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Galaxy A7 2018 vs A7 2017 vs A8+ specs and size comparison

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Galaxy A7 2018 vs A7 2017 vs A8+ specs and size comparison
Just when we thought Samsung is going to simplify its smartphone portfolio, and here we are with a Galaxy A7 (2017) successor dubbed simply the Galaxy A7, on top of the A8+ (2018) Samsung already released in the spring. Cool beans.

To bring order from chaos, we are doing specs and size competition to help you navigate the Samsung midrange maze. As you can see from our size comparison tool above, last year's A7 edition sticks out like a sore non-Infinity Display thumb among the shaved top and bottom bezels of its successors.

Still, the A7 (2018), as well as the A8+ with their 6" AMOLED displays are pretty large handsets by all measures. The Infinity screen design of Samsung looks more refined in the case of the A8+, too, as it sports thinner side bezels, yet is thicker and way heavier than the A7 that Samsung just announced.

Moving on to the specs, the minor-looking bump in processing power and memory is actually significant, as the Exynos 7885 in the new A7 and the A8+ has Cortex A-73 main cores, and is clocked much higher. Moreover, the up to 6GB DDR4 memory in those two makes a difference against the 3GB DDR3 modules in the 2017 A7 edition. The biggest specs advantage, however, is that sweet triple camera on the back of the modern A7. 

The 24MP main sensor with pixel-binning in low light scenarios, 5MP Depth Lens for deep bokeh and portraits, plus an 8MP ultra wide-angles camera make for a powerful combination that puts the other two to shame and is perhaps what is awaiting us from Samsung going forward.

If we have to rant about something in the newest A7, it would be the 3300mAh battery pack, which is smaller than both its predecessor's, and the A8+'s, but then, again, the A7 starts from 349 EUR, which is very reasonable for these specs, and for Samsung's first triple-camera phone. Any takers?

Display
Size
5.7 inches
6.0 inches
6.0 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body
73.78 %
75.43 %
74.55 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 (14 nm)
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 7885 (14 nm)
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7885 (14 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
GPU
Mali-T830 MP3
Mali-G71
Mali-G71 MP2
RAM
3GB LPDDR3
6GB LPDDR4
6GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
32GB
64GB
128GB
OS
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat), Samsung One UI
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Samsung One UI
Battery
Capacity
3600 mAh
3500 mAh
3300 mAh
Charging
Fast charging
Fast charging
 
Talk time (3G)
23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Internet use
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 17 hours
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
Music playback
59.00 hours
50.00 hours
74.00 hours
Video playback
20.00 hours
19.00 hours
17.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Triple camera
Main camera
16 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
16 MP (PDAF)
24 MP (PDAF, CMOS image sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.9
Aperture size: F1.7
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 0.9 μm
Second camera
 
 
8 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
Specifications
 
 
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 18 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Third camera
 
 
5 MP (Depth information)
Specifications
 
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/5"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Features
Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
16 MP
16 MP
24 MP
Video capture
 
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Design
Dimensions
6.17 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches (156.8 x 77.6 x 7.9 mm)
6.30 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches (159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm)
6.29 x 3.02 x 0.30 inches (159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm)
Weight
6.56 oz (186.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.74 oz (191.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3); Frame: Plastic
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
 
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
Touch sensitive control keys
 
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