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Samsung Galaxy A30s Gets 128GB Upgrade For 2020!

Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 Gets 128GB Upgrade!

The Samsung Galaxy A30s just received a nice 128GB upgrade for 2020. Here are the specifications, price and availability of the new Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 Gets 128GB Upgrade!

Launched in September 2019, the Samsung Galaxy A30s just received a 128GB storage upgrade for 2020, effective immediately!

The Samsung Galaxy A30s comes with a 6.4-inch Infinity-V display, with a HD+ resolution. It is powered by the Exynos 7904 mobile platform fabricated on the 14 nm process technology.

It comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 64 GB storage, with a 16 MP front camera. At the back, it comes with a 25 MP main camera with an 8 MP ultra-wide secondary camera, and a 5 MP depth sensor.

It also comes with an on-display fingerprint sensor, and support both Samsung Pay as well as Samsung Knox.

 

Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 Specifications

In this table, we compare the improved Galaxy A30s 2020, with its 2019 predecessor :

Specifications Samsung
Galaxy A30s
Samsung
Galaxy A30s (Enhanced)
Display 6.4-inch Infinity V display
720 x 1560 pixels
– Super AMOLED
6.4-inch Infinity V display
720 x 1560 pixels
– Super AMOLED
System Platform Samsung Exynos 7904 Samsung Exynos 7904
CPU 2 x Cortex-A73 (1.8 GHz)
6 x Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A73 (1.8 GHz)
6 x Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP2 ARM Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB LPDDR4x 4 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 64 GB
microSD (up to 512 GB)
128 GB
microSD (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP with f/2.0 lens 16 MP with f/2.0 lens
Rear Cameras 25 MP with f/1.7 lens
8 MP ultra-wide
5 MP depth sensor
25 MP with f/1.7 lens
8 MP ultra-wide
5 MP depth sensor
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display Yes, In Display
Samsung Pay Yes Yes
Battery 4,000 mAh
15 W fast charging
4,000 mAh
15 W fast charging

 

Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A30s 2020 is available in three colour options – Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Green.

It has the recommended retail price of RM 999 / ~US$242 / ~£187 / ~A$362 / ~S$337, and comes with 2 months of YouTube Premium for FREE!

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You can still get the Galaxy A30s (64 GB) for RM 899, although we found it being offered for just RM 779 in Malaysia, and S$278 in Singapore!

 

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Infinity-V Smartphone In-Depth Review!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is the first mid-range Samsung smartphone to offer a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, a large 5,000 mAh battery and dual rear cameras at an incredibly affordable price.

Find out if this is the smartphone for you in our in-depth review!

 

The Samsung Galaxy M20 First Impressions + Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is designed to be an affordable mid-range smartphone that offers dual rear cameras and a long battery life.

It comes in two variants – a base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a higher-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy M20
Display6.3-inch Infinity-V display
-1080 x 2340 pixels (409 ppi)
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio, >90% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 7904
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 (1.8 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71 MP2
Memory3 GB / 4 GB
Storage32 GB / 64 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Camera System
- 13 MP main camera with f/1.9 lens
- 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 15 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Virtual Light Sensor
NFC / Samsung PayNo / No
Dimensions74.5 mm wide
156.4 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight186 grams
Colour OptionsCharcoal Black / Ocean Blue

 

Samsung Galaxy M20 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) has two colour options – Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue. Which do YOU prefer? The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) was originally launched in India on 5 February 2019, in two variants :

  • 3 GB + 32 GB : ₹10,990 / ~RM 652 / ~US$ 159 / ~£120
  • 4 GB + 64 GB : ₹12,990 / ~RM 771 / ~US$ 188 / ~£141

Here is the official Galaxy M20 price for Malaysia :

  • 4 GB + 64 GB : RM 799 / ~US$ 195 / ~£147

Here are some direct purchase links :

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The Samsung Galaxy M20 Up Close!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is designed around a large 6.3-inch Infinity-V display, and a large 5,000 mAh battery.

This display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, with more than 90% screen-to-body ratio!

Let’s take an up close look at the Samsung Galaxy M20, and its key features!

The SIM tray is located on the left side, with the Power and Volume control buttons on the right. The 3.5 mm audio port is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C port.

 

Samsung Exynos 7904

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) runs on the new Samsung Exynos 7904 mobile SoC.

With a 2+6 architecture, the Exynos 7904 has two fast Cortex-A73 cores running at 1.8 GHz, and six low-power Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.6 GHz.

