Comparison: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs Galaxy A7

Comparison: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs Galaxy A7

Samsung has announced a refresh update of their Galaxy A line up. The best of the group is the Galaxy A7 (2016). So, what has changed?



Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)Samsung Galaxy A7
5.5-inch Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels) display, 401ppi5.5-inch Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels) display, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.6GHz Octa-core chipset1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset
Mali-T628 MP6
3GB of RAM2GB of RAM
16GB internal storage16GB internal storage
Expandable up to 128GB via microSDExpandable up to 64GB via microSD
13-megapixel f/1.9 autofocus rear camera w/ OIS, LED flash13-megapixel autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
5-megapixel f/1.9 front-facing camera5-megapixel front-facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-bandWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.1 w/ A2DP, EDR, LE
FM RadioFM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Non-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2600mAh battery
Android 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Lollipop)
151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm
172 g141 g

To start, the new Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) still has the same screen size and resolution but as you can see from the image above, it has a thinner bezel over the last year’s version. It even has a different chipset inside but it is still unknown since Samsung just said it is an octa-core chipset running at 1.6GHz. Last year’s model has a speedier 1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5430. Although, the new model now has a bigger 3GB RAM and a faster LTE Cat6 radio. The camera is still a 13-megapixel sensor but with optical image stabilization and a large f/1.9 aperture. It also has a bigger battery rated at 3300mAh. Due to this, it’s now thicker at 7.3mm vs 6.3mm and heavier at 172g vs 141g.

The 2016 version will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box which is disappointing since Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already out. The new Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) will be available first in China this month before heading to the rest of the market. Pricing is yet to be announced.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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