHD, 386 ppi, auto brightness adjustment, auto brightness adjustment to your habits, color profiles, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, AlwaysOn Display.

For my taste, the screen quality is excellent for its class, it has a large margin of brightness in automatic mode, the display is well readable in the sun, just like the model of the previous year (in S7 EDGE the screen has a high brightness, as a result, in the sun even better).

The screen has an AlwaysOn Display option, that is, you can see application icons, clocks or pictures all the time, the screen does not drain the battery much, in 12 hours it is a couple of percent. Until now, this function has not been massively available in the middle price segment, which noticeably distinguishes the 2017 A7 and puts it on a par with Samsung flagships.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

In terms of the combination of characteristics, the screen in the A7 2017 outperforms its competitors, there is nothing better in this segment. As a result, this is one of the strengths of the model. I also like the fact that they brought automatic brightness adjustment to your preferences, the first two weeks the phone “gets used” to you and adjusts to your taste.

Battery

Built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3600 mAh, fast charging (1 hour 35 minutes) is supported. The built-in wireless charging that flagship models have is not here.

In mixed mode, the device lives quietly for two days with 3-5 hours of screen operation, data transfer in LTE and two hours of calls.

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Play unconverted HD video in MX Player at maximum brightness - up to 19 hours! This is an excellent indicator considering the size of the battery, many Chinese > show a comparable result on a 5000 mAh battery.

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The operating time of the A7 2017 becomes its strong point, even with a heavy load, it will not work to discharge it faster than in a day, on average it is two days. Those who use only calls can easily count on 5-6 days of work, of course, it all depends on the operator and the number of these calls. But in general, we can state the fact that the time of work is a strong point of this model.

Traditionally, there is a power-saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor are limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

Communications

GPS/GLONASS is implemented perfectly, cold start takes about ten seconds, navigation works perfectly, there are no problems. By the way, this distinguishes A-brands from many Chinese companies, where the implementation of antennas is such that you can expect anything from typical functions.

Another strong point is the support of almost all necessary LTE frequencies, here the device also shows its strengths (analogues in this price segment cannot boast of this, as a rule, there are savings on antennas).

Finally, the device has NFC, ANT+ support, which will appeal to those who use sports sensors. Bluetooth version 4.2.

If we talk about Wi-Fi, then 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz is used here, there is a repeater mode (distribution of a Wi-Fi signal to other devices as an access point).

USB 2.0 version, but uses a USB Type C (1.0) connector, so fans of modern connectors will be happy, it's time for the rest to come to terms with the transition to the new standard.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung uses its own chipsets in the A-series models, which can be considered a plus, they are improving from year to year. For example, in 2016 chipsets in the A-series were made at 28 nm, now it is 14 nm, which gives an increase in performance and operating time. Chipset in A7 2017 - Exynos 7880, 8 cores up to 1.9 GHz (Cortex A53), Mali-T830MP3 GPU.

In synthetic tests, this processor performed well. In real life, everything also works perfectly, you will not experience any shortcomings in performance, the model is at the level, and the safety margin is enough for a couple of years at least.

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Internal memory in the device 32 GB (available 23.1 GB), memory cards can be up to 256 GB. RAM 3 GB, which is enough for most consumers for the eyes. And considering the screen resolution, everything becomes very good, this solution is balanced, and there are no noticeable compromises.

Camera

The front camera is 16 megapixels (f/1.9), as usual, there is no autofocus, so it's worth finding the distance from which you get the best shots, which is about half a meter, that is, an outstretched arm. The quality of the front camera is good, but do not expect anything special from it, after all, the main camera is better. There is a traditional improvement in skin color and tone, you can enlarge your eyes, and at the same time make your face thinner. Girls will definitely like these “improvements”.

The main camera is 16-megapixel (f / 1.9), of course, there is autofocus, as well as additional shooting modes, including PRO, but it differs from the flagships, since the camera is simpler. This camera is on par with the best Chinese manufacturers or slightly better, that is, it gives good, rich pictures during the day and indoors, it is not so good in the dark, but this is generally typical for this segment. When recording video, there is no 4K mode, but it is unlikely that consumers of this device need it so much, since recording a regular FullHD video will completely satisfy them.