It also has a dual-core ARM Mali-G71 GPU to accelerate graphics and games.

 

Memory + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) has two variants – a base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a higher-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.

There is considerable bloat though. Out of the 4 GB memory capacity, 1.9 GB or just under half is available for use. We definitely recommend going with 4 GB of RAM.

The operating system and built-in apps take up just under 13 GB, which leaves you about 51 GB of free space. In the base model which has 32 GB of storage, you will only have about 19 GB of free space to use.

 

Triple Card Tray

Don’t worry about running out of storage space though. The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) comes with a triple card tray.

This allows you to use two nano SIM cards, and a microSD of up to 512 GB in capacity.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) comes with a rear fingerprint sensor, aligned centrally.

 

V-Notch

Covering most of the front is a large 6.3-inch IPS display, which Samsung calls an Infinity-V display because of its V-shaped notch.

The smaller V-notch allows for a larger display area, specifically space for more notifications. Barring the complete removal of the notch, this is about as good as it gets!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy M20 Cameras, Battery Life + Recharging Speed

 

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Cameras

Concealed within the teardrop notch of the Samsung Galaxy M20’s Infinity-V display is an 8 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens.

The front camera does not have a dedicated LED flash, but is supported by screen flash instead.

In the back, it has a 13 MP main camera with f/1.9 lens, and a secondary 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens.

The ultra-wide angle camera is really useful for certain shots. Let’s show you what the difference between the main camera (with a 76° angle) and the ultra-wide angle camera (120°)

 

Battery Life

We tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy M20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 OPPO R17 Pro Realme 3
Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 3,700 mAh 4,230 mAh
Battery Life 12 hours 49 mins 12 hours 19 mins 11 hours 54 mins 10 hours 35 mins
Battery Utilisation 5.20 mAh / min. 4.33 mAh / min. 4.15 mAh / min. 5.33 mAh / min.
Review Links Redmi Note 7
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Realme 3
Review
Price Check MY | US MY MY | US MY

Thanks to its large 5,000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) lasted almost 13 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 12.75 hours!

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M20 supports 15 watt fast charging. Let’s see how fast it recharges its 5,000 mAh battery!

Recharging Speed OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy M20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,230 mAh
Charger Output 50 Watts 15 Watts 10 Watts 10 Watts
Recharging Time 33 Minutes 123.5 minutes 133 mins 190 minutes
Recharging Speed 90 mAh / minute 32.4 mAh / minute 24.0 mAh / minute 17.8 mAh / minute
Review Links OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Realme 3
Review
Price Check MY | US MY | US MY MY

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) took 2 hours and 3.5 minutes (123.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

This gives it a good battery life : recharging ratio of 6.2 : 1. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you will need to charge it for 9.5 minutes.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy M20 Photo + Video Samples

 

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Samsung Galaxy M20 Photo Samples

Here are eight full-sized unedited photo samples taken using the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US).

At the full 13 MP resolution, the photos are 4128 x 3096 pixels in size, with file sizes between 3 MB and 4 MB.

Click on them to expand – you can also download them to “peek” at the pixels!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) produced very good pictures, particularly when you consider its price point. However, you need to be aware of two issues.

Its wide aperture is great for low-light photography, but introduces a narrow depth-of-field. That means you may need to “help” it focus on your subject, or it will turn out blur – out of focus.

The other thing is that it requires some distance to focus properly. So macro shots will be a challenge.

 

Samsung Galaxy M20 Video Samples

Despite sporting a 13 MP camera, the Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) only supports 1080p video recording. Here are two video samples :

Video Sample #1 : Live Performance

The image quality was excellent, but it was painfully obvious that it was not even electronically-stabilised.

There were also some exposure issues – sometimes it was overly dark, and when we tapped on the subject to correct – the background got overblown.

But on the bright side, the audio quality was very good. It was richer, with a markedly widerly range, than most smartphones at the same price range.

Video Sample #2 : Auto Show

This walk around of a small auto show demonstrates just how important stabilisation is when you record a video.

We can understand the lack of optical image stabilisation, but why didn’t Samsung throw in electronic image stabilisation?

