Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)'s screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


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


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel 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 (2G), 1020 minutes (3G), 1020 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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

- Harish Jonnalagadda , Android Central 

Offering a flagship level design and build quality, as well as certain useful features, the Galaxy A7 is a solid smartphone.

- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

Based on 8 reviews

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.

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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)!

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)

Tech Advisor

A great phone, but no match for the cheaper, totally awesome Galaxy S6

from 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 featured and significantly faster Galaxy S6 is available for £40 less... Full review
Android Central

Close, but not quite great

from Android Central
Samsung has successfully managed to offer a device that's almost as good as the Galaxy S6. However, the manufacturer is not doing itself any favors with the pricing of the handset... Full review
The Mobile Indian

Good battery back up, good display

from 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, processing power, battery back up and display. However, keep in mind the cons, I have listed above before buying this phone. And if you have any issues, don't worry there are plenty of alternatives in the market... Full review

An outstanding mid-range device

from SamMobile
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 sensor. There’s a fingerprint scanner on-board as well along with Samsung Pay support... Full review
Fone Arena

Beautiful design and brilliant build quality

from 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 35,000, the smartphone is definitely costly. There are several options from Chinese OEMs that will get you flagship grade specifications (more powerful processor, higher resolution display etc) at a cheaper price but none of them offer the build quality and finish that the A7 offers. The A7 (2016) a... Full review

Android Authority

Samsung flagship style, in a mid-range package

from Android Authority
For those considering picking up the device in other markets, the Galaxy A7 is a solid smartphone that brings a lot of flagship features to a more affordable package. From its premium design and build quality, to the availability of a fingerprint reader, the Galaxy A7 does tick the right boxes, but it is certainly far from a bargain. Considering how much the budget smartphone landscape has changed in just a short period of time, Samsung may have to reconsider a few things in order to allow the Galaxy A7 a fighting chance... Full review

Stride across

from GSMArena
We like being spoiled for choice, but the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) isn't enjoying it as much. It has to convince us that fingerprint reader and Samsung Pay are worth it over the old model, the improvements to the camera too... Full review

Very stylish, eye-catching design, solid build quality

from PhoneArena
There are two ways to look at the Galaxy A7 (2016). A subjective and irrational one that completely disregards its slightly exaggerated price, and a more objective one that considers all the facts... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date December 15, 2015
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, Australia, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1900/2100/900/1800 /2600/2300/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 900 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 1020 minutes
3G Surfing Time 840 minutes
4G Surfing Time 840 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1020 minutes (2G)
1020 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, White
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
(6.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) 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
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash 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 MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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