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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs OnePlus 3T vs Moto Z Play: size and specs comparison

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs OnePlus 3T vs Moto Z Play: size and specs comparison

Samsung today announced three brand new smartphones, all part of the Galaxy A (2017) series. The top-of-the-line model is, of course, the Galaxy A7 (2017), which sports a pretty big 5.7-inch 1080p display, and should be sold for around €500 in Europe - most likely, this means the handset will cost about $500 in the US (unlocked). At this price, the Galaxy A7 (2017) has some serious competition.

Two notable smartphones that will compete with the Galaxy A7 (2017) once this hits the market are the OnePlus 3T and Motorola Moto Z Play (or Moto Z Play Droid, if you're getting it from Verizon).

These two handsets are not as new as the A7 (2017), and they don't come with dust- and water-resistant designs, but they do have their advantages. For example, the OnePlus 3T is certainly the most powerful device among the three (thanks to its Snapdragon 821 processor and 6 GB of RAM), while the Moto Z Play lets you customize its look and add useful Moto Mods (at extra cost). Moreover, the new Galaxy A7 is shipping with Android 6 Marshmallow, while the OnePlus 3T is already receiving an official update to Android 7 Nougat, and the Moto Z Play will likely get it soon, too. 

Check out our size and specs comparisons between the Galaxy A7 (2017), OnePlus 3T, and Moto Z Play below, and feel free to tel us which of these phones offers, in your view, the best value for money.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches
156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm
6.56 oz (186 g)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

OnePlus 3T
6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3T

Motorola Moto Z Play
6.16 x 3.01 x 0.28 inches
156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99 mm
5.82 oz (165 g)

Motorola Moto Z Play

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) vs OnePlus 3T vs Motorola Moto Z Play

OSAndroid (6.0)Android (7.1, 7.0, 6.0), Oxygen UIAndroid (7.0, 6.0)
Dimensions6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches (156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm)6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm)6.16 x 3.01 x 0.28 inches (156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99 mm)
Weight6.56 oz (186 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
5.57 oz (158 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
5.82 oz (165 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass; Accents: AluminumMain body: AluminumMain body: Glass; Accents: Metal
FeaturesFingerprint (touch), Touch sensitive control keysFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch)
RuggedWater, Dust resistant Splash resistant
IP certifiedIP 68  
Physical size5.7 inches5.5 inches5.5 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

386 ppi401 ppi401 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio73.78 %73.15 %69.71 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera16 megapixels16 megapixels16 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Pixel size 1.12 μm1.3 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorSapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, AutofocusAutofocus
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingRAW image capture, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingSelf-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
FeaturesVideo calling, Video sharingOptical image stabilization, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingDigital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera16 megapixels16 megapixels5 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 ProQualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nmQuad-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo, 64-bitOcta-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Graphics processorMali-T830 MP3Adreno 530Adreno 506
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1033 MHz) / LPDDR36 GB RAM (Quad-channel, 1866 MHz) / LPDDR43 GB RAM (933 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage32 GB128 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Capacity3600 mAh3400 mAh3510 mAh
Fast ChargeYesYesYes
Talk time (3G)23.00 hours
the average is 44 h (2632 min)
Internet use   
3G13 hours  
LTE16 hours  
Wi-Fi17 hours  
Music playback59.00 hours  
Video playback20.00 hours  
MirroringWireless screen share Wireless screen share
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 19, 20, 25, 28
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 40, 41Bands 38, 40Bands 38, 40, 41
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPALTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE-A, HSPA
Mobile PaymentSamsung Pay  
Shopping information
MSRP price $ 479€ 499

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posted on 03 Jan 2017, 14:37 2

1. dmitrilp_ (Posts: 330; Member since: 12 Sep 2016)

Samsung all the way baby!

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 14:42 2

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3342; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

E7880 is trash tho lol, I'm sure the battery life will be amazing but the GPU is severely lacking.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 16:31

4. pecapello (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)

I was about to say the same thing hahaha

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 11:48 1

6. skyline88 (Posts: 586; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

yes, all the way to the breakfast plate of OnePlus 3T.

#NeverSettle #EatSamsungForBreakfast

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 16:26

3. dimas (Posts: 2488; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

A7 is more than enough fomost casual users. I'm expecting it's battery life to be superb since it's only at 300+ppi.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 02:35

5. athos07m (Posts: 132; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

Contrary to Phonearenas's info, the GPU probably isnt T860-MP4, its either T830-MP2 or MP3. And even T860MP4 would have been minimum requirement in a 400EUR phone. I get that Samsung want to distinguish the A7'17 from the S7E, but this is too weak for an upper midranger.

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