Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review

GSMArena team, 9 November 2018.

SuperAMOLEDs in the midrange aren't half bad

The Galaxy A7 (2018) comes with one of Samsung's SuperAMOLED displays - in 6-inch, FullHD+ spec with some rounded edges, but no curves. The 2220x1080 pixels in an 18.5:9 aspect ratio work out to a 411ppi pixel density.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review

We measured a maximum brightness of 602nits in Auto mode and 402nits when you put the ambient light sensor to rest. The value in manual mode is actually higher than what we got out of the Galaxy S9s and the Note9 by a few dozen nits, though the flagships do brighten up a little more in Auto. In any case, the A7 (2018) has the brightness to spare. Black is truly black, as usual, resulting in infinite contrast, while the minimum brightness of 2nits means the A7 will be easy on your eyes in absolute darkness.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) 0 402
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 602
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 0 425
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) (Max Auto) 0 533
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 0 390
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 590
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) 0 387
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) (Max Auto) 0 568
vivo V11 0 418
Oppo F9 0.29 526 1814
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 0 455
Xiaomi Mi A2 0.277 420 1516
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 0.314 461 1468
Honor Play 0.414 470 1135
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 0.313 460 1470
Nokia 7.1 0.377 490 1300
Nokia 7.1 (Max Auto) 0.465 600 1290

The Galaxy A7 (2018) aced our sunlight legibility test, posting a higher contrast number than the Note8, for example. Interestingly enough, the A7 (2018) is noticeably better in this respect than this year's A6+ and A8. As for immediate competitors, the vivo V11 is a tiny bit less contrasty in the sun, but the IPS panel of the Oppo F9 is no match for the SuperAMOLEDs.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone XS
    5.171
  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    4.965
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9
    4.531
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
    4.516
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
    4.502
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • Google Pixel 3
    4.35
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
    4.324
  • OnePlus 6
    4.321
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • OnePlus 6T
    4.138
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • vivo V11
    4.113
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Oppo Find X
    3.954
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    3.901
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL
    3.837
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    3.745
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor Play
    3.349
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    3.24
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Oppo Realme 2 Pro
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • BlackBerry KEY2
    3.212
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
    3.087
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Oppo F9
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
    3.061
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    3.059
  • Huawei Mate 20
    3.052
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
    3.051
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Oppo Realme 2
    3.006
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
    2.966
  • Huawei P20 Lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Razer Phone 2
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
    2.867
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Nokia 3.1
    2.837
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Nokia 7.1
    2.804
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Honor 10 (Vivid)
    2.757
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
    2.696
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    2.618
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    2.546
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253

As for colors, Samsung's approach is the same on the midrangers as it on the high-end devices. You have the default Adaptive mode, where colors are very punchy, but the color reproduction doesn't adhere to any particular color space (average DeltaE is 5.5 against an sRGB target). There there are the dedicated color modes that target specific color spaces, and do so quite accurately. AMOLED Cinema is the DCI-P3 mode (average DeltaE of 2.1), AMOLED Photo is for AdobeRGB content (average DeltaE of 2.0), while Basic is your sRGB mode - average DeltaE is 1.9.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) battery life

The battery capacity of the Galaxy A7 (2018) is rated at 3,300mAh, some 300mAh more than the smaller 5.6-inch Galaxy A8 (2018) with the same chipset. Meanwhile, the A6+ (2018) and A8+ (2018), both 6-inchers, rely on 3,500mAh power packs. Competitors like the vivo V11 and Oppo F9 are in the same ballpark with their respective 3,400mAh and 3,500mAh cells, though both have larger displays. On the other hand, the smaller 5.84-inch Nokia 7.1 has 3,080mAh worth of juice.

The Galaxy A7 (2018) showed praiseworthy endurance in our testing, for an overall rating of 93 hours. It lasted 12 hours on our web browsing script, and 15 hours weren't enough to deplete the battery while looping videos (clearly got very close, though). With more than 25 hours on a 3G call and generally frugal 3G standby power consumption, the A7 (2018) proved it made good use of its battery.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern, so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Both the vivo and the Oppo outlast the Galaxy by about an hour and a half in web browsing, but neither is a match in video playback, while the Nokia trails in both disciplines. The F9 is the longest standing talker of the group, the Galaxy a couple of hours behind.

The phone's great endurance is marred by the slow charging process - the 2:22h for a full top up is just bearable, but the 25% charge you'd have at the 30-minute mark means you'd better not forget to plug it in overnight. It's hardly surprising given the low-output charger, but it's the very existence of said low-output charger that bothers us to begin with and we feel it has no place in an A-series box. Same with the microUSB port of the phone, just to reiterate.

Loudspeaker

The Galaxy A7 (2018) has a single loudspeaker, a down-firing one unlike the side-mounted speakers of other A-series phones. Three test tracks later, its numbers placed in the 'Very Good' category in our loudness test.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 66.6 66.1 81.5 Good
OnePlus 6 70.2 74.7 70.0 Good
Honor Play 68.3 73.8 75.8 Good
Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) 69.4 70.9 79.9 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 69.2 70.6 81.6 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 67.8 70.0 84.2 Very Good
vivo V11 70.7 73.8 80.7 Very Good
Oppo Realme 2 Pro 69.1 74.8 81.4 Very Good
Oppo F9 71.7 74.4 81.6 Very Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro 70.1 73.1 85.4 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 70.5 74.1 85.2 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) 76.3 73.4 81.1 Excellent
Nokia 7.1 75.6 76.0 81.1 Excellent
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 72.8 74.7 86.6 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A2 89.5 72.2 89.8 Excellent

Audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)'s audio output with an external amplifier was flawlessly clear, while its loudness was well above average, making this a great start.

Headphones caused a moderate amount of stereo crosstalk and some intermodulation and harmonic distortion, but those last two aren't high enough to make a difference in real life. Volume dropped a bit, but remained above average, so all in all a solid performance by the mid-ranger.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)+0.02, -0.02-93.192.90.00260.0089-92.5
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) (headphones)+0.25, -0.17-91.491.60.1150.306-55.4
Nokia 7.1+0.02, -0.06-91.088.60.00210.016-94.4
Nokia 7.1 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-93.889.60.00190.034-54.9
Huawei Mate 20 lite+0.01, -0.02-94.794.70.00130.0086-73.1
Huawei Mate 20 lite (headphones)+0.12, -0.09-93.893.80.00350.115-71.7
Honor Play+0.01, -0.03-93.093.10.00370.0093-92.9
Honor Play (headphones)+0.12, -0.06-92.392.50.00270.088-65.7
Pocophone F1+0.01, -0.02-93.693.60.00100.0069-93.8
Pocophone F1 (headphones)+0.65, -0.08-91.292.50.00820.359-50.3

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) frequency response
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

what happened to my Samsung Galaxy A7 does not recieved internet signal anymore?

  • Prajith

Poor from Cam quality Compared with vivo....

Should i get the A7 2018 or A30 2019? Been doubting the A30 after i heard about som GPS problem that it comes with. Please share opinions. Thanks.