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Посмотрите на примеры снимков и видео, думаю, что они сами скажут все про качество камеры.

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Software

The model was originally released on Android 6.0.1, but many interface elements are similar to what we see in Android 7 and Clean UI on S7/S7 EDGE. I advise you to read about what appeared in Android 7, since this model will receive this version of the OS soon.

How Galaxy S7/S7 EDGE has changed with Android 7 update

I will not describe the standard Android functions, you can read about them in a detailed review.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

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When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers. Today, many Chinese manufacturers offer something similar in their smartphones, but the implementation is different everywhere.

Of course, this model supports Samsung Pay.

I will not dwell on the standard software from Samsung, for example, S Health, you can find relevant articles on our website.

Impressions

The vibrating alert is average, the volume of the ringer is also average - perhaps we would like to have more headroom, but the phone is still audible, and it is felt in pockets when vibrating. Rather, there is no reserve in terms of volume, but then whoever perceives this moment, the device cannot be called quiet.

In the 2017 lineup, the A7 stands a little apart, as it is a phablet and is bought primarily for its screen size. That is, they are bought by those who are used to watching videos on their smartphones, playing games, while a person needs a long operating time from a single charge. Of the advantages that competitors do not have, of course, AlwaysOn Display, excellent battery life. But to say that this model has no competitors at all is impossible.

As mentioned at the beginning, such a competitor can be a three-year-old iPhone 6 Plus (moreover, it is refurbished), its price is 29,990 rubles for the 64 GB version. Good storage capacity, but no IP68 protection, no memory cards, no FM radio and lower resolution screen. Moreover, Apple fans themselves discourage buying this model, as they consider its processor to be rather weak for the current moment and say that the iPhone 6 Plus was frankly unsuccessful (it took three years to admit the obvious). On the other hand, for those who choose the brand, this iPhone can be a good purchase for a relatively reasonable price.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a very strong competitor, this device does not have memory cards (64 or 128 GB of memory), it does not have water protection, but otherwise it is very interesting, since it has a SuperAMOLED screen with the same diagonal from Samsung, Exynos 8890, that is, a more powerful processor, 4GB of RAM. He has a separate DSP for sound, and he sounds very, very good. Yes, and it looks good, all this at a price of 35,000 rubles for the base model (you can easily find 5-7 thousand rubles cheaper, even cheaper when ordering in China). As for me, this is a device of a slightly different class in terms of filling, it is worth paying close attention to it.

For about the same 34,990 rubles (versus 29,990 rubles for A7 2017), you can buy Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It has a design reminiscent of Samsung flagships, with a curved glass front panel, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal .

If you simplify the characteristics, then on the market you can find many models of phablets in the segment from 20 to 25 thousand rubles, they will be conditionally comparable with the A7 of 2017, but if you go into details, it will begin to turn out that they often do not have a fingerprint sensor fingers, water protection, easier screens and so on.

You can choose A7 2017 for the screen size, 5.7 inches versus 5.2 in A5. However, in other respects, these devices are almost similar, everything is the same. In the table you can see how all A-series devices differ.

The price of A7 2017 in Russia is 29,990 rubles, for comparison, the model of the previous year costs 23,990 rubles. In my opinion, the advantage of the 2017 device is obvious, it is IP68 protection, AlwaysOn Display, updated Android and new operating modes, increased battery life, better performance. In a word, it is worth finding money and buying an updated model, it will definitely last longer.

The bottom line is that the 2017 A7 is a very nice phone, and of course it has Samsung Pay support if that's an issue for you. For those who are accustomed to buying A-brands, believe that it is justified, and are not looking for some additional benefit, this device will come in handy and will not disappoint. It has no serious disadvantages, which has already been verified over several months of sales.

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 (SM-A720F)

In the A-series, phablets have always been in demand in smaller volumes than younger models with an index of 3 and 5. The most popular and sought-after form factor is devices with a diagonal of 5 inches, hence the maximum sales for A5, which is confirmed annually. At the same time, the Samsung A7 remains in demand, but it has much higher competition with Chinese flagships, of which there are a huge number on the market in a similar form factor.