This is a real shame, because the image quality was good, even though there were some exposure issues.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy M20 Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Samsung Galaxy M20
Performance Score 7309 6475 6145 5359
Web Browsing 7779 6572 5684 5348
Video Editing 5292 5387 5099 4702
Writing 7479 5617 6433 4982
Photo Editing 13871 10740 11091 7554
Data Manipulation 4921 5331 5255 4673
Review Links Realme 3
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Redmi Note 7
Review
Price Check MY MY | US MY MY | US

Samsung Exynos processors have never been particularly strong at work performance, and the Samsung Exynos 7904 is no exception. It was 13% slower than the Redmi Note 7 which uses the 2-year old Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We then tested the Samsung Galaxy M20’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy M20
Gaming Score 26746 20205 15354 13358
Graphics 29525 19444 15788 13499
Physics 20118 23414 14005 12885
Graphics Test 1 164.1 fps 119.9 fps 136.5 fps 112.0 fps
Graphics Test 2 105.4 fps 65.3 fps 45.8 fps 39.8 fps
Physics Test 63.9 fps 74.3 fps 44.5 fps 40.9 fps
Review Links Redmi Note 7
Review
Realme 3
Review
OPPO R17 Pro
Review
Price Check MY MY MY | US MY | US

The Samsung Exynos 7904 was not fast at games either, with its dual-core ARM Mali-G71 GPU.

It was actually half as fast as the Redmi Note 7 which uses the 2-year old Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It was closest in performance to the OPPO R17 Pro, which uses the MediaTek Helio P60.

 

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is an interesting mid-range contender. It comes with a large 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and a large 5,000 mAh battery to keep it going for hours and hours…

It also comes with a nice complement of cameras. Its 8 MP front camera boasts a fast, bright f/2.0 lens. In the back, it has an excellent 13 MP main camera, with a very useful secondary ultra-wide angle 5 MP camera.

However, its muted colour makes its chassis look like a budget device, a far cry from the premium look of the cheaper Realme 3!

We also wish Samsung added electronic image stabilisation to their camera. It would have made the Galaxy M20 (MY | US) a more compelling device. After all, the Redmi Note 7 offers electronically-stabilised video recording at the same price point!

The Samsung Galaxy M20 (MY | US) is a good effort by Samsung to defend its lower mid-range market share. However, it will find strong headwinds from Chinese smartphones like the Redmi Note 7 and the Realme 3.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A50 + Galaxy A30 Price + Specifications!

At a celebrity-studded “Era Of Live” event, Samsung launched the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones! Get the full low-down o the new Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones!

 

The Samsung Galaxy A50 Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is designed to replace the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

Built around the new Samsung Exynos 9610 mobile SoC, it has four fast ARM Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.3 GHz, and four low-power A53 cores running at 1.7 GHz.

It has an ARM Mali-G72 GPU, and comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash storage. Powering it all is a large 4,000 mAh battery that supports 15 watt fast charging.

Like the Galaxy A7 2018, it boasts a triple camera system with a 25 MP main camera (f/1.7 aperture), an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera (f/2.2 aperture), and a 5 MP depth sensor.

It also features an in-display fingerprint sensor, but unlike the Galaxy S10 series, it uses an optical sensor instead of an ultrasonic sensor.

 

The Samsung Galaxy A30 Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy A30, on the other hand, is positioned just above the Galaxy M20 smartphone which launched separately on the same day.

It uses the same Exynos 7904 mobile SoC, with two fast ARM Cortex-A73 cores running at 1.8 GHz, and six low-power A53 cores running at 1.6 GHz.

It has an ARM Mali-G71 GPU, and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage. Powering it all is a large 4,000 mAh battery that supports 15 watt fast charging.

It has an improved version of the Galaxy M20‘s dual camera system. Its main camera has a higher- resolution 16 MP sensor with a brighter f/1.7 aperture. But it uses the same 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture.

 

Samsung Galaxy A50 + Galaxy A30 Specifications

Here is a table comparing the specifications of the Galaxy A50 vs the Galaxy A30.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A50Samsung Galaxy A30
Display6.4-inch Super AMOLED display
-1080 x 2340 pixels
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio
6.4-inch Super AMOLED display
-1080 x 2340 pixels
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 9610Samsung Exynos 7904
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A73 (1.8 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP3ARM Mali-G71 MP2
Memory6 GB4 GB
Storage128 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
64 GB
microSD card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera25 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple Camera System
- 25 MP main camera with f/1.7 lens
- 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens
Dual Camera System
- 16 MP main camera with f/1.7 lens
- 5 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 15 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 15 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-DisplayYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity SensorAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
NFC / Samsung PayNo / NoNo / No
Dimensions74.7 mm wide
158.5 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
74.7 mm wide
158.5 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
Weight166 grams165 grams
Colour OptionsWhite / Black / BlueWhite / Black / Blue

 

Price + Availability

Both the Samsung Galaxy A50 and the Galaxy A30 are available with immediate effect at these prices :

They will both be available in three colour options – Blue, Black and White.

