Samsung Galaxy A7 officially announced, featuring a metal unibody and a 64-bit octa-core processor
Samsung has outed a dedicated octocore smartphone Galaxy A7. Despite reports that the rumored Samsung Galaxy A7 would be officially introduced on January 14 (thus missing the CES 2015 buzz, probably on purpose), the South Korean company has displayed the phone at its Galaxy A-series launch last week in Malaysia. The January 14 rumors wasn’t spot on, but is wasn’t completely off either (just two days), as the Samsung Galaxy A7 announced today is as official as it can get.
Galaxy A7 has a metal unibody, and is just 6.3mm thin. It features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, an octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Besides 16GB of inbuilt storage, the Samsung Galaxy A7 supports expandability via microSD card (up to 64GB). Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS and NFC comprise the metal smartphone’s connectivity features. It is worth mentioning that the NFC option will only be present in the LTE version of the Galaxy A7. Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, Multi-Screen and Quick Connect are also offered by Samsung.
There’s a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back with autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording abilities. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera can be used to click enhanced selfies, thanks to features like Wide Selfie and Beauty Face. Even the rear camera can be used to capture a selfie using the Rear-Cam Selfie feature. The Galaxy A7 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, but we think that it will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop very soon. The Galaxy A7 will be available for purchase starting the end of Q1 2015.
- 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display
- LTE (Single SIM): Exynos 5430 Octa-Core (1.8GHz Quad A15 + 1.3 GHz Quad A7 ) with Mali T628 MP6 GPU
- LTE/3G (Dual SIM) : Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core (1.5GHz Quad A53 + 1.0 GHz Quad A53 ) with Adreno 405 GPU
- 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB with microSD
- Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- 13MP rear camera with LED flash
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Dimensions: 151 x 76.2 x 6.3mm; Weight: 141 grams
- 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS/ GLONASS, NFC (LTE version only)
- 2600mAh battery
The octa-core Samsung Galaxy A7 will be arriving in two different chipset-variants depending on the region. The smartphone will feature a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC or 32-bit Exynos 5430 SoC. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC features four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.0GHz, while the Samsung Exynos 5430 sports four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz.
Both chipset-variants offer 4G LTE connectivity, though the dual-SIM version running the same Exynos SoC offers only 3G connectivity. At 6.3mm, it is also Samsung’s slimmest smartphone to date.