Galaxy A7 is official, Samsung's first triple-camera phone, a harbinger of Galaxy S10

Galaxy A7 is official, Samsung's first triple-camera phone, a harbinger of Galaxy S10
And so, it's official. Samsung's long-rumored first phone with three rear cameras, that is. The world's largest phone maker just issued a press release announcing a Galaxy A7 (no year notion this time). 

Lo and behold, the A-series device does have no less than three camera sensors on the back, making it the first popular midrange line to include such a setup, and, perhaps, an indication what we are to expect from the Galaxy S10

Galaxy A7 Cameras 

Three (24MP+8MP+5MP) for the road, one 24MP for the road warrior's selfies

While the eventual S10 is said to sport a main, a wide-angle, and telephoto cameras, the A7 makes do with one extra 8MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, and one 5MP for depth perception.

The main A7 sensor, however, is a rocking 24MP with pixel-binning technology, similar to what Huawei does on the P20 Pro, combining the information gathered by four pixels into one, presumably with higher detail, exposure and color quality. The kicker, however, is that Samsung is using the binning tech for low-light shots 

The 24MP unit and the so-called Depth Lens work in tandem to achieve next levels of Samsung's Live Focus feature which is glorified bokeh with adjustable depth of field levels post-shot. This promises some pretty svelte portrait photos out of the midranger but we'll save judgment for our actual samples with the device.

Here comes the last, 8MP rear camera. What does it do? Well, Samsung calls it an Ultra Wide Lens, so its tasks are baked right into the title, and mean a 120-degree field of view, for those moments when you can fit the whole barn and its surrounding meadows, or your friends in a tight party room wholesale in the frame. This is similar to what LG does with the G7, though that one's wide lens covers 107 degrees.


In a phone that touts camera prowess, Samsung hasn't forgotten the all-important selfie shooter at the front, too. It is a 24MP affair, too, complete with Selfie Focus for bokeh-ed portraits, Pro Lighting mode for imitation of studio lamps, and even an "adjustable" LED flash for the times when faux studio luminance doesn't cut it. It's all tied up by Samsung's Scene Optimizer that adjusts all components for a good shot automatically and includes rich scene recognition options for the rear cameras, which Samsung is careful not to call AI, and we are eternally grateful for that level of caution.

Design


The midranger is made out of premium glass material and comes in blue, black, gold and pink - plenty of options for every taste. The funky part is that the finger scanner is mounted on the sides, so there is nothing to ruin the front or the back's uninterrupted design flow - save for that vertical triple-camera strip, that is. 

The front is adorned with Samsung's Infinity dislpay design, but we don't know if we can still call it that with the thickness of the A7's top and bottom bezels. The gear is quite large at 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm, and fairly heavy at 168g. Well, at least there aren't unsightly notches to get into the way of a good visual.


Specs and display


It's the era of 6-inchers, leaning towards the 7" mark, and the Galaxy A7, doesn't disappoint. It sports a 6" 1080x2220 pixels AMOLED display with Samsung's now-signature 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Processing power will be provided by an eclectic mix of octa-core Snapdragons and Exynos chipset, but Samsung says they will vary by region. Android 8.0 Oreo is on board, as the phone has probably been in the labs well before Google released Pie to manufacturers.

Memory configurations include 4GB/64GB with a miscroSD slot, 4GB/128GB, and a 6GB/128GB souped-up model. The 3300mAh battery size is pretty average, but Samsung is doing some good optimizations lately that squeeze every last bit of juice out of humble packs, so we keep out hopes high, as it would be a pity to waste a triple-camera setup on the road for the lack of power. The other ho-hum component is the microUSB port, but fast-charging is a given anyway, you'll just have to fumble a bit more with the connector.


Price and release date


Does the "octa-core 2.2GHz, may differ by market and mobile operator" chipset disclaimer in Samsung's presser mean the A7 is likely to land in America? Not for now, at least, as Samsung told us that it will be available in Europe and Asia "this fall," but will roll out to additional markets in the future, hopefully including North America as well. No exact pricing is mentioned in the official info, but we already saw the European tag leaked to be €348 ($407), presumably for the basic storage version. Does Samsung's first triple-camera phone tickle your fancy at that price?

