Samsung brings the metal with svelte, octa-core Galaxy A7 smartphone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 12 Jan 2015

Samsung is going for thin fashionable in its newest smartphone, the Galaxy A7. It’s the latest in Samsung’s trendier A-series of phones, which feature a metal unibody slim profile. The A-series phones play a big part of the company’s move to break from its all-plastic past appeal to buyers who want a superb-looking phone.

A key difference between the E-equipped Galaxy A7 Samsung flagships like the Galaxy S5 Note 4, however, is that the specs are somewhat mmid-range. Depending on the regional market, the eight-core processor will either clock out at 1.8 GHz, 1.5, GHz, or 1.3GHz. By comparison, the Note 4 has a 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon. 

The Galaxy A7 also has 2GB of RAM tops out at 16GB of storage, though you can increase that with an SD card.

Samsung’s new phone does have other admirable traits, however, such as a 13 Mrear camera 2600mAh battery. Samsung is also throwing its deep software library at the device, such as an “Auto Selfie” mode, which lets you take an egocentric picture with a voice comm. And the 5.5-inch AMOD screen should appeal to those interested in a larger display.

icing availability weren’t announced, but the Galaxy A3 A5 initially targeted Asian markets.

The Galaxy A7 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat even though llipop was launched in October. Samsung doesn’t have the best track record at Android updates, so keep that in mind if you’re tempted by the A7’s good looks.

The story behind the story: Samsung’s biggest knock has been that its phones feel cheap when compared to other Android flagships like the HTC One, G3, or Apple’s ione. The company has worked to change that reputation with slight tweaks to its flagships, with features such as the metal trim found in the Galaxy Note 4. The slim metallic A-series phones are a decided break from the norm for the Galaxy line, but we’ll have to see if the same buyers who want an elegant phone also go for mid-range specs.