 

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The 4X Camera Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (SM-A750) Review!

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A7 2018 smartphone, with triple rear cameras at the incredible Galaxy UNPACKED KL 2018, and we received one of the first units! Read our in-depth review and find out if this is the smartphone for you!

Updated @ 2018-11-02 : Upgraded to a full review, with four new pages, five videos and many new photos.

Updated @ 2018-10-16 : Upgraded to a preview of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018, with three videos.

Updated @ 2018-10-15 : Added the CPU and GPU specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018!

Updated @ 2018-10-12 : Added the official Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (and Galaxy A9 2018) presentation, as well as its price and pre-order offer!

Originally posted @ 2018-09-21


 

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Smartphone Revealed!

Samsung revealed the Galaxy A7 2018 and Galaxy A9 2018 smartphones in a glamorous Galaxy UNPACKED event that was held for the first time in Malaysia, with Korean celebrities like Yook Sung-jae, AOA (Ace of Angels) and DJ Soda, headlining the event.

As their designer, Sang Il Park, recently revealed, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is targeted at Millennials with a new minimalistic yet expressive design language.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Colour Options

Samsung is offering the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold and Pink. Here is a video comparing the four colour options:

In many countries, only three of those four colour options will be available for sale, at least initially. Here in Malaysia, it will only be available in Black, Blue and Gold colours.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) officially launched on 11 October 2018 at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur, and is currently available for purchase.

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It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325 / ~£236.

Here is the cheapest price we found online (as of 1 November 2018) in Malaysia :

And here are the direct purchase links in the US and UK :

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (International Version) : $329.99
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (UK Version) : £309.99

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 is not available for sale, but we managed to get our hands on one of the first retail unit, albeit one meant for the German market. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018, you will find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 smartphone
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 documents
  • One 7.75 W Samsung travel adaptor
  • One micro-USB 2.0 cable
  • One pair of white Samsung earphones
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Up Close + Specifications

 

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The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Up Close!

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a large 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. This is an Infinity Display, which means it has very thin bezels, delivering a more immersive viewing experience. Especially with its support for Dolby Atmos.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) runs on Samsung Exynos 7885 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash storage. The Exynos 7885 is a mid-range SoC, which pairs two high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A53 cores.

All that is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery, ensconced in a chassis that is only 7.5 mm thick, and weighs less than 170 grams.

Surprisingly, Samsung reverted to a micro-USB 2.0 port, even though the previous-generation Galaxy A7 2017 was their first model to feature a USB-C port. They also ditched the IP68 dust- and water-resistance that was a key feature of the Galaxy A7 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Display6.0-inch Super AMOLED display
- Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2220 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
PlatformSamsung Exynos 7 octa (Samsung Exynos 7885)
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71 MP2 (1100 MHz)
RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB or 128 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple Camera System
- Main 24 MP PDAF camera with f/1.7 lens
- Wide-Angle 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens
- 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens
Network4G : LTE Cat12, 3CA
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth v5.0
micro-USB 2.0
GPS SupportGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint SensorYes, Side-Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor, Proximity, RGB light sensor
NFCYes
Water ResistanceNo
Battery3.300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76.8 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
7.5 mm thick
Weight168 g
Available ColoursBlack, Blue, Gold

For details and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, please click here!

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Key Features

 

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Four Cameras, 4X The Fun?

The key selling points of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) are its front and rear cameras.

It has a single front camera, built around the incredibly high-resolution 24 MP Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.0 lens. In dark conditions, its front camera can combine four pixels into one for even better low-light performance.

Despite its high resolution though, Samsung opted to limit to recording just 1080p videos.

In the back, it features a triple camera system, which is made up of :

  • a main 24 MP camera with f/1.7 lens,
  • 120° wide angle 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens, and
  • a 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens.

Even though there are three cameras, only two of them actually take pictures or videos. The depth sensor is not an imaging camera, and is only used for better depth perception, and subject separation (from the background).

