Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Brand Samsung Galaxy
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Slogan Same Galaxy DNA, different attitude
Series Galaxy A series
Model SM-A720x
(Last letter varies by carrier & international models)
First released January 2, 2017; 20 months ago (2017-01-02)
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Successor Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Related Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy Note7/FE
Samsung Galaxy S7
Type Phablet
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 156.8 × 77.6 × 7.9 mm
Weight 186 g
Operating system
System on chip Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880
CPU Octa-Core Cortex-A53 1.9 GHz
GPU Mali-T830MP3 950MHz
Memory 3 GB RAM
Storage 32 GB
Removable storage up to 256 GB
Battery 3600mAh (non-removable) with fast-charging
Data inputs
Display 5.7" Super AMOLED FHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 1080×1920 px
Rear camera 16 MP Flash
Front camera 16 MP
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot;
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR;
USB-C v1.0 reversible connector,NFC

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is an Android high to midrange smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. It was announced on January 2, 2017, along with Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). This move marks Samsung's first product launch since the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 back on October 2016.[1]

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out-of-the-box and runs on Grace UX interface (and upgradable to Android 7.0 "Nougat" and Android 8.0 "Oreo" with Samsung Experience 8.1 and 9.0 respectively). The smartphone features an Exynos 7880 SoC consisting of 8 ARM Cortex-A53 backed by the Mali-T830MP3 GPU and sports 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage, expandable to 256 GB via a MicroSD slot which it has a dedicated slot unlike the predecessors of the A7 (which it was placed in the second Nano-SIM slot), but MicroSD and Nano-SIM is not supported on the same tray [2]. The device retains a non-removable battery like its predecessor, rated at 3600mAh with fast-charging capabilities. Its extra features, similar to Samsung's 2016 flagship's, include IP68 water resistance, Always-on Display, and 3D glass backing with Gorilla Glass 4. A new "Always On display" functionality displays a clock, calendar, and notifications on-screen when the device is in standby.[3] The Samsung A7 2017 has started receive the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS.

Availability[edit]

Following the unveiling, Samsung announced that they will sell up to 20 million smartphones, targeting CIS, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Unlike its predecessors, the Galaxy A7 (2017) will not be coming to the United States, Western and Central Europe as well as Caucasus countries and China.[4]

While Samsung Galaxy A7 (2015) had broader availability in Europe, this model was never sold in that region because it was being deemed too expensive and also due to near-direct competition against Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung will instead sell the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) to these countries instead.

Variants[edit]

Model Processor SIM Region
SM-A720F Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 Single Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, Middle East
SM-A720F/DS Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 Dual Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
SM-A720S Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880 Single South Korea (SK Telecom)

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