Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganSame Galaxy DNA, different attitude
SeriesGalaxy A series
ModelSM-A720x
(where 'x' varies by carrier & international models)
First releasedJanuary 2, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-02)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
RelatedSamsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
TypePhablet
Form factorSlate
Dimensions156.8 × 77.6 × 7.9 mm
Mass186 g
Operating system
System on chipSamsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880
CPUOcta-Core Cortex-A53 1.9 GHz
GPUMali-T830MP3 950MHz
Memory3 GB RAM
Storage32 GB
Removable storageup to 256 GB
Battery3600mAh (non-removable) with fast-charging
Data inputs
Display5.7" Super AMOLED FHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, 1080×1920 px
Rear camera16 MP Flash
Front camera16 MP
Connectivity802.11 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 Marshmallow 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 of internal storage, expandable to 256 GB via a MicroSD card slot. Unlike the previous version of the A7, it has a dedicated MicroSD card slot allowing both a second SIM Card in dual SIM models and MicroSD card to be used at the same time[2][3].

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.[4] The Samsung A7 2017 has started receive the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update in 2018.

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.[5]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larson, Selena. "Samsung unveils first smartphones since Note 7 debacle". CNN. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.samsung.com/za/support/skp/faq/1124138
  3. ^ http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201808/20180821190744857/SM-A320_A520_A720_UM_EU_Oreo_Eng_Rev.1.0_180508.pdf
  4. ^ Samsung Introduces Stylish, Powerful and Practical Galaxy A (2017) with Enhanced Camera – Samsung Global Newsroom
  5. ^ "Shipment goals for new Samsung Galaxy A and J series revealed". PhoneArena. Retrieved 11 January 2017.