The 24 MP main camera uses the same high-resolution Sony IMX576 sensor, with very bright and fast f/1.7 lensThe depth sensor is slaved to the main camera, allowing to deliver Live Focus and more accurate software bokeh capabilities.

The wide angle camera, on the other hand, boasts the same 120° viewing angle as the human eye. Here are some photos to show you just how useful the ultra-wide angle camera can be :

Both imaging cameras feature a new Scene Optimizer technology that uses AI algorithms to identify the subject and automatically adjust its colour, contrast and brightness for the best possible image quality.

However, just like with the front camera, Samsung limits both rear cameras to 1080p video recording.

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Side Fingerprint Sensor

For the first time, Samsung is deploying a side fingerprint sensor, that doubles as a power button. It allows for smaller bezels, while allowing the fingerprint sensor to be used even when the Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is attached to a car mount.

The side fingerprint sensor takes some getting used to, because there is less tactile guidance. It is harder to determine (by feeling) where the sensor is. But the good news is muscle memory will kick in eventually.

For ease of use, we would recommend registering the third finger of your left hand, and/or the thumb of your right hand.

Next Page > More Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Features

 

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Triple Card Tray

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability, with support for LTE Cat12 connectivity. The good news is – it comes with a triple card tray. In addition to the two nano SIM cards, it has a dedicated slot for a microSD card.

Now, it comes with 64 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty for most users. The microSD card slot allows you to add more storage – up to 512 GB.

The microSD card is also useful for another reason. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is not water-resistant, so storing your recorded photos and videos on the microSD card protects them, in case you accidentally drop your phone into water… or let a car run over it.

 

A Step Backwards

Last year’s Galaxy A7 2017 was the first Samsung Galaxy A series smartphone to boast IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That means it was capable of withstanding complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, Samsung dropped this capability in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK). This is a real shame, because the IP68 rating is a major KSP (key selling point) for Samsung. It is one of the few ways they are able to differentiate their A series smartphones from the competition.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 was also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to use the USB Type C port, with 15 watt fast charging capability. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK), however, reverted to the old micro-USB 2.0 port, and slower 7.75 watt charging.

Samsung also trimmed its battery capacity to 3,300 mAh, down from 3,600 mAh in the Galaxy A7 2017.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a large 6.0-inch display, but feels more like a 5.5-inch smartphone, thanks to its Infinity Display. Basically it has thin bezels, allowing Samsung to fit the large screen into a smaller body.

While it fits comfortably in our hands, this is definitely a two-handed device. If you prefer to use only one hand, you can turn on the One-handed mode option (Settings > Advanced Features).

The Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. However, the FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2220 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

Even though it lacks the gradated colour scheme of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, it has a very shiny, albeit easy-to-smudge, glass back panel with a 2.5D curved edge all around. Very classy. Just watch out for those fingerprints!

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and is very easy to set-up… although you may get stuck a bit registering your fingerprints! If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory. There is relatively little bloat, with 2 GB (50%) of memory available for use. This is plenty enough to run several apps simultaneously, even memory-guzzling games.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 51 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 10,000 photos, or 6 hours of 1080p videos.

If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 512 GB), for a total storage capacity of 1 TB!

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Camera Performance – Photos + Video Recording

 

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Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) uses the superb 24 MP Sony IMX576 in its primary camera, with a really bright and fast f/1.7 aperture. It is supported by an 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

The maximum 24 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 5664 x 4248 pixels, and a file size of between 4 MB and 6 MB.

Here are six high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The resolution and detail in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018’s photos are incredible. You can see the intricate detail of the flower petals, the individual buds of the broccoli florets, and the texture of the star anise.

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It also did a great job of bringing out the colour of the subject matter. Every colour is accurately rendered and automatically “amped up” by AI algorithms. If you do not like the increased vividness though, you can turn off the Scene Optimiser feature.

The f/1.7 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But you have to be more careful in framing the shot, because the subject may end up out-of-focus.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a Live Focus feature, but it’s not the same as the Live Focus capability in Samsung Galaxy Note9, because it lacks the telephoto camera. Instead, it uses the depth sensor to separate the subject from the background, before applying a software bokeh effect to the background.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its highly-capable sensor and powerful SoC, Samsung limited the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) to 1080p video recording from both front and rear cameras. Fortunately, they maintained the ability to switch between the two rear cameras, while recording a video – a very useful feature!

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

In this video, you can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p. Its cameras do not support OIS (optical image stabilisation), but its electronic image stabilisation capability works great.

