Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) unboxing and first look

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) has finally arrived in our office! 

A 5.5-inch phone with a solid metal frame, beautiful glass design accents, extremely slim bezels and very compact size, it sets the tone for mid-range phones in 2016.

Apart from being a thing of style that usually comes at a higher price, the Galaxy A7 also features the powerful Exynos 7 Octa chip, similar (a bit less powerful, though) to the one that Samsung uses in the Galaxy S6, and it's got a fingerprint scanner.

The rest of the spec highlights include a Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel main camera with wide, f/1.9 aperture, a 5-megapixel seflie shooter, 16GB of internal storage (that you can easily expand using microSD cards) and a fairly big, 3,300mAh battery.

Stay tuned for our full Galaxy A7 review coming up within the next few days, but for starters, take a look at our unboxing of the handset, as well as at some first hand impressions and pictures.

What's in the box?
  • User manual
  • Sim ejector tool
  • White Samsung earbuds
  • microUSB to USB cable
  • Adaptive Fast Charging wall charger (9.0V, 1.67A or 5.0V, 2.0A)

Related phones

Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

This phone has exynos 7420! I sure didn't know that.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

Oh bummer! It doesn't.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Are you sure?

12. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol No. It's the Exynos 7580 with all A53 cores. Sh!tty numbering by Samsung will confuse customers. The 2014 flagship Note 4 beats A7(2016) in performance:

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah The E7580 Blows. Calling it an Exynos 7 Octa makes you think it will be good like the other E7Os but it's a 28mm pos.

21. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

@PA:In the 17th image, there is a Sticker "Qualcomm 4G", is there a SD 615 version as well?

3. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It doesn't have the same processor as the S6! A7 has lousy Exynos 7580 which competes with Snapdragon 615. It just belongs to the same Exynos 7 Octa series.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Absolutely, I meant to say that it's in the same family of chips, but in no way identical. Thanks for the correction!

6. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

@may_czos. I have S5 neo and the processor is not lousy in any way.

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Apparently camera sucks on this phone. Otherwise nice midranger

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? And you know this because you used it already? According to GSMARENA this is the camera: Primary 13 MP, f/1.9, OIS, autofocus, LED flash This will simply be a similar sensor as the one in the S6, albeit its 13MP vs 16MB. Its shots should still be very similar, unlike another OEM who went up to 12MP and yet the camera takes worse pictures vs the 8MP in the previous model. So unless you've taken a photo with it, which I know for a fact you haven't, then you can't make that claim, unless you're posting someone else's claim. Even ig you are, since you haven't verified it as fact, by buying the phone, what is your point exactly?

11. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I guess his comment is based on some early review found in youtube. I remember watching it, the reviewer was of high opinion of A7 except for the camera performance. I have seen this phone at a Samsung store, but couldn't check the camera performance.

15. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

There were already more reviews prior to this one .It's only a guess though yours is wiser than the first reply to post :) For instance

17. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

That's the old A7...

18. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Ups sorry my bad. Here is 2016 look into camera

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Do you really think PA is the only and the first tech site that received and reviewed this phone? NO it is not . I don't have to provide you anything. Do your homework.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It won't be a1/2.6 sensor, it will be 1/3.

22. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Wow very touchy subject.

9. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I have seen this device in real. Its elegant & premium. One good thing I noticed is that the back glass panel in A7(2016) attracts less fingerprints than the S6/Note5 back panels. Seems for 2016 devices Sammy is adding some Oleophobic coating in addition. Expect the S7 versions also to have this.

19. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Gold on the back and black on the front isn't the best of looks. Nice phone know

20. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014


23. phljcnth

Posts: 560; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is it just me or the right and left bezels are not even?

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it just look that way because of reflection

24. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I was really enjoying this phone till I read "16 GB internal storage"!!!!

25. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

if I were to chose between an A7 '16 and Note 4 or S6? I'd chose anything but A7.. just a total waste of money

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