Given the position and weight of Samsung in the market, the A7 can be considered as a competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus, they are sold at the same price and occupy approximately the same position in the eyes of consumers. In Russia, the iPhone 6 Plus is sold as new (refurbished devices, that is, used), they have the same cost as the 2017 A7. But these three-year-old devices have a plus in the form of a fashion component and a load of functions missing at the hardware level. We will talk about this in the conclusions, but for now I will focus on the fact that in the eyes of consumers these are equivalent devices.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

At the same time, Chinese brands in this price group are chosen not for the brand, but rather for the opportunities they provide. And believe that there is plenty to choose from, but often such models cost comparable and offer plus or minus the same functions, somewhere they have their own chips, somewhere they are inferior to the 2017 A7. But the model from Samsung definitely turned out to be successful for everyone who chooses a device from the A-brand for quality and reliability, as well as understandable and intelligible after-sales service. Sales of this model have already proved that it has taken place, in its segment it overtakes all competitors. Technically, the A7 is almost a complete copy of the 2017 A5, the battery and operating time, body size and screen size are different, but otherwise it is the same good device.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the A-series, the design is to some extent inherited from older models, the same body materials, no noticeable simplifications and savings. A7 models look expensive and stylish, regardless of what color you choose. There are four color solutions in total, there are no pink phones in Russia yet.

The mirror surface of the phone reflects the surrounding world, plays in the light, the device looks very interesting, and handprints are almost invisible. I will add here that the screen with a splash screen (AlwaysOn Display function) can always work, which almost none of the competitors has. In the end, we get an unusual device that has no analogues on the market, it can be distinguished from any other at a glance.

If we talk about what color is the best, then I like blue, it is a delicate shade, very unusual, perfect for girls, however, see for yourself.

Please note that the front and back panels are the same color, as is the side metal piping (6000 series aluminium). In pink, the device also looks good, but it is definitely only for girls.

The golden phone is somewhat rustic, but everyone has their own tastes.

The fact that the device has a glass back and front part does not interfere with it at all, since Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is quite reliable and protected from accidental falls, although someone is lucky here. In terms of mechanical protection, this device is completely identical to the Galaxy S6 EDGE, the quality is at the level. I once recorded a video about how this phone survives a collision with sharp objects or asphalt, you can watch this video.

The innovation of the A-series in 2017 was water protection, which was taken from the S7 / S7 EDGE, the implementation is exactly the same. The SIM card tray is protected by rubber gaskets, on the microphones and the membrane speaker, IP68 protection level, which allows the phone to be at a depth of up to 1.5 meters for up to half an hour. This does not mean that the phone needs to be washed under water and even more so with soap or something similar. But if you drop it into water, nothing will happen to it. There are practically no models with water protection in this price segment.

Now about the controls. Under the screen there is a mechanical key, a fingerprint sensor is inscribed in it, it is simplified compared to the S7/S7 EDGE, it works a little slower, but there are no problems because of this. Nice solution that just works. On the sides of it are two touch keys.

There are two volume keys on the left side, and an on/off button on the right side. There is a noise reduction system on the lower and upper ends - on the microphone, it does its job perfectly, you can be heard well in any conditions, even when the wind is blowing hard in your face.

At the bottom there is a 3.5 mm jack for a headset or headphones, as well as a USB Type C connector for a charger. Trays can be seen on the top end and left side, a nanoSIM card and a memory card are installed in the top, and a second nanoSIM card is installed in the bottom. In A3, for example, the installation of two SIM-cards and a memory card is not possible, there is a combined slot.

The speaker is located on the right side surface, due to this it can overlap in the pocket, it will not be heard very well. The speaker itself is average in volume, but very pleasant.

The dimensions of the phone are 156.8x77.6x7.9 mm, weight - 186 grams. Like any phablet, it is quite large, it fits well only in a wide male hand, but compared to its classmates, it is quite compact, the roundness of the case plays a role. The device is not slippery, it is not necessary to use a case, but if you know the habit of letting go of your phone, then it is better to buy a case.

Display

Having a SuperAMOLED screen has always been an advantage of the A-series, the technical specifications of this display are as follows: 5.7 inches, SuperAMOLED, FullHD, 386 ppi, auto brightness adjustment, auto brightness adjustment to your habits, color profiles, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, AlwaysOn Display.

For my taste, the screen quality is excellent for its class, it has a large margin of brightness in automatic mode, the display is well readable in the sun, just like the model of the previous year (in S7 EDGE the screen has a high brightness, as a result, in the sun even better).