Its auto-focus capability was also excellent – you don’t see the camera losing focus and seeking – a very irritating problem in some cameras.

Noise cancellation was decent, but the audio was too bright and lacks bass. With Samsung excelling in image quality, we think it’s time they look into improving the audio quality instead.

Video Recording Test #2 : Street Market (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has very good electronic image stabilisation, thanks to a combination of its high resolution sensor and the 1080p video recording limit.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Honor Play Honor 10 Samsung
Galaxy S9
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Galaxy A7 2018
Performance Score
(Average)
7361 7106 5618 5379
Web Browsing 7695 7295 5357 5278
Video Editing 5499 5159 5265 4413
Writing 6649 6752 4673 5056
Photo Editing 13326 12910 7560 7427
Data Manipulation 5764 5524 5616 5147
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Samsung Exynos SoCs have never been particularly strong in work applications, and the Samsung Exynos 7885 is no exception. After all, it only has two high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy A7 2018’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung
Galaxy S9
Honor Play Honor 10 Samsung
Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 39588 31622 30560 15354
Graphics 45577 37351 34801 15788
Physics 27116 20576 21423 14005
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 208.9 fps 206.2 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 132.8 fps 119.5 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 65.3 fps 68.0 fps 44.5 fps
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The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has modest gaming performance. Unlike the Honor Play and Honor 10, which boast a 12-core GPU, or the Galaxy S9 with its 18-core GPU, the Galaxy A7 2018 only has a dual-core GPU.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy A7 2018’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung
Galaxy A7 2018
Honor Play Samsung
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Honor 10
Battery Life 11 hours 25 mins 9 hours 56 mins 9 hours 6 mins 8 hours 56 mins
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Now that is really amazing battery life – just short of 11.5 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 11 hours!

It lasted 1.,5 hours longer than the Honor Play, 2 hours longer than the Samsung Galaxy S9, and an astounding 2.5 hours longer than the Honor 10!

Of course, it was still not as good as last year’s Galaxy A7 2017, which lasted 12 hours on its larger 3,600 mAh battery.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 7.75 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,300 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) just 115 minutes (1 hour 55 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. Pretty good performance, considering it’s just using a 7.75 watt charger.

That is a battery life : recharging ratio of 5.8 : 1 – a good ratio. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 10.5 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 90% level. This took just 87.5 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 27.5 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

Next Page > Our Verdict, Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018?

 

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Our Verdict

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 really impressed us with a great combination of features and performance. It was also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to feature IP68 dust- and water-resistance, as well as the USB Type C port.

This year’s Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) followed through, introducing a new 24 MP front camera, as well as a new triple rear camera system. Together with the Galaxy A9 2019, it is also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to feature the Infinity Display, with ultra-thin bezels.

If that’s not enough, it is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a side fingerprint sensor, allowing you to unlock it with your fingerprint even when it’s mounted to your car’s dashboard.

However, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) also took a step backwards in some areas, to better differentiate it from the higher-end Galaxy A9 2019.

It lost its IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating, and reverted to the old micro-USB 2.0 port. Its fast charging capability was also cut from 15 watts to just 7.75 watts. It also came with a slightly smaller battery (3,300 mAh, instead of 3,600 mAh), with a slightly shorter battery life.

That does not mean it’s a better idea to just get last year’s Galaxy A7 2017. The new Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a faster processor, more memory and double the storage. On top of that, it has a larger 6.0-inch display in a narrower, slimmer and lighter body!

More importantly, Samsung made the Galaxy A7 2018 MUCH CHEAPER. The Galaxy A7 2017 had a launch price of RM 1,899 (~US$ 475). The new Galaxy A7 2018 has a launch price of just RM 1,299 (~US$325) – a whopping 32% price reduction!

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) offers great value for your money, if you don’t mind the lack of IP68 water-resistance, and the micro-USB 2.0 port.

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018?

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) officially launched on 11 October 2018 at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur, and is currently available for purchase in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold and Pink. Here is a video comparing the four colour options:

In many countries, only three of those four colour options will be available for sale, at least initially. Here in Malaysia, it will only be available in Black, Blue and Gold colours.

It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325 / ~£236.

Here is the cheapest price we found online (as of 1 November 2018) in Malaysia :

And here are the direct purchase links in the US and UK :

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (International Version) : $329.99
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (UK Version) : £309.99

 

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