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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

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The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

As the most expensive device in Samsung’s 2016 A-Series lineup, you might expect some big differences. In reality, the A7 (2016) is more like an enlarged A5 (2016) with a couple extra features.

While the screen is larger--at 5.5 inches--it’s still the same 1080p resolution you’ll find in the A5. This means that technically, you’re getting a lower pixel density on the more expensive handset. Despite this, reviewers did not mention any noticeable differences in appearance.

The processor is slightly faster--a 1.6Ghz Octa-core Exynos--and there’s 3GB of RAM instead of the 2GB found in the A5. While reviews indicate that the RAM helps slightly with multitasking, the performance is largely unchanged from the A5.

If you travel often or want to consolidate work and personal phones, the A7 offers offers dual SIM support.

You’ll also find an larger 3300mAh battery which reviewers loved.

Buyer’s Tip: Many reviewers noted that at release the A7 is actually priced slightly higher than the comparable Samsung Galaxy S6. If you don’t mind a slightly smaller screen and don’t need dual SIM support or a microSD card, shopping around might land you a nearly identical phone for less!

Otherwise, the phone borrows from its smaller sibling. For full details on performance, camera quality and interface design, check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)!

Operating system
Operating system
1.6 GHz
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
3300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The new Samsung Galaxy A7 for 2016 is a great-looking upgrade over its predecessor, with outstanding battery life and a few other welcome tweaks, but there is no escaping the fact it is overpriced at £399. That’s even more apparent when you consider the better-specced, more fully feature...

- Marie Brewis, Tech Advisor
Android Central
Android Central

The Galaxy A7 is a compelling alternative if you're looking for flagship-level hardware without a heavy price tag.

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
The Mobile Indian
The Mobile Indian

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) definitely justifies its higher price tag than the 2015 A7 model with its different design and features. Not only it has a glass and metal design, it has a bigger battery, a better processor, more RAM, and improved connectivity features. I liked the phone for its camera,...

- Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian

I think this is the best phone in the 2016 Galaxy A series. It has a gorgeous design, the 5.5-inch display hits the sweet spot, and battery life is insanely good. The camera could have been better – if not quality, it could at least take pictures in 16:9 aspect ratio being a 13-megapixel senso...

- Abhijeet M., SamMobile
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)is a beautifully constructed device especially for the price. You need to see and handle one in person to really appreciate the design and quality as the photos and videos don’t really do it justice. It is a powerful smartphone too overall but at the price of Rs 35,...

- Sandeep Sarma, Fone Arena

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Common Questions

Samsung backs up the Galaxy A7 (2016) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Galaxy A7 (2016) has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)'s screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16.3 days standby time, 1020 minutes, 1020 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy A7 (2016) Specs

Release Date December 15, 2015
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM Type
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 900 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1020 minutes
Standby Time Up to 16.3 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Gold, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 cm (6 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 172 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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