After weeks of leaks and teasing, Samsung has finally unveiled its most high-end Galaxy A-series smartphone yet – the A7. The main highlight of the new Galaxy smartphone is undoubtedly its 6.3mm thin profile. That makes it the slimmest Samsung Galaxy smartphone ever launched. What’s more impressive is the fact that it comes with a metal unibody design that gives it a much more premium look and feel than the latest flagship Galaxy smartphones.
The Galaxy A7 is equipped with either a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset or Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 5430 octa-core chip, depending on the market. As per the press release, the Snapdragon chip will be used in the dual-SIM LTE/3G model while the Exynos chip is meant for the single-SIM LTE model. The Snapdragon 615 chipset features two quad-core Cortex-A53 clusters while the Exynos 5430 comes with a combination of quad-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 clusters. Both models come with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
The smartphone packs a 5.5” Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, landing it straight into phablet territory. The rear camera comes with 13MP resolution, while on the front you will find a 5MP shooter for selfies. Samsung has managed to cram in a decent sized battery into the thin A7, rated at 2,600mAh. The dimensions of the device are 151 x 76.2 x 6.3mm and it weighs 141 grams.
Along with the largely impressive hardware spec-sheet, Samsung has also built in some neat software features to the Android 4.4 KitKat running smartphone. The front camera offers advanced features such as ‘Ultra Wide Shot’ and ‘Auto Selfie’ modes that allow users to snap a selfie with just a simple voice command or a wave of the hand. There’s also ‘Always Clear Voice Auto Control’ that helps eliminate noise from the surrounding environment. It comes with a Private Mode as well, something that we have seen on many recent high end Samsung Galaxy devices. It basically prevents anyone else but you from accessing specific content on your Galaxy A7. The Multi Screen app function is on board too.
The Galaxy A7 will be going on sale around the world by the end of Q1 and will arrive at a ‘competitive price point’ according to Samsung. Three colors will be offered at launch – White, Gold, and Dark Blue.