The screen has an AlwaysOn Display option, that is, you can see application icons, clocks or pictures all the time, the screen does not drain the battery much, in 12 hours it is a couple of percent. Until now, this function has not been massively available in the middle price segment, which noticeably distinguishes the 2017 A7 and puts it on a par with Samsung flagships.

In terms of the combination of characteristics, the screen in the A7 2017 outperforms its competitors, there is nothing better in this segment. As a result, this is one of the strengths of the model. I also like the fact that they brought automatic brightness adjustment to your preferences, the first two weeks the phone “gets used” to you and adjusts to your taste.

Battery

Built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3600 mAh, fast charging (1 hour 35 minutes) is supported. The built-in wireless charging that flagship models have is not here.

In mixed mode, the device lives quietly for two days with 3-5 hours of screen operation, data transfer in LTE and two hours of calls.

Play unconverted HD video in MX Player at maximum brightness - up to 19 hours! This is an excellent indicator given the size of the battery, many Chinese https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/fortuner/2020 show a comparable result on a 5000 mAh battery.

Play unconverted HD video in MX Player at maximum brightness - up to 19 hours! This is an excellent indicator given the size of the battery, many Chinese https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/fortuner/2020 https://cars45.com/listing/toyota/fortuner/2020 show a comparable result on a 5000 mAh battery.

The operating time of the A7 2017 becomes its strong point, even with a heavy load, it will not work to discharge it faster than in a day, on average it is two days. Those who use only calls can easily count on 5-6 days of work, of course, it all depends on the operator and the number of these calls. But in general, we can state the fact that the time of work is a strong point of this model.

Traditionally, there is a power-saving mode, when the backlight of the screen, the frequency of the processor are limited, in this mode, many will not experience problems with the operation of the device, but the operating time will increase by 20 percent at least. In the maximum power saving mode, everything turns gray on the screen, and the device can provide hours of operation even with a small charge.

Communications

GPS/GLONASS is implemented perfectly, cold start takes about ten seconds, navigation works perfectly, there are no problems. By the way, this distinguishes A-brands from many Chinese companies, where the implementation of antennas is such that you can expect anything from typical functions.

Another strong point is the support of almost all necessary LTE frequencies, here the device also shows its strengths (analogues in this price segment cannot boast of this, as a rule, there are savings on antennas).

Finally, the device has NFC, ANT+ support, which will appeal to those who use sports sensors. Bluetooth version 4.2.

If we talk about Wi-Fi, then 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz is used here, there is a repeater mode (distribution of a Wi-Fi signal to other devices as an access point).

USB 2.0 version, but uses a USB Type C (1.0) connector, so fans of modern connectors will be happy, it's time for the rest to come to terms with the transition to the new standard.

Memory, RAM, performance

Samsung uses its own chipsets in the A-series models, which can be considered a plus, they are improving from year to year. For example, in 2016 chipsets in the A-series were made at 28 nm, now it is 14 nm, which gives an increase in performance and operating time. Chipset in A7 2017 - Exynos 7880, 8 cores up to 1.9 GHz (Cortex A53), Mali-T830MP3 GPU.

In synthetic tests, this processor performed well. In real life, everything also works perfectly, you will not experience any shortcomings in performance, the model is at the level, and the safety margin is enough for a couple of years at least.

Internal memory in the device 32 GB (available 23.1 GB), memory cards can be up to 256 GB. RAM 3 GB, which is enough for most consumers for the eyes. And given the screen resolution, everything becomes very good, this solution is balanced, and there are no noticeable compromises.

Camera

The front camera is 16 megapixels (f/1.9), as usual, there is no autofocus, so it's worth finding the distance from which you get the best shots, which is about half a meter, that is, an outstretched arm. The quality of the front camera is good, but do not expect anything special from it, after all, the main camera is better. There is a traditional improvement in skin color and tone, you can enlarge your eyes, and at the same time make your face thinner. Girls will definitely like these “improvements”.