Related phones

Galaxy A7 (2018)
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 24 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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78 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Looks pretty good...2019’s theme will be triple camera.

22. adecvat

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

But look so iphonish :D

63. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

Yes because this is a true competitor for this year's iphones, which are nowhere comparable to samsung ultimate flagship Note 9. Even A7 beats iphone in many departments so this is what iphones should be compared with.

67. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

On paper, but stats are just numbers. Real world performance they are worlds apart.

68. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Come back in around 5 years when the processors in Samsung phones catch up to the A11 Bionic Chip!! HAHA! Tissue? #Schooled

76. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Hmm maybe you should come back when the iPhone will have features that the Note 9 has. Hmm I guess you need to keep your tissue now.

78. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Hmmmmm maybe not, those 'features' as you call them are gimmicks that hardly anyone know or even uses. So hmmmmm, here's the tissue, you need it!

43. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It'll be triple cameras and "foldable" screens

2. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

No Good Battery the phone is sucks. I told you Once Samsung I told you twice, you never listen. Ok when you will see your sells for the second year after the Samsung galaxy S9 then you will listen or else if you continue, Goodbye.

36. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

oh my god, you keep writing these personal letters to samsung as if they personally go to straight to the comment section on phonearena and take literal life advices for themselves from random people on the internet. they don't read this sh*t, holy moley. i wonder, do you really have any clue as to how the smartphone market works, or are you just guessing that "oh no this phone is subjectively sh*t on paper it will definitely sell bad and the company will tank".. if you're that knowledgable why don't you share your wisdom and knowledge with them personally? ? ?

59. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Good Idea, do you have to suggest me how I will come in personal contact with them?

62. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

does it look like i care for that company let alone i work at samsung headquarters. "yes hello i am the ceo of the company thanks for your input, you're hired"

71. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

They do, thats how sad Samsung are execs! HAHAHA!

3. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

I really hope they bring back the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro with the monstrous 5000+ mAh battery.

8. lamzaza

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Bring on the A5 and A9 and we have a family

65. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I hope they do. My A7 2016 just two months shy from hitting 2 years. The battery is still awesome as new. I was looking forward to upgrade to the A8+ but when this popped up, I'm thinking I might get it instead. I wanted a bigger battery too.

77. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Consumer2, I recommend to put your nickname as batteryperson

4. Seanetta unregistered

Android 8.0 out of the box, come on Samsung

69. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Wait 5-6 years and it might be on a 4 year old version of Android!!

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just another dead on arrival, overpriced, hopeless mid range Android phone by Samsung which WILL lag within it's first 3 moths of usage.

7. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

I agree with you. You are 100%

9. ravibujji1226

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 20, 2018

Where's the fingerprint sensor....can't c it anywhere in the pics.....is it under the display....didn't mention it anywhere in the article.

15. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

I think on power button.

44. BuffaloSouce unregistered

For someone whos hordeeApple cock in their mouth, why do you care what Samsung does?

70. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

We don't. But you guys are too easy to rile up and its soo much fun :-)

12. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

If Samsung Continue with this Policy, will end up like Nokia. The same things everyone told about Nokia decent price and ECT.... and the company destroyed and being bought from Microsoft. In our days where the competition is very strong, it does not count at all the brand name marketing. Only what a company offers in return for the consumer's money. Wake up Samsung you continue to sleep. If you don't give to the consumers what they want, you will not get what you want in return. when exist strong competition brand name does not count. (Give me a place in the board of your marketing sector,So I can fix your Company).

17. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

And you know this how? You're not a prophet, dude. You're merely making a comment about the company's future based on the preference of 0.00000002% of the population.

19. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

First of all,I am not dude. Second you are this percentage, and I am the rest.

29. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

The rest being imbeciles? Yes, you are correct.

31. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Εxcept from insulting other people, when you are losing in conversation, don't you know another way? or the other way needs a brain and you don't have it at all. Think about it.

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