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Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

Now that you’ve probably seen the official announcement for Samsung’s A series of phones for 2017, you’re probably wondering how it differs from last year’s model. To save you some time from opening up a new tab and searching for the specs of 2016’s Samsung Galaxy A7 and comparing it to the newly released iteration, we’re going to put their specs side-by-side to show you if the Korean brand has chosen to retain some of its specs and how much of an improvement this year’s version is. Here we go.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
1.9GHz octa-core processor1.6GHz octa-core processor
3GB of RAM3GB of RAM
5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
32GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)16GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB)
16-megapixel camera, f/1.9 aperture13-megapixel rear camera
16-megapixel camera, f/1.9 aperture5-megapixel rear camera
Dual SIMDual SIM
3G, LTE3G, LTE
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPSWiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
Fingerprint ScannerFingerprint Scanner
IP68 Certification (Water and Dust Resistant)Android 5.1 Lollipop
USB Type-C3300mAh Battery
3600mAh Battery with Fast Charging
Android 6.0.16 Marshmallow

Under the hood, the A7 (2017) packs a bit more power with its SoC clocked in at 1.9GHz and, while it does retain the same amount of RAM, they’ve doubled its internal storage and the capacity of the Micro SD card you can use on it as well. While the bump up in megapixel count for the rear camera may not seem like much, but it’s the front camera on the A7 that Samsung has greatly improved on at 16-mepapixels; up from 5MP from last year’s model. With an f-stop of f/1.9, you can expect slightly better performance in low light condition and a good amount of depth-of-field with both the front and rear cameras. Battery capacity has also gone up by 300mAh. The biggest addition to the A7 (2017) is, of course, its IP68 certification, which means it is dust and water resistant for 30 minutes for up to a depth of 1 meter.

On the outside, the Samsung A7 (2017) seems to be built similarly to its previous iteration; a metal body sandwiched in between glass. This year’s version is a little more rounded at the edges; giving it less of a rectangular silhouette. The previous model also had a silver frame regardless of which color variant you chose and with the A7 (2017), Samsung seems to be going with a more monochromatic look. The button layout on both iterations look to be the same, but the placement of the speakers has traveled from the bottom on the 2016 to the right side on 2017; much like the one on the Galaxy J7 Prime. It also now sports a USB Type-C port, having ditched Micro USB. The biggest change here is its screen size, which is only 0.2-inches really, but we all know that makes a world of difference.

And that’s pretty much it for the head-to-head comparison between the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017). If you want to see all the phones in Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy A series 2017, all you have to do is click the link below.

Read: Samsung Officially Outs Its 2017 A Series Lineup

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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5 Comments

      1. Happy to help. I just want to add that the A5 (2017) has the same camera specifications with that of the A7 (2017). ?

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