The main camera is 16-megapixel (f / 1.9), of course, there is autofocus, as well as additional shooting modes, including PRO, but it differs from the flagships, since the camera is simpler. This camera is on par with the best Chinese manufacturers or slightly better, that is, it gives good, rich pictures during the day and indoors, it is not so good in the dark, but this is generally typical for this segment. When recording video, there is no 4K mode, but it is unlikely that consumers of this device need it so much, since recording a regular FullHD video will completely satisfy them.

Look at examples of pictures and videos, I think they will tell you everything about the quality of the camera.

Software

The model was originally released on Android 6.0.1, but many interface elements are similar to what we see in Android 7 and Clean UI on S7/S7 EDGE. I advise you to read about what appeared in Android 7, since this model will receive this version of the OS soon.

I will not describe the standard Android functions, you can read about them in a detailed review.

Unlike the top models, it has a built-in FM radio, which looks like a nice bonus.

When using KNOX, you can install any program in duplicate, for example, install two WhatsApp messengers on one device and use them for each SIM card (two numbers, two messengers). You can even chat with yourself. Exactly the same trick can be done with any software, no phone allows you to simultaneously work with two instant messengers on the same device with different numbers. Today, many Chinese manufacturers offer something similar in their smartphones, but the implementation is different everywhere.

Of course, this model supports Samsung Pay.

I will not dwell on the standard software from Samsung, for example, S Health, you can find relevant articles on our website.

Impressions

The vibrating alert is average, the volume of the ringer is also average - perhaps we would like to have more headroom, but the phone is still audible, and it is felt in pockets when vibrating. Rather, there is no reserve in terms of volume, but then whoever perceives this moment, the device cannot be called quiet.

In the 2017 lineup, the A7 stands a little apart, as it is a phablet and is bought primarily for its screen size. That is, they are bought by those who are used to watching videos on their smartphones, playing games, while a person needs a long operating time from a single charge. Of the advantages that competitors do not have, of course, AlwaysOn Display, excellent battery life. But to say that this model has no competitors at all is impossible.

As mentioned at the beginning, such a competitor can be a three-year-old iPhone 6 Plus (moreover, it is refurbished), its price is 29,990 rubles for the 64 GB version. Good storage capacity, but no IP68 protection, no memory cards, no FM radio and lower resolution screen. Moreover, Apple fans themselves discourage buying this model, as they consider its processor to be rather weak for the current moment and say that the iPhone 6 Plus was frankly unsuccessful (it took three years to admit the obvious). On the other hand, for those who choose the brand, this iPhone can be a good purchase for a relatively reasonable price.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a very strong competitor, this device does not have memory cards (64 or 128 GB of memory), it does not have water protection, but otherwise it is very interesting, since it has a SuperAMOLED screen with the same diagonal from Samsung, Exynos 8890, that is, a more powerful processor, 4GB of RAM. He has a separate DSP for sound, and he sounds very, very good. Yes, and it looks good, all this at a price of 35,000 rubles for the base model (you can easily find 5-7 thousand rubles cheaper, even cheaper when ordering in China). As for me, this is a device of a slightly different class in terms of filling, it is worth paying close attention to it.

For about the same 34,990 rubles (versus 29,990 rubles for A7 2017), you can buy Xiaomi Mi Note 2. It has a design reminiscent of Samsung flagships, with a curved glass front panel, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal .

If you simplify the characteristics, then on the market you can find many models of phablets in the segment from 20 to 25 thousand rubles, they will be conditionally comparable with the A7 of 2017, but if you go into details, it will begin to turn out that they often do not have a fingerprint sensor fingers, water protection, easier screens and so on.

You can choose A7 2017 for the screen size, 5.7 inches versus 5.2 in A5. However, in other respects, these devices are almost similar, everything is the same. In the table you can see how all A-series devices differ.

The price of A7 2017 in Russia is 29,990 rubles, for comparison, the model of the previous year costs 23,990 rubles. In my opinion, the advantage of the 2017 device is obvious, it is IP68 protection, AlwaysOn Display, updated Android and new operating modes, increased battery life, better performance. In a word, it is worth finding money and buying an updated model, it will definitely last longer.

The bottom line is that the 2017 A7 is a very nice phone, and of course it has Samsung Pay support if that's an issue for you. For those who are accustomed to buying A-brands, believe that it is justified, and are not looking for some additional benefit, this device will come in handy and will not disappoint. It has no serious disadvantages, which has already been verified over several months of sales.